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The First Lady’s call to action – Volunteer Today

September 30, 2013

Michelle_Obama_2013_official_portraitDid you know that since 1917, every First Lady has served as Girl Scouts of the USA’s Honorary National President? It’s a tradition that began with First Lady Edith B. Wilson and dates back almost 100 years. Since then, each successive First Lady has served in this post.

First Lady Michelle Obama knows the important role played by Girl Scout volunteers and is encouraging adults to support girls and volunteer in a new video released by Girl Scouts of the USA. The video coincides with the launch of the organization’s new “I can’t wait to…” national campaign to increase recruitment of girl members and adult volunteers.

“Girl Scout volunteers can be moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or anyone else looking to help girls in their community fulfill their boundless promise,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “As a Girl Scout volunteer, you can show girls that anything is possible, and you can inspire them to dream bigger and go further than they ever even imagined.”

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is dedicated to getting the word out to adults who care about girls in their communities and want to make a difference. Girl Scout volunteers help girls make friends, have new adventures, and do great things. Volunteers help girls become whoever they want to be, which just may be a future First Lady or even the first female President.

Help us spread the word. Share this video with family and friends and encourage them to become a Girl Scout volunteer!

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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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