Within this learning path, first-year leaders will receive an overview of the Girl Scout movement and mission and the role of a leader.
Topics covered will include GSSC policies; Service Unit support; parent roles; setting up meeting times/locations; online resources; fundraising programs; managing troop finances; using the Volunteer Toolkit; and important forms and documents.
Additionally, leaders will learn all about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for the program level they are leading including badges/journeys/awards; uniforms; age-appropriate activities; meeting activity examples; and trip and fundraising procedures.
Leaders of multi-level troops may take courses for all program levels as well as the GSSC Managing Multi-Level Troops course.
Acceptable courses for leaders to take are either fully in-person or blended learning (online and classroom). Course length varies. We do not accept online course certifications. Troop funds may be used to cover course costs for leaders. Council will accept certification from any one of the following organizations below.
GSSC recommends reaching out to the following partners for discounted prices on courses:
Upon completion of certification, leaders must complete the Volunteer CPR/First Aid Verification Form.
Join council staff for our virtual “circles” throughout the first year. We will tackle topics such as first meetings; working with parents/caregivers; badge activities; and more! Leaders will feel ready and excited to lead troops and have opportunities to share with and learn from fellow Suffolk County volunteers! Check out our program calendar for dates and times.
Get a guided tour of our Commack Shoppe where you will learn from our knowledgeable staff all about badge and journey books, badges and awards, uniforms, and Girl Scout merchandise! Find out about our special badge and bridging kits, placing online orders, and how to pick them up at our Camp Edey and Riverhead locations. Check out our program calendar for dates and times.
Learn how girls can earn entrepreneurship and life skills through our Fall Product Program (Munchies & More) and Girl Scout Cookie Program. Our “New to Nuts” and “New to Cookies” trainings will give a detailed overview of these programs, how to engage parents/caregivers as volunteers, and best practices from experienced leaders. Check out our program calendar for dates and times.
New and returning leaders can walk through our expo and learn about resources and programs available in the coming year from council staff, fellow leaders, and community vendors. Check out our program calendar for dates and times.
These are times when first-year leaders will receive information about community and council events, troop management updates, and more. Connect with your Service Unit Team to find out details.
Additional resources and training will be available on the platform as well.
The Volunteer Toolkit is a customizable planning tool where you can find suggested meeting plans for most badges, access activity guides and badge requirements, track your Girl Scouts’ achievements, and so much more. It’s the digital planning assistant that will help you power a fun-filled—and organized—Girl Scout year.
You’ll find the Volunteer Toolkit via the left menu bar of MyGS in My Account. It’s accessible on any desktop, tablet, or mobile device.
Take a look at our videos below for more tips and tricks using the Volunteer Toolkit
We also encourage all leaders to share photos and videos of their troops! Share your Girl Scout photos here.
Service Units will also have social media platforms to share important community-based information. Leaders should reach out to their Service Unit team for specific details on how to join.