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Renew during Early Bird


You are more than a Girl Scout. You're a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM powerhouse!

At Girl Scouts, we believe there’s no such thing as too much. That there’s no excuse for making excuses. Our strength doesn’t come from how much we can lift but from how often we lift ourselves back up. And Girl Scouts is the perfect place to do just that - a place where “Can I?” quickly turns into “I will!” and there is no challenge we can’t overcome together. Because we are everyday optimists. Adventure-seekers. Self-starters. Problem-solvers. Change-makers. We are girls, troop leaders, mentors, adcovates, parents and Girl Scouts. We are G.I.R.L.s. And we can’t stop, won’t stop.

 

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Patches available while supplies last. See "What can I win?" below in the FAQs for more information.

Early Bird FAQs
 

Everything you need to know about Early Bird
What is Early Bird?

Early Bird is your chance to be the first to renew for another exciting year of Girl Scouts! Whether she’s a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker or leader, when your Girl Scout renews her membership between April 2 and June 15 she gets the chance to unleash her greatness for another year.

When is Early Bird 2018?

Early Bird renewals take place between Monday, April 2 and Friday, June 15.

Who can renew during Early Bird?

All members! Parents or caregivers can choose to renew their Girl Scout individually or troop leaders may renew members of their troop. Volunteers can also renew their membership and roles. Lifetime members are encouraged to renew their volunteer roles during this time.

Why should I renew now?

Whether you’re the troop leader, parent or guardian, renewing shows your Girl Scout you believe in the power of G.I.R.L. You understand the amazing opportunities she gets as a Girl Scout, and you’re committed to helping her continue her journey to greatness.

How much is it?

Membership dues are $25 per person.

Early Bird webinars

Troop Leader Webinar

This webinar is primarily for troop leaders and mentors. This webinar will be a sharing of 2019 Early Bird best practices for troops, including messaging to use with your parents to explain why Girl Scouts is the best place for girls and why parents should participate in Early Bird. Learn how girl planning and using cookie proceeds could be the key to engaging parents in Early Bird renewals. Can't make it? Check back for a recording on this page following the webinar.

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CLT Webinar

This webinar shares Early Bird 2019 plans and best practices in renewing and retaining members. The webinar is primarily for Community Leadership Teams, Community Registration Specialists (Registrars), Community Organizer Liaisons (Placement) and Recruitment Team Leads.

Download the recording

Helpful tips to make renewing easy
Where do I renew?

Online! Starting April 2, log in to your MyGS account to renew. We’ll also send you a few email reminders.

I'm a leader who needs to add a girl or edit a volunteer role - help!

As a troop leader, you can make a number of updates to your troop's information:

  • Add a new girl or adult to your troop for the 2018-2019 year – Click on the “Troops” tab and scroll down to Add a New Member to Troop to start their registration.
  • Add or change volunteer roles for an adult in your troop – Click on the “Troops” tab and to the right of their name click on Add/Edit.
  • Open your troop to new girls or edit your troop meeting information – You can do both by clicking on the “Troops” tab. Scroll down and click on View/Edit Troop information

I'm a parent who needs to change my Girl Scout's troop or add a new member to our household - help!

As a parent, you can make a number of changes to your Girl Scout or family's information:

  • Add a new troop for a girl - You can do so through the Membership” Tab under Participation, Add/Change Troops.
  • Add a new volunteer role for yourself? – You can do so through the “Membership” Tab under Participation, Add Role.
  • Add a new girl or adult to your household for the 2018-2019 year – Scroll down on the “Membership” tab to Add a New Member to Household!
  • Update your contact information or child’s school information – Click on the “Family Profile” tab to Edit your household’s information.

What Internet browser shold I use?

Chrome is the preferred browser for viewing our website and logging in to MyGS. Download it here.

Internet Browser and Pop-up Blockers
To view and print your Girl Scout membership receipt, you may need to temporarily disable pop-up blockers for the web browser you are using. It is best to do this BEFORE you start the renewal process.

How do you manage this? See below for simple steps for a variety of Internet browsers. In addition, you can do a Google search and find these steps online for your specific browser. Remember: once you have completed your renewal, you may wish to follow these same steps enable your pop-up blocker again. 

Google Chrome
Chrome is the preferred browser for viewing and logging in to MyGS.

  • On your computer, open Chrome.
  • At the top right, click the three stacked dots at the top right under the close button.
  • Click Settings.
  • At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  • Under “Privacy,” click Content settings.
  • Under “Pop-ups,” select Allow all sites to show pop-ups.

Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer.
  • Select the Tools button. 
  • Select Internet options.
  • On the Privacy tab, under pop-up blocker, clear the Turn on pop-up blocker check box.
  • Select OK.

Safari

  • Open Safari.
  • Choose Preferences.
  • Click Security.
  • Uncheck Block pop-up windows.

Android Device

  • On your Android, open the Chrome app. 
  • Tap the three stacked dots.
  • Tap Settings > Content Settings > Block Pop-ups.
  • Turn pop-ups off by tapping the slider.

Apple Device

  • On your iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome app. 
  • Tap the three stacked dots.
  • Tap Settings > Content Settings > Block Pop-ups.
  • Turn pop-ups off by tapping the slider.
How to renew your troop - video tutorial
What can I win?

What can I win?

Our Early Birds are extra special for showing their commitment to another year of Girl Scouts – become one to be eligible for one of these great prizes. This year we have offers for girls, their troops AND their Communities – but hurry! Some items are only available for a limited time.

Everyone
 April 9   April 30   May 31   June 15 
Free Early Bird patch  X      

 

Individual
April 9 April 30 May 31 June 15
Houston Zoo Family Membership (2 drawings) X X    
Two tickets to iFly (Cadette, Senior and Ambassadors only as of fall 2018, 2 drawings) X X    

 

Troop
April 9 April 30 May 31 June 15
Troop Gift Card to Girl Scout Shop (must renew 75% of troop, 5 drawings) X X X  
Camp priority (must renew 75% of troop, 5 drawings) X X X  

 

Community 
April 9 April 30 May 31 June 15
Community Camp Weekend (must renew 50% of Community, 1 drawing) X X X X
Community Bonus Check (must renew 45%/50% of Community, all qualifying Communities will receive) X X X X

Offers are subject to these terms and conditions.

How to get the Early Bird patch free

When you renew April 2 - 9, you are eligible to receive GSSJC's Early Bird 2019 patch for FREE. Patches will be delivered to your Girl Scout Community, and your Community will communicate how to pick up your free patch.

Patches are available while supplies last.

I'm a lifetime member - why do I need to renew?

Lifetime members do not need to renew their membership. However, all lifetime members are asked to log in to their MyGS account during Early Bird and renew any volunteer roles they might currently hold.

Are you a troop leader AND a lifetime member? Just a reminder that while you don't need to renew your membership, you can:

  • Renew girl and adults members in your troop
  • Renew any adult roles
  • Update your troop meeting information
  • Check for CBC (criminal background check) expiration dates for yourself and other adults - contact customerservice@sjgs.org to renew a CBC

  

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