Overseas Community Management Team (OCMT) members play a big role in bringing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to communities around the world. By supporting volunteers, organizing community events, serving as liaisons between their local community and USAGSO’s support staff they make it possible for girls to learn skills and create life-long memories with their peers and other caring girls and adults of all ages. Whether you are just getting started in this role or returning for another year, you will find some useful resources here.
This might not be the first time you have registered with USAGSO, but there are a few additional steps you will need to complete as a member of the OCMT.
If you run into any challenges, we have put together tips and tricks to navigate your way to active membership. Check out the “Registration Help" tab. You can also reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions and assistance.
USA Girl Scouts Overseas requires OCMT members to complete training for the OCMT, as well as for their specific position. Once you have completed the commitment form you will be assigned to the correct OCMT training in gsLearn. In your MYGS account, you will navigate to the gsLearn tab to access the gsLearn catalog of training modules. Be sure to complete the required OCMT training: OCMT 101, Successful Leader Learning Series, and your position-specific training
OVERSEAS UPDATES: ALL THE NEED-TO-KNOW INFO FOR USAGSO VOLUNTEERS
Throughout the year, USAGSO offers live Overseas Updates webinars as well as Networking and Office Hours. These are wonderful opportunities to hear directly from USAGSO staff and meet other volunteers from communities around the world. You will hear important Girl Scout news and learn about new opportunities available to the members of your community. All of these opportunities are available via gsLearn.
Be sure to opt in to emails through your MYGS account. USAGSO sends a regular email newsletter called The Globe. The Globe is USAGSO’s e-newsletter that provides both volunteers and parents with updates and events from overseas, other Stateside councils, and GSUSA. If you are not getting The Globe, check your spam/junk mailbox or message email@example.com.
As OCMT member volunteers, parents and girls will be looking to you for assistance and guidance. In addition to completing your required training, it is important for you to become familiar with the Forms section of this website. To get started take some time to review these three documents: Volunteer Policies, Safety Activity Checkpoint, Volunteer Essentials. These documents hold the answers to many important questions, like the girl to adult safety ratios, registration requirements, the background check policy, and much, much more. Reviewing these documents will help to keep you and your girls safe.
Whether you are leading a troop or not planning meetings to inform and connect with the volunteers in your community is important and should be regularly scheduled in advance. Each community will organize its volunteer meetings to fit its members, some might choose virtual meetings, others in-person, and some will use a combination of both. There are three types of meetings the OCMTs is responsible for scheduling:
USA Girl Scouts Overseas monitors a Facebook page as well as two private groups to help volunteers across the overseas movement connect and support each other.
Answering a few questions helps us keep our groups private and gives you access to a world of knowledge. If you don’t have Facebook, don’t worry. The information shared on Facebook can also be found in The Globe.
The Volunteer Facebook page is a private group for USAGSO volunteers, you can direct parents to our public Facebook page, USA Girl Scouts Overseas. In addition to our volunteer group and our public page, there are other great Facebook groups to connect you with leaders across the movement.
Working with volunteers, parents, community members, and of course your girl members, OCMT members coordinate community-wide events, training, and ceremonies. This is a great way to bring your membership together.