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MyGS Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is My GS? MyGS is a Girl Scout web portal where you can search for troops, volunteer opportunities, events, manage your family’s memberships, and manage your troops.
  2. How do I access My GS? You can access My GS by going to our website, www.girlscoutsalaska.org , and either clicking SIGN IN or MY GS in the top right corner.

 3. How do I get to my account information? Once you are logged into My GS, click My Account at the top of the page.

4. How can I view and register for events? There is nothing on the events tab. GSAK has not launched this feature yet. Stay tuned for updates on when this will be available. In the meantime, you can view and register for events under the activities tab on our website.

5. How do I volunteer to support my girl’s troop? Click on the My Account tab and scroll down to the My Troops section. You will see currently available roles you can register for in our system below the troop information. Click on the role you’d like to begin registration.

6. How do I view my troop roster? Click the My Troops tab, then click the troop you’d like to see.

7. How do I transfer someone out of my troop? Only the adult who is listed as the girl’s primary caregiver may change her troop assignment.

 

HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

Email customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org or call 907-248-2250

gsLearn

gsLearn

gsLearn is an interactive, at-your-own-pace adult learning system.  It includes modules on leading and managing a troop, getting girls outdoors, and the Volunteer Toolkit.  Even more courses will be added in the future. 

This is a great opportunity for new Troop Leaders to learn the foundations of what it means to lead and manage a troop, and it’s a great refresher for experienced leaders, too.

gsLearn can be accessed through the tab on the menu bar labeled "My GS," or here.

Looking for more information about gsLearn? Take a look at these FAQs.

How to Renew Your Troop through myGS
Adult Learning & Training
Troop Leader Blueprint
Your Blueprint for an Amazing Troop Year

New troop year? Bring it on!

Keep your troop going strong with these specially adapted badges, Journeys, and activities for virtual and safe in-person meetings, as well as current COVID-19 guidelines and resources. We’re here to support you as you help your troop thrive.

In-person Training

 In-person Training

In-person training is also available. Please email customer care and provide your name and phone number to register for an in-person training. 

Girl Scouting 101

Girl Scouts University's 45-minute, self-paced orientation to Girl Scouting.

gsZoom

gsZoom is here! For $36, current Girl Scout Volunteers have access to large meetings August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022, for all your virtual Girl Scout meeting needs.

Signing up is easy:

  1. Read the User Agreement (Really! We know it’s tempting just to agree without reading it. But gsZoom does have some pretty strict rules for use, so please read it to be sure you can follow them.)
  2. Purchase your volunteer license and pay the $36 fee.
  3. Please allow up to 3 business days after purchase for local Girl Council Scout staff to confirm your eligibility and provide access to your license.

Have questions? Check out the FAQs. Not finding the answer you need? Email Maggie Ewan at mewan@girlscoutsalaska.org.

Holding a Virtual Troop Meeting

 Prior to holding your first virtual meeting or event, you must get permission slips for all participants. Download permissions slips here:

 Tips on how to hold a virtual meeting when you are unable to meet in person:

FAQs
Background Check FAQs
 

Q: Help! I didn’t get the email?

Emails come from The Advocates at Sterling Volunteers. Please check your SPAM/Junk Folders. If you don’t see an email there, contact customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org

Q: Why doesn’t the link work?

Links expire after 72 hours. If your link has expired, please contact customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org and we’ll send you a new one.

Q: It says my birthday is wrong?

Contact us at customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org and we’ll fix it for you!

Q: I did my background check and it came back a different name?

Are you sharing your email address with someone? If so, we need to create a separate account for your background check. Contact us at customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org

Q: I’m busy! How long does it take to fill out the background check?

It depends on how many addresses you’ve held in the last seven years. Usually background checks do not take more than 5 minutes to complete.

Q: How long will it take to process?

It depends on your address history, usually background checks are usually processed within 24 hours.

Q: Do I have to pay for it?

You’ll have the option to pay the full cost, split the cost with Girl Scouts of Alaska, or have Girl Scouts of Alaska pay the full amount.

Q: I already have a background check for work, why do I need to complete this one?

Girl Scouts requires all adults over 18 who work with minors to complete background checks specific to us. We take safety seriously and do what we can to ensure that Girl Scouts is a safe and inclusive environment for all girls.

Q: How long is it good for?

Volunteer background checks are good for three years. We’ll let you know when it is about to expire and will send you the link to complete a new one.

Q: Will you let me know when it is processed?

No news is good news! We only contact you if your background check comes back as ineligible or incomplete.

Q: Who needs to complete a background check?

All adults 18 and older who wish to serve as Girl Scout volunteers are required to complete and pass a background check.  If your troop meets in a home, all adults 18 and older who live in that home must also complete and pass a background check regardless of whether they are volunteering with the troop.  

Volunteer Check-In Webinars

April Town Hall - Spring 2021 Updates

 

2/9/2021 Camp and Encampment Town Hall Webinar

Should we host camp and Encampment this year? GSAK staff share their thoughts and answer adult questions.

 

12/15/2020 Volunteer Check-In Webinar

 

8/11/2020 Volunteer Check-In Webinar

Cheddar Up - Point of Sale System

This webinar recording gives an overview of  our new Point of Sale (PoS) system, Cheddar Up, and how to use it.

Flyers

The 2019 Leader Packet contains all forms and an index for leader reference.

COVID-19 Troop Meeting Guidelines

With new guidance from GSUSA, lower statewide case numbers and increased vaccine distribution, we have revised our COVID-19 guidelines. All troops, regardless of community alert level, are now allowed to meet in-person.  However, troops need to follow the guidelines in this document. COVID pre-screening questions for troop leaders are avilable as a PDF or Excel document.

Before implementing Girl Scouts of Alaska’s (GSAK) guidelines, please confirm your local COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions in your region to ensure you are in compliance.  Always follow the most restrictive guidelines. Even with these revised guidelines, all trips, overnights or extended travel must be approved by GSAK regardless of the alert level your community is under. For guidelines on virtual troop meetings, see the dropdown above.  If you have any questions, contact us at customercare@girlscoutsalaska.org or 907-248-2250.

 

  Volunteer Outdoor Resources

Watch these introductory videos to get you thinking about your next girl-led, outdoor adventures! The topics range from setting up a campsite to cleaning up. These six skill-building videos will have girls and volunteers excited about the outdoors!

 Where Can I Receive First Aid/CPR Training?

You can pursue certification through various resources such as local community education, the American Red Cross, the National Safety Council, and the American Heart Association

Troop Finances 101

Check out this webinar from the GSAK Finance Director, Jadee, and learn the basics of troop finances. View training here >>