Volunteer Resources

Welcome, Girl Scout volunteers!

You belong to a network of nearly one million adults who share an important commitment: preparing girls to lead successful lives.

Now you can prepare yourself to be a more successful volunteer!

Check out these online resources and training courses that you can access whenever it’s convenient for you.

Girl Scouting 101
Class is in session—whenever you’re ready! This self-paced, 45-minute course is your online orientation to Girl Scouting, and is required for all volunteers before starting a volunteer position. Just sign in to get started. 

Volunteer Essentials
Get just about everything you need as a Girl Scout volunteer, including basic facts and forms, as well as tips on planning outdoor activities, managing troop finances, promoting safety, arranging trips, selling cookies, and more. Ask your local council for a copy of Volunteer Essentials.

Safety Activity Checkpoints
Every adult in Girl Scouting is responsible for the physical and emotional safety of girls, and we follow these guidelines at all times. From archery to hiking, outdoor cooking to ziplining, get checklists to help everyone stay safe—and have fun! Ask your local council for a copy of Safety Activity Checkpoints.


Outdoor Resources

Are the girls you volunteer with excited about going outdoors? Maybe they’d like to get closer to nature, go on a hike, or plan a camping trip? Let’s make it happen!

Thanks to a grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, we’ve created several introductory videos for volunteers focused on outdoor activities. They are specially tailored for volunteers (or even older Girl Scouts) working with Daisies, Brownies, or Juniors.

There are six outdoor skill-building videos covering topics ranging from setting up a campsite to camp cookery to cleaning up—all to help you plan your outside adventures and get girls and adults excited about heading outdoors. What’s more, you can tap into Venture Out!, a unique resource that can help you make the outdoor experience more girl-led and gain new insights (or refresh what you already know) so you feel more confident leading more girls to engage with the outdoors. 

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STEM Resources

By showing girls how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects are woven throughout their everyday lives, this 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)


Volunteer Toolkit*
The Volunteer Toolkit is a new digital planning tool that gives you resources and program content to get your year started—and keep it going smoothly! Fully customizable, the toolkit is digitally responsive so you can plan and prepare practically anywhere.

Girls have more fun when they can shape their own experience, do hands-on activities, and work together as teams. With the new toolkit, girls and leaders can explore meeting topics and program activities together, and follow the fun as they plan their Girl Scout year.

*Member authentication is required. You will be notified when the Volunteer Toolkit is available at your council.

Volunteer Toolkit Tutorials

 

Looking for forms?

Each Girl Scout council maintains its own set of documents to administer its unique programming. So if you’re looking for forms covering safety, travel, events, camp, membership, financial management, awards and scholarships, cookie/product sales, or any other form related to Girl Scout programs, please contact your local Girl Scout council


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