Who can renew during Early Bird?
All currently registered members! During Early Bird parents or guardians can renew themselves and their Girl Scouts, and troop leaders can renew themselves and their troop members. Parents, troops, and volunteers can easily renew memberships for themselves or their girl(s) online with a credit or debit card using MY GS. Renewing early gives you more time to ask for help and address technical issues before the fall rush.
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. Renewing also means there’s one less thing to worry about at the start of another busy school year. Think about how much fun you have had in Girl Scouts this year. Now think ahead to next year where even more exciting Girl Scout activities are planned. 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 1 and May 15, she shows the world the Power of G.I.R.L.
I’m a troop leader, why should I Early Bird register?
Troop Leaders who Early Bird get to head into the summer with knowing if all their girls will be back in the fall and can start effectively planning activities for the coming year. You can also offer spots for new girls in time for recruitment. You can have your roster ready and be able to hit the ground running once the new membership begins. Quick and easy online registration allows you to utilize the convenience of registering your whole troop online to avoid sending paperwork with personal information and money attached through multiple sets of hands before it reaches us.
I’m a parent, what is the benefit to me to register my daughter early?
By renewing now, parents get to make sure their daughter(s) will be right back in the same troop by securing their spot. Plus, it will be one less item on your very full list when fall arrives and you’re deep into back-to-school mode.
I’m a girl, what is the benefit of registering early?
Renew now and you free your mind to start thinking of all the things to come. Girl programs, outdoor events, STEM, Travel and destinations, and camps…we’re putting the finishing touches on events for our 2020 program year calendar.
Our troop always waits until school starts to register. Why should I do it earlier?
Registering during Early Bird allows time to work on any issues that arise. There were several questions/cases from members to customer care for Early Bird last year (between April to July) and more questions/cases during the three months that followed (August to October). Registering early means you aren’t behind others asking questions about joining for the first time or wanting a troop transfer.
What about getting a new Criminal Background Check (CBC)?
CBC’s can be handled well ahead of time – when registering, the system can tell if the CBC is going to expire before September 30 and will automatically send an invitation to renew. This means less CBC statuses to check for leaders at the beginning of the year.
Impact of Expiring CBC on Troop Leaders During Renewal:
If customer renews their membership after October 1 and the CBC has already expired, the system will re-trigger their CBC when they go to renew. However, if a customer renews their membership after October 1 and their CBC has not already expired, the system will not re-trigger their CBC when they renew. The only time the system automatically re-triggers a customer’s CBC is:
a) If they are renewing (at any time of year) and their CBC is already expired, or
b) If they are renewing early for the upcoming membership year (starting April 1) and their CBC is set to expire within the current membership year (by Sept. 30 of the current year)
Clarification on Troop Leaders Renewing Girls:
Troop Leaders with CBC’s expiring before October 1 will be able to renew girls in their troop up until October 1. If by October 1 they have still not completed their CBC, they will no longer be able to view the Troops tab and will not have access to VTK.