Q: Who can volunteer?
A: Membership is open to women and men 18 and over who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
Q: What is involved in the process of becoming a Girl Scout volunteer?
A: We gather specific information from all potential volunteers, using a data management system to ensure all candidates participate in a consistent and thorough placement process. Potential volunteers can expect to receive the following:
- Volunteer application form complete with contact information, references request, background check authorization, and interests indicator form
- Information on Girl Scout Program and Outcomes
- Information on volunteer opportunities, including short-term and long-term opportuniteis for adults to volunteer
- Girl Scout marketing and communications materials, including brochures, fact sheets, flyers, and council newsletters
Q: Do Girl Scouts run background checks on their volunteers?
A: Yes. Protecting the girls and young women in our charge as well as the Girl Scout Movement is top priority, and screenings and reference checks are integral parts of our due diligence process and risk management policy. Background screening is the process of authenticating the information supplied to a potental employer by an applicant on his or her resume, application and during interviews. At Girl Scouts, the screening of volunteers (and employees) includes reference checks and criminal background checks, which are performed by independent, third-party, background-screening agencies.
Q: Will new Girl Scout Volunteers receive orientation?
A: Yes. The new national, online volunteer orientation is an exciting, educational presentation that welcomes all new Girl Scout volunteers to the organization. The orientation, which is also available in Spanish, takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, but can be stopped at any point and resumed later. It contains information on the history of the organization and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience program for girls and adults.
Last Modified: 4/11/2011 11:13 PM