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Published on November 2, 2007

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Girl Scout Leader Training:  Girl Scout Leader Training BASIC LEVEL LEADERSHIP TRAINING WELCOME:  WELCOME Glad you are getting some of the training you will need to be a successful Girl Scout Leader. We’ve all been where you are now, excited, scared and feeling a little overwhelmed. Take heart, you’ll make it! Why you are here?:  Why you are here? We’ve all been where you are now OH My Gosh! What have I got myself into? You are saying. We’ve all said the same thing. See!:  See! Do you know what Girl Scouts Are?:  Do you know what Girl Scouts Are? What is Girl Scouting all about? Is it to make better knot tiers, or fire builders or better artists? Girl Scouting is an ideal, a way of life. It is what happens to the girl during the activity and not the activity itself :  Girl Scouting is an ideal, a way of life. It is what happens to the girl during the activity and not the activity itself Slide7:  We are an informal educational program centered around the interest and abilities of girls. Through troop government, girls learn to make decisions and to abide by the decisions of others, learning to follow as well as to lead. Slide8:  Because of the citizenship and international aspects of our program, girls are more aware of and involved with the people around them and throughout the world, seeing their differences and similarities. Slide9:  Through service and social action, girls have opportunities to stretch themselves and to invest themselves in the enterprise of mankind. Slide10:  Our purpose is not for our girls just to look, but to see, not just to hear, but to listen, not just to touch, but to feel. Slide11:  Here are some things we are NOT! Slide12:  Our girls are NOT adorable saleswomen of baked goods. We are NOT a baby-sitting society Slide13:  We are NOT an after-school recreation group. We are NOT a girls club. We are NOT an adult-imposed, constricted, inflexible activity Slide14:  We are a way of life. A program with a purpose based on ideals and a code of conduct. Excerpts from Audrey Finkelstein’s article Girl Scout Leader Magazine Jan/Feb 1973 A Short History Lesson:  A Short History Lesson The story of the beginning of Girl Scouting is the story of the inexhaustible energy and enthusiasm of one woman - Juliette Gordon Low. She set high ideals for the world and for her fellow women. During a time when women were restrained by society, Juliette Gordon Low set a precedent for young women to follow even today. History (cont):  History (cont) Juliette Gordon was born in Savannah, Georgia on Halloween (October 31) in 1860. . "Daisy", as her friends called her, made her home in England and Scotland during her marriage to William Low, an Englishman. Unfortunately, the marriage was not what had been hoped for. William Low died while preparations for divorce were being undertaken. After this, Juliette decided it was time to see the world. She traveled and studied sculpture in Paris. However, a new acquaintance, Sir Robert (later Lord) Baden-Powell, set her life in an entirely new direction. History (cont):  History (cont) Sir Robert was a former English General and war hero. He started the Boy Scout movement in 1908 and met Juliette Gordon Low three years later. He and his sister had a tremendous impact on Juliette in their involvement with the new generation. History (cont) :  History (cont) This new movement of Girl Guides/Scouts was exactly what Juliette Gordon Low had been searching for. She became very involved in it, even leading a troop in Scotland. However, Juliette realized that the young women in the United States were missing a wonderful opportunity. She promptly returned home to Savannah where she called a friend saying, "Come right over. I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight." History (cont):  History (cont) The first troop meeting of Girl Guides in the United States was held in Savannah on March 12, 1912. Later, in 1913, the organization changed it’s name to Girl Scouts. Juliette Low's girls were able to contribute to the war effort in their community. These young women were able to actively participate as valued citizens who were concerned about their future. History (cont):  History (cont) Because she had faith in what she was doing, Juliette Low would have been delighted – but not surprised – to be told that over thirty million girls and adults have shared in the Girl Scouting experience. Since its founding, the Girl Scout program has been studied, changed, and expanded to keep pace with the interests of girls, but the purpose has remained unchanged. Fun and achievement still form the basis of the program’s appeal, and Girl Scouting’s ethical code – the Promise and the Law – is still the heart of the program. Slide21:  By joining Girl Scouts, you have become a member of a very large family or sisterhood. The ‘family tree’ has many branches. Troops are grouped together to form service units. Many service units work together as an Area. Nine Areas form our Council. Girl Scout Tiak Council is one of many councils that make up Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), and GSUSA is a member organization of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. To better understand each of these levels of organization, keep reading! We are a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts:  We are a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Slide23:  World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts http://www.wagggs.org There are over 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, in 140 countries, that are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around the world can meet each other at international events at one of the four World Centers. There are many opportunities to attend international events run by the UN or other non-governmental organizations on behalf of WAGGGS. :  There are over 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, in 140 countries, that are members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around the world can meet each other at international events at one of the four World Centers. There are many opportunities to attend international events run by the UN or other non-governmental organizations on behalf of WAGGGS. World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts:  World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts WAGGGS has four World Centers which welcome Girl Guides/Girl Scouts from around the world. Each offers very different activities which reflect the characteristics of the countries where they are. The Centers offer special opportunities for international friendship and education, and the chance to learn about WAGGGS. All members of WAGGGS are welcome to stay at the World Centers, either to attend an event or just for a few days to experience the international dimension of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting. World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts:  World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts The Four World Centers OUR CHALET – Adelboden, Switzerland (http://www.ourchalet.ch) PAX LODGE – London, England (http://www.paxlodge.org) AND:  AND OUR CABANA – Cuernavaca, Morellos, Mexico (http://www.ourcabana.org) SANGAM – Pune, India (http://Sangam.tajmahal.net) WAGGGS’ Mission is: ‘to enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world’ :  WAGGGS’ Mission is: ‘to enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world’ Goals of WAGGS!:  Goals of WAGGS! ‘to enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world’ Slide30:  How does WAGGGS achieve this mission? Through its Member Organizations, WAGGGS provides a high quality non-formal educational program that provides dynamic, flexible and values-based training in life skills, leadership and decision making. :  Through its Member Organizations, WAGGGS provides a high quality non-formal educational program that provides dynamic, flexible and values-based training in life skills, leadership and decision making. WAGGGS offers projects and programs at an international level that enable Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to be responsible world citizens through action and activity in the community.:  WAGGGS offers projects and programs at an international level that enable Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to be responsible world citizens through action and activity in the community. The Girl Guide/Girl Scout method is the specific way we work with girls and young women to achieve the mission of WAGGGS. It is an integrated approach with certain key elements: :  The Girl Guide/Girl Scout method is the specific way we work with girls and young women to achieve the mission of WAGGGS. It is an integrated approach with certain key elements: Slide34:  Commitment through the Promise and Law Progressive self-development Learning by doing Teamwork though the patrol system and training for responsible leadership Active cooperation between young people and adults Service in the Community Outdoor activities Symbolism Slide35:  Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are trained in leadership and decision-making, and are encouraged to participate in the governance and leadership of WAGGGS. Slide36:  Thinking Day, February 22, is a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. It is a day set aside to focus on the true meaning of the Guiding and Scouting movements. Especially in the United States – Thinking Day is celebrated with internationally-themed events, and troops often choose this time of year to learn about people of other cultures and nations. Thinking Day Thinking Day :  Thinking Day Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. contribute to the Thinking Day Fund through the JULIETTE LOW WORLD FRIENDSHIP FUND. Established in 1927, the fund maintains the four World Centers; develops Girl Scouting/Girl Guiding in unserved nations; and provides opportunities for girls and adults to further their sisterhood through exchange visits and events. Leader Tip: Relate this information to the World Trefoil pin which we all wear on our uniforms. Slide38:  Purpose of movement Spiritual Force Do dedicate ourselves to the purpose of inspiring girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens We believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one Slide39:  Open Membership Voluntary Leadership We affirm that the Girl Scout Movement shall ever be open to all girls and adults who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law. We maintain that the strength of the Girl Scout Movement rests in the voluntary leadership of its adult members, in the cooperation Slide40:  Community Support World Association Democratic Process and support of the community, and in the affiliation with Girl Guide and Girl Scout Movements of other countries through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. We declare that the democratic way of life and the democratic process shall guide all our activities Slide41:  Responsibility of Volunteers We hold that ultimate responsibility for the Girl Scout Movement rests with volunteers. Reaffirming these, our beliefs and principles, we do adopt this Constitution *from the Constitution of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America Slide42:  Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) (http://www.girlscouts.org) Girl Scouting is the world's pre-eminent organization for girls, with a current membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults in the US. Today, as when founded in 1912, Girl Scouting helps cultivate values, social conscience and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. In Girl Scouting--and its special girl-only environment--girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Girl Scouting is open to all girls ages 5 through 17 and adults who subscribe to its ideals as stated in the Girl Scout Promise and Law. GSUSA is part of a worldwide family of girls and adults in 140 countries through its membership in the World Association of Girls Guides and Girl Scouts. The Girl Scout Promise & Law :  The Girl Scout Promise & Law The Girl Scout Promise is a code of conduct and the Law outlines role expectations: The Promise & Law:  The Promise & Law The Promise On my honor, I will try: To serve God* and my country, To help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law. *Individuals may substitute alternative wording, appropriate to their own beliefs. The Law I will do my best to be: honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout Promise and Law:  Promise and Law There are some handy ways to teach the Promise and Law in your booklets. Singing the promise Or relating it to their fingers work well The Beliefs and Principles of the Girl Scout Movement in the USA :  The Beliefs and Principles of the Girl Scout Movement in the USA Beliefs and Principles We, the members of Girl Scouts of the United States of America, united by a belief in God and by acceptance of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, And inspired by the aims of the Founder of the Scout Movement, Lord Baden-Powell, and of the Founder of the Girl Scout Movement in the United States, Juliette Low, We are divided into Councils, then Service Units (known as SU) and then into troops.:  We are divided into Councils, then Service Units (known as SU) and then into troops. GIRL SCOUT TROOPS:  GIRL SCOUT TROOPS Program activities are carried out in TROOPS – consisting of two or more adult leaders with groups of girls ranging from 5 to 15 Daisy Girl Scouts to 10 to 20 girls in other program levels. Troops usually meet weekly from September to June. Many troops meet year round. Older girl troops may meet every two weeks or even once a month. Meeting Places:  Meeting Places Organizations (schools, churches, temples, etc.) provide meeting places for troops. Leaders need to arrange for storage, keys, use of extra rooms and storage. They also need to be aware of and abide by any rules of the building. Occasionally, a troop that meets in a building may be asked to sign a "hold harmless" agreement. This agreement refers to legal responsibility for the building and all contents. The Council Executive Director is the only person authorized to sign these or any other legal documents on behalf of a troop. Girl Scout Program :  Girl Scout Program The Girl Scout program is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and on the four program goals. While the Girl Scout experience focuses on fun and exploration for every girl, the program also provides girls with valuable life-skills that will help them grow into strong citizens. The four Program Goals are::  The four Program Goals are: Girls will develop to their full potential. Girl Scouting will: Foster feelings of self-acceptance, unique self-worth, and empowerment. Promote perception of self as competent, responsible, and open to new experiences and challenges. Encourage personal growth. Allows girls to utilize and practice talents and abilities. Slide52:  2. Girls will relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect. Girl Scouting will: Help her develop sensitivity to others and respect for their needs, feelings, and rights. Promote an understanding and appreciation of individual, cultural, religious, socio-economic and racial differences. Foster the ability to build friendships and working relationships. Slide53:  3. Girls will develop values to guide their actions and to provide the foundation for sound decision-making. Girl Scouting will: Help her develop a meaningful set of values and ethics that will guide her actions. Foster an ability to make decisions that are consistent with her values and that reflect respect for the rights and needs of others. Empower her to act upon her values and convictions. Encourage her to reexamine her ideals as she grows and changes. Slide54:  4. Girls will contribute to the improvement of society through the use of their abilities and leadership skills, working in cooperation with others. Girl Scouting will: Help her develop concern for the well-being of her community and its people. Promote an understanding of how the quality of community life affects her own life and the whole of society. Encourage her to use her skills to work with others for the benefit of all. Slide55:  PROGRESSION Girls may enter and progress in Girl Scouting at any one of the five program levels. Slide56:  Program activities are designed to appeal to the scout’s interests and respond to their abilities at each level. Progression in activities is essential to prevent burnout of girls and adults. Slowly building on skills and allowing growth to occur with experiences will prolong the interest of each girl. Enrichment activities or expanding the activity as the girls get older will allow them to build their skills and still have something to look forward to at each age level. GIRL SCOUT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PERCENTAGE CHART THESE PERCENTAGES CAN BE USED TO HELP DEVELOP GIRL LEADERSHIP IN PLANNING/DOING MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES :  GIRL SCOUT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PERCENTAGE CHART THESE PERCENTAGES CAN BE USED TO HELP DEVELOP GIRL LEADERSHIP IN PLANNING/DOING MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES Slide59:  Daisys should be planning/doing 10% Brownies should be planning/doing 25% Juniors should be planning/doing 50% Cadettes should be planning/doing 75% Seniors should be planning/doing 90% PROGRAM IDEAS CAN COME …. :  PROGRAM IDEAS CAN COME …. from the girls themselves. from the girls’ families. at Girl Scout trainings. through your Service Unit. in Council publications. at Council sponsored activities. Remember to register on-time for council sponsored activities, they fill up quickly! the library, newspaper, or internet. PLANNING :  PLANNING Democratic processes guide all troop planning and activities. Girls and leaders work in a close partnership. Together they participate in the planning process and collect activity ideas; make choices; plan what to do; carry out the activities; and evaluate learning and experience. PLANNING :  PLANNING The girls should participate in each step of the planning process to the greatest extent of their abilities. As their abilities increase, leaders can give them more and more responsibility. PLANNING :  PLANNING Leaders need to prepare carefully for planning sessions by researching interesting activity options, thinking through safety, time, and cost, knowing what resources may be needed and where to get them. Leaders need to consider that activities must be based on the needs, interests and abilities of the girls. .:  . The General Plan for a Troop Meeting A WORD TO THE WISE Slide65:  There are SIX main parts to every troop meeting. They can change in length or importance based on the activities planned for that meeting There are SIX main parts to every troop meeting. They can change in length or importance based on the activities planned for that meeting In your booklets:  In your booklets You will find a TROOP MEETING PLAN WORKSHEET Questions to Consider When Planning:  Questions to Consider When Planning Who is responsible for each part of the meeting? (leader, co-leader, girl) What will you (or girls) need to prepare before the meeting? What supplies or equipment are needed? Approximately how long will each activity take? What extra activity might you include if the meeting moves faster than anticipated? Will girls all participate together? In sub-groups? What growth/learning do you hope will take place? (skill development, personal growth in areas of the four program emphases) What choices/decisions will girls be making? How will leaders and girls evaluate the meeting? PLURALISM: :  PLURALISM: Every Girl – Everywhere Slide69:  Pluralism is a system that holds within it individuals or groups differing in basic background experiences and cultures. Slide70:  We live in a pluralistic society – a society in which numerous distinct ethnic, religious, and cultural groups coexist to form one nation of people, our United States of America. The strength of our nation and its success in the world have come from the contributions of these different groups A WORD TO THE WISE :  A WORD TO THE WISE Many children’s feelings about people who are different come from messages adults give them. Children are quite literal in their interpretation of words, so try to avoid statements which could lead to prejudice and fear. Slide72:  Beware of expressions that put a negative connotation on individual differences. Our skin color, shape, size, abilities and disabilities should never be the reason for a put down. Descriptions like "black and dirty," "acting like wild Indians," "blind as a bat," and "fat as a pig" are not only prejudicial but discourteous as well. Slide73:  Name calling and racial or behavioral slurs have no place in the Girl Scout troop and should be discouraged. Words like "dummy, stupid, ugly," are easily said by young children who do not realize the lasting impressions such statements make. Although very young children may have difficulty understanding the complexities of cross-culture communications, they can begin to acquire the skill of getting along with all people. Ten examples of Pluralism you can incorporate::  Ten examples of Pluralism you can incorporate: Using language that does not stereotype, generalize or disrespect others. Doing things with the point of view of others in mind. Finding out the facts rather than acting on assumptions. Involving everyone when gathering information resolving problems, and making decisions. Initiating the sharing of information with others. Giving consistent support and supervision to everyone. Extending opportunities to others to participate in leadership roles. Applying ground-rules and standards consistently and fairly to everyone. Being flexible and adaptable to meet a variety of different needs. Valuing the opinions of others and respecting cultural values other than one’s own. Rights of Girls in Troop :  Rights of Girls in Troop You can use the information on page 17 of your Basic Level Leadership booklets to help you and your troop set up a Civil Rights for your troop and help them take “possession” of their troop and be a part of making the rules. If they help make the rules they will abide by them better. Girl Scout Leaders :  Girl Scout Leaders Just as there is no one definition of leadership, there can be no one formula that says how a leader goes about being a leader. Each brings to her role a storehouse of knowledge, skill, and experience that puts an individual stamp on her leadership efforts Slide77:  Leaders build an atmosphere where GIRLS GROW STRONG®: More important than the specific activities in a troop is the kind of atmosphere in which activities take place. The leader works with girls to create and maintain a positive atmosphere for growth in which::  The leader works with girls to create and maintain a positive atmosphere for growth in which: people, rather than things, are of prime importance. individual differences are sought out, accepted, and respected as enriching for all. sincere trust, admiration, and understanding exist within the group. questioning and wondering are encouraged and supported. mistakes, as well as successes, have value for learning. beliefs, ideas, concerns, and feelings may be expressed without fear. creativity and self-help are encouraged and supported. there is freedom from excessive competition. acts of reaching out to others are encouraged. there is freedom to weigh alternatives, make choices, and test the consequences of choice in action. Slide79:  individuals are helped to try out various roles within the group. there is freedom to talk about things in society as they really are. there is encouragement to be aware of and protect the rights of all people. there is support to live according to one's own ideals, and to examine and reexamine beliefs and convictions. GIRL SCOUT LEADERS: :  GIRL SCOUT LEADERS: accept the GS Promise and Law, the Girl Scout movement's ethical code adhere to all POLICIES and the PROGRAMS and SAFETY STANDARDS of GSUSA and Girl Scout Tiak Council follow the guidelines of Safety Wise do not work alone! Realizing that troop leadership is a shared responsibility - the leader recognizes the need for: other leaders in the troop other Girl Scout adults GIRL SCOUT LEADERS: :  GIRL SCOUT LEADERS: the girls' parents community sponsors are responsible for good troop management and government create an atmosphere for Girls to Grow Strong respect girls as individuals are willing to learn with and from girls are flexible - can bend with change help girls understand and accept responsibility GIRL SCOUT LEADERS: :  GIRL SCOUT LEADERS: use resources wisely and help girls to do so with girls, plan and carry out interesting and fun-filled meetings realize that "nobody's perfect" and mistakes are a necessary part of learning understand that girls' standards are different from adult standards do not do things for girls that the girls can do for themselves have a sense of humor - or develop one encourage and support girls in expressing creativity let each girl go as far as she can on her own Slide83:  relax and enjoy the girls... are not hesitant to show affection surprise girls with a new song, idea, game, visitor, celebration.... are enthusiastic and encourage girls, once they have learned a skill, to teach others enjoy being Girl Scout Leaders! Now use your Basic Level Leadership books and Safety Wise to do search:  Now use your Basic Level Leadership books and Safety Wise to do search Page 21 and do the search. We will have 5 minutes You probably won’t finish, but that’s okey Get as many as you can. IMPORTANT MESSAGES ABOUT GIRL SCOUT MEMBERSHIP :  IMPORTANT MESSAGES ABOUT GIRL SCOUT MEMBERSHIP Girl Scouting is for Girls – Girls are the only reason for Girl Scouting. The purpose and the mission of this organization are to serve the unique interests and needs of girls. This is stated in our Preamble or basic beliefs and principles, defined in our Constitution, and made explicit in our Girl Scout Congressional Charter. It serves as the ideal goal for all of our planning. Slide86:  2. Girl Scouting is a Membership Organization – The membership registration policy as stated in the GSUSA Blue Book of Basic Documents makes clear that each girl and each adult participating in the Girl Scout Movement shall be registered as members with Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. The Girl Scout program, Girl Scout handbooks and other program resources, Girl Scout uniforms, and insignia are developed and produced by GSUSA for the exclusive use of its members. Slide87:  3. Girl Scouting Provides a Unique Setting - Girls, working in partnership with caring adults, can explore their potential in Girl Scouting without competition from boys. This opportunity is considered by educators to be essential to the encouragement of girls’ future aspirations. Girl Scouting is unique in providing leadership for girls only. In a climate when many youth organizations, schools, colleges, and other institutions chose to become coeducational, GSUSA chooses to continue to devote its total resources to the development of girls in order to prepare them to fulfill their potential as women. Slide88:  4 Role Models in Girl Scouting – The female role model is essential in carrying out the purpose of Girl Scouting. Interaction with women in leadership positions is of particular importance in the development of girls. All Girl Scout adults, women and men, bring special talents and expertise that enrich Girl Scout program for girls. However, recognizing the importance of positive female role models for girls as they develop the decision-making and planning abilities they will need as women, GSUSA stresses the importance of appointing women to Girl Scout Leader positions. GSUSA recommends to councils that when men serve in troop leadership roles they do so as co-leaders with women. Slide89:  5. GSUSA Places an Emphasis on Pluralism throughout the Girl Scout Movement – the movement actively seeks members from every racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic group. The goal of GSUSA is to achieve a membership that is reflective of all population groups in the United States. Slide90:  6. Elimination of Institutional Racism is a Primary Goal of the Girl Scout Organization - GSUSA and Girl Scout councils consistently examine and subsequently correct any pattern of organization, practices, procedures, or resources that prevent or discourage the participation of minority girls or adults in the Girl Scout Movement. Slide91:  7. Girl Scout Program is Informal Education – Girl Scouting is based on the interests and needs of girls and therefore is concerned with the issues and problems affecting young girls and teenage youth. Girl Scouting’s role in responding to these needs is educational and preventive, not "crisis intervention-oriented" or "curative." Slide92:  8.. A Girl Scout Council is Chartered by GSUSA to Make the Girl Scout Program Available to Girls in Its Jurisdiction – Program delivery and membership development are the primary functions of a Girl Scout council. A Girl Scout council exists to organize troops/groups and provide them with necessary services. It is the responsibility of a council to provide girls who register as individuals with group experiences among peers, carried out in partnership with adults. Slide93:  9. Girl Scout Councils Develop Organizational Structures to Provide Effective Services to Troops/Groups in Every Community - A council needs to organize its total resources, (people, money, and facilities) to support adult leadership bringing program to girls. No one method can meet the needs of all geographic units or age groups in a council. Accordingly, methods for delivering program and support services need to be tailored to the distinct needs and recourses of the group they are designed to serve. Slide94:  10. Girl Scout Councils Are Community-Based Organizations - Girl Scouting is supported by the community. This support is earned by enriching the lives of the community’s girls and of many adults as well. Girl Scout councils work with other agencies and businesses in their communities to share their Girl Scout expertise. The end results of these cooperative efforts should be better delivery of Girl Scout program and increased membership. Girl Scout sponsorship is a prime example of community cooperation. It helps ensure quality program and the extension and continuity of girl membership. Slide95:  11. A Girl Scout Council’s Girl Membership Marketshare Is Used to Measure Council Effectiveness in Meeting its Charter Accountabilities - A Girl Scout council’s sole purpose is to reach out and deliver Girl Scout program to all girls in its jurisdiction. The marketshare is defined as the number of girl members a council serves in proportion to the number of girls age 5-17 in the population. Slide96:  12. Membership Growth is an Interdependent Responsibility of Councils and GSUSA - Girl Scout Councils and GSUSA work in concert to achieve annual membership goals. The national organization provides a wide range of membership services and resources to councils; councils recruit girls and adults as members, deliver Girl Scout program, and provide training. What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go?:  What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? ON YOUR LEFT SIDE: As registered members of the organization, adult members wear the Girl Scout Membership Pin. The trefoil shape of either the traditional pin or the contemporary pin represents the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise. You may choose either pin, however, only one membership pin is worn at a time. GSUSA Membership:  GSUSA Membership Traditional Trefoil Pin GSUSA Membership:  GSUSA Membership Contemporary Pin What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? :  What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? Attached to the membership pin, by a small chain, an adult Girl Scout may have a Numeral Guard. This pin indicates the number of years, both girl and adult, that the individual has been involved in Girl Scouting. What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? :  What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? Above the Girl Scouts of the United States of America pin, members of the organization wear the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Membership Pin.Between the WAGGGS pin and the GSUSA membership pin, adults in Girl Scouting can place one or (at the most) two Adult Position Bars. For Leaders OR Assistant Leaders – those who have completed leadership training - this bar is yellow. If you are part of the Service Unit Team, the bar is red. Other adult positions have specific colors attached to them. Check the GSUSA Insignia Book for more information. What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? :  What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? ON YOUR RIGHT SIDE: Official GSUSA nametags are available through the council. The nametag usually has an individual’s name and can list the troop number, service unit, or council. To protect your safety, nametags should not be worn in public. What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? :  What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? Above or below the nametag, an adult volunteer in Girl Scouting wears pins that signify recognition for work done in Girl Scouting. Outstanding Volunteer, Outstanding Leader, The Appreciation Pin, The Honor Pin, The Thanks Badge or The Thanks II Badge are worn above the nametag. These pins are recognitions presented by Girl Scout Tiak Council at the Annual Council Meeting, usually held in the fall. You can nominate someone for one of these recognitions – talk to your SU Field Executive. What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? :  What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? Below the nametag, an adult volunteer can wear The Leadership Development Pin, The Council Trainer Pin, and/or the Years Of Service Pin. What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? :  What do Adult Girl Scouts Wear and Where does it go? The Leadership Development Pin - To encourage leadership development, GSUSA has developed a recognition for those leaders who complete training. Once a leader has completed the required training she or he may apply for the leadership development pin. Thereafter, for each 10 additional hours of training received, the leader can apply to receive a green leaf to add to the pin. Five green leaves can be turned in for one silver leaf, and five silver leaves can be turned in for one gold leaf. A copy of the application form can be located in your Volunteer Resource Manual. Please turn in your completed leadership development application to your SU RECOGNITIONS COORDINATOR. Green Angel Program (Mentoring):  Green Angel Program (Mentoring) The Green Angel Program is a process through which an experienced leader helps a new leader through her first year. The mentor will answer questions about troop activities, how to get parent support, registration paperwork, and council activities-basically everything a leader needs to know! The program consists of the mentor calling the new adult volunteer at least once a month throughout the year to answer questions, and chat about Girl Scouting. During the first two months when the new leader is forming her troop, the troop mentor will provide suggestions to the new leader for planning the activities for the first few meetings. Green Angel Program (Mentoring):  Green Angel Program (Mentoring) Ask your Service Unit Manager or your Membership Executive. OR Contact me (Norma Glover— 580 759-3765 In your Basic Level Leadership Booklets you have a “Checklist for New Leaders” and several other helps at the back of the booklet. Look through them and take advantage of them.:  In your Basic Level Leadership Booklets you have a “Checklist for New Leaders” and several other helps at the back of the booklet. Look through them and take advantage of them. Slide109:  Before you hold the parent meeting, be sure to have sufficient supplies of the following forms. Examples of some of these forms can be found in the VOLUNTEER RESOURCE MANUAL Slide110:  Registration Forms - Computer printed forms for returning girls, blank forms for new girls. Health History/Authorization for Medical Treatment - Actually two forms that are frequently printed back-to-back to save paper. No one, including an adult, can attend a field trip without these completed forms. It may be helpful to you later to have any adults who will be helping throughout the year complete the forms now. Slide111:  Information on uniform and handbooks – Let parents know that the only mandatory uniform is the membership pin; however, you may request that each girl have at least a sash or vest on which to keep their awards and recognitions. Sashes and handbooks are provided by Council for those that cannot afford them. Slide112:  Financial Aid Form - Parents or Troop Leaders can apply directly to the council for financial aid if they need to. They do not need to turn the form in through the troop or service unit. Income/Expense Form – Keep this form up-to-date so your end of year Financial Report will be easy. Slide113:  There are several helpful items at the end of your booklets, including a suggested parent meeting agenda/plan, troop committee members, and a glossary of Girl Scout terms that you will find very helpful. Questions? :  Questions? Contact: Your membership Exec at Tiak Council Girl Scouts 1307 South Second Street PO Box 495 McAlester, OK (918) 423-0826 (or) (888) 691-5765

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