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Volunteering at Home

Despite the challenging times we're currently facing, Girl Scouts wants to be a source of consistency and connection in the lives of girls and their families. Thanks to YOU, our incredible community of passionate volunteers, you help make this possible, every day. Being virtual isn't going to change Girl Scouting at its core, it's just going to change the way that compassion and support is delivered. This page is a resource for you as you help us keep Girl Scouts going during COVID-19.

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Virtual Troop Meetings

Getting Started
So you are hosting a Virtual Girl Scout Experience? 
What you need to know… 
 

Girl: Adult Ratio: 

  • While Girl Scout’s Safety Activity Checkpoints lists a required girl to adult ratio to be maintained at Girl Scout meetings or events, this ratio is not applicable in a virtual setting. However, it is important that we continue to adhere to having two unrelated adults present when holding Girl Scout events virtually. 

The Volunteer’s Responsibilities:

  • Set it Up. The volunteer should be the one to initiate, set up, and invite girl members to a virtual Girl Scout experience.  

  • Pick the Platform. Choose a platform that is publicly recognized, reported about as favorable or transparent about their issues, and have taken steps to correct them.

  • Help Protect Privacy. Protecting girl and adult privacy in a virtual setting may include: keeping personal background space invisible or obscured, keeping photos and images of girls secured from public viewing, keeping meeting lines set to private, and making sure to protect personal email addresses or passwords.

  • Facilitate Fun. Facilitate the meeting/event with a focus on fun and connection. 

Tips for Success: 

  • Set Expectations. Treat the first meeting/event as you would any meeting and create a group agreement with the girls to set expectations and ground rules. 

  • Keep it Girl-led. Having girls take the lead is more important than ever. When they’re engaged and empowered to make decisions, they gain a sense of control through this uncertain time. 

  • Aim for Fun, Not Perfection. The girls are not expecting perfection from you; your time, attention, and guidance are the most important role you play in this virtual setting.

Activities for Virtual Meetings
Watch: Troop 57749 Singing Make New Friends During Virtual Troop Meeting
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Tools & Technology

Looking for Technology to help you with Girl Scouting at Home?

We have collected a list of tools that volunteers and members are using and have shared with us. If you know of others, feel free to share with us by emailing customercare@girlscoutsww.org.

Tools for managing troops: scheduling, messaging, & file management:
Tools for hosting online video meetings:
Tools to communicate via text, images, & emojis:
Things to consider when selecting tools:
  • How many people will be using the tool? Some tools are better for larger groups than others. 

  • What age are your participants? Often social media and collaboration tools online are designed for people aged 13 or above. Parents may have to manage accounts for younger girls if using many tools. Check the terms of service for the products to see what is needed here. 

  • What tools are your participants already comfortable with? Using understood tools can make adoption easier and reduce technical issues.

  • An all-in-one tool can be easier to get up and running over multiple separate tools. If you want to be able to chat in text, video conference, and store files select something that can do all or most of what you want rather than having multiple tools for different pieces. Not switching back and forth will save on frustration.  

   

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Online Volunteer Learning

Virtual Workshops
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Virtual Workshops

Girl Scouts of Western Washington will be relaunching our 4-part Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) virtual workshop series. Beginning Wednesday, May 13, at 6 PM. Join us every other Wednesday to explore ways you can broaden your inclusive lens by learning about the fundamentals of DEI, how bias shows up in our everyday lives, ways to identify microaggression, and more!

Online Courses Through gsLearn

Since October, our new online learning platform for volunteers, gsLearn, has been available. Now is a great time to explore some of the courses you haven't taken yet. Before you know it, you will be ready to take your Girl Scouts on brand new adventures.

Access courses on-the-go, track your progress, and more by signing into your MY GS account and clicking on the gsLearn logo. 

After you activate your gsLearn account for the first time, it takes up to 30 minutes for courses from our council such as the New Leader Learning Path to appear. Please check back in about 30 minutes and see if the course is visible. If you are still having trouble accessing after that time, or you do not see a gsLearn option after logging into MyGS, please contact Customer Care.

Customer Care: 1(800) 541-9852 or CustomerCare@GirlScoutsWW.org

   

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Additional Resources

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Questions or concerns?

Call us at 1(800) 541-9852 or email us at CustomerCare@GirlScoutsWW.org. Our Customer Care team is available Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.