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Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)

Your Newest Time-Saver

We have launched the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK): a digital tool you can access on your computer, smartphone or tablet! This awesome and easy-to-use resource is for co-leaders who work with K–5th grade troops.

The VTK will save you precious time as you and your girls plan, organize, and manage troop activities. It allows you to spend more time doing the things you imagined when you stepped into your volunteer role—changing girls’ lives through amazing experiences!

Get Started Today!

  • Here’s a step-by-step guide that will walk you through the VTK.
  • Want to know what you’ll find inside the VTK? Check here to see by program level the Journeys and badges available to you.

  Volunteer Toolkit Guide (Link)

  Volunteer Toolkit Badge Options (PDF)

Have questions or want more information about the Volunteer Toolkit? Please contact the Member Support team via email or by calling 402.558.8189 or (toll free) 800.695.6690.

FAQs

What will I find in the Volunteer Toolkit?

You will find the five areas below to help you manage your troop with ease.

  • My Troop: Manage your troop contacts, renew memberships and communicate with parents.
  • Year Plan: When you log into VTK for the first time, you will see many year-plan options from which your girls can choose including a Girl Scout Badge year, multiple Girl Scout Journey year plans and a customizable Girl Scout year.
  • Meeting Plan: Set your calendar to include meeting locations, date and time. You can also view meeting details including activity descriptions, meeting aids, materials lists and more.
  • Resources: Customize activities, delete those your girls don’t choose and replace them with activities they will enjoy! You will also find the Safety Activity Checkpoints, meeting aids and other helpful resources.
  • Finances: This will allow you to submit your troop financial report to the council and share it with parents. Keep in mind, you will still have to submit your troop’s May bank statement each year.
How do I access the Volunteer Toolkit?

Log into the VTK by clicking MY GS on the website toolbar. The VTK integrates right into the council website to allow you to seamlessly go back and forth.

How do I use the Volunteer Toolkit?

The VTK is designed to be intuitive and requires no formal training, however, use this guide to get you started.

Will all troop leadership have access to the VTK?

Registered and background screened co-leaders for all troops will have access of the VTK. Parents can view troop meeting information. Plans are to expand the VTK to additional troop volunteer roles.

What about parents?

Parents will be able to access the VTK to see what their girl's troop or group is doing (e.g. meeting information and which badges and Journeys she is working on).

Why does the VTK contain mostly K-5th grade troop material?

Going digital is a new direction for our organization and in order to use our resources wisely, we had to narrow our focus as a starting point. Because we embrace girls/troops of every age, Girl Scouts of the USA will continuously update and expand the scope of the VTK to include all grade levels.

What’s new to the VTK?

In July of 2018 Girl Scouts of the USA introduced new badges and new Journeys to help our girls build new skills, expand their horizons, and grow into confident leaders.

Badges

College Knowledge – From test prep to financial aid, Ambassadors walk through all the steps of the college admission process and get ready to attend the school of their choice.

Cybersecurity – Three badges per level for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Girls learn how computers and the internet work and apply the concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. These badges were developed in partnership with the Cyber Innovation Center.

Environmental Stewardship – One badge per level for all levels except Juniors. The Junior environmental stewardship badge Eco Camper was released already in the 2017–2018 troop year.

Mechanical Engineering – Three badges per level for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Girls complete hands-on engineering activities as they use the Design Thinking Process and learn about the science behind their designs.

Robotics – Three badges per level for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Girls design and showcase their own robots after learning how they’re built and programmed. “Unplugged” activities allow girls to earn badges without buying kits, but troops can use kits to supplement the badge experience if they’re available. Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Robotics badges were released during the 2017-2018 troop year.

Space Science – One badge per level for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors.

Journeys

Think Like a Programmer – Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and girls in Multi-level troops (grades 6–12) can now participate in interactive computational-thinking activities to learn how programmers solve problems. At each level, girls explore how computers work, learn about algorithms, and create user-centered designs.

Think Like an Engineer – Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and girls in Multi-level troops (grades 6–12) learn how to think like an engineer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project. At each level, girls spot problems and come up with solutions using the Design Thinking Process before creating a sustainable Take Action project for their community. This Journey was developed in partnership with Museum of Science, Boston & WGBH/Design Squad.

What if I don’t have internet at my meeting place?

How will I access program materials? You can easily download the materials to your device or print them prior to your meeting. Also, the VTK can be accessed on a tablet or smart phone, which may expand options where it can be used.

What about volunteers who don’t have home internet?

The VTK is not an app so it can be accessed from any computer or device. Libraries are a great resource for volunteers who don’t have access to the internet at home. They can print meeting plans or download them to their personal computer or drive.

Why has Girl Scouts decided to go digital?

We have heard about all the hours that Girl Scout volunteers spend supporting troops. The VTK is designed to help cut down the amount of time it takes for a volunteer to manage their troop including planning meetings (in partnership with the girls), communicating with parents and finding support resources. The VTK puts all of this at their fingertips by having a central location for all their Girl Scout “stuff.” Now volunteers can easily find resources, access the website and communicate with parents all in one place.