So, what is the Opportunity Catalog? Great question! The Opportunity Catalog is an online listing of troop openings for girls and volunteer opportunities for adults. When new members join, the catalog is updated in real time. If you stop or get stuck anywhere along the way, the system automatically sends you an email with helpful information!
Below we have listed Frequently Asked Questions about the Opportunity Catalog.
What is the opportunity catalog? The opportunity catalog lets girls/parents search for troops with open spaces by inputting their zip code to find troops in their area, or by inputting a troop number to find a specific troop they’re familiar with. It also allows adults to easily view volunteer opportunities in their area and sign up to help!
When will I be able to view the opportunity catalog? The opportunity catalog for GSGST will launch Date to Be Determined.
What information is included in the opportunity catalog? The listing includes the meeting time, approximate location, the troop number and age/grade level. We never list the exact location of a troop meeting, but we do give a general sense of the location (a nearby intersection or landmark) to help families select a troop that works best for them. Sometimes troops choose to include a description that shares their interests, including camping, faith-based, community service or travel, so that girls with common interests can join!
How does the opportunity catalog work for existing troops? Troop leaders who would like to invite more girls into their troop and/or need volunteers will submit their information by filling out the opportunity catalog to allow us to prepare to launch the catalog. On this form, they will tell us how many available spaces you have in their troop, what type(s) of volunteers they need (if any), and their meeting location, day and time. We will then display the troops in the opportunity catalog, and when a new girl or volunteer joins their troop, they will get an email notification with their contact information so that you can reach out and welcome them into the troop.
When can leaders add their troop to the opportunity catalog? A leader may add their troop to the opportunity catalog at any time! Or, if they are already in the catalog, they can update their information whenever they like. What if a troop needs additional volunteers? If a troop requires additional volunteers, we can just display the volunteer jobs needed in the catalog without opening up the troop to more girls. What happens when all of the open spaces in a troop are full? Troop leaders will be asked to indicate the total number of girls desired in the troop. As new girls join a troop through the opportunity catalog, the number of girls assigned to that troop grows. When this number matches the total number of girls desired in the troop, that troop is automatically removed from the opportunity catalog. However, if girls leave the troop in the future, their spots will open up and the troop will once again be displayed in the catalog until the spots are filled.
What does this mean for new troops? Our new operating model includes the membership planning approach of identifying girl and adult opportunities before recruitment. By building the opportunities before the recruitment of new members, we will be simplifying the process, and providing clearer expectations for families. Signing up a girl for Girl Scouts will be faster and easier. The catalog clearly states the number of adults needed to start, if girls sign up without adults, the adults will receive automated reminders about the need for leadership. If there are still no leaders, inside recruiters will follow up with all the parents.
What is the recommended troop size? We recommend a minimum of 12 girls per troop to provide a diverse, interactive experience for the girls. Troops with fewer than 12 registered members will be included in the opportunity catalog. If you have more than 12 girls, no problem! Your troop won’t be published in the catalog unless you’re looking to expand beyond the 12 girl minimum!
What if I don't know the new girl who joined our troop online? This is perhaps the best part of being a Girl Scout – making new friends!
Since the system is searchable by zip code, we expect that most caregivers will enroll their daughter in the area where they live or near the school she attends. When a new girl joins a troop, the leader will get an email notification.The automated email will prompt the leader to reach out and welcome the new Girl Scout to the troop. This connection is really important because it serves as a warm welcome and it’s an opportunity to share important next steps, including troop meeting dates, times, and location.
Can a troop opt out of the opportunity catalog? All girls and volunteers join online through the Opportunity Catalog, and so it works best when all vacancies are on display - therefore we highly encourage all troops to participate in the opportunity catalog. We understand there may be concerns about the new process. Our goal is to help address any concerns you may have during this transition, and we are happy to talk with you about those concerns.