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Want to join Girl Scouts in the fall? Hit the ground running with these tips!

July 11, 2016

Join Girl Scouts

By Shellie Culler, Recruitment Director

Did you know that the majority of Girl Scout troops start in the fall? It’s back to school and back to troop time, which is exciting, but can also be overwhelming! To help families kick their fall into high gear, here are some tips that will make joining a Girl Scout troop a smooth process…which makes being a Girl Scout even more fun!

When is the best time to look for a troop?

RIGHT NOW! Girls can join troops year-round, but families have the best chance of reserving the troop of their choice by registering early. Girls new to Girl Scouts can register as early as July 1 and browse our online troop catalog for meeting and troop options. Selecting your troop prior to school starting not only checks one thing off your to-do list, but also gives your girl something to look forward to as she starts the school year. Additionally, registering early ensures that your girl doesn’t miss a moment of fun! Many troops start meeting in August and September and finding your troop sooner rather than later allows your girl to participate in early meetings, become acquainted with leaders and fellow Girl Scouts, and start planning her best year ever!

How do I register my girl to be a Girl Scout? How do I find a troop?

GO ONLINE! To start the registration process and to find troops online, you’ll want to utilize our online troop catalog. The online catalog lists troops with available openings and families can search by zip code or troop number to find troops near you or a specific troop. If you know of a Girl Scout troop in your neighborhood or school, you can also register for that troop online. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s fun! If you can’t find a troop that works with your family’s schedule, simply check the “unsure” option. This will let our Girl Scout representatives know to reach out and help you find the solution that works best for your family.

Always dreamed of leading your own troop? Want to be a part of your daughter’s experience? Help us empower and guide the next generation of female leaders! You can register as a Volunteer by adding your membership along with your daughter’s or by visiting our adult registration page and selecting your volunteer role. We’ll follow up and help you get on boarded.

What happens after I get registered?

Your troop leader will reach out to welcome you! Once your daughter is registered, your troop leaders will be notified by email with your contact information. This makes it super easy for them to communicate with you about the upcoming troop year. They will let you know what your daughter needs prior to the first troop meeting as well as when the first troop meeting and parent meetings will take place.

Most troops do not meet over the summer, so expect to hear from your troop leader in August or September once the troop is starting back up. If you’re new a troop leader, you’ll start to receive notifications about girls who are joining your troop. We recommend reaching out and welcoming them as soon as possible and to let them know the date of your first meeting. Additionally, a Girl Scout staff member will reach out to new troop leaders to schedule training and welcome them to the organization.

I hope these tips help set you and your family up for success this fall. Just remember to follow my motto! The sooner you get started, the sooner the Girl Scout fun begins!

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Gratitude Grows in Girl Scouts

November 20, 2015

 

Giving Thanks for Girl Scouts

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

As Thanksgiving nears, there is much to be grateful for – in addition to the pumpkin pie! Research has shown that that the regular practice of gratitude helps children (and adults too!) slow down and be more present, think about what they appreciate, and learn what matters to them.

Help your Girl Scouts grow gratitude this year! And to get you started, here are two simple craft activities that will get your girls thinking about what they are thankful for during the holiday season and beyond!

1. “Grow” a Thanksgiving Tree.

Help your troop show their friends and families what they are thankful for this holiday season.

Thanksgiving-Tree

What you need: Twigs with several small branches; leaf templates; colored construction paper (orange, red, yellow, and green); scissors; large paper or Styrofoam cups; twist ties, pipe cleaners, or ribbon; modeling clay or small pebbles; pens or markers; hole punches

What to do: If possible, take a nature walk with your troop before you plan to build the Thanksgiving Trees. Gather straight twigs that have at least three branches (up to 12 inches tall). Invite girls to decorate their cups using markers or construction paper and glue. Fill each cup with enough clay/pebbles to support the twig. Have girls “plant” their Thanksgiving Trees by sticking the twigs into the cups.

Trace the leaf templates on the colored construction paper and cut them out. Pass around hole punches so the girls can punch holes at one end of each leaf. Ask girls to write one thing on each leaf for which they are grateful. Have them fasten the leaves to the trees with twist ties, pipe cleaners, or ribbon.

2. Create a gratitude jar.

You can begin this activity by decorating a jar together as a fun craft activity. Glass or plastic jars both work! Then choose a particular troop meeting or meetings, to talk about giving thanks and adding to the gratitude jar.

Gratitude Jar

 

What you need: One medium or large jar for troop; or multiple smaller jars for each girl. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – have girls bring in their own jar; scrap paper; pens and pencils. Optional items to decorate jar: ribbon or twine, scissors, tags, foam letters, stickers, beads, glue, markers, etc.

What to do: Decorate jar if desired. Cut out scrapbook paper into strips. Have girls write down things they are thankful for on strips of paper, fold, and place in the jar. Items can be read aloud before being placed in the jar, read out load by a leader, or saved for a later time. Hearing what troop friends are thankful for can also help shape a girl’s understanding of gratitude.

Most of all, be creative and have fun giving thanks with Girl Scouts!

What are you thankful for this year? How do you plan to celebrate and give thanks with your troop?

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