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Ways to Volunteer

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.

How to Volunteer

To become a volunteer, you will need to start the volunteer registration process. Within this process, you'll be required to:

  • Choose a volunteer role (see below for descriptions)
  • Purchase your GSUSA Adult Membership
  • Submit Criminal Background Checks
  • Attend any trainings applicable to volunteer role
     
Troop Volunteer Roles
 
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Troop 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.
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Troop Committee Volunteer
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!
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Troop Cookie Manager
Ready to dive in but not available for a full year? Troop Cookie Managers 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!
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Troop MagNut Manager

Ready to dive in but not available for a full year? The MagNut fall 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. Troop MagNut Managers work primarily from September through December.    

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Troop Treasurer

Skilled in money management? Girls work hard for their MagNut and Cookie Program proceeds and Troop Treasurers make sure the troop's finances are in line and used appropriately. They help the troop stay in compliance with GSWPA's policies and procedures for handling money, and they make sure finances are documented and reported.
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Helping Hands Network
New to Girl Scouts or looking for a flexible volunteer role? Helping Hands Network volunteers are screened and approved volunteers who can provide extra help to troops during meetings. While they cannot count toward the volunteer/girl ratio, drive girls or handle finances, the Helping Hands Network is a great first step for adults who want to be involved with a troop but choose their own time commitment.

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Other Volunteer Roles
 
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Service Unit Volunteers                                
Mentor adult volunteers as they work with Girl Scouts to create memories they will never forget.
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Camp/Seasonal Volunteers                          
Help the girls explore nature and find the fun outdoors.
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How Parents/Families Can Support Girl Scouting

While some parents/families of girls do not participate in Girl Scouts as a volunteer, they can still play a big part in their girl’s experience with Girl Scouts! Parents and families can engage their girls by talking to them about their experience, supporting them through the MagNut and Cookie programs, and staying connected with volunteers. Parents and families can also attend troop, service unit or GSWPA-sponsored programs and events with their girls.*

*Some programs and events require adults to purchase a GSUSA Adult Membership in order to attend.