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Volunteer as a Guider – it’s worth your time

Volunteer opportunities with Girl Guides

Girl Guides of Canada has volunteer opportunities for you to help create a better world, by girls. You’ll become an influential part of girls’ lives as you share their laughter, help them believe in themselves and watch their confidence grow. Create a space where girls can just be. Volunteer as a Guider today – it’s worth your time.

Apply to join our valued team of volunteers

Volunteering with Girl Guides is:

  • Fun – fill your cup with laughter, smiles and happy chaos.
  • Rewarding – when you create a space for girls to just be, you’ll see their confidence grow week after week.
  • Life-changing – develop marketable skills such as communication, event planning and leadership
  • Unforgettable – meet some of your new favourite people and build unbreakable bonds

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Volunteering with girls in a unit – as a Guider you’ll facilitate empowering, hands-on activities for girls ages 5-17 in your community in weekly meetings which run from fall until spring.
  • Volunteering with other adults to support Guiding – volunteer as a treasurer or assist at special events, camps and more.

Volunteers support girls 5-17 as they:

  • Share new adventures and real-life experiences.
  • Explore their curiosity and creativity together with friends.
  • Gain confidence and build leadership skills.
  • Try DIY projects, science experiments, and explore the outdoors.

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*All volunteers must be the age of majority in their province or territory.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I do as a volunteer with a Girl Guide unit?

Volunteering with girls in a unit means planning regular unit meetings, facilitating girl-driven programming, and creating a safe space for laughter, creativity and confidence building. You’ll be an influential part of girls' lives as you lead them through fun activities, outdoor adventures, community service projects, Girl Guide cookie sales and more.

What happens in a unit meeting?

Each unit meeting lasts between 1-2 hours, depending on the age of the girls. Meetings usually include a mix of fun program activities such as games, crafts, science experiments, singing, baking, or anything else you and the girls in your unit wish to try! Our program platform provides a library of fun activities for each age group to explore and earn badges.

What kind of support is offered to new volunteers?

You’ll be supported every step of the way with training on everything from girl safety and administration to diversity and inclusion. Our new Guider training and mentorship programs are designed specifically for volunteers during their first year with Girl Guides.

What kind of time commitment is needed to volunteer with Girl Guides? 

Units usually meet on a weekly basis from September through to May or June. Volunteers commit to 3 hours per week of unit planning and meetings, plus additional hours, when required, for planning and facilitating trips or events. When the outcome is a better world, by girls it's worth your time.

How many volunteers are there in each unit?

At a minimum there are two volunteers for every unit. Volunteers work together to plan and facilitate fun activities for girls each week.

Do I need to have prior Guiding experience to apply?

No prior Guiding experience is required, just a desire to be part of our vision of a better world, by girls!

What happens after I apply to volunteer?

After you’ve submitted your application form , you’ll go through a short screening process which includes a brief interview, Police Records Check and references, and asked to complete an online risk management module. Read more about the steps we take before safely placing you in a volunteer role.

Have other questions?

Please email screening@girlguides.ca and we can answer your questions about our volunteer opportunities.

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