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GSLE 2019 Membership Year Kick-Off and Volunteer Development Conference

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Date:
Sat Jul 21, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Episcopal School of Baton Rouge Map
Category:
Volunteer Training
Level:
Adult
Region:
Councilwide
 

Save the Date for a HANDS-ON DAY of fun and learning!

A morning plenary session will lead into a day of hands-on workshops for all levels of volunteer leadership. There will be special sessions for all service team positions and an opportunity for new leaders to complete Leadership Essentials and First Aid/CPR. Other workshop topics include camping, fun with STEM, facilitating girl-led meetings, and more. We hope you’ll join us for this great day of Girl Scout Sisterhood!

Session Descriptions

Adult Recognition Overview 9:30-10:30 AM
For troop leaders.

Getting Comfortable with STEM 9:30-10:30 AM
For troop leaders. This 1 hour workshop will talk about what STEM is (and what it isn't!), how to engage girls in fun and challenging activities, and where to find resources. The workshop will also include ideas for planning girl-led STEM activities.

Leadership Essentials 9:30 AM -12 PM ($10.00)
For all volunteer positions working directly with girls. This session will give adult volunteers who work directly with girls the tools to: explain practices to help manage a group of girls while providing a safe experience; understand the Promise and the Law; lay out a typical meeting; describe the importance of all of the components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and utilize Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting in all aspects of girl led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning. You will learn more ideas for helping girls plan and make decisions, tips for customizing journeys and badges to meet your girl’s Interest, plus fun ways for girls to reflect on their Girl Scout experiences. Prerequisites: 1) Completion of GSUSA’s Girl Scouting 101 Online introduction to Girl Scouting. 2) Volunteer Orientation (face-to-face review of Volunteer Essentials).

Service Unit Plenary 9:30 -11 AM
For all Service Unit Administrators and their leadership teams.
A special session devoted to service teams where you will get the “Inside Scoop” on MY19 direct from the staff team leaders.  Hear what is upcoming in events, product program, marketing & communication, volunteer training, fund development and membership.  Membership awards will be presented during this session.

Volunteer Toolkit Overview and Workshop 9:30-10:30 AM
The Volunteer Toolkit is a web-based app that features a year plan calendar, troop meeting plans, tons of resources, and troop financials-all in one place! Come learn how this exciting tool can enhance your troop experience.

Highest Awards Workshop 10:30 AM -12:30 PM

Passport to Travel Workshop 10:30-12:30
Required for: One registered and screened adult volunteer per troop taking a troop/group on an extended trip lasting 3 nights or longer. The Passport to Troop Travel course must be completed every (5) years. 

There are a variety of ways that a Girl Scout can participate in travel. She can plan a trip with her troop, she can travel with a group of Girl Scouts that have come together specifically to travel, or she can participate in Destinations, national or international trips set up by GSUSA for individual girls. Whatever avenue she chooses to explore it is the Travel Consultant’s job to guide her through the process.  This course will prepare you for this position.

Remember every troop/group must have a trained Travel Consultant who has completed the Passport to Troop Travel course before planning an extended trip. 

Course topics include program implementation, how to partner with girls, setting realistic timelines, budgeting and money earning, trip preparation, and information on the Global-Local Connection. Preregistration is required!

Service Unit Administrator Workshop 11 AM-12:30 PM
For all new Service Unit Administrators.
You said “yes” to or may be considering one of the most influential volunteer roles in Girl Scouts – the SU Administrator.  Thank you!  Your staff partners and fellow SU Admins stand ready to help you succeed.  This training will give you the basics of the position and get you started on your path to a successful Girl Scout membership year.

Product Program Overview and Workshop 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Girl Scouts Louisiana East is gearing up for the 2018-2019 Fall and Cookie Programs! This session will highlight all the new and exciting changes as well as introduce members of the Product Program Advisory Committee.

Kick-Off Lunch 12:30-1:30 PM
Please RSVP if you are going to be joining us for a delicious catered lunch and an opportunity to meet other volunteers.

Adult and Pediatric FA/CPR/AED 1:30-3:30 PM ($50.00)
Girl Scout Troops participating in a day outing need to have a Level 1 First Aider.  The certification to become a Level 1 First Aider consists of online content and assessments as well as hands-on skill practice performing first aid, CPR, and AED skills for adults, children and infants.  Other emergency situations, such as choking, stroke, and breathing difficulties are also covered.  Participants must complete the online content and assessments successfully prior to attending the skills session to receive certification.

To ensure more volunteers have access to health and safety training, Girl Scouts and the American Red Cross have formed a national partnership.  All of our First Aid and CPR courses will now include AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training as well.  If you are already certified, please be assured Girl Scouts recognizes both American Heart and American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications.  Both agencies provide certification that is valid for (2) years from the date of the course.

Service Unit Camping Workshop 1:30-3:30 PM
For Service Unit and troop Camping Chairs.

Service Unit Recruiter Workshop 1:30-3 PM
For all new Service Unit Recruiters.
Recruiters are the face of Girl Scouts at their school.  They are the go-to Girl Scout lady for the administration, parents and other volunteers.  Recruiters assist the External Recruiting Specialists in recruiting new girls and volunteers to start new troops and for existing troops.  With over 500 schools and only 6 external recruiters on staff, volunteer recruiters are essential to ensuring Girl Scouts in southeast Louisiana.  Whether you are dynamic and ready to take on hosting a GS Information Night on your own or just have the inside track at the school and can get fliers distributed, we need you.  Come learn the ins and outs of Girl Scout recruiting at this session.

Train the Trainer Workshop 1:30-3:30 PM
For all interested troop leaders and Service Unit Administrators.

Volunteer Toolkit Overview and Workshop 1:30-2:30 PM
The Volunteer Toolkit is a web-based app that features a year plan calendar, troop meeting plans, tons of resources, and troop financials-all in one place! Come learn how this exciting tool can enhance your troop experience.

Service Unit Publicity Representative Workshop 2:30-3:30 PM
For Service Unit Publicity Representatives, as appointed by Service Unit Administrator
Learn how to initiate, handle, and coordinate publicity efforts with community newspapers and/or radio stations. Promote service unit and troop activities. Offer local support to publicity generated by the Girl Scout council’s Marketing Communications department for council-wide events. Promote the positive image of Girl Scouts as the best leadership development organization in the world. 

Service Unit Coaches Workshop 3-4:30 PM
For all new Service Unit Coaches.
Coaches serve a vital role in the service unit - helping new leaders succeed.  Whether you have been a Girl Scout volunteer for 10 years or 1, you can excel in this role if you have genuine empathy and a desire to help others.  The coach is a Girl Scout Big Sister helping new leaders along the way.  Coaches are needed for each grade level in every service unit.  In this course, you will learn the basics of the position and review the Girl Scout program portfolio.

Getting Comfortable with STEM 2:30-3:30 PM
For troop leaders. This 1 hour workshop will talk about what STEM is (and what it isn't!), how to engage girls in fun and challenging activities, and where to find resources. The workshop will also include ideas for planning girl-led STEM activities.

Product Program Overview and Workshop 3:30-4:30 PM
Girl Scouts Louisiana East is gearing up for the 2018-2019 Fall and Cookie Programs! This session will highlight all the new and exciting changes as well as introduce members of the Product Program Advisory Committee.

Closing Circle 4:30-5 PM
Please join us as we close out our great day of learning with the traditional Girl Scout circle, door prizes and evaluation opportunity.

Registration Instructions: Register online in ebiz here.
Registration Deadline:
July 2, 2018
Staff Contact: Sara Leikin at sleikin@gsle.org