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This page was last updated Friday, November 8, 2019.

Volunteer Training & Events

Troop Leaders click here! We are looking for new communication tools to better support you. Take our 2 question anonymous survey and let us know what you want. 

Volunteer Support
  1. SUMs:  Please remind troop leaders and parents of the following: When emails are sent to Member Services, please be as descriptive as possible in the subject line so that the request can be categorized quickly or assigned to the right team. Instead of writing “help” or something general, please be specific.  Some examples include:
    1. “Troop transfer request” instead of replying to the new girl added to troop system email telling us where they should go
    2. Password reset should clarify MYGS or Program/Event registration – we often must reply to ask what they are trying to do, and it takes more time to resolve
    3. Include complete names when requesting information - i.e. I have a parent who is trying to register her daughter can you help her - doesn’t get us anywhere
  2. Troop Leaders:   Please verify that all girls who are attending troop meetings are registered for MY20
Girl Experience
Thanks-a-Lot Trot
What do you want to do in Girl Scouts this year? Finance your Girl Scout goals with the Thanks A Lot Troop Fundraiser.  Hosted at Camp Laughing Waters on November 23rd, you can run or walk our 5K course or choose the 1-mile fun run! Both courses will take you around beautiful Camp Laughing Waters, on a cross country adventure.  Troops have the option to raise money through in-person collection and online donations. Participants do not need to fundraise, this program is open to everyone.
She and Me Weekend Away
Now Open to 2nd – 5th graders: Escape to camp with the woman you love most in the world (a registered Girl Scout mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, mentor, etc.) Enjoy your time together making memorable crafts, playing games, enjoying the outdoors and more. All girls must be accompanied by an adult, no more than three girls per adult. *Includes activities on Saturday, heated cabin accommodations, and meals in the dining hall, and event patch.


Scholarship and Award Applications ARE OPEN!

Being a Girl Scout pays off! GSEP’s Award and Scholarship applications are open! Older girls should visit our Scholarships webpage before January 31, 2020 to apply!

GSUSA Destinations

Let’s get ready to travel! GSUSA Destinations have been announced for 2020 – check out all of the awesome travel opportunities open to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors here! Round 1 applications are due December 1, 2019. For more information about how to apply for a Destination, check out GSEP’s Travel webpage, plus review the information below.

AUGUST 15, 2019

Round 1 Destinations open.


Round 1 applications due.


All Round 1 applicants are notified of their status.

JANUARY 11, 2020

Deposit due for Round 1 accepted participants to hold their space. Deposits are paid directly to the trip sponsor.


Round 2 applications due. 


All Round 2 applicants are notified of their status


Deposit due for Round 2 accepted participants to hold their space. Deposits are paid directly to the trip sponsor.


Most 2020 Destinations that still have space will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis. Contact the trip sponsor then apply!

2019 Silver & Gold Award Ceremonies

Drum roll, please! We are excited to announce that the 2019 Silver and Gold Award Ceremonies will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center, located in Blue Bell, PA. The Silver Award Ceremony will be held from 11 am-2 pm, followed by the Gold Award Ceremony from 4 pm-8 pm. An electronic save the date will be sent in October.

Silver & Gold Award Information Sessions

We all know that the Girl Scout Silver Award and the Gold Award are two of the highest achievements in Girl Scouting, but do you know what it takes to earn one of these prestigious awards? Join an Information Session, either in-person or by webinar, to learn about the ins and outs of these awards. And guess what – these sessions aren’t just for Girl Scouts! Volunteers, guardians, and other adults are encouraged to attend, too! Register for a session in Program/Event Registration starting September 15, 2019 by simply typing “Silver” or “Gold” into the search bar! 


Final Days to Pre-order Cookie Merchandise! Don’t miss out on the new items to support your cookie booths! All Pre-orders are due by November 15 and can be emailed to

Visit the shops page for more information:

Your GSEP retail team is excited to announce a new opportunity for troops to complete steps of their Financial Badges while visiting our shops and working with our associates. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (November 19!)