Girl Scout troops/groups and service units may create a website or
use social media to promote or communicate with members. When forming
a troop/service unit Facebook, Twitter account, website or other form
of social media you must have a GSKSMO registered adult member
managing the account / content for the page.
troops/groups and service units using social media as an activity with
girls must meet the age requirement established by social media
channels. Leaders must first obtain caregiver permission and obtain a
signed photo release form before proceeding with the activity.
Safety Activity Checkpoint -
Photo Release Form
When representing Girl Scouts on social media channels
make safety a priority. Make sure the privacy standards settings
ensure the safety of girls. Practice diligence to ensure that groups
you are joining or linking to have standards consistent with Girl
Scouts. And make sure the messages you post do not conflict with Girl
Scouts positions. Talk with your membership manager if you are unsure
of what to say on a particular topic. Use good judgment and common
sense - do not write or post anything that would embarrass or upset
Girl Scout members and volunteers, or reflect badly on our
Treat others as you want to be treated; do
not use the internet to attack or abuse any group, race, gender,
religion, political group. Careful monitoring of social media is
important in maintaining a positive image of Girl Scouting. Remember
that what you post online will be around for a long time, and remember
that when you release something on-line, that's it can be released for
the world to see. Use discretion and think twice before you post
something. Respect others privacy and your own personal boundaries by
using discretion when posting photos, comments, etc. When possible,
please share articles/events from the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas &
NW Missouri website and social media sites.
Setting Up Your Site
- If you are setting up a Facebook page for your service unit or
troop, the page name should be GSKSMO SU #____________ or Troop
- You should set the privacy settings to
“friends only” or have a password protected site. This way people
must request to be your friend or have a secure sign-in.
sure to review the Safety Activity Checkpoint – Computer Online
- Have signed permission forms in hand before posting photos
- Do not tag or attach full names of girls to photos and never
post private information about girls including address, phone or
- Review graphic guidelines for use of the
- Don't violate copyright law by using designs,
text from magazines or books, poetry, music, lyrics, videos,
graphics or trademarked symbols without specific permission from the
copyright or trademark.
- And last but not least, like us on
Facebook, follow us on Twitter and send us your
photos/updates to spotlight.
We want to work in partnership with our service units and
troops when it comes to bringing awareness to Girl Scouts. Should you
be contacted by a reporter through your website or social media site,
please contact Gina Garvin at (816) 759-3046 or by
email. You may not contact the following media outlets without
first contacting us: all television stations, Kansas City Star, St.
Joseph News Press and the Topeka Capitol Journal. More than likely, we
proceed on the great story but we want to promote together and build
awareness for your great news. In working with other media partners,
please use Girl Scout/council messaging and notify us so we may
promote your good news on our council social media sites.