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Join the Girl Advisory Board to GSUSA

Girl Advisory Board to Girl Scouts of the USA Position & Application Information Sheet

Deadline: March 31, 2021, 11:59 pm EST

Please read the entire document before applying to be a member of the Girl Advisory Board to Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

The Girl Advisory Board to GSUSA works with the Girl Scout national office on key projects and initiatives aligned to the national strategy and provides critical customer insight and innovative ideas to serve girls in the 21st Century. Members of the Girl Advisory Board will make recommendations, contribute to key initiatives, and influence decision-making processes at our national office. Girls gain experience creating change in a national nonprofit organization, receive hands-on training, professional development opportunities and skill development.

Girl Advisory Board members serve for up to two years or until their high school graduation, whichever comes first.

Application Qualifications

  • Enrolled in 8th – 12th grade for fall 2021.
  • Registered as a Girl Scout at the time of application (if accepted, girls must renew their membership by the start of the new membership year, October 1).
  • Genuine interest in taking on a leadership role on the national level of Girl Scouts.
  • Ability to communicate with your peers and with adults.
  • Ability to work well independently and on a team.
  • Committed to using technology as a platform for research and communication.


  • Available to commit to attend two to three (2-3) monthly virtual meetings over the next two (2) years. These include one monthly call with the entire group; and one to two calls with a smaller subcommittee (day/time to be decided by the group).
  • Available to commit to an additional 2-4 hours per month to research or tasks outside of meetings.
  • Subcommittee: Members of the Girl Advisory Board will provide general feedback on key initiatives undertaken by GSUSA related to national strategy, for example, things like:
    • Serving more girls
    • Researching the needs and experiences of girls with the Girl Scout Research Institute
    • Transforming the volunteer experience
    • Ensuring that our brand is relevant
    • Working effectively as a national organization
    • Enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice


(Note: Specific projects and work within each focus area may vary widely, and girls selected for the board may end up working on projects different than the ones they describe in their applications. Members of the Girl Advisory Board must be team players, ready and willing to work together to address the most pressing needs of our Movement.)

  • Actively participate in all scheduled meetings with other Girl Advisory Board members and GSUSA staff partners.
  • Work in groups and independently to complete and present research and tasks.
  • Perform related responsibilities as assigned.

In Person Retreat

When COVID-19 travel restrictions permit, the Girl Advisory Board will meet for an in- person retreat.


Application Timeline/Process

March 1, 2021          Application released. All registered Girl Scouts who will be in 8-12 grade in fall of 2021 and meet the above qualifications are eligible to apply. Applications consist of short answer questions and a video submission.

March 31, 2021       Application period closes.

April 1-15, 2021       All completed applications are sent to each local Girl Scout council. Each Girl Scout council must select and nominate their council's top three candidates among the pool of girls who have applied.

Councils will review all the application data submitted to GSUSA, and councils may choose to contact the girls for additional information (optional).

April 15, 2021          The names of each council's three nominations are due to GSUSA.

April 30, 2021          Final board members are selected by a committee comprised of GSUSA staff and national Girl Scout volunteers. GSUSA will send decision emails to all applicants, copying the council contact on each email.

May 13 or 14            First Girl Advisory Board virtual meeting!


If you meet the above qualifications and can commit to the responsibilities and the above meeting schedule, review the application questions below and Instructions:

apply here!

Once you begin the online application, you will NOT be able to save it online and come back to it later – you must complete the application in one sitting. For this reason, you can use the questions below to draft your answers, and then cut and paste the text into the online form. This worksheet is for your personal use only. There is no need to write every single answer on this worksheet; it is just for you to prepare!

Application Questions

General Information

  • Your First Name, Last Name, Birthdate, Email Address, Phone Number, Address
  • Parent/Guardian Name, Email Address & Phone Number
  • Your Grade (girls in grades 8-12 as of fall 2021 are eligible to apply)
  • Racial/Ethnic Background (optional)
  • Your home Girl Scout Council (Not sure? Use the Council Finder).

Short Answer Questions: Each answer must be less than 1,000 characters including spaces.

  • What interests you about applying for the Girl Advisory Board to GSUSA?
  • Please tell us about how you are an innovative thinker by providing an example of a time you found a smart solution to a problem, big or small.
  • Provide an example of a time that you worked well on a team, including experiences with both peers and with adults.
  • What passions or talents do you have that will benefit the Girl Advisory Board to GSUSA?
  • What skills or experiences make you an excellent candidate for the Girl Advisory Board to GSUSA?
  • The Girl Advisory Board will partner with GSUSA staff on key projects and initiatives that contribute to the national strategy, for example:
    • Serving more girls
    • Researching the needs and experiences of girls with the Girl Scout Research Institute (click the link for more information on this kind of research)
    • Transforming the volunteer experience
    • Ensuring that our brand is relevant
    • Working effectively as a national organization
    • Enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion and racial justice
  • Which of these areas are you most interested in contributing to?
  • How would you contribute to work in this area? Please note: projects and subcommittees will be determined based on the overall needs of GSUSA and the makeup of the board. If accepted, you might not work on the project you wrote about, but we are interested in knowing how you think about these topics and plan around them!
  • Please describe your vision for the future of Girl Scouting.


Before you start this application, record yourself answering the question below in about one minute.

  •  How do you embody the qualities and character of a Girl Scout?

Link Instructions: Upload your video to a file-sharing site that can generate a link to either view or download your video (e.g., Vimeo, YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox). Ensure that anyone with the link can view or download the video, BUT make sure your video is not publicly available or searchable. For YouTube, you can make your video "Unlisted". For Vimeo, you can add a password alongside your link.

Some video tips:

  • The video can be made use any recordable device, including a smartphone, tablet, laptop or digital camera.
  • Selfie-style videos are accepted and encouraged; your video does not need to be professionally shot or edited—we just want to get to know you and your interest in being a member of the Girl Advisory Board!
  • If recording your video from your cell phone, please hold the phone horizontally as it captures higher quality video.

Applications are NOT complete unless a working video link is provided with your application.