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As a Girl Scout volunteer, you'll add meaningful days to girls' lives and to your own. Whether you choose to work directly or indirectly with girls on a short-term or long-term basis, there are many flexible ways to volunteer. Girl Scout involvement is what you make it. Interested in science? Know a thing or two about camping? Can you share your professional expertise? Want to help girls build self-esteem? You can spend an hour, a day, or more volunteering for Girl Scouts. Whatever you choose, the time commitment is totally up to you, and you'll be making a lasting impact on the lives of young girls. We'll give you the information and support you need. And you'll have lots of fun doing it!
Since 1912, Girl Scouts has built girls of "courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place." Girl Scout volunteers are a diverse group of women and men whose expertise, skills, interests, and life experiences nurture each girl's individuality and leadership qualities.
All adults, age 18 and over- men and women, young adults and senior citizens, Girl Scout alumnae and those new to the program-can be successful volunteers who make a true impact on the lives of girls in Northern New Jersey. Flexible ways to volunteer include:
Troops: Want to participate in exciting activities with a small group of girls? You'll share so much as the girls in your troop earn awards and badges, go on field trips, and learn from community leaders and experts on issues important to your community. Troops frequently meet for 1 – 2 hours every week or every other week. Troop volunteers include
· Leaders or assistant leaders
· Troop committee members who assist the leaders, such as by driving on trips
Events: Have high energy but limited availability? Choose your favorite topics, and help girls unleash their potential. You'll interact with girls, excite their passions, and help them become their best selves, usually at one day events or on a short term basis.
Series: Have a particular skill or talent? Looking for a chance to work with girls without a long-term commitment? Then come share your passion with a focused group of girls. Series often meet for several meetings, such as 4 - 6 weeks, while the girls focus on a specific skill, such as cooking or sports.
Camp and Outdoor Skills: Explore the great outdoors with a group of like-minded girls and encourage tomorrow's outdoor enthusiasts. Share your love of the outdoors with both girls and adults.
Travel: Expand girls' horizons. Explore the world—or at least your corner of it—with a group of girls who need your help planning a trip, earning money, and preparing themselves for the adventures of travel.
Learning Facilitator or Workshop Presenter: Become a learning facilitator or workshop presenter to give adult volunteers the tools they need to lead a troop. Courses could range from leader training to outdoor skills, from girls' badge programs to personal development. You may have presentation skills and an area of interest to share.
American Red Cross Instructor: Are you a certified American Red Cross instructor? Deliver courses for adult volunteers to ensure a safe environment for Girl Scouts.
Fund Raiser: Participate in a fund raising committee and take part in the planning and implementation of an event. Volunteer for Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey's Women of Achievement event or Eco Trek: Live Healthy, Go Green program. Pitch in at a variety of events, both behind-the-scenes and at the events!
Translator: Assist with the translation of telephone calls, trainings, flyers, and posters in Spanish. Help Girl Scouts reach out to Hispanic communities.
First Aider: Become American Red Cross certified in First Aid/CPR/AED and provide the safety needed for troop outings and Council programs. We have Red Cross certification classes available.
Board Member: Volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors to set policies for the Council. Meetings and committees would be required.
Share your computer experience by helping with data entry, research and sharing your computer knowledge with girls in a troop. Volunteering would be periodic.
Office Assistance: Come into the council office and make new friends as you assist the staff with general office work. No experience is necessary. Volunteering would be periodic.
Graphic Design or Art: Share your knowledge with girls as they complete requirements to earn badges or help design recruitment resources and store displays. This is a great way to build your skills and introduce girls to the world of art.
Photographer: Capture the images of Girl Scouting on camera for nostalgia and use in council publications. If you have advanced experience, you can teach the art of photography to girls and adults!
Maintenance Skills: Help with general seasonal maintenance and clean up of the Council or Camp. But if you have professional skills (ex. carpentry, electrician, or plumbing etc.) we have volunteer opportunities available for you too. You can assist with periodic building or camp maintenance or share your skills to help enhance a girl's experience in Girl Scouting.
At Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, all adult volunteers must register as an adult member with a $12 membership fee, and complete a volunteer application and background check. A GSNNJ staff member or volunteer will discuss your interests and appoint you to a volunteer position.
For some positions, such as troop leader and series volunteer, participation in training courses is also required. The courses are offered throughout the year at various locations.