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Volunteer Resources - Service Units

Girl Scouts – Diamonds Council is divided into 70 geographic areas known as Service Units. These areas are managed and staffed by volunteers and have three primary functions:

  • To deliver and extend the Girl Scout program to all girls grades K – 12 in all socioeconomic, religious and ethnic groups within the jurisdiction.
  • To give ongoing support to adults who work with girls.
  • To offer and promote opportunities for troops in the Service Unit.

Service Unit Meetings

Service Unit team members and troop representatives meet several times throughout the year to share ideas, receive training, and talk about important announcements. Service Units may organize events such as community-wide service projects, summer day camps, family events, Cookie Rallies, World Thinking Day celebrations and Award ceremonies

Most Service Areas meet monthly during the school year and all Troop Leaders (01 and 02) are encouraged to attend. If a Troop Leader cannot attend, a member of the Troop Committee should attend.

During meetings, Troop Leaders may network, give input about Service Area program opportunities for troops, receive information from Council staff and receive pre-ordered items from the Council Shops.

Volunteer Resources - Troops

Journeys - Need a little help with the Journeys? Check out this page for Journeys-in-a-year plans and how to make a troop Journey map.

Helping Girls Become STEM Superstars - Provides Girl Scout volunteers with the tools they need to keep girls’ passion and curiosity for STEM subjects alive. This guide offers something for everyone with girls in their lives, showing just how easy it is to make STEM matter for girls—through conversation starters, troop activities, and examples of STEM role models.

Safety Activity Checkpoints - What you need to know to ensure troop safety on your next adventure!

Forms - From permission slips to awards trackers – we’ve got the forms you need! 

Tip Sheets – These helpful tip sheets cover a wide variety of topics.

2016-2017 Program Resource Book

Inside the Girl Scouts – Diamonds Program Resource Book you will find great information on events and places you can take your troop, how to rent Diamonds properties, and all the ways you can get involved during your Girl Scout year! Always check the website calendar for the most up-to-date activity and registration information. Click the image below to explore the Program Resource Book.

Volunteer Resources - Marketing and Public Relations

Public/Media Relations Resources:

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Brand Center – Coming Soon! 

Public/Media Relations at the Service Unit/Troop Level

What’s the challenge? At Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, we do our best to report on exciting stories and important information relating to Girl Scouting within our council, but, with 79 counties and more than 10,000 girl and adult members, it would take considerable resources in staff time, energy and funding to issue media releases on everyone’s activities! That is where service unit and troop PR volunteers come in! You can work with your Service Unit Public Relations Coordinator to promote your Girl Scout news and activities in local media.

The Service Unit Public Relations Coordinator will work in conjunction with troops and individuals who would like to assist with Girl Scouts – Diamonds public relations activities.

Positive media coverage is one of the best ways to promote the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. When we share our Girl Scout news and activities it:

  • Increases our visibility in the community
  • Promotes our brand and signals value for the Girl Scout Program
  • Boosts our membership
  • Increases financial support

Including a picture with your news release increases the chances that your news will get printed! Here are some helpful tips:

  • Take pictures that support your event and try to take a lot of pictures so you will have many shots to select from.
  • Unless your intent is to wow people with the number of girls you can put in a straight line… avoid those dull group shots if you can. The group shot has its place but action shots are more fun and can make your event look more interesting. Get in close to capture faces and girls doing something!
  • Only submit bright, focused, good quality photos. Pictures should be saved as Jpegs and be at least 300 dpi (dots per inch).

Representing Girl Scouts: When a Girl Scout or Girl Scout volunteer is representing Girl Scouts in any way they must behave in an appropriate, mature manner that fairly represents the Girl Scout Movement. If a Girl Scout and/or Girl Scout volunteer acts in violation of this procedure, they may lose their membership privileges.

Emergency Situations: If an emergency situation occurs, Girl Scouts and volunteers must follow the Girl Scouts – Diamonds Emergency Procedures which include making NO statement of ANY KIND to the media. Do NOT give out any names or information. Ask the media to contact the Communications Department, at 800-632-6894.