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Renew Your Membership

Whether you’ve been a member for a few months or many years, we think you’ll agree that a Girl Scout membership is one of the most valuable investments anyone can make in a girl’s life, providing rich experiences for her to explore new interests, face challenges, form new friendships, and make lasting community contributions.

Girl Scout memberships work on our program year, which runs October 1 – September 30. The cost of a 2018 membership is $25.

Renewal FAQs

Who can renew?

As an individual who is a current member, you can renew yourself. As a parent or guardian, you can renew membership for your family. As a troop leader, you can renew membership for the girls and adults in your troop.

Why should I renew during Early Bird?

Early Bird season is Girl Scouts River Valleys’ spring renewal opportunity where members can renew for the upcoming year and receive great perks, like a patch and shop discount card!

What about financial assistance and Cookie Credits?

Girls and adults who are requesting financial assistance must renew membership individually, not with their troop. Troop leaders cannot request financial assistance on behalf of a girl. Girls can use Cookie Credits for their membership dues. Girls who utilize Cookie Credits for membership will need to complete renewal on paper. Please contact us to request a paper form.

How does an adult register for more than one troop?

All current volunteer positions, including all troop and service unit positions, will auto populate during the volunteer renewal. If a volunteer has positions with more than one troop, they will also show up. If a troop doesn’t show up, please finish registering and then contact us.

Do I need another background check?

Adult Girl Scout members holding a Girl Scout volunteer role are required to complete a background check every three years. The background check is at no cost to the volunteer and is completed online.

Following the completion of 2018 membership renewal, all volunteers who have not completed a background check in previous years, or have not completed a background check in the past three years, will be asked to complete a background check.

Volunteers completing the background check will receive two emails, one from Girl Scouts River Valleys and one from the background check vendor, including specific directions on completing the background check.

Twelfth-grade Girl Scout bridging to adult?

Twelfth-grade Girl Scout Ambassadors will receive a direct mailing in April providing them with information on registering as an adult Girl Scout for 2018 or as a lifetime member. A special lifetime membership at the reduced cost of $195 (with an additional $15 River Valleys’ discount) is offered to girls who are registered Girl Scouts at the time of their high school graduation, provided they apply for lifetime membership before September 15, 2017.

Graduating seniors choosing to continue as annual, rather than lifetime members, should reach out to the council for assistance registering into an adult role.

Family Renewal Instructions

Families can renew their membership for the upcoming Girl Scout year by logging into Members.GirlScouts.org. Their username is the email at which they receive Girl Scout communications. For trouble logging in, use the “Forgot Your Password” link. Contact us online or call 800-845-0787 for further assistance logging in, if necessary.

The following guide walks you through the process of renewing your family online.

Renew Membership for Family Members

1. Once you log into the Member Community, you will be on the "Membership" tab. This tab shows the members of your family, their history in Girl Scouts, and which troops each member is affiliated with. Start by changing your view from "Current Year" to "Next Year" at the top right.

Chose 'Next Year' From the Drop Down

2. Next, use the drop-down menu to select which family members to renew and the roles you would like to renew them for.

  • To take a member out of a troop or volunteer role or troop, choose "Don't Renew" for that member.
  • If you aren't sure, choose "I'll Decide Later" and move ahead.
  • Adults will see an option to choose "Lifetime Membership."
  • If you see "Inactive" or "Contact Council" for a role you would like to renew, please contact us.
  • Select 'Renew' From the Drop Down Menu

    Girl Drop-Down

  • Select 'Renew' From the Drop Down Menu

    Adult Drop-Down

3. Click "Continue" to move to the next step.

4. Next, to confirm that your family accepts the Girl Scout Promise and Law, check the acceptance box and click "Continue."

5. You will now be brought to the payment page.

  • You may add a donation to your order to help keep Girl Scouting accessible to all girls.
  • Adults who chose "Renew" in the first tab will be given the option to upgrade to lifetime membership.
  • Check the "Request Aid" box to request financial assistance in paying membership dues for any family member (not available on lifetime memberships).

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6. You will be asked to confirm your purchase. Click "Submit" if everything is correct.

Renewal Confirm Screen

7. Once you see a "Thank You!" page, you’re all finished! You will receive an email shortly confirming your renewal.

Add New Adult or Girl Member to Your Household

1. Scroll to the bottom of the "Membership" tab to the "Add a New Member" section. Select either "Girl" or "Adult" and click "Go."

2. The next screen will vary depending on whether you selected "Girl" or "Adult" in step 1. Fill out these fields as completely as possible. If you select "Adult," you will have the option to register as a volunteer or only as a member. If you select the second member-only option, you will bypass the next screen and go straight to step 4.

  • Enter Girl Information

    Girl Next Screen

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  • Enter Adult Information

    Adult Next Screen

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3. Next, you will brought to the "opportunity catalog."

  • If you’re adding a girl to your household, choose a troop that will work for your family, or choose a placeholder troop with a title like “New Kindergarteners,” and our staff will contact you to help find a new troop.
  • If you’re adding an adult to your household, choose the role you would like, or choose either “I want to lead her troop” or “Unsure” and our staff will contact you to finalize role placement.
  • Ways to Participate Screen

    Girl Next Screen

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  • Select a Volunteer Role Screen

    Adult Next Screen

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4. On the "Membership" page, you will enter the rest of the contact information necessary for Girl Scout membership. Be sure to choose the correct membership year:

  • Choose "Valid 10/1/2016–9/30/2017" if you are interested in participating in summer activities, like camp. You will need to purchase 2017 membership in October.
  • Choose "Valid 10/1/2017-9/30/2018" if you are interested in participating in the upcoming school year.
  • Membership Information Screen

    Girl Next Screen

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  • Become a Member Screen

    Adult Next Screen

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5. Next, you will accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law for the new household member.

Promise and Law Screen

6. Then, you will arrive at the "Payment" screen.

  • There is an option to add a donation to the transaction (this option will not appear if financial assistance is requested).
  • If adding an adult member, you will see an option to purchase a lifetime membership.
  • If financial assistance is requested, you will skip the next screens and arrive directly at the "Thank You" page, step 8.

Payment Screen

7. Next, you must confirm the purchase before completing the transaction.

Confirmation Screen

8. Once you see a “Thank You” page, you’re all set! 

Update Family Contact Information

1. From the "Membership" tab of the Member Community, click "Edit Profile Details For/Of Household Members" OR click "Family Profile."

Girl Scout Household Screen

2. Click "Edit" next to each household member you would like to edit. Information must be updated separately on each member's record—nothing is automatically applied across the household.

Family Profile Screen

3. On the next screen, you can edit most information that we have for members. Please contact us if you need to edit the following fields, as they are not editable in the Member Community:

  • Girl: Gender, Date of Birth, Grade
  • Adult: Date of Birth

Edit Family Member Information Screen

4. Click "Save," and you will see a confirmation screen. 

Troop Renewal Instructions

Troop leaders who are planning to renew their troop’s memberships have until September 30, 2017 (the last day of the 2016-2017 Girl Scout membership year). After that date, families will need to renew their girl’s membership individually.

Troop leaders can find renewal instructions for their troop at Volunteers.GirlScoutsRV.org/Renew-Your-Troop.