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Application - The form used by volunteers to complete the on-boarding process to become a volunteer for GSGLA

Approval Letter- Once your application and background check have cleared, you will receive an approval letter that states you may begin your volunteer position. This letter may have further direction for you depending on your volunteer position.

Award Certificate Template - Award certificate templates may be used to create memorable certificates for many of the service unit level awards and recognitions. Use these certificates for the Volunteer of Excellence award, Community Service Award, and many others.

Background Check - Process used to verify a volunteer’s background information. At Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, the safety of the girl is the most important consideration in the appointment of volunteers.

Cool Tools - A great place to find ideas, tools, and information on anything Girl Scouts. Found on our Resource site

Council - Corporation chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) that is responsible for the development, management, and maintenance of Girl Scouting in a defined geographic area.

Council Orientation - Council Orientation teaches basic Girl Scout knowledge, responsibilities, and is the final step in the onboarding process for new volunteers.

eBiz - Online registration process used to register for GSUSA membership, girl programs, and adult learning courses.

Girl Scouting 101 - An online orientation that introduces new volunteers to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), Journey resources, The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting and much more. Password is: aboutGS101

Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) - The engine for everything girls do in Girl Scouting. The experience identifies all the elements that need to be in place for Girl Scouting to achieve its mission; Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. When Discover, Connect, and Take Action activities are combined with the Girl Scout Processes of Girl-Led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning, girls achieve the desired and expected short-term leadership outcomes, ultimately resulting in Girl Scouting achieving its mission.

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) - Our council  that covers Los Angeles County including parts of San Bernardino, Ventura, and Kern Counties.

Girl Scouts of the USA ( GSUSA) - National organizaton of Girl Scouts. Headquartered in New York, NY. Membership dues are paid to GSUSA. Website is

Girl Scout Safety Guidelines - 12 safety guidelines derived from the 35 standards from Safety-Wise. Every adult in Girl Scouting is responsible for the physical and emotional safety of girls, and we demonstrate that by agreeing to follow these standards at all times.

Grade Level - Progressive grade levels of the Girl Scout program for girls aged 5-17. Daisy (K-1), Brownie (2-3), Junior (4-5), Cadette (6-8), Senior (9-10), Ambassador (11-12).

Leader/co-leader - Trained adult volunteer who meets regularly with and gives guidance to a troop or group of girls.

Mission Delivery Specialist - Staff specialists tht deliver the Girl Scout mission of "Building Girl of Courage, Confidence, and Character who make the world a better place." Specialists work in one of the three delivery areas of Membership, Program, or Volunteer Development.

Recognition - Acknowlegement of accomplishment in the Girl Scout Program. I t may be a pin, certificate, patch, badge, letter, or other creative idea.

Safety Activity Checkpoints - Used in conjunction with Volunteer Essentials, the checkpoints help you ensure the safety of your girls as you do activities throughout your Girl Scout adventures. The checkpoints are formatted as checklists. They can be downloaded individually for your specific needs and planned activities. The checkpoints are found in the Resource site.

Screening Process - Each troop leader, co-leader, assistant leader or any adult that has direct or ultimate responsibility for groups of girls, or is responsible for Girl Scout funds in any aspect, is required to complete a volunteer application and a background check.

After the volunteer has submitted an application they will receive an automatic email that will include the link to the background screening website and the password.Please refer to the Criminal Background Check FAQ's for more information.

Service Center - Council facility where staff offices and some council shops are located. Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles has seven service centers. Located in Arcadia, Montclair, Palmdale, Santa Clarita, Woodland Hills, Marina del Rey, and Long Beach. GSGLA headquarters are located in downtown Los Angeles.

Service Unit Leader Meeting - This is the place for leaders/co-leaders, new and experienced to network, receive support and friendship. This meeting is held by the Service Unit Manager and her team to inform, give direction and further support in coaching to help each leader-co-leader be the best they can be.

Service Unit Manager - Adult volunteer manager or co-manager who manages the service unit support team and service unit. Responsible for directing the work of the service unit.

Service Unit Team - Group of adult volunteers who provide direct service to troops/groups within a service unit or local geographic unit. - Originating with Girl Scouts of the Nations Capitol, the PixieList serves as an online "classified" listing for community members, Girl Scouts, and Girl Scout volunteers in the Greater Los Angeles area. Offer your services. Find a helping hand. Or gather materials needed for a Girl Scout project. This open source format helps people connect withothers throughout the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

Volunteer Agreement - letter stating the agreement for volunteer services between the volunteer and Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. One of the steps in becoming any type of volunteer.

Volunteer Essentials - Resource guide from GSUSA with guidelines for the health and safety of girls. Also contains council specific information. For all volunteers.

Volunteer Match - Website for volunteers looking for volunteer opportunities throughout the not for profit world.

Volunteer Recognition Event - Spring event held by GSGLA to honor and recognize our many outstanding volunteers. Honorees are nominated by their peers in Girl Scouting.

Volunteer Recognition Handbook - a resource for all National and GSGLA awards, criteria, and nomination forms used for council and service unit recognition awards. The handbook and forms can be found in the Resource site.

Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events - Online training from GSUSA for volunteers who will be volunteering with series and event programs. password is: volunteer

Volunteers of the Month - A GSGLA online recognition page for volunteers to recognize their peers for a job well done.

Welcome Session - A flexible and easy session for new volunteers. The first step in the volunteering process. Learn the basics of becoming a volunteer, set up an eBiz account, and learn about Girl Scouting. Make an appointment with the membership specialist in your area to begin. Click here to find your zip code area to start.

Click here for a complete glossary of Girl Scout terms.


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