Volunteer Resource Center

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From the very beginning, Girl Scouts has been about developing girls' leadership. Now we're doing it better than ever with national, outcomes-based program activities that are designed to guide girls along a life-long path to… lead with courage when they speak out on issues they care about and take active roles in their communities; lead with confidence when they make the most of their strengths and feel empowered to make a difference in their lives and beyond; lead with character when they act with integrity and compassion, making decisions that promote the well-being of themselves and others; …as they continue to make the world a better place.


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Recognizing Volunteers

Dedicated volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. Each day we celebrate the accomplishments of our over 12,000 girls and it’s important that we celebrate our 4000+ volunteers too!

Volunteer Resources

  • The Volunteer Message Board is a place to share ideas, ask a question, link to a troop across the council, invite girls to a service unit event, or share the great work your girls have been doing! It's up to you.
  • Are you looking for details on all of the badges that Girl Scouts can earn?  Click here to visit GSUSA’s Badge Explorer!
  • To borrow or rent equipment, complete the Loanable Resources Form.
  • Click here for a list of Certificates of Insurance (CoI) currently on file with GSCWM.  If a Girl Scout Troop or group is planning a High Risk Activity, check the list to be certain that a (CoI) is on file, and that the date of your trip is prior to the expiration date of the CoI.

    If the organization is not on the list, you will need to get a CoI from the organization and forward it with your Activity and Travel Form to: activityandtravel@gscwm.org.


Conversations with Volunteers

Informal meetings of GSCWM Volunteers with:

Chief Executive Officer Pat Hallberg
Chief of Mission Delivery Colleen Holmes
Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Smiley

Do you have something on your mind that you want to share with executive staff from the council?
Perhaps it's a great experience you had as a leader, a disappointment, or an idea. If you're a volunteer with Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts (GSCWM), we want to hear from you! Volunteers and staff members are partners in Girl Scouting. We value your participation as a partner.

"Conversations with Volunteers" are one-hour sessions that a service team or community of volunteers can request to meet with GSCWM executive staff about a great experience, a disappointment, or an idea. The sessions have no pre-set agenda. Instead, the agenda is productive dialogue about what's on your mind. Our purpose is simple:

  • Give you an opportunity to share something that's important to you
  • Take away a first-hand perspective that we can use to inform our actions and operations and share perspective

Whether three people or twelve attend, we'll be there to listen. If you would like to host a Conversation in your area, please contact Rhodaja Shubrick at rshubrick@gscwm.org. Once locations have been secured, we’ll send a message to all nearby volunteers with the date, time and location.



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