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MyGS Member Community & Volunteer Toolkit goes live Aug. 1, 2017!

Girl Scouts is investing in shared tools and technology that will improve the volunteer and girl experience. From joining and getting oriented, to managing a troop and renewing membership—becoming a member and being a volunteer will be easier, more manageable, and more enjoyable.

Starting Aug. 1, parents and volunteers will access their troop information and the Volunteer Toolkit through the online Member Community, also known as MyGS (replacing eBiz)! This is a new web app that has everything you need for a whole year of Girl Scout fun in one convenient place—and can be used on your phone or tablet.

Please note: 

  • eBiz will be offline July 20–23.
  • Program/event registration will continue through eBiz on July 24.
  • Membership registration/renewal resumes on the new "MyGS" system on Aug. 1, 2017.
Important - Preparing for Launch

There are three things all current registered adult members and parents/guardians of registered girl members must do to ensure a smooth onboarding experience as we shift from eBiz to MyGS:

1. Keep your eyes peeled for an important email arriving in your inbox on Aug. 1! This email from gsusacustomercare@girlscouts.org will include your unique log-in and password for the Member Community (where you can manage your membership and renewals) and also grants you access to the free Volunteer Toolkit - both will be available under the MyGS tab on our homepage on Aug. 1. Can't find the email? Be sure to check your Spam folder.

2. Using your new unique log-in information, log in to the Member Community (MyGS tab) to verify that all of your account information is correct -- this includes troop leaders, who must verify that their troop information is correct. If your information is incorrect, you will need to contact Customer Care: 213-213-0123 or customercare@girlscoutsla.org. Note: When accessing the community, we recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome.

3. Renew your membership by mid-September 2017. After "Go Live" on Aug. 1, if you haven't already done so, make sure to renew your membership in our new Member Community (MyGS tab). Note: Troop leaders, if girls do not renew by mid-September, your troop will be listed in the Opportunity Catalog as having vacancies for new girls to join (see Opportunity Catalog tab below).

What is the Volunteer Toolkit?

The Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is a comprehensive digital tool accessible on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Affectionately called the “Administrative Assistant” to the troop leader, this addition to Girl Scouting will make it easier to help girls put their plans into action! Click here for more information on using VTK (including screenshots). 

Who can access the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)?
All troop leaders and parents can access VTK beginning Aug. 1, 2017 (simply click on the MyGS tab on our website). Leaders can use VTK for troop management and meeting planning. Parents can view their child’s information and meeting plans only. If you need assistance accessing VTK, please contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsla.org

Accessing the VTK 
As an approved troop volunteer, you can visit our website and click on the yellow MyGS tab where you will enter your log-in to gain access. The VTK can be used from any computer or mobile electronic device with internet capability. You can print meeting plans or download them to your personal computer using remote internet access.

Using the VTK to Manage Your Troop 
Daisy through Junior-level leaders will have access to three full-year plans, including one year of Girl Scout badges and a choice of two Girl Scout Journeys for free. These pre-made plans provide everything you need to get started. You can set your meeting calendar to include locations, dates, and times. You can customize activities, delete ones that your girls don’t want to do, and replace them with new ones. The VTK also allows leaders to keep attendance and track the badges each girl earns. Although the Cadette through Ambassador-level badge and Journey program resources are not currently loaded in the VTK, girls and their advisors can use the “Create Your Own Year Plan” function to plan meetings. Older girl badge and Journey program resources will be available soon. Stay tuned for details.

Using the VTK to communicate with troop families
Since it's connected to the GSGLA member registration system (Member Community), the VTK allows all leaders to manage troop contacts and communicate with families. You can easily generate customized emails that tell families what to expect at each meeting.

Volunteer Toolkit FAQs

What is the Opportunity Catalog?

The Opportunity Catalog is an online listing of all troops in GSGLA. It provides the opportunity to grow your troop and engage parent volunteers in key roles in the troop. While all troops are listed in the catalog, only troops with open spaces will display publicly in the catalog. 

It will allow parents and volunteers to search for troops, general locations (e.g. North Pomona), and meeting days that work for them. Adults can also find volunteer positions that need to be filled to get new troop off the ground or help with their existing troop.

This new feature will help us ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to be one! Plus, troop volunteers will be able to sign up for specific roles faster and easier. 

Opportunity Catalog FAQs

Resources - Fliers, Webinars, and More

Let's Chat Webinar Recordings - Recorded in May 2017, these webinars will help you learn about MyGS and all related features, including your Member Community, Volunteer Toolkit, and the Opportunity Catalog. 

Leader Skillbuilders/Open House - October 2017: These meetings will take place at every service center with support staff guiding volunteers on how to use the Volunteer Tookit to plan their year. Check the Events page for dates and to register.

Volunteer Toolkit:

FAQs