It’s back-to-troop season and time to plan your first parent meeting. Having strong communication with parents and girls about meeting expectations, yearly planning, and volunteer commitments is crucial to a well-functioning troop, so here are 4 topics to cover to keep you and your parents on the same page.
With final exams, graduation, summer jobs, college preparation, and maybe even a Gold Award taking center stage, your graduating Ambassadors may not be thinking about how to stay involved in Girl Scouts after high school. But with these 4 steps, they can continue their Girl Scout legacy throughout their lives.
When Angela’s Cadettes were Daisies, they attended a Songs ‘n’ Smores event in their town, where they received a thick, 114-page song book that changed their lives. So whether you’re looking for a song for your opening ceremony, a chant to break up the monotony of a meeting, or a cheerful campfire tune, here are 5 songs every Girl Scout should know.
Investitures, bridging, and Court of Awards ceremonies: Girl Scouts has a long tradition of celebrating girls’ achievements. These ceremonies help girls feel that their work is noticed and appreciated, motivating them to keep working hard in the future. Here are some tips from Service Unit 605’s Judy on planning celebrations for your older Girl Scouts, especially those completing a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award!
Do your girls want to (or need to) talk about the difficult issues of inequality coming up in their lives or on the news? Here are seven things you and your girls need to know to dive into the important (and sometimes challenging) conversations happening in our world today.
Usually celebrated in March during Girl Scout Week, Girl Scout Sunday and Sabbath provide Girl Scouts with the opportunity to learn more about their chosen faith and share in one of the oldest Girl Scouting traditions, as well as a way to thank their local faith communities for any partnership or support.
Recognition awards are a great way to recognize adult volunteers in a formal way. With 15 different national and council awards to choose from, you can nominate any of your fellow volunteers for their unparalleled commitment and exceptional service.
Girl Scouts are one of the few non-military organizations that can perform flag ceremonies! So if you’re thinking of incorporating the Stars and Stripes into your next Girl Scout event, here’s what you need to know to plan a flag ceremony.
If you’re a troop leader, you’ve probably heard about service units at least once or twice, and maybe even visited yours. But what is a service unit, and why are they such a valuable resource for troop leaders from newbies to veterans? In this post, Shannon shares some need-to-know information to help answer these questions.
Girls of all ages, Daisies through Ambassadors, can become leaders when they are given the opportunity to step up. Having volunteered with Girl Scouts for twenty years (and leading three troops), Karen discovered that the best way to empower girls as leaders is to help them plan and host events, so they can test their leadership and ideas in action.
Starting a co-op troop is a great way to share responsibility and empower the group to expand without overburdening a single leader. Unlike the traditional troop model where two unrelated adults act as leader and co-leader, a co-op troop encourages all troop parents to work together to balance the leadership tasks.
For shy, nervous girls, everything can feel as daunting as a group presentation. Whether it’s talking to one person in her class or fifteen members of her troop, it can be scary to put herself out there. So how can we, as caring adults, mentors, parents, and troop leaders, support girls who haven’t yet found their voice? Here are five ways you can help each of your Girl Scouts break out of her shell.