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Girl Scout pathways allow volunteers to participate in Girl Scouting in multiple ways. Some adults (such as alumnae and parents) register because they want to belong to the organization. The majority of adults, however, register with the intent to volunteer. GSUSA is prioritizing the work related to these members, because volunteers must be in place to help girls belong in the ways that interest them. We’ve worked to develop initial volunteer position descriptions for these direct-service roles, but recognize that additional descriptions must be developed for indirect service volunteers, and the existing descriptions must be further tested. A sample list of volunteer positions and opportunities for each pathway follows: Work directly with girls:

  • Camp counselor
  • Camp director
  • Camp program director
  • Event and series program coordinator
  • Lead trip advisor/trip advisor
  • Troop leader/troop helper

Work indirectly with girls by providing support to adults who work directly with girls:

  • Events and series program liaison
  • Travel pathway committee member
  • Administrative/clerical work
  • Board or committee member
  • Product sales manager

Experience Girl Scouting on a global scale. Whether you decide to travel the world or participate in local activities with a worldwide impact, Global Girl Scout activities boost awareness of the world through cross-cultural learning opportunities. The best part? Gain the power, inspiration, and resources to make the world a better place


Girl Scout Camp Opportunities

Day camp is for Girl Scouts in kindergarten and up, with activities on three or more consecutive days for four hours or more. The occasional overnight camp may be offered.

Weekend camp is for Girl Scouts in kindergarten and up, and typically lasts for two days and one overnight. Weekend camps are planned and carried out by a group of Girl Scouts and volunteers, using council-approved campsites.

Travel camping is for experienced campers. The group travels from one site to another on foot or via motorized or non-motorized transportation over a period of three or more nights, staying at different campsites along the way.

Resident camp is for Girl Scouts who have finished kindergarten. Girl Scouts camp for three to fourteen days and nights (the average is five nights). They plan activities with their counselors and volunteers, using resources available at the campsite.

Family camp is for Girl Scouts in kindergarten and up. A Girl Scout and her family can stay at the camp for a weekend of outdoor fun, where everyone can bond over something new.

Virtual camp is for Girl Scouts in kindergarten and up and is a great way for them to try camp-related activities or experience a camp anywhere in the country without leaving home.

Take Action

Making the World a Better Place

Take Action and Service Projects

Girl Scouts don’t just dream of a better world—they go out and make it.

From cleaning up local parks to building outdoor basketball courts or helping neighbors register to vote, Girl Scouts are on the case. Troops can participate in community service together or get even more involved with "Take Action" projects that create meaningful, sustainable change in communities. Learn how you can get started and make the world a better place.

The "Take Action" is accomplished through the completion of the Highest Awards (Bronze Award, Silver Award, and Gold Award), Badge, and Journey Take Action Projects or Service Projects



Girl Scout Trips and Travel Opportunities

You’re going places, Girl Scout. 

Whether you dream of heading to one of our national parks, scoring seats to a Broadway play, checking out incredible Girl Scout history in Savannah, Georgia—or even traveling to a whole different country—you can make it happen with these tools.


The troop pathway offers the same group of girls the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, usually over a span of nine to twelve months. Girls may join at any time during the troop year. Note: A troop that also goes camping or travels as a group is still operating in the troop pathway (not the camp or travel pathways).