All Girl Scout members who plan to volunteer in the following capacities must successfully complete the background screening process:
- Any person who will supervise girls including:
- Any adult who transports/drives girls (outside of their own guardianship)
- Any adult who serves as a chaperone for day or overnight trips
- Any volunteers with financial responsibility including troop cookie managers, fall product managers, treasurers and any signers on the bank account.
- All service unit team members
- Short-term volunteers who will be working directly with girls
Additionally, all persons 18 years or older who reside at a residence where meetings occur must have a current GSKWR background check prior to the first meeting. Since Girl Scout membership is not required for these individuals, they must email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin their background check process.
Previous background checks, unfortunately, cannot be accepted. Background checks vary by agency, so GSKWR volunteers must go through our process.
Are there exceptions? Yes, if the person meets all of the requirements of either of these situations:
- A onetime speaker or presenter who is never left alone with girls and is not counted when considering girl/adult ratio
- A parent or guardian who attends a family function (court of awards or family picnic) and is not counted when considering girl/adult ratio
NOTE: Any adult who has not registered and successfully completed a background check should never be left alone with girls attending a Girl Scout activity. These adults may, however, be paired with a registered and approved volunteer to lead a small group, as long as enough approved volunteers are present to cover the group’s girl-to-adult ratio as outlined in Volunteer Essentials.