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Top 10 Tips for Girl Scout Troop Leaders

October 7, 2014

By Christy Philemon, Recruitment Director

Girl Scouts - NC Coastal Pines Troop Leader

The start of a new year is often a time when many set new goals and resolutions for the year ahead. As we kick of the new program year here at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, we thought we’d share the top 10 tips for troop leaders to help you get a fresh start for the year ahead. Drumroll please…

10. Rain or Shine, always have a back-up plan. Regardless of whether it’s an activity for a troop meeting or a volunteer on standby to be a chaperone, having a back-up plan is important to keep the fun going!

9. Get your troop parents involved. You don’t have to do everything on your own. Seriously. Encourage others to get involved and ask to parents to help with activities, lead a special meeting, and join their girls on events or trips.

8. Track your money wisely. The Annual Financial Report is a simple spreadsheet that works wonders. It will help you track your troop’s finances throughout the year. And the best part – at the end of the year, your report is already completed. J

7. Be prepared. A Girl Scout is always prepared – and organized! And did you know Trapper Keepers are back in? No matter your folder, be sure to keep all appropriate forms on hand at all times necessary in whatever fashion fits best for you.

6. Attend Service Unit Meetings. Get social with other volunteers and troop leaders while you learn what’s happening in your local area. These meetings are usually held monthly and are intended to provide support for all leaders in your area, so take advantage.

5. Schedule early. Scheduling your meetings in advance will help both you and your families plan their calendars accordingly. And be sure to involve your girls in planning!

4. Have fun! Regardless of whether you and your troop waiting for a meeting to start, working on a badge, or completing a service project, always keep the energy alive and exciting. Girl Scout songs are a fun way to pass a car ride and engage girls in a time-honored Girl Scouting tradition.

3. Never hesitate to ask for help! Girl Scouts promise to help people at all times – and this includes our adult Girl Scouts as well. Your membership director and service unit manager are always available for help, and other volunteers as well.

2. Set a goal to achieve with the girls. The goal can be something like selling a certain amount of cookies to earn enough money for a trip or everyone completing activities during a meeting in order to earn a badge.

And our #1 Top Top is:

1. Be Flexible. Realize that no matter how well organized or well planned, unexpected things will happen that take you off course. And that’s ok. No matter the path, know you are helping to guide and support girls as they develop new skills and grow into strong, confident leaders.

Building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place may not always be a simple task, however, sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. We hope you these little tips help you and your girls follow the fun and have a great Girl Scout year!

Want to get in on all the fun? Become a Girl Scout volunteer and use event code 367F22 when registering to be entered to win an iPad!

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Thankful to Be a Girl Scout Volunteer

November 24, 2013

By Craven County Girl Scout volunteers, Service Unit 618

a forever green 3Without the generous support of our adult volunteers, Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines could not carry out its mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Our volunteers make it possible to deliver the Girl Scout program helping girls become our future leaders.

In this season of remembrance and thanks, we are so grateful for our volunteers!  And we just love hearing the many reasons why our volunteers in Craven County are thankful for their Girl Scout experience!

  • I love being a Girl Scout leader because it changes lives.  It changes the lives I touch, but mostly it changes my life.  – Kim, Troop #279
  • Being an adult Girl Scout gives me the chance to continue being part of an organization that I loved as a young girl.  – Gail, Troop #90
  • I am thankful for Girl Scouts for giving me the opportunity to spend more time with my girls and teach them to be better people.  – Mary, Troop #184
  • I love being a Girl Scout volunteer because not only do I have the opportunity to experience new things with my own daughter, but I know I’m helping other young girls reach their goals, whether it is with cookie sales or life.  – Crystal, Troop #315
  • Girl Scouts helps me expand my skills, meet others involved with Girls Scouts, make new friends, and make a difference.  – Tracy, service unit secretary
  • I enjoy working with the girls and learning from them, as well as co-leading with a great group of adults who have become my friends.  – Camille, Troop #1814
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer because I hope to pass along the same things that I treasure from my years as a Scout – lifelong friendships, independence & life skills, confidence, and a spirit of service to others.   – Paula, Troop #1508
  • I am thankful that I get to teach 13 sassy girls new skills that will better them in their adult lives.  – Mattie, Troop #132
  • I have a better understanding about different people and it makes me feel good that I’m contributing to girls’ lives, but more important; I know the girls are learning new skills each time we meet.   – Jennifer, Troop #863
  • I am thankful for being a Girl Scout volunteer because I cherish the impact I make as a mentor for girls. Also, I enjoy mentoring new leaders and sharing my knowledge and experience.  – Nancy, Troop #1956
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer for being part of young girls’ lives; for showing them what can be accomplished with hope, courage, strength & faith and witnessing the practice thereof. - Sarah, Troop #696
  • I am thankful to be a Girl Scout volunteer because I care about the future of our country and know that I have a part in creating these young entrepreneurs, physicians, scientists, politicians, etc. - Sara, Troop #119
  • I’m thankful to be a positive role model in young girls’ lives and to meet wonderful kids, parents, and adult members to help me along the way. - Brittany, Troop #1543
  • The girls keep me humble and put into perspective the fact that I may only be a small part of the world but I can make a big difference. - Jeanette, Troop #812

Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend time with your daughter, granddaughter, or niece?  Are you interested in helping girls develop a strong sense of self and become the leaders of tomorrow?

Become a Girl Scout Volunteer and start the fun today!

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