There’s a lot to explore in Girl Scouts and we’re here to help navigate it all! If you are a Girl Scout volunteer or parent/guardian, and you need further support with the Girl Scout program or troop planning, there are specialists available to help you!
As a Girl Scout volunteer, you help girls learn lessons they will use for decades to come. Below you will find some resources to help you help girls be leaders in their own lives and in the world.
This resource reviews important topics related to safety, managing money, planning trips and working with girls of all ages. Use it as a reference anytime you need it.
The Volunteer Policies of Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc., (GSNC) are intended to provide the basis for reasonable and consistent guidance for our volunteers.
A Girl Scouts of Nassau County Resource for Adults in Girl Scouting providing direction and guidance to ensure the delivery of quality program in a reasonably safe and secure environment.
The Blue Book of Basic Documents contains important information and source documents, including the Constitution of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, bylaws, policies, credentials criteria and standards for councils, our Congressional Charter, and more. Download (PDF) English | Español
Safety guidelines for Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Girl Scouts of Nassau County aprpoved activities. When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints (SACs) written specifically for that pairticular activity. In this introduction you will find specific information for the checkpoints that are common to all activities, such as that for communicating with council and parents, as well as an overview of the format for all SACs.
Girl Scouts of Nassau County's policy regarding religious observance is:
“All Girl Scouts of Nassau County troops should refrain from holding any meetings, events or Girl Scout activities during these holiday observances.”
As members of our inclusive community, we ask that you adhere to this policy and plan accordingly. Below are the 2023 dates.
|Juneteenth||June 19, 2023|
|Eid Al Adha||June 28, 2023|
|Rosh Hashanah||September 15-17, 2023|
|Yom Kippur||September 24-25, 2023|
|Diwali||November 12, 2023|
|Christmas Eve||December 24, 2023|
|Christmas Day||December 25, 2023|
|Ash Wednesday||February 14, 2024|
|Lunar New Year||February 24, 2024|
|First Day of Ramadan||March 10, 2024|
|Good Friday||March 29, 2024|
|Easter Sunday||March 31, 2024|
|Eid Al Fitr||April 10, 2024|
|The First Two Days of Passover||April 22-23, 2024|
|The Last of Passover||April 30, 2024|
|Juneteenth||June 19, 2024|
|Eid Al Adha||June 17, 2024|
|Rosh Hashanah||October 2-4, 2024|
|Yom Kippur||October 11-12, 2024|
|Diwali||November 1, 2024|
|Christmas Eve||December 24, 2024|
|Christmas Day||December 25, 2024|
Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) and the Volunteer Loaning Process
The VRC is the place that will help guide you, the Girl Scout Volunteer, along your Girl Scout journey. Together, we’ll plan amazing troop meetings that will show girls that they can have fun and do amazing things that change the world, all at the same time.
To borrow an materials from the VRC, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Office Hours
Do you have Girl Scout volunteer questions, and want to connect with someone live? Join our Volunteer Office Hours with our volunteer training and resource managers! This is the time for Girl Scout volunteers and families to virtually meet with our team to address your questions about the Volunteer Toolkit, gsLearn, the Girl Scout program, and more.
IMPORTANT: If you are a new leader, you must complete the required trainings prior to submitting a request.
Below you will find all of the courses you need to complete your Basic Leadership training, along with some optional online courses and tips that will help get your Troop started and create the most exciting leadership experience for our girls.
PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged in to your MyGS account to follow some links on this page.
A Customer Care Manager will contact new leaders to explain the process below and track completion.
In total, the above process should take approximately 90 minutes to complete!
Girl Scouts of Nassau County troop leaders access the above required process on gsLearn. gsLearn is an easy-to-use training forum for Girl Scout volunteers.
There are several courses in gsLearn for new and seasoned volunteers to view. Courses include Brand Ambassador 101 for Volunteers, Managing My Troop from My Account, Inclusion for Girls with Disabilities, and Training Tidbit videos that are under 10 minutes.
Sign in to gsLearn and start exploring!
The Volunteer Toolkit is a customizable planning tool where you can find suggested meeting plans for most badges, access activity guides and badge requirements, track your Girl Scouts’ achievements, and so much more.
What can I do in the VTK?
You’ll find the Volunteer Toolkit via the left menu bar of MyGS in My Account. It’s accessible on any desktop, tablet, or mobile device. Be sure to use Google Chrome or Firefox to access the VTK, as browsers like Safari and Internet Explorer are not compatible.
Registered Girl Scout Volunteers/Juliette Parents! Check out
the video series about the Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit, available to
view in gsLearn!
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Girl Scout badges, patches, awards, and other insignia should be presented, worn, and displayed only after Girl Scouts have completed the requirements outlined in official program materials.
Girl Scouts at each level have one required element (tunic, sash, or vest) to display official pins and awards when they participate in ceremonies or officially represent the Girl Scout Movement.
View the Visual Guide for Awards, Badges, Patches, and More.
*As suggested by Troop Leaders
Now more than ever it’s important to be connected with your troop. We’ve created virtual resources to help you safely and successfully lead your troop and ensure they continue to have a positive Girl Scout Experience.
A Virtual Troop Meeting with Troop 3751
Learn about a virtual meeting structure, virtual troop activities, how to set up a virtual meeting in Zoom, virtual safety guidelines, and how to prepare for your virtual meeting.
Tips for Running a Virtual Girl Scout Meeting
Learn some best practice tips for you and the girls in this environment, what planning can look like, and parent involvement in virtual meetings.
Tips for hosting a Virtual Bridging Ceremony
A Bridging Ceremony honors and celebrates a Girl Scout’s advancement to the next level. It should be a personalized and memorable event. Get tips for hosting a Virtual Bridging Ceremony, including bridging ceremony preparation, bridging ceremony structure, and activity ideas.
Interactive hands-on workshop for new (or relatively new) Cookie volunteers. Learn the ins and outs of the Cookie Program. You’ll go home with the knowledge, resources and tools to help make the upcoming Cookie season a piece of cake! These are typically held in the late fall/ early winter and specific dates are announced in the fall. View the available Cookies 101 training dates.
eBudde Online Training (Making eBudde your Buddy)
If you're new to eBudde or need a refresher, here's your chance to become familiar with the eBudde system. Log onto eBudde and click on the eLearning tab. That will bring you to the eBudde tutorial. These are typically held in the late fall/ early winter and specific dates are announced in the fall. View the available Making eBudde your Buddy training dates.
VIP e-Training Lessons for Troop Cookie Manager
If you missed your Association training or just need a refresher, take the VIP eTraining from Little Brownie and GSNC. To gain access, use the same login information that you use for the eBudde system. Need help logging onto eBudde, contact your Association Chair or Sonia Oxford at email@example.com.
Troop Fall Products Manager Training
All Troop Managers need to attend a Mags&Munchies training in the fall. Mags&Munchies Association Chairs will be hosting trainings in their communities for Troop Mags&Munchies Managers starting in August.
New to Mags&Munchies Workshop
If you've never experienced the Mags&Munchies Program before, you might want to register for the NEW TO MAGS&MUNCHIES workshops held at the Council Service Center. These are typically held in the late summer or early fall and specific dates are announced in the mid-summer. View all of our New to Mags&Munchies Workshops
For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be First Aid/CPR certified (a complete list of recommendations can be found in Volunteer Essentials and GSUSA's Safety Activity Checkpoints.
You can pursue certification through various resources such as local community education, your local fire department, or community center or look online for trainings offered by the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, and the American Heart Association.
What is a Girl Scout Trip and how do you get ready for it? The Trip Training course will prepare leaders and trip coordinators to bring their Troops/Groups on any Girl Scout trip or activity. Participants will become familiar with GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints, GSNC Policies, Standards and Guidelines, budgeting, timing, transportation and other topics, so that the event is fun and safe for all. Register for Trip Training
Girl Scouts of Nassau County provides Outdoor Training courses to help Girl Scout volunteers prepare themselves and the girls they work with to enjoy outdoor experiences together. Training will introduce progression in the out-of-doors, review camp facilities and provide basic skills for outdoor program. Outdoor Training includes a pre plan meeting at the Girl Scout Service Center and a mandatory overnight at Camp Blue Bay. Register for Outdoor Training
Camp guidelines, procedures and program change. Your camping skills must be updated every three years to enable you to take girls camping. The Camp Update course will review skills, provide up-to-date information on camp materials used, ecology and environmental guidelines. Required for any troop previously trained and camping in 2023. Register for a Camp Update
Learn the ins and outs of what is required to lead your troop through the Bronze Award process. Earning the Bronze Award, Junior Girl Scouts see how rewarding it is to make the world a better place, right at home, in their community! Once girls earn their Bronze Award, they tend to go on and earn all of the three highest awards. Help your troop on this path by completing the online Bronze Award training. This training is designed for GS leaders and adults who will be guiding girls through earning their Bronze Award.
Are you planning to earn the Silver Award? Take our online Silver Award training to learn the award guidelines and discover your inner leader. Complete this training to feel confident as you develop a true Take Action project, that will help your community for years to come! Leaders and adults are welcome to join in, so you are prepared to help Cadette Girl Scouts on their journey to the Silver Award. This training is designed for Girl Scouts who are seeking to earn their Silver Award, along with leaders and adults who will be guiding girls through the Silver Award process.
Highly recommended for Girl Scouts working toward the Gold Award and their champions. Those who attend a Gold Award Training will learn the award guidelines, what it means to do a Take Action project, important deadlines, the approval process, and what the Gold Award interview will be like.
View our Gold Award Training Video
GSNC has launched it’s first-ever podcast! The Volunteer Connections podcast is for all Girl Scout volunteers at all levels of experience. Connect with us as we share Girl Scout planning resources, special Council opportunities, and more to make your Girl Scout experience the best it can be. Look for new episodes on the last Thursday of every month.
Volunteer Connections encompasses tons of resources for all GSNC adult volunteers! Access any of these resources when it fits your schedule.