Any volunteer who is passionate about Girl Scouts, enjoys discussing governing rules, and wants to connect with other volunteers and girls in our region is a perfect fit as a National Delegate.
Any girl who is interested in governing rules and able to participate in discussions to represent the voice of girls in our region should apply. In general, girls in grades 8-10 are eligible to apply to be delegates. Although, please check the age requirements below.
- Girls must be at least 14 years of age by April 9, 2022.
- Girls must be in high school at the time of national convention in July 2023. This ensures that girl delegates serve for a full year after the national convention.
NATIONAL COUNCIL GOVERNANCE ACCOUNTABILITIES
The National Council is authorized to:
- Elect the National Board of Directors and National Board Development Committee.
- Amend the constitution.
- Establish requirements for credentials.
- Act on proposals.
- Influence the strategic direction of the Movement
by providing guidance to the National Board.
RECOMMENDED SELECTION CRITERIA FOR NATIONAL COUNCIL DELEGATES
Girl Scout councils should elect delegates based on the following criteria (note: the delegation should be representative of the diversity of the council membership and include girl voices)
- Ability to think strategically and focus on the future of the Girl Scout Movement.
- Experience and/or interest in policy-influencing and policy-making positions.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the workings of Girl Scout councils and the Movement.
- Ability to analyze issues from a national as well as a council perspective. National Council actions and decisions have Movement-wide implications.
- Commitment to attending council and GSUSA training sessions to be as informed as possible about the issues and democratic process utilized at the National Council Session.
- Willingness to
support all the decisions of the National Council and to educate
council members about the decisions made.
DUTIES OF A DELEGATE
In advance of the National Council Session, everyone elected
by the council as a voting
Study all items on the agenda, including background
information, and recommendations of the
National Board of Directors.
Attend briefing meetings conducted by the council;
participate in council, board, and
association meetings; and participate in council forums and focus groups, as requested.
Consider a broad spectrum of the opinions of adult and
older girl members from all parts of the
- Participate in teleconferences/webinars for voting members sponsored by GSUSA.
Engage in opportunities to discuss, learn, and share
ideas across the Movement.
- Study all items on the agenda, including background information, and recommendations of the
While attending the National Council Session, each voting
member is responsible for:
- Attending all business meetings and participating in the proceedings.
Being fully prepared to participate in discussions and
vote on all business items.
Upon returning from the National Council Session, each
National Council voting member/delegate is prepared to:
- Report at the council’s annual meeting to the council board of directors, and the council’s constituency (if requested by council board chair/president and CEO) on the National Council decisions and the reasons for such decisions.
- Share insights on information gained at the National Council Session, if requested.
- Assist the council as it prepares to participate in the next National Council Session, if requested.
- Participate in teleconferences/webinars and other opportunities for voting members/delegates.