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Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials

When you’re a busy Girl Scout volunteer helping Girl Scouts change the world, there’s no time for browsing through pages and pages to find what you need. That's why Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay provides you with up to date and easily accessible resources, whether you’re brand new to Girl Scouts or a seasoned volunteer!

Volunteer Essentials is here to support you with all the need-to-know Girl Scout information, guidelines, and policies, while Troop Leader Central and Service Unit Central are designed for specific Troop and Service Unit resources. 

The Girl Scout Program

Girl Scout Leadership Experience (Badges, Journeys, Petals)

Journeys and badges are designed to give girls different leadership-building experiences, all while having fun! 

  • Journeys are topic-specific experiences through which girls explore their world by doing hands-on activities and taking the reins on age-appropriate Take Action projects. Because of their leadership focus, Journeys are also a prerequisite for the prestigious Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.   
  • Badges are all about skill building. When a Girl Scout earns a badge, it shows that she’s learned a new skill, such as how to make a healthy snack or take great digital photos. It may even spark an interest at school or plant the seed for a future career. Please remember that we don’t expect you to be an expert in the badge topics; just have fun learning by doing with the girls! 
  • Petals are specifically for Daisy Level Girl Scouts, who are just learning the Girl Scout Law. Each petal corresponds to a line of the Girl Scout Law and the center of the daisy represents the Girl Scout Promise. 

If they choose, girls can pursue the badges they’re excited about and Journey awards in the same year; encourage them to find the connections between the two to magnify their Girl Scout experience! While you’re having fun, keep in mind that the quality of a girl’s experience and the skills and pride she gains from earning leadership awards and skill-building badges far outweigh the quantity of badges she earns.  

Additional Badge and Journey resources: 

  • Badge Explorer  - The Badge Explorer tool provides a comprehensive list of all available badges. You can filter the list by program level and/or topic.  
  • Guide to Community Service vs. Take Action Projects (Coming soon!) - Here's a one-page explanation of the difference between a community service project and a Take Action project. Girls complete Take Action projects at the end of Leadership Journeys and to earn Higher Awards.


Girl Scout Ceremonies and Traditions

Time-honored traditions and ceremonies unite Girl Scout sisters—and the millions of Girl Scout alums who came before them—around the country and around the globe and remind girls how far their sisters have come and just how far they’ll go. 

A few of those extra special days, when you’ll want to crank up the celebrations, include:  

  • Juliette Gordon Low's birthday or Founder's Day, October 31, marks the birth in 1860 of Girl Scouts of the USA founder Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia.
  • World Thinking Day, February 22, celebrates the birthdays of Girl Guides founder Robert, Lord Baden-Powell (1857–1941) and World Chief Guide Olave, Lady Baden-Powell (1889–1977). 
  • Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. 

Whether you are making cool SWAPS to share with new friends or closing your meetings with a friendship circle, your troop won’t want to miss out on these traditions, ceremonies, and special Girl Scout days.

Volunteer Toolkit & gsLearn

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is a digital resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient. Fully customizable, the toolkit is digitally responsive so Troop Leaders can plan and prepare practically anywhere.

gsLearn is an online learning library accessible through MyGS. Trainings for all new leaders are made available here as well as optional trainings on skill development and leadership. GSCB will also be uploading our recorded webinars and topic-specific training videos to gsLearn

For training related to your role as a volunteer, including training on VTK, please visit gsLearn

For training on delegating, handling conflict, improving communication, visit the gsLearn training library.

Highest Awards

As your girls discover their passions and the power of their voices, they’ll want to take on an issue that’s captured their interest and is meaningful to them. Encourage them to turn their vision into reality by taking on the ultimate Take Action projects in order to earn Girl Scouts’ highest awards.   

  • The Girl Scout Bronze Award can be earned by Juniors who have completed one Junior Journey. 
  • The Girl Scout Silver Award can be earned by Cadettes who have completed one Cadette Journey. 
  • The Girl Scout Gold Award takes making the world a better place to a new level by solving society’s grand challenges. Seniors and Ambassadors who have completed either two Girl Scout Senior-level Journeys, two Ambassador-level Journeys, or one of each can pursue their Gold Award. 
Did you know? 

A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately advances one rank in all four branches of the U.S. military? A number of college scholarship opportunities also await Gold Award Girl Scouts. A girl does not, however, have to earn a Bronze or Silver Award before earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. She is eligible to earn any recognition at the grade level in which she is registered. 

Religious Awards

Celebrating Spirituality and Faith

Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common across religions. So while we are a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions

My Promise, My Faith

Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin, which complements existing religious recognitions and allows girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. Once each year, a girl can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and tying it directly to tenets of her faith. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels. Learn more

Catholic Girl Scout Religious Awards through the Diocese of Wilmington

The Diocese of Wilmington offers a series of Religious Award Programs to Girl Scouts. These programs are designed to advance girls in religious knowledge and spiritual growth. A registered Girl Scout who is Catholic and attends Catholic School, CCD or regular religious instruction is eligible. These programs are voluntary and do not replace Girl Scout meetings.

Diocesan Awards

Cross Awards – 3rd grade Girl Scout Brownies. The Cross Awards symbolizes Faith. This program helps the Girl Scout find that God has a special plan for each of His children.

Anchor Awards – Girl Scout Juniors. The Anchor Award symbolizes Hope. This program helps the Girl Scout see Christ in herself and in others by serving them.

Heart Awards – Girl Scout Cadettes. The Heart Awards symbolizes Charity. This program helps the Girl Scout understand her role in making Christ present and active today.

National Awards

Family of God – Girl Scout Brownies. The Family of God Award helps the Girl Scout discover the presence of God in her daily life 
as a member of her family and parish.

I Live My Faith – Girl Scout Juniors. The I Live My Faith Award helps the Girl Scout appreciate more deeply the place that God and religion occupy in her daily life.

Marian Medal – Girl Scout Cadettes. The Marian Medal helps the Girl Scout grow in appreciation of Mary and in understanding themselves.

Spirit Alive – Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. This award helps the Girl Scout discover how the Holy Spirit moves in her life, calling her to greater participation in the Church’s ministry.

Parental participation is essential. The requirements are completed by the Girl Scout under the guidance of her parent, program moderator or troop leader. A logbook must be maintained by the Girl Scout and submitted for approval to the Catholic committee.

There is a nominal fee for the workbook and medal. Medals symbolizing each program are awarded at a special Diocesan ceremony. For information, questions and/or an application to work on one of these awards, please contact Joan Przywara at 302-478-0693.

These two sites are valuable resources about the strength of GSUSA’s time-honored relationship with the Catholic Church:

Girl Scouts of the USA’s relationship with the Catholic Church

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY)

Travel and Destinations

Traveling with Girl Scouts is very different from traveling with family, school, or other groups because girls take the lead. As they make the decisions about where to go and what to do and take increasing responsibility for the planning and management of their trips, girls build important organizational and management skills that will benefit them in college and beyond.

  • GSCB Travel Application - If your troop will be renting a car, taking a bus, staying somewhere for 3 or more nights, or doing an outdoor activity that includes camping or outdoor fire, you must submit the GSCB Travel Application.

Domestic Travel 

  • Guide to U.S. Travel – This resource is designed for Juniors and older Girl Scouts who want to take extended trips—that is, longer than a weekend—but also features tips and tools for budding explorers who are just getting started with field trips and overnights.  

International Travel  

  • Girl Health Card - Download/print this extended version of the Girl Health card, which includes space for notary signature. 
  • Global Travel Toolkit - Global trips usually take a few years to plan, and this toolkit can help you plan your trip from start to finish.  
  • Destinations - Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors have the exciting opportunity to participate Destinations and embark on a life-changing trip where they can meet Girl Scouts from all over the country, experience new cultures, and grow their leadership skills and knowledge. Destinations have both domestic and international options. 

Safety First
If you’re planning any kind of trip—from a short field trip to an overseas expedition—the “Trips and Travel” section of Safety Activity Checkpoints is your go-to resource for safety. Be sure to follow all the basic safety guidelines, like the buddy system and first-aid requirements, in addition to the specific guidelines for travel.  

  • Insurance - It is recommended, not required, that Girl Scout groups/troops purchase additional activity insurance for travel activities. Those activities include but are not limited to:  
    • Travelling with non-Girl Scout members (I.e. siblings, non-registered parents/caregivers, etc.) 
    • International travel
    • Extended travel (more than three nights) 
  • Certificate of Insurance- Sometimes you may be asked to provide a Certificate of Insurance for Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. If your group is required to provide a certificate of Insurance to a venue please complete this form.
Product Programs

Girl Scout Cookies – The annual Girl Scout Cookie Program is an opportunity for girls to learn important financial literacy and life skills while earning proceeds to power their Girl Scout experiences. For more information about how Girl Scout Cookies benefit local girls, visit Support Girls’ Success. GSCB has launched a Cookie Volunteer Microsite to support our Cookie Program volunteers and ensure this Cookie Program is our best one yet!

Fall Product Program – The Girl Scout Fall Product Program is also an annual program that teaches girls important skills and helps fund Girl Scout activities early-on in the year. The exciting products offered vary from year to year but usually include magazines, nuts, tumblers, candles, and more. Learn more about the Girl Scout Fall Product Program.  

Certificate of Insurance- Sometimes you may be asked to provide a Certicicate of Insurance for Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. If your group is required to provide a certificate of Insurance to a venue please complete this form.


Volunteer Support

Safety and Policy Guidelines

In Girl Scouting, the emotional and physical safety and well-being of girls and volunteers is our top priority. Girl Scout volunteers should follow GSCB safety guidelines during all Girl Scout activities. If at any point you are unsure if an activity is safe or approved by GSCB, please consult the Safety Activity Checkpoints or contact your Volunteer Support Specialist for assistance. 

  • Safety Activity Checkpoints – When preparing for an activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Use this go-to document to search by activity and find out how to prepare yourself and girls, what to bring, and how to ensure girls’ safety throughout the activity.  
  • Girl Health Card – Girl Scout volunteers should always a have up-to-date health card for each participating girl for any Girl Scout function. Download/print a hardcopy version here.
  • GSCB Parent Permission Slip for Events – Best practice for any Girl Scout field trip or event outside of your meeting place is to ask parents/caregivers to fill out a permission slip. The Girl Scout volunteer should keep these on file until after the trip. For international trips, both parent/caregivers (if applicable) written consent is recommended. 
  • Background Checks - Background checks are required for all Girl Scout volunteers. A background check, also called a CBC, is good for 3 years from time of completion. You will receive email reminders when your background check expiration is approaching. To find out when your background check expires, go to MyGS and navigate to the Troop page, then reference the column “CBC Expiration” found under Adults. 
  • GSCB Emergency Procedures - In the case of emergency, suspected injury or loss of property at a Girl Scout function, please follow these guidelines.
  • Incident Report  - If a girl's health or safety is jeapordized during an incident at a Girl Scout function, this incident report should be completed as soon as possible by a Girl Scout volunteer or health professional who was/is on the scene. Review Emergency Procedures related to completing an incident report.
  • Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge – The internet can provide a number of exciting opportunities for Girl Scouts but can also present unique safety concerns. Before using the internet for a Girl Scout activity, girls are encouraged to complete the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge. 
  • Blue Book - The Girl Scout Blue Book is the governing document for Girl Scouting. Any GSUSA rules and regulations will be found here in the Blue Book. 
  • Certificate of Insurance- Sometimes you may be asked to provide a Certificate of Insurance for Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. If your group is required to provide a certificate of Insurance to a venue please complete this form.
Creating an Inclusive and Safe Environment

Girl Scouts has a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity, and we embrace girls of all abilities and backgrounds into our wonderful sisterhood.  

Inclusion is at the core of who we are; it’s about being a sister to every Girl Scout and celebrating our unique strengths. Part of the important work you do includes modeling friendship and kindness for your girls and showing them what it means to practice empathy. Here’s how you can nurture an inclusive troop environment. 

Listening to girls, as opposed to telling them what to think, feel, or do (no “you shoulds”) is the first step in building a trusting relationship and helping them take ownership of their Girl Scout experience. 

Be Honest 
If you’re not comfortable with a topic or activity, it’s OK to say so! No one expects you to be an expert on every topic. Ask for alternatives or seek out volunteers with the required expertise. Owning up to mistakes—and apologizing for them—goes a long way with girls. 

Be Open to Real Issues 
Outside of Girl Scouts, girls may be dealing with issues like relationships, peer pressure, school, money, drugs, and other serious topics. When you don’t know, listen. Also seek help from your council if you need assistance or more information than you currently have. 

Show Respect 
Girls often say that their best experiences were the ones where adults treated them as equal partners. Being spoken to as young adults reinforces that their opinions matter and that they deserve respect.   

Offer Options 
Girls’ needs and interests change and being flexible shows them that you respect them and their busy lives. Be ready with age-appropriate guidance and parameters no matter what the girls choose to do.  

Stay Current 
Show your girls that you’re interested in their world by asking them about the TV shows and movies they like; the books, magazines, or blogs they read; the social media influencers they follow; and the music they listen to. 

Remember to LUTE: Listen, Understand, Tolerate, and Empathize 
Try using the LUTE method to thoughtfully respond when a girl is upset, angry, or confused. 

  • Listen: Hear her out, ask for details, and reflect back what you hear; try “What happened next?” or “What did she say?” 
  • Understand: Show that you understand where she’s coming from with comments such as, “So what I hear you saying is . . .” or “I understand why you’re unhappy,” or “Your feelings are hurt; mine would be, too.” 
  • Tolerate: You can tolerate the feelings that she just can’t handle right now on her own. Let her know that you’re there to listen and accept how she is feeling about the situation. Say something like: “Try talking to me about it. I’ll listen," or “I know you’re mad—talking it out helps,” or “I can handle it—say whatever you want to.” 
  • Empathize: Let her know you can imagine feeling what she’s feeling with comments such as, “I’m sure that really hurts” or “I can imagine how painful this is for you.” 

Addressing the Needs of Older Girls 
Let these simple tips guide you in working with teenage girls: 

  • Think of yourself as a partner, a coach, or a mentor, not a “leader.” 
  • Ask girls what rules they need for safety and what group agreements they need to be a good team. 
  • Understand that girls need time to talk, unwind, and have fun together. 
  • Ask what they think and what they want to do. 
  • Encourage girls to speak their minds.  
  • Provide structure, but don’t micromanage. 
  • Give everyone a voice in the group. 
  • Treat girls like partners. 
  • Don’t repeat what’s said in the group to anyone outside of it (unless necessary for a girl’s safety).

Equal Treatment
Girl Scouts welcomes all members, regardless of race, ethnicity, background, disability, family structure, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status. When scheduling, planning, and carrying out activities, carefully consider the needs of all girls involved, including school schedules, family needs, financial constraints, religious holidays, and the accessibility of appropriate transportation and meeting places.  

Recognizing and Supporting Each Girl 
You're a role model and a mentor to your girls. Since you play an important role in their lives, they need to know that you consider each of them an important person too. They can weather a poor meeting place or an activity that flops, but they cannot endure being ignored or rejected.  

  • Give a shout-out when you see girls trying their best, not just when they’ve had a clear success.  
  • Emphasize the positive qualities that make each girl worthy and unique.  
  • Be generous with praise and stingy with rebuke.  
  • Help your girls find ways to show acceptance of and support for one another. 

Promoting Fairness 
Girls are sensitive to injustice. They forgive mistakes if they are sure you are trying to be fair. They look for fairness in how responsibilities are shared, in handling of disagreements, and in your responses to performance and accomplishment.  

  • When possible, ask the girls what they think is fair before decisions are made.  
  • Explain your reasoning and show why you did something.  
  • Be willing to apologize if needed.  
  • Try to see that responsibilities as well as the chances for feeling important are equally divided.  
  • Help girls explore and decide for themselves the fair ways of solving problems, carrying out activities, and responding to behavior and accomplishments. 

Building Trust 
Girls need your belief in them and your support when they try new things. You’ll also need to show them that you won’t betray their confidence.  

  • Show girls you trust them to think for themselves and use their own judgment.  
  • Encourage them to make the important decisions in the group.  
  • Give them assistance in correcting their own mistakes. 
  • Support girls in trusting one another—let them see firsthand how trust can be built, lost, regained, and strengthened. 

Inspiring Open Communication 
Girls want someone who will listen to what they think, feel, and want to do. They like having someone they can talk to about the important things happening in their lives.  

  • Listen to the girls. Respond with words and actions.  
  • Speak your mind openly when you are happy or concerned about something and encourage girls to do this too.  
  • Leave the door open for girls to seek advice, share ideas and feelings, and propose plans or improvements.  
  • Help girls see how open communication can result in action, discovery, better understanding of self and others, and a more comfortable climate for fun and accomplishment. 

Managing Conflict 
Conflicts and disagreements are an inevitable part of life, but if handled constructively, they show girls that they can overcome their differences, exercise diplomacy, and improve their communication and relationships. Respecting others and being a sister to every Girl Scout means that shouting, verbal abuse, or physical confrontations are never warranted and cannot be tolerated in the Girl Scout environment. 

When a conflict arises between girls or a girl and a volunteer, get those involved to sit down together and talk calmly and in a nonjudgmental manner. (Each party may need some time—a few days or a week—to calm down before being able to do this.) Talking in this way might feel uncomfortable and difficult now, but it lays the groundwork for working well together in the future. Whatever you do, do not spread your complaint around to others—that won’t help the situation and causes only embarrassment and anger. 

If a conflict persists, be sure you explain the matter to your Volunteer Support Specialist. If the VSS cannot resolve the issues satisfactorily (or if the problem involves the VSS), the issue can be taken to the next level of supervision, such as the Director of Volunteer Support and Organizational Analytics. 

Additionally Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy regarding sexual orientation and transgender members, volutneers and staff can be found here.

Addressing Sensitive Topics

When Sensitive Topics Come Up
It’s an amazing feeling when your girls put their trust in you—and when they do, they may come to you with some of the issues they face, such as bullying, peer pressure, dating, athletic and academic performance, and more. Some of these issues may be considered sensitive by families, and they may have opinions or input about how, and whether, Girl Scouts should cover these topics with their girl. 

Girl Scouts welcomes and serves girls and families from a wide spectrum of faiths and cultures. When girls wish to participate in discussions or activities that could be considered sensitive—even for some—put the topic on hold until you have spoken with parents and received guidance from GSHPA. 

When Girl Scout activities involve sensitive issues, your role is that of a caring adult volunteer who can help girls acquire skills and knowledge in a supportive atmosphere, not someone who advocates a particular position.  

GSUSA does not take a position or develop materials on issues relating to human sexuality, birth control, or abortion. We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives. We believe parents and caregivers, along with schools and faith communities, are the primary sources of information on these topics.  

Parents/guardians make all decisions regarding their girl’s participation in Girl Scout program that may be of a sensitive nature. As a volunteer leader, you must get written parental permission for any locally planned program offering that could be considered sensitive. Included on the permission form should be the topic of the activity, any specific content that might create controversy, and any action steps the girls will take when the activity is complete. Be sure to have a form for each girl and keep the forms on hand in case a problem arises. For activities not sponsored by Girl Scouts, find out in advance (from organizers or other volunteers who may be familiar with the content) what will be presented, and follow council’s guidelines for obtaining written permission.  

Report Concerns
There may be times when you worry about the health and well-being of girls in your group. Alcohol, drugs, sex, bullying, abuse, depression, and eating disorders are some of the issues girls may encounter. You are on the frontlines of girls’ lives, and you are in a unique position to identify a situation in which a girl may need help. If you believe a girl is at risk of hurting herself or others, your role is to promptly bring that information to her parent/caregiver or GSCB so she can get the expert assistance she needs. Your concern about a girl’s well-being and safety is taken seriously, and GSCB will guide you in addressing these concerns.  

Here are a few signs that could indicate a girl needs expert help: 

  • Marked changes in behavior or personality (for example, unusual moodiness, aggressiveness, or sensitivity) 
  • Declining academic performance and/or inability to concentrate 
  • Withdrawal from school, family activities, or friendships 
  • Fatigue, apathy, or loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities 
  • Sleep disturbances 
  • Increased secretiveness 
  • Deterioration in appearance and personal hygiene 
  • Eating extremes, unexplained weight loss, distorted body image 
  • Tendency toward perfectionism 
  • Giving away prized possessions; preoccupation with the subject of death 
  • Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, burns, or fractures 
  • Avoidance of eye contact or physical contact 
  • Excessive fearfulness or distrust of adults 
  • Abusive behavior toward other children, especially younger ones 

Any form of abuse or suspected abuse —sexual, physical, emotional, or verbal—whether it happens at a Girl Scout activity or is disclosed to you by a child or another adult, should be reported immediately to the appropriate authority. 

Managing Finances

Open a Troop/SU Bank Account, Change Authorized Signers, or Close a Troop/SU Bank Account

Money Earning Activities
When product programs aren’t enough and troops are still in need of funds to support their activities or trips, they can explore Additional Money Earning Activities. For guidelines on what activities troops can do, please review the Additional Money Earning Policy (Guidelines are different for troops than for Service Units fundraising for Family Partnership). 

The application must be submitted four weeks in advance, and Service Unit Managers will be notified when submissions are sent. Your Volunteer Support Specialist will review the application and be in touch with any questions and to let you know if your application is approved or denied. If your girls need help choosing an activity, see our brainstorming list for a variety of ideas! 
Application | Activity Ideas | Guidance

Financial Assistance 
Financial Assistance is now offered to girls and volunteers who fall into the guidelines set by the FDA Free and Reduced School Lunch Program. When “Request Financial Assistance” is checked during the registration process, a Member Care Specialist will reach out and share the Financial Assistance Application. Once completed, the FA will be approved or denied and the family communicated with accordingly.
It is recommended that Troops renew girl members with Troop funds. However, in Troops where this is not budgeted for, Troop Leaders should let families know that GSCB offers this assistance and how to apply. Leaders should be forthcoming in letting parents know that she/he can see in MyGS when a girl has FA pending and that this will be handled with discretion among other parents/caregivers. However, receiving FA is nothing to be ashamed of and GSCB offers this assistance so that Girl Scouting is available to all girls and families who want to participate. 

Misuse Reporting
If at any point you suspect Girl Scout troop/group funds are being used inappropriately, we encourage you to report it to GSCB staff for investigation. If you suspect Service Unit or troop funds are being misused, please complete the Suspected Misuse of Funds Form as soon as possible. All submissions using this form are considered confidential. The submitters name and information will not be shared with anyone outside of the GSCB staff.

Volunteer Trainings

Check out upcoming Volunteer Trainings on our Events List

Additional online trainings can be found in gsLearn. Access gsLearn via your MyGS account! New to gsLearn? Check out our short video tutorial:

Interested in requesting a training topic or event? Complete our Volunteer Training Suggestion Form and we'll do our best to meet your training needs. Please note that these are training suggestions, and may or may not result in an actual training event. 

Connecting with Fellow Volunteers & GSCB

One of the best things about becoming a Girl Scout volunteer is becoming a part of a wider, supportive network of volunteers, staff, and alum. Finding ways to stay connected has never been easier.  

  • Facebook – Join our groups listed below to get specific content, share ideas, and be a part of our online community. You can also follow Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay for all your local Girl Scout content! 
    • Troop Leaders Lounge - This is a place for positive collaboration for GSCB co-leaders and staff to peer share, use as a resource, and create a community around being a GSCB leader! 
    • SUM Lounge - This is a place for GSCB Service Unit Managers and staff to peer share, use as a resource, and create a community for leading amazing Service Unit activities and events!
    • GSCB Camps - This group is for people interested in GSCB camp properties and building a community of current campers, past campers, counselors, and friends!
    • SU Product Program - This group lets you stay connected to our Product Program staff and your fellow Product Program volunteers during Cookie and Fall Product seasons for the latest updates and answers to your questions! 
  • Instagram – Follow @gschesapeakebay for exciting Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay content! 
  • TikTok – Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay is on TikTok at @girlscoutscb sharing fun, quick videos for girls and volunteers alike! 
  • LinkedIn - For Girl Scout of the Chesapake Bay alum and volunteers, connect with us on LinkedIn to stay up to date on how Girl Scouts makes an impact on your community. 
  • Twitter - 140 characters? We don't even need that many to tell you what you need to know: Girl Scouts rocks! Follow us on Twitter at @gschesapeakebay where we keep the Girl Scout fun short and sweet! 
  • Share Your Stories - We know Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay girls are always out doing amazing things - whether it's earning badges, helping in the community, or just having a dance party - we wish we could be there for all of it! You can help us stay in tune with what's going on with your troop by submitting a Girls in Action form everytime your troop or Juliette does something great! We might share these stories on our social media, in an email, on our website, or somewhere else. We can't wait to hear your story!
  • Share Your Feedback - As a GSCB Volunteer your feedback and request for topics you would like addressed are important to us. We want to hear your ideas and suggestions on how to improve the Girl Scout Experience for volunteers and all Girl Scout members! Let us know your thoughts via the GSCB Volunteer Feedback Form.
  • Fall School - Fall  School is a volunteer organized weekend for adult Girl Scouts of all councils, where you can come to learn, play, meet new friends, connect with old ones, and make many wonderful memories while getting ideas to use with your troop! Always at GSCB'S Camp Todd click here to learn more.
Volunteer Newsletters


Helpful Tools and Resources

GSCB COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Guidelines: outlining best practices for volunteers to follow for Girl Scouting activities.

COVID-19 Liability Waiver: to be completed by any participants in Girl Scouting activities.

COVID-19 Attendee Screening form: utilize these questions to pre-screen attendees at all troop meetings and events.

GSCB Emergency Procedures

State Guideline Quicklinks:

Virtual Meeting Resources

Virtual Meeting Resources for Volunteers - a comprehensive guide to meeting with your troop virtually including how to use zoom, how to adapt badge requirements to the virtual space, and monthly meeting ideas to keep things interesting.

    Quick Tips for Running a Virtual Meeting

     Safety Activity Checkpoints for Hosting a Virtual Troop Meeting

     Vol 1, October 2020

     Vol 2, November 2020

      Vol 3. December 2020

      Vol 4. January 2021

     Vol 5. February 2021

     Vol 6. March 2021

      Vol 7. April 2021

     Vol 8. May - June 2021

     Vol 9. July - September 2021


Girl Scout Leader Chat Meeting Activities - Developed by other Girl Scout leaders, these are activities you can download and share with your troops.

Virtual Girl Scout Activities Facebook Group  Volunteer and parent led Facebook Group to compile at home Girl Scout resources.


Have questions about any of the resources on Volunteer Essentials? Contact our Member Care team at or 1-800-341-4007.