Council Delegates | Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey

Council Delegates

Council Delegates

About National Delegates

Every Girl Scout council is entitled to send a specified number of Council Delegates (and Alternates) to serve as voting members of the National Council at the triennial National Council Conference sessions. 

Who can apply?

All registered Adult Members and Girl Scouts (age 14 or older upon submission of application) are invited to apply to become a voting Council Delegate for a three-year period with the opportunity to enjoy an unforgetable experience!



What do Council Delegates do?

  • Represent GSNNJ at the National Council Session as voting members
  • Attend the business meetings at the National Council Session
  • Vote on new proposals, bylaws, and the National Board of Directors
  • Engage with other delegates, gather feedback from the National Council Session, and bring back information for GSNNJ members
  • Attend the Girl Scout convention for girls (optional) to experience activities at the convention exhibit hall and breakout sessions

How are Council Delegates selected?

National Council Delegates and Alternates are selected by the GSNNJ Board Development Committee from the applications that are received. The applicants will subsequently be presented to our council's membership for adoption at the Annual Meeting.

How do I apply to be a Council Delegate?

  • Fill out the National Council Delegate Application and submit it by the specified deadline. (We are no longer accepting applicants for the upcoming conference.)
  • Send in a one-minute video explaining why you want to become a Council Delegate

How much does this cost?

Council Delegates need to be able to attend the full National Council Session. GSNNJ will pay for conference and convention registration fees, airfare, lodging, and per diem expenses of its voting Council Delegates. Participants will have the option to stay longer, and an additional cost may occur for Saturday night lodging.

Eligibility Requirements

Council Delegates must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America. 
  • Be a registered Girl Scout of 14 years or older, or a registered Adult Member of the Girl Scout Movement as of Feb. 1, 2022.
  • Be able to represent the points of view of various ethnic, racial, educational, civic, religious, and socioeconomic groups.
  • Be willing to prepare thoroughly on the issues and business that will come before the National Council.


Council Delegate nominees must be willing to commit to the following accountabilities:

  • Attend all local orientation and preparation meetings prior to the National Council Meeting. 
  • Study the agenda and be informed on our council’s point of view about actions to be taken by the National Council. 
  • Attend all meetings of the National Council and report National Council actions to local council members. 
  • Know parliamentary procedures and how to use them. (Training will be made available.)
  • Participate in the role of Council Delegate for the entire three-year period (2022-2025).

Video Requirements

  • Videos should be prepared before completing the online application.
  • Videos less than 6 MB in file size can be emailed with your application form.
  • Use your name as the video file name.
  • Videos larger than 6 MB will need to be uploaded to an external file sharing service (Google Drive) and the link emailed to Judy Carey at