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Volunteer Kickoff 2022

Agents of Change

Saturday, July 23, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Thibodaux Regional Wellness Center
726 North Acadia Road 
Thibodaux, LA 70301

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Schedule and Class Offerings
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  •  REGISTRATION
 
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. • Welcome, Flag Ceremony, and Investiture/Rededication Ceremony
 
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. • 2022 Service Unit Planning Kit (Service Unit Snapshot)
 
10:10 – 10:55 a.m. • Session 1
1. How To: Service Unit Camp Part 1 (this class requires your participation in 2 sesions, parts 1 and 2 both)

The Service Unit Campout Training will provide you with all the tools you need to host and run a successful Service Unit campout. This training is required for at least one person on the Service Unit Campout Team, and this person should hold a current Basic Camp Training or Advanced Camp Training certification. Come join us for a great session!

Required for: one registered and screened adult volunteer per Service Unit camping at a GSLE property.  The Service Unit Campout course must be completed every three (3) years.

2. “Go Bright Ahead”: The Future of Product Program 
Meet our Product Program team as we host a conversation focusing on educational money earning activities and financial leadership for our girls and their troops through Product Program. Have fun designing your personal avatar, learning how to navigate the easy and effective M2 system, enjoyinh a sampling of Fall Product and more! Plus, join us as we begin the conversation of program-based rewards!
 
3. Connecting the Dots: New Troop Leader Development 
Are you trying to connect the dots of troop leadership?  Maybe you’re a brand new leader     or maybe you’ve been a leader for a while but just don’t feel fully engaged.  Either way, we hope that you will join us to discuss everything from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to engaging girls and their families.  Do you have questions and your just not sure who to ask?  Bring them with you and let us help you get connected with your council staff partners.
 
4. Progression: It’s not just for girls
We’ll take a look at how the Service Unit can assist in the progression of leaders throughout their Girl Scout journey. The Service Unit is there to provide leaders with a support system that makes them feel welcomed, prepared and want to continue their experience in Girl Scouting. In this session we’ll discover how the Service Unit supports the volunteer experience.   
 
5. Banking and Budgeting
        Okay, Girl Scout volunteers, it’s time to talk money—specifically,         how to keep your troop’s money in check.
        Get it?! Check...I hear you groaning over there, but let's get         started. As you all know, every Girl Scout troop is unique - the         troop's size and location, the leader's style, and the girls'         interests are all factors that work together to create the Girl         Scout experience (and sometimes the spending of hundres to         thoudands of dollars). With that in mind, let's explore the         simple steps of budgeting and banking to ensure we are all the         best stewards of our girls' money.           
11:05 – 11:50 a.m. • Session 2
1. How To: Service Unit Camp Part 2 (this class requires your participation in 2 sessions, Parts 1 and 2, both)
The Service Unit Campout Training will provide you with all of the tools you need to host and run a successful Service Unit campout. This training is required for at least one person on the Service Unit Campout Team, and this person should hold a current Basic Camp Training or Advanced Camp Training certification. Come join us for a great session!

Required for: One registered and screened adult volunteer per Service Unit camping at a GSLE property.  The Service Unit Campout course must be completed every three (3) years.

2. Getting a Head Start: How Parents and Guardians Can Prepare to Pay for College- Presented by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA)

As the cost of college continues to rise, come learn about scholarships, grants and other programs offered through LOSFA to help students cover the cost of their college education. Parents and guardians will also be provided information on Louisiana’s 529 College Savings Plan. Participants will receive information on the savings plan, investment options and the process to open an account for their student(s).
 
3. In Our Own Voice
Presented by NAMI. the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Using their personal stories, NAMI's "In Our Own Voice" presenters walk you through their experiences with mental illness. They take you from the early onset of symptoms to how they are today and everything in between. Through In Our Own Voice, audience members can gain an insight into the daily experience of living with mental illness, see people living meaningful lives beyond the stereotypes and learn the importance of getting involved to help themselves and others.
 
4. Forever Girl Scout Annual Campaign: Dissecting the Meaning of Philanthropy and Taking Action
Join the Fund Development team as we examine the meaning of philanthropy and why instilling a philanthropic spirit in girls, families, troops, and Service Units is so important to the overall future and financial health of the Council. From this session you will gain a better understanding of the Forever Girl Scouts Annual Campaign and how to navigate your way through the campaign in order to develop the skills needed to become a GSLE Partner in Philanthropy.
 
5. Digital Resources: There’s an App for that! 
There are many digital resources that support volunteers in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, ensuring every Girl Scout has the opportunity she deserves to build a lifetime of leadership, success and adventure.  You will learn to view your troop roster, update contact information, update girls' information, record girls' attendance/achievements and access badge, Journey and award content for all levels.

 

 

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.  •  LUNCH

 

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.  •  AWARDS

 

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.  •  DEI (DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION)

 

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.  •  GROUP TABLE DISCUSSIONS

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. • Session 3
1. Passport to Travel Part 1 (this class requires your participation in 2 sesions, parts 1 and 2 both)

Whether your Girl Scouts travel around the world or around the block, some of the most memorable moments in a Girl Scouts life happen while taking trips! Traveling is built upon a progression of activities and girl-led processes.  Girl Scout Daisies, for example, can begin with a discovery walk planned by the leaders.  By the time the girls are Cadettes or older they are able to plan their own national and international travel! Whatever avenue your Girl Scout chooses to explore it is the Travel Consultant’s job to guide her through the process.  This course will prepare you for this position.

Required for: one registered and screened adult volunteer per troop taking a troop/group on an extended trip lasting 3 nights or longer. The Troop Travel course must be completed every five (5) years.

2. “Go Bright Ahead”: The Future of Product Program 
Meet our Product Program team as we host a conversation focusing on educational money earning activities and financial leadership for our girls and their troops through Product Program. Have fun designing your personal avatar, learning how to navigate the easy and effective M2 system, enjoying a sampling of Fall Product and more! Plus, join us as we begin the conversation of program-based rewards!
 
3. Highest Awards 
Come learn the ins and outs of earning a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award! Bring your questions and leave with all you need to know so you and your girls to go out and make the world a better place.
 
4. In Our Own Voice
Presented by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Using their personal stories, NAMI's "In Our Own Voice" presenters walk you through their experiences with mental illness. They take you from the early onset of symptoms to how they are today and everything in between. Through In Our Own Voice, audience members can gain an insight into the daily experience of living with mental illness, see people living meaningful lives beyond the stereotypes, and learn the importance of getting involved to help themselves and others.   
5. Digital Leadership Badge Facilitator Workshop
        In this course you will learn how to lead your girls through         the digital leadership badge for your troop’s program level.         When you take this course, you will receive program assets         from GSUSA and upon completion of the badge and survey,         your girls will receive the badge for their program level. The         program assets and badges are genersouly provided for free         with the completion of a survey by GSUSA grant funding. 
2:55 – 3:40 p.m. • Session 4
1. Passport to Travel Part 2  (this class requires your participation in 2 sesions, Parts 1 and 2, both)
Whether your Girl Scouts travel around the world or around the block, some of the most memorable moments in a Girl Scout life happen while taking trips! Traveling is built upon a progression of activities and girl-led processes.  Girl Scout Daisies, for example, can begin with a discovery walk planned by the leaders.  By the time the girls are Cadettes or older they are able to plan their own national and international travel! Whatever avenue your Girl Scout chooses to explore it is the Travel Consultant’s job to guide her through the process.  This course will prepare you for this position.
 
Required for: One registered and screened adult volunteer per troop taking a troop/group on an extended trip lasting 3 nights or longer. The Troop Travel course must be completed every five (5) years.

2. Managing the Transition to Leading Older Girls

Middle school and high school not only mean many changes within your girls personally, but also within their Girl Scout experience. This session will focus most on what it means to be girl-led for this age group and how to engage your girls as the leaders of their own experience. We will also explore what opportunities your girls should be able to step up and lead and where you should consider taking a step back from how you guided the girls when they were younger.
 
3. Championing the Girl Scout Brand
Join the GSLE Marketing and Communications team for an engaging workshop highlighting social media tips and tricks, Girl Scout branding guidelines, GSLE MarComm procedures, and press relations best practices. You’ll learn all the ways to be a champion for the brand and a media pro!
 
4. Digital Resources: There’s an App for that!
There are many digital resources that support volunteers in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, ensuring every Girl Scout has the opportunity she deserves to build a lifetime of leadership, success and adventure. You will learn to view your troop roster, update contact information, update girls' information, record girls' attendance/achievements and access badge, Journey and award content for all levels.
 
5. Ceremonies for Girl Scouts 
Attendees will explore the rich traditions of Girl Scout ceremonies. Included will be several flag ceremonies, bridging, rededication, investiture, and more. Resource links will be provided. 

 

3:50 – 4:15 p.m.  •  FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE AND CLOSING CEREMONY