Welcome and thank you, service unit manager and team,
On behalf of Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri, we would like to say thank you again for taking on your position. As a volunteer leader for your service unit, you have been appointed to your position because you have the leadership qualities we seek and a particular interest and commitment to the Girl Scout mission.
You are an invaluable extension of Girl Scouts, and we thank you for generously giving your time to help make the world a better place for girls. Your commitment to serving girls and adult volunteers as a service unit team member enables troops to succeed and girls to experience a lifetime of leadership. Without you, none of this would be possible. Ultimately, we hope this experience will be as rewarding for you as it is for the volunteers and girls we serve.
We understand and appreciate that this role you have taken on can be both rewarding and overwhelming, empowering and tiring, inspiring and challenging. We are so thankful for your commitment to Girl Scouts and hope that this space will provide the resources you need to continue to be successful. With the combined efforts of your council support staff, fellow service unit team members, and other volunteers with whom you work, you will make Girl Scouting a positive, enriching experience.
Thank you again for all that you do.
Volunteer Support Team
A Girl Scout service unit is a community of girls and volunteers grouped together within a defined geographic area. The Service Unit Team is an essentially local, volunteer-led support system that organizes training, meetings, events, girl programs, and membership support for volunteers, girls, and caregivers. See an overview of our full council territory.
You can learn more about service team positions and access the current resources for each position below. After being appointed to a service team position, contact your service unit manager to register for training.
This course covers both service unit and council award opportunities for adult volunteers. You will see an overview of each award and the steps to submit nominations.
You will also see creative, informal ideas in recognizing volunteers all year long.
Questions? Email us or call (800) 728-8750.
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As a Service Unit Manager, you provide the link between council staff and front-line volunteers. Your position training will be conducted in person and include tools to build a successful team, run your meetings, and plan for the year. To schedule your training, don't hesitate to get in touch with your membership manager.
As a Service Unit Product Program Manager, you facilitate the annual Fall (Candy, Nuts & Magazine) and/or Cookie Programs supporting troops in your service unit footprint. This position is the link between the council Product Program and Volunteer Support staff teams and troop volunteers to ensure a consistent program is executed.
This training course will guide you through onboarding new troop leaders and helping them promote the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To schedule your training, please get in touch with your membership manager.
As a service unit team, it is crucial to maintain regular communication with all volunteers in your Service Unit to ensure everyone has access to information. To meet the various needs of your volunteers, please identify and utilize a primary and secondary form of communication.
Here are some commonly used communication methods:
Service Unit Agenda Enrichment Topics
Be on the lookout for enrichment topics in your monthly Service Unit Agenda.
Pro-tip: These topics can be presented by your Troop Consultant or another team member during service unit meetings.
Work with your Service Unit Support Manager to invite guest speakers to your service unit meetings. Guest speakers can include experts in your community or council staff who can help enhance your programming.
Pro-tip: Encourage your troop leaders to provide suggestions for topics and speakers.
Day Camp Training
Training is offered to new and returning day and twilight camp staff volunteers.
Ceremonies help Girl Scouts mark special events throughout the year, such as bridging to another level, Court of Awards, or a flag ceremony.
Ceremonies can commemorate accomplishments or add something special to the beginning or end of a group's meeting. Girls can plan a ceremony around a theme, such as friendship or nature, and express themselves in words or songs. Whatever its purpose, every Girl Scout ceremony helps girls share in Girl Scout history and traditions—and create their own special memories.
We encourage service units to incorporate adult and girl ceremonies into the Service Unit Calendar.
Taking time to identify and recognize volunteers for a job well done is vital in maintaining volunteer engagement. By identifying and publicly recognizing those who exemplify exceptional service, service units can further establish a culture of praise and gratitude. See all the ways to recognize adult volunteers.