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Volunteer Essentials

Welcome to the great adventure that is Girl Scouting! Thanks to volunteers and mentors like you, generations of girls have learned to be leaders in their own lives and in the world. Have no doubt: You, and nearly one million other volunteers like you, are helping girls make a lasting impact on the world.

This new digital edition of our Volunteer Essentials guide is designed to support busy troop leaders on-the-go. You can easily find what you need to get started on your Girl Scout journey and search for answers throughout the troop year. 

Think of Volunteer Essentials as your encyclopedia to Girl Scout volunteering: it’s here when you need it, but there’s no need to read it all today.

Get started by browsing through these sections: 


New troop leader? We’ve got you covered. Check out the new Troop Team's Guide to Success, a resource designed especially for you!

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Whatever your volunteer position, your hard work means girls will embark on new adventures, make friendships that last a lifetime, and deepen their connection to their community and the world. We’re calling on all members of society to help girls reach their full potential, and you’ve answered that call. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!

Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians (GSCSA) has a team of professionals dedicated to expanding Girl Scouts’ impact on girls, families, and communities in the Southern Appalachian region. Most frequently, volunteers in troop teams will interact with their assigned Experience Manager - who are always out and about in your community. If we can lighten your travel load, just let us know! Your Experience Manager’s contact info and other staff can be found on our staff directory.

For Member Services, reach out to or call 1-800-474-1912. Find additional information with the GSCSA Volunteer Handbook.