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Volunteers Resources

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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The Volunteer Toolkit is a digital resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient.

Welcome back to the new Girl Scout year! The presentation below is a recap of the recent Welcome Back Webinar for Fall 2018. Check it out to learn about updates to the Volunteer Toolkit, Troop Trip Application, New Badges, Products Sales and much, much more. 

Welcome Back Webinar content Fall 2018

 

Through the Volunteer Toolkit, troop leaders can:
  • Plan the troop’s calendar year.
  • Email parents with one click.
  • View the troop roster, renew girls’ membership, and update girls' contact information.
  • View Daisy through Ambassador Journeys and badges (to plan for troop meetings), including prepopulated tracks for younger and older Multi-Level troop groups (K–5 and 6–12).
  • Customize meetings by troop year with other badge and Journey options.
  • Explore individual 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

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What About Parents?

  • Parents can now access the Volunteer Toolkit to see what their girl’s troop or group is doing (e.g, meeting information and which badges and Journeys she is working on).
  • Parents can also view the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).

Log in today! Click on My GS in the upper right-hand corner to get started, and 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 (2018) 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. 

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) Training Videos

Think of VTK as your personal assistant! It makes volunteering easy. Learn the ins and outs of the program with this updated training video

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)