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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 21:37
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Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas Newsletter


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Registration Form- Training Opportunities

 Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials (Spanish)

Blue Bookof Basic Documents

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Safety Activity Checkpoints (Spanish)

Footsteps to Follow

New Volunteer Orientation


 Volunteer Conferences


Volunteer Conferences are a place to spend the day or weekend and network with other volunteers. You can attend needed classes such as Leadership Essentials or enrichment classes such as SWAPS or Songs & Games.

Save the date:

Laredo Volunteer Conference October 9-11, 2015              

Bayview Volunteer Conference October 16-18, 2015             

Victoria Volunteer Conference November 13-15, 2015            

Camp Greenhill/Bishop Volunteer Conference April 1-3, 2016                

All conferences will offer Troop Camp Training, First Aid/CPR, Ceremonies, PA-VIT and an array of other Learning Opportunities. 

The fee is $35.00 per person and covers the entire weekend, materials and meals. 

Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors are also welcome to attend














Girl Scouting 101
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New Volunteer Orientation



Series and Events
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Learning Opportunities                
August Current Year– July Next 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 Scouting 101
Leadership Essentials 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)


First Aid-CPR
A First Aider must be present any time girls are present.   ($35.00 fee) *Renew every two years
Red Cross Babysitting Class  ($35.00)

Heart Association Safe Sitter Class ($45.00)


Series & Events
Series & Events - on line class
Series & Events – Face to Face Class



Girl Scout Journey

Participants need to bring paper, pencil, Leader/Facilitator Guide and Handbook/Journey for your Grade 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.

If you have any questions regarding training, please 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
Fax: 956-425-9602

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Introduction to Adult Learning



Welcome to Adult Learning,

When attending Girl Scout Learning Opportunities, participants will need to bring paper, pens and any Journey or Girl Guide you may already have.  You must register at least one week prior to taking the course.  If registration minimums are not met at this time, the class may cancel. 




Prior to attending Leadership Essentials, you will need to go to the web site, and under the Volunteer tab, you will see the  Adult Learning Opportunities.  Open that site and at the top you will see the ON-line Girl Scouting 101.  This class is a pre-requisition to the face-to-face Leadership Essentials you will need before starting troop meetings.  You may have Mother-daughter meetings before that, to schedule troop meetings, get to know each other and divide up jobs.  This is also a good time to let the other parents in the troop know about Adult Learning Opportunities.  All adults are welcome to attend these classes.




Adult Learning Opportunities

The council provides quality sessions delivered by skilled and enthusiastic volunteer trainer-facilitators.  Courses are offered throughout the council from August to May.  Please take advantage of as many as you can.  The classes you take as an adult volunteer will assist you in providing the best experiences for the girls.  You will also make new friends by attending these classes with other volunteers.





General Information

To register for the class of your choice, please use the “Registration Form – Adult Learning Opportunities”.  This form can be found on the Volunteer site, and on the Forms site.

Mail, fax or e-mail the form to:  Terry Blevins, Director of Volunteer Services, 104 West River, Victoria, Tx.  77901.  Most training classes are free of charge, however if fees are required, the form does accommodate a credit card, or you are welcome to visit any of the Girl Scout Service Centers to take care of payment.  Registrations are required 1 week in advance, and late registrations will be taken if space permits. 






Refunds are given only in the following instances:

The course is full and cannot accept your registration.

The course is cancelled by the Director of Volunteer Services (minimum number not met, etc)





Getting the most out of your Learning Opportunity

      Arrive on time

  Listen attentively

 Limit you phone calls to break time

    No children please

View your on-line classes

 Arrive with an open mind, ready to learn and have fun






What classes do I need to take?

Each troop or group will need to have at least one adult trained in the face-to-face Leadership Essentials class.   That person will need to be at all troop meetings and attend all troop trips.  So having several adults in your troop-group with this certification will help. 



Each troop will also need a First Aid-CPR certified person.  This could already be a parent in the troop who is a nurse, doctor, EMT etc.  This person must also be at all troop meetings and troop trips. 



Level Roundtables are held for volunteers who work with the same age level, such as Daisy, Brownie, Junior or Older Girls.  This class will teach you more about the awards which girls earn and how a troop meeting is conducted. 



Journey-Girl Guide workshops will help you dig deeper into these program resources. 



Troop Camp Training is required if you wish to take your troop camping, on a cook-out, or a sleep-out.  Troop Dads are usually interested in this class.  The cost of this class is usually $25 - $35 depending on where it is located.  Troop Camp Training is offered at all Volunteer Conferences.



The council also offers First Aid-CPR classes throughout the year in various locations.  However if you are already certified or took your class somewhere else, please call the Director of Volunteer Services to see if your class meets our criteria.



The council also provides Volunteer Conferences in the following locations:  Camp Bayview, Camp Green Hill, Bishop, Laredo & Victoria.  The conferences always offer Troop Camp Training, First Aid-CPR and a variety of Enrichment classes such as Ceremonies, SWAPS & Outdoor Fun.  Older girls (Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors are also welcome to attend Volunteer Conferences. 


The Girl Scout Academy ( Laredo or Harlingen) is a great place to pick up additional Enrichment classes, or those needed classes for the ne Service Delivery Positions such as:  Recruiter, Events Series Coordinator, Travel coach, etc.  Check our council website for additional positions, classses and information.  There is not a fee to attend the Academy but registration is required.




No Walk-ins Please

Unregistered participants put a burden on the location, trainers and other participants.  Sometimes there are not enough materials for the walk-ins.  Please let us know that you are attending.   If you are not registered, and the class is cancelled, we cannot let you know. 

Children may not attend

Childcare facilities are not available at any training location. Learning opportunities are available to all registered adult members and some classes are available to older girls.  (Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors)







Troop Camp Trainining $25.00 (unless it is held within a Conference)

First Aid-CPR $35.00-$45.00 (depending on the agency teaching)

Volunteer Conferences $25.00-$35.00 (depending on the site)

American Red Cross Babysitting $35.00

Safe Sitter Classes $45.00








The Training Calendar is located on the Volunteer-Training site.  This is a working calendar and changes weekly.  New classes are added and some may cancel.  Please check this site often if you need Learning Opportunities. 

Terry Blevins
Director of Volunteer Services
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.">104 W. River St..Victoria, Texas 77901
(361) 573-6451 or 800-865-3069
Fax: (361) 579-0988
Caroline Roel 
Volunteer Services Executive
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
202 E. Madison
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Fax: 956-425-9602

Click here for the training calendar

Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials (Spanish)

Blue Bookof Basic Documents

Registration Form - Adult Learning Opportunities

Trainer-Facilitator  Interest Form

Footsteps to Follow


National Program Portfolio


The National Program Portfolio are the program resources we use to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Girls start by choosing a journey, and then add in fun badges, trips, camping, product sales activities and more.




Click here for more information about Leadership Journeys   
Click here for more information about The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting



 Click on your level below to see what girls do at that grade level:







The Girl Scout Journeys

Jump to Journey Patch

Jump to Journeys

Jump to Journeys is designed to give you, as the leader/advisor of a troop/group, a taste of the activities offered in the journeys for the grade level you are working with.  By doing the activities with your troop/group you and the girls will have the information you need to decide which journey to dive into.

Click here
 to download the Jump to Journeys requirements.

Click here
 for Daisy Taster Activities
Click here
 for Brownie Taster Activities
Click here
 for Junior Taster Activities
Click here
 for Cadette Taster Activities
Click here
 for Senior Taster Activities
Click here
 for Ambassador Taster Activities


Each Journey offers girls a new adventure, allowing them to Discover, Connect and Take Action with fun activities, discussions, projects and more! Currently, Girl Scouts offers three unique Journey series - all covering a wide variety of topics.
Journeys are the core framework to the GSLE, and they're available for each Girl Scout grade level. And, they can be customized for each girl! Each Journey comes as a set, providing the adult leaders with a handbook full of fun ideas, useful activities, discussion topics and more. At the end of each Journey, girls will also have the chance to earn their Journey awards and patches to display on their uniforms.  

The journeys offer girls all the leadership benefits that we’ve promised them and the badges offer them the chance to build specific skills. When a girl goes on a journey, she gets to explore leadership from all different angles. How does a leader identify a problem that needs to be solved?  How does she dig deeper to find the root causes of that issue? How does she research solutions that go beyond the surface level of the problem? And how does she team with others on all of the above, multiplying efforts to make the world a better place? That’s what the journeys are all about! The journeys aim at all three keys to leadership: Discover, Connect and Take Action.

To learn about how to use journeys, take the Leadership Essentials course, and the Journey – Guide Workshop.





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