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Revised Nuts and Bolts Training for New Leaders

Nuts and Bolts training has been revised! The course covers how to get your troop started, troop management, managing troop finances, and planning outings and field trips, along with what Girl Scouts is all about, and a message from Stephanie Foote, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Nuts and Bolts is divided into chapters, and each section includes additional resources to support and inform the volunteer experience – like, how to involve families in the troop and how to make the troop experience girl-led. Also included on the course page, are links to all the forms that volunteers need, and links to other training on our eLearning site, like Financial Literacy, Conflict Fluency and Girl Scout Songs and Games.

Nuts and Bolts is available for volunteers to take whenever it is convenient for them. It is one of three essential trainings, along with GS 101 and program level 101 classes, that we require new volunteers to complete.

To access the Nuts and Bolts course, or any of our other online training, go to our eLearning site:
http://training.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/login/index.php

If you have questions about online courses, or need assistance with accessing our eLearning site, please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

Improving the Volunteer Experience at GSCO

We know that the staffing and structural changes discussed in previous posts are difficult changes both for our staff and volunteers. Despite the fact that many of these changes were motivated by our financial limitations, we are dedicated to using our retraction as a motivation to take a fresh look at our systems and processes and create a streamlined system that makes life easier for our volunteers.

With that in mind, we are proud to announce the following changes (effective immediately), designed to help empower our volunteers and help Girl Scouts of Colorado return to our grassroots origins. Our Program team has worked exceptionally hard to design and prepare these changes on a short timeline. I hope that you will agree that, although we know we have additional ground to cover, these changes are giant steps towards improving our support of our most valuable asset, volunteers.

With our new processes, you will find it easier to:

Complete most requests online
We are introducing a new online form tool, through Adobe Forms Central that provides a much improved experience with online forms. All of the new processes below utilize this advanced system and we will continue to update our old forms with this new software.

Set up & change signers on bank accounts
Whenever your group needs to open a new bank account or change the authorized signers, just submit the new Bank Account Authorization Request form online. As long as the new signers have completed the volunteer application process, you’ll receive an email with an authorization letter to take to the bank. We also made it easier to access the guidelines for managing group finances.

Help a girl find a troop
We have made some improvements to our interest form too. As a volunteer, you can send this link to anyone who needs help finding a troop – or you could even fill it out on their behalf, with permission of course. We have dedicated staff Recruitment Specialists and volunteers around the state who work with families to find and start troops for new Girl Scouts.

Plan a group money earning activity
Troop/Group Leaders are approved to coordinate group money earning activities. Written approval for each activity is no longer required. Just follow these group money earning guidelines and we’ll ask you to how it went on your Annual Troop Report next year. If you need help planning a money earning activity or have any questions about the guidelines, contact your Program Support Specialist.

Plan an overnight or extended trip
Volunteers who have taken the required travel training(s) are approved to coordinate overnight trips (1-2 nights, including sleepovers) and extended trips (3 or more nights). Written approval for each trip is no longer required, just submit a simple Overnight & Extended Trip Notification to let us know the basic trip details in case of an emergency situation. We trust that the Trip Advisor will follow the troop travel guidelines. Your Program Support Specialist is available to help if you have any questions or need some advice.

Note: If your overnight or extended trip is at a GSCO property, you don’t need to submit a notification because we’ll have your trip details in your site reservation.

Apply for an Opportunity Grant
Every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout! We have a new Opportunity Grant Application that can be submitted by a parent/guardian or troop volunteer online. Grants are awarded up to 80% and are available for:
• uniforms & books
• camp (day & overnight)
• Council-sponsored programs (events, series, travel)
• adult learning opportunities
• GSUSA destinations

An application is not needed for financial assistance for girl/adult memberships or volunteer background checks. Opportunity Grants are not available for troop-planned travel.

Receive Troop Sponsorship funds
A Troop Sponsorship is a monetary donation of $250 or more that is made payable to Girl Scouts of Colorado with the intention of being transferred to a specific troop/group, per the donor’s request. Internally we made some changes so we can process these requests quickly. If your group ever receives a donation of $250 or more, and the donor needs an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes, submit the new Troop Sponsorship Notification online and have the check sent to the Denver Service Center with a note from the donor to designate the gift to your troop.

Your troop may accept monetary donations of any amount directly, but the donor will not receive an acknowledgement letter for their gift – that’s why we provide this service to troops!

Get the Best in Volunteer Training
First, we are removing the cost to volunteers for nearly all adult trainings and reducing the cost for the few that will retain a small fee.

We are also increasing the frequency of trainings. Specifically, Nuts and Bolts, our primary training for new volunteers will be offered at least weekly through our online training platform to help new troop leaders get started right away.

Finally, we are introducing new age-level trainings this fall to help you feel comfortable presenting programming for your specific age group(s).

Find Great Program Resources
We are releasing several new program materials that will help make program planning easier. The Service Unit Event Planning Guide (and program templates) will help you plan your event or camp! Program templates will also soon be online for you to use.

Online registration for events is here!

Starting Tuesday September 4th, online registration for events will have a new look and feel.  Girl Scouts of Colorado has been hard at work over the past year developing an online registration system that is not only user friendly but also enhances the Girl Scout experience.  For those of you familiar with online registration for adult training or membership, this process will be familiar to you.

This new system will have many benefits including

  • The ability to register for events through troop hub
  • You will know instantly if you are registered for an event
  •  Participation in Girl Scout events will be on your profile – you can look back on your Girl Scout career.  This will stay on your profile even if you transfer councils
  • Safe and secure method of payment
  • It allows us as an organization to better track participation in events, which in turn allows us to better serve the girls.

Customer Support is available during normal business hours if you need any help registering for any event.  They can be reached at 877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org .

A few helpful hints when using online registration

  • Use your First and Last name as it appears on your membership registration
  • A valid email address is required to log into your account – the same one in your record.
  • If you need to add or update the email we have on record for you, please contact Customer Support by phone or email
  • When you are re-registering or registering for the first time, please verify the girl’s grade level.  This will help you when you are registering girls for events with grade level restrictions.