How to Join
We’re so excited you want to become a Rainbow Girl!
Regardless of what stage of life you’re in, Rainbow has three basic age levels of participation. Though the minimum age requirement is eight, once you’ve joined, you’re considered a lifelong Rainbow Girl. There are 4 steps to becoming a Rainbow Girl, and so you don’t have any surprises, we’ll walk you through them. Are you ready to join our order?
Here’s what you need to know first.
Girls ages 8-10 are called Pledges. Though they cannot become a full Rainbow Girl until age 11, they are welcomed and encouraged to participate in many activities including charity work, installations, and many other assembly activities. At this stage, the pledges enjoy the “big sister” relationships they will form with the older girls as they work and play side by side, absorbing the positive energy that comes from being a good person inside and out.
Girls ages 11-20 are official Rainbow Girls and are involved in every aspect of the organization. At this age, girls can be elected to hold office, travel locally or globally, conduct speaking engagements, oversee charity projects, and participate in all facets of Assembly work. It is at this level that members gain the knowledge and experience that will help them through every stage of life.
Active members over the age of 20 make up the International Rainbow Alumni Association. Invaluable to the organization, these women are respected mentors and help to guide the younger girls through their journey to reaching the “pot of gold.” They provide networking opportunities while reconnecting current members with the Rainbow heritage.
Let’s Get Started
Step 1: Say “Hello!”
Reach out to us by either contacting your local assembly or contacting us through the website. Someone will get in touch with you within 48 hours to introduce themselves, and schedule a visitation.
Step 2: Visitation
This is our opportunity to meet you, meet your parents, answer any questions you have, help you fill out your application, and schedule your initiation into Rainbow. It can be done at your house, or we can meet you for coffee at Starbucks (our treat).
Step 3: Application for Membership
After you sign your application, have two Rainbow girls and an affiliated adult sign it (we can help you with that), then return it to the assembly. Your application will be presented at the Assembly’s next business meeting, and the girls will vote on you becoming a member through balloting. Balloting is a ceremony from when Rainbow was formed, and in honor of our history, we still ballot on every girl who applies to join.
Step 4: Initiation
Nearly every organization has some form of ceremony that makes you an official member. Our time-honored Initiation ceremony dates back to 1922 and it’s the most formal thing we do. During your Initiation, you’ll hear the 7 lessons of Rainbow and learn about all of our beautiful symbols. And then that’s it. Now you’re a Rainbow Girl.