Also, if you’re reading this blog, chances are you are a pretty awesome person who, in addition to work and play, has decided to dedicate time to volunteer at Girl Scouts!
I want the time you dedicate to your Girl Scout role to be well spent and stress free which is why I have compiled this list of websites with the goal that it will make your role and life easier. Because, as I mentioned, you’re pretty awesome.
Why you’ll love it: Scheduling can be a major headache and it’s something that a lot of Girl Scouts volunteers and parents are constantly figuring out. Doodle makes it really simple to figure out a day and time that works best for people in a quick and easy to use format. >>> Learn more.
Why it’s the way of the future: This website has a group option specifically for scouting troops to use. I think it is hands-down one of the best way for troop leaders, volunteers, and parents to communicate. Some of my favorite features are the shared calendar and to-do lists and the ability to send emails, texts, and voicemails from the site. SO COOL. >>> Learn more.
Why so many leaders use it: It’s a website that makes it easy for parents to upload pictures from events and meetings for the group to see. In addition to sharing photos you can share messages and updates, add videos, calendars, ask questions from the group or take a poll. >>> Learn more.
If you don’t already have a Pinterest account you are missing out on one of the most enjoyable (and addicting) websites the internet offers and I highly encourage you to get on that business pronto. It will come in handy for information on just about everything in your life INCLUDING Girl Scouts. You can find great ideas for celebrations, bridging ceremonies, cookie season, troop meetings and activities. GSUSA and Girl Scouts River Valleys’ Pinterest boards are a great place to start looking and there’s a lot of other information out there from other councils, service units, leaders, and volunteers.
Yes I recognize this suggestion may seem a bit redundant but I think volunteers who are familiar with our website will agree that there are a lot of great resources and information online that will make your role much easier. And as an expert of GSRV resources I would like to give you some insider tips:
- Use the search bar. I know that 95% of websites have search bars and 98% of those search bars are totally useless but ours is FANTASTIC. I use it all the time. It’s an effective way to find what you’re looking for and a great time saver.
- Spend some time on our Resources + Trainings page. This place is chock-full of volunteer basics and helpful videos.
- Forms + Documents. A collection of all of our forms in one place. Easy to find. Updated regularly.
- AND if you are a troop leader, bookmark this page immediately.
Share your knowledge! Are there websites that you’ve grown to love as a volunteer? Let me and your fellow leaders know!