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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.
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Sharing some amazing experiences!
Being a troop leader is probably one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. Partner with girls as they discover, connect and take action to make a difference in their community and the world.
Just getting started?
Wondering what you've gotten yourself into? Take a deep breath - you can definitely do this. Here's some basics to help get you out the gate:
Pathways for Working with Girls
Schedule tight? Difficult to manage a full year commitment? Not a problem.
Besides Troop leadership, there are other Pathways that offer endless, flexible ways to participate as a volunteer in Girl Scouting. The flexibility of Pathways allows you to participate according to your lifestyle and availability -- whether you want to partner directly with girls throughout a membership year, participate for only a few weeks or months, or work with other adults in a variety of roles.
Pathways include: Camp - Events - Series - Travel - Troops - Virtual.
For more information contact:
Barbie & Girl Scouts: I Can Be Anything!
For generations, Barbie has had the confidence to be many things—a doctor, gymnast, teacher, vet, chef, rock star, swim champion, and president. Barbie and Girl Scouts are teaming together to share the message that every girl, like Barbie, can be anything she wants!
Join the love that Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies have for Barbie with their curiosity about all of the things they can do. Earn the I Can Be… patch with online games, a printable activity guide, and a paper doll Barbie with a great selection of outfits related to career options.
Go to http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/beanything/ for more information.
Girls’ Tennis—USTA Kids’ Clubs
Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas and USTA have partnered together to offer a Girls’ Tennis program for Girl Scouts! The program is primarily for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, and teaches teamwork, agility, healthy choices, and good sportsmanship while having a swinging good time learning tennis!
Training for the Girls’ Team volunteers is free and provided by USTA trainers. A tennis reference and a Girl Scout Tennis Series curriculum are provided to all trained tennis volunteers. To find out if there is a Girls’ Tennis team registered in your area, contact your nearest service center (see page 3) or the Program Executive at your local Girl Scout office.
Be a Friend First (BFF)
Be a Friend First is a program for middle school girls, to give them the skills and social tools they need to prevent, identify, and address bullying when and where it affects them—at school, online, and anywhere in between. The BFF program is a program that runs six to ten sessions. It can take place during school, after school, at church youth groups, or anywhere that middle school girls can get together to have fun and learn.
Tau Gamma Sigma
Tau Gamma Sigma (TGS) is a girl-led program for middle and high school girls that lets girls decide what topics they want to address. TGS is a leadership development program that gives girls tools to make wise decisions when facing challenging issues in their lives. From fashion to dating violence, the issues that are important to girls are up for discussion, and girls develop skills to make good decisions for themselves.
Girl Scout Penpal Network
Connect with other Girl Scouts across the country by becoming Pen pals with another troop! Connections are made by Girl Scout staff members to verify membership of troops who are selected to be penpals. Choose your preference of state, and we’ll find new long-distance friends to last a lifetime!
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
On my honor, I will try: to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law