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Why Volunteer

Prepare her for a lifetime of leadership, and be the mentor she needs.

As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. They’ll each find their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ after all!

You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop essential life skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Imagine the excitement, the impact, the memories made—those are the moments you’ll share at Girl Scouts.

Embark on an extraordinary journey of leadership!



Need to know more? Check out different ways to volunteer, see what girls do at Girl Scouts, or find out how to sign up the girl in your life.

APPLY NOW: First, please fill out the Volunteer Application Form at the bottom of this page.  All membership and training registration and volunteer screening forms (Volunteer Application and Background Check) submitted should reflect exactly the same first and last names and addresses. 


COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECK: After completing the volunteer application below, you will automatically be redirected to the online background check.  Once your volunteer application and background screening have been completed, you will be notified by council staff of your approval. While your application and background check are being processed, you can begin to take training for the adventure that awaits you! No need to wait! 


BECOME A MEMBER: If you have not yet registered and paid for your annual Girl Scout membership, please visit our Online Registration page to complete this step.


GET TRAINED: For most volunteer positions, your next step will be to take Girl Scouting 101.  (Please contact your Membership Manager if you need this training on CD instead.) If volunteering as part of a troop leadership team, you will need to take the New Leader Orientation after completing GS101 but at your earliest convenience. Click here  to view all upcoming trainings (or contact your Service Unit Manager or Membership Manager) and register for the event nearest you.

Please download Volunteer Essentials, which is a resource for volunteers serving girls. This document offers information about the Girl Scout movement and traditions, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and Journeys, healthy development in girls, how to keep girls safe, taking trips and hosting events, and how to help girls manage group finances, including details on Girl Scout Cookie sale. Please review the Introductory Information and the Safety Chapters at your earliest convenience, and then return to the document and review the other sections when you are ready for more. 


STAY CONNECTED: Attend monthly local meetings in your local service area to learn about upcoming opportunities and to network with other volunteers. Follow us on our social media networks (like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+ ) and sign up to receive Samoa News, our monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on everything Girl Scouts!