Saturday, August 8, 2020, 11:03 AM
Site: Volunteer Essentials
Course: (Volunteer Essentials)
Glossary: Glossary

Mission Statement

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a 

better place.

Monday Mailing

Weekly newsletter sent to all adult members of GSNorCal who request  to receive it.


Refers to the coordinated efforts of the Membership, Volunteer Resources and Program, Product Sales, and Outdoor Program staff in supporting volunteers to deliver the Girl Scout mission.  



“Shorthand” way of referring to GSUSA.  It is preferred that the term GSUSA be used.  

National Program Portfolio

National Program Portfolio.  Leadership Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.  


Opportunity Catalog

An electronic listing of the opportunities (openings in troops or groups) available for new girl members. The catalog can be searched by zip code, within a certain radius in miles, or by grade.


Participation Patches & Pins

Supplementary insignia received by girls for simply participating in an event or activity. Commonly called “fun patches”. Girls wear participation patches and pins on the back of their Girl Scout uniform.


The ways in which girls and adults experience Girl Scouting.  The most common are Troop, Camp, and Series, but also included are Event, Travel and Virtual.  


A form of troop government in which the troop is divided into small group of girls that plan and carry out activities within the troop/larger group.

Permission Forms

Must be used any time girls will meet at a different time or different place than the regularly scheduled meeting place/time.  The Annual Permission Form may be used in specific situations specified on that form.