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Need help planning your Girl Scout year? There’s a VTK for that.

October 5, 2015

VTK Updates!

By Christin Murphy, Adult Learning Director

Something we can all agree on these days is that life is just plain BUSY!  Busy is the new state of normal for many of our lives.  ‘Busy’ has become the new ‘fine.’ Making one thing in your life simpler or easier to understand, can reduce stress and create space for yourself, for fun, for rest.

I know there are times when I find myself asking, “What one thing can I do this week to simplify my life?”   And thanks to these great new features you are guaranteed to love, the Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit (one of our best resources) will help you simply not just this week, but each week of your Girl Scout year.

Troop Communication Tools

The “My Troop” tab in the Volunteer Toolkit is now up and running!  This new feature allows you to view contact information and communicate directly with your troop members individually or as a group.  This tab gives you access to members’ email, phone number, address, birthdays and more.  Connecting with your Girl Scout families has never been easier.

Automatic Meeting Reminders

Sending out meeting reminders and event information is now a cinch!  You will notice the new meeting reminder email feature on each meeting plan.  Simply click on a link and a reminder email is automatically created with information about the location, date, time and an overview of the meeting content.  This awesome new feature also allows you to add the coordinating meeting aids or any of our online forms as attachments, cutting down on the need for printing and saving you time.

Troop Activity Tracking

This new feature, which is located on each meeting plan, allows you to record meeting attendance.  When clicking on the link you will see a list of all your troop members.  With this convenient new feature, you can take attendance on your phone instead of having to keep paper records, or even worse try to remember days or weeks later who was there for a particular meeting.  The best part – all meeting attendance and earned awards are tracked by girl under the “My Troop” tab.  How cool is that?

At Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to manage the logistics so you can focus on the girls and having fun.  Log in today to MY GS today to plan and organize your Girl Scout year with ease – it’s just that simple. Login into the VTK and experience this awesome new features yourself!


Sing It! With Girl Scouts!

July 20, 2015

By Kim Henry, Program Director

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.

A circle is round, it has no end. That’s how long, I will be your friend…

Across the land, across the sea. Friend forever, we will always be.”

This quoted Girl Scout friendship song is a classic – perhaps you are even humming along now. Well, here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, we know that songs have been a treasured part of Girl Scouting since the beginning. Girl Scouts use songs to start meetings, to fill time transitioning from one activity to the next, and to close a special ceremony or troop meeting.

Anyone who grew up as a Girl Scout usually remembers a favorite song of two from their childhood. I can vividly remember a meeting years ago when I was a Girl Scout Brownie. I can still picture the school cafeteria where we met. I remember that I had been upset earlier about something, but then, when we closed the meeting my feelings all changed. Our troop gathering in our closing friendship circle and started singing and acting out “Alice the Camel.” Who can stay upset after a few rounds of that song??

Anne Smith from Girl Scout Troop #394 shared some of her beloved song memories:

“I’ve been a Girl Scout since 1978. Girl Scouting has always been a big part of my life. My mom was a Girl Scout. I am a Girl Scout. Both of my daughters are Girl Scouts. The happiest memories for me have been the songs. I remember romping around Camp Apasus as a 7-year-old singing the songs my mom taught me. I grew up in a different council so the songs we sing here are variations of the songs that I learned as a child.”

One of our favorite songs to kick off a Brownie troop meeting is the Brownie Smile Song. It’s a short and simple song that reminds the girls to have fun. Sometimes during a meeting you just need to get the wiggles out!

Girls Scouts have a never ending supply of silly songs. Check these out for your next Girl Scout gathering!

And what better time to sing Make New Friends or TAPS (in ASL) when you close your troop meeting with a friendship circle! And here’s a great Song Leading mini-workshop from Girl Scout University. For more ideas ask your sister Girl Scouts young and old, and remember to have fun!


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