August 28, 2012 at 04:22pm
As I am starting to fill my office with supplies for Our World Our Family, I can’t help but get excited for our annual camping extravaganza. It is by far my most favorite thing about Girl Scouts and I get strange looks from some of my co-workers when I express my enthusiasm for it. There is so much work that goes into one weekend for 1,000 people, but by Sunday afternoon as I’m driving out of camp with tired eyes and sore feet, I know that it’s all worth it. I have been fortunate the past few years to coordinate the presenters for each session as well as the behind the scenes volunteers, and that has allowed me the opportunity to park myself in the main office to be able to greet the hundreds of volunteers that cross over the threshold. I am always eager to help someone find their way, and get warm fuzzies when someone stops in to give us a compliment. OWOF is our annual event to help groups kick-off their Girl Scout year and has become a tradition for many troops, but there are always first-timers walking the grounds, too, eager to experience something new.
All this preparation for a new year, and I can’t help but think of the other resources we provide groups to help kick-off their Girl Scout year. Each spring, our program staff team works on events for the next year and we create a Program Guide. This year, the Program Guide was mailed out to 01 Troop Leaders that Jump Started. If that is not you, you’re in luck! The Program Guide is also on our website and contains information about all of the upcoming events and trips planned for our council. I feel like the best way to use the Program Guide is to bring it to a troop meeting and have the girls page through it and decide what they’d like to do this year. We always strive for Girl Scouts to be girl-led, and this is the perfect example of how it can be. Not in a troop or feel like going to something without your troop? No problem! The beauty of the pathways is that it’s designed for girls to take part in Girl Scouts in whatever fashion they desire. Travel, events, and series – the choice is up to you!
The other resource we have for families is our Region 5 Calendar! The Region 5 staff team worked really hard to put this together and I feel like we ended up with something that we are extremely proud of and hope that all volunteers and families find it useful. Feel free to pass it along to families in your troop as well as making it available at your Fall Recruitment events.
September 6, 2012 at 10:48am