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Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Contacts

If you have any general questions, contact Member Services at memberservices@gsep.org or call  215.564.2030.

The Volunteer Training and Support team is also here to serve you! If you have any questions on troop support, training, being girl-led, using Journeys, or understanding Volunteer Essentials, don’t hesitate to email us at training@gsep.org

The Volunteer Training and Support Team

Christie Bett
Senior Director of Volunteer Training and Support
Email: cbett@gsep.org

Teresa Van Arsdale
Volunteer Training and Support Coordinator
Email: tvanarsdale@gsep.org

Tracey Bunch
Director of Volunteer Training & Events 
Email: tbunch@gsep.org

Kyra McGrath
Volunteer Training and Events Specialist 
Email: kmcgrath@gsep.org

Lynn Elliott
Volunteer Training and Events Specialist
Email: lelliott@gsep.org

Georganne Seeley
Director of Volunteer Support
Email: gseeley@gsep.org

Alyce Hibbets
Volunteer Support Specialist
Email: ahibbets@gsep.org

Brittany Sedler
Volunteer Support Specialist
Email: bsedler@gsep.org

Elizabeth "Lizzy" Rutt
Volunteer Support Specialist
Email: erutt@gsep.org

Karen Breen
Volunteer Support Specialist
Email: kbreen@gsep.org

Lydia Smith
Volunteer Support Specialist
Email: lsmith@gsep.org 

 

Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials is your go-to resource for all things related to volunteering with GSEP! Use this document to find policy and procedure updates, tips on how to best work with girls and other volunteers, and much more!

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Keeping girls safe is a priority in Girl Scouting. When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the following Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Want to learn more about High Risk Activities? Check out this information sheet and Girl Scout safety guidelines.

For a list of vendors with Certificate of Insurance, visit the forms page and search "certificate of insurance on file" in the search bar.

Read the Introduction first, then download the PDF for each activity that you need.

Journey Toolkit

The Journey Toolkit is a resource developed by Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania to help adult volunteers integrate Journeys with confidence and success! Journeys are the framework for participating in Girl Scouts and include fun, challenging, and purposeful experiences. These experiences lead to outcomes that are tied to one or more of the three leadership keys: Discover, Connect, and Take Action. Download this Journey Map to help you with planning and customizing your own Journey!

History Committee

The History Committee is proud to be able to offer resource kits to troops and Service Units for use during programs and special events. For more information on the types of kits available for borrowing and the borrowing procedures click here.

Ready to Run Programs

Looking for something different to do with your girls? Out of ideas for troop meeting activities? Try GSEP’s Ready to Run Programs! Designed to be used by volunteers with girls, these programs include facilitator guides, suggested timelines, and a list of necessary materials. Some of the programs even have supplemental handouts for girls!

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about Ready to Run programs, please email us

The Outdoors Are In!

Want to embrace the outdoors with your troop but not sure where to start? The Get Outdoors Challenge Patch will walk you through the steps to leading your troop to outdoor success.

Here's how it works:

Complete as many activities as possible on the Get Outdoors Activity checklist. To earn a patch, a girl must complete at least 10 activities from her grade level (two can be from a younger grade level) and 30 activities from the all ages list.

When you've checked off the required amount of activities, stop by a local council shop to purchase your patch.

Share the fun and show off your outdoor skills by submitting photos and videos for our Get Outdoors photo album!

Post your photos to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #GSEPGetOutdoors.

And check out the NEW Girl’s Choice Badge-Troop Camping and Outdoor Skills Journey available on the Volunteer Toolkit.

Questions? Contact us at memberservices@gsep.org, subject line Get Outdoors! Challenge.

STEM Superstars Guide
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Netflix have joined forces to empower young girls to envision their futures in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Centered on Project Mc², a Netflix original series from MGA Entertainment Inc., the collaboration takes STEM beyond the small screen with hands-on experiences for Girl Scout troops and the debut of a STEM Superstars Guide (PDF), an online resource that encourages Girl Scouts across the country to discover just how exciting, fun, and rewarding STEM can be.

Be a Friend First (BFF)
is designed to supplement the aMAZE! Journey. The aMAZE! Journey gives middle school girls valuable skills to develop healthy relationships, prevent bully behavior, and become peacemakers in their schools and communities. In BFF, girls get to explore thorny issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques through engaging role-plays, creative writing, games, and discussion exercises. They can also create and lead projects in their schools and communities to tackle bullying issues on their terms and turf! Healthy relationships are the solution to bully prevention. BFF inspires girls to lead one another – with friendship! Check out the GSEP created Cadette: Be a Friend First curriculum, based on the aMAZE! Journey. This program gives girls valuable skills and tools to figure out relationships and gives them confidence to prevent bullying behavior.

Diversity 101 
is designed to help groups of girls (whether it is in a troop setting or programmatic setting) build positive identities and gain a mutual respect for all the diverse backgrounds and cultures found in Girl Scouts across the globe. This step-by-step curriculum has fun and engaging activities from girls of all ages!

Free Being Me
Be part of the Free Being Me body confidence revolution! Share your stories with #FreeBeingMe.

“Did you know? Six out of ten girls stop doing something they love because they feel bad about the way they look.” YOU have the power to change that!

Imagine a world where no one is worried about the way they look. A world where people are free to be themselves…We can’t get there without YOU!

GSEP is excited to be a part of a national grant program that will reach more than three million girls worldwide. The Free Being Me program is a one-of-a-kind program for girls in grades 2-10, co-created and sponsored by the Dove Self Esteem Project and the World Association. The program engages girls in fun and interactive activities around the themes of body confidence and self-esteem. Free Being Me is designed as a six session journey culminating with a Take Action project in which girls reach out to at least two other girls with their body confidence messages.

Using the Free Being Me program, together with the It’s Your Story-Tell It! Journey series, girls explore issues of beauty and body confidence and build their leadership skills.

Friendship Circle
We have designed a Friendship Circle program for Daisies through Juniors. This is a great resource for leaders who need help bringing their Troop together and creating a safe, fun environment for all the girls. Girls will get to know themselves and each other, build a team, learn about friendship while making new friends, and practice useful skills to resolve conflict.

Daisy Jam
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania has designed a Daisy Jam program as an introduction to Girl Scouting for new Daisies. This is also a great resource for new Daisy Troop Leaders who need help getting started. This program could be used by Service Units over the summer or by Troop Leaders at the beginning of the year. Girls will learn about the various parts of the Girl Scout Law and how it plays a part in their daily lives. Additionally, girls will learn how to take care of their planet, help change the world around them, and then tell their own story to others through fun, hands-on activities and projects incorporating activities from the Leadership Journeys.

Please note: This series does not replace the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting or the Leadership Journeys.

Daisy Jam Series

Do You Know Juliette Low?
Games, Songs, Skits, Crafts and Learning Activities Celebrating the Birthday of Our Girl Scout Founder. Download it here.

Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!
It all started with a phone call on March 12, 1912. . . check out this activity packet here.

Healthy Habits
In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts has developed three “healthy habits” booklets for volunteers to use in conjunction with the It’s Your Planet-Love It! Journey. The Healthy Habits booklets relate to the Journeys and encourage girls to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

These step-by-step leader guides promote fun, easy ways to achieve “energy balance” through awareness of:

Energy In: the calories you get from eating and drinking.
Energy Out: the calories you burn from physical activities.

Imagine Your STEM Future
Girls love science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). A recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI)—“Generation STEM: What Girls Say About Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”—shows that 74 percent of girls find STEM interesting and 82 percent see themselves as “smart enough to have a career in STEM,” but only 13 percent of girls interested in STEM choose a career in it. This is a big problem—not just for the girls but for the U.S. economy.

Imagine Your STEM Future is a four-session series designed to encourage 9th-12th-grade girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math careers, while inspiring them through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Each unit includes an opening ceremony, one group activity, two hands-on activities, and a closing career exploration, and can be done in one 90-minute session or two 45-minute sessions.

Independence Hall and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Patch
If you are planning to be in Philadelphia, download this educational and fun patch program. Patches can be purchased at our council shops.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Girl Scout Patch
In working toward the PHS Patch, girls will gain knowledge and skills to promote greening and its power to improve lives, build relationships, and transform communities. Check out the program here.

Science and Engineering
Do you and your girls want to explore and learn more about the fields of science and/or engineering? Would you like to promote the fields as career options for your girls? Are you looking for new activity ideas to use during Troop meetings? Through fun, hands-on activities and experiments, the Science Sampler and Engineering Sampler programs expose girls to what is possible in the fields of science and engineering.

You don’t have to be a STEM expert to try science and engineering programs with your Troops! These Ready-to-Run programs have all the instructions, supply lists and age-appropriate scientific explanations so you can have fun with the girls and introduce them to fields of interest where girls are underrepresented, and career opportunities abound!

Be sure to also check out GSEP’s Imagineer Series! This program helps girls explore and learn more about the fields of science through fun, hands-on activities and experiments.

Scout the Vote
The national, state, and local election process will be at the top of the news until Election Day in November. In fact, it has already started. The election process provides a vivid backdrop to develop positive values (Discover), feel connected to your community (Connect), and educate and inspire others to act (Take Action).

The Girl Scout role in any election is to provide an accurate, age appropriate, non-partisan interpretation of the election process and to instill a commitment to participatory citizenship. Check out the Scout the Vote program here.

The purpose of this K-12th grade patch program is to engage and empower Girl Scouts to understand the voting process in a patriotic non-political manner, eagerly anticipating their right to vote, and encourage and enable women to exercise their right to vote. When you have completed the activities for your grade level, patches can be purchased at our council shops.

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area Patch
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania to create a new opportunity for Girl Scouts to learn about the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. The patch encourages girls to explore the region, learn about its history and protect the environment. It is designed to be fun and educational with a variety of activities that will appeal to Girl Scout Troops of all levels, from Daisies on up. Learn more here.

Up All Night MEdia Journey
Journeys allow girls to delve into a topic, become experts, and develop a Take Action project to better their community. While it’s best for girls to work on Journeys over time to fully engage with the topic and understand the process of planning a change-making project, we understand how busy they can be! That’s why we’ve designed the Up All Night MEdia Journey weekend.

ServSafe Registration Procedures

Any troop, Service Unit, or group using the industrial kitchens at any of our Resident Camps must have a ServSafe® certified person on the premises. This is a requirement of our American Camp Association accreditation. If food is being stored in these kitchens or served in the dining hall, the kitchen is considered to be in use, even if no cooking is involved.

ServSafe® Classes are offered regularly by the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association (PRA) throughout the GSEP jurisdiction. Click here to open the ServSafe website.  Please contact the PRA office at 800-345-5353 if you have any questions or concerns about the ServSafe® training itself.

Grade Level Information
Certificate of Insurance Requests and COI List

If you need a Certificate of Insurance (COI) for a trip, please complete this form. A member of our Member Services team will be in touch with you soon! Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Porcessing may take up to one week. 

If you are looking for a list of our approved Certificates of Insurance (COI), visit the forms page and search "certificate of insurance" in the keyword search.