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Volunteer Essentials

Welcome to the great adventure that is Girl Scouting! Thanks to volunteers and mentors like you, generations of girls have learned to be leaders in their own lives and in the world. Have no doubt: you, and nearly a million other volunteers like you, are helping girls make a lasting impact on the world. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

This guide, Volunteer Essentials, is designed to support busy troop volunteers on the go. You can easily find what you need to get started on your Girl Scout journey and search for answers throughout the troop year. 

Get started by browsing through these sections: 

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All guidelines in our Volunteer Essentials are subject to change as new information or changes noted by federal or state health agencies regarding the spread of COVID-19 emerge. Please review and stay updated with our COVID-19 guidelines, which require all volunteers to take all reasonable precautions to limit potential exposure for girls, volunteers, and families.

New troop leader? We’ve got you covered. Check out the New Leader’s Guide to Success on our Volunteer Resource Board, a resource designed especially for you! Plus, council staff and volunteer coaches are ready to help throughout your first year and beyond!

Here at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI), we're a global movement that thinks big and acts locally. Our programs and experiences are designed to help every girl discover her strengths.

Our mission sounds simple, but it ultimately changes lives by building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 

Whatever your volunteer position, your hard work means girls will embark on new adventures, make friendships that last a lifetime, and deepen their connection to their community and the world. We’re calling on all members of society to help girls reach their full potential, and you’ve answered that call. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!

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Our Customer Care team is ready to assist you! We will do our best to answer questions, connect you to specific staff members and help you find important resources. Email us at customercare@girlscoutsgsgcnwi.org, call 1-855-ILOVEGS (855-456-8347) ext. 6313 or chat with us online from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Just click on the Chat Now button!

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