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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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Top 10 Benefits of Being a Girl Scout Volunteer

April 24, 2013

By: DeBora King, Business Owner & Co-Leader of Wake 13, Troop #683

Volunteer“Why do we volunteer for Girl Scouts?”   Well, it’s not because we have time on our hands.  I slipped into a volunteer role with Girl Scouts just by offering to drive to a camp site.  Soon after, I became a leader and it’s the most rewarding experience I’ve have ever had!

Whether you are thinking about volunteering for Girl Scouts or just need rejuvenation, think about these 10 benefits of being a Girl Scout volunteer.

  1. ratitude. What an enjoyable experience witnessing girls succeed as they explore new heights, build leadership skills, and serve their community!
  2. mprove communication skills. Girl Scout volunteers strengthen their ability to listen (often to many girls at the same time), and they build on oral and written skills while promoting a worthy cause.
  3. esources available. Volunteers have access to a wealth of Information from the Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ website and their social media outlets.
  4. ifelong friendships. Existing relationships strengthen and new friendships form as volunteers share the same values while working together to empower girls.
  5. haring.  Fellow volunteers sharing ideas among troops is a treasure.  Experienced troops who have created, organized and captured the essence of Girl Scouts are always willing to transfer knowledge.
  6. ommunity ties that bind. Service, aid and outreach can be a gratifying experience.  Supportive networks stem from strong ties to the community.
  7. pen doors.  Nearly 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.
  8. nity. Girl Scout volunteers from around the world are united.  They learn and grow from each other and celebrate sisterhood together at every opportunity.
  9. raining. From volunteer essentials to CPR and outdoor training, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines help us sharpen existing skills and develop new ones.
  10. upport. Volunteers are cheerleaders in times of triumph and motivators when we need a hand up.  Girl Scout volunteers are family.

My volunteer experience with Girl Scouts has been truly life changing.  How about you?

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