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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 Develionent 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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