1. What are the steps I take to become a NEW GSLE Volunteer or start a NEW GSLE Troop?
Welcome to Girl Scouts Louisiana East. We have a new membership system this year which allows you to find a volunteer role in a specific troop(s) online.
To get started, go to www.gsle.org/volunteer and press the green Volunteer Today button. Fill out some key information about you and include your current zip code. You will then be taken to an online catalog of troops with volunteer roles near you. If you don't find exactly what you want within a 5 mile radius, try changing the radius to 10 miles or more.
If you want to start a troop, just type I Want to Start a Troop in the search box, along with your zip code. When you find the option, click on the box next to it and click next. Once registered you will be contacted by an External Recruiting Specialist for support.
If you know the specific troop you would like to volunteer for, just type Troop, hit space, then enter the five digit number in the search box (for example Troop 12345 or Troop 40075). When you find the troop volunteer position for you, click on the box next to it and click next. You can choose multiple roles before you go to the next screen.
You can then register as a member in that troop. Complete all the information. Then process your payment online. You will be placed automatically in that troop role pending completion of a background check (all volunteer roles working directly with girls or finances require background screening) and you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive an email from our background check vendor once you complete your membership. The background check takes a couple of days and you will be notified of the results.
Background checks are good for three years, and if you drive girls, they will include a Motor Vehicle Report. The background check fee package is as follows: Volunteers who don’t drive girls (residing outside Orleans Parish): $6.25 for three-year period; Volunteers who drive girls (residing outside Orleans Parish): $25.25 which includes the $6.25 package fee, an additional $1 MVR processing fee, and the $18 Louisiana Motor Vehicle Report. Orleans Parish volunteers who don’t drive girls: $16.25 for three-year period, which includes the $6.25 package, and $10 Orleans Parish court fee. Orleans Parish volunteers who drive girls: $35.25, which includes the $6.25 package, $10 Orleans Parish court fee, $1 MVR processing fee, and $18 La Motor Vehicle Report. The cost of background checks is reimbursable from troop funds, with a recommended two-person maximum.
Once the background check has been completed, you will receive emails directing your next steps including a welcome video, GS101 (online training). Once online training is complete you will meet with your Troop Support Specialist to complete orientation and get started.