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Resources

We are dedicated to ensuring a great volunteer experience that helps keep your focus on having fun with your troop of Girl Scouts. We’ll be there to help you get started, keep you going, and encourage you along the way. Bookmark this page to keep it handy as a quick reference.
 

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)


The 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. Check out some of the toolkit’s top features below. Then watch the video playlist above for a detailed walk-through.


 

VTK: For Troop Leaders

Through the VTK, troop leaders can:

  • Plan the troop’s calendar year
  • Email parents with one click.
  • View the troop roster, renew girls’ membership, and update their contact information.
  • View Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Journeys and badges to plan for troop meetings.
                o   There are three prepopulated year plans in the VTK for                     Daisy, Brownie, and Junior leaders, with 15 meetings each.
  •    Customize meetings by troop year with other badge and Journey options.
  • NEW! Access the VTK as a multilevel troop (troops with a mix of girls in Daisy, Brownie, and Junior levels).
  • Explore individual meeting plans that show a breakdown of every meeting, including a list of the materials needed, and editable time allotments for each activity within a meeting.
  • Record girls’ attendance at meetings and their badge and Journey achievements.
  • Add council or custom troop events to the troop’s calendar.
  • Enter the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).
  • Easily locate resources, such as Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  • NEW! Access 18 activities that now include a “Get Outside” option, which provides alternative outdoor options.           
VTK: For Parents
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What About Parents?

  • Parents can now access the VTK to see what their girl’s troop or group is doing (e.g, meeting information and which badges and Journeys she is working on).
  • Parents can also view the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).

Log in today! Click on My GS in the upper right-hand corner to get started.


 

2017-2018 G.I.R.L. Guide 

(Formerly known as the Program Partner Directory)


Council Resources: Forms, Videos and More


 

GSHPA Volunteer Essentials + Council Resources
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Volunteer Essentials
GSHPA’s Volunteer Essentials is for new volunteers on how to best work with their Girl Scout Troop or for experienced volunteers looking for a refresher.

 

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Certificate of Insurance
Fill out this form if your troop has a "high risk" activity on your calendar! 

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2017-2018 G.I.R.L. Guide 

Girls Go STEM Resources
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Girls Go STEM
Launch into our brand-new program- Girls Go STEM! Experiment, play, grow and learn with interactive activities for your troop!

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STEM Mobile
Learn about our mobile Girls Go STEM program, the STEM Mobile! 

Outdoor Resources
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Venture Out:  Learn practical tips and tricks, read other volunteers’ stories, and explore the joys of taking girls outside with Venture Out!, a fun, interactive “outdoor” adventure made possible by GSUSA’s Elliott Wildlife Values Project.

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Step-by-Step: Developing Outdoor Skills in Girls:  At Girl Scouts, we work to build girls’ outdoor skills and inspire girls to care for the environment. The Girl Scout Outdoor Progression Chart (PDF) is a tool you can use as you advance girls’ skills in an age-appropriate way. 

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Taking the Journey Outside:  It’s easy to take a Girl Scout Journey outside. Each Journey is full of fun, interactive activities that can easily go outdoors and inspire girls to love and protect the planet. Watch this video to find out how!

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Planning Your Troop’s First Campout: In order to have a great campout, you need to plan ahead—and be prepared. This video will give you plenty to think about as you plan your next outdoor adventure with Girl Scouts.

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Introduction to Campsite Set-Up:  A safe, efficient campsite is important when camping. Watch and learn how to set up a proper camp!

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Introduction to Cooking Outdoors:  Propane, charcoal, box ovens—there are so many choices when cooking outside. This video shares ideas about the delicious possibilities. Tasty!

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How to Leave No Trace Outdoors:  A Girl Scout always leaves an area better than she found it. Throughout this video, girls will learn the importance of caring for the land, and how to easily “Leave No Trace” when exploring and enjoying the outdoors.

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Introduction to Fire Building:  To ensure a fun campfire experience and help minimize impact on the environment, this video provides basic skills on Leave No Trace ethics, wood gathering, types of fire building methods, and how to start and extinguish a campfire.

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Outdoors Songs and Games:  This video provides fun tips on how to teach songs and games to girls to do in the outdoors, and resources available to learn more about Girl Scout songs and games. 

GSHPA + DCNR Partnership Resources
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Pennsylvania State Parks offer a variety of professional development opportunities for  teachers as well as non-formal environmental
educators. We provide hands-on, cross-curricula training for teachers from all grades (Pre-K - College). Learn more!

Safety + Emergency Resources
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Safety Activity Checkpoints

When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Use this go-to document to search by activity.
 

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Volunteer-Led Camping: Emergency Procedures Webinar

As part of our new requirements, any leader responsible for a volunteer-led camping event  will be required to register for and watch a webinar, which can be found at the link above. 
 

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Emergency Procedures Poster

Handy poster to help guide you through GSHPA's Emergency procedures. 
 

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Emergency Procedures Checklist

For use in all locations on and off GSHPA Properties. The checklist is meant to cover all emergencies regardless of specific location to include on and off GSHPA properties. Whether the troop is at a GSHPA camp, GSHPA office, or at a fieldtrip, these guidelines are meant to assist in the proper response to any emergency.
 

Badges
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Badge Explorer Search by grade-levels and topics

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Badge and Insignia Placement Guide:  Handy guides to show you where to place your Girl Scout's badges and insignia.


Still have questions? No problem! Reach out to your Membership Associate for one-on-one assistance.