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GSEM Orientation 2009 2010



Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts New Leader/Volunteer Orientation

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts New Leader/Volunteer Orientation



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  • GSEMOrientation for New Troop and Group Volunteers
  • Learning Objectives
    Connect to the Girl Scout Program, Mission, Promise and Law
    Describe the importance of working in a Troop Volunteer Team
    Prepare for a Family and Friends Network meeting
    Follow troop management, finance and safety requirements
  • Welcome
    About me….
    About you…
    35 min: introduction to Girl Scouting and GSEM
    30 min: volunteer roles
    55 min: troop management and safety
  • GSUSA and GSEM Overview
  • Prerequisite Training
    GSUSA Online Orientation
    Overview of Girl Scouts
    Overview of Girl Scout Leadership Experience
    Girl Scout Mission
    Girl Scout Promise
    Girl Scout Law
  • Girl Scout Foundation
    Girl Scout Mission
    Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
    Girl Scout Promise
    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.
  • Girl Scout Foundation
    Girl Scout Law
    I will do my best to be
    Honest and fair,
    Friendly and helpful,
    Considerate and caring,
    Courageous and strong, and
    Responsible for what I say and do, and to
    Respect myself and others,
    Respect authority,
    Use resources wisely,
    Make the world a better place, and
    Be a sister to every Girl Scout
  • Girl Scout Foundation
    Quiet Sign
    Girl Scout Sign
    Girl Scout Handshake
    Friendship Circle
  • Girl Scout Leadership Experience
    Girls develop leadership skills
    Measured by 15 national outcomes
    Provides opportunities for girls K to 12
    Leadership Essentials training
    Learn how to provide experiences that are girl-led
    Discover the interest of the girls in the troop
    You will guide them through a Girl Scout path
  • GSEM: All inclusive
    Pluralistic and Multicultural Organization
    Serves over 3.3 million members
    Girls K through 12
    All Adults
    Regardless of
    race abilities language religion
    sexual orientation gender
    educational and economic background
  • GSEM: All inclusive
    Pluralism – bringing together diverse people who maintain their differences within a group or organization
    “She has a learning disability”
    “She is learning disabled”
  • Membership
    Special interest group
    Travel program
    Camp opportunities
    Leadership Essentials will go into further details
    New Members
    Membership Forms
    $12 Annual, National Membership Dues
  • Membership & Service Teams
    Membership Team
    See umbrella handout
    Service Team
    Service Unit Coordinator
    Service Unit Organizer
    Service Unit Registrar
    Service Unit Treasurer
    Service Unit Cookie Mgr
    National Girl focused organization
    One Year membership from Oct 1 thru Sept 30
    $12 Annual membership fee to GSUSA
    Girl Scout activity insurance
    Program development
    Adult training
    Girl Scout Leader Magazine
    We are the LARGEST and BEST organization for girls
  • GSEM
    Membership Specialist support and guidance
    Ultimate Guide to Programs
    Also available on line
    Volunteer learning and training
    3 Council Shops
    Materials and support for Fall Product and Cookie Sales
    Access and discounts to community attractions and events (Disney on Ice, Plymouth Plantation)
  • Girl Scout Volunteer Role
  • Service Unit Level
    Organize troops
    Accept registrations
    Local resource/mentors
    Local Events (examples)
    My Guy and Me Dance
    Thinking Day
    YMCA Overnight
    Girls Day Out
    Town Wide Bridging
  • Troop Support
    Committee Members
    Community Leaders
  • Characteristics of Leaders
    Girls Learn from Doing and Observing
    List characteristics of a Troop Volunteer
  • Troop Volunteer Responsiblities
    Planning meetings
    Managing troop finances
    Field Trip research/bookings
    Working with girls
    Attending meetings
    Attending SU mtgs
    Filling out paperwork
    Ensuring that girls are safe
    Buying supplies, badges
    Calls/Email reminders
    Childcare for siblings
    Teach a skill
  • Troop Volunteer Responsiblities
    Volunteer Position Description
    Complete Volunteer Agreement
    CORI requirements
    Active troop volunteers
    Family and Friend Network who have access to girls or their information
    Adults who drive to GS events or chaperone
  • Family and Friends Network
    Begin the troop year with a Family and Friends Network meeting
    Tool to build troop’s support team
    Family meeting handout
    Journey guides also have information
    Bring extra registration forms
  • S.H.A.R.E. Family Partnership
    Support Her Activities Resources, and Experiences
    Partnership between GSEM and Girl Scout families
    Give families the opportunity to participate
    Handouts detail the distribution of funds
  • Troop Management and Safety
  • Troop Size Standard
    Minimum: 5 girls + 2 adults
    Daisy (K,1): 10 girls
    Brownie (2,3): 15 girls
    Junior (4,5): 20 girls
    Cadette (6,7,8): 20 girls
    Senior (9,10): 20 girls
    Ambassador (11,12): 20 girls
  • Troop Safety
    Handout: Girl Scout Trips
    Handout: Troop/SU Activity Application
    To be completed every time you leave your meeting place, non-council money earning
    Form helps you review
    Adult:Girl Ratios
    Certification requirements
    Safety-wise Guidelines
    Handout: GSEM Emergency Card
    Handout: First Report of Incident
  • Troop Safety
    One per troop
    Handout: Update
    Girl:Adult Ratios
    Leader training requirements
    Certified individuals
    Level one first aider
    Troop Camper for camping trips
    Handout: GSEM Child Abuse Policy
    Report to our Chief membership Services Officer
  • Troop Finances
    Money earning
    Meeting Dues
    Affordable for all (inclusive)
    Fall Product Sales
    Deadline was Oct 24
    Cookie Sales
    January - March
    Additional money earning activities
    Only after participating in the cookie sale
    Page 29 of Safety wise
  • Troop Finances
    Money belongs to the troop
    Girls decide how and what to spend troop money on
    Get the girls involved in troop planning and finances
    Keep a record of all monetary transactions and all receipts
    Handout: Troop Bank Account Tips
    Lara Forde is our finance representative
    Handout: Certificate of Exemption
  • Troop Supplies
    Not much money?
    Create a troop wish list and sent out to your Friends and Family Network
    Tape, glue
    First aid kit supplies, etc.
  • First 3 Meetings
    Leadership Essentials
    Try to complete within 6 weeks
    Level Training
    Try to complete within 10 weeks
    Handout: “Beginnings”
  • Uniform Information
    Per GSUSA, uniform is when GS membership pin is worn
    In public:
    White shirts and khaki pants
    Families generally provide the following, but not required:
    Vest/sash, council id set, flag, troop numbers
    Casual khaki pants and white shirts
    Handout: Girl Scout Catalog