Volunteer Orientation Handbook
Defining the Girl Scout Troop
Girls and adults participating as a Girl Scout troop usually stay together for an entire school year and meet once a week or twice a month—how often to meet is up to you and the girls! Troops can meet just about anywhere, as long as the location is safe, easily accessible to girls and adults, and within a reasonable commute. In each meeting, girls participate in fun activities that engage them in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).
Your most important role as a troop advisor is to be excited about everything this opportunity affords you: a chance to partner directly with girls; an invitation to play a critical role in their lives; a chance to watch them
blossom under your direction!
As a troop advisor, you serve as a partner and role model to girls. You will also work closely with other advisors, because two adults must be present at all times when working with girls, and at least one of those volunteers must be female and not related to the other adult. This is an important distinction that bears repeating: Men can serve as troop volunteers, but an adult female who is not related to the other volunteer must be present at all times, and at no time is a girl to be alone with only one volunteer. Remember to also check the adult-to-girl ratios in Volunteer Essentials and Safety Activity Checkpoints online at www.gsmanitou.org.
Every participant (girl or adult) in Girl Scouting must register and become a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). GSUSA membership dues are valid for one year, from October 1 to September 30. Membership dues may not be transferred to another member and are not refundable.
Girls with cognitive disabilities can be registered as closely as possible to their chronological ages. They wear the uniform of that grade level. Make any adaptations for the girl to ongoing activities of the grade level to which the group belongs. Young women with cognitive disorders may choose to retain their girl membership through their 21st year, and then move into an adult membership category.
In an effort to make things easier on our Girl Scout families and volunteers, we offer online registration. Since 1912, Girl Scouts have helped girls develop the skills they need to meet the challenges of a constantly changing world. The benefit from the values and mission of Girl Scouts is only a click away.Go to www.gsmanitiou.org for directions and to register your troop online.