GSGLA - Use this link to find out when the various Leader training classes are offered and sign up.
This replaces Safetywise and provides
Girl Scout guidelines for all activities
GS USA online version has tips, program
ideas and stories for leaders.
Find out where everything goes.
Read this before doing
any money earning activity.
Use the link below to get the
requirements to earn the Safety Award.
When girls take THE CHALLENGE, they explore
some of the values and leadership skills that
are at the very heart of Girl Scouting:
courage, character, confidence, and the ability
and desire to make the world a better place.
(our local Council)
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Updated versions of Volunteer Essentials
are released every October.
The current version is 2019-2020.
That link will take you to a page where you can download the entire book or individual chapters.
Also available on that page are links to the "What's New for Volunteer Essentials 2019-20" webinar and that webinar's PowerPoint presentation.
Chapter 1: Welcome to Girl Scouts
Chapter 2: Troop Start Guide
Chapter 3: Troop Management
Chapter 4: Safety-Wise
Chapter 5: Managing Group Finances
Chapter 6: Trips, Camping, and Travel
Chapter 7: Properties
Chapter 8: Standards and Procedures
Volunteer Essentials Forms
Volunteer Essentials Index
Volunteer Essentials is a reference guide to use as needed. It includes information about starting a troop, important safety reminders , managing troop finances, and provides an overview of Girl Scouting! Every Leader should be referring to Volunteer Essentials to see how to run and operate his/her troop. You can open and review the entire book or you can merely go to the chapter that pertains to what you’re looking for.
We recommend referring to Safety Checkpoints when you’re doing an activity, just to refresh yourself on what
is required. The checkpoints help you ensure the safety of your girls as you do activities throughout your
Girl Scout adventure. Here’s the link to the
All Safety Activity Checkpoints.
Lastly, in an effort to help explain what is needed when you want to take your girls to events and activities, the “What I Need for My Girls To…” document has been updated. Please take a look at the What I Need for My Girls To document. Please print this document and change what is currently in your Service Unit Binder.
We strongly encourage you to view Volunteer
Essentials, Safety Activity Checkpoints,
and the What I Need for My Girls To document.
Below are ideas from our LCF Leaders.
You can download these word files and then
customize the ceremonies for your troop.
Cupcake Court of Awards
Brownie Court of Awards
Junior Court of Awards
Flag - general meeting
Flag - outdoor
Use the links below from the GS USA website
to help you plan your ceremonies.
Grace - Links to words for Graces
Songs - Link to song resource
Swaps, the tradition of Girl Scouts exchanging keepsakes, started long ago when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides first gathered for fun, song, and making new friends.
Originally, swaps were exchanged at national Girl Scout Senior Roundups and referred to as "Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere."
Swaps are still the perfect way for Girl Scouts to meet each other and promote friendship. Each one is a memory of a special event or Girl Scout Sister.
Swaps Basics - Click here for a links with ideas
* Tell something about the givers or their
troop/group. (Girls may include their
address or email information so others can
write to them.)
* Represent the givers' country, community,
or local Girl Scout council.
Effective Monday, March 1st, a leader/troop can meet in person following the
In-person Guidelines. We want to support you by providing options to allow your troop to connect – virtually and or in-person. GSGLA recommends a blended approach, connecting virtually and in-person; this allows all members of a troop to participate in a way that is comfortable for the girl and her family.
At this time, limited* outdoor in-person troop meetings (*limited to 14 girls and 2 adults), outdoor in-person parent meetings, and outdoor in-person service unit leader meetings are permitted in a limited capacity.
To assist with setting expectations and providing meeting guidelines for our girls, volunteers, families, and staff, we have implemented several new forms and protocols for the 2020-2021 Girl Scout year. To fill and download forms, get more information on COVID-19 safety protocols and Girl Scouts, please visit the COVID-19 Updates page.
Step 1: Review the GSGLA In-person Activity Guidance for Volunteers document.
Step 2: Every member/girl/family that will meet in person must fill out the GSGLA Member Agreement Participation Form.
Step 3: Complete the Assumption of Risk, Release, and Liability Related to COVID-19 eForm. (Coming soon)
Step 4: The member attending an in-person meeting/activity should complete the Member Self-Screening Checklist prior to attending.
Step 5: Print and have available the Troop/Service Unit In-person Meeting Activity Sign-In sheet.
Use this form to notify GSGLA if someone connected to your troop or service unit is diagnosed with COVID-19 and has potentially exposed others during a Girl Scout event or activity. To maintain the affected person's privacy, do not share health information with others; council staff will notify those potentially exposed in a manner consistent with healthcare privacy laws. After filling out the document, please email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions, please contact GSGLA at
The La Canada Service Unit now has its own bridge to use for bridging ceremonies thanks to the Bronze Award project by Amelia Schmitigal.
Click on the picture below for more information.
The Resource for Leaders & Scouts