Parents, Volunteers

Why renew during Early Bird?

While the school year is winding down, we’re looking to the future — next year, that is!

Early Bird is in full swing, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! From membership reimbursements to patches and sneak peeks, here are five of our favorite reasons you should renew your membership during Early Bird.

1. Give her amazing experiences for another year!

When your girl continues another year with Girl Scouts, she’ll have another years’ worth of opportunities to stand up, speak up, and take the lead. She’ll discover her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™, and you’ll be able to watch her shine, again and again.

Will she find a sustainable solution to a problem in her community? Will she explore the great outdoors? Build a robot? Learn to code? Conduct an experiment? With Girl Scouts, the possibilities are truly endless. Renewing during Early Bird means she’ll discover all she can be and everything she can accomplish when she has the right tools and a safe space to shine.

2. Get $25 for five

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our Movement, and we know troops are more successful when they’ve got an awesome team! So we want to help out the amazing volunteers who make your girls’ experience what it is.

When your troop renews during Early Bird, GSWO will reimburse your troop $5 per adult member, up to $25! So, for those troops with four volunteers — renewing during Early Bird means you can add another adult volunteer for free! Yes, please!

Keep in mind, the sooner we receive your Troop Financial Report, the sooner we can get your reimbursement to your troop! So head over to the Volunteer Toolkit and fill yours out as soon as your troop year is over!

3. Patches

Who doesn’t love a good patch? Well, during Early Bird your girl has the opportunity for not just one, but two awesome patches!

This year, we’ve unveiled new, exclusive patches just for Girl Scouts in our council who renew during Early Bird! The 2017-2018 patches feature Gabby the Go-Getter, a feisty little pink bird who’s bold, honest, and determined to succeed.

Like your girl, Gabby can’t wait for all the new adventures she will explore with her sister Girl Scouts! Plus, over the next four years, we’ll be featuring each of our Early Birds on their own patch!

Plus, when your girl brings a friend along to her troop next year, she also gets the Add a Girl patch! That’s two awesome patches, just for renewing during Early Bird with a friend!

4. Increased cookie earnings

What awesome things has your troop done with your cookie earnings? We bet a lot! Maybe you pay the membership fees for the girls and volunteers in your troop, or you gather supplies for a local animal shelter. Whatever it is, we want to help you earn more next year!

Troops who renew at least five girls and two adults during Early Bird and participate in the 2017 Fall Product Sale will receive an additional 5 cents per box of cookies sold in 2018. That adds up quickly! Just think of all of the additional amazing things you’ll get to do next year with increased earnings!

5. First access to Program Events

Maybe your girls know they want to learn archery next year. Or they want to travel to a different part of Ohio they haven’t been to yet. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little bit of extra time to plan everything out so your girls can accomplish everything their hearts desire?

Well, good news! Participating Early Bird troops will be invited for a sneak peek at the upcoming Fall Program Events! You can start planning with the girls right away, so everyone is excited about another year of Girl Scout adventures!

6. You don’t have to think about it over the summer!

When summer finally comes around, the last thing you want is one more thing to add to your to do list, right? So cross this one off early!

When you renew during Early Bird, you’re getting ahead of the game. You don’t have to worry about renewing your troop during the summer or crazy back-to-school season. Or, if parents and caregivers are the ones in charge of renewing girls in your troop, you don’t have to bother them about it all summer!

When you renew during Early Bird, everyone gets to enjoy their summer!


So what are you waiting for?! Head on over to gswo.org/renew today!

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