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Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:41
Category: Troop Leaders
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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.

  • 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.
Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:40
Category: Troop Leaders
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Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:38
Category: Troop Leaders
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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:                              

 

 

 

Learning Opportunities 

               
August Current Year – July Following Year

Each troop must have at least 1 person trained in Leadership Essentials & FA-CPR, in order to hold meetings, participate in product sales and go on trips.  Outdoor Fun is needed for a one pot cook-out, Troop Camp Training if your troop wants to go Camping, sleep out or cook out.
Series & Events if you are planning to Chair events or series. See below for Progression.

 

Leadership Progression:
Girl Scout 101 – On line class
Leadership Essentials – Face to Face class
Level Roundtable (Daisy, Brownie, Junior or Older Girls)
Journey-Guide Workshop

 

 

Outdoor Progression:
Outdoor Fun  ($12.00 fee)
Troop Camp Training ($35.00)
Backpack Training -  no fee

 

 

 

Certifications:

First Aid-CPR- 2 Year Certification ($35-$45.00)
 *Note- A minimun of one adult certified in CPR/First Aid must be available during troop activities.   
Red Cross Babysitting Class  ($35.00)

 

 

 

Series & Events
Media Class
Class Led by instructor

 

 

 

 Forms! Forms! Forms!    

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Participants need to bring paper, pencil, Girl Guide and Journey for your Girl Scout Level. You must register one week prior to the Training course. If registration minimums are not met, the Training will be cancelled.

For more Information concerning training classes please see Introduction to Adult Learning.

 

 

 

 

For more information contact:

 

 

Terry Blevins

Director of Volunteer Services

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104 W. River St..

Victoria, Texas 77901

(361) 573-6451 or 800-865-3069

Fax: (361) 579-0988

 

Caroline Roel

Volunteer Services Manager

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202 E. Madison

Harlingen, Texas 78550

800-477-2688

956-425-2388

956-425-9602 fax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:35
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clicktodownloadSee more program opportunities by downloading the latest In Motion Program Guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Barbie & Girl Scouts: I Can Be Anything!barbie

 

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
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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.

 

If you are interested in volunteering or starting a Girls’ Tennis team in your Service Unit or Community, call 800-929-5229 or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

Be a Friend First (BFF)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. 

 

If you’re interested in getting more information about BFF such as where you can find a local program or how to start a BFF program, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 


 

Tau Gamma Sigmatgs

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. 

If you’re interested in getting more information about BFF, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 


 

 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!

Get information and helpful tips about becoming penpals by clicking here.

Fill out the Penpal request form here to make your match!

 


 

 

FIRST Roboticsrobotics

 

Last year, Team Wall-E, a group of Girl Scouts from Troop 54, competed in a FIRST Robotics qualifying competition in Austin, Texas.  The girls designed, built, programmed, and controlled their robot in a competition against other teams’ robots.  Interested in forming a Robotics team with girls from your troop or community?  Contact GSGST to find out whether scholarship funds or available, or how you can start preparing to form a robotics team.  Call 800-929-5229 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

 


 

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