Volunteer Conference (formerly known as Kick-off)
The third Saturday in July is held for our annual volunteer conference where we kick-off the new membership year in style with informative sessions, workshops and training for service team members, new leaders and experienced volunteers. An appreciation lunch is provided as a small token for the service you provide to the girls in our community. This year's conference will take place on the 16th floor of Copeland Towers offering panoramic views of the New Orleans skyline and Lake Pontchartrain.
Sessions are organized by tracks allowing you to get the most out of your day based on your position: new leadership team member, experienced volunteers and service team members. New leadership team members can complete required trainings and complete a session on badge work. Service team members and experienced volunteers have a number of trainings to choose from. Come for the entire day or drop in for the sessions of choice.
Service Team and Experienced Volunteer
Kick-off Plenary Session 9-10:30 AM
Join the council leadership, both staff and volunteer, to kick-off membership year 2020. Get the inside scoop on enhancements and new additions to Girl Scout program, events and resources both council and nationwide. Honor the Service Unit Administrators and Teams as we bestow membership awards for MY19.
Leadership Essentials 9 AM-12 PM
Leadership Essentials provides you with the tools and techniques to provide the Girl Scout program in the troop setting. You will learn troop management including using the VTK for meeting plans, dive into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and understand how to incorporate the Girl Scout processes into your troop.
Required training for all volunteers serving on the leadership team.
NEW Service Team
Service Unit Administrator Basics 10:30 AM-12 PM
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.
Service Team and Experienced Volunteer
Conflict Resolution, Difficult Discussions, Courageous Conversations 10:30 AM-12 PM
Conflict is inevitable, but can be resolved in ways that leave all parties feeling heard and without bad feelings. Come learn tools and techniques for dealing with conflict that may occur among your girls, parents or volunteers within a troop or service unit.
Highest Awards 10:30 AM-12 PM
Join us for open discussion focused on Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. This informal presentation, open for any leader or volunteer wanting knowledge of Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, will cover what is expected and what is not permitted concerning projects, timelines, paperwork and more with as much Q&A as needed.
Program Aide Train the Trainer 10:30 AM-12 PM
Course prepares adult volunteers to deliver the program aide training to Girl Scouts, grades 6 – 12. Girls will then participate in leadership roles at the troop, service unit and council level.
Program aides are role models for younger Girl Scouts. They have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and to share their interests and experiences with younger girls in a troop, group, council or camp setting. PA Training gives Cadette and older the ability to implement what they have learned.
LUNCH 12-1 PM
Please register if you are going to be joining us for a delicious buffet lunch and an opportunity to meet and network with other volunteers. Lunch is provided at no cost to you as a thank-you for your dedication as volunteers. Please use our resources wisely by letting us know no later than 7/10/2019 if your plans change and you will be unable to attend. After that date, we must pay for all lunches.
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED 1-2:30 PM
This Red Cross course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion and must be taken on a PC or tablet with a high-speed Internet connection. Allow approximately 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the online portion. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.
Required training for at least one volunteer who will accompany troops on outings. Recommended for at least one volunteer who will be present at troop meetings.
Note: The following healthcare providers may serve as First Aiders and are exempt from taking the course: physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical technician.
NEW Service Team
New Recruiter 1-2:30 PM
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.
New Coach 2:45-4:15 PM
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.
Experienced Volunteer and Service Team
Service Unit Campout Planning 1-4:15 PM (BREAK at 2:30-2:45)
This session provides tips for planning fun, safe, large - group campouts (50 or more girls). Topics include site selection, safety considerations, program development, participant registration, implementing and evaluating the event.
Delivering the Coding Badges to Girl Scouts 1-4:15 PM (BREAK at 2:30-2:45)
You don't have to be a computer expert in order to deliver Cybersecurity Badges to your girls! Join Elan from NOLA Code as she walks you thru all you need to know in order to lead your girls to their Coding Badges. Designed for Girl Scout Brownie & Junior Cybersecurity & Cadette Programming Robots badges. Please bring a laptop to enhance your experience.
Passport to Troop Travel 1-4:15 PM (BREAK at 2:30-2:45)
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.
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.
Note: 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.
CLOSING CEREMONY 4:15-4:30 PM
Please join us as we close out our great day of learning with the traditional Girl Scout circle, door prizes and evaluation opportunity.