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Volunteer Development Program Insigna

Adults as well as girls grow through their association with Girl Scouting. To reflect their journey through Discovering, Connecting and Taking Action, adults can earn the Adult Leadership Experience Bars.

The three bars – Discover, Connect, Take Action –suspend from a Volunteer Development Program pin.

To earn each Leadership Bar, volunteers complete a total of three courses from at least two different interest areas.






GSUSA Online Orientation

GSUSA Girl Scouting 101

Introduction to Girl Scouting

Introduction to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience


Leadership Essentials

Grade Level Essentials: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette or Senior/Ambassador

Continuing the Excellence

Journey Immersion Workshop

Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award Workshops

Troop Trips

J.O. for Seasons of Giving Coordinators

Training Girls to Take Charge

Take Action Projects



Basic Campcraft/Camping Skills

Creative Outdoor Cooking

Campfires & Pressurized Fuels

Exploring the Natural World

Map & Compass

Cooking for Crowds at Camp

J.O. for Day Camp Unit Leaders

Outdoor Adventure Instructor course

Camping Procedures in GSEM

Leave No Trace: Principles and Practices

Troop Camp A, B, A-Z, Fast Track or Fundamentals

J.O. for Day Camp Directors

J.O. for Day Camp Business Managers

J.O. for Anheuser-Busch Nature Center Guides

J.O. for Camp Supervisors

Leave No Trace Trainer Course


First Aid and/or CPR

Basic Water Rescue

Small Craft Safety

Lifeguard/Aquatic Examiner

Leader/Parent Relationships

J.O. for Neighborhood Team Chairs

Coping with Difficult People

J.O. for Mentors

J.O. for Neighborhood Team Members

J.O. for Learning Facilitators, Parts I and/or II

Council Government

J.O. for Delegates to the Representative Assembly

J.O. for Troop Recruiters/Coordinators

*J.O. = Job Orientation

Through meeting the requirements to earn the insignia, adults can:

  • Discover their own place in the organization and learn how to help girls discover what they value
  • Connect by learning how their skills connect to the Girl Scout program and how they can connect with girls and other adults
  • Take action for the organization and work with girls who are learning how to influence change

Adults who choose to earn and wear these insignia are demonstrating their commitment to growing and developing with a dynamic Girl Scout organization.

S-More Fun with Workshops Patch

Volunteers who complete five workshops are eligible to purchase a S’More Fun with Workshops patch. For every additional five workshops completed after the central patch is earned, volunteers can earn a segment.

To receive Insignia

Send letters or certificates of completion, along with a note stating which insignia you are applying for, to the District Volunteer Development Registrar (listed in every issue of Lead & Learn) for your district. Your Registrar will send you a Permit to Purchase the insignia.