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Online Support for Volunteers

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!

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.

Girl Scouting 101
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Girl Scouting 101 - Required
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! 

Girl Scouting 101 (English)

Girl Scouting 101 (Spanish)

*Be sure to enter “Sierra Nevada” when asked for your council name.

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.

In-Person Training Opportunities

Visit the Activities Calendar for upcoming in-person training and enrichmet opportunities. 

Keeping Girls Safe Training

Keeping Girls Safe
The Keeping Girls Safe training provides in-depth safety information and tips that adult volunteers can use to help protect girls by being safety-concious.

 

Outdoor Resources

Taking girls outside as they develop valuable outdoor skills and a passion for nature can be fun for everyone! Ready to step outside, expose girls to new things, and add something special to your Girl Scout year? Check out the resources below!

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

Outdoor Skill-Building Videos
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. 

Step by Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls
At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls’ outdoor skills and inspire girls to care for the environment as they grow. The Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart (PDF) is a tool you can use as you advance girls’ skills in an age-appropriate way. 

Taking the Journeys Outside
It’s easy to take a Girl Scout Journey outside. Each Journey is full of fun, interactive activities that can easily go outdoors and inspire girls to love and protect the planet. Watch this video to find out how!

Planning Your Troop’s First Campout 
In order to have a great campout, you need to plan ahead—and be prepared. This video will give you plenty to think about as you plan your next outdoor adventure with Girl Scouts.

Introduction to Campsite Set-Up 
A safe, efficient campsite is important when camping. Watch and learn how to set up a proper camp!

Introduction to Cooking Outdoors
Propane, charcoal, box ovens—there are so many choices when cooking outside. This video shares ideas about the delicious possibilities. Tasty!

How to Leave No Trace Outdoors
A Girl Scout always leaves an area better than she found it. Throughout this video, girls will learn the importance of caring for the land, and how to easily “Leave No Trace” when exploring and enjoying the outdoors.

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.

Self-Study Resources
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

The Volunteer Toolkit for Troop Leaders

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.

With 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 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.           

Volunteer Toolkit Tutorial Videos:

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

Travel

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

Troop Leadership
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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 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.
Download (PDF) English | Español

 

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