Volunteer Today

Did you know that any adult, male or female, can be a Girl Scout volunteer? There are many ways to participate and make a difference in the lives of young women ages 5-17.

Why Volunteer?

• To give back to the community by being a positive influence in girls’ lives
• To benefit from multiple training opportunities and on-going skill development
• To gain professional experience, enhance resumes and expand reference contacts
• To grow personally from pushing inner limits and having new experiences
• To meet interesting people and develop life-long friends with common values Volunteer Opportunities

We realize that today’s busy adult may not be able to make long-term volunteer commitments. That is why we offer flexible options to anyone interested in working with girls.

• Be a mentor by guiding girls to explore their interests and learn about possible careers.
• Work as a Troop leader/ co-leader directly with girls, leading meetings and conducting activities.
• Teach a workshop and help girls learn a skill that you’re passionate about. Work with the Community
• Community Relations – serve as a liaison with community organizations
• Suggest a service project that girls can do to help their community.
• Be a translator and assist with outreach to non-English speaking communities.
• Fall and/or Cookie Product Volunteer – looking for adult men and women to help organize booth locations, arrange, count, and transfer cookies and nuts. Help at our Local Council Office
• Administrative assistance – updating spreadsheets, archiving, sort and label files
• Technology help – computer work, process registration forms and data entry
• Store Volunteer – working in our store Develop Your Leadership Skills
• Become a Committee Member – use your skills and ideas to help the council
• Events – help plan, work at, prepare, and coordinate events.
• Recruiting – Help research events and sites for opportunities to recruit girls, troop leaders and volunteers

New Leader Information

Are you a new leader for Girl Scouts? Here are some helpful tips to get you going!

  • First, call your Membership Specialist and arrange to have a new leader orientation.
  • Then look at the training calendar and sign up for Leadership Essentials 1 and  Program Level
NEXT! Do you want to go on fun trips with your troop? You will need the follow trainings if so:
  • Trip Planning– Learn how to work with girls and adults to plan, carry out and evaluate day trips, overnight sleepovers at a home, school, church or hotel. This class is offered face to face or as a take home study course and covers budgeting, safety requirements, emergency procedures, transportation, equipment, insurance and other essential information needed for overnight trips. Required for all meetings outside of your regular meeting place. (one adult per troop).
  • First Aid/CPR– This training consists of hands-on, lecture and visual information on administering CPR and first aid to adults and children. Required if your trip is more than 15 minutes away from emergency response, see Safety Activity Checkpoints for additional requirements.(one adult per troop).
  • Extended Trip – Troop leaders will learn the requirements for extended trip travel, insurance, finances and forms. Complete prior to any trip lasting longer than 72 hours or an international trip.
Wanting to take your troop camping? Be sure to sign up for this training!
  • Outdoor Training A & B – Learn the basics of camping, outdoor skills, outdoor cooking and how to work with your Troop to plan a really great trip. This training includes an evening pre-meeting class (part A) and a full day of outdoor fun! Complete both part A & B prior to a troop camping trip and/or cooking over an open flame (one adult per troop).
Interested in hosting an event in your Service Unit?
  • Sign up for Event-Planning to learn all the basics of planning a fun, successful event!

Other fun training’s:

Facilitating Adult Learning – Previously known as “Train the Trainer.” Required to become a Volunteer Council Trainer.

Enrichment Training’s – Girl Scouts of Central California South offers a variety of adult learning enrichment opportunities to provide new knowledge and skills that you can apply to your own Troop/group. We encourage Troop Leaders to participate in as much of this extra type of training as possible, and go back to your Troops and share the fun. Sign-up to not only enhance your experience but increase the quality of the program for the girls you serve.

 Volunteer Carousel/Faire– This annual event is a fun day of learning and networking. There will be a wide variety of workshops to enrich your leadership experience, including hands on activities, crafts, songs and more.

This is just the beginning! There are many more fun training classes for leaders. Be sure to visit our online calendar often for new classes. www.girlscoutsccs.org/full-calendar .

Giving Tuesday

Girl Scouts of Central California South is participating in #GivingTuesday! Tuesday, December 3, 2013

On #GivingTuesday, December 3, 2013, you can help by donating to those who can’t be home this holiday season – our military personnel serving overseas – through Operation Gratitude.

For every $5 donation to Girl Scouts of Central California South between now and December 3, 2013, we will send a can of Girl Scout nuts, or a magazine subscription, to our military troops through Operation Gratitude. Help us put a smile on the faces of 1,000 deserving servicemen and women!

GIRL SCOUTS IS GIVING BACK TOO!

For every dollar donated to Girl Scouts of Central California South on December 3, 2013, our staff and volunteers will donate one hour, volunteering in our community. We will “Take Action” and help at the food bank, do a litter clean-up, read to children, etc. Your partnership with us could make a difference to community organizations and the people they serve – seniors, vets and others in need.

About Girl Scout Connect:
Every year, 5,000 at-risk girls in our local communities start their Girl Scout journey with this program. They learn values, practical life skills and leadership skills, that prepare them for their future lives and careers. Girls meet with trained mentors after-school at schools, community centers and public housing. They are motivated to stay in school and become productive citizens who can comfortably provide for their own future families. They are inspired to focus on a positive future, rather than being sidetracked by negative influences. This program follows a proven national Girl Scout curriculum that builds confidence in the girls and provides them with practical benefits of staying in school, and encourages them to aim high and work towards meaningful careers. Grants, sponsorships and donor funding help offset the costs of program delivery and cover program materials, Girl Scout sashes and badges. A mere $20 can provide a girl membership for Girl Scouts, $250 can give a girl a year long experience that will change her life.

Program Committees

Would you like to be involved with our upcoming Program Events? We would love to have your help! Below are some of the program committees we have for our 2013 Events!

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Are you a parent or volunteer of a SSSSH girl? Is sales second nature to you? Is marketing a snap for you? If you answered yes to any of these then please consider joining the planning committee for Cookie Biz.

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Cookie Biz

Jan. 12

NAS Lemoore

Volunteer Committee Chairman – Lisa Petty

Committee questions email: rlmapetty@hotmail.com

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Are you a world traveler? Were you a Girl Guide or Girl Scout as a child? Consider joining the planning committee for Girl Scouting Around the World (formerly known as World Thinking Day)

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Girl Scouting Around the World

Feb. 23

Fresno County Fairgrounds

Volunteer Committee Chairman – OPEN

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Do you love the Outdoors? Are you a master chief with a Dutch oven? Is reading maps simple for you? YES?! Then Outdoor Palooza planning committee is the place for you.

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Outdoor Palooza

June 29

Kern River County Park Golf Course Picnic Ground

Volunteer Committee Chairman – Melody Roberson

Committee questions emailrobersongirls@att.net

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Does the thought of S’Mores make your mouth water? Are you addicted to chocolate and marshmallow? Does a crackling fire make you instantly think of graham crackers and chocolate? If you answered yes to one of these then join the S’Mores Festival planning committee.

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S’Mores Festival

August 10

Fresno Flates Park

Volunteer Committee Chairman – Sheryl Grabb

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Are you an avaid camper? Do you enjoy looking at the stars through the top of your tent? Dose the sound of a river put you to sleep? If you said yes to these then consider joining the summer camp comiittee. Committee questions contact the Program Manager at: ssmith@girlscoutsccs.org

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Wild About Camping

May 24-26

Wind Wolves Preserve

Volunteer Committee Chairman – OPEN

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GSCCS Learning Facilitators head to camp!

12 Learning Facilitators from our council just attended the Consortium of Girl Scout Learning Facilitators conference in northern California at Camp Bothin.

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They had a  great time learning, networking and having  fun. They stayed at the historic Camp Bothin, owned by Girl Scouts of Northern California. There were over 100 Learning Facilitators at the conference. They had classes on Engaging Multi-Generational Volunteers, Inquiry Based Learning (Girl-Led) activities, Video: The Now Medium, and Go Outside (nature activities). The Go Outside session was led by GSCCS Lee Nave, Carmen Decker, Holly Derington, and Sheila Otteson. Everyone had a wonderful time learning and networking with each other and making new friends.

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“What I LOVE about Girl Scouts is that we are always a sister to every other Girl Scout and I met a bunch of new sisters this weekend! What a great time we had! We are all learning facilitators from Central, Coastal and Northen California and also from Nevada. We provide coaching to help leaders of Girl Scouts become the very best leaders they can be! And WE had a great time getting together: learning, sharing , eating (very well I might add), and singing (my favorite pasttime!)” – Eloise Golden, Girl Scout Alumna and Trainer.

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If you would like to join the Learning Facilitator team please contact Michelle Loyd at (800) 490-8653 ext 200. The next workshop for new trainers is November 17, 2012 in Fresno.

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Visit our Adult Training Page for more information on Girl Scout trainers!

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Pictures from the conference:

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Human Race 2012

Help support Girl Scouts of Central California South by joining in The Human Race September 9th, 2012.

The Human Race is a fun and healthy way to support our programs and activities for troops and girls, our volunteer training’s, and the Girl Scouts Connect program. Register online through September 8th for $25 individual or $10 kids 12 and under. Hope to see you there!

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How to wear your Girl Scout Uniform

Here are some  pictures explaining how to wear your Girl Scout uniform! If you have any questions about the uniform please contact the Gold Mine Store at (800) 490-8653 ext 114. To purchase your Girl Scout Uniform visit our online store http://www.gsccs-store.org/ or stop into either Gold Mine Store.

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Fresno – 1377 West Shaw Ave Fresno, CA 93711

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Bakersfield – 1831 Brundage Lane Bakersfield, CA 93304

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Girl Scout Daisy Tunic & Vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Brownie Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girl Scout Cadette Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Senior Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girl Scout troop honors volunteer

Guest Blog Post by : Claire from Troop 437

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Troop 437 was working on their  Cadette GS Way badge, and they were to honor a Girl Scout volunteer. Troop 437 does not  know Christie personally, but she serves us indirectly through her SU Product chair position. To get to know her, each Girl Scout from Troop 437 did a phone interview with at least one person who knows Christie. Most of the information came from her co-leader, parents, and our SU Manager  Melody Roberson. They compiled the information into a program to honor “Queen Christie”. They also adorned her with queen-like props made out of cookie boxes.

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To (kindly) ambush Christie, we showed up early to her normal meeting place and time and hid behind the stage with the help of Sandra Renfro. My girls waited in near darkness for her to arrive. A repeated comment about Christie in the interviews was that she has a great laugh. We kept waiting…and then…there was the laugh! We knew she had arrived, and Sandra told us it was time to take our places. It was a fun surprise.

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 Part of the program script from Queen Christie Day:

“Girl Scout Troop 437 is here to honor a special person. We’ve done some research into her background and this is what we found…

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She is…

amazing, funny, considerate, dedicated, friendly, awesome, fun, sincere, good to be around, intelligent, organized, generous, enthusiastic, caring and inspiring.

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These bracelets represent her ability to know what girls’ needs are,  how to encourage them and how to adjust to every girl’s needs.

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This necklace represents her devotion to scouting.

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This scepter represtents her infectious and unforgettable laugh.

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These glasses represent her helpfulness to all Girl Scouts.

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This crown is to show how grateful and overjoyed everyone is to have her in Girl Scouts. “

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Thanks for helping to extend the honor of Queen Christie Day! It is a well deserved position for an outstanding volunteer who is a splash of sunshine, kindness, and laughter in our SU and in her troop.

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Pictures from Queen Christie Day:

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~Claire, Troop 437

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