Have you ever gotten to the point in your Girl Scout year where you realize you’re a bit overwhelmed and can’t believe you signed up for this job?
I didn’t know when I started volunteering that my troop contained queer and gender-expansive youth, or that learning to provide a safe space for them would be part of my work as a troop leader. The journey that my Troop and I have been on has only expanded my love of being their Troop Leader.
They say the average person has 155 friends on Facebook. Multiply that by a troop of 12 and you have 1860 possible cookie customers just waiting to buy Thin Mints and Samoas! Setting up your Digital Cookie platform is a cinch — find out how to set it up together and turn your troop meeting into a Digital Cookie Day!
Whether you’re having virtual troop meetings, or meeting in person, there are a few basics required for an excellent Girl Scout troop meeting. These tried-and-true strategies will make all types of online activities fun for kids!
A good icebreaker game in a Girl Scout meeting can do wonders to help your girls build friendships and gain confidence. Whether your girls are Daisies or teens, are meeting for the first time or are already BFFs, a well-placed, well-planned online icebreaker game can go a long way on the virtual landscape.
Whether you are a new troop leader or a seasoned volunteer, you can use your resources wisely and get help online, not to mention the most important advice—from the girls you are leading and advising! Here are three easy steps and some great ideas to make meeting planning go smoothly this year:
The classic Girl Scout parent volunteer team includes a Troop Leader, a Troop Treasurer, and a Cookie/Fall Product Program Chair. Here are just a few volunteer roles that you may want to consider in addition to your current volunteer team.
Wondering why cybersecurity is such an important subject for girls to learn, or feeling nervous about leading the charge on a subject you might not know too much about? In the November STEM webinar, Muoi Tran Landivar, Security Awareness and Education Lead at Palo Alto Networks spoke about the new badges, and why they are so valuable to Girl Scouts and parents alike.
Planning a meeting isn’t just about activities and logistics (although those things are important too!) It’s about creating a safe space where your Girl Scouts can build relationships, grow, and thrive. Here are a basic structure and tips to get you started.
When I became a Girl Scout leader, I had never used a glue gun, had only been camping one time, and the idea of giving first aid or CPR to anyone frightened me. Now I’ve faced all those challenges, obstacles, and fears alongside some amazing young ladies. Use these three tips to boost your confidence as a leader:
Whatever your reasons for inviting new girls to your troop, a Bring-a-Friend event will engage your girls’ leadership skills while also promoting friendship and inclusion. Not sure where to begin? Use these 6 bite-sized steps to get you started: