The council offers a number of enrichment opportunities for
volunteers. Some of these include Crafts and SWAPs, Songs and Games,
Ceremonies and Traditions and enrichment for the different grade levels.
Take your leadership experience a step further with hands-on
enrichment sessions. Select from various classes such as “Ceremonies
and Traditions” to bringing out the little girl in you with “Sing It!
Play It!”. These are best when you are able to train face-to-face
with other volunteers and it helps to prepare you to work with a group.
Request this training! Submit an online Request a Training form
[anchor hyperlink to: Request a Training custom made embedded form at
bottom of page]at least 4 weeks prior to your desired date and we’ll
work on getting it scheduled.
Additional Money Earning Opportunities
In this course, we will discuss what options are available for girls
to earn additional money to support their ideas, plans, and budgets.
We will talk about what is appropriate for the different grade levels,
how to obtain approval, and how additional money earning works in
coordination with council-sponsored sales.
Ceremonies and Traditions
Celebrating Girl Scout traditions connects girls to one another, to
their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world, and to the
generations of girls who were Girl Scouts before them. One of those
special traditions that help to bind Girl Scouts together is
ceremonies. They can be major events, like bridging to the next
program age level, receiving your Girl Scout Pin or less formal, such
as, beginning or ending your meetings.
Every Girl Scout ceremony allows girls to share in a special part of
Girl Scout history and to create their own special memories, and to
have fun. Join us as we pass along some of those wonderful traditions
and learn how to plan and conduct a Girl Scout ceremony.
End of the Year Ceremonies
Ceremonies are an important part of the Girl Scout tradition, and
are a great way to ensure that girls have fond memories of their time
in Girl Scouting. In this session, volunteers will learn how to plan
fun and successful ceremonies with girls throughout the year; but will
focus mainly on Court of Awards. Court of Awards is the yearend
ceremony which highlights the girls achievements over the past year.
This will include some time focusing specifically on awards and
bridging ceremonies, as well as, creative ways to present girl awards
and recognize the contributions of troop volunteers.
Girl Scouts Attention! (Flag Ceremonies and Protocol)
Do you know the history of the flag? Do you know how to properly
handle and display the flag? For more than 200 years, the American
flag has been the symbol of our nation’s strength and unity. It’s
been a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens, as
well as it has been a prominent icon in our national history. Learn
how to properly honor the flag in different types of flag ceremonies,
how to perform the Pledge of Allegiance in Sign Language, and even do
a craft and swaps pertaining to the flag. As an extra bonus get
information on how to get a flag for your troop at no cost.
Leadership Lounge for Service Team Members
Leadership lounge is a time for volunteers to get together to share
ideas, enjoy refreshments, collect resources, listen to guest
speakers, and most of all, have fun and build a better adult Girl
Scout experience. Each lounge explores a different topic which is
picked by the volunteers.
Make It! Trade It! (Crafts and SWAPS)
Girl Scouting is designed to help girls grow into leaders of
Courage, Confidence, and Character. Part of that process includes
fun activities such as crafts made from recyclable items and creating
great SWAPS. SWAPS are pins that Girl Scouts make to trade with
each other to promote friendship.
Managing Conflicts & Challenging Behavior
This session is designed to give volunteers the tools needed to
diffuse conflicts that may arise within the troop, whether between
girls or adults. We will also offer ways that troops can limit the
likelihood of challenging behavior and make a safe and happy troop environment.
PB & J (Proficiency Badges and Journeys)
What are proficiency badges? How are those different from Journey
Leadership Awards? Do we need to do both? Where do we find the
requirements for each? How does it all work together? During this
session we will answer these questions and show you how to keep track
of each girl’s achievements.
Planning with Girls
As a leader, it may seem easier for you to make plans first and them
consult with your girls; but girl-adult partnership, the cornerstone
of Girl Scouting , is too valuable a step to skip. Girl planning
helps each girl feel involved and provides them more opportunities to
become responsible and self-reliant. This session will cover the
girl/adult partnership, and what that means at each level in Girl
Scouting. Some of the topics included will be troop government and
budgeting with girls.
Sing It! Play It! (Songs and Games)
Come and learn new and traditional songs and games that will bring
tons of fun to your troop meeting. Did you ever need a quick game in
the heat of the moment to help your troop use some extra energy? Are
your girls planning on going to camp? Give them an edge by teaching
them some of the popular camp songs.
It is important to listen to girls’ concerns in a non-judgmental
way. Girl Scouting has a built-in structure that will help facilitate
girl/adult planning. This structure is traditionally referred to as
Troop Government. Troop government is a way for girls to learn
responsibility, independence, and how to become leaders at each age
level. This session will explain the type of troop government
practiced by each age level.
Troop Money Management
This session is designed to give volunteers a clear understanding of
the process of troop money management. Topics included are developing
an annual plan and coordinating troop budget with girls, and
revisiting and adjusting that plan and budget throughout the year. We
will also spend some time focusing specifically on Awards and Bridging
Ceremonies, as well as, creative ways to present girl awards and
recognize the contributions of troop volunteers.
Venturing Out (Travel)
In this session we will discuss the process of making plans to take
activities outside of your regular meeting location. Some of the
topics we will cover are appropriate outings for different grade
levels, travel progression, obtaining permission, and staying safe
while having fun.