Volunteer Screening Process
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Thank you for choosing to volunteer with GSNorCal! For the safety of the girls, we ask that volunteers complete a screening process.
Screening is a two step process - both steps are required for everyone:
Already completed screening using the personal reference system? Yes, you still need to submit this online application in addition to the background check (electronic or fingerprinting)
Which volunteers need to complete the volunteer screening process?
A Girl Scout volunteer must complete the volunteer screening process and be a registered adult member of Girl Scouts before she/he will:
- work with, drive, or supervise girls (Troop/Group Leader or Co-op Leader or parent volunteer)
- work with Girl Scout money (Troop Treasurer or cookie or fall product sale chair))
- work with girls’ or the other adults’ personal information (Registrar for a troop or service unit)
- attend an overnight activity
I’ve already completed an electronic background check or fingerprinting elsewhere. Do I have to do it again?
Yes, unfortunately we cannot accept previous fingerprint or electronic criminal background screening clearance from other agencies in accordance with California Law. [California Penal Code sections 11105 and 13300 identify who may have access to criminal history information and under what circumstances it may be released.]
All information is confidential
All information received in the volunteer screening process will be treated confidentially and will only be used by Girl Scouts of Northern California staff directly involved with the screening of a particular volunteer. The reports only come to the Girl Scouts and not to any other agencies or organizations. The information is confidential and cannot be used against you, other than to deny your application to work as a volunteer. Girl Scouts of Northern California will not report any information, including citizenship status to any government agencies.
GSNorCal may use any appropriate information from the volunteer screening process when refusing to allow a volunteer to work, when granting conditional volunteer status involving fiscal responsibility or direct contact with girls, or when releasing a volunteer from a position. Only volunteer status (cleared, conditional status or prohibited from volunteering) will be shared with staff and volunteers with whom the volunteer would be directly involved.
Tips for a quick and easy volunteer screening
Before you get started, here are a few important tips to help things go as smoothly as possible.
- All registration and adult screening forms submitted should reflect exactly the same first & last names and addresses
- Should you begin using a hyphenated last name, change your last name, or change your contact information, it is necessary to notify the council. For name changes, please email email@example.com. To change your contact information, please log on to your eBiz account at www.GirlScoutsNorCal.org/ebiz or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.