So you’re a new volunteer, that’s great! But…. Now what? Here’s what I did when I got started to help it all feel less like a hurricane sweeping into your life!
1. Check Out Online Resources
I highly recommend checking out the GS Southern AZ Volunteer Facebook group, your local area Facebook page, as well as the Council’s website and even GSUSA. The resources online are truly endless! If you have a Pinterest account, you’ll also find endless tips from Leaders and Volunteers across the country!
2. Go to a Troop Leader Orientation
It is A LOT of new information to learn, but hang in there! Personally, the Troop Leader Orientation was the most helpful when I was getting started. These can be found online, or scheduled with your Troop Support Specialist, and will be your start-up guide to starting your Troop.
3. Find a Mentor
Reaching out to Council to find a mentor to talk to is a great way to connect with becoming a new Troop Leader. Someone who has been a leader or volunteer for a while will have a lot of advice, knowledge and personal experiences… just soak it all in! (Another great way to connect with a mentor is to attend your local Area Team meetings! Learn more here.)
4. Watch Videos
GSUSA has tons of videos online that help new volunteers. You can find them by browsing their website, or re-posted on their blog! Often, they are short and informative and perfect for learning the ropes.
5. Talk to Troop Support
If it wasn’t for our Troop Support team, I would still be chasing my tail in a circle! They are here to support you, so just give them a call or drop an email, and they can point you in the direction you need to be.
Just hang in there, breathe, and remember it’s all worth it!
Melissa is a brand-new Girl Scout Leader! She started in Girl Scouts when she was young and thinks of it as her safe place filled with happy thoughts. As a resident of Morenci, Melissa is an in-home child care provider and a tour guide at a ghost town! She was our first volunteer to reach out to write for the Low Down, and wants to thank all our volunteers for what they do!