Registration = Insurance Protection. It's that simple.

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So why do we register to be Girl Scouts?   Unlike many councils across the U.S., GSSA struggles to get members registered in a timely fashion each year.   As I speak with other CEOs, many have 60 percent of their members registered before October 1, which is the beginning of the membership year.   We are nowhere near that percentage.

So you ask, well, why does it matter, really?   Yes, it does, and here's why.  With registration comes insurance for adults and for girls.   Although that might not seem like a big deal to you, each year we have countless insurance claims.   These range from a stumble and a fall at camp, to someone getting stabbed in the forehead with a staple while trying to work with a girl on a craft project.   It was an accident, but accidents do happen.

 If you are not registered, then technically you are not attending a Girl Scout event, and you are not covered by council insurance, so you would have to cover this personally.  Trust me, that $12 per girl member is much less expensive than many insurance claims.   The $12 registration fee goes directly to GSUSA, and GSSA does not receive any of those funds, but this is the only way insurance is covered.   I wind up writing this each year, and it feels like I am nagging.   However, it is important for you to understand the liability you assume by meeting and not being registered.  We cannot cover situations where you met, had an accident, but had not turned in your annual registration.   So, please, remember to register soon if you have not already done so.   Thanks to those of you who register early, or register on time, we appreciate your diligence.

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