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Sample Meetings

There are a wide variety of resources available that show sample meetings. We will be adding resources here for different levels as we post them.

For all levels: Sample meetings and program resources from GSGATL.org

Daisy Meeting Resources

Sample 1st Daisy Meeting

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Daisy Earth and Sky Sample Meetings

Daisy 5 Stories, 4,3 Journey Sample Meetings

 First Four Brownie Meetings

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Brownie Leader Meeting Plan Kit

Junior Meetings

Plannign Your Junior Year

Your First Four Junior Meetings

Cadette Troop Meeting Planning

Planning with Cadettes

 

Guide to GS Investiture & Rededication Ceremonies

Long time Girl Scout leader and volunteer Denise put together a guide to investiture and rededication ceremonies. You can download the file as a pdf.

Investiture welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Girl Scout Brownie, or Girl Scout Daisy pin at this time.

Rededication ceremonies are an opportunity for girls and adults to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Tips for Holding Ceremonies

  1. Devote sufficient time to planning the ceremony. Good ceremonies have a clear purpose and enrich the meaning and mood of the ceremony.
  2. Use Journey adult guides and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting to help girls plan their ceremonies.
  3. Take safety precautions when using candles or fires, or when the girls construct bridges or platforms. Refer to Volunteer Essentials and the Safety Activity Checkpoints (available through your council) for specific advice.
  4. Add personal elements to traditional ceremonies. Use favorite poems, songs, stories, and sayings, or have the girls write something new.
  5. Consider the role of colors and symbols that the girls might use in their ceremony.
  6. Observe flag etiquette when the girls hold flag ceremonies.

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May Girl Scouts Assist in Political Rallies?

The Girl Scout Council of Greater Atlanta answers:
Politics is surely a hot topic in our society today and many candidates reach out to Girl Scouts for support or endorsements.  Please review the attached document for clarification on Girl Scout’s position on political involvement.  This information is also posted on our website https://www.gsgatl.org/About-Us/newsroom/Pages/Girl-Scouts-of-the-USA-Policy-on-Electioneering.aspx and will be in the volunteer portal.

If there are questions or concerns, please contact Anji Roe Wood at arwood@gsgatl.org 770-702-9188

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Parent Meeting Checklist 2012

It’s that time of year again – Girl Scout troops are starting up or forming and that means there is parent information to share.

It’s time to hold a Troop Parent Meeting!  If you would like help/support, please email a member of the service unit team.  We would love to help.  Remember older girls also love to work with the younger girls, so if  you need someone to lead them in activities while you talk to the parents, let us know and we can connect you.

Checklist of things to cover:

  • If Girls/Parents are not yet registered for the upcoming year, now is a good time to remind them to do so!
  • Encourage families to make a donation to the GSGATL’s Annual Fund.
  • Discuss how much dues will be and how to handle.
  • Have families complete/update a Health Form for every registered Girl Scout and Volunteer for you to keep on file.
  • Discuss when and where the troop will meet and some examples of fun activities the girls might choose!
  • Parent Positions/Volunteers needed: Troop Treasurer, Fall Product Manager, Cookie Manager, Transportation Coordinator, Troop Driver, etc.
  • every position must be an approved volunteer
  • every position must be a registered Girl Scout
  • Leader training coming up Sept 8th, Woodstock Church of Christ. All new volunteers must attend training.
  • Behavior Expectations, for Girls and Parents
  • Have parents and girls sign the Behavior Contract (Page 81 Volunteer Essentials)
  • Discuss housekeeping responsibilities at your meeting location.  Girl Scouts ALWAYS leave a place looking better than when we arrived!
  • Answer any questions or concerns.

For additional ideas, see page 76 in Volunteer Essentials

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Volunteer Feedback Wanted

Calling all

Riverwood Service Unit

Volunteers!!!

Do you love volunteering with Girl Scouts?

Please tell us why!

We need to know why you love being a Girl Scout Volunteer so we can tell potential new leaders at our upcoming recruiting events!

Please email to Sherry Mongesku sherrymongesku@comcast.net

or text 480-580-4110

I love being a Girl Scout Volunteer because……..”

*First names only might be used along with your quote. If you would prefer your name NOT be used, please state that on message.

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Group Llama ride

Smoky Mountain Llama Treks

We at Smoky Mountain Llama Treks wanted to Express our appreciation of all the Girl Scout Troops that raise up our fine young women around the world.  Summer of 2012 is fast approaching and many of you have expressed interest in taking one of our famous llamas treks this summer.

Our schedule is rapidly filling and we didn’t want our Girl Scouts left out in the heat without a llama to make them laugh and play in the water this summer.  Please take a look at the attached pictures, our website (http://www.smokymountainllamatreks.com/) and let us know if you have any questions.  Your girls will love the llamas and the surrounding Smoky Mtn area this summer.  Come join us for a fun filled day with glorious views, butterflies, flowers, trees and many other things to see on your hike with the llamas.

We look forward to seeing your troop this summer!!

Steve Garrett
Smoky Mountain Llama Treks
llamahiking@gmx.com
(423) 487-0600 Office
(616) 430-0775 Cell

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Bridging locations

Our service unit is planning its own bridging event, but your troop can also scout out favorite locations for a troop level ceremony.  We are looking for suggestions from other volunteers, and will be creating a page all about bridging after our April SU meeting.

Possible locations include:

  • Girl Scout camps
  • Churches
  • Parks with bridges or amphitheaters/gazebos
  • Recreation centers
  • State parks, particularly day use areas
  • Neighborhood club houses

Any locations outside of your regular meeting location and date should be approved by council with an activity request.  Visit https://www.gsgatl.org/forms/Pages/Volunteer-Forms.aspx  to view safety activity checkpoints as well.

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Spring Registration

April’s meeting will be about Spring Registration and what to do if you troop is disbanding. Remember registration is online this year, so NOW is the time for the leaders in your troop to get together and login in to eBiz, the council’s troop management system. Only the “01″ of the troop can re-register girls from the troop management site.

  • 01 Troop Leaders can re-register their troop through eBiz using the Troop Management Module.
  • Online registration through eBiz
  • Parents will also be sent individual online registration instructions.
  • eBiz payment options are debit card, credit card or prepaid cards with the VISA, MasterCard, Amex, or Discover logo
We will have a packet at the April meeting for disbanding troops.  There are few forms that need to be completed, as well as closing troop bank accounts and turning in remaining funds with the paperwork.
If you need support during registration: contact the eBiz Hotline

 Email: eBiz@gsgatl.org Phone: 770-702-9650

eBiz Hotline Hours extended:

April 1 – June 1

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Note:This is subject to change based on call volume

Spring Registration Incentive Program

Spring registration is an incentive based program that will reward troop leaders and girls that participate online. All existing troops and individual members who plan to return to Girl Scouts for the 2012-2013 membership year are eligible to participate by registering online.

Year of the Girl

Girls that register online by the

June 1 deadline will receive a 3-piece patch bracelet.  The patch is exclusive to girls participating in spring registration and will not be available for sale in theBadge & Sash store.

Troop Incentive

Troop leaders who meet the following guidelines will receive an  “awesome” 100th Anniversary license plate.  The license plate will be awarded 2 per troop and only the leaders who register their troops in the spring will have these!!

          

To receive the troop leader incentive you must:

Register your troop online by the June 1 deadline

Register a minimum of:

  • Girl Scout Daisies – 8 girls and one to two adults
  • Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors – 10 girls and one to two adults
  • Girl Scout Cadette, Senior and Ambassadors – 5 girls and one to two adults

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