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Girl Congress

Who are we?

We are the older girl representatives for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. We meet once a month, August – May, to plan out meetings and events.  We can plan up to two different events to target younger girls and inspire them to continue with Girl Scouts every year. 

What does Girl Congress do?

We plan events, help with flag ceremonies, visit district or neighborhood meetings, become Girl Scouts representatives, might be asked to conduct media interviews and we show a Girl Congress presence at local events as requested. 

What is the Purpose of Girl Congress?

  • Promote Girl Scout Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouting and inspire girls to stay in Girl Scouts
  • Act as the liaison between adults/council and Girl Scouts
  • Organize events to promote a sense of community and service
  • Offer opinions about topics and issues relevant to older Girl Scouts
  • Represent Girl Congress thoughts and opinions to District and Neighborhood members
  • Present thoughts and opinions of District and Neighborhood members to Girl Congress

How long are you in Girl Congress?

Girl Congress terms are June - May. We usually start meeting in August.

How do you become to be Girl Congress member?

To become a Girl Congress member, you must be a high school student, a current Girl Scout member and approved by your district to be its representative. 

How do you apply for Girl Congress?

To apply for Girl Congress, you must submit the Girl Congress form, a cover letter of why you want to be in Girl Congress, your resume and have district approval. 

Can I do Girl Congress more than once?

Girl Congress members are divided into Delegates and Alternates. There can be two delegates and two alternates per district. Every girl is welcome to all meetings and there can be four girls per district.

What is the difference between a delegate and an alternate?

The delegate positions have primary voting responsibilities; however, in the event of an absence, the alternate would represent that vote. The voting in Girl Congress happens in our assemblies and regarding Girl Congress matters.

What events does Girl Congress organize?

Girl Congress members decide together each year what they would like to do. It’s based off of the goal of recruiting younger members into Girl Scouts.  Each year is open for new and exciting ideas. In the past, they have done events such as:

  • Princess for a Day – self-esteem for Brownies and Juniors
  • Career Night – professional women coming to speak with Cadettes and up.
  • Trash Fashion – turning trash into fashion and learning about business for older girls and invite younger girls to the fashion show
  • CSI Investigations – learning about investigations skills

How does a district approve a Girl Congress member?

The district is allowed to choose up to four girls, two delegate and two alternates. The district or district chair can vote on the applications received for the open positions. They will consider your cover letter, resume, if you’re in your year of ‘rest,’ or have never joined and your availability. They will then send the approval to the program manager who heads Girl Congress.

How does a district approve a Girl Congress member?

The district is allowed to choose up to four girls, two delegate and two alternates. The district or district chair can vote on the applications received for the open positions. They will consider your cover letter, resume, if you’re in your year of ‘rest,’ or have never joined and your availability. They will then send the approval to the program manager who heads Girl Congress.

Questions?

For more questions please contact: Lauren Commerford at Lcommerford@girlscoutsem.org or Emily Ficker at Eficker@girlscoutsem.org