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Ready, Set, Earn! New Troop Leader Series

January 28, 2014

By Tiffany Haywood, Daisy Troop Leader

Girl Scout - NC Coastal Pines Cookie SaleThis week we had our very first Troop Meeting since the holiday break AND our local Cookie Rally!  We were so excited!  Ummm…WE being the Troop Leaders!  We couldn’t wait to get our girls ready and prepped for the Cookie Sale including learning how to set their goals and how to approach the customers and earn!

That’s right folks, it’s more than just “Do you want to buy some cookies?”  Even at the Daisy and Brownie levels, we teach the girls how to introduce themselves, the Troop and the product.  We also make certain each girl knows how to be safe, to be confident and to be successful right from the beginning.

We decided the best way to teach the girls were to divide and conquer different aspects of the Cookie Sale. I focused on teaching the girls the value of the money – how much we earn for each box we sell, how to tell the customer the prices, and even how to know what more than one box will cost.   There is nothing that can give you more confidence than knowledge.

In addition to teaching the girls the costs we also shared how achieving their sales goals they will help them earn rewards and prizes.  Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines along with the cookie baker’s website allows the girls to track their progress, badges, and rewards and recognition throughout the sale.

After I had my lesson time with the Daisies we came together with our Brownies to practice our customer service skills .  My Daisies were the customers and our Brownies were the sellers.   Since this is their first year selling we had them approach as if in a door-to-door situation. As they went through each step we coached them.

After all our prep, our girls are out and ready to sell! To all you Troop Leaders out here – tell me how your cookie sale is going or post questions for me in the comments below!

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How to Plan A Community Service Event: New Troop Leader Series

November 7, 2013

By Tiffany H., New Daisy Girl Scout Troop Leader

photo-1-1-e1383577729405As a new Troop Leader for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, I knew that I wanted to create opportunities for my Girl Scouts to give back to the community. I decided that it was time to start planning our troop’s first community service event! Not sure where to start…I begin asking around to find out what opportunities were available for our Daisy Troop.

I was able to find the perfect event through our Area Leader, which was planting flags at our local Veteran’s Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day. As a leader, I saw this is as a great way to show the girls how to honor our heroes and earn their Veteran’s Day activity badges.

I have to say that the event went great! A veteran spoke to the girls, and other participating community groups, about being a solider and serving our country. He explained to all of us how some veterans were alive and some weren’t, but that they all deserved honor. This message really stuck with my girls as they realized that heroes come in many shapes and sizes and are people who fight and serve for the greater good.

As a group we sang the National Anthem and said the Pledge of Allegiance before heading over to plant our flags. As the girls placed flags, they talked about how there were soldiers buried there and how their families must miss them. I was surprised by their understanding and in awe of the honor they showed at such a young age.

Overall, the event was a wonderful opportunity to show the girls the importance of giving back and to celebrate the everyday heroes among us!

For new Troop Leaders looking to plan their first community service project, here are a few tips to get you started!

  1. Ask around! You never know where this an opportunity to give back so ask your Area Manager, other leaders, or even your neighbors!
  2. Once you have your service project idea, be sure to communicate clearly the time, place, and duration of the event to girls and parents.
  3. Indicate the reason and purpose of the event and let parents/girls know if there is an activity badge or if it’s just for the experience.
  4. Always be prepared to talk about the event and let your Girl Scouts walk away with a lesson learned a memory to last a lifetime.

What events or service projects are you planning for your troop this year?

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