Do you ever feel like doing program activities for your Girl Scout troop is just too overwhelming? We have some tools to assist you!
First, the goal of leader training is to provide you with a background of our program, as well as the myriad of rules that keeps girls safe and protects you as the leader or parent. We are now doing this training on line, to save time and travel. An e-mail response should have been sent to you so you can participate in one of those training sessions.
Participating at the service unit also is a resource for you to find other troop leaders who have great ideas and can provide good advice on things that often don't work with girls. It is always good to remember that, if you ask the girls what they want to do, they have lots of ideas. Often negotiating with them about what they want to do might seem to be a trial. However, that is a good exercise in honing leadership skills. It might not feel like it at the time, but it is.
Our website, www.girlscoutssa.org is another great resource for ideas, programs, and other opportunities. There are forms available on the website. You can subscribe to the GSSA Weekly e-newsletter, which arrives on Thursday. It highlights council programs and camping opportunities, with upcoming deadlines highlighted. It is the source of changes in policies and procedures. We often have last minute opportunities so they are posted there. There's a weekly blog about things happening around the council. It is filled with resources for the troop leader and parent. There are FAQs, since many of your questions are the same or similar to others. To sign up for the GSSA Weekly e-newsletter, check fill in the STAY INFORMED megaphone in the middle of the landing page. On the website under the EVENTS and PROGRAMS section is a calendar of council events and another calendar called Other Opportunities, which highlight events around the council that girls would enjoy.
We offer lots of training opportunities, so you can become experienced on areas you might not have done before, i.e. canoeing, camper skills, archery, or zip lining. Those can be found at www.girlscoutssa.org/volunteers.
We don't want you to become frustrated with difficult parents, like those who do not pay for fall product of cookies. We are here to assist on such issues. If you have problems with a parent or someone in your troop, Cheryl Miller works with troop leaders and parents to address and resolve issues. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-312-0433. She is often on the telephone, so if you receive her voice mail, leave a message and she will return your call.
We want you to have fun being a troop leader or parent. Working with Girl Scouts is a learning experience for everyone involved, even the adults. We have an enhancement program for leaders, called the Leader License, which rewards troop leaders for continuing to attend training sessions, do online training or fill in paperwork on time. Information on the Leader License can be found in our Ready, Set, Go! document.
If you have questions or concerns and aren't clear where to direct them, please call one of the service centers and those who answer the phones can direct your question to the appropriate staff member.
Thanks for all you do to make the world a better place through girls.