Welcome to the next step in volunteer training.
By now, you may have viewed Girl Scouting 101, the online training video.
The GSSA 201 module is designed like a scavenger hunt that will orient you to Girl Scout resource documents
in about 30 minutes:
- Council Policies
- Safety Activity Checkpoints
- Volunteer Essentials
Here's the link to our website New Leader page, where you'll find all of the reference documents:
If you need to PAUSE
just scroll to the bottom and click "SUBMIT"
When you come back, start where you left off.
Each time, you'll need to respond to the required questions.
Let's get started with some basic information so we can give you credit for this course.
GSSA 201 Participant's Last Name
Daytime Phone #
Let's get started!
Which of these leader resources have you accessed?
check ALL that apply
G.I.R.L. Chatter Weekly e-Newsletter
Safety Activity Checkpoints
GSSA Policies and Procedures
Activity Notification/Approval Guidelines (chart)
Registered versus Registered & Approved (chart)
Volunteer Tool Kit (VTK)
Volunteers who are part of your Service Unit area team
VOLUNTEER ESSENTIALS is divided into SIX chapters: (listed in the left column) The Girl Scout Experience, Engaging Girls and Families, Troop Management, Product Program, Troop Finances, and Safety.
You will find the answers to these questions in various sections of these chapters and they will be IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER.
Chapter 1 - The Girl Scout Experience (left column) Find the sub-section titled, "The Girl Scout Leadership Experience" and finish the sentence that begins with, "It's what makes Girl Scouts truly unique - " (green)
What are the THREE (3) KEYS or unique processes of the GSLE ?
Scroll down and click the green arrow next to "Progression" and summarize what you need to understand about progression in Girl Scouts.
Go back to the left column where the chapters are listed.
Next Chapter - Engaging Girls and Families (left column) Scroll down to "Creating a Safe Space for Girls." Read the last three paragraphs about Managing Conflict.
First paragraph - What actions are "never warranted" or "tolerated in the Girl Scout environment?"
Second paragraph - Find and finish the statement, "Whatever you do, do not ....."
Third paragraph - If a conflict persists, who do you contact?
Next Chapter - Troop Management (left column)
By earning, managing, and financing their own activities, GIRLS learn many valuable skills that serve them throughout their lives. GIRLS should be deciding how to spend their troop funds. The GIRLS should have a clear path and purpose for their product sale activities and their troop's financial planning.
Scroll down to the section, Troop Management Tools and Resources. Which of these do you see listed there?
Volunteer Tool Kit (VTK)
Safety Activity Checkpoints
Customer Care Contacts
What's the name of the "weekly e-newsletter that keeps you updated with what's happening with GSSA?"
Next Chapter - Troop Finances (left column)
Scroll down and click on the section, "Money-Earning Basics for Troops". Read the "Additional Guidelines"
-troop members may not donate cash to other organizations
-troop members may not solicit business or corporate groups for monetary donations
-troop members must get Council permission to apply for volunteer/corporate matching grants
-product-demonstration parties and raffles are forbidden
-the sale of commercially manufactured products are forbidden, with the exception of Council sponsored product sales
-direct solicitation of cash is forbidden (GSUSA Blue Book)
with the exception of Council approved troop sponsorships and troop dues paid by parents
I understand the above guideline statements are true and I will abide by these guidelines.
Scroll down to read the "Troop Sponsorship and Donations/Corporate Volunteer Grants" section.
Scroll down and click on the next section, "Help Your Troop Reach Their Financial Goals." List the five steps to "facilitate girl-led financial planning."
Last Chapter - Safety (see left column)
Scroll down to the very last page to find the Volunteer-to-Girl Ratio chart.
Note the ratios differ for Group Meetings vs Events, Travel, and Camping
On the Volunteer-to-Girl Ratio chart, what is the minimum number of registered and approved adults required to be present when meeting with girls?
two or more, depending on the age, number of girls, or type of activity
at least two
two unrelated adults, at least one of whom is female
all of the above
If you have eleven Daisies and you are taking them on a walk to a nearby park, how many registered and approved adults must go along?
Note the ratios differ for Group Meetings vs Events, Travel, and Camping
That's all of the questions that we'll ask you to find answers for in Volunteer Essentials. Now, let's move to the Safety Activity Checkpoints to find the answers to the next set of questions.
Go back to the New Leader section (see left column) Find the Safety Activity Checkpoints - Table of Contents and click on the section, "Understanding Which Activities Are Not Permitted." There is a bullet point list of activities that are NOT permitted. Copy and paste the list here.
Scroll down to find the next section that lists three activities labeled "Other Actions Girls & Volunteers Should Not Take" Copy and paste the list here.
See the "First Aid" section. For many activities listed in the Safety Activity Checkpoints, GSUSA recommends that at least one First Aid/CPR-certified adult be present. Check ALL of the approved organizations listed to offer that training.
American Red Cross
National Safety Council
American Heart Association
Other sponsoring organizations approved by your Council
All of the above
Scroll down and read the second paragraph of the First-Aid/CPR section.
FA/CPR training that is available entirely online does NOT satisfy Girl Scout requirements. Got it?
I didn't find that statement. Could you show me where it says that?
Scroll down and take a quick look at the "Activities at a Glance" section
That's a handy resource in the Safety Activity Checkpoints!
Which Safety Activity Checkpoint is found on pages 57-60?
There are two charts located on the website in the Volunteers/New Leaders section.
Locate the chart, Registered Adult versus Registered & Approved Adult
The Registered vs Registered & Approved chart explains why it is your responsibility to make sure all adults are approved by Council.
Approval requires a background check, every three years, for any adult who wants to:
- be present during meetings
- transport members
- chaperone (attend outings)
- spend the night
- handle troop money
- handle product sales
Annual membership must be current and background checks must be updated every three years. When does an adult's approval status expire?
when personal conduct or attitude no longer exemplifies the best in Girl Scouting
when annual membership expires
in three years
ALL OF THE ABOVE
Locate the Activity Notification/Approval Guidelines chart
Activity insurance WILL NOT COVER members unless the overnight trip is pre-approved.
All overnights, whether the girls are planning to stay in your backyard, a hotel, the local church basement, a state park, or at one of our Council camps, MUST be pre-approved.
Now, Go to our website,
and click on the Forms page. Click on the Overnight Trip Application. Copy and paste the link here:
Note that it must be submitted at least four (4) weeks in advance.
Go back to our website VOLUNTEERS page. On the drop-down menu, click on the Online Training and Support page. Locate the Volunteer Tool Kit (VTK) videos.
How many short (2-4 min) VTK videos are listed there?
This is the final segment of GSSA 201 - GSSA Policies & Procedures
EACH Girl Scout Council has a set of Policies and Procedures unique to that Council. This final set of (15) questions pertain to Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama's Policies and Procedures. Find the document located on the Volunteer/New Leader page of our website.
FYI: GSSA Council Policies and Procedures apply to "ALL persons accompanying or participating with individual members, troops, or groups."
Policies are listed alphabetically
To help the girls plan and attend a camping event, what certification must the adult have?
Conflict of Interest Policy
According to the Conflict of Interest Policy, are you or your family members allowed to use your Girl Scouting position, knowledge or information to obtain personal, professional, political, or financial gain or advantage?
Example: adding members to your business contact list
Conflict Resolution, Harassment & Hostility, and Sexual Harassment Policies
The three policies listed above have many similarities. Do a quick review. (policies are listed alphabetically)
Check all of the statements that apply to all three of these policies:
Communicate concerns through proper channels.
The Council expressly prohibits any form of harassment or hostility and should be promptly notified if this occurs.
Members should always reflect and uphold the Girl Scout Promise and Law through their actions and words.
Never discuss problems or disagreements between adults in the presence of girls.
Girls should never be exposed to profanity, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or inappropriate behavior.
The next four questions pertain to this policy.
Within one month of starting a troop, the troop account must be established in the name of ________________.
There are to be at least three signers on any troop account and at least one should be a member of the Service Unit Team.
The ACH bank form must be submitted to
along with a copy of a voided troop bank account check.
To ensure receipts are kept in order and troop funds are spent appropriately, the troop bank account statement should be reviewed each month (online or hard copy) by at least two signers on the account. Read the Finance Policy. In what month is the Troop Financial Statement due?
Permission to conduct an approved Money-Earning Project must be obtained by submitting the Money-Earning Project Application at least _______ weeks prior to the project.
Read the last statement in the Money-Earning Project Policy. No resale of commercially manufactured products is allowed, other than Council Cookie and Fall Product Sale items.
Product Sale Policy
Read the first paragraph in the Product Sale Policy
The troop account must be in place prior to any product sale so the product sale money may be deposited promptly.
Each troop is limited to accepting a maximum of $_______ in sponsorship money each membership year.
The final three questions relate to this policy.
What is the minimum age for a volunteer to become an approved driver for Girl Scout activities?
Due to safety concerns, the use of ______________ vans by troops is strictly prohibited.
Do Daisy Girl Scouts (K-1st grade) have to ride in booster seats when being transported in vehicles?
YES, because all drivers must abide by state laws
Do you agree to: read and understand the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Policies and Procedures and fully understand the facts regarding any possible question of violation, comply with membership requirements and register as a member of the Girl Scout organization, be responsible for adhering to these Policies and Procedures, provide up-to-date information if there are any changes to volunteer application and background check data, - participate in council and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) orientations, position-related trainings, and learning opportunities, - meet with appropriate groups on a regular basis for ongoing support and evaluation, - devote sufficient time and energy to fulfill the outlined position requirements, - support the Girl Scout mission and values, - comply with the policies and standards of GSSA and GSUSA, - follow safety guidelines and procedures of GSSA and GSUSA, - support the council activities and goals, - affirm that the Girl Scout organization welcomes members of diverse demographics (race, ethnicity, age, sex, socioeconomic, veteran status, etc.), - acknowledge that the volunteer position is voluntary and that the Girl Scout organization does not provide monetary compensation?
Yes, I agree
Hold Harmless Agreement
I, on behalf of myself and my minor child (or children) or ward (if applicable), in consideration of the use of real and personal property (“Property”) owned, leased, or otherwise controlled directly or indirectly by Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as the “Girl Scouts”) and/or the involvement and participation with any and all Girl Scout activities by myself and/or my minor child or ward, hereby promise, covenant and agree to and with the Girl Scouts, its successors and assigns, that neither I, nor anyone claiming through me, will hereafter bring, commence, prosecute or maintain, or cause or permit to be brought, commenced, prosecuted or maintained, any suit or action, either at law or in equity, in any court in the United States or in any state thereof, or elsewhere, against the Girl Scouts, or its successors and assigns, for, on account of, arising out of, or in any way related to or connected with any damages or injuries and/or the results of any injuries arising from or related to the use of the Girl Scouts’ Property and/or the involvement with, or participation in, any and all Girl Scouts’ camp or activity. I further covenant that neither I nor anyone claiming through me will enforce, prosecute or recover upon, or attempt to enforce, prosecute or recover upon, any claim or right of action whatsoever which I or my child or ward, or anyone claiming through me, may now have or may hereafter assert in connection with the use of the Girl Scouts’ Property and/or the involvement with, or participation in, any and all Girl Scouts’ camp or activity. I further covenant that I will defend, indemnify, protect and hold harmless the Girl Scouts, and its successors and assigns, from any and all claims, demands and damages arising from or related to my or my child’s or ward’s use of the Girl Scouts’ Property and/or the involvement with, or participation in any and all Girl Scouts’ camp or activity, and I further covenant that I will pay and indemnify and hold harmless the Girl Scouts against all loss, costs, expenses, and attorney’s fees incurred or expended in the prosecution or defense of any suit, action, claim or proceeding relating to or arising from or related to my or my child’s or ward’s use of the Girl Scouts’ Property and/or the involvement with, or participation in, any and all Girl Scouts’ camp or activity.
Yes, I Agree
Have you or anyone in your household had financial difficulties that have resulted in being prosecuted for a bad check, a home foreclosure or bankruptcy? If so, please list name, date, description and results of the financial issue.
Click SUBMIT and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS on the Confirmation page.
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