It’s that time of year again. Spring is dawning and you’re beginning the preparations for year-end activities like bridging and awards, while looking forward to a fun summer (perhaps, by going to the Girl Scout Jamboree). Fall seems like a long time away, but it will be here sooner than you think, making this the perfect time to renew your membership for another year of fun times in Girl Scouts with friends. The 2017-18 Girl Scout year begins on October 1st and we’ve got eight great reasons why you should be an Early Bird VIP and renew your membership between April 3rd and June 15th!
Leaders & Girls Receive a Special Patch
We know who loves patches almost as much as the girls — our troop leaders do! All girls who spring renew and up to two leaders who renew, submit their Reflecting on the Troop/Group Year and Troop Finance Report by June 15th will receive our celebratory early bird patch to sport proudly all year long.
Troop Leader Registration Rebate
The patch is only the tip of the incentive iceberg! One leader per troop will be eligible to receive a $15 membership rebate, making your cost of membership only $10 for the 2018 membership year. Registration and paperwork requirements apply.
Opening Day Merchandise Discount
Show off new Girl Scout gear to let everyone know that you’re an Early Bird VIP! Renew your membership on April 3rd, opening day of renewal, and you’ll be eligible to purchase the Courage, Confidence, and Character shirt at the discounted price of $10 ($12 for extended sizes). This discount is only available if you renew your membership on opening day, April 3rd. To order your shirt and redeem your discount, please call Kim in the shop at 304-345-7722 before May 4th, 2017. Quantities are limited!
Free Event Pass for Girls
Leaders aren’t the only ones getting big rewards for their Early Bird VIP status! Let us help you prepare girls for the 2018 cookie sale by making sure that they are signed up to receive a free pass to Cookie Palooza 2.0. Girls are eligible to receive free admission to one of seven events, coming January 2018.
Super Troop Eligibility
Help your troop earn more money! The first step to ensuring that your troop is eligible to be a 2018 Super Troop is to renew membership for the girls in the troop by June 15th. Super Troop status earns troops five cents more per box during the cookie sale.
Make Your Life Easier
Calling all planners…You get to head into the summer knowing whether your girls will be back in the fall and can begin looking forward to more adventure together. Or if you have some openings in the troop, you can offer spots for new girls ready to have the experience of their young lives. You’ll be able to hit the ground running once the new Girl Scout year begins.
Parents Receive Benefits as Well
By renewing now, parents get to make sure their daughter(s) will be right back in the same troop come fall by securing their spot. Plus, it will be one less item on their very full list when fall arrives and they’re deep into back-to-school mode.
Start Looking Forward to Another Year Full of Fun
Renew now and you free your mind to start thinking of all the things to come. There’s a new council service project in the works. Plans are already in the works for our annual NYC bus trip. Camp Creepy, Haunted Gisco and Wizarding World events are all family favorites that will be back on the fall events calendar. You’ll want to be ready to get your troop registered for these quick to fill programs in August, when the Fall/Winter Program Guide comes out!
So let’s recap, shall we?
As a Girl Scout Early Bird VIP you’ll get a leader membership rebate; earn patch flare; have a chance to get Girl Scout swag at a discounted price; ensure girls get a free experience; qualify to earn more money per box of cookies sold; and spend the summer relaxing and dreaming of all the fun, adventurous, activities your troop will get to enjoy in the 2018 membership year. Now isn’t that a pretty sweet package deal of awesomeness?
For more information and to renew, access the My GS community. If you haven’t used our online renewal feature, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s quick and easy to renew your entire troop at one time.