Call for National Delegates

blog-national-delegatesThe Board Development Committee is pleased to announce the 2013 call for National Delegates to represent Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys at the 2014 National Council Session/53rd Convention, October 16–19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT.

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

Apply to Become a Delegate

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

If you are up to this exciting and important work, please complete and submit the 2014 National Delegate application by September 3, 2013.

An adjusted formula based on membership numbers as of September 30, 2013 will be used to determine the number of River Valleys delegates. It is anticipated that the council will be eligible to elect approximately 22 delegates to the 2014 session.

Make a Difference in Girl Scouting

National Council members assume one of the most significant responsibilities in Girl Scouting. Through discussion and careful deliberation of issues that will impact the Girl Scout movement, they reaffirm the strong partnership between Girl Scout councils and the national organization, and their commitment to girls and to the future growth of Girl Scouting.

They are accountable for:

  • Carefully preparing for participation in the democratic process in action at the National Council Session
  • Opening their minds to the opinions and situations of others during the meetings in order to better understand the diversity of perspectives and their impact on Girl Scouts; and for
  • Voting as conscience guides, keeping foremost in mind the well-being and future development of the entire Girl Scout movement, and not of any one particular council or grouping of councils.

Logistics for National Convention

Costs for elected National Delegates attending the GSUSA National Convention will be paid for by River Valleys and will include the following:

  • Registration fees
  • Transportation from Minneapolis to the Convention
  • Transportation to/from the hotel during the Convention
  • Hotel accommodations during the Convention
  • Meals during the Convention


  1. Jennie Albert says

    I think that this is something that my daughter would be interested in doing, however, she will no be 14 until October 22, 2013. Does this 7 weeks exclude her from doing this or should she fill out the application? Is there something that I would need to fill out as well (I am the troop leader)?

  2. Girl Scouts River Valleys says

    Hi Jennie- River Valleys bylaws state that girls must be age 14 or older on the date the term begins (October 1). Unfortunately she will not be eligible to participate as a delegate in 2014 but we welcome her participation in 2015!

  3. Jennie Albert says

    Thanks for the reply, but I read it wrong, she will be 14 THIS October so she should be fine for next year…..Thanks!