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Want to join Girl Scouts in the fall? Hit the ground running with these tips!

July 11, 2016

Join Girl Scouts

By Shellie Culler, Recruitment Director

Did you know that the majority of Girl Scout troops start in the fall? It’s back to school and back to troop time, which is exciting, but can also be overwhelming! To help families kick their fall into high gear, here are some tips that will make joining a Girl Scout troop a smooth process…which makes being a Girl Scout even more fun!

When is the best time to look for a troop?

RIGHT NOW! Girls can join troops year-round, but families have the best chance of reserving the troop of their choice by registering early. Girls new to Girl Scouts can register as early as July 1 and browse our online troop catalog for meeting and troop options. Selecting your troop prior to school starting not only checks one thing off your to-do list, but also gives your girl something to look forward to as she starts the school year. Additionally, registering early ensures that your girl doesn’t miss a moment of fun! Many troops start meeting in August and September and finding your troop sooner rather than later allows your girl to participate in early meetings, become acquainted with leaders and fellow Girl Scouts, and start planning her best year ever!

How do I register my girl to be a Girl Scout? How do I find a troop?

GO ONLINE! To start the registration process and to find troops online, you’ll want to utilize our online troop catalog. The online catalog lists troops with available openings and families can search by zip code or troop number to find troops near you or a specific troop. If you know of a Girl Scout troop in your neighborhood or school, you can also register for that troop online. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s fun! If you can’t find a troop that works with your family’s schedule, simply check the “unsure” option. This will let our Girl Scout representatives know to reach out and help you find the solution that works best for your family.

Always dreamed of leading your own troop? Want to be a part of your daughter’s experience? Help us empower and guide the next generation of female leaders! You can register as a Volunteer by adding your membership along with your daughter’s or by visiting our adult registration page and selecting your volunteer role. We’ll follow up and help you get on boarded.

What happens after I get registered?

Your troop leader will reach out to welcome you! Once your daughter is registered, your troop leaders will be notified by email with your contact information. This makes it super easy for them to communicate with you about the upcoming troop year. They will let you know what your daughter needs prior to the first troop meeting as well as when the first troop meeting and parent meetings will take place.

Most troops do not meet over the summer, so expect to hear from your troop leader in August or September once the troop is starting back up. If you’re new a troop leader, you’ll start to receive notifications about girls who are joining your troop. We recommend reaching out and welcoming them as soon as possible and to let them know the date of your first meeting. Additionally, a Girl Scout staff member will reach out to new troop leaders to schedule training and welcome them to the organization.

I hope these tips help set you and your family up for success this fall. Just remember to follow my motto! The sooner you get started, the sooner the Girl Scout fun begins!


Top 3 Reasons to be an Early Bird Girl Scout VIP!

April 7, 2015

Girl Scout Early Bird VIP


**Please note Early Bird Registration will now open April 16, 2015. Thank you!!

By Laura Douglass, Membership Director

Early Bird Registration starts April 16th and here’s the top three reasons why you don’t want to miss the opportunity to be a Girl Scout VIP!

1. Free stuff! What girl doesn’t love the chance to add a little more ‘flare’ to her Girl Scout uniform? By renewing before June 30th, you will receive the brand new 2016 Early Bird patch. Be a total fashionista and set the latest trend by being the first girl in your troop to wear this fun patch!

Plus each troop can earn a little fun swag as well. By renewing now, you will not only hold your spot in your troop and help your co-leaders better plan for next year’s fun, but each troop that renews 5 girls and 2 adults will also earn a $15 Council Gift Card. What a fabulous way to kick-off your next troop year.

And there’s more! Each and every week during the Early Bird registration period, we will be surprising one lucky troop with an additional $10 Gift Card. All troops with 5 girls and 2 adults that have renewed for 2016 are eligible for the weekly drawing – each week you’ll have the chance to like or comment on a Facebook post to lock-in your chance to win!

2. Unicorn Riding Lessons! Okay, so technically we don’t really offer unicorn riding lessons but Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines does present a whole year of amazing opportunities from summer resident camps, to scavenger hunts and museum trips, to visits with top scientists at research laboratories.

Do you want to go rock climbing? Do you want to see a professional sports team and ‘meet and greet’ the players? Do you want to learn about folk arts or how about spending an entire day creating your own crafts? We’re putting the finishing touches on these events and so much more for our 2016 program year calendar. By renewing your membership before June 30th, you can be an Early Bird VIP and help ensure we have the resources needed to continue planning these remarkable opportunities.

3. Beat the Rush! Face it, we’re all busy these days and warmer afternoons will soon beckon us to lazy afternoons by the pool and long weekends with friends and family around the picnic table. By renewing before June 30th, you will secure your spot in your troop and help minimize the paperwork hassle later so your leaders can hit the ground running as soon as the new school year begins. Why wait in line if you don’t have too? Relax, Early Bird! Renew by June 30th and you get to check off one more thing on your back-to-school-to-do list.

So let’s recap, shall we? As a Girl Scout Early Bird VIP you’ll earn flare for your uniform, do your part to earn a little swag for your troop, help your troop be eligible to win even more swag in our weekly drawings, all summer long you’ll feel more connected to your troop and your council by providing resources for optimal planning to make 2016 the best year ever, and you get to jump to the head of the line before fall registration. Now isn’t that a pretty sweet package deal of awesomeness for our Early Birds?

To renew, visit the My GS community and login. There are options to renew individual girl and adult memberships, troop renewal, and new family renewal (where you can renew everyone in your family with just a few clicks!). You can visit our Early Bird Renewal page for more details!


Want to learn more? Click here to access our new membership renewal portal….

You can also send us a note or give us a call at 1-800-284-4475. We’d love to hear from you!


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