What About Parents?
The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is a digital resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient. Check out some of the toolkit’s top features below. Then watch the video playlist above for a detailed walk-through.
Through the VTK, troop leaders can:
- Plan the troop’s calendar year
- Email parents with one click.
- View the troop roster, renew girls’ membership, and update their contact information.
- View Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Journeys and badges to plan for troop meetings.
o There are three prepopulated year plans in the VTK for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior leaders, with 15 meetings each.
- Customize meetings by troop year with other badge and Journey options.
- NEW! Access the VTK as a multilevel troop (troops with a mix of girls in Daisy, Brownie, and Junior levels).
- Explore individual meeting plans that show a breakdown of every meeting, including a list of the materials needed, and editable time allotments for each activity within a meeting.
- Record girls’ attendance at meetings and their badge and Journey achievements.
- Add council or custom troop events to the troop’s calendar.
- Enter the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).
- Easily locate resources, such as Safety Activity Checkpoints.
- NEW! Access 18 activities that now include a “Get Outside” option, which provides alternative outdoor options.
- Parents can now access the VTK to see what their girl’s troop or group is doing (e.g, meeting information and which badges and Journeys she is working on).
- Parents can also view the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).
Log in today! Click on My GS in the upper right-hand corner to get started.
As a Girl Scout volunteer, you belong to a network of nearly one million adults who share an important commitment: preparing girls to lead successful lives.
GIRL SCOUT LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
The Girl Scout program—what girls do in Girl Scouting—is based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), a national model that helps girls become leaders in their own lives and as they grow. As girls build leadership skills, they also develop lifelong friendships and earn meaningful awards, two of many treasured traditions in the sisterhood of Girl Scouting.
Building Family Support 4her
Increase family support for your troop with C-P-R:
C - Communication:
Establish regular communication with troop parents through a troop website, social media, email, etc. that works best for everyone. If you choose to create an online presence for your troop, please review the safety activity checkpoints for online activities and the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge.
P – Promotion:
Promote a wide variety of clearly defined participation options. Ask parents for a promise of 4 hours of their time.
R – Recognition:
Keep track of these hours and be sure to thank and recognize when family volunteers hit the 4 hour goal.
What can a 4-hour promise really do? A lot!
- When parents sign a promise card to volunteer four hours, you just gave them a reason to ask to do things to support the troop.
- You open the door to participation for the first time for many parents and family members. Four hours per family lends a new perception of “getting involved.”
- Parents become more in tune to the needs of the troop and they keep coming back to help beyond the 4 hours because they witness the positive effect their participation has on the troop and their daughter.
- Your volunteer pool becomes more organized; you’ll know how to better communicate your needs for assistance, calling upon new people to do specific tasks and matching assignments with parents’ availability.
- The leader’s load is lightened when more parents help. (Example: cutting out shapes, shopping for badges or supplies, teaching a skill, or attending a service unit meeting, etc).