Frequently Asked Questions
Who can volunteer?
Any woman or man age 18 or older may apply to volunteer at GSCSA.
What do I need to do to volunteer?
Complete the adult volunteer application process, enroll as an adult member of Girl Scouts of the USA, and complete training for your role.
When can I volunteer?
What do I get by being a volunteer?
Volunteers receive training for their role and every attempt is made to ensure that the training and volunteer position are flexible. You will find that some of the best things you can get by volunteering with Girl Scouts are the opportunities you are given as you participate in your role. As a Girl Scout volunteer, you will be able to impact the lives of girls in ways you could never imagine. You will have the opportunity to meet new people, develop leadership skills, explore your interests and talents, build your resume, and show your commitment to a cause. Girl Scouts gives its members opportunities to learn about your community, your neighbors, and yourself while having a vital impact on girls’ growth, development, and well-being. You may even boost your health! According to researchers at Johns Hopkins, adults who volunteer are healthier mentally and physically!
I don’t have a lot of time, can I still volunteer?
Absolutely. Girl Scouts has volunteer opportunities for everyone, whether you have an hour a week, month or year, we will be able to find a volunteer opportunity that is right for you. Any amount of your time will help us empower girls.
I don’t want to work with girls, but I believe in what the organization does, can I still volunteer?
Yes, we have many volunteer opportunities working with adults in the community.
What kind of volunteer opportunities does Girl Scouts have?
Girl Scouts have many volunteer opportunities. Take a look at our positions page to learn more.
Did you Know?
Girls don’t have to join a troop to join the Girl Scouts movement.
Girls may participate in Girl Scout activities by attending events, special outdoor badge workshops, or through one of several nine-week series.
You don’t have to lead a troop to volunteer for the Girl Scouts.
Leading a troop is usually a long-term commitment, but if you have less time to give, there are other roles for volunteers. The briefest opportunity available is to volunteer at an event, a one-day commitment. Volunteers for series programming need only commit to 10 weeks, including training.
You don’t have to have a daughter to be involved in Girl Scouts.
A lot of volunteers in Girl Scouts are moms and relatives of girls – but a growing number are not. Anyone who wants to help build girls’ leadership abilities may apply to volunteer.
You don’t have to be a former Girl Scout to volunteer for the organization.
As with any 100-year-old organization, the program has changed over time to meet the needs of girls today. Training is provided on the current mission and program.
Men are absolutely welcome to volunteer!
Girl Scouts requires at least two adults when working with girls, one of which must be a female. The council has men who have spent several years as the leader of their daughter’s troop or helped with events. They have enjoyed the opportunity to spend more time with their daughter and gained a better connection to the community.
Girl Scouts is not all about cookies, camping and crafts.
While having fun is a big component, Girl Scouting’s focus is on leadership development for girls. Women who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae.