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Online Support for Volunteers

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. 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.

Volunteer Essentials

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

Blue Book
The 2017 edition of our Blue Book of Basic Documents contains important information and source documents, including the Constitution of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, bylaws, policies, credentials criteria and standards for councils, our Congressional Charter, and more.
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Safety Activity Checkpoints

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

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
Troop Leadership is an 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. 

Volunteer Toolkit

Volunteer Toolkit

Your Girl Scout year just got easier! As a Girl Scout volunteer, you already know that your girls love Girl Scouts for the friends, the fun, and all the new things they get to try.

But what if there was a way to run your troop or group that saves you time and helps you plan so that you can spend more time with the girls? Meet the Volunteer Toolkit, the web app that makes it easy for you to get the most out of every troop or group meeting.

And here’s the best part—with the Volunteer Toolkit, you can say goodbye to digging through big stacks of books and piles of resources. It is accessible from your home computer, tablet, or mobile device—placing everything you need in one easy-to-access place that’s accessible on the go.

With the Volunteer Toolkit, troop leaders can:

  • Access a whole year of Girl Scout fun by age level. Year plans come with pre-populated sets of meetings that give you plenty of ideas for activities and all the resources you need at your fingertips.
  • Don’t see an activity your troop loves in one of the pre-filled meetings? Well go ahead and add that camping trip or visit to the science museum. Your year plan is fully customizable. You can even change the order of meetings by just dragging and dropping.
  • Manage troop finances
  • Access the girl and family roster
  • Track girls' achievements and attendance

Volunteer Toolkit Tutorial Videos:

For a preview, check out the training videos above. To access the Volunteer Toolkit, simply sign in where it says MyGS above.

Self-Study Resources

Check out the resources below for even more information and tips to make your Girl Scout year successful. 

Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)

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.

Outdoor & Travel Experience

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
Completion of the following self-study materials are required 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!

Outdoor Videos

Taking girls outside as they develop valuable outdoor skills and a passion for nature can be fun for everyone! Now it’s even easier for Girl Scout volunteers to introduce girls to the wonders of hiking and camping. Whether they’re camping pros or just starting out, our volunteers can help girls of all ages have positive experiences in the great outdoors. 

Check out the videos below:

Support Your Girls in Highest Awards

Support Your Girls in Highest Awards

Bronze Award Training

The Bronze Award Training is required 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? Get everything you need to get started and watch the online video training now!

Silver Award Training

The Silver Award Training is for Girl Scout Cadettes who plan on working toward their Girl Scout Silver Award. Parents and leaders are encouraged to attend to support their girls. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the Girl Scout Silver Award process and be able to ask questions about possible project ideas. Girls are required to attend a Girl Scout Silver Award Training (either in person or webinar) and get their project approved before they start working on the Girl Scout Silver Award.

Gold Award Training

The Gold Award Training is required for Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts interested in earning their Gold Award. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the Girl Scout Gold Award process and be able to ask questions about possible Gold Award project ideas. Before beginning their Gold Award projects, girls must attend this training (either in person or webinar). Parents and leaders may attend to support their girls. 

Support Your Service Unit

Support Your Service Unit

Download your Service Unit Volunteer Manual to find out all about service unit position descriptions, guides on how to handle service unit finances, resolve conflict, plan events, mentor leaders, be welcoming, and much more!

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!

Check out these brief Service Unit training videos:

Service Unit Planning

Service Unit Meeting Attendance

Service Unit Budgets

Incorporating the GSLE into Service Unit Events

Color Guard Training

A flag ceremony is a way of showing love and respect for one’s country. Flag ceremonies are used for a variety of reasons, but they all have one thing in common: respect for the flag. Take this online training to learn about flag etiquette and simple ceremonies to perform with your girls! Girl Scouts will learn how to properly present, retire, fold, and salute the flag before participating in a Flag Ceremony.

Adult volunteers should (1) download the Training Booklet, (2) watch the training video, (3) and then share the training information with their girls.

After adults finish these three steps, they should submit the online form to notify GSSN that the training has been completed. There is no minimum Girl Scout age requirement. However, to participate in a formal Color Guard, girls must demonstrate respect for the flag and ceremony with appropriate behavior. 

Note: The Training Booklet is a resource for you and your troop. Please feel free to make as many copies as needed.


Have questions? Don't be shy! Contact us at or 775-322-0642.