Online Support for Volunteers

We know you’re busy and we want to make sure you have access to the information you need when you need it. Scroll down to view all of the online resources we have available for volunteers. From opening your troop bank account to taking your girls overseas, everything you need is here at your fingertips!

If you’re interested in taking advantage of in-person learning and enrichment opportunities, be sure to check out our events calendar for upcoming trainings.

Thank you for sharing your time and talents with us. Making a difference in girls’ lives isn’t possible without you!

Getting Started 
Let’s get your volunteer experience started! The documents below contain everything you need to know about volunteering with Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada.

Volunteer Essentials
Have you ever wished that all the answers to the most common questions about Girl Scouting could be found in one place? Then Volunteer Essentials is for you! It includes:

  • The whats: programs, badges, meetings, awards, cookies and more
  • The whys: council procedures, how they work, when to use them
  • The hows: taking trips, understanding your girls, and getting the most out of your leadership role

Safety Activity Checkpoints 
Safety Activity Checkpoints provides in-depth safety information and tips that adult volunteers can use for Girl Scout activities. Girl can also use these checkpoints to get ready for a girl-led activity! Whether you’re conducting your regular meeting or taking your troop scuba diving, these checkpoints will help you prepare for an inclusive, fun, and safe experience with the girls.

Girl Scouting 101
This training gives you an orientation to Girl Scouting and will provide you with the basics of the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Be sure to view this video before attending or viewing Troop Leadership training! Click here to check out this interactive introduction to Girl Scouting. Be sure to enter “Sierra Nevada” when asked for your council name.


Troop Leadership
Troop Leadership is a self-study or in-person volunteer learning workshop that is required for all troop leaders, and highly recommended for all other volunteers working with girls. This workshop is designed to guide you as you begin your journey as a Girl Scout troop volunteer. To participate in the online version of this training, download the Troop Leadership Participant Booklet and view the webinar now! 

Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) 
When you volunteer with girls it’s not just what you do - it’s how you do it! That’s what makes Girl Scouts a fun and meaningful experience for girls. 


Using the National Leadership Journeys
On every Leadership Journey, everything girls do—whether it's performing science experiments, creating art projects, cooking simple meals, or learning to protect the planet's water supply—is aimed at giving them the benefits of the Girl Scout "Keys to Leadership": Discover, Connect, Take Action.

GSSN’s online Journeys training offers general tips and trips to get volunteers and girls started with any of the National Leadership Journeys. View the webinar now!

Lead Your Troop

Volunteer Toolkit
We're excited to showcase our new Volunteer Toolkit - a wonderful online planning resource for our Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie and Junior Troop Leaders.

Volunteer Toolkit Tutorial Videos:

Girls have fun when they can shape their own experience, do hands-on activities, and work together as teams.  With the new toolkit, girls and leaders can explore meeting topics and program activities together, and follow the fun as they plan their Girl Scout year. 

Go on an Adventure 
Getting out and about – whether it’s visiting a museum or exploring the great outdoors – has been a critical component of Girl Scouting since the beginning. Girls have TONS of energy and love to move and explore. These experiences bring girls back year after year and help them make memories that will last a lifetime.

Ready to step outside, expose girls to new things, and add something special to your Girl Scout year? Check out the resources below!

Domestic Travel
The following self-study materials are intended for any volunteer planning a trip with a group of Girl Scouts.

Outdoor Basics
The following self-study materials are designed for any volunteer planning to take girls camping or on an outdoor experience. These resources provide important information on how to assess your girls’ readiness and ensure a fun, positive experience!

  Support Your Girls

Bronze Award Workshop
The Bronze Award workshop is highly recommended for adult volunteers planning to mentor their Girl Scout Juniors through achieving the Girl Scout Bronze Award. Ready to help your troop develop confidence, meet new people and make a difference in their community? View the webinar now!

Support Your Service Unit
The following webinar is intended for adult volunteers who hold a Service Unit position or are interested in learning more about what a Service Unit does!  You will learn about the Service Unit team structure, essentials functions, planning, management, inclusion, and outreach. View the webinar now!