The Web has opened up a way for creative adults to ﬁnd, make and share materials with each other. This reduces the pressure of leading girls. It also allows you to expand programming in ways you may not be familiar with, but you can acquire enough information to start the girls on the path. Find something your girls are interested in pursuing and learn how other volunteers have presented the same information, somewhere the girls can go to ﬁnd the information or the resources so you / your girls can create new programming.6.
Other adult volunteer positions.
As an adult, you can volunteer for many positions that do not interact directly with the girls. From volunteering to put on a speciﬁc program to training other adults, there are many volunteer positions that are available. Review your council’s Web site or contact someone “above” you within the Girl Scout organization and learn about additional volunteering roles you might choose to participate in. Find out what you need to do to ﬁll the volunteer roles.7.
Training for adults.
GSUSA provides online training for basic information. After that councils and volunteers provide training for new adults. Find out what training is required for the level where you currently volunteer. If you’ve not taken required training, schedule and take it.In addition, supplemental training can be found with additional classes to learn songs, games, ceremonies and more. Find out if your council has supplemental trainings, whether oﬀered individually or as a “leader’s day” or “leader’s weekend” event. Choose one and attend to ﬁnd out more about trainings available to support you in your volunteer eﬀorts.8.
Girl Scout Leader’s Day.
In 1982, Girl Scout Leader’s Day was celebrated for the ﬁrst time on April 22nd. While you may feel that you shouldn’t point out to your girls that it is a day honoring you and the work you do, share this with your girls. Plan a special meeting doing something you enjoy and share your enthusiasm with your girls.9.
Girl Scout adult insignia.
Like the girls they work with, adults also have items they can wear to show their support of Girl Scouts. Find the image of adult insignia on the link above and research those items. Acquire those items that reﬂect your work as a volunteer with Girl Scouts.10.
GSUSA has adult recognitions. While some may be earned such as leaves for training you take above that required, some are given to you for service. There are recognitions from other adults who feel you’re going beyond the eﬀorts required of your volunteer post. Investigate adult awards and how to get them for yourself or recommend someone else.11.
Girls love fun patches. Everything you do may not go toward earned insignia. Many times, adult volunteers purchase an additional patch for themselves so they can remember the fun too. Explore ways you can collect fun patches and display them.12.
Girl Scout Alumnae.
If you’ve been a Girl Scout or volunteer, you are a Girl Scout Alumnae. From current estimates, there are 50 million of us. Find a Girl Scout Alumnae organization within your council or online and see what they do. Determine if this is something you’d like to participate in.