You can absolutely join Girl Scouts by yourself. This type of membership is known as an Individually Registered Member (IRM). Individually registered members are also known as Juliettes, named after our founder, Juliette Gordon Low. Juliettes choose how to participate based on their schedule and interests.
Joining as a Juliette is great for Girl Scouts without a troop available nearby or who want to enjoy Girl Scout programming with their family. They can get started right away by earning badges independently or attending events to meet other Girl Scouts in their area.
Badges signify that a Girl Scout completed all the steps needed to earn this recognition for the new skills they learned. Each badge takes a Girl Scout through the steps of learning about the skill, practicing, and demonstrating it. Badge topics range from the outdoors to STEM, or art, and even career exploration. They’re a great way to try something new and see if you enjoy it.
Love being outdoors? Follow your passion and sign up for weekend camping trips as an Individually Registered Member (IRM). Camp as often as you want and meet other Girl Scouts who share your enthusiasm for the great outdoors.
Expand your horizons by spending a week at camp in the summer or exploring local state parks. As a Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador (grades 6–12), you can even explore the United States—or the world!—by traveling to other Girl Scout camps.
By participating in Girl Scouts as an IRM, girls can build their very own Girl Scouting experience and still reap the benefits of being part of the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. IRMs:
The short answer is, anything she wants! Here are just a few ideas:
Complete badges and Journeys. Journeys guide girls toward becoming leaders in their communities. Badges include a variety of skill-building activities, many of which complement the Journeys. Choose from different badges and Journeys at each program level.
Attend events and activities. Meet other girls, work toward badges and Journeys, learn about the outdoors, and more at council-sponsored events. Service units also offer many events and service opportunities, which are great for IRMs to meet other Girl Scouts in their area.
Help Others Through Community Service. Working individually or with the Girl Scout community, IRMs make the world a better place. They also pass along what they’ve learned, gain leadership skills, and earn special mentoring awards by helping younger Girl Scouts at troop meetings, events, camp, and more.
Participate in the cookie program and fall product program. Fund activities while learning great business skills including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
Attend camp. Get outdoors at summer day camp, summer sleepaway camp, council-led weekend campouts, service unit encampments, and more.
Travel. From local field trips to global adventures, IRMs explore different places and cultures, experience leadership opportunities, gain cross-cultural understanding through regional, national, and international travel.
Volunteer Toolkit: VTK is a free digital resource that supports IRMs and the adults who lead them in planning and executing badge work. Using VTK makes online organization, planning, and curriculum building possible. To log into VTK by clicking the yellow text, "My GS/VTK," in the top-level navigation of our website. Choose "Volunteer Toolkit," and log in with the email address you use for Girl Scouts.
IRM Handbook: coming soon.
Family Zone: Girl Scouts and their families stay in-the-know with this monthly email newsletter just for them. Look for research-driven info on issues that matter most to girls and links to key programs and events. If you're not receiving this email, please contact Customer Care.
From Girl Scout to Girl Scout: Journey Outline Guides
Hello! My name is Cadence, and I am an Ambassador Girl Scout. As someone who has completed many Girl Scout Journeys, I know just how challenging the process can be. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the abundance of information available in various guides, manuals, and outlines.
That’s where I come in! I designed my Journey Outline Guides to help simplify your road to success, whether you are part of a troop or an Individually Registered Member (IRM). The only supplementary materials needed to use these guides are the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting or Volunteer Toolkit (VTK).
Each of my guides include five sections:
Search our events listings for upcoming opportunities for IRMs.