Volunteer Invite-a-Friend FAQs
What do Girl Scouts need more than Thin Mints? MORE TROOP LEADERS!!!! Through the Volunteer Invite-A-Friend Offer, we look forward to motivating and supporting you as you recruit one or more volunteers who are ready to accept the challenge of being kindergarten to fifth grade troop leaders and assistant troop leaders.
Once you share all of your amazing Girl Scout experiences, your friend will appreciate your support as he or she works to create an exciting Girl Scout journey.
Read on to get answers to all of your questions about the Volunteer Invite-A-Friend Offer.
Need a refresher course on the basics of the offer? Look ahead for the main points…
Who is eligible to recruit new volunteers through the Volunteer Invite-A-Friend Offer?
All currently registered adult volunteers, including troop leaders (01), assistant troop leaders (02), service team members, and adult learning facilitators are eligible to recruit new volunteers and receive the $50 gift code.
Who is eligible for recruitment through the Volunteer Invite-A-Friend Offer?
We are looking for any enthusiastic adults who would be great cheerleaders, guides, and mentors to help our kindergarten to fifth grade Girl Scouts build courage, confidence, and character.
This offer focuses on successfully inviting adults to become registered troop leaders (01) or assistant troop leaders (02) for kindergarten to fifth grade troops. Current troop volunteers are eligible, provided they are not already coded as an 01 or 02. Those who are currently involved in the volunteer approval process are not eligible for the Volunteer-Invite-a-Friend Offer.
What will I receive for participating in the Invite-a-Friend?
Through this offer, the recruiter (current volunteer) will receive a $50 gift code to use on anything you choose at the GSUSA National Online Store. A resource pack including a Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting, Adult Journey Guide, Girl Journey Book, and Badge Set will be shipped directly to the new volunteer. The recruiter will receive a $50 gift code for each new volunteer he/she recruits.
How do I submit information once I’ve recruited someone?
Revisit the email from Lee Morriss sent on Thursday, October 17. Click on the “Invite a friend today!” graphic (or “short form” link) to enter information about you and your recruited volunteer. Make sure you have your recruited volunteer’s email address, mailing address, phone number, and resource pack preferences—including the Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting level (Daisy, Brownie, or Junior) and Journey Resource Set (It’s your planet, love it! It’s your world, change it! Or It’s your story, tell it!) to complete the survey. If they are still working on the volunteer approval process, complete the survey by answering “no” to the questions regarding the registration, application, and background check. Within a week, you should receive an online discount code. New volunteers will receive their resource packs as they progress through the volunteer application process.
When will this offer end?
This offer will run through November 20th. The required steps for new volunteer appointment (application, background check, Adult Learning, GSUSA membership) must be completed by November 30.
Why are we participating in this offer?
We have teamed up with GSUSA to test whether offering incentives encourages volunteerism. Because GSUSA is fulfilling the discount codes and resource packs, our council has nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain. Imagine how many more girls we could serve with 100, 200, or even 500 additional troop leaders and assistant troop leaders! For every new troop leader (01) or assistant troop leader (02) you recruit, a troop is able to engage and serve more girls.
Will this be offered again next year?
Because this is a pilot program, there is a possibility that it could be offered again perhaps at another
time during the year, depending on its success.
Who can I invite?
Wondering if you or your volunteer is eligible to qualify for the Volunteer Invite-a-Friend offer? Read below to find out!
Do you have to be a troop leader or assistant troop leader to participate in the Volunteer Invite-a-Friend offer and receive the $50.00 gift code?
No. Any currently registered volunteer, including troop leaders, assistant troop leaders, adult learning facilitators, and service team members are eligible to participate in the Volunteer Invite-a-Friend offer and receive the $50 gift code.
If a parent is already a registered volunteer, will we be eligible for the offer if they become an 01 or 02?
If a parent is a registered volunteer, but has not completed the volunteer application process to become a troop leader (01) nor an assistant troop leader (02) then they are eligible for the offer. Having an additional troop leader (01) or assistant troop leader (02) in your troop will allow you to serve more girls.
Are current volunteers who serve as assistant troop leaders (02) and upgrade to a troop leader (01) eligible for the offer?
No. Because our goal is to increase the number of girls we are able to serve, upgrading to a troop leader (01) would not qualify.
What about volunteers from multi-level troops? How will they fit in to this?
New troop leaders (01) and assistant troop leaders (02) recruited through this offer will be eligible if they serve multi-level troops where the majority of girls are in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Can former leaders return through this offer?
Leaders from the 2011/2012 year or earlier (who were not leaders in 2012/2013) may be recruited through the Invite-a-Friend offer. They will earn the free resources and the recruiter will earn the $50 gift code.
Volunteer Approval Process
Looking for answers about the volunteer process? Look no further….
What is required of a troop leader (01) or assistant troop leader (02) Volunteer Position?
Troop Leaders (01 position code) are required to:
Complete a Volunteer Application, have a cleared background check on file, and complete the two initial volunteer learning courses, Girl Scouting 101 and Mountains to Midlands 101.
Assistant Troop Leaders (02 position code) are required to:
Complete the Volunteer Application, have a cleared background check on file, and complete Girl Scouting 101 as their adult learning course.
How do interested adults start the volunteer approval process?
Interested adults should begin the online application at www.gssc-mm.org/ApplyNow .
When/how will new volunteers complete their membership form?
Once new volunteers have been assigned to a troop, they will print and complete the membership form from our website and return it, along with the $15 membership dues, to the Service Unit Registrar, Community Development Manager, or local Service Center.
When will the new volunteers be trained?
Volunteers can complete Girl Scouting 101 online, 24/7, or at one of our already scheduled Girl Scouting 101 Live sessions. In addition to the already scheduled Mountains to Midlands 101 sessions, we will be adding additional sessions as needed to accommodate the additional volunteers generated through this offer. Watch the Adult Learning Calendar at www.gssc-mm.org for the sessions nearby.
Will the volunteer approval process have to be completed for me to get my $50 gift code?
The steps of the volunteer process (application, background check, training, and membership) must be completed by November 30th.
Gift Code Fulfillment
Ready to go shopping? Read below for details about your gift code…
How can the $50 gift code be redeemed?
Volunteers can use the $50 gift code on any merchandise at GSUSA’s National Online Store (http://www.girlscoutshop.com/).
Can the gift code be redeemed in my local GirlzGear shop?
No. Money can only be spent at the GSUSA National Online Store at http://www.girlscoutshop.com/.
Can I redeem my gift code on an order over $50?
Yes, but your gift code will only cover the first $50 of your order in the online store.
For questions not answered here, please contact your Community Development Manager or Mandy Kinlaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.