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Training & Resources


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. Then watch the video playlist above for a detailed walk-through.

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.           

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What About Parents?

  • 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).

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

Required Volunteer Training

Volunteer Orientation: After completing the application and background check, newly welcomed volunteers participate in an orientation prior to beginning in their new role. The orientation, typically in-person, is required for Co-leaders, series facilitators, and other leadership roles. Orientations are coordinated by a council representative and take care of teaching new volunteers all of the “essential details,” like building a Girl Scout troop. New co-leaders are encouraged to attend a New Leader Quick Start.

First Aid/CPR
First Aid and CPR certification is required of at least one adult Girl Scout Volunteer chaperoning an approved Girl Scout activity.

Outdoor Skills

  • Simply Successful Overnights: A two-hour session that prepares participants for planning and facilitating a safe group overnight Girl Scout experience, such as a sleepover, lock-in, or hotel/motel overnight. Also address cooking with girls using standard household kitchen appliances. (Available through in-person workshops and online webinars.)
  • Simply Successful Camping: Overnight camping where participants learn to plan and facilitate a safe group Girl Scout camping experience in a lodge, cabin or tent. Topics include meal prep and fire building. Prerequisite: Simply Successful Overnights or comparable documented experience.

Role Specific Training

  • Volunteer for Girl Scouts Series and Events: A streamlined version of Girl Scouting 101 created specifically for those who commit to short-term volunteering (such as series or events).
  • Facilitating Adult Learning: Learn how to adapt your facilitation style to accommodate ways that an adult can learn. This course gives you the skills necessary to conduct Girl Scout adult learning courses and well as create course that are adaptable by other facilitators.
  • Service Unit Encampment Director Training
  • Leadership Essentials for Grade Level: Covers essentials for leading a troop with understanding of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, 3 Keys to Leadership, 3 Processes in Girl Scouting (Girl Led, Learn by Doing, Cooperative Learning) and how to share the Girl Scout Experience with girls and families.

Request a Workshop

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways offers support to adults working directly with girls, and those working with each other to bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls. Some courses are required for particular positions; others are for enrichment purposes. 

If you are interested in a particular training but no session is listed on that page, please contact info@gsnypenn.org to request one.