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Online Support for Volunteers

We’ve got you, Girl Scout volunteers!

GSNI is committed to making sure volunteers have all they need to lead girls on their adventure to becoming independent and confident.

  • Our Volunteer Toolkit can help volunteers plan meetings and outings as well as communicate with parents. 
  • Some events require a Certificate of Insurance, request one here.
  • If you are looking for Forms and Documents, look no further
  • Looking for the new Girl Scout Activity Guidelines in Response to COVID - 19? Here they are! 

If you have any questions call us at 1-844-GSNI-4-ME (1-844-476-4463) or send us an email. We'd be happy to help! 


My GS


My GS is your Girl Scout home base and how you access other great tools to manage the Girl Scout experience for your family and troop! By logging into My GS in the upper right-hand corner you can:

  • Manage your Girl Scout membership and all the memberships in your household and troop(s).
  • Find exciting in-person and virtual events for your Girl Scout, your family, or your troop to attend.
  • Maintain your contact information, preferences and manage any changes within your troop.
  • Access essential tools like the Volunteer Toolkit and gsLearn to make your Girl Scout volunteer experience a breeze!

 



gsLearn


gsLearn is Girl Scouts’ official online and on demand training platform. Confident leaders are prepared leaders, and these online learnings will give you all the info you need to be a great troop leader.

gsLearn isn’t just for volunteers! All members have access to this great tool. Click on myGS in the upper right-hand corner to login and check it out.

We are excited to launch our new training platform gsLearn! All of GSNI's volunteer training has been moved to gsLearn starting for the 2021 membership year. We invite you to log into your MYGS Community account and click on gsLearn to start learning more about how YOU can be the best Girl Scout Volunteer you can be! 

For Step by Step instructions on how to log into gsLearn click here.
For a video demo click here
Want to learn more about gsLearn and how to find trainings? Click here to register for a gsLearn webinar with our Volunteer Resource Manager. 


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Enrichment Trainings and Adult Events

S.T.E.W.

 

S.T.E.W.

 

S.T.E.W. is an acronym for Special Teaching Enrichment Workshops. While this program is for Girl Scout adults, Girl Scout Ambassadors are also welcome! Workshops include outdoor cooking, crafts, arts, science, and lots of resources to bring back to your troop! Volunteers will also enjoy free time to explore our beautiful camp property at Camp Dean. 

Registration for S.T.E.W. 2019 will be opening on February 14, 2019. 

To check out this year's workshops download the S.T.E.W. 2019 Registration Packet! 

ReFresh

Information coming soon!


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Online Resources

Volunteer Tool Kit
Volunteer Toolkit


The Volunteer Toolkit is your official source for delivering easy, fun troop meetings year-round! This fully customizable digital planning tool is accessible on any computer, tablet, or mobile device and provides you with Girl Scout program content, award requirements, and other resources.

Through the Volunteer Toolkit, troop leaders can:

  • Plan the troop’s calendar year.
  • View the troop roster and email families with one click.
  • View badges, Journeys and awards for all program levels including prepopulated tracks for younger and older Multi-Level troop groups (K–5 and 6–12).
  • Explore meeting plans that show a breakdown of every meeting, including a list of materials needed and editable time allotments for each activity within a meeting.
  • Record girls’ attendance at meetings and their badge and Journey achievements.
  • Add council or custom troop events to the troop’s calendar.
  • Enter the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).
  • Easily locate resources both national and local council resources, such as Safety Activity Checkpoints.

The Volunteer Toolkit isn’t just for troop leaders!
Caregivers and administrative volunteers can have access too.

  • Caregivers of Girl Scouts in a troop can see troop financial reports, download their attendance and achievement record and stay up-to-date on the great things the troop is doing throughout the year.
  • Individually registered Girl Scouts and their caregivers can access badges, Journeys and awards to take charge of their experience individually.
  • Administrative volunteers can see a demo version of the Volunteer Tookit to see all the programming available to troops and families, as well as provide support and training to their local volunteers.
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What About Parents?

  • Parents can now access the VTK to see what their girl’s troop or group is doing (e.g, meeting information and which badges and Journeys she is working on).
  • Parents can also view the troop’s finances (depending on the council’s process).

Log in today! Click on My GS in the upper right-hand corner to get started.

Ready to learn more?
Check out the Volunteer Toolkit trainings in gsLearn before you start.Click on My GS in the upper right-hand corner to login and access gsLearn and the Volunteer Toolkit.

Caregivers
Check out our easy-access trainings available on YouTube!

Challenging Conversation Resources

GSUSA has created resources to help guide leaders and volunteers with challenging conversations with girls. 

Check out GSUSA's webpage: Challenging Conversations for resources on: 

  • Leading Difficult Converstaions with Confidence
  • Conversations About Current Events
  • Conversations About Bullying
Honor Troop

Looking for a great way to provide the best troop experience for your Girl Scouts? Look no further! GSNI's Honor Troop program is a roadmap for your Girl Scout year to make sure your troop is getting the best experience!

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gsZoom

gsZoom


Zoom is an easy, reliable video conferencing and messaging platform with powerful security, that works across mobile and desktop devices. Safely meet with your Girl Scouts and families through virtual meetings to stay in-touch when meeting in-person is difficult. GsZoom is our unique partnership with Zoom organization to provide this essential product at a vastly reduced price point for our volunteers.

Think virtual meetings are for you? Contact us to get started!

 

 

Mental and Behavioral Health

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is an advocate for mental health for girls, women, and communities. We collaborate with experts in the field of mental/behavioral health to access high-quality resources and align with best practices. Positive mental health encourages girls to fully embrace our mission and grow into their leadership potential. Our goal is for all members (girls, volunteers, alumnae, and staff) to embrace mental health wellness. 

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is proud to introduce our “Flourish” initiative, part of an ongoing strategy to embrace positive mental and behavioral health.

GSNI continues to expand on our "Flourish" resources for Leaders, Troops and Parents. You can find many resources on our Mental and Behavioral Health page. 

Troop Leaders who want to track their Flourish trainings in gsLearn can find all available trainings in the 415 Flourish Learning Path in the Content Library. 


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Certificates of Insurance

Certificate of Insurance for Outside Facilities and Activities

When planning an event, there may be times where we need to obtain a Certificate of Insurance and have it on file 2 weeks prior to when your event is scheduled.

Please consult Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ Safety Activity Checkpoints At-A-Glance to determine if the facility offering the activity your troop would like to do requires GSNI to have a copy of the facility’s Certificate of Insurance on file. Please consult our current Certificates of Insurance List to check if we already have a Certificate of Insurance on file for the organization you will be working with.                                                

If the facility your troop is planning to use is listed, then you only need to complete the necessary GSNI Permission Slips, the facility’s waiver (if applicable), and the GSNI Troop Trip & Overnight Approval Form (if your field trip is further than 60 miles from your normal meeting space).

If the facility is not listed, the troop leader needs to request a Certificate of Insurance from the facility. To do this, simply call the facility and ask for a current Certificate of Insurance with GSNI listed as a Certificate Holder, including the information below:

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
1886 Daimler Road
Rockford, IL 61112

The certificate can be emailed to customercare@girlscoutsni.org with “Certificate of Insurance” in the subject line, or U.S. mailed to the above address, or faxed to 847-741-5667.

Requesting Certificate of Insurance from GSNI

If a facility is requesting a copy of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ Certificate of Insurance, please use the following form.  After this form is submitted, please allow 2 weeks for processing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(i.e. Overnight, Service Unit Event, Cookie Booth)
 
 

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Forms and Documents

Visit our Forms and Documents Page for a quick and easy way to find the form you are looking for! You can even search by category!