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Thursday, 29 August 2013 17:34
Category: Troop Leaders
Written by Hits: 468

When preparing for a Girl Scout activity, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints to see the nationally required standards and guidelines. 

Download Safety Activity Checkpoints or find your activity below:

  1. Archery 
  2. Arts and Crafts 
  3. Backpacking 
  4. Bicycling 
  5. Canoeing 
  6. Caving 
  7. Challenge Courses 
  8. Climbing and Rappelling 
  9. Computer/Online Use 
  10. Cross-Country Skiing 
  11. Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding 
  12. Fencing 
  13. Fishing 
  14. Geocaching 
  15. Girl Scout Cookies/Council-Sponsored Product Sale 
  16. Group Camping 
  17. Hayrides 
  18. Hiking 
  19. Horseback Riding 
  20. Ice Fishing 
  21. Ice Skating 
  22. In-Line Skating and Roller Skating 
  23. Kayaking 
  24. Orienteering 
  25. Other Land Sports 
  26. Outdoor Cooking 
  27. Parades and Other Large Group Gatherings 
  28. Rowboating 
  29. Sailing 
  30. Scuba Diving 
  31. Segway 
  32. Skateboarding 
  33. Sledding, Tobogganing, and Snow Tubing 
  34. Snorkeling 
  35. Snowshoeing 
  36. STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) 
  37. Surfing 
  38. Swimming 
  39. Theme Parks 
  40. Trip/Travel Camping 
  41. Tubing 
  42. Waterskiing and Wakeboarding 
  43. White-Water Rafting 
  44. Windsurfing 


Activities by CATEGORY:


Water Sports

  1. Canoeing
  2. Fishing 
  3. Ice Fishing
  4. Kayaking 
  5. Rowboating
  6. Sailing 
  7. Scuba Diving 
  8. Snorkeling 
  9. Surfing
  10. Swimming 
  11. Tubing 
  12. Waterskiing and Wakeboarding 
  13. White-Water Rafting 
  14. Windsurfing 


Land Sports

  1. Archery 
  2. Bicycling 
  3. Caving
  4. Challenge Courses 
  5. Climbing and Rappelling 
  6. Cross-Country Skiing 
  7. Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding 
  8. Fencing 
  9. Geocaching 
  10. Horseback Riding 
  11. Ice Skating 
  12. In-Line Skating and Roller Skating 
  13. Other Land Sports
  14. Segway 
  15. Skateboarding 
  16. Sledding, Tobogganing, and Snow Tubing
  17. Snowshoeing 


Camping Activities

  1. Backpacking 
  2. Group Camping 
  3. Hiking 
  4. Orienteering 
  5. Outdoor Cooking 
  6. Trip/Travel Camping


Other Activities

  1. Arts and Crafts
  2. Computer/Online Use 
  3. Girl Scout Cookies/Council-Sponsored Product Sale 
  4. Hayrides 
  5. Parades and Other Large Group Gatherings 
  6. STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) 
  7. Theme Parks
Thursday, 29 August 2013 17:24
Category: Troop Leaders
Written by Hits: 1156

The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting is a colorful, easy-to-use binder for girls at each program level.  It's includes the handbook and badges, plus a "My Girl Scouts" section for girls to find fun activities and ways to customize their Girl Scout experience.


The book has three main sections:

  1. Girl Scout Handbook to introduce girls to traditions, stories, and uniforms, as well as awards they are eligible to earn at their level
  2. Girl Scout Badges that lists requirements for earning Legacy, Cookie Program, and Financial Literacy badges, with room for girls to insert additional skill-building badge requirements according to their interests
  3. My Girl Scouts with fun resources for bringing their Girl Scout experience to life, and where girls can insert their own records of their Girl Scout experience


Click here to see examples of the progression in

National Proficiency Badges!


Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:50
Category: Troop Leaders
Written by Hits: 486


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Probably the number one tool for volunteers, the Volunteer Essentials handbook provides information about council procedures, standards, policies, and volunteer personnel policies. It also provides general information about grade levels, troop program, risk management, etc. Download a copy or ask for one at the council office. You will have post-it notes all over this one.

Please contact the Volunteer Services Department with questions.

   Volunteer Services Department

   Terry Blevins                                                                        Caroline Roel

   Director of Volunteer Services                                         Volunteer Services Executive

   800-865-3069                                                                       800-477-2688

   361-573-6451                                                                       956-425-2388

   361-579-0988 fax                                                                 956-425-9602 fax

Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:41
Category: Troop Leaders
Written by Hits: 349

Helping girls decide what they want to do, and coaching them as they earn and manage money to pursue their goals, is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). Your Girl Scout group plans and finances its own activities, with your guidance. At the same time, the girls learn many valuable skills that serve them throughout their lives.

Girl Scout groups are funded by a share of money earned through council-sponsored product sale activities (such as Girl Scout cookie activities), group money-earning activities (council-approved, of course), and any dues your group may charge. (This is in addition to the $12 annual membership dues that go to the national organization.) This chapter gives you the ins and outs of establishing a group account and helping girls manage their group’s finances, practice successful product-sales techniques, review the safety requirements around product sales, and understand how to collaborate with sponsors and causes.

  • Chapter 5 Supplement -- Chapter 5 of the Volunteer Essentials supplement outlines the financial procedures that troops/groups should follow to manage girl monies. The supplement covers topics including: establishing bank accounts, managing group funds, group finance report, money earning guidelines and collaborations with sponsors and other organizations.
  • Bank Comparison Booklet -- this booklet provides the services and branches available under the preferred banks to assist in selecting a bank most appropriate for your group.
  • Service Unit Treasurer Position Description -- this document outlines the duties and responsibilities of a volunteer Service Unit Treasurer.
  • Regional Finance Coordinator Position Description -- this document outlines the duties and responsibilities of a volunteer Regional Finance.
  • Troop Money Manager Position Description -- this document outlines the duties and responsibilities of a volunteer Troop Money Manager.
  • Budget Worksheet -- this spreadsheet will assist troops/groups plan expenses for the upcoming year. Troops are encouraged to use this budget form with parents and girls at their first troop/group meeting to plan for the year. Maintaining a working troop/group budget will provide girls an opportunity to use their money management skills.
  • In-kind Donation receipt -- this letter recognizes donations/solicitations less than $250. This letter may be completed as applicable and sent to each donor giving less than $250 directly by the troop/group for the donor’s tax purposes. Solicitations $250 or more must be approved by the council prior to the request to the donor. See the Solicitation Request Form for donations $250 or greater.
  • Troop/Group Finance Report (this Excel spreadsheet will replace the previous manual Troop Finance Report) -- this interactive worksheet will allow the user to enter income and expenses for the troop/group on the appropriate tab. The summary page will be populated based on the information provided for ease of use.
  • Service Unit Finance Report (this Excel spreadsheet will replace the previous manual Service Unit Finance Report) -- this interactive worksheet will allow the user to enter income and expenses for the Service Unit on the appropriate tab. The summary page will be populated based on the information provided for ease of use.
  • Solicitation Request Form and Instructions -- Complete form to provide the necessary information to ensure donations are solicited in keeping with IRS and GSUSA guidelines. The form must be used prior to soliciting donations $250 or greater in value. The completed form may be submitted to your membership executive.
  • FAQs -- This document covers the basics of completing a Background Check form, Solicitation Request form and request a tax-exemption form.


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