November 2016: Checklist for Success

Need a refresher from last month? Check out the October Checklist!

Need to download a copy of the November Checklist? Click here!

November At-A-Glance

Upcoming – For Girls, Troops, and Families

Fall/Winter Events:

    • Troops and Girl Scout families can view and register for events around the council from the Events Calendar on our website. You can also find program kits and field trips online!
    • Join us for the Pre-Show Dinner Party for Disney On Ice on November 25! With a uniquely designed Girl Scout Princess Adventure passport, girls will meet and mingle with Girl Scout sisters from near and far, sing-a-long with a live music performance during the pizza party, learn princess etiquettes, take a picture with a Disney character, and create her very own flower crown to wear for the evening!
    • Plan ahead for the holidays by registering for Winter Day Camp at Camp Tanglefoot on December 27. We’re gearing up for sledding, building snow-Girl Scouts, making snow angels, snow painting, songs, games, crafts, Girl Scout badge work, and a campfire with s’mores!

Program Aide Training:

    • Do you have Cadettes who would like to share their knowledge and develop leadership skills? Encourage them to sign up for the next Program Aide Training in Sioux City on November 5.

Volunteer Resources

Circle of Creativity:

    • Don’t miss out on attending a Circle of Creativity near you! Choose from 8 sessions scheduled across the council in November/December. At these unique events, you’ll connect with your fellow Girl Scout leaders, hear from GSGI staff and share best practices with each other.

Virtual Roundtables:

    • Our virtual Roundtables are held each month by conference call. Register for the date and time that works for you, and call in from work or home to chat with other leaders about ideas and best practices!
      • November 2 & 3  – Service Project Roundtable
      • November 8 & 15  – Junior Leader Roundtable
      • Check out the calendar for more sessions

Program Kits:

    • Did you know that we offer program kits (many of them downloadable) for you and your troop to use? We even have a brand new Juliette Heritage Patch program, just in time for Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday on October 31!

Volunteer Toolkit Enhancements:

    • The Volunteer Toolkit is a great resource to help you plan and prepare your troop year! GSUSA just rolled out a few exciting enhancements that make it even better, including support for multi-level troops, improved search functionality, and more flexibility in how you organize your meeting content and dates.

Girl Scout Q & A

Q: What forms do we need to complete for troop activities?
A: Always start with the Event/Activity/Trip Checklist for all of your planning steps! If you’re planning an event that falls into one of these categories, an application for activity approval is required before you start your journey.

  • Your troop or group will be away for one or more nights.
  • You’ll be riding horses.
  • You’ll be doing water activities, or swimming at a location without a staff lifeguard.

Learn more in our Bridge post about troop and service unit activities!

Q: What’s the deal with Girl Scout Activity Insurance?
A: Every registered Girl Scout is covered by a basic accident insurance plan. The plan is designed to help pay medical expenses if an accident occurs during a supervised Girl Scout activity. Additional insurance options are available for travel, events lasting more than 2 nights, and activities where non-members will be present.

Learn more in our Girl Scout insurance guide on the Bridge!

Jump-Start Your Motivation at “Circle of Creativity!”

Whew, it seems like the year just started, but we’re already well into planning a new year, and the Cookie Program is coming up in just a few months. Need a boost to get you through? We want to help, with our Circle of Creativity events – designed with you in mind! At these unique events, you’ll connect with your fellow Girl Scout leaders, hear from GSGI staff and share best practices with each other.

Just like our Circle of Success events from this summer, you’ll get the chance to customize your experience with 3 rounds of break-out sessions, each with options suiting almost any volunteer role (see below for more info).

Locations are spread around the council – eight in all – so find the one nearest you and register for a day of Girl Scout fun!

What types of sessions will be available? Here’s a roundup of the options you’ll have for your breakout sessions:

Color Me Program

Join our program staff as we play a chocolaty game while getting to the heart of what girls like, what they want, and what they need to be successful Girl Scouts. From trips and council events, to service unit events and online registration — we’ll talk about it all & give you a fun takeaway!

Parents to Volunteers: Savvy and Creative Ways to Encourage Involvement

Do you want better parent involvement in your troop?   Do you struggle with getting parent help at your meetings?  Come and learn new strategies for getting parents more involved and sharing their talents/careers/activities with the girls.  We also look forward to hearing about your successes.

Pins, Petunias, and Poems…Oh My! – Appreciating Your Outstanding Volunteers

Everyone likes a little recognition! Learn fun, inventive ideas to recognize those outstanding troop leaders and volunteers in your life.  We will also discuss how to improve the nominations for the council-wide awards – such as Outstanding Leader and Rookie of the Year – using the stories you already know.

Rallies, Contests, and 100 Years of Cookies!

During this session, volunteers will share ideas on how to run a successful Cookie Rally, and learn more about contests and promotions for this year’s Cookie Program. We’ll also talk about Troop 100 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of girls selling cookies!

“Speed-Meeting” for Service Unit Managers

Unsure of who the volunteers are in your neighboring areas? Not sure how you can connect? This session is made for our Service Unit Managers (SUM) to help you get to know other SUMs in your region – quickly & effectively! At the end, we’ll take time to discuss some service unit support measures for this year, and take suggestions about how we can improve our efforts.

Spring into Spring Celebrations

Join us as we look at creative ways to celebrate the Girl Scout holidays that happen each spring.  From World Thinking Day to Court of Awards, we will discover new resources and share ideas.  Come prepared to awaken the excitement of spring in your troop!

Traditions: Incorporating Songs & Games

Whether you’re new to Girl Scouts or a returning volunteer looking to get back to the roots, this session is for you! Learn traditional and modern Girl Scout songs and games with our staff. We’ll then work together to consider how you can introduce them into meetings and events with your girls.

What’s New with Cookies!

We’ll give an introduction to the program, review what’s new for the 2017 year, and even have you sample the newest treat – the Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie! This session is for new and returning volunteers alike. (Note: This is not a full training on the program, simply a sneak peek.)

Still need convincing? Here are three more great reasons to attend Circle of Creativity:

  1. Many opportunities for prizes and surprises!
  2. Connect with a new Girl Scout sister from outside of your community.
  3. Spark a new idea or two to incorporate with your troop!

We hope to see you at Circle of Creativity soon. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendar for our council-wide “Circle of Excellence” event on Saturday, April 22 to recognize and appreciate all volunteers!