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Make the Ask! (Troop Leader Tips Series)

March 4, 2015

Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines Family

By Christin Murphy, Troop Support Year 1 and 2

As a new Troop Co-leader, I know you have great ideas of how to teach the girls the basics of the Girl Scout program, all while making it fun and exciting! But, do you find yourself getting bogged down with the basics of troop management, leaving little time for planning those awesome activities, events, and trips? Below you’ll find out just how managing a troop does not have to be a one-man show, but instead, a family affair!

You may be like me – the type that finds it easier to do it all yourself rather than trying to find someone to help or even take over the responsibility altogether. But, trust me, delegating tasks will make your experience as a Girl Scout volunteer more enjoyable and rewarding.

Do you know the number one reason why people don’t volunteer or offer their help? They were never asked! Just imagine that, a whole world of amazing helpers ready to pitch it! So, I encourage you to “make the ask”. When you ask, be specific. Tell them exactly what you need, like I need help making decorations for our cookie booth. Break large tasks down into smaller portions and ask each parent directly to take a piece of the bigger project.

Many troops only hold one parent meeting at the beginning of the year, however, holding several parent meetings throughout the year not only keeps parents informed, but allows you the opportunity to let them know what type of help you need. Have them fill out the Parent Volunteer Interest Survey where they can share their passions and expertise. You never know, you may have a parent that is involved in a local non-profit who could take the lead on a community service project or you might find that an extended family member is a chef and could whip up an activity for the legacy cooking badge. You could be sitting on a goldmine of talent and not even know it!

Do you ever think that since you are the leader, you need to lead every meeting? Not true! Feel free to share your Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting or print out a meeting plan from the Volunteer Toolkit and ask one of your parents to lead a meeting. Not only does this provide you assistance, but allows the parent to feel more involved and see first-hand how Girl Scouts can help mold their daughter into a leader.

Have you thought of “making the ask” to the girls? After all, Girl Scouting is supposed to be girl led, so don’t miss the opportunity to give your girls a little bit of responsibility. Depending on the age of the girls, you could have them collect dues, help in planning an event or even take the lead on earning a badge. If your girls are still Daisies and Brownies, consider “making the ask” to an older girl troop in your area. I bet they would love to come teach your girls some camp songs!

So, what are you waiting for?! Make a list of what you need and then “make the ask”!

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Get in the Spirit! Girl Scout Week 2015

March 2, 2015

Girl Scout Spirit Week - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

By Meghan Gargan Bredahl, Marketing Director

I think we can all agree – Girl Scout Week is the best week of the year! And there is no better way to celebrate than participating in our third-annual Girl Scout Spirit Week!

As a council, we have lined up some pretty exciting activities that celebrate our amazing sisterhood and organization. From throwing a birthday party (we’re 103!) to a Milk and Cookies Reception to a heartwarming letter writing campaign, there are so many ways to join in on all the fun.

Keep reading to learn more details about each day and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up-to-date on what’s happening around our council.

Monday, March 9 – Say the Girl Scout Promise

There is no better way to kick off our Girl Scout Spirit Week than by reciting the Girl Scout Promise (and Law!). It’s a great reminder of all that Girl Scouts stands for and how we are building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Recite the promise and law during the opening or closing of a troop meeting or before heading off to school/work as a reminder of our core values, mission, and dedication to the service of others.

Tuesday, March 10 – Letters To Our Military Troops (Letter Writing Campaign)

Bring a smile to a soldier’s face this spring! Join our letter writing campaign to our military troops by submitting letters, stories, poems or pictures thanking them for all they do! All submitted letters will accompany our Operation Cookie Drop deliveries this spring. We can’t begin to tell you how much receiving these letters means to the men and women deployed far from home!

To participate, simply mail your letters to the address below or drop them off at any of our service center locations by April 15, 2015.

Letters To Our Troops
c/o Marketing Department
6901 Pinecrest Road
Raleigh, NC 27613

Wednesday, March 11 – Cookies and Milk Reception

Join us and sister councils at the NC State Legislature in downtown Raleigh to receive the Governor’s Proclamation and to enjoy a Milk and Girl Scout Cookies Reception on March 11th. Girls who attend will be able to shadow a representative and learn all about local government!

Be sure to wear your sash or vest and show your Girl Scout pride!

What: Cookies ‘N’ Milk Reception

When: Wednesday, March 11, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Legislative Building, 1000 Court, 16 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27601

Attire: Girl Scout Uniform (sash/vest); no jeans.

Cost: Free!

Register here to attend! 

For those who cannot attend the reception be sure to follow us on Twitter to catch all the action.

Thursday, March 12 – Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

We’re 103 this year and can’t wait to celebrate with you all! Whether you’re throwing a party, ordering cupcakes or completing a service project…we want to hear about it! Submit your best Girl Scout Birthday photos through our Story Submission form or post them to our Facebook page. We’ll be sharing all your amazing photos all day long!

Friday, March 13 – Share a Favorite Girl Scout Memory

Whether it’s roasting marshmallows over a campfire, a trip abroad with your troop or the friendships that have endured years…share your favorite Girl Scout memories with us! You can submit memories and photos via our Story Submission form or on our social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be compiling these memories to share throughout the year and to help convey how much Girl Scouting means to us all.

Girl Scout Week Religious Recognitions (March 8 & March 14)

Additionally, during Girl Scout Week, our council will celebrate its rich history of partnership and collaboration with faith-based communities on Girl Scout Sunday (March 8) and Girl Scout Sabbath (March 14).

Faith-based awards include religious recognitions as well as the My Promise, My Faith pin. The My Promise, My Faith pin complements existing religious recognitions and allows all girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. During Girl Scout Week, many girls will receive their pins on Girl Scout Sunday or Girl Scout Sabbath.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Girl Scout Week this year! Have another idea for a spirit week activity or perhaps a special way you and your girls are celebrating? Tell us in the comments below or share with us online!

 

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