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Become a volunteer for the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania: be a Girl Scout troop leader, troop parent

Become a Volunteer

Ready to start your volunteer journey? Signing up is easy and Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA staff are available to help you every step of the way. To become a volunteer, you must complete the following:

1. Registration

Every GSHPA volunteer must be a registered member of our organization. Financial Assistance is available to cover the $25.00 membership fee for those who qualify.

  • During registration, select "Register as a volunteer"
  • When prompted, enter the troop number you wish to volunteer with. If you don't know the troop number, you need to be connected with a troop, or you want to start a new troop, select UNSURE and a staff member will contact you for further assistance.
  • To apply for Financial Assistance, choose "Request Aid" on the payment screen. 


2. Background Checks

Prospective volunteers must complete 4 required background checks and submit them to GSHPA prior to being approved to volunteer. Please follow the instructions at the link below.

Complete list of required background checks

3. Social Media Policy

All GSHPA volunteers are expected to sign and adhere to the GSHPA Social Media Policy


Why Volunteer

Prepare her for a lifetime of leadership, and be the mentor she needs.

As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. They’ll each find their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ after all!

You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop essential life skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Imagine the excitement, the impact, the memories made—those are the moments you’ll share at Girl Scouts.

Learn more about the benefits of being a Girl Scout Volunteer.


Ways to Volunteer


Troop Leader/Co-Leader                               
Work with a group of girls and mentor them as they make new friends and develop connections that will last a lifetime. 
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Troop Family and Friends                             
Assist with driving, activity planning, snacks, money management, or other tasks necessary to keep the troop running oh-so-smoothly from week to week.
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Cookie Volunteers                                          
Coordinate the annual cookie sale at the troop level. Set up cookie booths, manage inventory and money, and then watch the girls light up when they earn the rewards for being the best cookie sellers ever!
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Service Unit Lead Volunteers                                
Mentor adult volunteers to help Troop Leaders work with Girl Scouts to create memories they will never forget.
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Camp/Outdoor Volunteers

Join with girls to explore outdoors fun by serving as an Outdoor Volunteer.  Click here for the position description of a GSHPA Outdoor Volunteer and the minimum time requirements for a membership year. 

Within the role of Outdoor Volunteer, additional specific opportunities exist for the following: 

-Site team members at all four GSHPA camp properties

-Archery instructors

-Climbing wall facilitators

-Individuals willing to mentor troop leaders in outdoor skills

Questions about how you could fit in? Email us & ask! 

Ready to join the team?  

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Virtual Volunteers                                
Virtual volunteers needed to help lead girls in underserved   communities. Click here for the position description.


Interested in sharing printable information about becoming a Leadership Volunteer?  Click here and download a copy of this flyer and share it with others! 


Have questions about becoming a volunteer? Contact our Member Services team at 800-692-7816 or by email at