Volunteer Essentials: Required Training
I went to my home council for the required training, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson. “If you take two things away from this training,” our trainer Leigh said, “it should be 1) You can do this! and 2) there is lots of help available.”
She went on, “The biggest goal for your program is to be girl-led. It’s leadership; it’s girl-led.” We are teaching them how to lead.
While this is all very interesting — and why I wanted to start a troop, to nurture leadership in girls — what I really wanted to know was: What do I do when they show up that first day?
I do want to build girls of confidence, courage and character but I also want to make sure they don’t all get up and walk out of the room! Leigh was ready for that, and shared a typical troop session schedule:
- Girl Scout Pledge
- Girl Scout Promise
- Snack: Ask parents to sign up to bring snacks for each meeting
- Meeting Starter: Ask girls to share something about their week, sing a song, play a name game
- Activity: Working on a badge? Planning a trip? Going on a trip? Community service?
- Clean Up: “A Girl Scout always leaves a place cleaner that she found it” (If I can get my girls to do this at home, I will consider the whole experience a success!)
- Closing: Reflection, Song, Friendship Squeeze
“Create a community in your troop,” explained Leigh. “This is what we do.”
Other interesting tips:
- I’ll need a First-Aid kit at every meeting
- CPR and First-Aid training is strongly recommended
- Write up a calendar for the year with meeting dates, place, and time
- I’ll need a troop account at TD bank
- I’ll need a registration form from each girl before they are covered by insurance so registration is REQUIRED before starting
- The official volunteer uniform is a plain white shirt, khakis (pants, skirt, shorts), vest or sash