FAQs for parents and volunteers
Across Kansas, staff members and volunteers have been working hard, preparing new volunteers to work with girls, and getting excited Girl Scouts placed in troops or pathways! We know that many volunteers also receive questions in your communities from individuals interested in Girl Scouts. To help answer questions for those girls and adults waiting to be placed, you can direct people to our FAQ pages for parents and for volunteers. Here are a few questions - and answers - that come up often!
To Troop or Not to Troop?
- We have more than 600 troops in our council each year that are staffed solely by volunteers who are screened, selected and placed where they are most needed. At a minimum, even small troops must have two approved Girl Scout volunteers.
- We sometimes do not have the needed volunteers to start new troops at the beginning of the school year. Although we recruit year-round, many volunteers are being recruited at the same time girls are joining and we need time to properly screen and place them.
- We cannot guarantee your daughter will be placed in a troop immediately. It will depend on whether we have existing troops already established and/or troop volunteers ready to start a new troop.
- Troops are just one Girl Scout Pathway - ways that girls can participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girl Scouts who are not placed in a troop right away can still participate in Girl Scout activities while new troops are being established.
- Learn more about how girls can participate as individual Girl Scout members here.
What is the difference between the application and the membership registration?
- The volunteer application, which also includes authorization for a criminal background check is the first step to becoming a volunteer. Submitting the application online will help GSKH staff and volunteers place new volunteers as quickly as possible, but new volunteers cannot meet with girls until GSKH has approved the application. All applications expire after 3 years. Volunteers must submit a new application 3 years from original application date. Read more about our background check and screening procedures here.
- Every participant (girl or adult) in Girl Scouting must register and become a member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). GSUSA membership dues are valid for one year. Membership dues (currently $15) are sent by the council to GSUSA; no portion of the dues stays with the council. Membership dues may not be transferred to another member and are not refundable. Every registered Girl Scout and registered adult member in the Girl Scout movement is automatically covered under the basic Girl Scout Activity Insurance plan upon registration. This insurance provides up to a specified maximum for medical expenses incurred as a result of an accident while a member is participating in an approved, supervised Girl Scout activity, after the individual's primary insurance pays out. Complete your online membership registration here.
The latest from your Council Shop
All Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland shops will be open on Saturday, November 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Additionally, the Wichita shop is open every Monday until 6 p.m. Hays, Salina, Emporia, and Garden City are open the last Monday of the month until 7 p.m.
Girl Scout cookie credits expire on December 15th. Shop early and avoid the crowd!
Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Girl Scouts, are you making a difference through volunteering? If so, Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) wants to recognize you! You could win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. in May. To learn more about application requirements and details, you may go, here.
Application deadline is November 5, 2013.