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Volunteer Essentials 2020


Adventure Ahead!

Welcome to the great adventure that is Girl Scouting! Thanks to volunteers and mentors like you, generations of girls have learned to be leaders in their own lives and in the world. Have no doubt: You, and nearly a million other volunteers like you, are helping girls make a lasting impact on the world.

This guide, Volunteer Essentials, is designed to support busy troop leaders on the go. You can easily find what you need to get started on your Girl Scout Journey and search for answers throughout the troop year. 

Think of Volunteer Essentials as your encyclopedia to Girl Scout volunteering—it’s here when you need it, but there’s no need to read it all today.

Get started by browsing through the sections in the table of contents. 

New troop leader? We’ve got you covered. Check out the New Leader’s Guide to Success, a resource designed especially for you! 

Whatever your volunteer position, your hard work means girls will embark on new adventures, make friendships that last a lifetime, and deepen their connection to their community and the world. We’re calling on all members of society to help girls reach their full potential, and you’ve answered that call. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

The name of our council is Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) Welcome to the GSHCC family! 

Throughout Volunteer Essentials you will find words that are green in color and when clicked will take you to a different web page that can be the Girl Scouts of the USA's website, other resources, or other sections of this guide. 

Start exploring:

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Have Questions? Contact Us!

In the event of a serious accident, severe injury, missing girl or a fatality:  contact the appropriate authorities, 911 or police/sheriff and call Girl Scouts Heart of Central California at 209.575.5535.