New Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of volunteering?

The rewards of becoming a Girl Scout volunteer are many. In addition to helping girls develop leadership skills and self-esteem, volunteers have access to training sessions and seminars to improve their own confidence and career skills. You are also part of a large network of volunteers, serving in various capacities. You will meet new people and forge new friendships, and share in meaningful projects that promote civic responsibility as you uplift your community.

What are the requirements to volunteer?

Adults 18 years of age or older can become Girl Scout adult members and volunteers. Volunteers are required to join the Girl Scouts. There is a $15.00 annual membership registration fee. Each candidate for a volunteer position must successfully complete an application and criminal background check process. Requirements for volunteering are different for different positions and situations. We work with each prospective volunteer to determine how to best meet their needs as well as the needs of the volunteer situation to determine the requirements.

I'm a single father raising my girls. Can I volunteer?

The Girl Scouts value diversity and inclusiveness and, therefore, do not discriminate on any basis. Every volunteer and staff position in Girl Scout is open to qualified men, as well as women. Because we believe that female role models are especially important to young girls during their developing year, men working directly with girls must serve as co-leaders with women leaders of GS Troops or groups.

What is involved in becoming a troop leader?

A GS troop leader must be 18 years of age or older, be a registered member of GSUSA, successfully complete an application and criminal background check process.

Can I volunteer for the troop my child is involved in?

Yes. Many GS troop leaders are also parents or guardians of a girl in the GS Troop.

Is volunteer training provided?

Online and traditional training is available. GSNETX offers a number of adult learning opportunities that equip our adult members with the skills necessary to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in accordance with the Volunteer Policies and Procedures of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and GSUSA. Some training courses may have fees to defray expenses.

Am I required to know CPR?

Some activities require a GS Volunteer to be certified in First Aid & CPR.

Will I be expected to drive or provide transportation?

While a GS Troop Leader can help provide transportation, it is recommended that the parents of all the girls work together to meet all the girls needs. Parents and guardians are encouraged to be involved in the ways that they are able to, and driving the girls in a GS Troop to an activity outside the regular meeting place is a good example of how many parents and guardians can help.

If I am a troop leader, and have to stop volunteering for some reason, how much notice is required?

GS Troop Leaders are asked to commit to a one-year term. At the end of each year they should participate in evaluating whether or not they wish to continue. It is also understood that changes in people’s lives may result in a need to change that commitment.



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