We are delighted that you are considering becoming a Girl Scout volunteer! You have one of the most important roles in building girls of courage, confidence and character.
We know your free time is precious so each year we work to make the training process easier and more accessible. Here's what you need to do, step by step. If you have any questions about the new leader training process, please contact us at 800.331.0149 or at 401.331.4500 x 1000. Tell the receptionist your name and the community in which you live and she'll put you in touch with the Membership and Community Development Manager (MCDM) for your area.
2. Authorize a criminal background check. In Rhode Island, a BCI (Bureau of Criminal Identification) check is required. The form must be notarized and accompanied by a clear copy of a photo ID. In Massachusetts, a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check is required. If you have had a criminal background check in the last calendar year, you may turn that in instead. Send the form to us at: GSRI, 500 Greenwich Ave, Warwick, RI 02886.
You will be notified by a member of the GSRI staff or your local Membership Coordinator when your paperwork has been received, processed and cleared. You can then proceed to step 3.
3. Become a member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). You may register online or download a registration form. The registration fee for adults is $15.00, which goes directly to GSUSA. We also hope you'll consider making a donation to Girl Scouts of Rhode Island (GSRI) through our Family Partnership Campaign. This money helps support the activities of your local council.
Financial aid is available based on need. Click here for a financial aid form.
If you register before the paperwork in steps 1 and 2 are cleared, please remember that the registration fee is non-refundable.
If you are volunteering to be a troop leader, please choose that position code. Your position is "tentative" until you have completed the trainings below. Once approved by your Membership and Community Development Manager (MCDM), you will have access to your troop's roster online. If you are volunteering in another capacity, please choose the appropriate position code.
4. Complete Part A of New Leader Training: The Basics. There are three modules:
Girl Scouting 101 is an online video prepared by GSUSA. Click here to access it. You will need a password to enter this site. You can obtain the password in any of the following ways: contact your local Membership Coordinator (MC) or Service Unit Manager (SUM) or contact your Membership and Community Development Manager (MCDM). The video takes about 45 minutes to complete, but you may view it one segment at a time. Once you have completed it, GSUSA will notify GSRI electronically.
Volunteer Essentials 2013-2014 is the national manual for Girl Scout volunteers prepared by GSUSA. New volunteers should review the Quick Start portion (through page 11). The review should take about 15 minutes. The remainder of the manual is for your future reference. When you are finished, please fill in the verification form and send it to GSRI. If it is more convenient, you may bring the paper copy with you to the face-to-face training session described below.
GSRI Policies, Procedures and Standards, 2013-2014. Please download this manual as you will want to have it handy for future reference. Also, please download the worksheet which goes with the manual. Complete the worksheet and either send it to GSRI or bring it with you to the face-to-face training session. It should take you about 30 minutes to review the manual and complete the worksheet.
5. Purchase the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for the age level of your troop (Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador). The guide costs $22.50. Click here to order online with a credit card or click here for information about our Girl Scout shops. Please bring the Guide with you to the face-to-face training session.
6. Complete Part B of New Leader Training: Organizing a Troop. Register for and attend this three hour face-to-face training session. Dates, times and locations are posted on the online council calendar (make sure you click on the Training tab). Or, click here to review the training dates in list form. To register online: go to your Girl Scout account and click on the "Activities" tab. You may also submit a Training Registration Form.
By completing the trainings listed in Step 4 above before attending the Organizing a Troop session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions which could not be answered in the online format. If you are not able to complete all three parts of the online training before this face-to-face session, however, please come anyway and you can complete the online training afterwards.
7. After you have completed steps 1-6, your Service Unit Manager (SUM), the top volunteer in your community, will ask you to sign our Volunteer Agreement which documents that you have completed all the requirements for troop leadership and that you understand the responsibilities involved.
HOORAY!! Once you've completed these steps, you are officially appointed as a volunteer and you are ready to lead troop meetings.
8. Complete Part C of New Leader Training: Outdoor Day. In order to be "fully trained", you will need to be familiar with our camps. Outdoor Day training, which reviews camp procedures and teaches basic outdoor skills, is offered on select Saturdays from April to November. Check the online council calendar (under the Training tab) for dates, times and locations. Or, click here to review the training dates in list form. To register online: go to your Girl Scout account and click on the "Activities" tab. You may also submit a Training Registration Form.