*This post is part of our new “onboarding” section for brand new Girl Scout volunteers! If you’re a current volunteer, you can still feel free to browse for a refresher.
We’re so excited that you’ve decided to start your Girl Scout volunteer journey, and we want to make the process as easy as possible.
Here is your new leader checklist – and you can download a handy printable version (with fillable areas for details like locations and dates) here if you like checking things off your to-do list as much as we do!
- Get started by joining now!
❒ Become a registered adult Girl Scout member.
❒ Complete the Verified Volunteers background check.
❒ Watch Welcome video & answer questions in MyGS.
- Schedule Orientation with our Troop Support team:
❒ Complete Troop Leader Orientation.
❒ Receive Daisy/Brownie Start-Up Funds if applicable new troop.
- Review and sign your Troop Volunteer Agreement.
4. Get to know your resources:
- MyGS, including Member Profile & Volunteer Toolkit
- Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa website
- Volunteer Essentials
- Safety Activity Checkpoints
- The Bridge (Volunteer site with monthly checklists, reminders, & suggestions)
- Girl Scouts of the USA website
- GSUSA Quick-Start Guides (Daisy, Brownie, & Junior)
5. Complete your required training in-person or online through the Volunteer Training Portal.
❒ Managing Troops & Groups
❒ Leading Your Level (Part I and Level-Specific)
6. Connect with your Service Unit Manager and other volunteers in your community.
❒ Find out the meeting schedule for your Service Unit.
7. Meet with your troop volunteer(s):
❒ Troops must have 2 leaders/co-leaders (must be unrelated and one must be female).
❒ All volunteers must become registered adult Girl Scout members & complete the background check.
❒ Determine additional volunteer roles.
– Suggestions: Fall Product Manager, Cookie Manager, Troop Treasurer, Meeting Helper, Communications Coordinator, Chaperone
❒ Review Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting, Journey books, & Volunteer Toolkit to brainstorm ideas.
❒ Review your list of registered girls by signing into MyGS – Volunteer Toolkit & clicking “My Troop” tab.
❒ Write a parent letter/email.
8. Communicate with all troop families:
❒ Send parent letter/email about first meetings.
❒ Schedule and hold a Parent/Guardian Meeting.
❒ Determine troop dues (if any).
❒ Decide on Troop Meeting details.
– Helpful Hint: Schedule your troop meetings around your availability. As much as possible, take into account your family needs, holidays, and availability of meeting place.
– Troops meet at many locations, including schools, churches and local community centers.
❒ Submit your troop meeting information through the Troop Catalog Update Form.
8. Begin using Volunteer Toolkit:
❒ Choose a year plan to customize.
❒ Set up your first few meetings.
9. Hold your first Troop Meeting:
❒ Make sure all girl & adult registrations are completed – financial assistance is available.
❒ Confirm completed background checks by troop volunteers.
❒ Get parents active in troop volunteer roles.
❒ Discuss & brainstorm how the year ahead can look.
❒ See if older Girls Scouts are available to assist.
10. Open a Girl Scout Bank Account:
❒ Contact bank in advance to confirm what additional items or paperwork are required to open account.
❒ Complete Troop & Service Unit Bank Account Form and follow instructions to submit.
Enjoy your volunteer adventure!
If you have any questions along the way, email us at email@example.com, or give us a call at 800-342-8389!