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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 a million other volunteers like you, are helping girls make a lasting impact on the world. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

This guide, Volunteer Essentials, is designed to support busy troop volunteers 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. 

Get started by browsing through these sections: 

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VolunteerEssentials-Icons_Troop Management
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VolunteerEssentials-Icons_Troop Finances

New troop leader? We’ve got you covered. Check out the New Leader’s Guide to Success, a resource designed especially for you! Plus, council staff and volunteer coaches are ready to help throughout your first year and beyond!

  • 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.
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois 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.

Please don’t hesitate to call on our staff! We’ll do our best to answer your questions, and we always appreciate your comments and suggestions on ways to better serve you and your girls.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Council Contact Information

Corporate Service Center
4 Ginger Creek Parkway
Glen Carbon, Il 62034

618-692-0685 (fax) (email)


We encourage you to take advantage of the following opportunities and resources we provide to assist you.