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Take the G.I.R.L. Agenda Pledge to grow your troop


From Girl Scouts of the USA

Calling all troop leaders! Through your dedication to the girls you serve every day, you’ve already shown us that you believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to stand up, speak out, and accomplish amazing things. Help us unleash that power in even more girls today by pledging to add one or more girls to your troop by March 1, 2018—and you’ll qualify to win some fantastic prizes!

Take the pledge between November 1 and November 15, 2017, and tell us how your troop is working to advance the G.I.R.L. Agenda in your community. The agenda is our nationwide initiative to elevate every voice in the advancement of girls’ leadership and status in the world. By pledging to add at least one new girl to your troop, you’ll help even more girls spark positive change through civic action!

Taking the pledge is easy:

  Upload an image of your trailblazing troop.

 Take the pledge.

 Share how your troop is advancing the G.I.R.L. Agenda.

 Start recruiting girls for your troop.


What Your Troop Can Win

Once the pledge closes, 600 prize winners will be randomly selected to receive a FREE limited-edition G.I.R.L. Agenda patch for their troop. In addition, four grand prize winners will be randomly selected to have GSUSA share their story on Facebook (on Thanksgiving!), as well as receive the patch for their troop. SWEET!

Pledges must be submitted by November 15, 2017 by an adult 18 or over. One entry per troop. See the official rules for full details.

Need Help Recruiting Girls for Your Troop?

Don’t sweat it—we’ll give you the tools to make it happen. Once you complete the pledge, check your email inbox for some articles and resources you can share with your friends and family to introduce them to the power of Girl Scouting, and spread the word that you’re looking for more girls to join your troop!

Still have questions? Review our FAQ for more information.

Simple tips to grow your troop

From Girl Scouts of the USA

What’s even more fun than a new year of Girl Scouts? Welcoming new girls to your troop! After all, new members bring fresh ideas, different ways of looking at things, and excitement that can spark creativity and energize everyone. Plus, introducing new friends to Girl Scouting allows existing members to flex their leadership skills and build confidence. Basically, everybody wins!

Though you may already be a few months into the new school year, it’s still the perfect time to get more girls involved in your troop’s adventures. Get ready to recruit some fresh faces with these tried-and-true tips from Marissa Vessels, who writes for Girl Scouts of Northern California’s blog The Trailhead

1. Host a Bring-a-Friend meeting.

It’s common that your girls might want to invite their friends to troop meetings to see what Girl Scouts is all about! So lean into your girls’ natural desire to be social and host a special “Bring-a-Friend” meeting for your troop (or just designate certain meetings throughout the year as being open for friends).

When hosting a Bring-a-Friend meeting, it’s important that the meeting is authentic to your troop’s Girl Scout experience. If your troop is full of outdoor adventurers, a meeting filled with crafts and games may not be the best way to attract the girls that are right for your group. And if your girls are a little more on the low-key side, your troop trip to a theme park might not be the right event for potential new Girl Scouts to experience. Instead, plan a meeting that will allow for lots of interaction between the girls, down time for you to talk to the potential new parents, and a fun activity that is true to your troop’s interests.

2. Add your troop to the Opportunity Catalog.

Did you know that there are thousands of girls all over the country waiting to find the perfect troop, and likely hundreds right in your area? We need to do our part to help these girls find their homes in Girl Scouts! Many councils have a troop Opportunity Catalog—an online listing that provides detailed information about the troops in your area that have open spots available. The troop catalog is the perfect opportunity to tell new members about what your troop likes to do and what makes you, you. You’ll fill in all of the details about the age levels of your girls, when you meet, and what kinds of activities you enjoy, which will help new Girl Scouts and volunteers find their perfect match. Check with your council on how to make sure you’re there.

3. Have your girls rock their Girl Scout swag on meeting days (and share their Girl Scout story).

No matter how old your girls are, wearing their uniforms or other Girl Scout logo merchandise out and about is a powerful way to recruit new members for your troop. Not only are these items symbols of pride, they tell a story of girls’ unique experiences—the skills they’ve learned, the adventures they’ve gone on—and it’s hard for friends not to ask about it. Encourage your girls to don their Girl Scout duds at school, back-to-school night, and out in the community on days that they have Girl Scout events to attend, and you’re sure to pique interest.

4. Invite your friends and their girls to attend Service Unit or Council events with you.

There’s something magical about the Girl Scout sisterhood, isn’t there? So what better way to recruit new members than to invite your friends and their girls to join along for a service unit or council event to get a taste of the wider Girl Scout community! From building robots to singing songs around the campfire, there are opportunities for every girl in Girl Scouts, no matter what her interests are. 

Whether we’re environmental champions, budding entrepreneurs, or passionate about changing the world, the next opportunity to stand up, speak up, and take the lead is never far away. So round up your favorite friends and invite them to see why Girl Scouts is the best place for their girls to grow into the confident, courageous, and strong women of tomorrow, today. (Seriously, what parent can say no to that?)

5. Hand out physical invitations for girls to share with their friends.

Your girls are by far your best recruiters. Make it easy for their friends to join in on the fun by giving out a handful of physical invitations for your girls to pass out at school, in the community, clubs, church, sports practice, dance classes, back-to-school night, student government meetings, and, well, you get the idea!

Your invitation should include space for your girl to write her name, her friend’s name, meeting details (date, time, and location), and your troop leader’s contact information.

Three winning ways to welcome new girls to your troop

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Your troop may already be up and running, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to welcome new members! Adding new girls to your troop—even midyear—can help energize your group, showcase the Girl Scout spirit of sisterhood and inclusion, and demonstrate by example how Girl Scouts is the best leadership development experience for girls in the world. Period.

After all, Girl Scouts is all about trying new things, building new skills, and getting to know new friends in a safe and supportive all-girl environment—with guidance from caring troop leaders like you, of course!

To smooth the transition for your newbies, incorporate these fun activities into your meetings, and new girls will feel at home in no time at all!

1. Set up a storytelling meet-and-greet!
One of the absolute best ways to connect with others is by swapping stories. Introduce newcomers at their first meeting, then have everyone else introduce themselves, covering the basics, like their first name, age, and years in Girl Scouts. Encourage your seasoned Girl Scouts to go a little more in-depth by sharing something about their families, pets, or interests. Maybe each girl can pick three things about herself she’d like her new Girl Scout sisters to know. Once all troop members have introduced themselves, ask new girls to share some of their own stories. 

Be sure to build in time for questions so the girls have even more opportunities to connect and share. Make it super interactive and fun by finishing up the meeting with a cool trivia game to see how much they remember about one another! 

2. Showcase what your troop loves to do most! 
At a new girl’s first or second meeting, work with the other girls to plan an activity around things the troop loves to do most, whether that be community service, outdoor adventure, photography, or science experiments. What better way to get a new Girl Scout’s experience off to an exciting and memorable start than to head straight into the action? 

At the beginning of the meeting, have a couple girls take the lead and explain the activity and why they love it so much. For subsequent meetings, give new girls the opportunity to choose activities they love most and help them plan something special to share with the troop! 

3. Encourage her to take the lead!

Girl Scouting is all about taking the lead and making things happen, so let newcomers do so early and often. You can start small, having them lead a simple activity, or go big by encouraging them to teach their Girl Scout sisters about an issue that really matters to them. You might also go around the room and have everyone share what taking the lead like a Girl Scout means to them, complete with real-life examples to help new girls really get a grasp of leadership and everything they have the power to accomplish as Girl Scouts. Allow them time to ask questions, too. Learning and leading, that’s how we Girl Scouts do it!

Four surprising benefits of introducing a friend to Girl Scouts

From Girl Scouts of the USA

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold. A circle is round, it has no end. That’s how long I’ll be your friend.” 

Every Girl Scout knows this song. It’s sung across the country at troop meetings, friendship circles, campfires, and more. Why does it mean so much to Girl Scouts? Because it solidifies our more than 100-year history of sisterhood, inclusion, and shared adventure. Not to mention, Girl Scouts is the perfect place to make new friends who help nurture one another on the path to leadership and success (and often last a lifetime)! 

We know that bringing those silver and gold friends together might sound overwhelming at first, but did you know there are some surprising benefits to having your girl’s friend groups mix? Here are four of ‘em! 

1. She’ll bridge her worlds. One of the best things about Girl Scouts is that girls can incorporate the skills they learn, the experiences they enjoy, and the lessons they reap into their everyday lives at home, in school, and in their community. So, why not bring all of that Girl Scout awesomeness into their friend groups, too? By bringing a close neighbor or schoolmate to a Girl Scout meeting, your girl can see two of her worlds collide in an amazing way as she realizes Girl Scouts isn’t just an activity, but a unique experience she can use and share every day and weave seamlessly into many parts of her life.


2. She’ll practice her leadership skills. 
By introducing a close friend to the world of Girl Scouting, your girl has a chance to take the lead and show her friend the ropes (and maybe even how to tie a few!). She’ll teach her friend the Girl Scout Promise; show off the latest badge troop members earned and explain how they did it; encourage her friend to try something new; and, most importantly, share what Girl Scouts means to her. Not only does this give your girl a confidence boost but it also gives her a chance to inspire others to unleash the leader in them! If Girl Scouts is something she loves and believes in, what better way to take the lead than to offer that same experience to someone she cares about?
3. She’ll gain a new perspective. Have you ever looked at a giant painting too close and missed the bigger picture? Sure, you’re having so much fun admiring the details—from each delicate brush stroke to the thoughtful coloring—but sometimes taking a step back to look at something from the outside in can help you appreciate what you’re really seeing. By watching her friend experience Girl Scouting for the first time, your girl will also see the experience from new eyes, reinvigorating her love for Girl Scouts as well as her appreciation for the magnitude of what she is learning and doing every day to empower herself and make the world a better place. Talk about seeing the bigger picture!

4. She’ll understand the importance of sisterhood. Being a sister to every Girl Scout may be intuitive to most, but seeing it in person as her troop accepts a potential new member can be eye-opening for a young girl. It helps her appreciate the benefits of having a band of sisters who will have her back no matter what and will inspire her to always do the same for others—it’s the Girl Scout way, after all!

So, next time you notice one of your girl’s friends asking about what she does in Girl Scouts, contact your troop leader to see if you can cohost an “Bring-a-Friend” meeting—one that let’s new girls and their parents participate in Girl Scout activities and possibly join in on the fun as they discover what Girl Scouts could bring to their own lives.

Become a GSCO volunteer recruiter

Submitted by Sarah Scalise, GSCO Recruitment Specialist

Metro Denver

Denver

The last days of summer are bittersweet for girls and volunteers. There is so much to be done before the school year, and not enough days spent in the Colorado sunshine. However, recruitment specialists in the Denver office are racing along to help interested girls and families learn about Girl Scout opportunities in their community.

We depend on experienced Girl Scouts and volunteers to attend Back to School Nights and invite interested girls and families to information meetings.  If you’d like to represent Girl Scouts in your community please, reach out to us at inquiry@girlscoutsofcolorado.org Let us know your name, local school, and how we can best get in touch!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Girl Scouts wrangle audience at Buffalo Bill Days Parade in Golden

Submitted by Sarah Scalise, GSCO Recruitment Specialist

Metro Denver

Golden

Troops from Golden gathered July 29, 2017 for the Buffalo Bill Days Parade, an tradition for more than 50 years! “100 Years of Golden,” the Girl Scouts of Colorado Centennial, and the 100 year anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program made for 300 years of celebration! We chose to mark the occasion by wearing historical and modern Girl Scout uniforms to show where we’ve been and where we are going. In addition to having a fun time, our group received a shout-out from the emcee for “most well-written description of your parade entry!” Thank you to our awesome Girl Scouts, volunteers, and behind-the-scenes support for putting together this opportunity.

If you and your Girl Scout troop want to wear historical uniforms in a parade, it’s not too late! We are looking for girls and adults to march in the Strasburg Hometown Days Parade on August 12 at 8:30 a.m. Girl Scouts will commemorate the joining of the first continuous railroad in the United States. Please sign up no later than Monday August 6 at noon. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d45aaac22abfe3-strasburg

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

“Invite a Friend” promotion extended through January 31

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The “Invite a Friend” promotion has been extended through January 31, 2017.

Volunteers, you know adults in your communities who would make excellent mentors for girls. We need your help to connect with those great folks so more girls can have fun experiences which show them that they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

When you  “Invite a Friend” to:

·         Join Girl Scouts as part of the Troop Leadership Team

·         Complete the process to be an approved volunteer

·         Start a new Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop

 …You’ll receive $50 in store credit at the Girl Scouts’ official online store, and your friend will receive a new volunteer resource pack, which includes a Girl’s Guide, membership pins, and  tote! The all-in-one badge book and handbook format of the Girl’s Guide gives a new leader what they need to get started.

And, you’ll also help ensure that more girls have the great opportunity of Girl Scouts for the next year!

The “Invite a Friend” promotion runs November 15, 2016 to January 31, 2017, so don’t delay! Learn more on our FAQ page (https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2191615-invite-a-friend-2015-faqs).

Claim your prize for referring a new volunteer here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/membership-promos.html

Invite a Friend to start a new troop

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UPDATE! The “Invite a Friend” promotion has been extended through January 31, 2017.

Volunteers, you know adults in your communities who would make excellent mentors for girls. We need your help to connect with those great folks so more girls can have fun experiences which show them that they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

When you  “Invite a Friend” to:

·         Join Girl Scouts as part of the Troop Leadership Team

·         Complete the process to be an approved volunteer

·         Start a new Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop

 …You’ll receive $50 in store credit at the Girl Scouts’ official online store, and your friend will receive a new volunteer resource pack, which includes a Girl’s Guide, membership pins, and  tote! The all-in-one badge book and handbook format of the Girl’s Guide gives a new leader what they need to get started.

And, you’ll also help ensure that more girls have the great opportunity of Girl Scouts for the next year!

The “Invite a Friend” promotion runs November 15 to December 15, 2016, so don’t delay! Learn more on our FAQ page (https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2191615-invite-a-friend-2015-faqs) and help spread the word with the nifty social media posts below.

Claim your prize for referring a new volunteer here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/membership-promos.html

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Steamboat Springs Daisy campfire kickoff & National S’mores Day celebration

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

On August 10, 2016, returning and potential new Daisy Girl Scouts experienced an evening of fun activities with girls from Cadette Troop 54313 while staff met with parents. Service Unit Manager Nancy Mucklow provided hot dogs and s’mores cooked on a real campfire while families enjoyed a warm midsummer’s evening in Lincoln Park in the ‘boat’.

Girl Scouts to take over Pueblo City Park

Submitted by Carmen Valdez

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

For the 2016-17 membership year, we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in Colorado. You’re invited to join Girl Scouts in Pueblo for a special registration and recruitment event!

Where: City Park Rotary Pavilion

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016

Time: 1- 4 p.m. (drop in anytime, walk-ups welcome)

Click on link to see complete details and how to register!

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2016/new_girl_scout_regis.html

Girls in grades K-3rd grade can enjoy a Girl Scout story, finger puppets, meet the Daisy flower friends, discover Brownie ELF, and much more! Did someone say ice cream? The first 20 girls to RSVP will enjoy an ice cream sandwich. Adults– are you curious about what Girl Scouts can offer you and your girl? This is your chance to find out!

For more information, email Carmen Valdez at carmen.valdez@gscolorado.org.