Volunteer Resources

To ensure you have everything you need to be successful in your role, the following resources are available to our volunteers.

All Volunteers

Blue Book of Basic Documents: This publication contains all of the basic documents of Girl Scouts of the United States of America.  It is the foundation for the work of all Girl Scout councils. Available online or in print by request.

Volunteer Handbook

Safety Activity Checkpoints: Safety checkpoints tailored for each activity girls might participate in. Available online and on the Volunteer Resource Guide disc.

Volunteer Essentials 2013 Home Study and Exam: Volunteer Essentials is a national resource, customized by each council. At GSCSA, it is the final step in any volunteer certification process. The home study is available online and on the Volunteer Resource Guide disc.

Girl Scouts University: An online resource for volunteers created by Girl Scouts of the United States. Contains trainings, blogs, and more.

Service Unit Volunteers

Service Unit Basics
Outcomes Unleashed

Service Unit Performance Summary Each spring, we ask our volunteers in all roles to fill out a performance summary to let us know where you need better support and to give you an opportunity to review your year as a Girl Scout volunteer. This summary is due on June 15th and you should fill one out for each of your volunteer roles (service unit team, troop volunteer, site-based volunteer, and advisory volunteer).

Site-Based Program Volunteers

Core Training

Site-Based Performance Summary Each spring, we ask our volunteers in all roles to fill out a performance summary to let us know where you need better support and to give you an opportunity to review your year as a Girl Scout volunteer. This summary is due on June 15th and you should fill one out for each of your volunteer roles (service unit team, troop volunteer, site-based volunteer, and advisory volunteer).

Troop Volunteers

Troup Teams Manual: See below for online Troop Teams training.

Intro to Leading Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Troops: An in-person introduction to leading troops of girls in grades K – 5. The training manual is available online and a printed copy is given to each volunteer that attends the training.

Intro to Leading Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Troops: An in-person introduction to leading troops of girls in grades 6 – 12. The training manual is available online and a printed copy is given to each volunteer that attends the training.

Troop Camp Basics: Covers essentials for fun, safe, and enriching camping. If you have never completed previous Girl Scout camp training, at least one adult in the troop must complete Troop Camp Basics before the troop may camp. This course is also recommended before day hiking. Troops and service units may request a training in their area.

Troop Camp Basics Exam: If a registered adult Girl Scout leader, volunteer, or parent has previous outdoor and camping experience, you are eligible to take the Troop Camp Basics test-out exam. Using the Troop Camp Basics Manual, please print and fill out the exam and return to GSCSA.

Troop Performance Summary Each spring, we ask our volunteers in all roles to fill out a performance summary to let us know where you need better support and to give you an opportunity to review your year as a Girl Scout volunteer. This summary is due on June 15th and you should fill one out for each of your volunteer roles (service unit team, troop volunteer, site-based volunteer, and advisory volunteer).

Troop Team Training

Download the Troop Teams Manual

Troop Team trainings are available here. To view the trainings listed, volunteers should have Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher downloaded onto their computers.
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Volunteer Orientation
Required for all volunteers who will interact with girls
Approximately 12 minutes to complete

Troop Administrator
Required for all Troop Administrators
Approximately 30 minutes to complete

Three Keys, Three Processes, One Great Experience: Daisy, Brownie, Junior
Required for Girl Program Mentors working with Daisies, Brownies, or Juniors
Approximately 35 minutes to complete

Three Keys, Three Processes, One Powerful Program: Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
Required for Girl Program Mentors working with Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors
Approximately 35 minutes to complete

Safety Specialist
Required for Troop Safety Specialists and Troop Chaperones
Approximately 15 minutes to complete

Troop Treasurer
Required for Troop Treasurers
Approximately 15 minutes to complete

Troop Event Coordinator
Required for Troop Event Coordinators and other troop team members who will be helping plan events and trips
Approximately 10 minutes to complete

Difficulty accessing training? Call 800.474.1912 to speak with a Support and Information Specialist. To request that any of these trainings be delivered in person, please call our 800 number and ask to speak to your local Troop Coordinator.

Advisory

Advisory Performance Summary Each spring, we ask our volunteers in all roles to fill out a performance summary to let us know where you need better support and to give you an opportunity to review your year as a Girl Scout volunteer. This summary is due on June 15th and you should fill one out for each of your volunteer roles (service unit team, troop volunteer, site-based volunteer, and advisory volunteer).

Tip Sheets

Adult Behavior
Ceremonies
Forming Troop Teams
Games
Girl Behavior
Grade Levels
GSLE
High Awards
Inclusion
Mentor Awards
Multi-Level Group
Poverty
Recruiting Volunteers
Saying Thank You
Start a Troop
Songs