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Support for Volunteers

The Volunteer Toolkit is a digital resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient.

 

Through the Volunteer Toolkit, troop leaders can:
  • Plan the troop’s calendar year.
  • Email parents with one click.
  • View the troop roster, renew girls’ membership, and update girls' contact information.
  • View Daisy through Ambassador Journeys and badges (to plan for troop meetings), including prepopulated tracks for younger and older Multi-Level troop groups (K–5 and 6–12).
  • Customize meetings by troop year with other badge and Journey options.
  • Explore individual 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

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What About Parents?

  • Parents can now access the Volunteer Toolkit 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.

Volunteer Toolkit

The Volunteer Toolkit is a digital resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient. 

Through the Volunteer Toolkit, troop leaders can:

  • Plan the troop’s calendar year.
  • Email parents with one click.
  • View the troop roster, renew girls’ membership, and update girls' contact information.
  • View Daisy through Ambassador Journeys and badges (to plan for troop meetings), including prepopulated tracks for younger and older Multi-Level troop groups (K–5 and 6–12).
  • Customize meetings by troop year with other badge and Journey options.
  • Explore individual 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

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What About Parents?

  • Parents can now access the Volunteer Toolkit 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.

Training

Required Volunteer Training

Volunteer Orientation: After completing the application and background check, new 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.

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 addresses cooking with girls using standard household kitchen appliances. (Available through in-person workshops and online webinars.)
  • Simply Successful Camping: Participants go to camp and 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 and may include an optional overnight. Prerequisites: Simply Successful Overnights and  a Girl Scout group overnight 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. Gain skills necessary to conduct Girl Scout adult learning courses and create courses that are adaptable by other facilitators.
  • Service Unit Encampment Director Training
  • Leadership Essentials for Grade Level: Covers essentials for leading a troop at each program grade level with understanding of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, 3 Keys to Leadership, 3 Processes in Girl Scouting (Girl Led, Learn by Doing, Cooperative Learning); how to share the Girl Scout Experience with girls and families; and what awards are availble at each level.

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.

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