• Offices and Retails stores will close at noon on Wednesday, December 17.
  • Holiday Schedule: December 20—December 28, 2014 Offices and Retail Stores will be CLOSED. December 29, 2014 Retail Stores re-open while offices remain closed. January 1, 2015 Retail Stores closed for New Year's day, re-open Friday. January 4, 2015 Offices and Retail Stores resume regular business hours.
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volunteer resources and training

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Bank Account Process

Effective November 17, 2014 Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons will be implementing a new
opening a checking account process.  This process will replace the existing process in place for opening a checking account and will allow for an easier processing and tracking of account information.  The new process will be implemented starting November 17, 2014 for any new leader opening an account on or after that date.  Detailed outline of the new process can be found at the following linkTROOP BANKING ACCOUNT CHANGES:

To complete the Bank Account Authorization Form please click here.

To complete your Bank Account Confirmation Form please click here.

If you have any questions related to this new process please contact the Finance Department at afr@gsdakotahorizons.org

Girl Scouts 101

This class is required of all adults that are working with girls. It teaches the importance of all the components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience including the three keys to learning (Discovering, Connecting, and Taking Action.) It also teaches them about the importance of girl led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning. We are looking for girls to achieve the values, knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that are valued in Girl Scouting, and how these create girls with courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting 101 shows you how to utilize the Journey books and their lesson plans and how to plan addition activities that go along with the outcomes Girl Scouts are looking for.

New Volunteer Guide

The go-to resource for all things regarding volunteering with Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons.

Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials is a resource document answering the many questions you may have about Girl Scouts. It covers topics such as programs, badges, meetings, awards, and cookies. It will educate you on council procedures and how they work.

Safety Activity Checkpoints

This publication in combination with Volunteer Essentials has replaced Safety-Wise. Safety Activity Checkpoints are in-depth safety information and tips that adult volunteers use for Girl Scout sports and activities; girls can also use these checkpoints to ready their group for a girl-led activity.

Volunteer Policies and Procedures

Revised 12/7/11
Volunteer policies and procedures are established by the Board of Directors to:
• Provide safe, high quality program leadership experiences to girls.
• Use the skills and experiences of volunteers effectively.
• Provide all volunteers the opportunity for participation, challenge, growth, and advancement.
• Create an environment of courtesy, respect, and fairness for all volunteers.

Blue Book of Basic Documents

This document includes the Constitution, Bylaws, Policies, Credentials, Criteria and Standards for an Effective Girl Scout Council, and the Congressional Charter of Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

How to Have Fun with Purpose with Girls: 3 Processes for Girl Scout Volunteers

The 3 Processes (Girl Led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning) are a critical part of a successful Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This video outlines what each process is and how to successfully utilize it with your girls within Girl Scouting.

Free Being Me

A one-of-a-kind program! Through fun and interactive activities, children and young people learn that body confidence and self-esteem come from valuing their bodies, standing up to social pressures, and supporting others to be more body confident. By working together, leading others and speaking out, participants will be empowered to make a difference in their local and global communities.

Who can take part?

Any Girl Guide/Girl Scout group (girl-only and boys and girls mixed), aged 7-14.

Why should my group take part?

Change lives: Free Being Me has been created with world-leading experts in body confidence. Studies have shown that taking part in activities like those in Free Being Me has a lasting impact on girls’ wellbeing.

Community reach: at the end of the activities, your group will Take Action! You will reach out to your local community, boosting the body confidence of more children and young people, and raise the profile of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting where you live.

Especially for you: written especially for our non-formal Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting setting, Free Being Me reflects the World Association’s values and focus on developing skills for life.

Develop young leaders: Free Being Me is ideal for peer educators or young leaders to run. Peer leaders may help girls and boys feel comfortable with taking a more active part in the activities.


Training and Tips

Download the activity packs and Leader Guide

Access support and e-learning training

Run Free Being Me with your group

Reward with a badge

Fill in our Global Leaders’ Survey

Ban Bossy

The Ban Bossy campaign has officially launched! Our aim with this campaign is to take the stigma of being called “bossy” out of the picture for today’s girls. It’s powerful to hear accomplished and renowned women adding their voices. We couldn’t be more excited about the response Ban Bossy is receiving.This campaign is about empowerment and taking action. To that end, we recommend an activity intended for Girl Scout Juniors through Cadettes called I-Statements that is all about encouraging girls to speak confidently and directly about their feelings.

We’ve created a short tutorial video about I-Statements that will enable you to confidently facilitate the activity for girls.  You can access other valuable Ban Bossy resources here.
You can also use the Council Facilitator Guide and Council Facilitator Guide with Script.
Thank you for all you are doing for the next generation of women. Together, we will Ban Bossy!