Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Essentials 2016-2017
Safety Activity Checkpoints
Journey Toolkit
Ready to Run Programs
Girl Scout University
Volunteer Equipment
Quick Start Guides for Troop Volunteers
ServSafe Procedures
Grade Level Information

Volunteer Essentials 2016-2017

Volunteer Essentials 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 to use resources wisely by reading it online!

Volunteer Essentials 2016-2017
What’s New In Volunteer Essentials?

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 “travel forms” section of our forms page.

Read the Introduction first, then download the PDF 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 Sale
Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge
Horseback Riding
Ice Fishing
Ice Skating
In-Line Skating and Roller Skating
Other Land Sports
Outdoor Cooking
Recreational Tree Climbing
Scuba Diving
Sledding, Tobogganing, and Snow Tubing
Standup Paddleboarding
STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math)
Trip/Travel Camping
Vaulting on Horseback
Waterskiing and Wakeboarding
White-Water Rafting
Verificación de puntos de seguridad para actividad (Safety Activity Check Points in Spanish)

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

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 girlprogram@gsep.org.

Strong Girls Patch

The Strong Girls Healthy Meeting Patch helps Girl Scouts of all ages make healthy habits the norm during troop meetings and events and spread these habits to their friends, family, and community. Work with your sister Girl Scouts to complete the patch program requirements and then purchase your patch at a local shop. Click here for the Strong Girls Patch Leader Packet.

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

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

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.

Free Being Me (Brownie – Junior)
Free Being Me (Cadette – Senior)
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 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.

Healthy Habits for Daisies
Healthy Habits for Brownies
Healthy Habits for Juniors

I Can Be. . .

What do you want to be when you grow up? You can do and be whatever you want! Barbie has been a pilot, a race car driver, a pet vet, an astronaut—even president! Download the I Can Be…booklet and learn about Barbie’s different careers and which ones you want to try!

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!

Engineering Sampler for Grades K-5
Science Sampler for Grades K-5
Science Sampler for Grades 6-12

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.

Imagineer Series Grades 2-5
Imagineer Series Grades 4-8

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.

Schuylkill 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.

Girl Scout Week, GS Sunday/Sabbath

Girl Scout Week March 12-18
Throughout the long history of Girl Scouts, certain traditions remain meaningful and important and are still practiced today. Every year, the week containing 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”).

Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has enjoyed the support of religious organizations. Together we have enriched the spiritual lives of Girl Scout members, each of whom strives from the perspective of their own personal belief to live up to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Girl Scout Birthday: March 12
The Girl Scout Birthday on March 12 commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. This year, 2015, represents our 103rd birthday!

Girl Scout Sunday: March 12 and Girl Scout Sabbath: March 18
Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath is a time for Girl Scouts to reflect upon the importance of the words, “On my honor, I will try to serve God” from the Girl Scout Promise. Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath can also be a time for girls to learn about other faiths, or to share their beliefs with their sister Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to be recognized as a Girl Scout at their place of worship. Girls may also perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath is also a great opportunity for Scouts to organize a service project or other activity for the congregation. See below for a list of suggested activities, such as hosting a cookies and milk party after the service with Girl Scout cookies to try and buy! Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath patches for your troop are also available at all of our GSEP shops!

Have a great idea for Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath? Tell us about it at communications@gsep.org or share photos of your Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath activities with us on Facebook.

Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath Materials
Girl Scout Sunday/Sabbath Suggested Activities
Various Faith Prayers for Girl Scouts
My Promise-My Faith Pins Info Sheet

For more information on Girl Scouts & Faith, please click here:

Girl Scout Sunday Bulletins- Covers/ Inserts
Girl Scout Sunday Bulletin Cover (Black & White)

Girl Scout Sunday Insert (Black & White)
Girl Scout Sunday Bulletin Cover (Color)
Girl Scout Sunday Insert (Color)

Girl Scout Sunday Covers/ Inserts Spanish
Girl Scout Sunday Bulletin Cover -Spanish (Black &White)
Girl Scout Sunday Bulletin Insert- Spanish (Black &White)
Girl Scout Sunday Bulletin Cover -Spanish (Color)
Girl Scout Sunday Bulletin Insert- Spanish (Color)
Girl Scout Sunday Order Form

Girl Scout University

Girl Scout University offers personal, professional, and career development opportunities, through In-Person and Online learning experiences, for Girl Scout 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

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

Starting a new troop?  Check out this resource from GSUSA!   Quick Start for Troop Volunteers is available for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Grade Levels.

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