Volunteer Resources

Welcome, Girl Scout volunteers!

You belong to a network of nearly 1 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 Scouts 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 on outdoor activities for volunteers, especially those (or even older Girl Scouts) who work with Daisies, Brownies, or Juniors.

There are now eight outdoor skill-building videos covering topics ranging from setting up a campsite to cooking outdoors to learning new songs and games—all to help volunteers plan their outside adventures while practicing “Leave No Trace” and respecting our environment. What’s more, volunteers can tap in to Venture Out!, a unique resource that makes the outdoor experience more girl-led and offers insight (or refreshers for what volunteers already know) so they feel confident engaging girls in the outdoors.

Watch the videos now


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)


Volunteer Toolkit
The Volunteer Toolkit* is a new digital planning tool that gives volunteers resources and program content to get the year started—and keep it going smoothly! Fully customizable, the toolkit is digitally responsive so volunteers 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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