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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. As things continue to evolve and change, we’ll continue to adapt to meet her needs as we begin to come together again, and beyond. If you have questions how your girl can participate in Girl Scouts, please contact us at customercare@gsema.org


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Help Us Help Our Girls. Girl Scouts is an essential activity for girls. We provide normalcy and opportunity to girls at a time when their world is rapidly changing—but we can’t do this without you. As you renew your membership, please consider making an additional donation to help us give all girls access to skill-building and confidence-boosting experiences. You can also make a donation online at any time, or text gsema to 76278. Thank you for believing in Girl Scouts!


Fall 2020 Girl Scout Pathways

Girl Scouts at Home

No matter how your girl participates in Girl Scouts this year—whether in a troop or independently—she can stay engaged and inspired with Girl Scouts at Home! All Girl Scouts receive access to GSEMA staff- and program partner-led live virtual events, online Journeys, virtual badges, service projects, and more.

Virtual Troop Experiences

Your girl can access the Girl Scout experience she knows and loves from the comfort of home! Many troops are transitioning to meeting virtually this fall. Check in with your troop leader to see what your troop’s plans are!

If your girl’s troop has disbanded, or if you’re looking for a new troop, you can find virtual troop experience opportunities online by clicking Add/Change Troops during the online renewal process. Available virtual troops will have their location listed as "virtual."

In-person Troop Experiences

Your girl’s local troop may meet in person—either on a regular basis or just for special events—following our in-person gathering guidelines. Some troops are also exploring a hybrid meeting schedule, with some activities occurring virtually and others in person. Connect with your troop leader for more details! 

If you have questions about in-person meetings or need more support, contact us at customercare@gsema.org.

Independent Experiences (Juliettes)

Juliette Girl Scouts are registered girl members who participate in Girl Scouts independently of a troop—attending Girl Scout programs, working on badges, and earning their Highest Awards with the guidance of a caregiver or one-on-one adult mentor.

Community Program Experiences

GSEMA works with local community centers, public and charter schools, housing authorities, and other organizations to support community program troops in which girls explore their interests, build relationships, and have fun while learning and growing. Contact customercare@gsema.org to learn more.


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! 

2020 Creative Bridging Ideas

Here are some ideas to spark your girls' creativity from other Girl Scouts around our movement. For in-person events, remember to follow GSEMA’s COVID-19 guidelines for in-person gatherings.

  • A “red carpet” bridging, where each girls get to walk under a balloon rainbow, take pictures, and feel like a super star. Families schedule individual slots, and a designated volunteer helps ensure safety protocols are being followed.
  • A drive-thru ceremony in a safe location, where each girl can get cheers from her troop leaders. Families schedule individual slots, and a designated volunteer helps ensure safety protocols are being followed.
  • Have girls make bridges at home out of pillows, stuffed animals, or anything else girls can safely walk across.
  • Put girls' engineering skills to work to create bridges 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 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. 

Have an idea to share or want help brainstorming? Let us know!

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.