Each year at this time, I do a blog entry on why being registered as a Girl Scout matters. Our membership year runs from October 1 to September 30 each year. After September 30, if you have not registered for the coming year and participate in any Girl Scout functions, you take on the legal responsibility of that activity. This means that, if you take a troop somewhere, you aren't registered and something happens, the Girl Scout insurance does not cover you. The same is true with adults who are not approved by Girl Scouts.
We work very hard to get adult volunteers approved quickly, but having adults who are not approved again jeopardizes you because you are assuming that liability -- Girl Scouts. I recognize it doesn't sound like a big deal and many people may simply decide take their chances. However, each year we do have a number of accidents that do occur, and trust me, dealing with the attorneys, potential litigation, and liability that involves is not something you would want to spend your time and money on.
We encourage everyone to register as soon as possible for the next membership year, so you are assured you and the girls you work with are adequately covered and protected.