Service Unit Central
Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay is lucky to have an incredible network of Service Unit volunteers. Service Unit Central is packed with easy-to-find-and-use resources to support those volunteers, so they can spend more time being awesome!
For additional resources on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Programs, etc., please visit Volunteer Essentials.
NOTE: This flyer may still need approval from school districts. Please email MemberCare@cbgsc.org if you have any questions.
At the beginning of the recruitment season (late summer), Service Units will receive a limited supply of recruitment materials - flyers, posters, giveaways, etc. If you need additional marketing materials, please use our Service Unit Recruitment Supplies Request.
Sampler Troops - Sampler troops are a short series of meetings with new girls and their parents/caregivers, led by a current volunteer. At the end of the series, we will encourage one or more of those adults to step into the Leader role for the troop.
Interested in leading a Sampler Troop? Contact your Volunteer Support Specialist to get started.
Service Unit Manager (SUM) - A SUM develops and implements a yearly plan of work for the service unit; provides support to Leaders and troops and individual members; recruits, appoints and supervises qualified volunteer support for the service unit; plans, schedules, conducts and evaluates regular meetings of the service unit; and prepares for, attends, and participates in all scheduled council meetings and trainings.
Service Unit Support Volunteer - The support volunteer is a key role that is willing to lend a supportive hand to the Service Team in fulfilling duties. Duties may included by are not limited to; chaperoning, providing transportation, committee roles, planning troop activities, supporting SU events, and more.
Service Unit Treasurer - The treasurer maintains and monitors the Service Unit accounts. They provide accurate reporting of all SU funds to the SU and the council.
Service Unit Recruitment Champion - The recruitment champion supports SU and council efforts to recruit both girl members and volunteers. Helping to serve as a connector to local schools and community organizations. Additionally, they provide updates related to the SU’s membership progress and maintain a membership tracking system.
Service Unit Fall Product Champion - The Fall Product champion promotes, coordinates, and advocates for participation in the Fall Product Program within their SU.
Service Unit Cookie Champion - The Cookie champion promotes, coordinates, and advocates for participation in the Cookie Program within their SU.
Service Unit PR and Communications Champion - The PR & communication champion coordination’s SU communications across platforms with volunteers and caregivers. While also marketing and prompting Girl Scout activities and opportunities to the local community.
Service Unit Outdoor Program Champion - The outdoor program champion encourages troop/group camping, promotes council sponsored outdoor programs, helps prepare troops for camping, and promotes council camp opportunities.
Open a Service Unit Bank Account, Change Authorized Signers, or Close a Service Unit Bank Account
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.
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 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.
Product Programs are an important part of the Girl Scout experience. Not only do troops earn proceeds to help fund their activities, Girl Scouts learn valuable financial literacy and entreprenurial skills. Service Units have a key role in supporting Troop Leaders and Troop Champions during product programs to ensure success.
GSCB has two annual product programs: Fall Product and Cookie
Fall Product happens in - you guessed it! - the fall. It usually spans most of the month of October and ends early November. Exact dates vary year to year. During this program, girls sell nuts, candy and magazines to family and friends.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a beloved tradition that usually begins in January and goes through March. However, Girl Scouts get early access to their online sites in December so they can get started on their goals over those wonderful holiday family gatherings. The program happens in phases - early online access, Intial Order (order card + online), and Direct Sale (cookies are in hand and available for booth and other in-person sales opportunities + online).
We have a dedicated "microsite" for GSCB volunteers to best support their girls during product programs: www.gscbvolunteer.org.