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Bridging and Court of Awards Ceremonies

 

Bridging and Court of Awards Ceremonies help Girl Scouts celebrate and reflect on their accomplishments from throughout the year, such as bridging to another level, earning a National Leadership Journey award, or getting a Girl Scout pin.  Bridging ceremonies mark a girl's move from one level of Girl Scouting to another and are often included in a Service Unit Court of Awards Ceremony at the end of the year.  

We've packed everything you need into the Court of Awards Ceremony Planning Guide.  You'll find information on Bridging Ceremonies in the Sample Script provided within the guide.  

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Higher Awards Recognition

Check out our Higher Awards Recognition Ceremony Guide to honor your girls when they receive one of Girl Scouting's highest honors!

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Recruitment Flyer Requests

Are your ready to invite girls from your area to join Girl Scouts? The council has specially designed 1/2 page flyers that can be customized with your registration event information. Order requests should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the date that they are needed, to ensure time for printing and delivery/pick-up.

Submit your request.


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 Volunteer Background Check

To ensure the safety of our girl members, every adult working directly with girls is required to pass a background check. If you are joining our organization as a volunteer, please complete a background check through Verified Volunteer.

Start Background Check


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Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials provides all the information you need to be a successful Girl Scout volunteer. This guide is filled with information about Girl Scouting such as traditions, responsibilities, awards, and awards. You will also find information specific to volunteering with Girl Scouts Heart of the South, such as tools, resources, and policies..

Volunteer Essentials


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Safety Activity Checkpoints

When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints written specifically for that particular activity.  Read the checkpoints, follow them, and share them with other volunteers, parents and girls before engaging in activities with girls.

There’s Nothing a GIRL can’t do……..

As you explore the many options to engage girls in exciting activities, you will notice that there are recommendations for some activities by age level.  These recommendations have taken into consideration the emotional, physical, and developmental stages of girls.  If an activity requires council approval, please email your request to participate to info@girlscoutshs.org

You will be notified as to the status of your request as well as any additional requirements to participate in the requested activity. 

The goal is for girls to feel confident and comfortable with each planned activity.  Safety will always be our priority as we build girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.  

Safety Activity Checkpoints


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Girl Scout Safety Guidelines

Every adult in Girl Scouting is responsible for the physical and emotional safety of girls, and we all demonstrate that by agreeing to follow these guidelines at all times.

Girl Scout Safety Guidelines


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Girl Scout Program and Badges by Grade Level


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Heartstrings - GSHS' Monthly Newsletter for Parents and Volunteers

Emailed to all registered adult volunteers and household accounts at the beginning of each month, Heartstrings contains the most current information about everything that's going at Girl Scouts Heart of the South and everything you need to know to make the most of your GSHS experience! 

Current Issue of Heartstrings (April 2019)

Still need the last issue? No worries!  We've got your back.


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Links to Helpful GSUSA Videos

Controlling the Room - Tips for troop leaders on the best way to get the attention of the girls in their troop.

Leader-daughter Dynamic - Tips for how to manage when troop leaders have their daughter in their troop.

Parent Meeting - Tips for engaging parents in troop meetings and activities.

Positive Troop Environment - Tips for creating and maintaining a sage and positive troop environment.

Start-up Activities - Examples of successful activities for the girls to do at the beginning of the troop meeting.

Troop Safety - Tips for troop leaders to ensure they are following safety guidelines with their troop.

Welcoming New Girls - Tips for troop leaders to ensure new girls feel welcome as a new troop member.


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Taste of Girl Scouts Event Kit

A Taste of Girl Scouts is one example of an easy adult recruitment event. This event allows potential volunteers to learn more about Girl Scouts, Girl Scout volunteering opportunities and snack on cookies in a friendly setting. An event kit to help you plan your Taste of Girl Scouts event can be found at this link (zipped folder download ):

Taste of Girl Scouts Event Kit


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West Tennessee Kickstarter FUNd

Funds are available to help Girl Scout troops with start up costs!  Girl Scout troops in Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henry, Henderson, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion and Weakley counties are eligible to apply.
Apply Online   l    Download Application  


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Cookie Guides and Resources

The Girl Scout Cookie or MagNut Program allows girls to learn and earn! To help you have an easy and enjoyable experience, our guides will walk you step by step through logging on to submitting your final orders, along with listing important dates, product information and more.  


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Service Unit Manuals

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How to Sell Girl Scouts to the Public

Handy resource to help you in your efforts to talk to others about your love of Girl Scouting and bring more members to our amazing organization!

How to Sell Girl Scouts to the Public