Girl Scouts is a safe place for girls to learn, lead and grow. There are many reasons this is true, but one of the most important is that - together with Girl Scouts of the USA - we conduct criminal background checks on volunteers and staff. Learn more below, or take a deeper dive with common questions about our secure background check vendor and the background check process for volunteers. See Fingerprinting FAQ for specific questions related to the volunteer requirements and process for fingerprinting.
All Volunteers are required to do a name-based background check. Some roles also require a fingerprint-based background check in addition to the name-based background check.
All Girl Scout members who plan to volunteer in the following capacities must successfully complete the background screening process:
Are there any exceptions? Yes, if the person meets all of the requirements of either of these situations:
New members who plan to volunteer will be directed to submit a background check during their online registration process.
Current members who are new to a volunteer role will need to first choose your role in the GSOC Opportunity Catalog. To choose your volunteer role, please do the following:
On average, most name-based background checks submitted online take approximately 24 hours to complete; however, it can take longer depending on many factors outside of GSOC’s control and if fingerprinting is required for the role. We are not able to respond to requests for “rush” background checks. Please plan ahead, especially during peak times such as Back-to-School and before Girl Scout Product Sales.
If your name-based background check is clear, you will receive a confirmation email from GSUSA. If your role requires fingerprinting, you will also receive an email with the steps to complete the additional fingerprinting process after your name-based background check is completed.
A specially trained GSOC staff member will contact you if there are concerns about the results of your background check.
The following will automatically disqualify you from becoming a Girl Scout Volunteer:
You must complete a GSOC background check every three years. If you have questions about when to submit or renew your background check, or for additional information send an email to email@example.com.