It's Early Bird Season
side menu icon

It's Early Bird Season


header-image-eb-2021-news-post

While this Girl Scout year has been anything but normal, spring is here and that means it’s Early Bird Season! Girl Scouts throughout our council have been staying home, distance learning, and maybe even participating in a virtual troop meeting or two. Through these uncertain times, we know how important it can be to carry on fun traditions–like receiving your Early Bird patch. Today we announce this year’s Early Bird, as a way for you to continue the consistency of Girl Scouts.

This year’s Early Bird season will run from May 1-July 10, 2020. Girl Scout members who register during this time unlock their chance to win exciting Girl Scout experiences (read on for details) and receive this year’s patch featuring our Early Bird mascot, the eastern bluebird (selected by Troop 45039)! Families and troops can learn more about this special bird with our Early Bird Activity Plan (PDF).

white circle patch with light blue background, blue bird near a bird house with text Early Bird 2021 Girl Scouts River Valleys

Girls and adults who register as members for the 2020–2021 Girl Scout year by July 10 will receive the exclusive 2021 Early Bird patch and a 20% off apparel coupon for the Girl Scout Shop–good in store and online during the month of September. Patches will be mailed in August.

Troop leaders who register during Early Bird will also receive a troop leader Girl Scout Shop coupon to use four times during the year to save $10 off a $50 purchase or $20 off a $100 purchase. The first coupon will be emailed in July and can be redeemed in-store or online.

Lifetime members who confirm their role for the 2020–2021 Girl Scout year by July 10 will also receive the patch and apparel discount.

New members who join by July 10 also qualify for Early Bird.

Troop Benefits

The fun continues in Early Bird season with one-of-a-kind benefits, plus special drawings for troops!

Troops who register at least one troop leader and half of the number of 2019-2020 Girl Scout members in the troop (half is based on troop’s girl memberships as of March 31, 2020) by July 10, 2020 will qualify as an Early Bird troop.

When you qualify as an Early Bird troop by July 10, 2020 you have completed one of two steps to earn an additional $0.10/package in next year’s cookie program. (Step two will be to meet the Per Girl Average–to be determined and shared at a later date).

Qualify as an Early Bird troop by May 31 for the chance to win:

  • Free 2021 Membership: we’ll reimburse your troop for up to 14 members.
  • Cookie Booth Fast Pass: priority booth selection for the 2021 cookie sale.

Qualify as an Early Bird troop by July 10 for the chance to win:

  • Free 2021 Membership: we’ll reimburse your troop for up to 14 members.
  • Cookie Booth Fast Pass: priority booth selection for the 2021 cookie sale.
  • Priority (And free!) Troop Camp Registration for 2021. One troop can register for troop camp one week before registration opens and we’ll cover the costs. Max value $1,500.
  • Program Event Registration: pick a Girl Scouts River Valleys program event for your troop during the 2020-2021 program year and we’ll cover the costs.
  • Tish in a Tent: Girl Scouts River Valleys CEO Tish Bolger will visit your troop’s tent overnight and she’ll even bring the s’mores (virtual now or in-person when safe through summer 2021).
  • Name a Horse at Camp 2021
  • Choose the 2022 Early Bird: (Your troop will consult with Girl Scouts River Valleys’ staff to pick the 2022 Early Bird.)

The Fine Print

  • To be an Early Bird troop, troops must register at least one troop leader and half of the number of 2019–2020 Girl Scout members in the troop (half is based on troop’s girl memberships as of March 31, 2020) for the 2020–2021 membership year. Example: If you had 13 girls as of March 31, 2020, you must renew at least one troop leader and register 7 girls (round up). Both renewing and new members count toward the goal. New troops formed between April 1–July 10, 2020 qualify if they have one troop leader and at least three girls registered for the 2020–2021 membership year.
  • Drawing winners will be notified via email by July 21, 2020.
  • Unless otherwise specified, there will be one troop winner for each Early Bird benefit.
  • Prizes are not transferable.

How to Register

Resouces