Community Leadership Team (CLT) Volunteers
CLTs direct and coordinate the work of the Community Service Team to support functions of the Community.

Journey in a Day policy reminder: As CLTs who are asked to sign money earning activity forms where a Journey in a Day is the money earning project, please review the GSSJC expectations when offering a Journey in a Day event. The guidance below comes from Girl Experience. Be aware that Journey in a Day events are not appropriate events if the Take Action Project is part of the event. Keep in mind, if a Take Action project is not completed, the Journey is not complete. The council, Region and other volunteer groups offer many opportunities for girls to complete most or all of the steps of a Journey. However, it is an expectation of GSSJC that no offering should include the completion of a take action project. This is enforced through all Council and Region offerings and should be the case in any Journey event offered by a community or troop for money earning activities. A take action project (TAP) should be initiated by a girl based on an issue she wishes to address. Per GSUSA, girls should be involved in every step of their TAP. This means that the event chair and/or GPB cannot pick a few TAP options ahead of time for other girls to pick from to complete, because the participants are not getting the chance to drive the direction of their Journey’s TAP in a direction of their interests. The complete leadership experience of a TAP involves a girl taking the path of learning about a topic, choosing what root cause she is addressing and where to address it, and then completing the work. When the direction of the TAP is chosen for her and the root cause is predetermined, the girls are being left out of a true TAP process.

Safety Activity Checkpoints has been updated for 2019-20. The new version is online and can be found under forms, in VTK, and by searching on or by following this link: Safety Activity Checkpoints What's new in this latest update? New additions include: • Specific sections on pocket knives, slingshots, hand and power tools, and log rolling. • Ridesharing is now allowed for transportation by following safety instructions. • Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway are also permitted but, require additional information for approval. • A Proficient Swimmer Test is introduced and can be certified by a lifeguard or swim instructor as equivalent to a Swim Level 3 card combined with the safe boating test. • In the introduction, new sections on First Aid, Transporting Girls, and What to Do if there is an Accident have been summarized from Volunteer Essentials into the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Duck boats, snowmobiling, and electric scooters are not permitted under the new SAC. Revisions or clarifications include: • Updated adult to girl ratios for troop meetings • Advanced first-aider is needed for events greater than 200 people • Accident insurance is applicable to registered members only • Clarification that swim cards and safe boating cards are not needed for canoeing, corcl boats, or kayaking on council lakes. (Safe boating test and swim cards are required for all small craft boating when it is not on council property.) • Parades has been pulled out as a separate section. Previously it was under Miscellaneous. • Clarification on sleeping accommodations for men on overnight trips • Safe boating card is needed for specific types of scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, and waterskiing in addition to the Swim Level certification. Several activities have been updated to require Council approval including recreational tree climbing, zip lining, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, go-karts, and corcl boats.

This webinar has useful resources and tips for CLTs to communicate virtually with members in their Community. Please share these resources with your Troop Leaders!

This list of ideas and resources give you instant ideas to recognize Community volunteers. Check it out!

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy. Due to COVID-19’s impact on the Cookie Program and the extended sale, the annual financial reporting process for troops will be delayed by one month. This means that it will take place from May to June this year. A specific timeline of dates, submission methods and notes on the cookie program is provided in the attachment.

GSSJC is developing activity booklets that will allow us to reach members who don’t have regular access to a computer and/or the internet. These booklets will be available in both English and Spanish and will assist girls in earning badges and petals (for Daisies). New booklets will be provided every few weeks and will feature engaging, family friendly activities that can be done safely at home or outside with items that families likely have on hand. These will be mailed free of charge to Girl Scout members who are Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. To subscribe, please email and provide the name of the girl and the grade level she will enter in the fall. Also, indicate if you prefer to receive the booklets in English or Spanish. Please encourage troop leaders to sign up girls in their troops if they feel that it is needed or wanted.

Community Leadership Team (CLT) Volunteers

CLTs direct and coordinate the work of the Community Service Team

The Community Leadership Team (CLT) group is a place for CLTs to find and share information. 

A CLT works in partnership with other members of the leadership team, directs the work of the Community Service Team and coordinates the work of the Girl Scout Community, promotes awareness and growth of Girl Scouting within specific geographic boundaries; embraces the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) and ensures that the GSLE is incorporated in Community ways of work.

Communities have the primary purpose of recruiting and retaining girls and adults in troops. The Community Service Team, including CLTs, will support the adults working with girls in troops with mentoring, product sales support, communication, networking and meeting strategies. Girls enjoy events planned and implemented by their Community. 

Although CLTs have many staff members from different GSSJC departments who help them to support their Communities, they work particularly closely with their Volunteer Experience Manager (VEM) and their Community Engagement Manager (CEM) who provide staff support and advice in assigned functions for membership development and implementation of direct services to girls and adults. 

The role of your staff partners:

Community Engagement Manager (CEM)Volunteer Experience Manager (VEM)
  • Girl and Volunteer recruitment
  • Recruitment planning and troop opportunity development
  • Recruitment event support
  • Troop formation
  • Community & school cultivation
  • Venue and partnership development
  • Placement coordination
  • Troops with girls and 0/1 leader (waitlist)
  • Community geography or school adjustments
  • Direct staff partnerships with:
      • Recruitment Team Lead and Team
      • Placement Liaison (s)
      • Waitlist IRG Specialist
      • School Liaisons and Team Lead
  • Community and troop volunteer support
  • Community plan of action
  • Direct staff partnership with CLTs
  • Girl and adult renewal
  • Troop leader connection to the Community
  • Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) assistance
  • Conflict resolution beyond CLT efforts
  • Product sales participation
  • Community roster support
  • Staff support for
      • CLTs
      • Mentors
      • Cafe Team
      • Training liaison(s)
      • Roster Specialists
      • Renewal Specialists
      • Volunteer Toolkit Wizards
      • CST and troop leaders (secondary support - primary support comes from CLT)

As you partner side by side with your CEM and VEM, the goal is to work together seamlessly to support the members in your Community. Always include your staff partners in your Community planning, add them to your communications, share your meeting calendar and understand that they are there to help support your Community. Together you can do great things!

CLTs are appointed and supported by their volunteer Community Coordinator from the Volunteer Experience Department

Role of Council-Wide Community Coordinator 

  1. Appoints and mentors Community Leadership Team upon recommendation of Community Referral Committee
  2. Approves the “A” list of money earning activities for Communities
  3. Provides agendas for regularly scheduled Community Summits
  4. Advocates on behalf of CLT in the Volunteer Experience department
  5. Holds affinity meetings, webinars and retreats for information and sharing
  6. Supports CLTs with issues and problem solving
  7. A resource for all Community functions