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Thank for your interest in being a Girl Scout volunteer. Here is helpful information to know as you prepare to register as a volunteer.

Registering and "Troop/Other" Participation Option

There are different volunteer roles in Girl Scouts.

Click “Volunteer Today” to register yourself as a Girl Scout volunteer. Have a credit card ready to pay the annual membership fee ($25 for adults). Our registration system sends you automated messages once you enter basic information. That allows you to pick up where you left off, if you’re interrupted while registering, and alerts us that you might need more assistance.

Troop Leading

Girl Scouts happens when adults get involved. As a not-for-profit organization, Girl Scouts relies on caring adult volunteers to lead troops so that all girls who want to be Girl Scouts have the opportunity. We are looking for volunteers to form troop leadership teams (2-4 volunteers), sharing the responsibility and fun.

Before new leaders start changing the world, they need to:
  • Complete the registration process.
  • Watch a GSUSA welcome video and complete the online knowledge check.
  • Read, complete and submit the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Acknowledgement Form
Delivering the Girl Scout program.

Training and support are provided for all Girl Scout volunteers, either in person or online. 

Girl Scouts also provides The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), a comprehensive digital tool accessible via the web on your computers, smartphones, and tablets. The VTK gives you program content and other resources to manage your troop planning all year long - and keep it going smoothly.

When and where troops meet.

Girl Scout troops/groups can meet weekly or biweekly, after school, in the evenings, or on weekends, whatever is most convenient for the volunteers and families. Troops for high school aged girls sometimes meet monthly. Troops are encouraged to meet in public locations, such as schools, houses of worship, libraries, community meeting rooms, etc. 

What does it take to form a new troop?

Forming a troop requires a minimum of 2 volunteers and at least 5 girls.  (Troops can have 12 or more girls depending on girl grades and number of volunteers). You can help us recruit by spreading the word at your local schools, sporting events, neighborhood activities, and places of worship. We will also continue to direct girls in your area to troops with openings. 

Considering being a troop leader?

Talk it through with us. Call 413-584-2602 and ask to speak with the membership services specialist for your town. A “yes” is great news for girls, but it is also okay if your answer is “no”. 

Can I be a troop helper?

Yes! All adults are welcomed and encouraged to register as a member of Girl Scouts.  Girl Scouts is a membership organization and all adults must be a member of Girl Scouts of the USA. The annual membership fee is $25 for adults. To help with a troop, register as an adult volunteer. Volunteers working directly with girls must also agree to a background check and submit a Criminal Offense Record Information (CORI) form.  

Troop always need volunteer assistance.  Here are some of the ways you can help. 

  • Drivers and chaperones for field trips
  • Troop first aider for Girl Scout activities
  • Product Sales manager for the troop ( Nut and Cookie sale programs) 
  • Helping on an on-going basis at troop meetings and/or events

 

To Find a Troop

Click “register as a volunteer” and enter basic information on the first screen. Click "continue" to see various ways to participate. Enter the troop number, if you know it. To search for troop and group opportunities in your area, enter zip code, and search radius.

Don’t see a troop that works for you?  You can…

  • Search for an alternative by increasing your search radius.
  • Register as UNSUREUNSURE lets us know that you want to volunteer. We’ll contact you to answer any questions and get more information. 

Volunteering without being associated with a troop.

There are many volunteer opportunities with Girl Scouts that adults can do that do not involve being a direct volunteer with troops. Talk it through with us. Call 413-584-2602 and ask to speak with the membership services specialist for your town. A “yes” is great news for Girl Scouts, but it is also okay if your answer is “no”.

Annual Membership Fee

When you join Girl Scouts, you are a member of Girl Scouts of Central & Western MA (your local council) and a member of our national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA. Your membership provides Girl Scouts with the strength in numbers to provide advocacy and support for girls at the national level. As a member, you will have a voice at the local and national level and are eligible to receive the benefits and privileges of membership.

What does the membership fee cover?

The annual membership fee is $35 for girls and $25 for adults. It covers one year of membership from October 1 through September 30, or any portion of that year from the time you registered. A small portion of the girl fee is retained locally to provide girl programs, financial assistance to girls, volunteer training, & support for girls in central and western MA.  The rest of the membership fee goes to the national organization to support needed program development and advocacy for girls at the national level, and provides for secondary accident/injury insurance while participating in Girl Scout activities. The membership fee is non-refundable.  

Does purchasing a membership for a girl guarantee a troop?

Purchasing a membership guarantees Girl Scout membership. Troop availability is dependent on troop volunteer availability. If there is not an open slot in a troop that fits your needs, form a team with other interested adults and start a new troop!  Check out our opportunity catalog for troops that are available at this time. Check back for updates as there are frequent changes.

 

What girls do in Girl Scouts 

  • daisy
  • brownie
  • junior
  • cadette
  • senior
  • ambassador

JuliettesGirl Scouts not registered in a troop, all grades

 

Connecting!

Call us for help at 413-584-2602 or email info@gscwm.org. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm. If you leave a message, we will gladly get back to you.  (Check your spam e-mail and voicemail to be sure you didn’t miss our reply.)

When you provide basic contact information, you’ll be on our mailing list so that you can receive information (typically via e-mail) about happenings and fun opportunities to participate in Girl Scouts. You can unsubscribe from these e-mails at any time.

Be the role model she'll always remember.

As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Imagine the smiles, the excitement, the memories made—those are the moments you’ll share at Girl Scouts.

Start the fun now!


 

 

Need to know more? Check out different ways to volunteer, see what girls do at Girl Scouts, or find out how to sign up the girl in your life.