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Volunteer Resources

We’ve got you, Girl Scout volunteers!

When you volunteer with Girl Scouts, you’ll uncover new strengths and build on them. And we’re here to help you shine.

Check out these online resources and training courses that you can access whenever, wherever to make the most of your volunteer experience.

My GS


My GS is your Girl Scout home base and how you access other great tools to manage the Girl Scout experience for your family and troop! By logging into My GS in the upper right-hand corner you can:

  • Manage your Girl Scout membership and all the memberships in your household and troop(s).
  • Find exciting in-person and virtual events for your Girl Scout, your family, or your troop to attend.
  • Maintain your contact information, preferences and manage any changes within your troop.
  • Access essential tools like the Volunteer Toolkit and gsLearn to make your Girl Scout volunteer experience a breeze!

 

Volunteer Toolkit


The Volunteer Toolkit is your official source for delivering easy, fun troop meetings year-round! This fully customizable digital planning tool is accessible on any computer, tablet, or mobile device and provides you with Girl Scout program content, award requirements, and other resources.

Through the Volunteer Toolkit, troop leaders can:

  • Plan the troop’s calendar year.
  • View the troop roster and email families with one click.
  • View badges, Journeys and awards for all program levels including prepopulated tracks for younger and older Multi-Level troop groups (K–5 and 6–12).
  • Explore meeting plans that show a breakdown of every meeting, including a list of materials needed and editable time allotments for each activity within a meeting.
  • Record girls’ attendance at meetings and their badge and Journey achievements.
  • Add council or custom troop events to the troop’s calendar.
  • Enter the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).
  • Easily locate resources both national and local council resources, such as Safety Activity Checkpoints.

The Volunteer Toolkit isn’t just for troop leaders!
Caregivers and administrative volunteers can have access too.

  • Caregivers of Girl Scouts in a troop can see troop financial reports, download their attendance and achievement record and stay up-to-date on the great things the troop is doing throughout the year.
  • Individually registered Girl Scouts and their caregivers can access badges, Journeys and awards to take charge of their experience individually.
  • Administrative volunteers can see a demo version of the Volunteer Tookit to see all the programming available to troops and families, as well as provide support and training to their local volunteers.

Ready to learn more?
Check out the Volunteer Toolkit trainings in gsLearn before you start.Click on My GS in the upper right-hand corner to login and access gsLearn and the Volunteer Toolkit.

Caregivers
Check out our easy-access trainings available on YouTube!


gsLearn


gsLearn is Girl Scouts’ official online and on demand training platform. Confident leaders are prepared leaders, and these online learnings will give you all the info you need to be a great troop leader.

gsLearn isn’t just for volunteers! All members have access to this great tool. Click on myGS in the upper right-hand corner to login and check it out.

gsZoom


Zoom is an easy, reliable video conferencing and messaging platform with powerful security, that works across mobile and desktop devices. Safely meet with your Girl Scouts and families through virtual meetings to stay in-touch when meeting in-person is difficult. GsZoom is our unique partnership with Zoom organization to provide this essential product at a vastly reduced price point for our volunteers.

Think virtual meetings are for you? Contact us to get started!

 

 

 

 The Volunteer Toolkit

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is a digital resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient. Check out some of the toolkit’s top features below.

Log in today! Click on My GS in the upper right-hand corner to get started.

What Troop Leaders Can Do

Through the VTK, troop leaders can:

  • Plan the troop’s calendar year
  • Email parents with one click.
  • View the troop roster, renew girls’ membership, and update their contact information.
  • View Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Journeys and badges to plan for troop meetings.
                o   There are three prepopulated year plans in the VTK for                     Daisy, Brownie, and Junior leaders, with 15 meetings each.
  •    Customize meetings by troop year with other badge and Journey options.
  • NEW! Access the VTK as a multilevel troop (troops with a mix of girls in Daisy, Brownie, and Junior levels).
  • Explore individual meeting plans that show a breakdown of every meeting, including a list of the materials needed, and editable time allotments for each activity within a meeting.
  • Record girls’ attendance at meetings and their badge and Journey achievements.
  • Add council or custom troop events to the troop’s calendar.
  • Enter the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).
  • Easily locate resources, such as Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  • NEW! Access 18 activities that now include a “Get Outside” option, which provides alternative outdoor options.     
What Parents Can Do

What Can Parents Do?

  • Parents can now access the VTK to see what their girl’s troop or group is doing (e.g, meeting information and which badges and Journeys she is working on).
  • Parents can also view the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).
Guides and Tips

 

General

Guidelines for Returning to In-person Girl Scout Activities

Guidelines for Returning to In-Person Troop/Group Meetings and Activities

Troop/Group Return to Girl Scout In-person Activities Readiness Checklist

NEW Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Troop Meetings

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Face Coverings (i.e., Masks)

In consideration of the updated guidelines regarding the wearing of face coverings, GSCM’s requirement on face coverings for in-person Girl Scout activities is as follows as of July 9, 2021: We are following the current CDC face covering guidance and the State of Maryland’s revised face covering guidelines that went into effect July 1, 2021. As not all adults and children are vaccinated at this time, we recommend the wearing of face coverings at in-person Girl Scout activities when indoors or in situations where Girl Scouts, volunteers and members are in close proximity of one another.

Ventilation and Air Circulation Guidance

While holding Girl Scout activities indoors, the following best practices are highly encouraged:

  • The best guidance for keeping air clean is to conduct indoor activities with open windows to allow fresh clean ventilation of air.  In some cases, it is not possible to have open windows due to excessive heat and humidity.  For these situations it is important to keep clean air properly flowing and air conditioning filters clean and upgraded frequently.
  •  Two excellent resources for proper air filtration include:
  • Some tips that are outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency include:
    • Upgrading air filters to the highest efficiency possible compatible with the HVAC system.
    •   Checking filters to minimize filter air bypass.
    •  Consider using portable air cleaners to supplement increased HVAC system ventilation and filtration.
    •  Placing fans in places to direct air flow so air is not blowing from one person to the next.
    •  Rebalancing or adjusting HVAC systems to increase total air flow.
    • High efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) fan filtration systems to enhance cleaning.

Required Girl Scout In-person Activities Permissions and Waiver We remind our members that for any girl member participating in ANY and ALL Girl Scout activities which are in-person, be it activities at the local troop/group or Service Unit level or a GSCM program/event, all three of the following participation forms are required prior to participation:

*Note: For Girl Scout troop/group activities and Service Unit activities, the troop/group leader is responsible for obtaining and maintaining these forms with troop/group records.

Safety
Permission & Health History

 

Troop

Opportunity Catalog (View Only)
Opportunity Catalog & Troop Updates Form
Fill out my online form.
Troop Leader/Co-Leader
Troop Cookie Manager

Our Girl Scout Cookie Volunteer Resource Page is under construction for the 2020-2021 Cookie Season!

Troop Treasurer
Troop First-Aider
Fill out my online form.
Outdoor Program Volunteer

Everything you need to know about our camps and how to reserve them can be found in the Camp section of our website. Forms can be found on the Camp Forms page.

 

Service Unit

Return to In-Person Service Unit Activities

Guidelines for Returning to In-person Service Unit Meetings and Events  April 1, 2021

Service Unit Return to In-person Girl Scout Activities Readiness Checklist

Required Girl Scout In-person Activities Permissions and Waiver We remind our members that for any girl member participating in ANY and ALL Girl Scout activities which are in-person, be it activities at the local troop/group or Service Unit level or a GSCM program/event, all three of the following participation forms are required prior to participation:

*Note: For Girl Scout troop/group activities and Service Unit activities, the troop/group leader is responsible for obtaining and maintaining these forms with troop/group records.

Position Descriptions
Position Survey
Service Unit Manager
New Leader Orientation Coordinator
Community Liason
Service Unit Treasurer
Service Unit Cookie Manager

Our Girl Scout Cookie Volunteer Resource Page is under construction for the 2020-2021 Cookie Season!

Service Unit Registrar
Service Unit Roster / Looker

Access your roster on Looker at girlscouts.looker.com

If you are a Service Unit Manager, Service Unit Cookie Manager, or Service Unit Registrar, you will have access to Looker.

If you've never logged in before or forgot your password: go to girlscouts.looker.com type in your email and click "forgot password."  You will receive a reset link in your inbox.

Looker in a Nutshell

 

 

 

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