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Keeping older Girl Scouts engaged: Tips and Tricks

There are so many things competing for girls’ attention and keeping older girls excited about Girl Scouts can be a challenge! Denine Dains of Westminster in the Metro Denver regions leads a troop of Seniors and Ambassadors, many of whom have been together since Daisies and Brownies. She offers this advice for keeping older girls engaged in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

  • Have the girls create a plan for the upcoming Girl Scout year. Invite caregivers to a meeting and have the girls present their ideas. This helps not only a girl to be engaged in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, but the entire family as well. Once caregivers and siblings know what their girl wants out of Girl Scouts, they can support her in her journey!
  • Determine a troop goal, such as a big trip. While the goal may seem lofty at first, break it down into pieces or years. For example, “This year, our troop will earn/save specified dollar amount to put towards goal. Next year, we will earn/save…”
  • Participate in leadership opportunities. Earn one of Girl Scouts’ Highest awards or the Leader in Action (LIA) Award, complete PA Training, host a day camp, etc. The more girls take the lead, the more likely they are to stay in Girl Scouts.

Do you have any tips, tricks, “life hacks,” etc. to share? We would love to hear them! Just email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

 

Tips and Tricks for new leaders and volunteers

You’re a new Girl Scout leader or volunteer? Awesome! Now, what? What can you do to make sure your girls and YOU get the most out of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience? Amy Caperton, Denine Dains, and Darby Petitt in the Metro Denver region are experienced leaders of troops with older Girl Scouts, many of whom have been together since Daisies and Brownies. They offer this advice for new troop leaders and volunteers.

Denine: Let the Girl Scouts do it! Girl Scouts is girl-led, so let girls make decisions, cook, clean up after meetings, etc. Even the littlest Daisies can clean dishes, get water, and put out snacks and supplies. As girls grow, let them struggle with the tent before immediately jumping in to help. You’ll be surprised the difference you’ll see in the girls and how it helps make things easier for you!

Amy: Have younger girls make a kaper chart for meetings and rotate the girls through them. When we were Daisies/Brownies, we had jobs like attendance, snack and snack helper, supplies, lead Pledge of Allegiance and Girl Scout Promise & Law, etc. The more jobs the better! It makes the girls excited for the meeting.

Darby:  Listen to what the girls want to do in Girl Scouts. For younger girls, offer lots of different opportunities for them to try things they might not have picked on their own. Let older girls do things that interest them, but also challenge them to try different activities. Most of all, let the girls do some of the planning. I think the “girl-led” aspect of Girl Scouting is the most important for them to feel invested. 

Do you have any tips, tricks, “life hacks,” etc. to share? We would love to hear them! Just email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

 

Ensuring a great Girl Scout year: Tips and Tricks

You’re a new Girl Scout leader or volunteer? Awesome! Now, what? What can you do to ensure your girls have a great Girl Scout year? Amy Caperton, Denine Dains, and Darby Petitt in the Metro Denver region are experienced leaders of troops with older Girl Scouts, many of whom have been together since Daisies and Brownies. They offer this advice for new troop leaders and volunteers.

Amy:

  • Hold a parent meeting to get their commitment for involvement and for signing permissions slips and medical forms signed.
  • Ask the GIRLS what they want to do, what is their vision for the year. This may take more guidance with younger girls.
  • If your troop is new, spend time at each of the first several meetings with “get to know you” activities.

Darby: Get together with your co-leader before the school year to discuss the year ahead. For younger girls, this might involve mapping out the year, leaving meetings for fun holiday stuff, Cookie Program learning, World Thinking Day prep, badges, Journeys, etc. For older girls, I still map out the major events, but leave a lot of meetings for the girls to plan. 

Denine: Have the girls create a plan for the upcoming Girl Scout year. Invite parents to a meeting and have the girls present their ideas. This helps not only a girl to be engaged in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, but the entire family as well. Once caregivers and siblings know what their girl wants out of Girl Scouts, they can support her journey!

Darby: We start out each year with a planning meeting. We welcome the girls back, find out how their summer was, and take suggestions/ideas for what they want to do and pencil them in. We bring all the badge requirements and have them look through to see what interests them. For girls who can earn one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards, they can also map out their two/three years for when they will start to work on the award. 

Do you have any tips, tricks, “life hacks,” etc. to share? We would love to hear them! Just email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.