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Volunteer Essentials is a resource for our adult volunteers. It offers information about Girl Scouts as a movement and a tradition, asks volunteers to assess their skills and competencies, discusses the GSLE and journeys, highlights other program offerings, shares information about healthy development in girls, instructs volunteers in how to keep girls safe, gives information on taking trips and hosting events, and tells volunteers how to help girls manage group finances, including general details on Girl Scout Cookie sales.

Volunteer Essentials (PDF)
Volunteer Essentials: What's New? (PDF)

NEW! This year Volunteer Essentials will be available for download as an eBook. You will be able to download and reference this resource from your favorite eBook device, like an iPad, Kindle, NOOK or computer. Please check back for details about how to download these books.  

When preparing for an activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints written specifically for that particular activity. Each Safety Activity Checkpoint provides information on where to do the activity, how to include girls with disabilities, where to find both basic and specialized gear required for the activity, how to prepare for the activity, and what specific steps to follow on the day of the activity. You can find additional information in Volunteer Essentials, "Quick Start: Using Safety Activity Checkpoints" and "Chapter 4: Safety-Wise."

A few activities are allowed only with written council pre-approval and only for girls 12 and over, while some are off limits completely.

Click the cover to view the most recent Safety Activity Checkpoints (En Español).
CAUTION: You must get written pre-approval through the trip and travel process from our council for girls age 12 and older who will use firearms for target shooting; take trips on waterways that are highly changeable or uncontrollable; or experience simulated skydiving and zero-gravity rooms.
WARNING: The following activities are never allowed for any girl:  These include but are not limited to potentially uncontrolled free-falling (i.e. bungee jumping, hang-gliding, parachuting, parasailing, outdoor trampolining and zorbing); flying in small private planes, helicopters or blimps; hot air ballooning; skydiving; creating extreme variations of approved activities (such as high-altitude climbing and aerial tricks on bicycles, stunt skiing, snowboards, skateboards, wakeboards and water-skis); operating motorized vehicles (such as motor bikes, all-terrain vehicles, go-carts, and motorized personal watercraft such as jet skis); hunting; shooting a projectile at another person; and taking watercraft trips in class V or higher.