Volunteer Essentials – Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania
side menu icon
Participate in girl empowerment & educational events when volunteering with Girl Scouts

Volunteer Essentials

Resources for Volunteers

Girl Scout Leadership Experience (Badges, Journeys, Petals)

Journeys and badges are designed to give girls different leadership-building experiences, all while having fun!

  • Journeys are topic-specific experiences through which girls explore their world by doing hands-on activities and taking the reins on age-appropriate Take Action projects. Because of their leadership focus, Journeys are also a prerequisite for the prestigious Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.  

  • Badges are all about skill building. When a Girl Scout earns a badge, it shows that she’s learned a new skill, such as how to make a healthy snack or take great digital photos. It may even spark an interest at school or plant the seed for a future career. Please remember that we don’t expect you to be an expert in the badge topics; just have fun learning by doing with the girls!
  • Petals are specifically for Daisy Level Girl Scouts, who are just learning the Girl Scout Law. Each petal corresponds to a line of the Girl Scout Law and the center of the daisy represents the Girl Scout Promise. 

If they choose, girls can pursue the badges they’re excited about and Journey awards in the same year; encourage them to find the connections between the two to magnify their Girl Scout experience! While you’re having fun, keep in mind that the quality of a girl’s experience and the skills and pride she gains from earning leadership awards and skill-building badges far outweigh the quantity of badges she earns. 

Additional Badge/Journey resources:

Badge Explorer - The Badge Explorer tool provides a comprehensive list of all available badges. You can filter the list by program level and/or topic. 

Badge and Insignia Placement Guides - Not sure where that badge goes? Check out these handy level-specific guides that show you where to place your Girl Scout badges and insignia. Or watch these short placement videos

Guide to Community Service vs. Take Action Projects - Here's a one page explanation of the difference between a community service project and a Take Action project. Girls complete Take Action projects at the end of Leadership Journeys and to earn Higher Awards. 

Volunteer Toolkit

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. Fully customizable, the toolkit is digitally responsive so Troop Leaders can plan and prepare practically anywhere. 

VTK Administrative Volunteer User Guide

Check out these User Guides for volunteers—a complete guide of how to use the Volunteer Toolkit:

What can you do with Volunteer Toolkit? 

Plan your year with a few clicks!


24/7 access to online volunteer resources.


View your troop roster, email parents, renew memberships, and update contact information - all in one place!


Leave the books behind. Meeting plans for Daisy - Ambassador badges and Journeys are at your fingertips!


Record girl attendance and achievements


Add custom troop events like field trips to your Year Plan


Do more of what you love to do--spend time with your Girl Scouts!

What about Parents?

Parents/guardians can access the Volunteer Toolkit to see what their girl's troop or group is working on, record dates for field trips and activities, and recieve messages from troop volunteers. 

Get Started with Tutorial Videos
Meeting Plan Overview
Setting Up Your Year Plan
Set Meeting Dates, Times, and Locations
Customize Your Year Plan
Traditions, Ceremonies, and Girl Scout Days

Time-honored traditions and ceremonies unite Girl Scout sisters—and the millions of Girl Scout alums who came before them—around the country and around the globe and remind girls how far their sisters have come and just how far they’ll go.

A few of those extra special days, when you’ll want to crank up the celebrations, include: 

  • Juliette Gordon Low's birthday or Founder's Day, October 31, marks the birth in 1860 of Girl Scouts of the USA founder Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia.

  • World Thinking DayFebruary 22, celebrates the birthdays of Girl Guide/Girl Scout founder Robert, Lord Baden-Powell (1857–1941) and World Chief Guide Olave, Lady Baden-Powell (1889–1977).

  • Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.

Whether you are making cool SWAPS to share with new friends or closing your meetings with a friendship circle, your troop won’t want to miss out on these traditions, ceremonies, and special Girl Scout days.

Higher Awards

As your girls discover their passions and the power of their voices, they’ll want to take on an issue that’s captured their interest and is meaningful to them. Encourage them to turn their vision into reality by taking on the ultimate Take Action projects in order to earn Girl Scouts’ highest awards.  

  • The Girl Scout Bronze Award can be earned by Juniors who have completed one Junior Journey. 

  • The Girl Scout Silver Award can be earned by Cadettes who have completed one Cadette Journey.

    - Find out more about the Bronze and Silver Award

  • The Girl Scout Gold Award takes making the world a better place to a new level by solving society’s grand challenges. Seniors and Ambassadors who have completed either two Girl Scout Senior-level Journeys, two Ambassador-level Journeys, or one of each can pursue their Gold Award. 


Travel and Destinations

Girl Scout travel is built on a progression of activities, so girls are set up for success. Daisies and Brownies start with field trips and progress to day trips, overnights, and weekend trips. Juniors can take adventures farther with a longer regional trip. And Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can travel the United States and then the world. There are even opportunities for older girls to travel independently by joining trips their councils organize or participating in Destinations. There’s a whole world of possibilities for your girls! 

Planning Ahead for Adventure
Get in touch with your Volunteer Support Coordinator as you start thinking about planning a trip. At least two weeks before your trip, you should have submitted a Troop Travel Application and recieved approval from GSHPA. 

Guide to U.S. Travel - This resource is designed for Juniors and older Girl Scouts who want to take extended trips—that is, longer than a weekend—but also features tips and tools for budding explorers who are just getting started with field trips and overnights. 

Global Travel Toolkit - Find helpful resources as you begin planning to take an international trip.

Safety First
If you’re planning any kind of trip—from a short field trip to an overseas expedition—the “Trips and Travel” section of Safety Activity Checkpoints is your go-to resource for safety.  Be sure to follow all the basic safety guidelines, like the buddy system and first-aid requirements, in addition to the specific guidelines for travel. 

Note that extended travel (more than two nights) is not covered under the basic Girl Scout insurance plan and purchasing additional coverage is encouraged. (*On Federal holiday weekends only (e.g. Labor, Memorial Day) basic insurance is extended to three nights.)

Lift up the Girl Scout Leadership Experience at every opportunity in your planning, but limit your role to facilitating the girls’ brainstorming and planning, never doing the work for them. Share your ideas and insight, ask tough questions when you have to, and support all their decisions with enthusiasm and encouragement!  

Creating an Inclusive and Safe Troop Environment

Girl Scouts has a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity, and we embrace girls of all abilities and backgrounds into our wonderful sisterhood. 

Inclusion is at the core of who we are; it’s about being a sister to every Girl Scout and celebrating our unique strengths. Part of the important work you do includes modeling friendship and kindness for your girls and showing them what it means to practice empathy. Here’s how you can nurture an inclusive troop environment.

Listening to girls, as opposed to telling them what to think, feel, or do (no “you shoulds”) is the first step in building a trusting relationship and helping them take ownership of their Girl Scout experience.

Be Honest
If you’re not comfortable with a topic or activity, it’s OK to say so! No one expects you to be an expert on every topic. Ask for alternatives or seek out volunteers with the required expertise. Owning up to mistakes—and apologizing for them—goes a long way with girls.

Be Open to Real Issues
Outside of Girl Scouts, girls may be dealing with issues like relationships, peer pressure, school, money, drugs, and other serious topics. When you don’t know, listen. Also seek help from your council if you need assistance or more information than you currently have.

Show Respect
Girls often say that their best experiences were the ones where adults treated them as equal partners. Being spoken to as young adults reinforces that their opinions matter and that they deserve respect.  

Offer Options
Girls’ needs and interests change and being flexible shows them that you respect them and their busy lives. Be ready with age-appropriate guidance and parameters no matter what the girls choose to do. 

Stay Current
Show your girls that you’re interested in their world by asking them about the TV shows and movies they like; the books, magazines, or blogs they read; the social media influencers they follow; and the music they listen to.

Remember to LUTE: Listen, Understand, Tolerate, and Empathize
Try using the LUTE method to thoughtfully respond when a girl is upset, angry, or confused.

Listen: Hear her out, ask for details, and reflect back what you hear; try “What happened next?” or “What did she say?”

Understand: Show that you understand where she’s coming from with comments such as, “So what I hear you saying is . . .” or “I understand why you’re unhappy,” or “Your feelings are hurt; mine would be, too.”

Tolerate: You can tolerate the feelings that she just can’t handle right now on her own. Let her know that you’re there to listen and accept how she is feeling about the situation. Say something like: “Try talking to me about it. I’ll listen," or  “I know you’re mad—talking it out helps,” or “I can handle it—say whatever you want to.”

Empathize: Let her know you can imagine feeling what she’s feeling with comments such as, “I’m sure that really hurts” or “I can imagine how painful this is for you.”

Addressing the Needs of Older Girls
Let these simple tips guide you in working with teenage girls:

  • Think of yourself as a partner, a coach, or a mentor, not a “leader.”
  • Ask girls what rules they need for safety and what group agreements they need to be a good team.
  • Understand that girls need time to talk, unwind, and have fun together.
  • Ask what they think and what they want to do.
  • Encourage girls to speak their minds. 
  • Provide structure, but don’t micromanage.
  • Give everyone a voice in the group.
  • Treat girls like partners.
  • Don’t repeat what’s said in the group to anyone outside of it (unless necessary for a girl’s safety).

Equal Treatment: Girl Scouts welcomes all members, regardless of race, ethnicity, background, disability, family structure, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status. When scheduling, planning, and carrying out activities, carefully consider the needs of all girls involved, including school schedules, family needs, financial constraints, religious holidays, and the accessibility of appropriate transportation and meeting places. 

Recognizing and Supporting Each Girl
You're a role model and a mentor to your girls. Since you play an important role in their lives, they need to know that you consider each of them an important person too. They can weather a poor meeting place or an activity that flops, but they cannot endure being ignored or rejected. 

  • Give a shout-out when you see girls trying their best, not just when they’ve had a clear success. 
  • Emphasize the positive qualities that make each girl worthy and unique. 
  • Be generous with praise and stingy with rebuke. 
  • Help your girls find ways to show acceptance of and support for one another.

Promoting Fairness
Girls are sensitive to injustice. They forgive mistakes if they are sure you are trying to be fair. They look for fairness in how responsibilities are shared, in handling of disagreements, and in your responses to performance and accomplishment. 

  • When possible, ask the girls what they think is fair before decisions are made. 
  • Explain your reasoning and show why you did something. 
  • Be willing to apologize if needed. 
  • Try to see that responsibilities as well as the chances for feeling important are equally divided. 
  • Help girls explore and decide for themselves the fair ways of solving problems, carrying out activities, and responding to behavior and accomplishments.

Building Trust
Girls need your belief in them and your support when they try new things. You’ll also need to show them that you won’t betray their confidence. 

  • Show girls you trust them to think for themselves and use their own judgment. 
  • Encourage them to make the important decisions in the group. 
  • Give them assistance in correcting their own mistakes.
  • Support girls in trusting one another—let them see firsthand how trust can be built, lost, regained, and strengthened.

Inspiring Open Communication
Girls want someone who will listen to what they think, feel, and want to do. They like having someone they can talk to about the important things happening in their lives. 

  • Listen to the girls. Respond with words and actions. 
  • Speak your mind openly when you are happy or concerned about something, and encourage girls to do this too. 
  • Leave the door open for girls to seek advice, share ideas and feelings, and propose plans or improvements. 
  • Help girls see how open communication can result in action, discovery, better understanding of self and others, and a more comfortable climate for fun and accomplishment.

Managing Conflict
Conflicts and disagreements are an inevitable part of life, but if handled constructively, they show girls that they can overcome their differences, exercise diplomacy, and improve their communication and relationships. Respecting others and being a sister to every Girl Scout means that shouting, verbal abuse, or physical confrontations are never warranted and cannot be tolerated in the Girl Scout environment.

When a conflict arises between girls or a girl and a volunteer, get those involved to sit down together and talk calmly and in a nonjudgmental manner. (Each party may need some time—a few days or a week—to calm down before being able to do this.) Talking in this way might feel uncomfortable and difficult now, but it lays the groundwork for working well together in the future. Whatever you do, do not spread your complaint around to others—that won’t help the situation and causes only embarrassment and anger.

If a conflict persists, be sure you explain the matter to your Volunteer Support Coordinator. If the VSC cannot resolve the issues satisfactorily (or if the problem involves the VSC), the issue can be taken to the next level of supervision, such as the Regional Director. 

Addressing Sensitive Topics

When Sensitive Topics Come Up

It’s an amazing feeling when your girls put their trust in you—and when they do, they may come to you with some of the issues they face, such as bullying, peer pressure, dating, athletic and academic performance, and more. Some of these issues may be considered sensitive by families, and they may have opinions or input about how, and whether, Girl Scouts should cover these topics with their girl.

Girl Scouts welcomes and serves girls and families from a wide spectrum of faiths and cultures. When girls wish to participate in discussions or activities that could be considered sensitive—even for some—put the topic on hold until you have spoken with parents and received guidance from GSHPA.

When Girl Scout activities involve sensitive issues, your role is that of a caring adult volunteer who can help girls acquire skills and knowledge in a supportive atmosphere, not someone who advocates a particular position. 

GSUSA does not take a position or develop materials on issues relating to human sexuality, birth control, or abortion. We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives. We believe parents and caregivers, along with schools and faith communities, are the primary sources of information on these topics. 

Parents/guardians make all decisions regarding their girl’s participation in Girl Scout program that may be of a sensitive nature. As a volunteer leader, you must get written parental permission for any locally planned program offering that could be considered sensitive. Included on the permission form should be the topic of the activity, any specific content that might create controversy, and any action steps the girls will take when the activity is complete. Be sure to have a form for each girl, and keep the forms on hand in case a problem arises. For activities not sponsored by Girl Scouts, find out in advance (from organizers or other volunteers who may be familiar with the content) what will be presented, and follow your council’s guidelines for obtaining written permission. 

Report Concerns
There may be times when you worry about the health and well-being of girls in your group. Alcohol, drugs, sex, bullying, abuse, depression, and eating disorders are some of the issues girls may encounter. You are on the frontlines of girls’ lives, and you are in a unique position to identify a situation in which a girl may need help. If you believe a girl is at risk of hurting herself or others, your role is to promptly bring that information to her parent/caregiver or GSHPA so she can get the expert assistance she needs. Your concern about a girl’s well-being and safety is taken seriously, and GSHPA will guide you in addressing these concerns. 

Here are a few signs that could indicate a girl needs expert help:

  • Marked changes in behavior or personality (for example, unusual moodiness, aggressiveness, or sensitivity)
  • Declining academic performance and/or inability to concentrate
  • Withdrawal from school, family activities, or friendships
  • Fatigue, apathy, or loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Increased secretiveness
  • Deterioration in appearance and personal hygiene
  • Eating extremes, unexplained weight loss, distorted body image
  • Tendency toward perfectionism
  • Giving away prized possessions; preoccupation with the subject of death
  • Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, burns, or fractures
  • Avoidance of eye contact or physical contact
  • Excessive fearfulness or distrust of adults
  • Abusive behavior toward other children, especially younger ones

Registered, background checked volunteers are considered Mandated Reporters by the state of Pennsylvania. Any form of abuse or suspected abuse —sexual, physical, emotional, or verbal—whether it happens at a Girl Scout activity or is disclosed to you by a child or another adult, must be reported immediately to Childline at 1-800-932-0313 or via their online portal at www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS


Additional Resources

From toolkits and guides to regular contact with experienced people, you’ll have all the support you need to be a Girl Scout volunteer. Here’s a list of some important resources you’ll want to check out.

The Volunteer Toolkit 

The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting 

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Tips for Troop Leaders - When you’re looking for real-world advice from fellow troop leaders who've been there, this volunteer-to-volunteer resource, called Tips for Troop Leaders, on the Girl Scouts of the USA website has what you need for a successful troop year.

Girl Scout Volunteers in Your Community
Remember that Girl Scout support team we mentioned? You’ll find them in your service unit! Troops are organized geographically into service units or communities. You’ll find a local network of fellow leaders and administrative volunteers ready to offer tips and advice to help you succeed in your volunteer role. 

Member Services
Questions? Need help resolving an issue? We’ve got you! Reach out anytime by either clicking on the “Contact Us” form here or email MemberServices@gshpa.org

During business hours 1-800-692-7816 or utilize our website chat funcion.

Monthly communication called will come from your Volunteer Support Coordinator as well to give you up to the moment happenings.

Background Checks - Review required background checks and access links to renew your expiring clearances.


Setting Up a Successful Troop

Choosing A Meeting Place

Choosing a Meeting Place 
What makes a great meeting space? It depends on your troop, but here are a few considerations as you visit potential spaces: 

Cost: The space should be free to use. 

Size: Make sure the space is large enough for the whole group and all planned activities.

Availability: Be sure the space is available for the day and the entire length of time you want to meet.

Resources: Ask if tables and chairs come with the room and ensure that the lighting is adequate. A bonus would be a cubby of some sort where you could store supplies or a safe outdoor space for activities.

Safety: Potential spaces must be safe, secure, clean, properly ventilated, heated (or cooled, depending on your location), free from hazards, and have at least two exits that are well-marked and fully functional. Also be sure first-aid equipment is on hand.

Facilities: It goes without saying, but make sure that toilets are sanitary and accessible.

Communication-friendly: Check for cell reception in the potential space and whether Wi-Fi is available. 

Allergen-free: Ensure that pet dander and other common allergens won’t bother susceptible girls during meetings.

Accessibility: Your space should accommodate girls with disabilities as well as parents with disabilities who may come to meetings. 

Stuck and need additional support? Contact GSHPA for help with a troop meeting place. 

Deciding Your Troop Size

Girl Scout Troop Size
The troop size “sweet spot” is large enough to provide an interactive and cooperative learning environment and small enough to encourage individual development. Research has shown that the ideal troop size is 12 girls; recommended group sizes, by grade level, are:

  • Girl Scout Daisies: 5–12 girls
  • Girl Scout Brownies: 10–20 girls
  • Girl Scout Juniors 10–25 girls
  • Girl Scout Cadettes: 5–25 girls
  • Girl Scout Seniors: 5–30 girls
  •  Girl Scout Ambassadors: 5–30 girls

A Girl Scout troop/group must have at minimum five girls and two approved adult volunteers. (Double-check the volunteer-to-girl ratio chart to make sure you’ve got the right amount of coverage for your troop!) Adults and girls registering in groups of fewer than five girls and/or two approved, unrelated adult volunteers, at least one of whom is female, will be registered as individual Girl Scouts to more accurately reflect their status and program experience. Individual girls are always welcome to participate in Girl Scout activities and events. 

Knowing How Many Volunteers You Need

From camping weekends to cookie booths, adult volunteers must always be present to ensure their girls have fun and stay safe, no matter their grade level.

Who counts as a "Volunteer"? Volunteers are registered Girl Scout members with completed background checks (submitted to GSHPA) and Social Media Policy.

Not sure just how many adults you’ll need for your activity? The helpful chart below breaks down the minimum number of volunteers needed to supervise a specific number of girls; councils may also establish maximums due to size or cost restrictions, so be sure to check with them as you plan your activity. 

Adding New Girls and Adults To Your Troop

Growing your troop is a great way to share the power of the Girl Scout experience and there are many ways to get the word out, like hanging posters at your girl’s school, using social media to reach families in your community, or including your troop in your council’s Opportunity Catalog. 

Recruitment Guide for Volunteers - Volunteers are the face of our organization and, in turn, our best recruiters. You can help us get more girls from your community involved in Girl Scouts. Use this guide to get started. 

Opportunity Catalog - The opportunity catalog is a searchable list of all troops with available spots for new girls. Families can search the catalog during registration. Once a troop has reached it's desired maximum, it will no longer appear in the catalog. If you're unsure what your troop maximum is or wish to change it, please contact your Volunteer Support Coordinator.

GSHPA is happy to provide volunteers with recruitment materials. Contact your Service Unit Lead or Volunteer Support Coordinator to secure materials for an upcoming recruitment opportunity. 

As a Troop Leader, you can help girls register to your troop on the spot if you have access to wifi and a computer, tablet, or smart phone. Pull up your MyGS account, navigate to "Troops", then select "Add A New Member" at the bottom of the page. You'll be prompted to select Girl or Adult, and then, with the new member or parent/guardian present, you can complete the registration. 


Parent/Caregiver Meeting Resources

What Is a Parent and Caregiver Meeting? 
It’s the first meeting you have to start each troop year—whether you are a new or returning troop. It is valuable for all troops. 

Why Hold a Meeting? 
Kicking off each year with a parent and caregiver meeting sets the troop up for success. Outlining clear expectations, building a team, and engaging parents in the Girl Scout experience is a great way to start off on the right foot. When parents are involved, leaders have support, the troop has a plan, and girls benefit!  The meeting helps:

  • Parents understand what Girl Scouting can do for their girl. 
  • Parents and leaders identify ways they will work as a team to support the troop. 
  • Parents and leaders agree about what the troop pays for and what families pay for individually. 
  • You fill key troop positions—you never know which parent will make an awesome assistant leader or troop cookie manager. 
  • Parents know how the troop will communicate things like upcoming events or schedule changes. 
  • Parents learn about uniforms, books, and other important basics. 

Check out our step-by-step guide and “Parents & Caregivers Meeting Outline” on the Volunteer Toolkit. This 60–90 minute meeting will make all the difference in the year ahead. 

Learn more with these Short N Snappy videos:

Hosting a Parent-Caregiver Meeting

Parent-Caregiver Involvement in your Troop

For even more tips on working with troop families, check out  Girl Scouts’ Tips for Troop Leaders hub. 


Troop Administration

Girl Safety

Safety is our top priority. Girl Scout volunteers should follow GSHPA safety guidelines to ensure child safety, as well as their own safety, during Girl Scout activities. If at any point you are unsure if an activity is safe or approved by GSHPA, please contact your Volunteer Support Coordinator for assistance. 

Girl Health History and General Participation Form - At any Girl Scout function, you must have a completed, up-to-date Health History and General Participation form with you for every girl attending. 

Safety Activity Checkpoints - When preparing for an activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Use this go-to document to search by activity and find out how to prepare yourself and girls, what to bring, and how to ensure girls' safety throughout the activity.

General Activity Permission Slip - Best practice for any Girl Scout field trip is to ask parents/guardians to fill out a General Activity Permission Slip. The troop leader/volunteer should keep these on file until after the trip. For international trips, both parent/guardians (if applicable) written consent is recommended. 

Emergency Procedures Poster - If possible, hang this poster up in your meeting place to remind yourself and girls about emergency procedures. If you cannot hang it up, keep a copy handy whenever you have a Girl Scout meeting, trip, or activity. 

Emergency Procedures Checklist - For use in all locations on and off GSHPA properties. This checklist is meant to cover all emergencies regardless of a specific location. These guidelines are meant to assist in the proper response to any emergency. 

Incident Report Form - An incident report form should be filled out as soon as possible after an incident occurs at a Girl Scout function. Incident reports should be completed by the volunteer, staff or health professional who is at the incident site and submitted to your Volunteer Support Coordinator or Regional Director.

Additional Insurance - All registered Girl Scout members are covered under Girl Scout Activity Accident Insurance. However, if you are taking a trip with non-members (siblings, non-registered parents, etc.), you may choose to purchase additional insurance to cover them for the duration of the activity. For registered Girl Scouts taking trips that are three overnights or more and international trips, purchasing additional insurance is recommended.

First Aid/CPR Requirements for Volunteers - The Safety Activity Checkpoints always tell you when a first-aider needs to be present. Since activities can take place in a variety of locations, the presence of a first-aider and the qualifications they need to have are based on the remoteness of the activity. Additionally, for any overnight trip (includes stays at GSHPA camp properties) a first-aider must be present at all times during the trip/activity. A first-aider is an adult volunteer who has taken Girl Scout-approved first-aid and CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR. The following healthcare providers may also serve as first-aiders: physician; physician’s assistant; nurse practitioner; registered nurse; licensed practical nurse; paramedic; military medic; and emergency medical technician. 

Reporting Abuse - Registered, background checked volunteers are considered Mandated Reporters by the state of Pennsylvania. Any form of abuse—sexual, physical, emotional, or verbal—whether it happens at a Girl Scout activity or is disclosed to you by a child or another adult, must be reported immediately to Childline at 1-800-932-0313 or via their online portal at www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS


Online Safety
Safety at Camp
Troop Banking and Money Earning

Visit Troop Finances for information and best practices regarding troop bank accounts and money management. 

Social Media Policy

Social Media Policy - Signing the GSHPA Social Media Policy is a requirement for all volunteers to help us maintain an honest, friendly, and safe online environment for all members. 

Certificate of Insurance

Certificate of Insurance Your troop meeting place or a venue that your troop visits may require you to complete a Certificate of Insurance form. Once you submit the form, as long as the information provided is complete and accurate, GSHPA will take care of sending a COI to the appropriate contact at your venue. You may also be required to fill out a COI request if your troop has any "high risk" activities planned. 

Volunteer Essentials Document
Girl Scout Participation in Activities with Other Scouting Organizations

The decision by Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to open the Boy Scout program to girls has fundamentally altered the nature of the relationship between BSA and Girl Scouts nationally and locally. Local relationships between BSA and Girl Scout councils that have led to partnerships and joint activities in the past may now create risks or challenges for Girl Scouts. This may mean that the relationship between a council and its BSA counterpart should fundamentally change.

Marketplace Confusion
To protect the integrity of the Girl Scout brand and reinforce our programming as unique, girl-only, and best in class, we must ensure that we take care that the activities in which girls participate are exclusive to the Girl Scout program, are safe and girl-led, and are conducted under the appropriate supervision of Girl Scouts. Participation of Girl Scouts in activities with other scouting organizations creates risks to Girl Scouts. 

Protecting Use of Girl Scout Materials
Girl Scout materials are to be used only for purposes of Girl Scouts and are protected as intellectual property of Girl Scouts of the USA.


Supplemental Training


Meet Our Volunteer Support Team!