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Ways to Volunteer

Ways to Volunteer

You belong to a network of nearly 1 million adults who share an important commitment: preparing girls to lead successful lives. Now you can prepare yourself to become a more successful volunteer! Check out these online resources and training courses that you can access whenever it's convenient for you.

 Looking for Forms? Click here for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois specific Forms and Documents!

 Not sure where to volunteer? Check out this chart and Find Your Fit!

Be the troop leader that supports her every week—the one that watches her smile get bigger as she grows more confident. Mentor a Girl Scout Cookie Professional during cookie season so she can earn enough to reach the goals she and her troop set. Or work with other adults to provide the kind of behind-the-scenes support that makes it possible for her to make amazing new memories at Girl Scouts.

Whether you can give a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months, volunteering with Girl Scouts is flexible and fun.

Volunteer Roles
 

Troop Volunteer Roles
  • Troop Leader/Troop Co-Leader: Ready for a leadership role? Troop Leaders are memory makers: they lead and guide a group of girls through Girl Scouting, and they take the girls’ interests and abilities into consideration when planning out their fun. As girls get older, Troop Leaders guide more than lead, but continue to help girls develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Each troop should have one Leader and one Co-Leader.

  • Troop Helper: Want to work with girls but not quite ready for a leadership role? These volunteers play a big role in making the troop run smoothly. They're an extra set of eyes, ears and hands that allows the troop to safely explore the world around them. Need a driver for adventures big and small? Someone to chaperone a trip? Troop Committee Volunteers can do it all!

  • Troop Product Program Manager - Cookies: Ready to dive in but not available for a full year? This volunteer handle all aspects of the Girl Scout Cookie Program at the troop level – from planning activities to entering data in our online system, and they work primarily from December through April. When it comes to cookies, these girls mean business!

  • Troop Product Program Manager - Nut, Candy, Magazine: Ready to dive in but not available for a full year? The NCM program allows girls to earn funds early for their troop, so it needs an adult to manage all aspects – from planning activities to entering data in our online system. These volunteers work primarily from September through December.

  • Troop Treasurer: As a treasurer, you supervise how the troop manages its money. By properly managing finances, you take a lead role in modeling and teaching proper money management.

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Service Unit Volunteer Roles

Service Unit Volunteers             
Service Units are organized groups of volunteers within a certain council-defined, geographical area who provide a critical layer of management and support needed to provide Girl Scout services throughout our council. Service Unit level volunteers serve as knowledgeable, positive and encouraging sources of support for all troops in the geographical area, enthusiastically engages others in carrying out the team’s plans for membership development and delivery of a quality Girl Scout experience.

  • Service Unit Manager: The SU Manager provides overall support and management to the service team and the volunteers within the service unit.  The SU manager schedules, plans and facilitates all Service Unit meetings. They work with the Community Engagement staff member to address needs and concerns of the Service Unit. They recruit, train and recognizes members of the service unit team and troop volunteers.

  • Service Unit Registrar: The SU Registrar possesses a thorough understanding of the registration process and provides registration support to the service unit. They promote on time membership registration and re-registration in their service unit area. Works with Community Engagement staff and SU Manager to ensure each troop has pertinent leadership roles assigned.

  • Service Unit Treasurer: The SU Treasurer manages the Service Unit’s bank account and provides regular treasury reports to the service unit.  They prepare the Service Unit’s Financial Report to Council. They assist troops with opening troop accounts. They review Troop Money Earning Applications for approval. They work with Community Engagement Staff to ensure all troops submit a Year End Troop Financial Report using the VTK.

  • Service Unit Cookie Manager: The SU Cookie Manager coordinates the Council’s Cookie Program for the Service Unit. They attend training by the Council’s Product Program Department and provide training to the Troop Cookie Managers. They distribute all program materials and rewards. They manage the SU’s online ordering system and provide support to all Troop Cookie Managers.

  • Service Unit Nut, Candy and Magazine (NCM) Manager: The SU Nut, Candy, Magazine Manager Coordinates the Council’s NCM Program for the Service Unit. The SU SCM Manager coordinates the Council’s Nut, Candy and Magazine Program for the Service Unit. They attend training by the Council’s Product Program Department and provide training to the Troop NCM Managers. They distribute all program materials and rewards. They manage the SU’s online ordering system and provide support to all Troop NCM Managers.

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Girl Experience Fund Committee

Girl Experience Fund Committee

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The Girl Scout Experience Fund Committee has been established in order to distribute funds as defined by the board of directors from the Girl Scout Experience Quasi-Endowment Fund. The fund was established by the board of directors as a result of sales of camps owned by the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSofSI) Council.   

The GSofSI board of directors will provide the committee with a total amount to be granted each fiscal year. Girls from the GSofSI Council will complete a grant request explaining the use of the requested funds and submit it to this committee for review and a decision.

The Girl Experience Fund Committee shall:

  • Make decisions related to the distribution of board-allocated funds from the Girl Scout Experience Quasi-Endowment Fund to girls from the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois for GSofSI approved activities
  • Meet on a regular basis to review and make decisions on grant applications/request
  • Make a recommendation to the GSofSI board of directors on how excess funds not distributed to girls should be used in any given fiscal year

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Interested in becoming a committee member?  Apply today!