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!
- November 14 – Ottumwa (Meet & Greet: 6:00-6:30p.m.; Event: 6:30 – 8:30p.m.)
- November 15 – Osceola (Meet & Greet: 6:00-6:30p.m.; Event: 6:30 – 8:30p.m.)
- November 17 – Red Oak (Meet & Greet: 6:00-6:30p.m.; Event: 6:30 – 8:30p.m.)
- November 21 – Algona (Meet & Greet: 6:00-6:30p.m.; Event: 6:30 – 8:30p.m.)
- November 28 – Iowa Falls (Meet & Greet: 6:00-6:30p.m.; Event: 6:30 – 8:30p.m.)
- November 29 – Grimes (Meet & Greet: 6:00-6:30p.m.; Event: 6:30 – 8:30p.m.)
- December 5 – Carroll (Meet & Greet: 6:00-6:30p.m.; Event: 6:30 – 8:30p.m.)
- December 6 – Cherokee (Meet & Greet: 6:00-6:30p.m.; Event: 6:30 – 8:30p.m.)
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:
- Many opportunities for prizes and surprises!
- Connect with a new Girl Scout sister from outside of your community.
- 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!