When is Volunteer Conference (VC)?
The Volunteer Conference will take place Saturday, Aug. 3 at the San Diego
Convention Center. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. and the day
will end at 6 p.m.
When can I register?
Early bird registration will be available Monday, May 13-Sunday,
June 30. Registration closes Sunday, July 21, 11:59 p.m. PST.
What is the conference?
The conference includes a welcome learning session, two morning
breakout sessions, and two afternoon breakout sessions. You can choose
from more than 40 breakout options, touching on a variety of current,
relevant topics. Find information, including detailed session
descriptions, on our VC page.
How are my breakout sessions determined?
When you register, you will select your choices for Sessions A, B,
C, and D (A and B sessions are in the morning, and C and D sessions
are offered in the afternoon). Capacities are limited. The conference
also includes a welcome and access to a variety of community partner
booths, cookie preview area, and networking.
When will the community partner exhibitor booths be open?
We are proud to partner with hundreds of community agencies; over 30
will be on site at the conference. Exhibitors will be open and on
display through Session C. You can also choose to visit the community
partners during Session A, B, or C. Make that selection when you
register. You will not be able to take a learning session during that time.
Will the Girl Scout store be available?
Yes, the Girl Scout San Diego store will be open—we’ll announce
hours and location soon. There will be an assortment of sale items,
new debuting items and much more. Stop by for exclusive VC deals!
What is the Spirit Stick criteria?
Criteria for earning the Spirit Stick have changed slightly for the
2019-20 membership year. Volunteer judges will look for how service
unit teams have shown the spirit of Girl Scouting though the year, and
the service unit’s embodiment of G.I.R.L. Service units are invited to
share and inspire with a tabletop display of these successes. Check
back for a copy of the scorecard soon!
Is there a theme for the day?
No. We encourage each service units to showcase its individual spirit.
What should I bring to the conference?
Consider bringing a training card if you want to keep records, a pen
or other writing instrument, note pad, a reusable water bottle, and a
phone or camera to capture the moments.
What are SWAPS?
Girl Scouts often make small tokens of friendship to exchange with
the Girl Scouts they meet while traveling. These little gifts are
called “SWAPS,” which stands for “Special Whatchamacallits
Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” Read more basic information on SWAPS.
Should I bring SWAPS to this year’s Volunteer Conference?
Exchanging SWAPS at VCC is a wonderful tradition. You are welcome to
bring some and join the fun!
Where can I share photos on social media?
We encourage photo sharing! Girl Scouts San Diego is on Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest @sdgirlscouts. The hashtag
especially for this event is #gssdvc. Other common hashtags for GSSD
are #sdgirlscouts and #BestPlace4Girls. Please feel free to use the
hashtags and mention @sdgirlscouts in your posts.
What is the Cookie Preview?
The Cookie Preview area provides a sneak peek of the tasty fun in
store for 2020! We’ll reveal the 2020 girl rewards lineup, share
delicious activity ideas, and have Girl Scout Cookies on site to fill
your cravings. We can’t wait to see you!
Last year (at the celebration only), there was a cart to purchase
adult beverages. Will there be one this year?
Yes, there will be a cash only station at the Volunteer Conference.
Is VC held at the same venue every year?
Girl Scouts San Diego bids out the venue each year. We consider a
minimum of three locations to ensure the best possible combination of
service, accommodations and price.
Why the San Diego Convention Center?
This event just keeps growing—in attendees and in available
workshops. The Convention Center has the space necessary for VC, and,
more importantly, provides exceptional customer service to our
deserving volunteers. The San Diego Convention Center is thrilled to
hold this event at their venue for a fourth time in a row, and showed
their support for Girl Scouts by accommodating our vision within our budget.
Does the Convention Center provide the venue or food services free
No. The convention center has fees that are dependent on capacity.
Girl Scouts San Diego supplements the cost of this event by covering
60-70 percent of the per person fee.
Where do I park?
The best way to get to this year’s VCC is to take the trolley! More
information on taking the trolley, including stop info and how to
purchase a ticket, can be found in our driving instruction sheet. If you decide to
drive, we encourage you to carpool. GSSD will pay for your parking if
you ride with 3 or more! The parking daily rate will range from $15-$25.
If I am being dropped off at the Convention Center, which lobby is
closest to the Girl Scout activities?
The best drop-off location is located on the West side of the
building, City Side (Harbor Drive) is Lobby B.
Which trolley exit do I take?
There are two trolley stops near the convention center; the closest
one to Lobby B is called the “Convention Center” stop.
How much does VC cost for the attendee?
Early bird registration (Monday, May 13-Sunday, June 30): $40
Registration after Sunday, June 30: $50
Why is there a fee?
Girl Scouts San Diego makes a conscious effort to provide an
innovative, interactive, and informative Volunteer Conference while
adhering to the constraints of a tight budget; please note that Girl
Scouts San Diego does not profit financially from this event.
Is financial assistance available?
Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Online
registration for financial assistance is not available; use the
printable form. When you register for the conference, you can check
the box that reads, “I am requesting financial assistance. Include 50%
of fee with registration.” If you have any questions regarding your
registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: You can also use a portion of your troop funds to
supplement some of the cost of attending the conference. Your girls
will benefit from what you learn!
Where can I find more information?
You can visit our VC
page for more information, as it develops. If you have any
additional questions, you can email email@example.com
or call 619-610-0741.