Volunteer Essentials

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Think of Volunteer Essentials as your encyclopedia to Girl Scout volunteering that’s there when you need it. Three ways to find information:

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Index of Keywords

  • Accident Procedure

    All accidents/incidents requiring treatment beyond basic first aid must be reported to GSGATL’s Risk Management at 770.702.9167.
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    Attend to any ill or injured passengers. If medical care is needed, see that they are taken to nearest medical facility.
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    After receiving a report of an accident, council staff will immediately arrange for additional assistance at the scene, if needed, and will notify parents/guardians, as appropriate.
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  • Adventure Course

    Misty Mountain, Meriwether, Pine Valley and Timber Ridge offer a variety of adventure challenges including climbing walls, ropes courses, and more.
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    Use guidelines based on the program level of the youngest girl in the troop when considering troop activities.
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    Also see Challenge Course: Some activities are designated as high risk activities. These activities have been classification as such because many of them require certified or specially trained instruction or oversight may require approval of the location and venue and/or have specific age/permission restrictions related to their use in Girl Scout programing.
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  • All-terrain vehicles

    Activities not permitted for program at any age level

  • Alcohol

    Girl Scout volunteers and chaperones shall not possess, sell, or use illegal drugs.

  • Advocating for Girls

    The Girl Scouts Public Policy and Advocacy Office in Washington, D.C., builds relationships with members of Congress, White House officials, and other federal departments and agencies, continuously informing and educating them about issues important to girls and Girl Scouting.

  • Activities - troop meetings

    You help each troop member do her part to ensure the meeting and activities are enriching and fun.

  • Activities - not permitted

    Potentially uncontrolled free-falling (bungee jumping, hang gliding, parachuting, parasailing, and trampolining); creating extreme variations of approved activities (such as high-altitude climbing and aerial tricks on bicycles, skis, snowboards, skateboards, water-skis, and wakeboards); hunting; shooting a projectile at another person; riding all-terrain vehicles and motor bikes; and taking watercraft trips in Class V or higher.

  • Activities - money-earning

    Product programs are a great way to earn the funds necessary for girls to travel or carry out Take Action projects. If income from the product programs isn’t enough, however, girls have more options available to them.

  • Activities - choosing

    How can you, as a Girl Scout volunteer, determine whether an activity is safe and appropriate? Good judgment and common sense often dictate the answer.

  • Bridging

    Bridging ceremonies mark a girl’s move from one grade level of Girl Scouting to another, such as from Junior to Cadette.
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    Bridging is the process of moving from one Girl Scout program level to the next.
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  • Call Center

    After immediate emergency needs have been met, call the Mableton Service Center to report the emergency situation. 
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    Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 770-702-9100 or 1-800-771-4046. At other times call this number: 1-888-644-0511 Your call will be handled by a call center and you will receive a return phone call from a GSGATL staff member within 30 minutes or less.
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  • Calendar

    One way to start planning your time with girls, visit www.girlscouts.org/MyCalendar. 
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    When you first get together with girls (this meeting may also include parents/guardians, or you may decide to hold a separate meeting for the adults), you’ll want to get to know the girls, and give them a chance to get to know one another. 
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    Girl Scouts celebrate several special days each year, which you’re encouraged to include in your group planning. 
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  • Cadette - Uniform

    The official Girl Scout uniform for girls is a white shirt (either their own or the official Girl Scout polo shirt for their program level), their own khaki pants or skirt, and the official program level tunic, vest, or sash. 
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    Cadette Insignia Tab. 
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  • Cadette - Troop

    To organize a troop, you will need: Grades 6–8 and a minimum number of 5 girls.
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    Girls and adults participating in troops can meet once a week, once a month, or twice a month for several months—how often is up to you and the girls.
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    You help each troop member do her part to ensure the meeting and activities are enriching and fun. 
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    Junior/Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Town Meeting: Under the town meeting system, business is discussed and decisions are made at meetings attended by all the girls in the troop.
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  • Cadette - Travel

    Travel anywhere in the country, often lasting a week or more. Try to steer clear of trips girls might take with their families and consider those that offer some educational component. We encourage you to incorporate cities, historic sites, and museums around the country.
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    Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors Day travel is unlimited. 
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    If a Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador will be traveling alone during any part of a trip, use the opportunity to help her feel comfortable with and capable of being on her own. 
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  • Cadette - Journeys

    Life is a maze of relationships and this Journey has Girl Scout Cadettes maneuvering through all its twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and maybe even peace. Girls can make “peacemaker kits,” learn about bullying behavior, and complete a Take Action project that thrives on these relationship skills. Page 49

  • Cadette - Finances

    At the Cadette level and above, an adult mentors the girls as they keep the troop’s financial records and give reports to parents and troop volunteers.
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    Girls keep their own financial records and give reports to parents and group volunteers.
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  • Cadette - Camping

    Currently registered Girl Scout Daisy (see special note below), Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops trained and accompanied by an adult who has taken council approved outdoor training, (as detailed below) and an adult with a current First Aid/CPR certification are eligible to apply for overnight camping. Page 125

  • Cadette - Awards

    Once a girl checks the Awards Log in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting to make sure there’s not already a badge on the topic she wants to explore, she’ll follow steps outlined in her handbook to complete the requirements for her very own badge.
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    The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are Girl Scouting’s highest awards.
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  • Cadette - Adult Supervision

    Girl Scouts’ adult-to-girl ratios show the minimum number of adults needed to supervise a specific number of girls. Page 18

  • Cadette - Activities

    Use guidelines based on the program level of the youngest girl in the troop when considering troop activities.  Page 92

  • Business Ethics

    In addition to giving girls an opportunity to earn money to fund their Girl Scouting goals, taking part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls five important skills that serve them throughout their lives: goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making, and business ethics. Page 51

  • Cadette

    After girls join, they team up in the following grade levels: Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6–8).
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    At the Girl Scout Cadette level (sixth, seventh, and eighth grades), girls . . .Are going through puberty, including changes in their skin, body-shape, and weight. 
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  • Backing Up - (Driving)

    Because you cannot see everything behind your vehicle, backing up is always dangerous. Page 89

  • Backpacking

    These activities have been classification as such because many of them require certified or specially trained instruction or oversight may require approval of the location and venue and/or have specific age/permission restrictions related to their use in Girl Scout programing.  Page 114

  • Badges

    In addition to the Leadership Journeys, girls at each Girl Scout grade level have their own edition of The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting—a binder full of information about being a Girl Scout and how to earn certain badges, including ones about financial literacy and the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
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    Badge & Sash: the Girl Scout Badge & Sash Stores are our council-operated Girl Scout shops; they carry most of the items found in the Girl Scout Catalog or online.
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  • Badge & Sash

    When needing large quantities (more than 48 badges, fun patches, more than six of anything else such as gift items and clothing items except sashes and vests), please call and place your order at least three weeks in advance in order to ensure that we will have sufficient stock to meet your needs.
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    Badge & Sash: the Girl Scout Badge & Sash Stores are our council-operated Girl Scout shops; they carry most of the items found in the Girl Scout Catalog or online.
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  • Bank Accounts

    If your group is earning and spending money, the group needs to set up a bank account.
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    In all cases, if a donation is made, a check should be written directly to the receiving troop.
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  • Bank Account - Closing

    When a troop disbands, by rights the funds revert to GSGATL. Page 101

  • Benefits and Services

    Benefits and services to volunteers may include training and other learning opportunities, support from GSGATL staff and other council volunteers, GSUSA and GSGATL publications and Web site, tools for recording volunteer experiences, awards and recognitions, and performance evaluations. Page 30

  • Beyond the Troop Event

    The adult event director submits a Beyond the Troop Event Application, and other supporting documents, including a completed Money Earning Application, to the council risk management department for preapproval of the event. 
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    Girl-led Beyond the Troop Events include both multitroop events and events held on the service unit level, whether for Girl Scouts only, for Girl Scouts and a parent or family, or for the wider community.
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  • Bicycles

    ACTIVITIES NOT PERMITTED FOR PROGRAM AT ANY AGE LEVEL potentially uncontrolled free-falling (bungee jumping, hang gliding, parachuting, parasailing, and trampolining); creating extreme variations of approved activities (such as high-altitude climbing and aerial tricks on bicycles. Page 92

  • Blob (Water Activity)

    *Blob JR CD SR AM -  Must be comfortable swimming in deep water. Page 92

  • Boating

    Participation in any of these activities requires written permission from GSGATL in advance of the trip.  Page 114

  • Bronze Award

    Girl Scout Bronze (or Silver or Gold) Award ceremonies honor Girl Scout Juniors who have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award (Cadettes who have earned the Silver Award. Page 60

  • Brownie

    After girls join, they team up in the following grade levels.

  • Brownie - Adult Supervision

    Girl Scouts’ adult-to-girl ratios show the minimum number of adults needed to supervise a specific number of girls. Page 18

  • Brownie - Brownie Pin

    Pinning ceremonies help celebrate when girls receive grade-level Girl Scout pins. Page 60

  • Brownie - Camping

    Currently registered Girl Scout Daisy (see special note below), Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops trained and accompanied by an adult who has taken council approved outdoor training, (as detailed below) and an adult with a current First Aid/CPR certification are eligible to apply for overnight camping.  Page 125

  • Brownie - Circle/Treehouse

    Daisy/Brownie Circle/Treehouse: While sitting in a circle (sometimes called a ring), girls create a formal group decision-making body. Page 134

  • Brownie - Finances

    At the Daisy and Brownie level, girls may collect and record dues, but the troop volunteer handles money and keeps financial records.
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    The group volunteer handles money, keeps financial records, and shares some of the group-budgeting responsibilities.
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  • Brownie - Journeys

    Through the Journey’s many adventures, anecdotes, and activities, the Brownies follow through on clues and enjoy a fun and challenging Girl Scout experience that strengthens their confidence and gives them a chance to better the world. Page 48

  • Brownie - Trips

    Day trip (Brownies and older): An all-day visit to a point of historical or natural interest (bringing their own lunch) or a day-long trip to a nearby city (stopping at a restaurant for a meal). Younger girls can select locations and do much of the trip-planning, while never being too far from home.
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    Day travel is unlimited. May take overnight troop trips of one or two nights once progressive day trips have been successfully completed.
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  • Brownie - Troop

    To organize a troop, you will need: Girl Scout Brownie, grades 2–3 and a mminimum number of 10 girls.
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    Troops provide a flexible way for girls to meet. Some ideas include: » Fourteen Girl Scout Brownies who meet twice a month from November through March at a local community center.
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    Typical kapers for a Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop meeting might include: » Attendance Taker/Secretary Girl marks attendance sheet at each meeting (younger girls might use a poster). 
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  • Brownie - Uniform

    Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies may wear the khaki and white uniform, or they may wear official Girl Scout uniform components for their program level, such as the Daisy or Brownie beanie, shirt, skirt, leggings or other official components.
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    Place your Journey awards above your badges.
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  • Budget

    At the Daisy and Brownie level, girls may collect and record dues, but the troop volunteer handles money and keeps financial records; she or he does all troop budgeting, but explains the process to girls and gets their input on activities and purchases. 
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    Use a budget worksheet that includes both expenses (the cost of supplies, admission to events, travel, and so on) and available income (the group’s account balance, projected cookie proceeds, and so on).
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  • Budget - Service Unit Budget

    In order to cover related administrative costs and create opportunities for inter-troop activities, service units develop an operating budget or financial plan, which should be proposed at a regular service unit meeting and accepted, with or without modification, by the service unit members (all registered adult volunteers in the service unit area). Page 101

  • Building Trust

    Show girls you trust them to think for themselves and use their own judgment. Page 75

  • Bungee Jumping

    ACTIVITIES NOT PERMITTED FOR PROGRAM AT ANY AGE LEVEL potentially uncontrolled free-falling (bungee jumping, hang gliding, parachuting, parasailing, and trampolining). Page 92

  • Business

    In addition to giving girls an opportunity to earn money to fund their Girl Scouting goals, taking part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls five important skills that serve them throughout their lives: goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making, and business ethics.
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    With every season of cookies, another generation of girls learns five important skills. 
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    For examples, Cadettes can explore the food in other regions or countries for their New Cuisines badge, Seniors can find out about international business customs as part of their Business Etiquette badge, and Ambassadors can work on their Photography badge while documenting their trip.
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    Troop business may include taking attendance, collecting dues, making announcements, and planning an upcoming event or trip. 
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  • Ambassador - Finances

    Select the bank of your choice and a contact person at the bank who will receive the authorization form and fax it directly to GSGATL after process is completed.
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    The group volunteer retains overall responsibility for long-term budgeting and record-keeping, but shares or delegates all other financial responsibilities. 
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  • Ambassador

    At the Girl Scout Ambassador level (eleventh and twelfth grades), girls Can see the complexity of situations and controversial issues, adapt logical thinking to real-life situations, and frequently enjoy expressing their individuality.
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    After girls join, they team up in the grade levels.
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  • Background Check

    Prospective volunteers will complete a volunteer application and consent to a background check and will be placed by an authorized GSGATL representative.
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    Appointment to a volunteer position with GSGATL is contingent upon completion and review of a volunteer application, criminal background check, and possibly reference checks.
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    The following rules generally will apply if GSGATL learns (via criminal background check or otherwise) that a prospective or current volunteer has been convicted in the past seven years of one of the following crimes under the laws of the state of Georgia, another state in the United States, or another country.
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    GSGATL reserves the right to permanently deny anyone a volunteer position if GSGATL officials believe the person is inappropriate for that position. 
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    Criminal background checks include a time frame of at least seven years; therefore, it is appropriate that the volunteer must be dismiss...



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  • Appointment

    Girl Scout volunteers must be appointed to their position, using the procedures below. It is the responsibility of the prospective volunteer to complete all the required steps. GSGATL reserves the right to limit volunteer involvement until all steps have been completed. Page 26

  • Ambassador - Activities

    Use guidelines based on the program level of the youngest girl in the troop when considering troop activities. Page 92

  • Ambassador - Adult Supervision

    Girl Scouts’ adult-to-girl ratios show the minimum number of adults needed to supervise a specific number of girls. These supervision ratios were devised to ensure the safety and health of girls. Page 18

  • Ambassador - Awards

    Once a girl checks the Awards Log in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting to make sure there’s not already a badge on the topic she wants to explore, she’ll follow steps outlined in her handbook to complete the requirements for her very own badge.
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    In addition to the leadership awards tied to the Journeys and the National Proficiency badges, girls can show they belong by adding emblems to the front of their vests or sashes and participation patches on the back.
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  • Ambassador - Camping

    In addition to GSGATL’s five council camps, Girl Scouts may camp on other Girl Scout council campsites, or other youth agency camps; in state parks or national forests; or private campsites. Page 125

  • Journeys

    This Journey gives Girl Scout Ambassadors a way to be that someone—an advocate with the power to start the first flutter of real and lasting change. Page 50

  • Ambassador - Travel

    Not only do some of the most memorable moments in a Girl Scout’s life happen while taking trips, but travel also offers a wealth of opportunities for girls to develop leadership skills.
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    As you help girls choose and plan their trips, be sure they use these Travel Guidelines established for troop and other pathways in Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta: 
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    If a Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador will be traveling alone during any part of a trip, use the opportunity to help her feel comfortable with and capable of being on her own.
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  • Ambassador - Troop

    In an effort to make the Troop Pathway to Girl Scouts fun for girls, easier for leaders, and still meet the goals set by Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has established a minimum troop size for new troops by program level.
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    Activities will depend on what the girls want to do in their troop and how they want to spend their collective time.
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  • Ambassador - Uniform

    The official Girl Scout uniform for girls is a white shirt (either their own or the official Girl Scout polo shirt for their program level), their own khaki pants or skirt, and the official program level tunic, vest, or sash.
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    Uniforms have been a Girl Scout tradition since 1912, where the first uniforms offered girls and adults freedom of movement and helped cover social and economic class differences. 
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    Girl Scout Ambassador Sash & Vest. 
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  • Annual Fund

    Any funds raised in excess of the project’s needs by any means must be used as follows: » to extend the Take Action project through additional direct or in-kind donations, » returned to the original donors, » or donated to the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Annual Fund. 
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    Our Council invests about $325 per girl each year to provide a high-quality leadership experience. Every penny of the $15 membership dues goes to our national organization, Girl Scouts USA, which means we rely on our members to support us locally by giving to Annual Fund. 
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  • Annual Fund - Contact

    Annual Fund Campaign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 770-702-9177  Page ii

  • Annual Fund - Online Donations

    That families are encouraged to make a donation to Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s Annual Fund, for the benefit of their daughter and all the girls we serve in the greater Atlanta area. Page 81

  • Appointment

    Girl Scout volunteers must be appointed to their position, using the procedures below. It is the responsibility of the prospective volunteer to complete all the required steps. Page 26

  • Approved Volunteer

    Approved Volunteer: a person who has completed and submitted a Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta volunteer application and background check, and has been approved as a volunteer.  Page 139

  • Archery

    Archery JR CD SR AM Venue must be pre-approved by GSGATL.
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    Some activities are designated as high risk activities.
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  • Archery - At Camp

    All of the camps offer the traditional camp experiences girls know and love, including archery, canoeing, arts and crafts and outdoor skills.
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    In addition to GSGATL’s five council camps, Girl Scouts may camp on other Girl Scout council campsites, or other youth agency camps; in state parks or national forests; or private campsites.
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  • Cognitive Disabilities

    Girls with cognitive disabilities can be registered as closely as possible to their chronological ages. Page 84

  • Commercial Products

    We rely on donations from parents, individuals, local businesses, organizations, corporations, foundations, United Way and government agencies to ensure Girl Scouting remains available and affordable for all families. 
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    Commercial products” means any product sold at retail. Since 1939, girls and volunteers have not been allowed to endorse, provide a testimonial for, or sell such products. » Girl Scout funds and sponsoring organization funds should never be comingled.
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  • Confidentiality

    The council reserves the right to deny requests for copies of the situation report based on the need to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive or confidential information.
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    All information concerning staff, volunteers, financial data, and business records of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta is confidential. 
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    A safe space is one in which girls feel as though they can be themselves, without explanation, judgment, or ridicule. Girl Scout research shows that girls are looking for an emotionally safe environment, where confidentiality is respected and they can express themselves without fear.
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  • Conflict of Interest

    A conflict of interest exists when the interests or concerns of any Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta volunteer or any member of his/her immediate family, or any party, group or organization in which said volunteer is actively involved, may be seen as adverse to, or in competition with the interests or concerns of the Council. Page 43

  • Conflict Resolution

    Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta encourages volunteers and staff to take positive actions to resolve conflicts quickly. Page 29

  • Contracts

    Volunteers may not enter into any contract or agreement that involves an expenditure of more than $500, services that involve the transportation of girls, or the involvement of girls in high risk activities as defined in this document, without GSGATL approval. Page 37

  • Convenience

     For both programs, customers will incur a convenience fee for credit card usage and/or shipping charges for delivery of products. Page 105

  • Cookie Booth

    Cookie booths, or temporary sales set-ups in areas with lots of foot traffic, are a popular way for girls to sell cookies as a team. Page 105

  • Cookie Program

    In addition to giving girls an opportunity to earn money to fund their Girl Scouting goals, taking part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls five important skills that serve them throughout their lives: goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making, and business ethics.
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    The Girl Scout Cookie Program and the Girl Scout Treats and Keeps Progam, organized by GSGATL and open to all Girl Scouts. 
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  • Cookie Program - Camp Discount

    Girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program receive a discounted rate for attending one of our council resident camps. Page 123

  • Cookie Program - Contact

    Girl Scout Cookie Program . . . . . . . . . . . 770-702-9144 (E-mail: cookiehelpline@gsgatl.org) 

  • Cookie Program - For Daisies

    Girl Scout Daisies (in kindergarten and first grade) may be involved in council-sponsored product program activities, but they cannot collect money in any other way except through group dues or parental contributions.
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    Girl Scout Daisies are too young to be marketing online through their group, parent or guardian Web sites, or social media sites.
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  • Cookie Program - Internet Sales

    Announcements on how and when to sign up for those is sent out to troop cookie managers through eBudde.
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    Girls are texting, calling, emailing, Tweeting, and Facebooking—and those are all effective ways that girls 13 and older can promote cookie and other product programs. 
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  • Cookie Program - Patches

    Patches are cloth award emblems; some are official, but many are not! Page 140

  • Cookie Program - Permission

    Parents and guardians must grant permission for girls to participate and must be informed about the girls’ whereabouts when they are engaged in product program activities. Page 104

  • Cookie Program - Planning

    One way to start planning your time with girls, visit www.girlscouts.org/MyCalendar. 
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    Have the girls brainstorm and plan any trip or event. 
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  • Cookie Program - Proceeds

    A Girl Scout who decides with her troop how to use troop proceeds grows her confidence to make decisions about spending baby-sitting money or being a leader to resist negative peer pressure. Page 103

  • Cookie Program - Rewards

    Girls may earn official Girl Scout grade-appropriate rewards and recognitions related to product program activities. Page 104

  • Cookie Program - Safety

    A few other considerations will help keep girls safe.
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    The girls must sign the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge (available at www.girlscouts.org/help/internet_safety_pledge. asp) before doing any online activities, and all online activities must be under the supervision of adults. 
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  • Cookie Program - Social Media

    A girl’s physical address, social media page address, IM name, Skype name or number, email address, or cell number should never be revealed to anyone outside her immediate circle of family and friends. 
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    The following sections detail how girls can use electronic marketing, social media, and group Web sites to gather sale commitments from family, friends, and previous customers. 
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  • Cookie Program - Troop Cookie Manager

    Troop Cookie Manager* – Attends service unit Cookie Program training, coordinates the delivery and storage of cookies for the troop, complete Girl Scout Cookie Program reports, and distributes girl rewards. Page 133

  • Cookie Program - Volunteers

    For more information about volunteer applications and the background screening process, contact GSGATL’s Volunteer Helpline at 770-702-9411 (helpline@gsgatl.org). Page 133

  • Cooperative Learning

    The Girl Scout program is based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), in which girls Discover themselves, Connect with others, and Take Action to make the world a better place—all within the safety of an all-girl environment where girls take the lead, learn by doing, and learn cooperatively. 
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    Girls have the chance to learn cooperatively. 
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    Working in a partnership with girls so that their activities are girl-led, allow them to learn by doing, and allow for cooperative (group) learning; you’ll also partner with other volunteers and GSGATL staff for support and guidance. 
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  • Council's Own Badges

    Council’s Own badges are council-created national awards that provide a unique, local opportunity that girls cannot experience anywhere else. Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s “Own” badges for Brownies and Juniors may be downloaded from the Volunteer Resource Library. Page 139

  • Court of Awards

    Court of Awards is a time to recognize girls who have earned badges and other awards, or accomplished something spectacular during the Girl Scout year. Page 60

  • CPR

    For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be first-aid/CPR-certified. Page 93. See also First-Aider

  • Criminal Conduct

    Factors that may be considered in making such determinations include, but are not limited to, the nature and severity of the criminal conduct, length of time since the criminal conduct occurred, and the tasks associated with the desired volunteer position. Page 25

  • Cruises

    All trips involving high risk activities, trips to the Birthplace in Savannah, extended trips (three nights or more), cruises, and international travel require written council permission in advance of the trip. 
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    Cruises and international travel.
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    Cruises and International trips: one to three years prior to departure. 
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  • Fees - Insurance

    There is a nominal fee for this coverage which the troop is responsible for paying. Page 91

  • Fees - Participation

    Some events may require an additional service unit fee.
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    While troop membership will not be denied based on an inability to pay these fees, participation in troop activities may depend on ability to contribute.
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  • Fees - Start-Up

    New troops or groups may ask parents to donate a one-time startup fee when the troop begins meeting (up to a maximum of $25).
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    If this is a recently-organized troop, where other families have been asked to contribute a start-up fee, the new member’s family should be asked as well. 
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  • Fencing

    Some activities are designated as high risk activities. Page 114

  • Finance Reports

    Troops are accountable for troop income and expenses and must submit finance reports to the troop parents, service unit and to the Council. Troops should be self-supporting.
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    Troops and service units are accountable for income and expenses and must submit finance reports as indicated in the procedures below. 
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    Have a current troop finance report on file with GSGATL.
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  • Finance Reports - Procedures

    Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s Procedures for Managing Troop Accounts.
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    At the Daisy and Brownie level, girls may collect and record dues, but the troop volunteer handles money and keeps financial records; she or he does all troop budgeting, but explains the process to girls and gets their input on activities and purchases.
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    A final Troop Finance report should be completed.
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  • Finance Reports - Service Unit

    A year-end financial report with current bank statement should be submitted to the membership specialist by June 15 of each year. Page 101

  • Finance Reports - Troop Finance Report Form

    Troop Finance Report Submit this form annually to your service unit director. » www.gsgatl.org/volunteer-essentials/troop-finance-report. Page 141

  • Financial Assistance

    Financial Assistance for Travel and Training. 
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    The availability of financial assistance and how the Girl Scout Cookie Program and other product programs generate funds for the group treasury.
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    Financial aid is available to individual members who need assistance with annual membership dues, uniform components, Girl Scout program-level handbooks, and for some events or activities.
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    54% is returned to leaders and girls in program opportunities, maintenance of 5 camp properties covering 2400 acres, insurance, program supplies, financial assistance, training, background checks, regional service centers and Girl Scout Badge & Sash Stores, $52,000 in scholarships for higher education and the Web site for up-to-date events, information and training and other business operations.
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  • Financial Literacy

    In addition to the Leadership Journeys, girls at each Girl Scout grade level have their own edition of The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting—a binder full of information about being a Girl Scout and how to earn certain badges, including ones about financial literacy and the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
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    The following examples of money-earning projects from councils and USA Girl Scouts Overseas committees, give girls a way to build public speaking, financial literacy, marketing, and other skills. 
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  • Financial Plan - See Also Budget

    In order to cover related administrative costs and create opportunities for inter-troop activities, service units develop an operating budget or financial plan, which should be proposed at a regular service unit meeting and accepted, with or without modification, by the service unit members (all registered adult volunteers in the service unit area).
    Page 101

    The group can brainstorm and make decisions about its financial plans. 
    Page 110

  • Financial Responsibility

    Volunteers with financial responsibility to local troops/groups or to the council will not be reappointed to a position if required financial responsibilities have not been met. Page 27

    If a volunteer has been charged with or convicted of, or has pled guilty to, received a deferred adjudication for, or pled no contest to misdemeanor crimes involving theft, fraud, or forgery, or other crimes of dishonesty in the event that the person is allowed to continue as a volunteer, that person will be restricted from management of Girl Scout money.
    Page 28

    Identify two or more adults who will be responsible for the funds.
    Page 99

  • Fire

    Determine the extent and location of the fire. Page 25

  • Fire - Cooking Fire

    If you must cook over wood, keep your fire to the bare minimum needed to get the food cooked. Page 129

  • Fire - Fire Ring

    Fire Ring in the Unit. Page 125

  • First Aid

    She is ready when she...» knows health and safety rules, use of the buddy system, simple first aid, staying safe and sound, what to do in an emergency.
    Page 126

     Your troop’s certified first-aider would be a good person to help girls review safety rules, check out the first aid kit and practice simple first aid.
    Page 127

  • First Aid - First Aid Kit

    Every vehicle used to transport campers and staff should be equipped with a first aid kit and emergency accessories such as fire extinguisher and reflectors. 
    Page 88

    Adults in charge secure first aid kits and have girls in troop/group count off.
    Page 95

    Your troop’s certified first-aider would be a good person to help girls review safety rules, check out the first aid kit and practice simple first aid.
    Page 127

  • First Aid - In Emergencies

    All accidents/incidents requiring treatment beyond basic first aid must be reported to GSGATL’s Risk Management at 770-702-9167.
    Page 32

    Administer first aid as needed and per your training. 
    Page 89

    Give injured person(s) first aid and simultaneously have someone call a hospital, ambulance service or doctor. 
    Page 97

  • Donations

    DONATE TODAY to support your Girl Scout’s life-changing experience.
    Page 13

    Families are encouraged to make a donation to Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s Annual Fund, for the benefit of their daughter and all the girls we serve in the greater Atlanta area.! 
    Page 81

  • Drama

    Drama - The following chart shows some of the activities that are offered at each camp. Page 123

  • Drivers

    Every driver must be an approved adult* volunteer and have a good driving record, a valid license, and a registered/insured vehicle. Page 87-97

  • Dues and Money Earning

    Girl Scout troop, individual girl, and service unit projects should be funded through approved money-earning activities and dues. Page 109

  • Dues - Financial Assistance

    Financial aid is available to individual members who need assistance with annual membership dues, uniform components, Girl Scout program-level handbooks, and for some events or activities. Page 101

  • Dues - Girl Responsibility

    At the Daisy and Brownie level, girls may collect and record dues, but the troop volunteer handles money and keeps financial records; she or he does all troop budgeting, but explains the process to girls and gets their input on activities and purchases.
    Page 100

    The group volunteer handles money, keeps financial records, and shares some of the group-budgeting responsibilities.
    Page 110

    Girl collects dues, if brought to troop meetings; adds up total (with adult help if needed) and reports to rest of troop during business portion of troop meeting.
    Page 135

  • Dues - Membership

    Each member also agrees to follow safety guidelines and pay the annual membership dues of $15.
    Page 8

    All adult volunteers, except those adults serving as temporary advisors or consultants, must be registered members of the Girl Scout Movement and must pay the applicable membership dues on an annual basis and meet GSUSA membership requirements.
    Page 23

    Membership dues are non-refundable.
    Page 28

    The cost of membership, which includes annual GSUSA dues, optional uniforms, and any resources parents/ guardians will need to buy (such as a girl’s book for a Journey).
    Page 80

    A portion of the individual annual membership dues pays for supplementary insurance for the member only. 
    Page 91

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  • Dues - Online Payment

    eBiz is a web-based system hosted by GSUSA that allows for members to purchase their GSUSA membership online, register for events and enroll in GSGATL-sponsored learning opportunities. eBiz allows for fast, convenient, and real-time collection of member information and payment of registration dues. Page 81

  • Dues - Service Unit

    Service units may collect dues from girl members. Membership will not be denied based on an inability to pay service unit dues. 
    Page 38

    A girl will not be denied membership because her family is unable to pay service unit dues.
    Page 101

  • Dues - Troop

    Troops may collect dues from troop members. Membership will not be denied based on an inability to pay troop or group dues.
    Page 38

    Girl Scout groups are funded by a share of money earned through council-sponsored product program activities (such as Girl Scout cookie activities), group money-earning activities (council-approved, of course), and any dues your group may charge. 
    Page 98

    Dues typically range from $.50 to $2 per meeting.
    Page 99

    Troop business may include taking attendance, collecting dues, making announcements, and planning an upcoming event or trip.
    Page 133

  • Early Registration

    Girls are encouraged to register early to avoid the fall rush; the actual registration goes into effect on October 1. Page 80

  • East Region

    East Region: DeKalb, Forsyth, Gwinnett and North Fulton. Page 10

  • eBiz - Contact

    Online Registration Hotline/eBiz . . . . . 770-702-9650 or ebiz@gsgatl.org 
    Page ii

    eBiz is a web-based system hosted by GSUSA that allows for members to purchase their GSUSA membership online, register for events and enroll in GSGATL-sponsored learning opportunities. eBiz allows for fast, convenient, and real-time collection of member information and payment of registration dues. 
    Page 81

  • eBiz - Donating Through

    Give when you register for membership via eBiz!
    Page 13

    Members and troop leaders can “purchase” Annual Fund donations via the eBiz system.
    Page 81

  • eBiz - Events

    eBiz is a web-based system hosted by GSUSA that allows for members to purchase their GSUSA membership online, register for events and enroll in GSGATL-sponsored learning opportunities. Page 81

  • eBiz - Hotline

    Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has trained eBiz Hotline staff who are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to all things eBiz. Page 81

  • eBiz - Learning Opportunities

    eBiz is a web-based system hosted by GSUSA that allows for members to purchase their GSUSA membership online, register for events and enroll in GSGATL-sponsored learning opportunities. Page 81

  • eBiz - Membership Registration

    Ensuring all participants become registered members of Girl Scouts of the USA by paying annual membership dues using eBiz, a web-based online registration system hosted by GSUSA.
    Page 21

    eBiz is a web-based system hosted by GSUSA that allows for members to purchase their GSUSA membership online, register for events and enroll in GSGATL-sponsored learning opportunities.
    Page 81

  • eBiz - Troop Management

    Troop volunteers registered as “01” troop leaders (one per troop) have access to the eBiz Troop Management module, a system that allows them to register all members of their troop in one payment as well as update troop meeting details and member contact information. Page 81

  • Emails

    Girls can market cookies and other products by posting on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter or sending emails to friends, family members, and former customers, as long as they use a group email address, the account or address of a parent/guardian or adult volunteer, a blind email address (in which the recipients cannot see the sender’s email address), or the online email tools provided by council-sponsored vendors. 
    Page 104

    Girls are texting, calling, emailing, Tweeting, and Facebooking—and those are all effective ways that girls 13 and older can promote cookie and other product programs. 
    Page 106

    Girl Scout Daisies are allowed to send out emails only when working directly with an adult.
    Page 107

  • Emergencies

    Work with girls and other adults to establish and practice procedures for emergencies related to weather, fire, lost girls/adults, and site security. 
    Page 19

    Work with girls and other adults to establish and practice procedures for emergencies related to weather, fire, lost girls/adults, and site security.
    Page 85

    Be familiar enough with what to do in various emergencies (fire, severe storms, etc.) so you and the girls can act quickly and efficiently.
    Page 127

  • Emergencies - Emergency Care

    Seatbelts should be fastened — one person per seatbelt — unless being transported prone for emergency care.
    Page 89

    Girls need to receive proper instruction in how to care for themselves and others in emergencies. 
    Page 93

  • Emergencies - Emergency Care

    Seatbelts should be fastened — one person per seatbelt — unless being transported prone for emergency care.
    Page 89

    Girls need to receive proper instruction in how to care for themselves and others in emergencies. 
    Page 93

  • Emergencies - Emergency Contact Information

     Phone: 770-702-9100 or 800- 771-4046. After hours, please call: 888-644-0511. Page 97

  • Emergencies - Emergency Equipment

    Every vehicle used to transport campers and staff should be equipped with a first aid kit and emergency accessories such as fire extinguisher and reflectors. Page 88

  • Emergencies - Emergency Procedures

    Prior to any event or activity, review the emergency procedures and evacuation routes specific to activity site. 
    Page 95

    Give injured person(s) first aid and simultaneously have someone call a hospital, ambulance service or doctor. 
    Page 97

  • Emergency Preparedness

    Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta requires adult event planners/advisers to complete the Planning Events Beyond the Troop with Emergency Preparedness workshop for events involving more than one troop.
    Page 61

    The adult event director takes training called Planning Events Beyond the Troop with Emergency Preparedness. 
    Page 122

  • Emotional Abuse

    Physical, verbal, and emotional abuse of girls is also forbidden. 
    Page 19

    Any act of child abuse or neglect, including physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse or neglect by any volunteer, male or female, against any girl member, shall not be tolerated. Girl Scout volunteers are also responsible for protecting the well-being of girl members by reporting any witnessed or suspected abuse or neglect.
    Page 34

    Sexual advances, improper touching, and sexual activity of any kind with girl members are forbidden. Physical, verbal, and emotional abuse of girls is also forbidden. 
    Page 85

  • Equestrian Program - See also Horseback Riding

    Maintenance for Camp Facilities and Equestrian Programs.
    Page 13

    Both Misty Mountain and Meriwether offer horseback riding programs.
    Page 123

  • Events

    Girl-led Beyond the Troop Events include both multitroop events and events held on the service unit level, whether for Girl Scouts only, for Girl Scouts and a parent or family, or for the wider community. Page 121

  • Daisy -Trips

    Girl Scout Daisies, for example, can begin with a discovery walk.
    Page 112

    Girl Scout Daisies - Start out with short, local trips of several hours duration. 
    Page 116

  • Daisy - Troop

    Girl Scout Daisy, K–1, Minimum number of girls per troop is 8. Page 9

  • Daisy - Uniform

    Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies may wear the khaki and white uniform, or they may wear official Girl Scout uniform components for their program level, such as the Daisy or Brownie beanie, shirt, skirt, leggings or other official components. 
    Page 32

    Girl Scout Daisy Tunic & Vest.
    Page 63

  • Day Camp

    Day Camp is available for girls entering kindergarten and older. Page 124

  • Day Camp - Evaluations

     GSGATL conducts research and evaluation in many areas.  Page 14

  • Day Camp - Financial Assistance

    Financial aid is available to individual members who need assistance with annual membership dues, uniform components, Girl Scout program-level handbooks, and for some events or activities. Page 101

  • Day Trips

    When girls are ready — take progressively longer trips working up to full day trips. Page 116

  • Day Trips - Approval

    The troop leader is responsible for ensuring that all safety guidelines are followed for day trips taken by the troop, and that all accompanying adults are approved volunteers and registered members. Page 117

  • Day Trips - At Camp

    ALL adults participating in a camping trip, including day trips, must be at least 18 years old, must be registered members of the Girl Scout Movement, and must be approved volunteers with a criminal background check on record that dates back no further than three years. Page 130

  • Day Trips - Planning

    Trip Planning Matrix. Page 115

  • Debit Cards

    Use debit cards during the activity or trip. Page 98

  • Debt Collection

    When an adult in any volunteer position with GSGATL has a personal outstanding debt to GSGATL, GSGATL has the right, at its discretion, to remove the volunteer from her or his position and not reinstate the volunteer. Page 37

  • Decision Making

    In addition to giving girls an opportunity to earn money to fund their Girl Scouting goals, taking part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls five important skills that serve them throughout their lives: goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making, and business ethics.
    Page 51

    A Girl Scout who decides with her troop how to use troop proceeds grows her confidence to make decisions about spending baby-sitting money or being a leader to resist negative peer pressure. 
    Page 103

  • Destinations

    Destinations means travel!
    Page 59

    Girl Scout destinations: travel adventures, which range from two days to three weeks, are for individual Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors; they allow girls to travel across America and to the far corners of the Earth! 
    Page 113

  • Destinations - Financial Assistance

    Financial aid is available to individual members who need assistance with annual membership dues, uniform components, Girl Scout program-level handbooks, and for some events or activities. Page 101

  • Disabilities - See Special Needs

    As you think about where, when, and how often to meet with your group, you will find yourself considering the needs, resources, safety, and beliefs of all members and potential members. As you do this, include the special needs of any members who have disabilities, or whose parents or guardians have disabilities. Page 83

  • Disbanding a Troop

    When a troop splits or disbands, the girls discuss and agree about what to do with the troop funds. In no instance does the money become the property of an individual member or troop volunteer. 
    Page 38

    Unused Girl Scout money left in accounts when groups disband becomes the property of the council. 
    Page 98

    When a troop disbands, by rights the funds revert to GSGATL.
    Page 101

    If the service unit director cannot find leadership and decides to disband the troop, ideally troop funds will be used as planned by the girls in the troop prior to its disbanding. 
    Page 137

  • Discrepancies

    If there is a discrepancy with the troop/group funds: » The troop leader, assistant leader and adult treasurer will meet to determine the problem and resolve it. Page 100

  • Dismissal

    Providing false information on the application is grounds for automatic dismissal from participation as a GSGATL volunteer, regardless of the result of the criminal background search.
    Page 24

    In any organization, situations may arise which make it necessary to consider releasing an individual from their volunteer assignment. 
    Page 27

    Violation of these policies regarding alcohol and substance abuse will result in immediate disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
    Page 34

    When GSGATL in its discretion determines that it is reasonably necessary to safeguard girl members, GSGATL may notify the parents or guardians of all girl members of a troop regarding: (a) the status of a troop leader or volunteer or family member as a Registered Sex Offender; (b) the requirements of this Policy; and (c) the steps taken by GSGATL to comply with the policy (for instance, the dismissal of, or written notice as described above to, the Registered Sex Offender.)...



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  • Disqualification

    The criminal offenses that will generally disqualify a person from volunteer participation and the corresponding process used to determine disqualification are discussed below.  Page 25

  • Camping - Equipment

    When troops discover that they love camping and other outdoor adventures, it may become practical for them to own their own camping equipment.
    Page 128

    All remaining troop resources (camping equipment, books, or materials) should be either divided equally among the receiving troops (if girls are joining other troops) or given to the service unit director.
    Page 138

  • Camping - Family Camping

    It is not appropriate for males to sleep in the same tent or room with Girl Scouts in the troop setting. This does not apply to family camping.
    Page 118

    Over 40 events are held at council camps each year offering opportunities for troop/weekend camping; day outings and family camping experiences.
    Page 124

  • Camping - Financial Assistance

    Financial aid is available to individual members who need assistance with annual membership dues, uniform components, Girl Scout program-level handbooks, and for some events or activities. Page 101

  • Camping - Girl Readiness

    When is a girl ready for a day trip or one-night overnight at an indoor facility with kitchen and bathrooms? Page 125

  • Camping - Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace Principles for Girls » Know Before You Go (plan ahead and prepare) » Choose The Right Path » Trash Your Trash » Leave What You Find » Be Careful With Fire » Respect Wildlife » Be Kind To Other Visitors. Page 130

  • Camping - Minimum Impact

    Respect Wildlife – Quick movements and loud noises are stressful to animals.

  • amping - National Forests

    In addition to GSGATL’s five council camps, Girl Scouts may camp on other Girl Scout council campsites, or other youth agency camps; in state parks or national forests; or private campsites. 

  • Camping - Non-Council Campsites

    These sites must meet the guidelines for troop camping in the Safety Activity Checkpoints, located on our Web site, and be approved by the council. Page 125

  • Camping - Platform Tents

    Platform Tents. Page 125

  • Camping - Primitive

    Primitive Camping – pitch your own tent. Page 125

  • Camping - Private Campsites

    Troops that wish to camp on sites not operated by the council should fill out a Travel Approval Request Form and submit it to the council for approval at least one month prior to the requested date. Page 125

  • Camping - Refunds

     If you cancel at least thirty days in advance of your camp date, a portion of your fees will be refunded. Page 131

  • Camping - Reservations

    If a troop wishes to pre-visit a camp, a day-use area may be reserved through the camp registrar.
    Page 127

    Complete the troop camping reservation form on or after the following dates:
    Page 130

  • Camping - Resident Camp

    Resident Camp offers girls entering kindergarten (plus Mom) and older the opportunity to camp for two to fourteen days and nights (the average is six nights).  Page 123

  • Camping - Safety and Security

    Before going on any trip in the outdoors, become familiar with the security and safety guidelines in this manual, and, of course, in the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Page 127

  • Camping - State Parks

    In addition to GSGATL’s five council camps, Girl Scouts may camp on other Girl Scout council campsites, or other youth agency camps; in state parks or national forests; or private campsites. Page 125

  • Camping - Tag-Alongs

    No child under the age of 5 years old may attend as a tag-along on a camping trip. Page 118

  • Camping - Training

    Trained Troop camper present during the trip. Page 115

  • Camping - Troop Camper

    Trained Troop Camper* – Completes councilsponsored troop camping training, then trains girls and other adults and accompanies them to camp.  Page 133

  • Camping - Troop Camping

    Overnight troop (group) camping, often referred to as “weekend camping” in our council, is available for girls in kindergarten and older, and typically lasts over three consecutive days and two nights. Page 124

  • Camping - Weekend Camping

    Overnight troop (group) camping, often referred to as “weekend camping” in our council, is available for girls in kindergarten and older, and typically lasts over three consecutive days and two nights. Page 124

  • Camping - With Daisies

    Girl Scout Daisy camping experiences can include: » An overnight troop camping experience once the troop has completed a full year together and has successfully completed a variety of day trips. Page 125

  • Camping - With Males

    There are no rules that preclude a male adult, who is invited by the troop, from troop camping with Girl Scouts.  Page 118

  • Camporee

    A tea party for your service unit’s Daisy troops, a father-daughter dance for all Girl Scouts in your town, and an overnight service unit camporee are all examples of girl-led Beyond the Troop Events. Page 121

  • Canoeing

    Non-swimmers must be paired with an adult.
    Page 92

    Some activities are designated as high risk activities. 
    Page 114

    All of the camps offer the traditional camp experiences girls know and love, including archery, canoeing, arts and crafts and outdoor skills. In addition, several camps offer the following specialty activities.
    Page 123

  • Catalog

    Online Shopping - GSGATL is excited to offer online shopping through our Web site.  
    Page 11

    All GSGATL stores use the same refund policy: all merchandise that is in the current Girl Scout catalog can be exchanged or refunded within 60 days of purchase with the receipt, if tags and/or packing materials are still attached, and if the merchandise has not been used.
    Page 12

  • Caving

    Some activities are designated as high risk activities. Page 114

  • Celebrations

    This section gives you an overview of annual celebrations in the Girl Scout year, as well as other revered Girl Scout traditions. Page 59

  • Challenge Course

    Venue must be pre-approved by GSGATL.
    Page 92

    Some activities are designated as high risk activities. 
    Page 114

    All of the camps offer the traditional camp experiences girls know and love, including archery, canoeing, arts and crafts and outdoor skills. In addition, several camps offer the following specialty activities.
    Page 123

  • Chaperones

    Every chaperone must be at least 18 years old, must be a registered member of the Girl Scout Movement, and must be an approved volunteer with a criminal background check on record that dates back no further than three years. 
    Page 117

    Adult Chaperones and Drivers must: » be at least 18 years old, must be registered members of the Girl Scout Movement, and must be approved volunteers with a criminal background check on record that dates back no further than three years.
    Page 126

  • Chartered Vehicles

    If renting or chartering a vehicle for a trip, please allow at least two weeks for GSGATL approval. Page 88

  • Checking Account - See Also Bank Account

    Girl Scout troops and groups are encouraged to open a troop checking account when the amount of funds on hand reaches $100.00 or meets the minimum requirements of the chosen bank.Page 99

  • Child Abuse

    Child abuse consists of any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child’s physical or emotional health and development. 
    Page 34

    Volunteers are expected to establish a no-tolerance policy for abuse or bullying at troop meetings, events, or any Girl Scout activity. 
    Page 35

    GSGATL will release a volunteer who has been convicted of or pleads guilty or no contest to a charge of child abuse or neglect when GSGATL is aware of such conviction or charges. 
    Page 36

    Physical abuse is injury to a child under age 18 by a parent or caretaker which results in bruises, welts, fractures, burns, cuts or internal injuries.
    Page 78

  • Climbing

    Potentially uncontrolled free-falling (bungee jumping, hang gliding, parachuting, parasailing, and trampolining); creating extreme variations of approved activities (such as high-altitude climbing and aerial tricks on bicycles, skis, snowboards, skateboards, water-skis, and wakeboards); hunting; shooting a projectile at another person; riding all-terrain vehicles and motor bikes; and taking watercraft trips in Class V or higher.
    Page 92

    Some activities are designated as high risk activities.
    Page 114

  • Climbing Wall

    Thrill of high adventure: Misty Mountain, Meriwether, Pine Valley and Timber Ridge offer a variety of adventure challenges including climbing walls, ropes courses, and more. Page 123

  • Closing Ceremony

    Closing ceremonies finalize the meeting, with expectations for the next. A closing ceremony may be as simple as a hand squeeze while standing in a circle.
    Page 60

    The closing lets the girls know that the troop meeting is ending.
    Page 134

    Girl or small group chooses and/or leads the closing, which could be a Friendship Circle, goodbye song or activity, or the closing activity from the Journey Sample Session.
    Page 135

  • First Aid - Requirements

    First-aid/CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts’ requirements.
    Page 94

    First Aider* – Serves as the required adult first aider; is currently certified in first aid and CPR (or a doctor, nurse, paramedic, first responder, etc.) Training for this certification is available through GSGATL Volunteer Learning and Development.
    Page 133

  • First Aider

    A first-aider is an adult volunteer who has taken Girl Scout approved first-aid and CPR training that includes specific instructions for child CPR.
    Page 94

    Certified first aider present during the trip.
    Page 115

    An adult trained “Troop camper” and an adult trained and currently certified in first aid are required. 
    Page 125

    Your troop’s certified first-aider would be a good person to help girls review safety rules, check out the first aid kit and practice simple first aid.
    Page 127

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  • First Class

    The First Class Award existed for only two years, from 1938–1940, and was replaced in 1940 with The Curved Bar Award, the requirements for which were updated in 1947. Page 58

  • First Meeting

    When you first get together with girls (this meeting may also include parents/guardians, or you may decide to hold a separate meeting for the adults), you’ll want to get to know the girls, and give them a chance to get to know one another. 
    Page 16

    If you have a large support team, the first thing you’ll want to do is meet with this group and discuss what brought each of you to Girl Scouts, review your strengths and skills, and talk about how you would like to work together as a team. 
    Page 21

    The quiet sign can be extremely useful to you as a volunteer, so teach it to girls during your first meeting.
    Page 62

  • Fishing

    Some activities are designated as high risk activities: » Fishing (if in the water). Page 114

  • Fishing

    Some activities are designated as high risk activities: » Fishing (if in the water). Page 114

  • Flag Ceremonies

    Flag ceremonies can be part of any activity that honors the American flag, and are often used to open troop or service unit meetings, camporees and community events. Page 60

  • Flying Squirrel

    Flying Squirrel. Page 123

  • Food Allergies

    Common food allergies include dairy products, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and seafood. This means that, before serving any food (such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cookies, or chips), ask whether anyone is allergic to peanuts, dairy products, or wheat! 
    Page 91

    If girls choose to include snacks, guide them to consider the health of a potential snack, as well as possible food allergies.
    Page 134

  • Friends Asking Friends

    Friends Asking Friends is a fun and easy tool troops and service units can utilize to raise funds toward their Annual Fund goals. Page 13

  • Fundraising

    Fundraising refers to activities that raise funds for Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Page 40

  • Funds - See also Annual Fund - Adult Responsibility

    Adults who interact directly with girls or who handle troop/group funds must be at least 18 years old, must be registered members of the Girl Scout Movement, and must be an approved volunteer with a criminal background check on record that dates back no further than three years.
    Page 21

    Helping girls decide what they want to do, and coaching them as they earn and manage money to pursue their goals, is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).
    Page 98

    Identify two or more adults who will be responsible for the funds.
    Page 99

    Only approved volunteers may work directly with girls or handle troop or service unit funds. 
    Page 139

  • Funds - Disbanded Troop Funds

    If the service unit director cannot find leadership and decides to disband the troop, ideally troop funds will be used as planned by the girls in the troop prior to its disbanding. Page 137

  • Funds - Distribution

    Helping girls decide what they want to do, and coaching them as they earn and manage money to pursue their goals, is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). 
    Page 98

    The girls must be part of the decision on how to use or distribute the troop’s funds.
    Page 137

    They may either be used as planned before the new troop is formed, or be evenly distributed between the old and new troops, using a pro rata per girl share.
    Page138

  • Funds - Misappropriation

     Misappropriation of funds could result in legal action. Page 37

  • Funds - Personal

    Troop/group and personal funds must not be comingled. Page 99

  • Funds - Service Unit

    A volunteer may enter into an agreement on behalf of or between a troop and/or a service unit only within GSGATL Troop and Service Unit Money Management Guidelines found in Volunteer Essentials.
    Page 37

    Service team members may help organize troops, mentor new leaders, help girls plan service unit-wide events, track the training and recognitions of other volunteers in the service unit, manage service unit funds, set up a service unit Web site, chair the Annual Fund, the Cookie Program, or the Treats & Keeps Program. 
    Page 140

  • Funds - Troop/Group

    Troop treasuries may consist of funds from troop money-earning projects, dues, and donations. 
    Page 37

    To ensure council compliance with IRS regulations and to protect the council’s 501(c) (3) tax exempt status with the IRS, GSGATL does not allow troops or other pathways to create reserve funds or earmark funds or financial disbursement for individual girls.
    Page 44 

    Girl Scout groups are funded by a share of money earned through council-sponsored product program activities (such as Girl Scout cookie activities), group money-earning activities (council-approved, of course), and any dues your group may charge. 
    Page 98

    Group dues are the monies girls contribute to help fund their group’s activities or meeting needs. 
    Page 99-111

  • Funds - Unused

    Unused Girl Scout money left in accounts when groups disband becomes the property of the council. Prior to disbanding, the group may decide to donate any unused funds to a worthwhile organization, to another group, or for girl activities. Page 98 

  • Getaways

     Troop travel also includes national Getaways and international Jamborees, which range from two days to three weeks and are for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.  Page 113

  • event - Adult Supervision

    Girl Scouts’ adult-to-girl ratios show the minimum number of adults needed to supervise a specific number of girls. Page 18

  • Events - Contacts

    Events – General Information . . . . . . 770-702-9143. Page ii

  • Events - Council-Sponsored Events

    Councils may offer different experiences, based on availability of resources and partners in your area.
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    Over 40 events are held at council camps each year offering opportunities for troop/weekend camping; day outings and family camping experiences. 
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  • Events - Event Approval

    Any event that will last more than three consecutive days does not fall under these guidelines and requires contacting Risk Management for further direction prior to any planning or incurring any expenses. Page 122

  • Events - Event Volunteers

    There’s a good chance you’ve already logged on to watch Girl Scouting 101 or Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events, our self-paced, online orientations to Girl Scouting.
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    Volunteers for short-term or one-time events sponsored by GSGATL are considered temporary assistants and annual membership dues are optional. 
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  • Events - Money-Earning

    The following examples of money-earning projects from councils and USA Girl Scouts Overseas committees, give girls a way to build public speaking, financial literacy, marketing, and other skills. Page 108

  • Events - Outdoor Program Events

    Over 40 events are held at council camps each year offering opportunities for troop/weekend camping; day outings and family camping experiences. Page 124

  • Executive Board

    In the executive board system (also called a steering committee), one leadership team makes decisions for the entire troop. Page 134

  • Experts

    The Safety Activity Checkpoints for most activities require having an expert on hand to help girls learn an activity. 

  • Extended Overnight Trips

    Extended overnight trips (Juniors and older): Three or four nights camping or a stay in a hotel, motel, or hostel within the southeastern United States. Page 112

  • Extended Trip Insurance

    Extended Trip Insurance: Information about the plans for extended trips of three nights or more is automatically sent to troop leaders who have successfully begun the trip approval process. Page 93

  • Facebook

    When forming a troop/service unit Facebook, Twitter account, Web site or other form of social media you must have a GSGATL approved volunteer/adult member as part of your group and the group must follow the Computer/Online Use: Safety Activity Checkpoint.
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    Girls can market cookies and other products by posting on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter or sending emails to friends, family members, and former customers, as long as they use a group email address, the account or address of a parent/guardian or adult volunteer, a blind email address (in which the recipients cannot see the sender’s email address), or the online email tools provided by council-sponsored vendors.
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    Girls are texting, calling, emailing, Tweeting, and Facebooking—and those are all effective ways that girls 13 and older can promote cookie and other product programs. 
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  • Facilities - Camp

    Day camping is usually council sponsored or approved, with the council training the staff and approving the facilities and site.
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    Safety means helping girls be safe and secure and preventing accidents as they take part in activities or use facilities, supplies, equipment and tools.
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    Be sure to read the descriptions in Campsite 411 closely so you are sure that you are getting the type of facility you and the girls want or need.
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  • Facilities - For Events

    Are there adequate facilities for the audience?
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    Are there adequate facilities for the audience? 
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  • Facilities - For Males

    Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta does not allow boys over the age of 10 to participate in troop camping on GSGATL properties.  Page 118

  • Facilities - For Troop Meetings

    You might consider using meeting rooms at schools, libraries, houses or worship, community buildings, childcare facilities, and local businesses. Page 70

  • GSGATL

    For your protection, do NOT discuss the incident or give out information to anyone except the police or GSGATL leadership. Page 33

  • Fatalities

    Although you hope the worst never happens, you must observe GSGATL procedures for handling accidents and fatalities. Page 96

  • Fees

    New troops or groups may ask, but not require, parents to donate to a one-time startup fee when the troop begins meeting. 
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    Start-Up Fees are often collected by new troops to purchase the basic supplies they need to get started. Parents may be asked, but never required, to contribute up to $25 or make an in-kind donation (first aid supplies, for example) to the troop. 
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  • Fees - Assistance For

    Financial aid is available to individual members who need assistance with annual membership dues, uniform components, Girl Scout program-level handbooks, and for some events or activities. Page 101

  • Fees - Convenience

     Customers may incur a convenience fee for credit card usage and/or shipping charges for delivery of products. Page 106

  • Giant Swing

    Giant Swing. Page 123

  • Gifts

    Many employers offer matching gifts and volunteer service grant opportunities which could double or even triple your support. 
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    All other request or use of the form to solicit donations and in-kind gifts must be preapproved by Council.
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  • Girl-led

    At Girl Scouts, everything centers around the girl: activities are girl-led, which gives girls the opportunity to learn by doing in a cooperative learning environment.
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    Because Girl Scouting is girl-led, it’s important to give girls the chance to pick the Journey they want to do. 
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    All activities are girl-led.
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    Working in a partnership with girls so that their activities are girl-led, allow them to learn by doing, and allow for cooperative (group) learning; you’ll also partner with other volunteers and GSGATL staff for support and guidance.
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  • Curved Bar Award

    The First Class Award existed for only two years, from 1938–1940, and was replaced in 1940 with The Curved Bar Award, the requirements for which were updated in 1947. Page 58

  • Daisy

    After girls join, they team up in the following grade levels: » Girl Scout Daisy (grades K–1)
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    At the Girl Scout Daisy level (kindergarten and first grade), girls . . . This means . . . Have loads of energy and need to run, walk, and play outside. They’ll enjoy going on nature walks and outdoor scavenger hunts. 
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  • Daisy - Activities

    Use guidelines based on the program level of the youngest girl in the troop when considering troop activities. Page 92

  • Daisy - Adult Supervision

    Girl Scouts’ adult-to-girl ratios show the minimum number of adults needed to supervise a specific number of girls.  Page 18

  • Daisy - Camping

    Currently registered Girl Scout Daisy (see special note below), Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops trained and accompanied by an adult who has taken council approved outdoor training, (as detailed below) and an adult with a current First Aid/CPR certification are eligible to apply for overnight camping. Page 125

  • Daisy - Circle/Treehouse

    Daisy/Brownie Circle/Treehouse: While sitting in a circle (sometimes called a ring), girls create a formal group decision-making body. Page 134

  • Daisy - Daisy Pin

    Investiture-This ceremony welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Brownie Girl Scout, or Daisy Girl Scout pin and their World Trefoil pin at this time. Page 60

  • Daisy - Finances

    At the Daisy and Brownie level, girls may collect and record dues, but the troop volunteer handles money and keeps financial records; she or he does all troop budgeting, but explains the process to girls and gets their input on activities and purchases. 
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    The group volunteer handles money, keeps financial records, and does all group budgeting.
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  • Daisy - Journeys

    On this Journey, Girl Scout Daisies join the Flower Friends for a cross-country trip in their special flower-powered car. Page 47

  • Daisy - Petals and Leaves

    If you’re working with Girl Scout Daisies, please note that they earn Petals and Leaves (which form a flower) instead of badges.  Page 50

  • Camping

    Whether they spend an afternoon exploring a local hiking trail or a week at camp, being outside gives girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun in a whole new environment.
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    Some activities are designated as high risk activities. 
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    Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills and confidence, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. 
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  • Arts and Crafts

    All of the camps offer the traditional camp experiences girls know and love, including archery, canoeing, arts and crafts and outdoor skills. In addition, several camps offer the following specialty activities. Page 123

  • Arrests

    If there is an open warrant for the arrest of the applicant, or there is a pending charge with no disposition, that application cannot be approved and the volunteer cannot be placed until the situation has been satisfactorily resolved and the criminal background check report updated.
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    Arrests of current volunteers, and current volunteers who have pled guilty or no contest to certain crimes, or who have been placed on probation or deferred adjudication for crimes that are brought to GSGATL’s attention, will be handled in a similar manner to open warrants and pending charges for prospective volunteers.
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  • Girl-led - Business

    Did you know that the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country, with sales of more than $700 million per year for girls and their communities nationwide? Page 102

  • Girl-led - Camping

    As a troop or other pathway leader, you not only supervise activities yourself, you help the other adults accompanying you understand what supervision means when activities are girl-led. Page 126

  • Girl-led - Ceremonies

    Girl Scouts’ Own is a girl-led ceremony that allows girls to explore their feelings and beliefs around a topic (such as the importance of friendship or the personal meaning they get from the Girl Scout Promise and Law) using spoken word, favorite songs, poetry, or other methods of expression. It is never a religious ceremony. Page 60

  • Girl-led - Events

    Ideas for girl-led events with family, friends, and community experts are also available in the Leadership Journey adult guides! Page 61

  • Girl-led - Financial Planning

    One of your opportunities as a volunteer is to facilitate girl-led financial planning. Page 110

  • Girl-led - Travel

    One tool that will help you keep trips girl-led, is to start with simple, close-to-home trips. Page 116

  • Girl-led - Troop Government

    The following are some traditions troops have used for girl-led governance, but these are just examples. Page 134

  • Girls Scout Day

    There are also over twenty volunteer-run Girl Scout Day Camps in our council which are sponsored by local service units. Page 124

  • Girl Scout Law

    Girl Scout Promise On my honor, I will try: To serve God* and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
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    GSGATL is committed to an environment and climate in which relationships are characterized by dignity, respect, courtesy, and conduct that is in alignment with the principals of the Girl Scout Law. 
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    Girl Scouting guides girls to become leaders in their daily lives, their communities, and the world—helping them become the kind of person exemplified by the Girl Scout Law. 
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  • Girl Scout Law - My Promise, My Faith

    Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin.

  • Girl Scout Leadership Experience

    The Girl Scout program is based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), in which girls Discover themselves, Connect with others, and Take Action to make the world a better place—all within the safety of an all-girl environment where girls take the lead, learn by doing, and learn cooperatively. 
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    Understanding the Three Keys to Leadership that are the basis of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience: Discover, Connect, and Take Action.
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    The Girl Scout program—what girls do in Girl Scouting—is based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), a national model that helps girls become leaders in their own lives and as they grow. 
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    GSLE (Girl Scout Leadership Experience) is what girls do in Girl Scouting, how they do it, and how they will benefit from it.
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  • Girl Scout Leadership Experience - and Financial Literacy

    Helping girls decide what they want to do, and coaching them as they earn and manage money to pursue their goals, is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). Page 98

  • Girl Scout Leadership Experience and Travel

    To ensure that any travel you do with girls infuses the Girl Scout Leadership Experience at every opportunity, limit your role to facilitating the girls’ brainstorming and planning—but never doing the work for them. Page 113

  • Girl Scout Leadership Experience - Awards

    Like everything girls do in Girl Scouting, the steps to earning these awards are rooted in the GSLE. Page 58

  • Girl Scout Leadership Experience - National Program Portfolio

    We strongly recommend that each girl has her own books from the National Program Portfolio. Page 46

  • Girl Scout Leadership Experience - Three Keys to Leadership

    We have identified Three Keys to Leadership: girls discover themselves and their values; connect with others; and take action to make the world a better place.
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    And everything you do with girls in Girl Scouting is aimed at giving them the benefits of these Three Keys to Leadership. 
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  • Girl Scout Leadership Experience - Three Processes

    In keeping with the three processes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, be sure that: » All activities are girl-led. 
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    We call these three methods “processes.”
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  • Girl Scout Promise

    Girl Scout Promise On my honor, I will try: To serve God* and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
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    Your other responsibilities as a Girl Scout volunteer include: » Accepting the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
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    The Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law. 
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  • Girl Scout Promise - Ceremonies

    Ceremonies play an important part in our lives, from weddings to birthdays – and Girl Scouting is the same! Girl Scouts ceremonies are used not only to celebrate accomplishments, experience time-honored traditions, and reinforce the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, but also to encourage girls to take a short pause in their busy lives and connect with their fellow Girl Scouts in fun and meaningful ways.
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    Girl or small group chooses and/or leads opening activity, which might be a flag ceremony, a song or poem, the Girl Scout Promise and Law, or something created by the girls; it could also be the opening activity from the Journey Sample Session. 
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    Investiture is a traditional ceremony that welcomes girls and adults into Girl Scouting; each new member makes her Girl Scout Promise and is invested with the symbols of membership, the appropriate Girl Scout pin and the World Trefoil pin. Typically troops have their (girl-planned) Investiture Ceremony between the fourth and sixth meeting, but there’s no rule. 
    Page 139

  • Girl Scout Research Institute

    Since its founding in 2000, the Girl Scout Research Institute has become an internationally recognized center for research and public policy information on the development and well-being of girls. Not just Girl Scouts, but all girls.  
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    According to Feeling Safe: What Girls Say, a 2003 Girl Scout Research Institute study, girls are looking for groups that allow connection and a sense of close friendship.
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  • Girl Scout Sabbath

    Note that Girl Scout Week begins the Sunday on or before March 12 (a day known as “Girl Scout Sunday”) and extends through the Saturday following March 12 (a day known as “Girl Scout Sabbath”). Page 59

  • Girl Scout Sign

    Over time, any organization is going to develop a few common signals that everyone understands.
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    Shake left hands and give the Girl Scout Sign with your right hand. (The “left handshake” unites Guides and Girl Scouts in every WAGGGS member country.)
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  • Girl Scouts' Own

    Girl Scouts’ Own is a girl-led ceremony that allows girls to explore their feelings and beliefs around a topic (such as the importance of friendship or the personal meaning they get from the Girl Scout Promise and Law) using spoken word, favorite songs, poetry, or other methods of expression. Page 60

  • Girl Scout Sunday

     Note that Girl Scout Week begins the Sunday on or before March 12 (a day known as “Girl Scout Sunday”) and extends through the Saturday following March 12 (a day known as “Girl Scout Sabbath”). Page 59

  • Girl Scout Week

     Note that Girl Scout Week begins the Sunday on or before March 12 (a day known as “Girl Scout Sunday”) and extends through the Saturday following March 12 (a day known as “Girl Scout Sabbath”). Page 59

  • Global Girl Scouting

    Global Girl Scouting ensures that girls have increased awareness about the world, cross-cultural learning opportunities, and education on relevant global issues that may inspire them to take action to make the world a better place. Page 10

  • Global Girl Scouting

    Global Girl Scouting ensures that girls have increased awareness about the world, cross-cultural learning opportunities, and education on relevant global issues that may inspire them to take action to make the world a better place. Page 10

  • Goal Setting - Annual Fund

    The Annual Fund is essential to carrying out the mission of Girl Scouts. 
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    In order to meet Annual Fund goals, volunteers are encouraged to solicit donations from parents.
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  • Go-Carts

    Go-Carts - Restricted - Age 12 & above – must have prior written approval from GSGATL and parents. Page 92

  • Golden Eagle

    The first of these awards, in 1916, was the Golden Eagle of Merit. In 1919, the name changed to The Golden Eaglet, and in 1920, the requirements for The Golden Eaglet were updated. Page 58

  • Graphic Guidelines

    Every item bearing the Girl Scout name and service mark, including items for resale or non-resale* by councils, shall conform to the Girl Scout Graphic Guidelines, published by GSUSA.
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    Registered troop leaders may use Girl Scout graphic images provided by GSGATL in the annual Volunteer Marketing Toolkit for production print materials. 
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  • Group Funds

    Adults who interact directly with girls or who handle troop/group funds must be at least 18 years old, must be registered members of the Girl Scout Movement, and must be an approved volunteer with a criminal background check on record that dates back no further than three years.
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    Girl Scout groups are funded by a share of money earned through council-sponsored product program activities (such as Girl Scout cookie activities), group money-earning activities (council-approved, of course), and any dues your group may charge. 
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    If there is a discrepancy with the troop/group funds: » The troop leader, assistant leader and adult treasurer will meet to determine the problem and resolve it.
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  • Group Sizes

    It is recommended that group sizes, when possible, are as follows: » Girl Scout Daisies: 5–12 girls » Girl Scout Brownies: 10–20 girls » Girl Scout Juniors: 10–25 girls » Girl Scout Cadettes: 5–25 girls » Girl Scout Seniors: 5–30 girls » Girl Scout Ambassadors: 5–30 girls. Page 18

  • Camping - Adult Supervision

    Girl Scouts’ adult-to-girl ratios show the minimum number of adults needed to supervise a specific number of girls. 
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    Arrange for proper adult supervision of girls. 
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    For events, travel, and camping trips, two unrelated female adults who do not live in the same household must be present at all times.
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     Your group must have at least two unrelated, approved adult volunteers present at all times, plus additional adult volunteers as necessary, depending on the size of the group and the ages and abilities of girls. 
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    ALL adults participating in a camping trip, including day trips, must be at least 18 years old, must be registered members of the Girl Scout Movement, and must be approved volunteers with a criminal background check on record that dates back no further than three years....



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  • Camping - Age Guidelines

    When girls (14 years old and older) show an interest in traveling abroad, contact GSGATL to get permission to plan the trip and download the Global Travel Toolkit. 
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    If girls are not able to choose the what/when/where/who and how of a trip, it may not be age-appropriate!
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  • Camping - Approval

    All adults traveling with the troop are at least 18 years old, are registered members of the Girl Scout Movement, and are approved volunteers with a criminal background check on record that dates back no further than three years. Page 115

  • Camping - Cabins

    Cabins with full Kitchens or Cabins with partial kitchens. Page 125

  • Camping - Camping Events

    Over 40 events are held at council camps each year offering opportunities for troop/weekend camping; day outings and family camping experiences. Page 124

  • Camping - Camping Pathway

    In an effort to make the Troop Pathway to Girl Scouts fun for girls, easier for leaders, and still meet the goals set by Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has established a minimum troop size for new troops by program level. 
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    If you find that a troop isn’t available for these girls, work with your membership specialist to find other options—camp, series, event, and travel pathways for example!
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  • Camping - Camp Ranger

    A responsible adult will serve as check-in person to account for the presence of all participants at the safe area. At council camps, this person is the camp ranger.
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    If you find you must cancel during the week you are scheduled to camp, call the camp’s ranger directly.
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  • Camping - Campsite 411

    Campsite 411 can be found on the council Web site.  Be sure to read the descriptions in Campsite 411 closely so you are sure that you are getting the type of facility you and the girls want or need. Page 128

  • Camping - Council Properties

    The possession of firearms at any Girl Scout event on council property will be grounds for dismissal.
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    54% is returned to leaders and girls in program opportunities, maintenance of 5 camp properties covering 2400 acres, insurance, program supplies, financial assistance, training, background checks, regional service centers and Girl Scout Badge & Sash Stores, $52,000 in scholarships for higher education and the Web site for up-to-date events, information and training and other business operations.
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    Resident camping is available at five of our council’s camps: Pine Valley, Pine Acres, Timber Ridge, Meriwether and Misty Mountain.
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    Each camp has sites (units) for beginning and intermediate campers as well as advanced campers. 
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  • Camping - Day Camp

    Day Camp is available for girls entering kindergarten and older. Page 124

  • Camping - Discounts

    Girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program receive a discounted rate for attending one of our council resident camps. Page 123

  • Camping - Emergencies

    All accidents/incidents requiring treatment beyond basic first aid must be reported to GSGATL’s Risk Management at 770-702-9167.
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    Prior to any event or activity, review the emergency procedures and evacuation routes specific to activity site. 
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    Follow these procedures when emergency response or immediate action by authorities is required.
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    Know the emergency procedures for the site.
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