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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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Scholarship Opportunity: Kids Who Care

Kids Who Care is a recognition program with a scholarship award for kids who do a lot of community service. It is for outstanding students in grades 9-12 who have a special commitment to volunteerism.

http://www.11alive.com/life/community/story.aspx?storyid=29076

For more information you can call 678-916-3100 and speak to Michele Pearce. She is the Community Service Awards Chair, Junior League of Atlanta and her email is kidswhocareawards@gmail.com.

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How To Manage Troop Records (without going crazy)

Starting a troop notebook is a simple and effective way to keep those important forms and papers organized.

The latest council forms are always on their website, GSGATL.org. Here is the current direct link to the forms page. Our service unit also has troop rosters and other forms available for you once you are a registered leader.

Note that now you can track registration information online via eBiz.

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