Category Archives: Training

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

brownie_meetings

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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Girl Scouts Greater Atlanta

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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Grow Your Knowledge

Start your new year with some new Girl Scout skills! Has your troop bridged to a new program level? Ready to take your girls tent camping? Are you looking for some new games to bring to your troop? or have you always wanted to know how to use a dutch oven? The Grow Your Knowledge Training Weekend is a partnership between the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia to bring a weekend full of leadership basics and fun enrichment classes to leaders in north Georgia. Come for just a class or two or stay for the whole weekend. New leaders are welcome and many classes are open to Girl Scout Seniors and Girl Scout Ambassadors.

Check out the Grow Your Knowledge website for details!

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Ten Tips from a Seasoned Leader

TOP TEN PIECES OF ADVICE FROM A SEASONED LEADER

10. There is not just one way of doing things. Your way is just great. There are no Girl Scout Police. You don’t need to be a great outdoors-woman or a life-long Girl Scout to be an effective Girl Scout Leader. (But if you know somebody like that, don’t forget to use their expertise to help you along the way!)


9. Being a Girl Scout Leader is not a competitive sport. If you hear of something neat that another troop is doing, the appropriate response is not to feel inferior. It is to think of all the great things your troop is doing, too, and to file that great idea away because maybe you’d like to borrow it for your troop.

8. Network. One part of the Girl Scout Law is to use resources wisely. Don’t re-invent the wheel! Talk to other leaders, as well as people involved in other youth organizations and get ideas. Don’t hesitate to call team members for advice.

7. Work together, and maybe even plan some joint activities with other troops. Invite some girls from older troops to come help you, especially troops that are getting ready to bridge to the next level.

6. Remember that all those Girl Scout rules and regulations are there to help and protect you, not to be punitive or restrictive. Those rules, along with a little common sense, will keep you out of hot water.

5. Get the girls to be as self-sufficient as possible. Don’t do something for them that they could do themselves, even if it takes a little longer for them to do it. Don’t automatically jump in and fix everything right away. Ultimately, this will be better for them and better for you. This is an investment you’ll make in the earlier years. Some day, you’ll sit in a lawn chair while they serve you. I promise.

4. Take the training courses that are offered to you. It’s hard to commit to yet another night out, but you’ll get some great ideas and meet some really nifty people. In the long run, it’ll be a time saver.

3. Attend Leader meetings. Same reasoning as the last one.

2. Delegate. Let the other parents in the troop know that everyone should have a part in the troop. There are lots of jobs to be done, large and small, and to fit every time schedule. Make it clear that you are not baby-sitting.

1. Have fun! Being a Girl Scout Leader is one of the best things you’ll ever do for yourself, your daughter, and all of those other girls in the troop. It’s not brain surgery or rocket science, but it’s just as worthwhile and important.

Shari Teresi [steresi@ix.netcom.com]