Monday, September 25, 2017

A Leaders NEED-TO-KNOW Guide for a successful Girl Scout Year

Not sure what resources you need make your year as a Troop Leader strong? Here are all of the basics to get you started:

TIP #1: Know the staff people that represent your area. Our GSNC staff is here for you! Our customer care staff are here to answer your questions. A Volunteer Experience staff person will make sure you are provided with all of the information you need including training, background checks, etc. Our Membership Engagement and Community Engagement staff will guide you with registering all of the girls in your Troop, etc. To find out which staff members are assigned to you, call 516.741.2550.

TIP #2: Know who your Service Team is. A Service Team is a group of Volunteers in your community trained to help all Leaders in an Association (group of towns that are close to each other). Your Service Team is comprised of Volunteers with many different roles to help you in your new leadership role. To find out who the members of your Service Team are call 516.741.2550.

TIP #3: Know what resources are available to you and how to plan your year. The Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) is a place where you can come to learn about various activities in which your Troop may be interested. You will learn the current Girl Scout program, different ceremonies to do with your Troop, what trips to take and much more. Plan ahead, Volunteers! If you need help planning Troop activities, such as mapping out your Girl Scout year or if you just need ideas for a meeting, book an appointment with our MVP Volunteer Resource Specialist by emailing Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm, Thursday: 9am-8pm (excluding July & Aug).

TIP #4: Explore our website and Social Media pages. Our website, has a wide range of programs available for girls to participate in, explanations of awards and patches girls can earn, our shop’s online merchandise, etc. Use our social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with what your fellow Girl Scouts are learning and doing in Girl Scouting and what your Troop can look forward to! Additionally, don’t forget about the Online Community (OLC), where registered parents, Leaders and Service Team members can access information on how to effectively plan meetings, exchange ideas and keep updated on GSNC’s current events. For any questions about our website, social media pages, or the OLC, contact 

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