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Volunteer Essentials 2014-2015  


Girl Scout Week


Safety Activity Checkpoints


Volunteer Learning Guide


Journey Toolkit


Ready to Run Programs


Girl Scout University


Volunteer Equipment


Quick Start Guides for Troop Volunteers


ServSafe Procedures 



Volunteer Essentials 2014-2015

Volunteer Essentials 2014-2015 is your guide to volunteering with GSEP. It provides volunteers with the information they need to be effective and successful, while staying on track with our mission! 


Thank you for helping our Council use resources wisely this year by reading it online!  If you do not have easy internet access and would like to request a paper copy be sent to you, email verequest@gsep.org


Volunteer Essentials 2014-2015 (updated on 12/5/2014)


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Girl Scout Week Details!


Get your Girl Scout candles burning!  This year’s Girl Scout Week celebration will run fromSunday, March 8 through Saturday, March 14. Every year since 1954, the week containing the Girl Scout Birthday (March 12) is bookended by celebrating the connection between Girl Scouts and their faith. Girl Scout Week begins the Sunday before March 12 (a day known as "Girl Scout Sunday") and extends through the Saturday following March 12 (a day known as "Girl Scout Sabbath"). Wondering where to start? Click here for some tools to help your troop get their party on!


Printed bulletin covers and inserts highlighting Girl Scouting and Girl Scout week may be ordered using the GS Sunday Order Form. Deadline for print orders is 3:00 pm, Monday, February 2. Submit orders to Linda Mikle at lmikle@gsep.org. Completed orders will be available for pick up at our service centers after February 18. You will be notified when your order is ready. Orders received after February 2 will be fulfilled only if print overages permit, and will be on a first-come/first-serve basis.


PDF files of the covers and inserts will be posted to our website by February.


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. In the past we have consulted Safety-Wise®. Safety-Wise® is no longer being printed, and has been replaced with Chapter 4 on safety in Volunteer Essentials, in combination with Safety Activity Checkpoints.


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



Arts and Crafts





Challenge Courses

Climbing and Rappelling

Computer/Online Use

Cross-Country Skiing

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding




Girl Scout Cookies/Council-Sponsored Product Program

Group Camping



Horseback Riding

Ice Fishing

Ice Skating

In-Line Skating and Roller Skating



Other Land Sports

Outdoor Cooking

Parades and Other Large Group Gatherings



Scuba Diving



Sledding, Tobogganing, and Snow Tubing



STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math)



Theme Parks

Trip/Travel Camping


Waterskiing and Wakeboarding

White-Water Rafting



Verificación de puntos de seguridad para actividad (Safety Activity Check Points in Spanish)


Volunteer Learning Guide

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania has many opportunities for you to share your talent and enthusiasm for girl leadership programs. Whether you are interested in becoming a leader or co-leader, helping out with your daughter’s Troop, or you’ve offered to be the Troop First-Aider, we can help you get the training you need. How do you prepare for this new, exciting, and a little bit overwhelming role? Download our Volunteer Learning Guide to find out who we are and what courses we offer through GSEP. You may also view the current Council Courses Schedule, and then register using Online Registration!


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!


Daisy Toolkit

Brownie Toolkit

Junior Toolkit

Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Toolkit


Journey Hotline

If you have questions or need assistance, please call us at 610-933-7555 or email journeys@gsep.org.


Ready to Run Programs

Ready to Run programs are designed and written for you to use with girls. We have included curriculum for girls and facilitator guides for you to use along with suggested timelines and lists of materials needed.  Some of the programs even have supplemental handouts for girls!  So if you are looking for something to do with girls, other than sign up for one of the Programs in Spark, check out:


Be a Friend First

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!


If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about Ready to Run programs, please email girlprogram@gsep.org


Be a Friend First Curriculum


Free Being Me

“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.


Free Being Me (Brownie-Junior Curriculum)


Free Being Me (Cadette-Senior Curriculum)


Free Being Me Patch Order Form



Friendship Circles

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 Friendship Circle


Brownie Friendship Circle


Junior Friendship Circle



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


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.


Healthy Habits for Daisies

Healthy Habits for Brownies

Healthy Habits for Juniors


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.


Independence Hall and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Patch

If you are planning to be in Philadelphia, download this educational and fun patch program.


Questions? Email us at girlprogram@gsep.org.


Science and Engineering Samplers

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!


Engineering Sampler for Grades K-5

Science Sampler for Grades K-5

Science Sampler for Grades 6-12


Scout the Vote

If you and your friends are interested in learning more about the voting process in a patriotic and non-political manner, the Scout the Vote patch program is for you. There are activities for Kindergarten to 12th grade. When you have completed the activities for your grade level, you can go to one of the Council shops to purchase a Scout the Vote fun patch.


Scout the Vote


Girl Scout University

Girl Scout University offers personal, professional, and career development opportunities, through In-Person and Online learning experiences, for Girl Scouts staff and volunteers.  With help from the GSU Cadre, a community of volunteers and staff designed to create useful resources, GSU looks to provide users with full access to essential learning tools and courses.


Volunteer Equipment

Berks County Resource Center

Delaware County Resource Center

Jane Seltzer Resource Center

Lehigh Valley Resource Center

Shelly Ridge Resource Center

Valley Forge Resource Center


Quick Start Guides for Troop Volunteers 

GSUSA Quick Start for Troop Volunteers for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Grade Levels.


ServSafe Registration Procedures

Any Troop, Service Unit, or group using the industrial kitchens at all 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. As a PRA Select Chapter member, GSEP is entitled to a PRA Member discounted price of $135 on the training required for certification. To take advantage of the discount, type Girl Scouts of Eastern PA in the Company Name section of the registration form. Please contact the PRA office at 800.345.5353 if you have any questions or concerns about the ServSafe® training itself.


If you have any questions, please email volunteer@gsep.org  or contact us at 610-933-7555.