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Get Started As a Volunteer

Welcome and thank you for your interest in volunteering with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio!

Volunteering with Girl Scouts is a rewarding experience as you will have many opportunities to help and guide girls in your community to develop the courage, confidence and character to become our future leaders. 

Flexibility is the key for all Girl Scout volunteers. Whether you have an hour, a day, a weekend, the energy you share with Girl Scouts will instill in girls confidence that will last a lifetime. We are looking for volunteers who represent the diversity of the world we live in – women and men of a variety of age and people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

As a volunteer, not only do you get to share your knowledge and experiences with girls and adults, but you have the opportunity to learn new skills. Our volunteers are essential in ensuring we continue to provide a quality, safe opportunity for all girls. Careful selection and placement of volunteers is a priority for our council.

Complete your volunteer application and background check to start your journey as a Girl Scout volunteer. 

Step 1:  Complete the volunteer application process by completing (A) & (B).
  • A. Complete the Volunteer Application. This includes providing the names and addresses of four non-related individuals on the application who can verify your qualifications for becoming a Girl Scout volunteer. References from individuals familiar with any past volunteer experience(s) are highly recommended. Inform your references that you have selected them and that they soon will receive a confidential reference form from us. Please encourage your references to respond as quickly as possible. 

  • B. Complete the Criminal Background Check. Password: d0t4pwn0 (Password must be entered exactly as you see it, it is case sensitive). Further information about this process can be found here. If you have already completed this background check – please do not do it again. 

If your application is approved, you will receive an official letter of appointment to the position for which you applied. Until appointed, volunteers should not serve in the position for which they applied.  For example, a volunteer applying as a Girl Scout leader may not begin meeting with the troop as the leader, until appointed to the position. 

There shall be no discrimination against an otherwise qualified adult volunteer by reason of disability, age, race, color, ethnicity, sex, creed, national origin, citizenship, or socio-economic status (get veteran status info).
Step 2: Register as a Girl Scout member. 
Please contact your neighborhood volunteer or your regional Girl Scout center for assistance with registration. All appointed volunteers must become Girl Scout members and agree to accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Step 3: Complete the required training courses. 
Although new Girl Scout volunteers have six months to complete required training, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio recommends training is completed as soon as possible to help our volunteers best prepare themselves for their work with girls. The required trainings for Girl Scout troop leadership positions are:

​​Step 4: Get Started!
Visit the New Volunteer Resources ​section for an easy reference for new volunteers.