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National Council Delegate Application

The National Council of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) comes together every three years and consists of delegates elected by Girl Scout councils, delegates representing troops from outside the United States (USA Girl Scouts Overseas), members of the National Board of Directors, the National Nominating Committee, and past presidents of GSUSA. Delegates serve a three-year term and must be registered members of GSUSA, 14 years of age or older.

In 2020, the council session will be held October 21-25, 2020, in Orlando, Florida, and Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore expects to send eight (8) National Council Delegates.

The National Council is responsible for giving broad policy direction to the Girl Scout movement in the United States. Members of the National Council also elect the National Board of Directors and the National Nominating Committee for the upcoming triennium, act on proposals directed toward fostering the Girl Scout Movement and receive a stewardship report from the National Board of Directors.

National Council Delegates serve as Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s voting members at the National Council Session. They engage and gather feedback from Girl Scout members in our council, learn about proposals, and take action to be the voice of the council during the session. When they return, it is the delegates’ responsibility to share information from the National Council Session with local Girl Scouts.

Those who would like to attend as a Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore representative should complete the National Delegate application. Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Board Development Committee will review the applications and, based on their recommendations, eight (8) National Council Delegates will be elected at the Annual Meeting on May 13, 2020.

If you are elected, the council will pay for your registration fee, travel, and room accommodations. If you are not elected but would like to go as an official visitor, the council is sponsoring a trip to G.I.R.L. 2020, a mega event for thousands of Girl Scouts from around the world, where attendees will participate in unforgettable experiences as they gain inspiration, tools to empower themselves, and the know-how to lead change in their communities—connecting with some of the most influential women in the world along the way. 

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National Delegate Responsibilities

A national delegate is required to:

  • Attend all local orientation and preparation meetings leading to the National Convention
  • Study the National Council Meeting agenda
  • Understand Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s stance on actions to be taken by the National Council (delegates may vote independently, based on the best interests of Girl Scouting as a whole)
  • Attend all National Council meetings and report National Council actions to Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore members
  • Know parliamentary procedures and how to use them
  • Participate as a national delegate for the entire three-year period of 2020-2022

A national delegate must be:

  • A citizen of the United States of America
  • A registered member of Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore
  • Fourteen years of age or older
  • Able to represent the points of view of various ethnic, racial, educational, civic, religious, and socioeconomic groups
  • Willing to prepare thoroughly on the issues and business that will come before the National Council 
Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to be a National Council Delegate?

Girl members who are 14 years old and adult members who reside in the boundaries of Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore are eligible to apply to be a national delegate.

When do applications close?

Applications will be accepted until January 24, 2020. Application must be completed and submitted by that time to be considered.

Who makes the final selection?

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Board Development Committee will review the applications and, based on their recommendations, eight (8) National Council Delegates will be elected at the Annual Meeting on May 13, 2020.

Do I need any specific previous experience to be a national delegate?

No, you don’t have to have previous experience. Training is provided on Robert’s Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure, as well as on the proposals that are to be voted on or discussed at the National Council Session.

Is there a cost to being a national delegate?

If you are elected, the council will pay for your registration fee, travel, and room accommodations. In addition, Girl Scout uniform is worn at certain National Council Session meetings. For adults, this is navy blue business attire.