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Back to Troop: Preparing for Take Off

September 4, 2013

By: Alison H., Leader of Girl Scout Troop #13

SAMSUNGAs the sun slowly sets on glorious summer vacations and “back to school” sales arrive in every retail venue on the planet, Girl Scout Leaders across the nation start preparing for another fun-filled year of scouting activities.  Yes, it’s time to kick the tires and light the fires and get back to troop!

Having spent 22 years serving in the US Air Force, I prepare to lead a year of Girl Scout just like our pilots, who must complete numerous checklists prior to cranking their jet engines for flight.  Here’s a suggested checklist to use prior to cranking your own Girl Scout Leader engines:

  1. Confirm your troop meeting venue – location and day(s)/time(s).
  2. Log into C.O.R.E.  — if you haven’t done this in a while, you’re in for a pleasant surprise with a new “look and feel” of the site.
  3. Update your own personal troop roster (I use Excel myself) since C.O.R.E. likely won’t have new additions listed initially.
  4. Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork… make copies of those TP106 and TP105 forms for your parents to fill out… you know you got to have ‘em!  Or even better send parents soft copy, fillable forms so they can save and reuse with minor changes each year.
  5. Set or re-establish your troop expectations – I hand out and go over our troop list of “Girl Responsibilities” and “Parent Responsibilities” at the first meeting of every year .
  6. Dust off your personal certifications (CPR/AED, First Aid, Lifeguarding, Boating, Outdoor Skills, Event Director, etc.) and see what volunteer training you need to plan for this year.
  7. Establish and collect dues, and re-acquaint yourself with troop financials to start the new season off on the right foot.
  8. Peruse numerous program and event guides, including the new Girl Scouts Can Do Anything guide, this year’s Lead On or GO! Magazine, for an idea of what is being offered for your troop level and when.
  9. If a Journey is in your future this Girl Scouting year, get a head start in your own adult guide.
  10. Sign up to volunteer, help out, or even lead, various activities in your own Service Unit such as Camporees, Overnights, Parades, Cookie Rallies, Thinking Day…  the list here truly is ENDLESS here!

Now you’re ready to ignite the spark, pull chocks, and taxi to the end of the runway.  Relax and enjoy the flight ahead this Girl Scout year!

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I Can’t Wait to be a Girl Scout

August 27, 2013

By Keli Diewald, Membership Executive – Region 4

trefoil_400As adults we can think of times that each of us lay awake at night with anticipation and excitement of what was to come.  That is how our young girls feel about Girl Scouts. They can’t wait to make new friends, have diverse experiences and be a part of our Girl Scout Sisterhood.  With this in mind, I can’t wait to get the new year started at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines and here’s why:

I Can’t Wait To….

  • Witness the amazement in a Girl Scout Daisy’s eye as she learns the Girl Scout Law and recites it to her family (while making them learn it, too).
  • Hear that our shyest Girl Scout Daisies have become shining stars as Girl Scout Cadettes who serve as Program Aides in our council Day Camps.
  • Learn from our Girl Scout Seniors as they represent the girl voice on the council’s board of directors, helping the Girl Scout Movement to stay relevant among girls today.
  • Read a Girl Scout Ambassador’s college admissions essay as she talks about earning the Girl Scout Gold Award and her passion for community advocacy.
  • See the pride in an alumnae Girl Scout’s eye as she tackles her first “real-world” job and knows that she is using the leadership skills she learned in Girl Scouts.
  • Hear about council volunteers’ eye opening experiences they are ensuring our girls have-whether it’s taking a girl on her first overnight event, traveling to Europe, or giving back to the community.
  • See a young girl look at her mom, grandmother, aunt, or cousin who is leading her troop, with admiration and respect.
  • Watch a group of girls, who have only just met, join together as Girl Scouts and begin their journey as lifelong friends!

 What can’t you wait to do?

Share your stories with us on our Facebook page and let everyone know what you just can’t wait to do. Spread the word; get others involved – girls and adults!  Help keep the Girl Scout Movement alive and ensure that all girls are able to experience the wonder and power of this incredible leadership program.

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