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Online Support for Volunteers

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ATTENTION TROOP LEADERS - Disaster Relief Guide. This guide is to inform council leaders of guidelines for providing support and relief to sister Girl Scout councils that have been impacted by disasters such as severe weather, wildfires, etc. The guide highlights general disaster relief recommendations and fundraising policies that inform these efforts and should serve as a future council reference. Access the full guide here

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When you volunteer with Girl Scouts, you’ll uncover new strengths and build on them. And we’re here to help you shine.

Check out these online resources and training courses that you can access whenever, wherever to make the most of your volunteer experience.

My GS


My GS is your Girl Scout home base and how you access other great tools to manage the Girl Scout experience for your family and troop! By logging into My GS in the upper right-hand corner you can:

  • Manage your Girl Scout membership and all the memberships in your household and troop(s).
  • Find exciting in-person and virtual events for your Girl Scout, your family, or your troop to attend.
  • Maintain your contact information, preferences and manage any changes within your troop.
  • Access essential tools like the Volunteer Toolkit and gsLearn to make your Girl Scout volunteer experience a breeze!

 

Volunteer Toolkit


The Volunteer Toolkit is your official source for delivering easy, fun troop meetings year-round! This fully customizable digital planning tool is accessible on any computer, tablet, or mobile device and provides you with Girl Scout program content, award requirements, and other resources.

Through the Volunteer Toolkit, troop leaders can:

  • Plan the troop’s calendar year.
  • View the troop roster and email families with one click.
  • View badges, Journeys and awards for all program levels including prepopulated tracks for younger and older Multi-Level troop groups (K–5 and 6–12).
  • Explore meeting plans that show a breakdown of every meeting, including a list of materials needed and editable time allotments for each activity within a meeting.
  • Record girls’ attendance at meetings and their badge and Journey achievements.
  • Add council or custom troop events to the troop’s calendar.
  • Enter the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).
  • Easily locate resources both national and local council resources, such as Safety Activity Checkpoints.

The Volunteer Toolkit isn’t just for troop leaders!
Caregivers and administrative volunteers can have access too.

  • Caregivers of Girl Scouts in a troop can see troop financial reports, download their attendance and achievement record and stay up-to-date on the great things the troop is doing throughout the year.
  • Individually registered Girl Scouts and their caregivers can access badges, Journeys and awards to take charge of their experience individually.
  • Administrative volunteers can see a demo version of the Volunteer Tookit to see all the programming available to troops and families, as well as provide support and training to their local volunteers.

Ready to learn more?
Check out the Volunteer Toolkit trainings in gsLearn before you start.Click on My GS in the upper right-hand corner to login and access gsLearn and the Volunteer Toolkit.

Caregivers
Check out our easy-access trainings available on YouTube!


gsLearn


gsLearn is Girl Scouts’ official online and on demand training platform. Confident leaders are prepared leaders, and these online learnings will give you all the info you need to be a great troop leader.

gsLearn isn’t just for volunteers! All members have access to this great tool. Click on myGS in the upper right-hand corner to login and check it out.

gsZoom


Zoom is an easy, reliable video conferencing and messaging platform with powerful security, that works across mobile and desktop devices. Safely meet with your Girl Scouts and families through virtual meetings to stay in-touch when meeting in-person is difficult. GsZoom is our unique partnership with Zoom organization to provide this essential product at a vastly reduced price point for our volunteers.

Think virtual meetings are for you? Contact us to get started!

 

 

If you ever need help, feel free to call Customer Care at 1-888-689-1912.

Important Forms & Documents
Blue Book of Basic Documents

The Blue Book of Basic Documents contains all of the basic documents of Girl Scouts of the USA. It is the foundation for the work of all Girl Scout councils.

Commonly Used Troop Forms

Visit our Forms and Documents Page for more documents and information such as:

Glossary of Girl Scout Terms

Girl Scouting has a language all of its own. If you need help with Girl Scout lingo, the glossary will help you out. Go to Glossary of Girl Scout Terms.

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Safety Activity Checkpoints go hand in hand with Volunteer Essentials. The checkpoints help you ensure the safety of your girls during their Girl Scout adventure. The checkpoints are formatted as checklists, so that you, your co-volunteers, and the girls can go through and check off each step that has been followed. Examples of checkpoints include kayaking, playgrounds, and theme parks.

Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials is a reference guide to use as needed. It includes information about starting a troop, important safety reminders and managing troop finances. 

Girl Scout University
Girl Scout University

Girl Scout University is an online resource for volunteers created by GSUSA. It contains trainings, blogs and more.

Outdoor Resources
Outdoor Videos

Funded by a grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, we created 8 outdoor-skill-building videos especially for volunteers newer to Girl Scouts and older girl members taking younger girls outside.

We've also collaborated with the Richard King Mellon Foundation to sponsor a video showing how to pack a backpack for an outdoor adventure and tip sheet highlighting tips for councils to get girls outdoors. 

Venture Out

Venture Out is an online adventure that lets volunteers explore different ways of taking girls outside in Girl Scouts.

Raising Awesome Girls

Get proven parenting advice to help you raise an awesome girl! Click here

STEM Resources

By showing girls how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects are woven throughout their everyday lives, our new guide, Helping Girls Become STEM Superstars, gives Girl Scout volunteers and parents tools to keep girls' passions and curiosity for STEM subjects alive.

The guide shows—with conversation starters, troop activities, and examples of STEM role models—how easy it is to make STEM matter for young girls.

The result of a partnership between GSUSA and Netflix, Helping Girls Become STEM Superstars is part of a larger initiative to motivate young girls to envision their futures in STEM and includes tools inspired by the Netflix original series Project Mc2.

Helping Girls Become STEM Superstars (PDF)

Virtual Meeting Playbook

Virtual meetings CAN be engaging and fun. The good news is that you already know how to do this!

Read the Virtual Meeting Playbook cover to cover. Pay special attention to page 30 for bonus materials in the Virtual Meetings Starter Pack!

Share the Playbook with your co-leader and troop adults to build buy-in and support.  You've got this!