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Volunteer View: March

Read the latest member updates

Resources for the 2021 Cookie Program are live!

The Cookie Program has been extended through March 31 and girls can now host contactless pick-up sites using their Digital Cookie online shop! Review our contactless order pick-up site guidance and make sure to review our in-person Cookie Program Guidance to get started. 

Refreshing Resources for Your Girl Scout Spring

Whether you’re using our new system to update your background check, exploring the new resources in the Troop Leader Blueprint, or going above and beyond to level up your impact as a volunteer, we’ve got this covered:

Troop Leader Blueprint Updates

Keep your troop going strong new updates to badges, Journeys, and grade-level specific activities for virtual and safe in-person meetings, as well as current COVID-19 guidelines and resources. We’re here to support you as you help your troop thrive.


Background Check Reminder

Even though we’re not meeting in-person, background checks are still required for all volunteers and are important in helping us maintain girl safety! If your background check expires during the troop year, you need to renew it right away to continue to do your amazing volunteer work! If relevant, you should receive an email with instructions on how to complete your background check. Please complete the application within 72 hours of receiving the email. The background check fee is $11.75 (varies by DMV) and financial aid  is available to cover adult background checks.


How to Level Up Your Personal Girl Scout Impact

Girl Scout volunteers are vital to the growth of courageous, confident girls who can make the world a better place. Now more than ever, the support of volunteers like you and our entire Girl Scout community is needed to provide girls with essential Girl Scout experiences. From joining a local Girl Scout Giving Circle to encouraging philanthropy at work, here are a few ways that you can deepen your impact for girls.

Volunteer Spotlight

Congratulations to Cheryl and Derek Kingham for receiving the Northcoast Kiwanis Champions for Children Award, given for “dedication for improving the lives of children.” The original award ceremony was postponed due to COVID-19, but a member of the Northcoast Kiwanis was able to deliver the award in person this past month. We love seeing our volunteers’ hard work and incredible contributions recognized.

Volunteer Support Opportunities

Have you just started a Troop? 
Register yourself and all your girls for our Daisy or Brownie Entrepreneur Series. We’ll lead your first two virtual troop meetings, helping girls connect with each other and participate in Girl Scout traditions, fun activities, and challenges. At the end of the two-meeting series, we will send you the complete virtual meeting packet to help you lead your girls through the remaining meetings and earn their Making Choices and Money Counts Daisy leaves or Philanthropist Brownie badges! Register yourselves and your girls for the Daisy or Brownie series.

Volunteer Learning Series:
Troop Finance Report and Banking

Online Course
March 19, 2021, 9:30 AM–10:30 AM Register Now

Volunteer Learning Series:
Troop Finance Report and Banking
 Online Course
March 20, 2021, 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
Register Now

Reminders and Announcements


Keep an eye out for renewal resources!  Our Service Unit Renewal Toolkit and resources will be ready for volunteers by 3/15.

Camp registration is open! Our Adventure Pods are filling up fast, register today

Celebrate Girl Scout week with 25% off an item of your choice! From patches to accessories, you are bound to find something to help you show your Girl Scout pride!

Zoom fatigue at Troop Meetings is real. GSUSA has great tips on how to overcome it.

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