By Brittany Bowie – Troop Support Specialist
Whether you have just started as a new leader or are going into another year with your Girl Scouts, the one thing most would agree on is that a critical element of volunteering is time. The element most important to girls is engagement and fun interaction. Girl Scout volunteers could have more fun when they have easy access to resources that help them spend less time planning and coordinating and more time with their girls.
GSLPG now has a resource, the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), which does just that. It is a resource that offers versatility and assists with troop management. GSUSA and GSLPG recently launched this resource on our site as part of our Customer Engagement Initiative.
Here are some of our favorite reasons for you to begin using this tool!
1)Convenience and Accessibility
If you are an on-the-go volunteer, this will be perfect for you. As a digital resource volunteers, can access the VTK from any electronic device- tablet, smart phone, or laptop- with internet capability.
Now that you have access to the resource, logging in only becomes more exciting. You will find four active tabs to help make managing your troop simpler. These tabs have the capabilities to manage troop contacts, renew membership, plan your troop year with pre-populated plans, customize activities, change meeting arrangements and eventually track finances once this tab becomes available.
3)Parents are kept in the loop
Primary caregivers have the ability to view their girls’ troop year. Features include: read only views of My Troop Tab (no contact info), Year Plan, Meeting Plan, and Financial Tab. What does this mean? The major questions many parents have for troop leaders, can now be answered with the click of a button (or by logging into their portal view).
4)It keeps getting better
The function for the finance tab is not active, but will be eventually. GSUSA will be adding content, functions and improving this tool based on the needs and assessments volunteers across our nation.
What more could you want? This tool is customizable, tracks important things, keeps parents informed and saves time. Most importantly, it allows leaders and girls the ability to explore program activities together, while having fun.
Need some help getting started? Watch the walk through video below!