It’s that time of year again—time for you and your girls to renew your Girl Scout memberships for another year of exciting opportunities!

We all know our organization offers girls a lot more than just a fun place to hang out and make new friends. With Girl Scouts, girls have the chance to build courage, confidence, and character as they become go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. But first, they have to renew their membership!

Whether you’re renewing your membership or your girl’s, GSNorCal’s Early Bird registration is in full swing and we don’t want you to miss the awesome incentives! So even though your current membership is good through the end of September and you’ll still have time to register in the fall between August 1 and September 30, here are three reasons to renew your 2017-2018 Girl Scout membership early:

1. You’ll earn a free, exclusive Early Bird patch and rocker.

If you’re looking to add another cool patch to your collection, you won’t want to miss our exclusive GSNorCal Early Bird patch and sunshine rocker. Both girl and adult members will receive a free Early Bird patch and rocker when they renew before May 1. Is May 1 too soon? Don’t worry – girls can still receive the special patch as long as they renew their membership before June 18.

GSNorCal Early Bird Patch

2. You’ll get special coupons and deals to our GSNorCal retail shops.

T-shirts, water bottles, backpacks, you name it – you’ll probably end up buying something from our GSNorCal retail stores during the year, so why not renew early, get a coupon, and save a little money! Girls who renew before May 1 will receive a 15% off coupon to use at our retail shops (in-store or online) between July 15 and August 12.

As they say, the more the merrier and since the Girl Scout experience wouldn’t be the same without all your girls, we have a special deal available for troops. When troop leaders renew 50% of their troop’s girl members, one leader, and one troop parent volunteer before June 1, they’ll receive a $10 gift certificate to use at GSNorCal’s online shop before September 30.

3. There’s no way around it, renewing early is just way more convenient.

For most parents and volunteers, the fall can get a little busy with back to school business, but when you renew your Girl Scout membership early, that’s one less thing to worry about when August comes around. The renewal process is quick and easy to do online, so why not spend a few minutes today and save yourself the headache later? Imagine the peace of mind you’ll have after completing your registration 3 months ahead of time and the comfort of knowing your membership will last until September of 2018 – you can’t beat that!

As a volunteer, you play a huge role as you inspire girls every day, helping them explore new things, create lifelong memories, and uncover their leadership potential. And even though renewing your Girl Scout membership may seem like a small task, this simple process is the first step your girls have to take before experiencing another year of life-changing adventures. So whether you and your girls are enticed by the renewal incentives or just want to get a head start on next year, consider renewing your membership early and keep that Girl Scout spirit going!

Helpful Reminders

Key Dates

  • Spring Early Bird Renewal: April 3 – June 18, 2017
  • Fall On-Time Renewal: August 1 – September 30, 2017

Renewal Fees

  • Girls: $40
  • Adults/Volunteers: $25 (or you can invest in a Lifetime Membership for $375)
  • Have a Girl Scout Ambassador who’s graduating this year? Graduating Girl Scouts can become Lifetime Memberships for just $195 if they submit their paperwork to their local GSNorCal office by September 15, 2017.
Renew Now! Need help renewing? Contact our Member Services team at!

Leah TakahashiLeah Takahashi—Leah is the Digital Marketing Specialist for Girl Scouts of Northern California, where she creates content, plans blog posts, and promotes all things Girl Scouts in all formats digital. Leah joined Girl Scouts at the age of 5 and has been a part of the organization ever since (shout out to Troop 31213 – woot woot). During her younger Girl Scout days, Leah did everything from selling thousands of Girl Scout Cookies to serving as a National Delegate at the 2011 Convention and even earning her Gold Award in 2012. She may be young, but she’s got plenty of Girl Scout experience under her belt and is excited to share it with you!