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Volunteer Essentials

Welcome to the great adventure that is Girl Scouting! Thanks to volunteers and mentors like you, generations of girls have learned to be leaders in their own lives and in the world. Have no doubt: You, and nearly one million other volunteers like you, are helping girls make a lasting impact on the world.

This new digital edition of our Volunteer Essentials guide is designed to support busy troop leaders on-the-go. You can easily find what you need to get started on your Girl Scout journey and search for answers throughout the troop year. 

Think of Volunteer Essentials as your encyclopedia to Girl Scout volunteering: it’s here when you need it, but there’s no need to read it all today.

Get started by browsing through these sections: 

VolunteerEssentials-Icons_Engaging Girl & Families
VolunteerEssentials-Icons_Troop Management
VolunteerEssentials-Icons_Product Program
VolunteerEssentials-Icons_Troop Finances

Whatever your volunteer position, your hard work means girls will embark on new adventures, make friendships that last a lifetime, and deepen their connection to their community and the world. We’re calling on all members of society to help girls reach their full potential, and you’ve answered that call. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!

To view a printable version of GSofSI's Volunteer Essentials you can click here!
To review the Leaders Guide to Success you can click here!

  • Council-wide Events: click here to see a calendar of exciting events presented by our council!
  • Service Unit Meetings: Routine meetings scheduled and managed by volunteers and your Community Engagement Manager provide an ideal forum for sharing information, answering questions, and networking with other volunteers.
  • GSofSI e-Blasts: Our monthly email newsletter is full of information on council events, training opportunities and Girl Scouts news.
  • Volunteer & Staff: The Service Unit Manager, a volunteer like you, can help with many elements of troop management. In addition, the council’s executive staff for your area and other council staff are eager to provide any assistance you may need.