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Grow Your Troop and Earn a Patch

You’ll have two options for growing your troop this year! By filling out the Grow Your Troop online form, you can increase your desired troop size so that new girls and adults can discover your troop and join in on the fun and learning!

To qualify for the exclusive Grow Your Troop patch for the girls and leaders in your troop:

  • Fill out the Grow Your Troop online form by November 30, 2020, and add at least one new girl and adult volunteer space
  • Add at least one new girl and adult volunteer to your troop by January 31, 2021
  • Your troop will need to be active and meeting virtually during COVID-19

What’s new this year?

  • You can choose to be displayed in the online Troop Catalog so new members can find and join your troop
  • You can elect to invite or recruit your own new members without being displayed in the online Troop Catalog. We’ll let you know if we hear from any potential interested new members too.
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FAQs

How do I participate?

Submit the Grow Your Troop form by November 30, 2020. You can add as many girl and volunteer spaces as you want to your troop. Potential new members will either see your troop in the online Troop Catalog, or you can invite them to join yourself. When someone joins your troop, you’ll receive an email with the family’s contact information. 

How do I help prospective new members decide if they are a good fit for us?

Make sure to include lots of detail about your troop in your troop description! Sharing what your troop likes to do helps set expectations and attracts the people with similar interests, so all your girls can have the best experience possible. You can write your own troop description from scratch or mix and match the sample troop descriptions provided in the form.

What if my troop requires adults to volunteer?

You can add that to your description! All adult volunteers must complete registration and a background check prior to participating with the troop and working with girls. If you require parents or caregivers to help out with the troop, mention it in your troop description.

My troop opted-in last year—can we still qualify for this year's Grow Your Troop patch?

If you filled out an online opt-in form in the past, you can qualify for this year’s patch by submitting an online Grow Your Troop form between August 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020. You will need to add at least one new girl and one adult volunteer by January 31, 2021.

We’re a new troop just starting for this membership year—can we still qualify for the patch?

If you fill out an online Grow Your Troop form between August 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020, add at least one additional girl and volunteer space in addition to the pre-set 12, and add at least one new girl and adult volunteer (above the preset 12) by January 31, 2021, you’ll earn the patch.

How will we receive our patch?

We’ll begin distributing patches at the end of the promotion after January 31, 2021—details to follow.


THANK YOU FOR MAKING GIRL SCOUTS POSSIBLE FOR MORE GIRLS!

If you have questions regarding the status of your form, please contact Member Services at info@gsnorcal.org or 800-447-4475 ext. 2013