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Volunteer Resources

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you help girls learn lessons they will use for decades to come. These resources equip you to help girls be leaders in their own lives and in the world.

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Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials is the primary GSUSA & GSWNY reference document to be consulted for general safety and planning guidelines. Among other topics, it contains a program overview, safe planning procedures and financial guidelines

Please see the new COVID-19 related update in Member Essentials 8-25-20 and UPDATED corresponding guidelines for troops and service units to follow when planning in-person activities and meetings. 


Before leading any in-person Girl Scout activities, volunteers must review the Safety Activity guidelines for in-person meetings, and review one of the two July 9, 2020 webinar recordings below: 


Basics

Getting Started

Everything you need to get started leading a Girl Scout Troop.

New Troop Leaders Page

 

Choose Your Own Adventure

How to have a great Girl Scouts Year! Your one-stop-shop for resources on leading a troop this year in-person, virtually, or both! Learn more about: safety guidelines, how to run a troop meeting virtually, badge-in-a-box, events, and Council patches and badges tailored for a virtual environment.

Download the Choose Your Own Adventure resource

Virtual Girl Scouting

There are many ways girls can participate in Girl Scout activities, and earn awards, at home! Here are a few resources and ideas for Girl Scouts of all levels to help you get started.

GSWNY: Girl Scouting at Home
Even though your girl’s daily routine may have changed, there are many ways she can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn awards, even at home! Here are a few resources and ideas from your local council to help you get started. Learn more here

GSUSA: Girl Scouts at Home
Girl Scouts at Home represents a new way to participate in the Girl Scout experience—from virtually anywhere. GSUSA is making select Girl Scout program resources available to every girl, parent, caregiver, volunteer, and troop leader. Learn more here 

Working with Girls

Girl Scouts is girls-led! Working with girls of all ages can be both challenging and rewarding. Here are resources to help you work with your girls.

Volunteer Toolkit

The Volunteer Toolkit is a digital resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient.

Link to VTK


Safety

Girl Scouts Safety Guidelines

Safety Activity Checkpoints is a resource that provides safety standards and guidelines for Girl Scouts of the United States of American (GSUSA)-approved activities.  

First Aid and CPR Training

Each troop should have at least 1 adult with First Aid/CPR training for trips and certain troop activities. 

An adult certified in First Aid/CPR is required if a troop leaves their meeting place and/or if an activity’s Safety Activity Checkpoint indicates a First Aider is required.  The following healthcare providers may also serve as first-aiders: physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical technician.

With our partner agency, EPIC Trainings, Inc., we offer full day and blended learning* classes.  These standard First Aid and CPR courses include adult and child CPR and basic first aid. Certification is valid for 2 years.  Blended learning classes are NOT recommended if this is your first time taking First Aid and CPR training. 

To register contact EPIC Trainings, Inc via email at mail@epictrainings.com or via phone at (585)615-4379.

Blended Learning Classes -To register contact EPIC Trainings, Inc via email at mail@epictrainings.com or via phone at (585)615-4379.

This class includes an online pre-session portion and an in-person skills session. The online portion must be completed prior to the skills session in order to receive certification. When you register, you will receive information to access the online portion.  Not recommended if this is your first time taking First Aid and CPR Training.

Rochester Service Center,1000 Elmwood Ave, Door 9, Rochester, NY 14620

Wednesday

September 16

6pm

Saturday

September 19

10am

Wednesday

September 23

1pm

Saturday

October 3

10am

Wednesday

October 7

6pm

Wednesday

October 14

1pm

Saturday

November 7

10am

Wednesday

November 18

1pm

Wednesday

December 2

6pm

Wednesday

December 16

1pm

Wednesday

February 3 

6pm

Saturday

February 6

10am

Wednesday

March 3

6pm

Saturday

March 6

10am

Wednesday

April 7

6pm

Saturday

May 1

10am

Wednesday

May 5

6pm

Buffalo Service Center, 4433 Genesee Street, Suite 101
Buffalo, NY 14225

Wednesday

October 7

4pm

Saturday

October 10

10am

Wednesday

October 21

1pm

Wednesday

November 4

1pm

Saturday

November 7

10am

Wednesday

December 9

6pm

Wednesday

December 9

1pm

Wednesday

February 10

6pm

Saturday

February 13

10am

Wednesday

March 10

6pm

Saturday

March 13

10am

Wednesday

April 14

6pm

Saturday

May 8

10am

Wednesday

May 12

6pm

Jamestown Service Center  2661 Horton Rd,  Jamestown, NY 14701

Wednesday

October 7

1pm

Saturday

October 17

10am

Saturday

April 17

10am

Virtual Meeting Safety Tips

Nothing is more important than ensuring the health and safety of our girls, whether they’re engaged in real-world activities or exploring online. Here are some tips for reducing risk and becoming more effective digital citizens

Virtual Meeting Safety Tips

Forms and Permission Slips

Finances


Programming 

Badges and Journeys
Grade-Levels and Bridging

Grade-Level Training

In addition to the Volunteer Basics Training Series, all troop co-leaders take grade-level training. This training helps create the ideal girl/adult partnership to ensure girls grow and take charge as much as is appropriate for their age and development. 

Home Study Courses 

Quizzes

Bridging Guide (pdf)

Level UP! Bridging to the Next Level in Girl Scouts

Highest Awards

Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. The skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. Learn more about these Highest Awards here.

Highest Awards


Outdoor

Outdoor

NEW HANDS-ON OUTDOOR SKILLS TRAINING FOR ADULTS!

THIS JUST IN!

The GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints for 2019/2020 now requires that at least one adult per group be trained by their council prior to a troop-run camping event.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! To meet this training requirement, volunteers can do one of two things (or both if you want!) 

A) Review the Troop Camping in 10 Easy Steps online at (PDF). When applying for a GSWNY campsite or submitting a Troop Camping on a Non-Council Owned Site Form, you will indicate that you have fulfilled this requirement. This indication will be “on your honor” and will not require documentation.

B) For additional resources and hands-on training, we are excited to announce that you can participate in hands-on skills sessions embedded within selected girl outdoor programs (i.e. Ace Adventurer, Read Set Camp, Trailblazer II etc). Attend these events with girls to learn fire building, food preparation, tent-pitching and more – without having to sacrifice additional personal time. Just look for the tent icon next to any program title to find a program that integrates camping training for adults. Adults who wish to participate in the skills sessions at these programs must notify council upon registration for the program. This can be done by clicking on the link provided in your registration confirmation email which will direct you to a skills session sign-up list. Timely registration ensures an accurate quantity of materials and a better program experience. Please understand that these sessions may require adults to work separate from the girls, in groups with other adults. This may include and is not limited to being at a different station or doing a different activity from the girls.

C) A one-sentence bullet point about the Outdoor Champions under both the On-Demand Training and the Outdoor Training drop-down menus. It should read: “Looking for more individualized training fit to your schedule? The Outdoor Champion Volunteer Team is available to help you. Just submit a request by visiting https://www.gswny.org/en/camp/outdoor-like-a-girl-/outdoor-champion.html.”

Step by Step- Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls

Taking the Journeys Outside

Planning Your Troop’s First Campout

Introduction to Campsite Set-up

Introduction to Cooking Outdoors

How to Leave No Trace Outdoors

Outdoors Songs and Games

Outdoors Songs and Games


Service Units