This page lists all the informational articles on this website—from how-to’s to overviews, these detailed guides will help you get the job done right!
- Adult Uniform Guide
This article details key pins, insignias, and their placement on the adult Girl Scout uniform.
- All About Juliette Girl Scouting
This article outlines how Juliettes can participate in a way that fits their schedule and choose activities that meet their needs and interests.
- Ambassador Uniform Guide
This article for Ambassador-level troop leaders explains key patches, pins, insignia, and their placement on the Ambassador uniform.
- Automated Clearing House (ACH) FAQs – These frequently asked questions will help you understand situations that require a withdrawal or credit to troop bank accounts.
- Being Inclusive
This article for all volunteers discusses how you can ensure Girl Scouts is inclusive and welcoming for all girls.
- Brand Communication Resources
This article for service unit communications representatives and any other volunteers looking Girl Scout brand resources, you’ll find our Girl Scouts River Valleys style guide, photo permission forms for volunteers to use, Girl Scout logos, trefoils, and profiles images, as well as Girl Scout powerpoint templates.
- Brownie Behaviors and Group Dynamics
This article for troop leaders discusses the typical behaviors of Girl Scout Brownies (grades 2-3).
- Brownie Uniform Guide
This article for Brownie-level troop leaders explains key patches, pins, insignia, and their placement on the Brownie uniform.
- Cadette Uniform Guide
This article for Cadette-level troop leaders explains key patches, pins, insignia, and their placement on the Cadette uniform.
- Ceremonies, Traditions, and Celebrations
This article for troop leaders explains some of the ceremonies, traditions, and celebrations that Girl Scouts can participate in such as bridging and Court of Awards.
- NEW – Contactless Cookie Payment Options
In this article we expand on approved contactless payment options for troops to use when collecting monies owed from families for sold cookies. Troops can decide which one works best for their troop and families.
- Cookie Cupboards
During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, we open our cookie cupboards to all Girl Scouts River Valleys’ troops participating in the cookie sale to replenish your troop’s inventory.
- Cookie Cupboard FAQs
In this article we answer a list commonly asked questions related to cookie cupboards and planned orders.
- Cookie Booth Sales
This article provides resources and guides to assist volunteers and girls with the Cookie Booth Sale.
- Cookie Press
Read The Cookie Press blog for up-to-date information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program including cookie booths, training, initial orders, rewards, Smart Cookies and more.
- Cookie Rally Guide
This article provides a guide for planning a cookie rally.
- Cookie Swap Instructions
This article will guide you through arranging a cookie swap between troops.
- Counterfeit Money Tips
These tips provide information on what to do if you or your troop encounter counterfeit money, and to what to look for when receiving cash.
- Creating a Positive Atmosphere
These tips will help troop leaders develop a positive atmosphere at troop meetings and in activities.
- Daisy Behaviors and Group Dynamics
This article for troop leaders discusses the typical behaviors of Girl Scout Daisies (grades k-1).
- Daisy Uniform Guide
This article for Daisy-level troop leaders explains key patches, pins, insignia, and their placement on the Daisy uniform.
- Earning and Managing Troop Money
This article for troop leaders and troop account signers outlines how to earn and manage troop money.
- Electronic Program Credit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
This article for troops who have earned program credits through participation in Girl Scout River Valleys Fall Snacks & Magazines and/or Cookie Programs.
- Electing Service Unit Delegates and Delegate Alternates
This article for service unit managers and other involved volunteers outlines tips for electing the right representative for your service unit.
- Facilitating a New Troop Leader Orientation
This article for service unit volunteers lists resources for you to present enrichments at leader meetings to educate, inform, and support your team and leaders.
- Facilitating Service Unit Enrichments
This article for troop mentors explains the core concepts that they should cover in any new leader orientation.
- Facilitating Successful Troop Training
This article provides leaders and volunteers with tools to facilitate a successful troops training to prepare new leaders for their upcoming Girl Scout year.
- Family Connection Guide
This resource for volunteers is a family’s guide to getting the most out of this year in Girl Scouts.
- Family Giving Resources
This article for service unit Family Giving coordinators lists all the accompanying resources referenced in the Family Giving Toolkit.
- Girl Rewards Flyer
This article allows volunteers to view and download the Cookie Program Girl Rewards Flyer.
- Health, Safety, and Using Safety-Wise
These resources will help you understand your responsibilities as a volunteer in this regard. Resources include Safety Activity Checkpoints, health forms, first aid, insurance enrollment, crises, accidents, incidents, and claims.
- How Cookie Money Works
This article for troop leaders, cookie managers and families outlines how cookie money works throughout the cookie program including a timeline and tips for handling money.
- How Girl Scouts Works
In this article, you will learn about the basics of Girl Scouts, resources, responsibilities, and expectations.
- How to Renew Your Service Unit Role
Service unit volunteers can use these step-by-step instructions to manage their volunteer roles and membership.
- How to Renew Your Troop
Troop leaders can use these step-by-step instructions to renew their existing troop online, add new troop members, and update troop information.
- Initial Cookie Order
This article is where cookie volunteers can learn more about initial cookie orders and mini and mega drop cookie deliveries.
- Introduction to Rallyhood
In this article, you will learn about the all-in-one platform for Girl Scout communication and collaboration.
- Inviting and Welcoming New Girls to Your Troop
These tips will help troop leaders invite new girls to their troop, make new Girl Scouts feel welcome, and engage their existing troop in the process.
- Junior Behaviors and Group Dynamics
This article for troop leaders discusses the typical behaviors of Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4–5).
- Junior Uniform Guide
This article for Junior-level troop leaders explains key patches, pins, insignia, and their placement on the Junior uniform.
- Letting Girls Take the Lead
Troop leaders can use these tips to incorporate the girl-led model at every grade level.
- Managing Service Unit Money
This article for service unit treasurers and managers lists all the accompanying resources referenced in the Service Unit Finance Packet.
- Mission, Promise, and Law
This article outlines the Girl Scout mission, Promise, and Law, and how to use them in your Girl Scout life.
- Opening a Troop Bank Account
This article for troop leaders covers using the Troop Finance Packet (includes best Practices, Troop Finance Tracker, Girl Scouts River Valleys W9 Form, and Wells Fargo Letter of Authorization) to open a checking account at Wells Fargo (or other bank) as part of the finance management process.
- Outdoor Champion Training Resources
Outdoor Champion volunteers can use these training guides to teach volunteers the outdoor skills they need or to keep their own outdoor skills up to date.
- Planning Service Unit Events
This article for event coordinators or other involved volunteers outlines how to plan and get approval for service unit events.
- Prevent and Handle Troop Conflict
This article for troop leaders covers common challenges and gives common solutions for handling conflicts within troops.
- Recruitment Event Planning and Resources
This article for recruiters outlines the two types of events that are central to the recruitment season: back-to-school recruitment tables and troop formation rallies.
- Resources for Promoting Camp
This article for service unit managers and other involved volunteers lists available promotional resources for camp and how to use them.
- Senior Uniform Guide
This article for Senior-level troop leaders explains key patches, pins, insignia, and their placement on the Senior uniform.
- Service Unit Cookie Manager Resources
This article for service unit cookie managers lists all the accompanying resources referenced in their guidebook.
- Service Unit Fall Product Manager Resources
This article for service unit fall product managers lists all the accompanying resources referenced in their guidebook.
- Smart Cookies Guide
This article for cookie managers provides step-by-step guides to help navigate the Smart Cookies online platform.
- Trip/Travel Progression and Planning
We know planning trips can be a lot of work, so we’ve created this article just for troop leaders which outlines travel progressions, planning resources, and exciting travel opportunities for your troop or individual Girl Scout.
- Transitioning to a New Grade Level
This article for troop leaders explains how to make the bridging transition smooth and special.
- Troop Cookie Manager Resources
This article for troop cookie managers lists all the accompanying resources referenced in their guidebook.
- Troop Fall Product Manager Resources
This article for troop fall product managers lists all the accompanying resources referenced in their guidebook.
- Troop Family Meeting One: Kick Off the Year
We have advice and resources in this article for troop leaders to plan their first family meeting (the beginning of the Girl Scout year) to guide families with gusto!
- Troop Family Meeting Two: Cookies
We have advice and resources in this article for troop leaders to plan their cookie-related family meeting (generally held in December) that’ll serve as a kick-off the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
- Troop Government
Troop government is an easy, structured way for girls to govern and manage their Girl Scout troop decisions and discussions. Troop leaders can use this guide to learn how to implement troop government and help girls take the lead.
- Understanding Parliamentary Procedures
This article for delegates and alternates outlines the common motion and secondary motion procedures used at business meetings—specifically at the Annual Meeting.
- Using Looker
This article for service unit volunteers discusses how to access and navigate Looker, an online tool that core service unit volunteers can use to access real time membership data for their service unit.
- Using Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)
This article for troop leaders discusses how to get the most out of the Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), a digital troop management tool.
- Volunteer Discount Programs
We’re happy to offer all Girl Scouts River Valleys volunteers special access to discounted prices on fabric and craft supplies at JOANN.
- Volunteer Recognition Awards
This article is for volunteers looking for ways to recognize other volunteers and say thank you.