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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
Taking Advantage of Learning Opportunities
Knowing How Much You're Appreciated

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
          -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
Approaching Activities
          -Health Histories (including Examinations and Immunizations)
          -Girl Scout Activity Insurance
          -Experts
Providing Emergency Care
          -First-Aid/CPR
          -Procedure for Accidents 

CHAPTER 5 - MANAGING GROUP FINANCES 
 

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

APPENDIX: FOR TROOP VOLUNTEERS
 

Forming a Troop Committee
Holding Troop Meetings
          -Letting Girls Lead
Looking at a Sample Troop Year
Reengaging Girls

APPENDIX: FOR TRAVEL VOLUNTEERS

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

APPENDIX: FOR EVENT PATHWAYS 

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