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Troop Mentorship

The Troop Mentorship program builds connections between experienced volunteers and those just starting their leadership journeys.

The troop mentor welcomes a new leader and introduces them to Girl Scout resources, including the service unit team, service unit meetings, troop support and training.

The mentee, a registered volunteer in their first to third year of leading a Girl Scout troop, meets with an assigned mentor throughout the year, becoming familiar with the Girl Scout support system and benefitting from the mentor’s knowledge and experience.

Troop mentor position description

Reports to: Adult learning specialist, adult learning manager

Term: One year; may be reappointed annually

Function: Welcome new leaders and introduce them to Girl Scout resources, including the service unit team, service unit meetings, troop support and training.

Competencies
  • Positive attitude for learning new things.
  • Able to work productively and respectfully with people of diverse cultures, abilities, personalities, ages and backgrounds.
  • Email and internet capabilities for efficient communication, document sharing and research.
  • Promotion of Girl Scouts San Diego policies, standards and procedures.
Expectations
  • Honor and live by the Girl Scout Law.
  • Serve as a positive role model to girls, troop leaders, parents, other organization members, staff and the public.
  • Understand and articulate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, the Leadership Keys, Processes and Outcomes and how they support the girl program.
  • Have the time and energy to devote to the position.
  • Adopt a flexible schedule to accommodate the diverse needs of the other volunteers.
  • Share best practices and new ideas for having a successful troop.
  • Complete mentorship training.
  • Practice positive communication skills; be able to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Embrace opportunities for personal growth and enrichment.
  • Maintain positive relationships with Girl Scouts San Diego staff, service unit teams, troop parents, community partners and new leaders.
  • Provide an evaluation of the experience.
  • Repeat the mentoring process with others.
  • Celebrate successes.
Requirements
  • Be a registered member “in good standing” with current volunteer paperwork and background clearance on file.
  • Complete the required training progression relevant to new leaders.
  • Mentor a minimum of 1 troop per membership year.
  • Participate in scheduled new leader check-ins and mentor training, and read troop mentor e-newsletter.
  • Comply with Volunteer Essentials guidelines and Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  • Accept and comply with Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts San Diego Council policies, procedures and guidelines. 
Troop mentee position description

Reports to: Adult learning specialist, adult learning manager

Term: One year; may be reappointed annually

Function: Work with your volunteer mentor for a year with the goal of familiarizing yourself with your service unit team, service unit meetings, troop resources and training.

Competencies
  • Positive attitude for learning new things.
  • Able to work productively and respectfully with people of diverse cultures, abilities, personalities, ages and backgrounds.
  • Email and internet capabilities for efficient communication, document sharing and research.
  • Promotion of Girl Scouts San Diego policies, standards and procedures.
Expectations
  • Honor and live by the Girl Scout Law.
  • Serve as a positive role model to girls, troop leaders, parents, other organization members, staff and the public.
  • Have the time and energy to devote to the position.
  • Adopt a flexible schedule to accommodate the diverse needs of the other volunteers.
  • Be open to new ideas for having a successful troop.
  • Practice positive communication skills; be able to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Embrace opportunities for personal growth and enrichment.
  • Maintain positive relationships with Girl Scouts San Diego staff, service unit teams, troop parents, community partners and other leaders.
  • Provide an evaluation of the experience.
  • Repeat the mentoring process with others.
  • Create goals with mentor.
  • Inform your mentor about your preferred learning style.
  • Be realistic about setting timelines.
  • Accept constructive feedback.
  • Celebrate successes.
  • Be consistent and reliable.
Requirements
  • Be a registered member “in good standing” with current volunteer paperwork and background clearance on file.
  • Complete the required training progression relevant to new leaders.
  • Mentee a minimum of 1 year.
  • Participate in scheduled new leader check-ins and read troop mentor e-newsletter.
  • Comply with Volunteer Essentials guidelines and Safety Activity Checkpoints.
  • Accept and comply with Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts San Diego Council policies, procedures and guidelines. 
Mentor-Mentee Bill of Rights
You have the right to …
  • Receive a suitable assignment, taking into account your personal preferences, temperament, experience, education and background.
  • Know as much about the Troop Mentor Program’s policies, programs and staff as possible.
  • Be treated as a contributing team member. The mentor isn’t just free help, and the mentee gets to lead and make decisions for their troop.
  • Access continuing volunteer training.
  • Be heard, make suggestions and be respected for your opinion.
  • Have a part in evaluating your mentor-mentee experience.
You have the responsibility to …
  • Follow policies and procedures.
  • Be considerate, respect confidences and work as a member of the mentor-mentee team with all staff members and volunteers.
  • Use sound judgment in making all decisions.
  • Keep staff members or service unit team informed of problems or changes. 
  • Maintain a caring and respectful attitude to all members.
  • Fulfill the obligations of the position for which you are volunteering. If you are unable to keep your project commitment, inform the training team and service unit team as soon as possible.
  • Attend required trainings.
  • Communicate with your mentee or mentor to ask for help or provide guidance.
  • Immediately report any accident or injury.
Timeline of mentor responsibilities
Mentor responsibility timeline


Just fill out our online interest form, and we'll connect you with a mentor or mentee!

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Questions? Contact Iris Gerber, (619) 610-0741.