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Renew Membership

In challenging times, our Girl Scout grit shines the brightest. That’s why we’re prepared to be a source of consistency for you and your girl when you need it most. Now you can access the Girl Scout experience she knows and loves in a way she can enjoy right now.

While many of the things she was looking forward to are canceled, Girl Scouts is still happening. From home and online, for as long as she needs to, she can:

  • Keep the Girl Scout experience going and stay connected while earning badges through online activities with Girl Scouts at Home

  • Participate in live virtual events and safe service projects that keep her engaged and inspired

  • Gain tangible, innovative problem-solving and life skills

  • Grow confidence in her outdoor skills and learn how to be a champion for the environment 

  • Expand her imagination through hands-on STEM activities 

And as things continue to evolve and change, we’ll continue to adapt to meet her needs until we can come together again. 

Connection is more important than ever as we navigate these challenging times. We're here for you!

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Why Girl Scouts?


Early Bird Renewal Thank You Gifts

New! Opening Day Patch

As a special thank-you to our earliest birds, GSEMA will provide a special “More to Explore” patch to the first 500 girls who renew their memberships on May 1, 2020.

For Families

GSEMA will provide a $5 shop coupon to each girl who renews her membership by May 15. The coupon has no minimum purchase requirement, and can be used at all GSEMA shops and camp trading posts. New this year: coupons will be delivered via email in the receipt confirmation when registration is complete. 

Additionally, each family will be entered into a drawing for several Member Benefit family packages! Giveaways include:

  • 1 gift basket from Dave & Busters  
  • 1 family 4-pass to Pinz Kingston for bowling and arcade, and a swag bag/basket
  • 3 sets of a 4-pack of tickets to Boch Center for performances of Trolls LIVE!
  • 1 set of 2 passes for Boston Duck Tours
  • 1 family membership to Buttonwood Park Zoo
  • 1 set of 2 tickets to Broadway in Boston for the opening night of Anastasia on July 8, 2020, at 7 PM
  • 1 set of 4 tickets to Monster Jam from Feld Entertainment on June 27, 2020, at 7 PM
  • 1 group visit to LegoLand, including Hot Deal Meal Deals, a patch for each girl, and an activity sheet for up to 15 people
  • 1 set of 4 tickets to a Boston Red Sox game (excluding opening day or Yankees games), a pre-game batting practice viewing, and a Red Sox gift bag
  • 1 family 4-pack of Anytime Lift Tickets to Pats Peak (including weekends or school vacation weeks) for the 2020-2021 season 

To qualify, renew her membership by May 15, 2020.

For Troops and Troop Leaders

Troops that qualify will receive a $50 program credit for up to 12 girls renewed, and a $75 program credit for more than 12 girls renewed. Program credits can be applied toward any GSEMA program registration through eBiz or DoubleKnot. Troop leaders will receive an email in August with details about how to claim program credits. Additionally, all troop leaders and assistant troop leaders who renew their membership or are Lifetime Members by June 5 will receive a $10 shop coupon. 

To qualify, troops must renew 75% of their girl members by June 5; then register or renew two adult members, have no product program debt, and submit an Annual Troop Finance Report by June 30.

For Service Units

New this year: service units that qualify will receive money for each girl renewed. As communities renew a higher percentage of their current girl membership, each girl’s renewal will earn them more money.  

Service units that renew:

  • 30% of girls by June 19 will earn $1 per girl renewed  
  • 50% of girls by June 19 will earn $2 per girl renewed  
  • 70% of girls by June 19 will earn $3 per girl renewed 

To qualify, service units must have an active service unit bank account, renew or register at least two Service Unit Leadership Team members, and submit the Annual Service Unit Financial Report by June 30. There is no minimum number of girls renewed required to qualify.

For Every Girl

GSEMA will give a special Early Bird Renewal patch to every girl who renews her membership by June 19. Patches will be distributed to troop leaders via service unit volunteers or Volunteer Support Specialists at the first service unit meeting of the 2021 Membership Year (usually in September or October).  

To qualify, renew her membership by June 19, 2020.


Troubleshooting Resources

Technical Support

If you need help renewing your individual or family membership, watch this video or read this step-by-step guide.

If you need help renewing your troop’s memberships, watch this video or read this step-by-step guide.

Troop Leadership Change

If your troop is changing leadership next year, the Transitioning to Leadership video will provide expectations and next steps for incoming leaders. If you have any questions or need support, please contact our Customer Care team to be connected with your local volunteer support specialist.

Troop Bridging to the Next Level

What is bridging?

Watch or listen to a 20-minute Take 5 episode on what Girl Scout bridging is.

Virtual Bridging Ceremonies

With members staying home to stay safe this spring, we wanted to share some creative ideas to help you celebrate the girls in your troop or service unit bridging to the next Girl Scout level. You can also watch or listen to our 15-minute Take 5 episode on creative virtual bridging ceremony ideas.

  1. Format: Consider hosting a live virtual event (using Zoom or another platform), a pre-recorded video that can be shared among troop members, or postponing your celebration to the fall for a more traditional in-person event.
  2. What you need: Girl Scout bridging ceremonies have a few basic elements:
    • Opening: Set the context of what bridging is and why it’s important.
    • Main section: Girls, whether physically or symbolically, cross a bridge and are welcomed to the next Girl Scout level.
    • Closing: Reflect on what has happened and move forward together as Girl Scouts.
  3. The rest is up to the girls! Let your girls get creative with how they’d like to celebrate—this is the fun part! Here are some ideas to spark their creativity from other Girl Scouts around our movement:
    • Make a bridge out of pillows, stuffed animals, or anything else girls can safely walk across.
    • Put her engineering skills to work to create a bridge from scrap wood or sticks in the backyard.
    • Take a virtual tour of a famous bridge and walk across it together (local examples include the Sagamore, Bourne, Zakim, and Tobin Bridges).
    • In lieu of a closing Friendship Squeeze, girls could learn and perform a new song (like the Brownie Smile Song for Daisies bridging up)
    • Create a YouTube Live Stream video compilation of girls bridging individually, then combine these into one video and with a slideshow of pictures from the bridging troops (idea submitted by the Acton/Boxborough Service Unit)
    • Contact your local cable access channel and let them know about your bridging Girl Scouts, especially high school seniors. 

Got an idea to share? Send it to us!

Bridging to Brownies

Stepping Up! Daisies to Brownies is a 15-minute video that gives a Daisy Leader who is moving up to Brownies an overview of Brownie meetings, troop year, Brownie program, resources, and support.

Learn more about planning your first bridging ceremony! Daisies can engage with older girls, try fun Girl Scout Brownie activities, and share their favorite things about being a Daisy. They can also be part of the bridging ceremony and receive their Bridge to Brownie Awards! 

Bridging to Juniors

Stepping Up! Brownies to Juniors is a 10-minute video that gives a Brownie Leader who is moving up to Juniors an overview of how troop meetings and the girl-led experience shift at this program level.

To help guide your girls’ transition from Brownies to Juniors, your troop can earn the Bridge to Junior Award by completing two steps: Pass It On! and Look Ahead! More information about these steps can be found in the handbook section of the Brownie Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, and on page 10 of the Girl Scout Bridging Guide.

Bridging to Cadettes, Seniors or Ambassadors

Girls can take the lead in big ways in the oldest program levels. Share the Girl Scout Bridging Guide with them and let them design their own ceremony!

Are your girls unsure which adventures to pursue as Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors? They can attend Bridging to the Future: Exploring Opportunities with Girl Scouts to learn more about service and travel opportunities, outdoor activities, women's empowerment activities, and more for older girls.

Do your girls want to do big things and improve their community in the process? Girl Scout Highest Awards show future colleges, employers, and the community that your girls are changing the world. Learn more about how you can help them earn the Silver Award or Gold Award!

Bridging to Adults

Her adventure as a Girl Scout alum begins now! Check out our Graduating Girl Scouts page for regalia, certificates of completion, and ways to stay connected to the movement. 

Troop Disbanding

If your troop plans to disband next year or you are unsure about continuing, please let us know. Our volunteer support team would love to talk with you about options for the troop, opportunities for individual girls who wish to continue in Girl Scouts, and alternative membership pathways. Please review the Disbanding Troop Checklist and contact Customer Care to be connected with your local volunteer support specialist.


2020–21 Membership Options

Annual Membership

The Girl Scout membership year runs from October 1 to September 30. The annual Girl Scout membership fee is $40 for girls and $25 for adults (financial aid is available).  The $40 for girls includes the $25 GSUSA membership fee and the $15 GSEMA Council Service Fee.  The Council Service Fee helps to ensure that Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is able to continue to provide exceptional girl programming and outstanding volunteer support. There is no service fee for adult members.

Lifetime Membership

Lifetime membership is available to any individual who accepts the principles of the Girl Scout Movement, pays the one-time lifetime membership fee, and is 18 or older (high school graduate or the equivalent).

Lifetime membership dues are $400. A young alum lifetime membership is available (at the reduced cost of $200) to anyone between 18–29 years old who was a girl member at any time in her childhood.

To purchase a lifetime membership for yourself or as a gift, visit GSUSA’s Lifetime Membership page.

 

For additional renewal support, please contact Customer Care at 844-306-GSEM (4736) or CustomerCare@gsema.org.