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Volunteer Essentials


GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA TRAINING PLAN:

Seeks to develop learning opportunities that focus the volunteers on helping girls achieve the fifteen national outcomes, and respects volunteers’ limited time by reducing the number of required learning modules, and encourages continuous learning.

Volunteer Essentials is specific for each council and encourages ongoing learning, is easy to follow and comprehensive. Read what you need now, and come back to it when you’re ready for more. The titles below serve as links to chapter PDFs.

Table of Contents

 

QUICK-START GUIDE

  • We are Girl Scouts
  • Who Can Join Girl Scouts- and How?
  • Girl Scouts' Organizational Structure
  • Getting Started with the National Leadership Program through
  • Journeys
  • Planning in a Girl-Led Environment
  • Meeting with Girls for the First Time
  • Using Safety Activity Checkpoints
  • Understanding How Many Volunteers You Need
  • Following the Girl Scouts Safety Guidelines

CHAPTER 1 - SHARING YOUR UNIQUE GIFTS

  • Understanding Your Role as a Girl Scout Volunteer
              -Your Responsibilities
              -Your Volunteer Support Team
  • Volunteer Development System
  • Taking Advantage of Learning Opportunities
  • Knowing How Much You're Appreciated
  • Appreciation and Recognition
  • Conflict Resolution

CHAPTER 2 - GIRL SCOUTING AS A NATIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • What Girl Scouting Does for Girls
  • To Get Her There
  • Fun with Purpose
  • The National Program Portfolio
             -National Leadership Journeys
             -The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting and National Proficiency
  • Badges
  • Putting It All Together
  • Emblems and Patches
  • Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards
  • Other Initiatives and Opportunities
  • Girl Scout Traditions and Celebrations
              -Girl Scout Calendar
              -Time-Honored Ceremonies
              -Signs, Songs, Handshake, and More! 

CHAPTER 3 - ENGAGING GIRLS AT ALL GRADE LEVELS

  • Arranging a Time and Space for Girl-Led Meetings
  • Understanding Healthy Development in Girls
  • Creating a Safe Space for Girls
              -Recognizing and Supporting Each Girl
              -Promoting Fairness
              -Building Trust
              -Managing Conflict
              -Inspiring Open Communication
              -Working with Parents and Guardians
  • Creating an Atmosphere of Acceptance and Inclusion 

CHAPTER 4 - SAFETY-WISE

  • Knowing Your Responsibilities
              -Responsibilities of the Volunteer: Girl Scout Safety Guidelines
              -Responsibilities of Parents and Guardians
              -Responsibilities of the Girls
  • Knowing How Many Volunteers You Need
  • Transporting Girls
             -Checklist for Drivers
  • Product Sales
  • Computer & Online Safety
  • Approaching Activities
              -Health Histories (including Examinations and Immunizations)
              -Girl Scout Activity Insurance
              -Experts
  • What do do if...
              -There is an Accident
              -Someone Needs Emergency Care
              -First-Aid/CPR
              -You Witness or Experience Abuse
              -Procedure for Accidents
  • GSCTX Policies and Standards

CHAPTER 5 - MANAGING GROUP FINANCES

  • Establishing an Account
              -Money-Earning Basics
  • Understanding the Girl Scout Cookie Program
              -GSCTX's Role
              -Knowing Where Proceeds Go
              -Safely Selling Girl Scout Cookies and Other Producets
              -Using Online Resources to Market Cookies and Other
  • Products
  • Additional Group Money-Earning Activities
  • Collaborating with Sponsors and Other Orgranizations
  • Sponsorships
  • Helping Girls Reach Their Financial Goals
  • Reviewing Financial and Sales Abilities by Grade Level

APPENDIX A: FOR TROOP VOLUNTEERS

  • Forming a Troop Committee
  • Holding Troop Meetings
              -Letting Girls Lead
  • Looking at a Sample Troop Year
  • Reengaging Girls
              -Who pays for What

APPENDIX B: FOR TRAVEL VOLUNTEERS

  • Traveling with Girls
  • Seeking Council Permission
  • Using Journey and The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting in Their Travels
  • Involving Chaperones
  • Letting Girls Lead
  • Staying Safe During the Trip
  • Reengaging Girls

APPENDIX C: FOR EVENTS PATHWAY

  • Information about Girl Participanats at Events
  • Information about Adult Participants at Events
  • Tag-a-longs
  • Events Volunteers
  • Event Fees
  • Financial Assistance for Girls and Adults
  • Event Registration Submission
  • Payment Methods
  • Accomadations
  • Changes to Program Registrations
  • Event Cancellations
  • Community Partnerships
  • Personal Property

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