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Troops Tool Box
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Need help implementing journeys?  Check out these great resources.

 

Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)
Watch the video and then explore all the different aspects of the GSLE.  It is the basis of everything we do in Girl Scouts.  Bonus: Check out the background information under the ‘Ask Sophia’ section at the end. http://www.girlscouts.org/gsle/


Journey Resources
We have collected some resources just for you. This is a collection of some great tools that you can use to customize Journeys for girls.  Remember to personalize the Journeys so that they incorporate girl-led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning.

 

What else do you need to create a meaningful Journey for your Troop?  Contact Kelsi Ramdeo, Director of Volunteerism, or Aaron-Paula Thompson, Director of Program.

GS_AMBS_gradelevel

 

  • Scholarships
  • Gold Award - The Girl Scout Gold Award is Girl Scouting’s highest award for Ambassador Girl Scouts. As a Girl Scout volunteer, encourage girls to “go for it” by earning this award.
  • Starter Kit
  • International opportunities---Travel around the world, often requiring one or two years of preparation, is possible for Ambassador Girl Scouts when they show an interest in traveling abroad.
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Parent meetings - A good rule of thumb is to have a parent meeting twice a year----once to start the year and again to close the year.
  • Ceremonies - See Chapter 2 in Volunteer Essentials and  also visit www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/ceremonies
  • Community Service - Click here for some ideas---feel free to come up with your own!
  • Trips Girls love trips. And Girl Scouts is a great place for them to learn how to plan and take trips, because travel is built on a progression of activities
  • Managing troop treasury - see Chapter 5 in Volunteer Essentials
  • Safety ratios
    • For troop meetings: Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 30 girls plus one adult for every 15 additional girls.
    • For events, Travel, and camping: Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 24 girls plus one adult for every 12 additional girls.
  • Alumnae
  • Driving
    Camping - Camping, a great Girl Scout tradition, is one of the very first activities that Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low encouraged for girls. The key to an enjoyable group-camping experience is being prepared.  Obtain camping credentials. Ensure that one adult has been a part of council group or troop-camp learning on supervising group camping. Group camp education generally covers outdoor program activities, minimal-impact camping skills, safety procedures and standards.
  • Forms
  • Journey Map
  • Ambassador Uniform Insignia
  • Leader insignia
  • Girl Scout Glossary

 

GS_SENIORS_gradelevel

 

  • Parent meetings - A good rule of thumb is to have a parent meeting twice a year----once to start the year and again to close the year.
  • Ceremonies - See Chapter 2 in Volunteer Essentials and  also visit www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/ceremonies
  • Community Service - Click here for some ideas---feel free to come up with your own!
  • Trips - Girls love trips. And Girl Scouts is a great place for them to learn how to plan and take trips, because travel is built on a progression of activities.  Senior Girl Scouts can travel around the world, often requiring one or two years of preparation.  You can start planning for such a trip when the girls show an interest in travelling abroad.
  • Managing troop treasury - see Chapter 5 in Volunteer Essentials
  • Safety ratios
    • For troop meetings: Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 30 girls plus one adult for every 15 additional girls.
    • For events, Travel, and camping: Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 24girls plus one adult for every 12 additional girls.
  • Gold Award - The Girl Scout Gold Award is Girl Scouting’s highest award for Senior Girl Scouts. As a Girl Scout volunteer, encourage girls to “go for it” by earning this award.
  • Alumnae
  • Camping - Camping, a great Girl Scout tradition, is one of the very first activities that Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low encouraged for girls. The key to an enjoyable group-camping experience is being prepared.  Obtain camping credentials. Ensure that one adult has been a part of council group or troop-camp learning on supervising group camping. Group camp education generally covers outdoor program activities, minimal-impact camping skills, safety procedures and standards.
  • Forms
  • Journey Map
  • Senior Uniform Insignia
  • Leader insignia
  • Girl Scout Glossary

GS_CADETTES_gradelevel

 

  • Parent meetings - A good rule of thumb is to have a parent meeting twice a year----once to start the year and again to close the year.
    Ceremonies - See Chapter 2 in Volunteer Essentials and  also visit www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/ceremonies
  • Community Service - Click here for some ideas---feel free to come up with your own!
  • Trips Girls love trips. And Girl Scouts is a great place for them to learn how to plan and take trips, because travel is built on a progression of activities.
  • Overnights - Three or four nights camping or a stay in a hotel, motel, or hostel relatively close to home---say, staying on the east coast.  Planning a trip to a large museum—and many offer unique opportunities for girls to actually spend the night on museum grounds—makes for an exciting experience for girls.  Cadettes and older may travel anywhere in the country, often lasting a week or more.
  • Managing troop treasury - see Chapter 5 in Volunteer Essentials
  • SWAPS – Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Placed Somewhere.  These are small and often themed crafts pinned via a safety pin to a het usually and traded by Girl Scouts at events.  SWAPS ideas can be found on the internet.
  • Safety ratios
    • For troop meetings: Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 25 girls plus one adult for every 12 additional girls.
    • For events, Travel, and camping: Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 20 girls plus one adult for every 10 additional girls.
  • Silver Award - The Girl Scout Silver Award is Girl Scouting’s highest award for Cadette Girl Scouts. As a Girl Scout volunteer, encourage girls to “go for it” by earning this award.
  • Bridging - Bridging ceremonies mark a girl’s move from one grade level of Girl Scouting to another, such as from Cadette to Senior.
  • Camping - Camping, a great Girl Scout tradition, is one of the very first activities that Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low encouraged for girls. The key to an enjoyable group-camping experience is being prepared.  Obtain camping credentials. Ensure that one adult has been a part of council group or troop-camp learning on supervising group camping. Group camp education generally covers outdoor program activities, minimal-impact camping skills, safety procedures and standards.
  • Forms
  • Journey Map
  • Cadette Uniform Insignia
  • Leader insignia
  • Girl Scout Glossary

 

GS_JUNIORS_gradelevel

 

  • Parent meetings - A good rule of thumb is to have a parent meeting twice a year----once to start the year and again to close the year.-
  • Ceremonies - For other ceremonies, See Chapter 2 in Volunteer Essentials and  also visit www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/ceremonies
  • Community Service - Click here for some ideas---feel free to come up with your own!
  • Trips - Girls love trips. And Girl Scouts is a great place for them to learn how to plan and take trips, because travel is built on a progression of activities
  • Overnights - One (or possibly two) nights away to a state or national park, historic city, or nearby city for sightseeing, staying in a hotel, motel, or campground. These short trips are just long enough to whet their appetites, but not so long as to generate homesickness.
  • Managing troop treasury - see Chapter 5 in Volunteer Essentials
  • Safety ratios
    For troop meetings: Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 25 girls plus one adult for every 10 additional girls.
    • For events, Travel, and camping: Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 16 girls plus one adult for every 8 additional girls.
  • Bronze Award - The Girl Scout Bronze Award is Girl Scouting’s highest award for Junior Girl Scouts. As a Girl Scout volunteer, encourage girls to “go for it” by earning this award.
  • Camping - Camping, a great Girl Scout tradition, is one of the very first activities that Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low encouraged for girls. The key to an enjoyable group-camping experience is being prepared.  Obtain camping credentials. Ensure that one adult has been a part of council group or troop-camp learning on supervising group camping. Group camp education generally covers outdoor program activities, minimal-impact camping skills, safety procedures and standards, and methods of dealing with homesickness. .
  • Forms
  • Journey Map
  • Junior Uniform Insignia
  • Leader insignia
  • Girl Scout Glossary

 

GS_BROWNIES_gradelevel

 

  • Parent meetings– A good rule of thumb is to have a parent meeting twice a year----once to start the year and again to close the year.
  • Ceremonies--- Investiture welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Brownie pin at this time. For other ceremonies, See Chapter 2 in Volunteer Essentials and  also visit www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/ceremonies
  • Community Service - Click here for some ideas---feel free to come up with your own!
  • Trips - Girls love trips. And Girl Scouts is a great place for them to learn how to plan and take trips, because travel is built on a progression of activities.   An all-day visit to a point of historical or natural interest (bringing their own lunch) or a day-long trip to a nearby city (stopping at a restaurant for a meal)—younger girls can select locations and do much of the trip-planning, while never being too far from home.
  • Overnights - One (or possibly two) nights away to a state or national park, historic city, or nearby city for sightseeing, staying in a hotel, motel, or campground. These short trips are just long enough to whet their appetites, but not so long as to generate homesickness.
  • Managing troop treasury - see Chapter 5 in Volunteer Essentials
  • Safety ratios
    • For troop meetings: Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 20 girls plus one adult for every 6 additional girls.
    • For events, Travel, and camping:  Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 12 girls plus one adult for every 6 additional girls.
  • Camping - Camping, a great Girl Scout tradition, is one of the very first activities that Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low encouraged for girls. The key to an enjoyable group-camping experience is being prepared. Obtain camping credentials. Ensure that one adult has been a part of council group or troop-camp learning on supervising group camping. Group camp education generally covers outdoor program activities, minimal-impact camping skills, safety procedures and standards, and methods of dealing with homesickness. 
  • Forms

 

GS_DAISIES_gradelevel

  • Parents Meetings– A good rule of thumb is to have a parent meeting twice a year----once to start the year and again to close the year.
  • Ceremonies - Investiture welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Daisy pin at this time.  For other ceremonies, See Chapter 2 in Volunteer Essentials and  also visit www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/ceremonies
  • Community Service - Click here for some ideas---feel free to come up with your own!
  • Trips - Girls love trips and Girl Scouts is a great place for them to learn how to plan and take trips, because travel is built on a progression of activities.  A walk to the nearby garden or a short ride by car or public transportation to the firehouse or courthouse is a great first step for Daisies.
  • Managing troop treasury - see Chapter 5 in Volunteer Essentials
  • Safety ratios:
    • For troop meetings: Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 12 girls plus one adult for every 6 additional girls.
    • For events, Travel, and camping: Two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) for 6 girls plus one adult for every 4 additional girls.
  • Camping - Under the leadership of an adult, a Daisy troop may participate in an occasional overnight camping experience.  Camping, a great Girl Scout tradition, is one of the very first activities that Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low encouraged for girls. The key to an enjoyable group-camping experience is being prepared. Obtain camping credentials. Ensure that one adult has been a part of council group or troop-camp learning on supervising group camping. Group camp education generally covers outdoor program activities, minimal-impact camping skills, safety procedures and standards, and methods of dealing with homesickness.
  • Forms
  • Journey Map
  • Daisy Uniform Insignia
  • Leader insignia
  • Girl Scout Glossary
  • Volunteer Essentials -This guide will prepare you for your Girl Scout journey ahead. It will help you understand the organization and its expectations, answer your questions, discuss forms needed and more. Inside you will find all the information you need to be a great Girl Scout volunteer. An electronic copy can be obtained through your Membership Manager.
  • Información fundamental para voluntarios 2012
  • Girl Scout Safety Guidelines - Key Standards to follow for every troop.
  • Blue Book and Leader's Digest - The most important reference books for councils. As the backbone of council procedures, these reference materials contain the charter, the Constitution, the bylaws and the essential policies of Girl Scouts of the USA. (2012 edition)

 

  

Troop Tool Kits
(click on the logo for your level)

GS_DAISIES_gradelevel        GS_BROWNIES_gradelevel
GS_JUNIORS_gradelevel GS_CADETTES_gradelevel
GS_SENIORS_gradelevel GS_AMBS_gradelevel