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Cash Prizes, Weekly Drawings, and Free Patches, Oh My! Why Girl Scouts Should Participate In Early Bird Registration!

June 24, 2014

By Samantha Herring, Communications Intern

Girl Scouts Early Bird RegistrationWouldn’t you love not having to worry about registering your girls and parents in the fall while you are coordinating all of your start-up activities? Taking a few minutes now to complete registration of your girls and adults means one less thing to do during the flurry of back-to-school activities and the planning your troop will be doing for an action packed fall. If that’s not enough to motivate you, how about some cold, hard cash? For qualified troops who participate in Early Bird Registration, there are weekly drawings till the end of June and then a final, grand-prize drawing for $500 on June 30th. And oh, the things your troop could do with $500! Once you register, your troop is eligible for all remaining drawings. So if you haven’t completed your troop registrations yet, there is still time—and girl is it worth it!

But Wait, There’s More!

Even if you don’t win one of the drawings, your troop will automatically earn a $15 Early Bird gift card that you can use in the council shop or for council activities. You might use it for badges the girls earn or to help pay for a troop leader’s First Aid or Overnight Camping training.  It’s a win-win opportunity.

Girls Will Earn Discounts

Girls who are registered by June 30th will get a 15% discount on any new 2014 resident camp registration or any Council event through May 31, 2015.

Help Your Area Win Cash

Based on the number of girls and adults registered for the new Girl Scouting year, your Area can win cash too: $200 if 30% of registrations are completed by June 30, $400 if 50% are completed, and $500 if 65% are completed. Imagine the smile on your Area director’s face!

Get the official Early Bird Registration details on the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines website.

Take a few minutes now and help yourself, your troop, and your area. Help Council serve you better by completing Early Bird Registration. Then sit back, sip a cool glass of iced tea, and congratulate yourself on a job well done!

 

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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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