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Resources for Volunteers

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Our Girl Scout program is as unique as every member of our Movement! Because your troop has many options to learn and explore, it can be overwhelming to decide where to start, especially if you’re new to volunteering with Girl Scouts. Check out our list below for where to find the resources you need.


Getting Started

Volunteer Essentials: a great reference to all topics relating to the Girl Scout Program, including policies, procedures, and information about troops, safety, travel, camp, activities, and more.

New Leader's Guide to Success: everything you need to know about leading a troop in one handy document.


Troop Meetings

Volunteer Toolkit: the best resource for planning troop meetings! For every badge or journey your troop wants to earn, there are plans that will load with the steps to take, activity supplies, the time needed, and more. You can even select plans to organize your entire year in minutes. To find the Volunteer Toolkit, click MY GS on Then, navigate to Volunteer Toolkit and search you’re the meeting plans you need.

gsLearn: official online and on-demand training platform for Girl Scout volunteers. All virtual training will appear in gsLearn.


Programs & Events

Safety Activity Checkpoints: provides great information when planning activities for girls. This resource will inform you about approved activities and tips for keeping girls safe.

gsEvents: a list of all council events can be found on one online calendar. You can scroll through the entire list, look at a calendar view, or filter for your troop’s age level and interests.

Community partners: many organizations and businesses love to partner with Girl Scout troops! You can find a list of all community partners, from touring fire stations to exploring State Parks.


Product Programs

Cookie Program: resources, important dates, and training links for the Cookie Program are found on our resources for troop page.

Fall Product Program: resources, important dates, and training links for the Cookie Program are found on our Fall Product Program page.


Staying Connected

Troop Leader Newsletter: Our team sends out an email to all volunteers on the third Wednesday of the month. This newsletter is organized by Daisy, Brownie, and Junior volunteers and Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador volunteers. This newsletter has council updates and upcoming events.

Social Media: announce updates and upcoming programs. Follow Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Pinterest to stay in the know.

Facebook Groups: All troop leaders are invited to join our council Facebook groups for each age level. Follow us on Facebook and click on the groups tab to find the Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior/Ambassador groups.