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Invite a Friend to Start a New Troop and Receive a $50 Coupon

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you inspire girls every day. By inviting a friend to start a new troop, you'll help more girls discover their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

You and a friend have the chance to each get a $50 coupon to spend at the Girl Scout shop! On top of that, every new girl added to the new troop by January 31, 2021 will receive special patch. Submit the form below before October 31, 2020, then have your friend fill out the Troop Number Request form, register as a volunteer, and complete an online background check. The new troop will need to start with at least 4 girls and one additional adult volunteer (by January 31, 2021).

Thank you for recruiting a friend to start a new Girl Scout troop! 



How can I qualify for the promotion?

As a Volunteer Recruiter you can “invite a friend” to be a leader and start a new Girl Scout troop by submitting the Invite a Friend online form before October 31, 2020. You must be at least 18 years old, be a registered adult member with Girl Scouts of Northern California for the 2021 membership year (or be a lifetime member), and must have a current background check on file.

How many friends can I invite?

You can invite two friends to start two separate NEW troops and qualify for two $50 coupons.

What does my friend need to do to qualify?

Your friend will need to start a new troop by submitting the Troop Number Request form no later than October 31, 2020 to qualify. Your friend must also purchase a membership and be an approved volunteer by submitting an online volunteer background check. The new troop will need to start with at least 4 girls and one additional adult volunteer (by January 31, 2021). From requesting a troop number to recruiting Girl Scouts, check out GSNorCal's resources on how to start a troop.

What if the new troop has two leaders—will each leader receive a coupon?

No, only one coupon will be issued per new troop. The leader that fills out the Troop Number Request form will receive the coupon.

What if my friend is already a Girl Scout Leader?

Your friend will qualify by starting a NEW troop (with new girl members) before October 31, 2020, even if they are already a current volunteer and leader of another troop.

Can the new troop be any level or grade?

Yes, new troops of any level qualify if they meet the criteria of a new troop (with one or more leaders, adequate number of adult volunteers and at least 4 girls).

How do girls qualify for the patch?

Girls are eligible for the special patch if they are NEW members purchasing a membership and joining a NEW “Invite a Friend” troop by January 31, 2021. 

How will we receive our coupons?

Everyone will receive their coupon code by email once eligibility for the Volunteer Recruiter and New Troop Leader is verified and the troop has at least 4 girls and one additional adult volunteer. Be sure to check your email and spam folder!

How can the coupon be used?

The coupons can be used on any qualifying in-store or online Girl Scout shop purchase. We suggest using the New Leader coupon to purchase insignia tabs and pins for all troop leaders, The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting book for the troop, plus a Journey book or patches/pins for the girls (as funds allow).

GSUSA coupon regulations apply, excluding gift certificates, downloadable content, and branded items from Amberleaf, Stanley, Deuter, Luci mPowered, Biolite, Big Agnes and DVF (as per GSUSA’s agreement with these national vendors) from being purchased with a council coupon. For “Ships from Council” items, coupon only applies if GSNorCal is in the listing name. 

Please note: Council shops may be closed during COVID-19. Check our Shop webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Does the coupon come with any rules or restrictions?
  • The coupon can be used at the Girl Scout online store or at GSNorCal council shops.
  • The coupon is valid on any pre-tax purchase of $50 or more.
  • Present the coupon at checkout. One code per order; cannot be combined with any other coupons of any kind; cannot be used to purchase gift certificates.
  • One $50 coupon for volunteer recruiter per new troop, up to two.
  • One $50 coupon for the New Leader of a new troop, issued to leader who fills out the Troop Number Request form.
  • Offer is available for members within Girl Scouts of Northern California council only.
Do the coupons expire?

Yes, the expiration date for the Volunteer Recruiter and New Leader coupon is March 31, 2021.


Questions? Contact Michele Carlsen at or 800-447-4475, ext 3018.