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Volunteer View: February

Read the latest member updates

Online Cookie Shop Locators

In this largely digital cookie season, the GSNorCal Online Shop Locator is the key to connecting girls to their customers. GSNorCal customers can search for girls and troops' online shops local to their zip code, and the Locator is promoted in all 19 counties in the council. Girls who opt-in to the Locator and submit their online shop URL by 2/7 will receive three free packages of cookies to gift to friends and family and spread joy! 

Psst—The national Girl Scout Cookie Finder (differing than our GSNorCal Online Shop Locator) launches today for customers across the country to donate or purchase shipped cookies directly from our Digital Cookie troop sites! Launch your troop’s Digital Cookie troop shop today to provide your girls an opportunity to share their goals and stories to wider audience.

Girl Scout Resources, exactly when you need them

Cookie Season, Camp Registration, and new volunteer resource updates! It’s definitely feeling like a new Girl Scout Year. These resources are bound to make your February a lovely one:

Summer Camp Registration is Open

Camp is back! We’ll be welcoming a limited number of campers this summer for modified programming to give girls the incredible experience of camp in a safe way. In-person camper sessions will be for girls entering grades 4 and up, and we’re hosting online Camp Info Sessions for folks who want to learn more. Registration opens today!


Cookie Marketing Toolkit 

From Zoom Backgrounds to a Marketing Toolkit full of tips, tricks, and social media resources, we have your girls’ back this cookie season.


MyGS Account Updates

Your MyGS Member Account has a brand new look and feel! It's easier than ever to renew household members, register new members, add troops, change troops, edit your personal information or troop meeting information, and even print membership cards. Get familiar with the new system by exploring the Log in/Troubleshoot MyGS AccessNavigate “My Household” and Navigate “My Troops” pages in MyGS, and keep an eye out for registration and renewal instructions soon! 

Volunteer Support Opportunities

  • Cookie season is looking a little different this year, so for real-time answers to all your questions, join the GSNorCal Product Program team for Q&A sessions every Wednesday on Zoom from 6-7 PM to hear news from the week and ask questions. Register today.
  • We’ve updated the VTK this year! The VTK can be accessed through your MyGS Login. When you are logged into your Account, just click the Volunteer Toolkit tab! The VTK has new functionality including multi-level/parent demo access for troop leaders and new Finance Tab access for Troop/SU Treasurers. Check out the updated VTK Troop Leader Guide for more information. The updated service unit, IRG, and Caregiver guides are coming soon. If you’re having trouble accessing the VTK, GSUSA suggests clearing your browser cache and history, enable cookies, and add as a safe URL for any privacy and security extensions or settings on your device or browser. 

Reminders and Announcements

Mark your calendars for Sunday FUNday, on February 21! 
Expect dance, craft, and cooking for younger girls and more intricate art application on cookies and self-care activities for our older girls. To top off the excitement, girls will be able to work on their Entrepreneurship badge! Register today.

The GSNorCal shop is full of Girl Scout flair designed to support your cookie program! Reach those cookie goals safely and easily with amazing items such as clip-on hand sanitizer, drive-thru cookie banners, stickers and window clings, as well as personalized door hangers and business cards.

Don’t forget to explore our GSNorCal Events Calendar! We are constantly adding new and exciting virtual events to keep your girl happy, connected, and thriving during this unusual time. 

Congratulations to our newly elected Service Unit DelegatesThese delegates represent you by providing input to the board on our council’s strategy, voting on amendments to our Bylaws, and electing our Board of Directors on your behalf at the Annual Meeting. Thank you to everyone for voting!

Does your employer offer “Dollars for Doers"? Many companies encourage their employees to volunteer in the communities where they live and work—in turn, the employer will offer matching dollars for the hours. Inquire with your Human Resources department about your program, or check out this list of companies that offer this kind of financial support!

Looking for previous issues of Volunteer View? Check them out on our GSNorCal Publications page