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Enrichment Training

On top of our Training Essentials, we also offer enrichment training to enhance your Girl Scout volunteer experience. Much of it is online, making it easier than ever to grow and develop as a volunteer!

Volunteer Toolkit Training
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The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is a new digital resource that supports leaders and co-leaders in planning meetings and activities, keeping track of important information, and communicating with families.

We recommend that all volunteers take full advantage of the ease, efficiency, and innovation of the VTK, and offer in-person training to help you do just that! Right now, our VTK Trainings take place on the:

  • 1st Wednesday of the month, in drop-in appointments, 11am-2pm
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month, in a scheduled session, 5:30-6:30pm

Whether you plan to drop in during the day, or attend the scheduled evening session, please RSVP so we know to expect you!

 

Trips and Travel Guidelines at GSSOAZ
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Travel teaches girls 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, global awareness and cultural sensitivity. It all starts with a Daisy troop’s first trip to their local fire station or library. Brownies can explore all around the state. Junior girls explore the state and the region. By the time a girl is a Cadette or older, she is ready to take flight and explore the whole country and the world.

Want to get your troop going? Below you'll find our council's requirements for safe, fun, enriching travel experiences, as well as trip application forms. Each Let's Go! guidebook includes handy checklists, planning tips, and suggestions for empowering girls to take the lead on every trip.

 

Types of Trips
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Let’s Go! Field Trip - Field trips can include discovery trips around the neighborhood, short hikes in local parks, or visits to zoos or museums. These trips get everyone accustomed to walking, staying together, and listening.

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Let’s Go! Short Trip - Go a little farther than Field Trips, or stay a little longer. Popular trips include visits to a local hostel for a cultural food experience, a day trip to Phoenix, or an overnight in a museum. These trips often overlap with camping trips, whether in cabins or tents.

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Let’s Go! Extended Trip - These trips last for three days or more, and cover more terrain. A trip to San Diego, or a trip to the Juliette Gordon Low House in Savannah, GA, are typical examples. Girl Scouts can travel internationally, too! Visits to a World Centre, exploring art in Paris, or participating in a jamboree in Australia are among the many options available to well-traveled troops.

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GSUSA's Travel Resources offer timelines, brainstorming tools, and thought-provoking questions to help girls and volunteers move along the travel pathway.

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As always, consult the Safety Activity Checkpoints and Volunteer Essentials when brainstorming and planning.

 

We're Ready! Now What?

Once you and your troop have decided to take a trip, please submit the appropriate trip application to council for approval:

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Field/Short Trip Application, via PDF or GoogleForm

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Field trips and short trips should be submitted 2-3 weeks in advance of the trip date. Extended trips should be submitted 3-6 months in advance. This process helps to ensure that safety guidelines are followed, and that every trip is covered by Girl Scout insurance.

Please submit forms and direct any questions to Michelle Marion 520.319.3182.

Tips For Troop Leaders
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These volunteer videos offer tips and tricks to address common questions that come up around leading a Girl Scout troop!

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Positive Troop EnvironmentTips for creating and maintaining a peaceful and positive troop environment.

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Controlling the RoomTips for troop leaders on the best way to get the attention of the girls in their troop.

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Parent MeetingTips for engaging parents and caregivers in troop meetings and activities.

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Leader-Daughter DynamicTips for how to manage when troop leaders have their daughter in their troop.

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Start-up ActivitiesExamples of successful activities for the girls to do at the beginning of the troop meeting.

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Troop Safety: Tips for troop leaders to ensure they are following safety guidelines with their troop.

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Welcoming New Girls: Tips for troop leaders to ensure new girls feel welcome as a new troop member.

Outdoor Skills Training Videos
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These eight outdoor-skill-building videos were created especially for Girl Scout volunteers and older girl members taking younger girls outside. Funded by a grant from the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, they are perfect for volunteers newer to Girl Scouts or new to the outdoors.
 
How to Lead an Inclusive Troop
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In-clu-sion (in-kloo-zhun) [n]  An attitude and approach that seeks to ensure that every person, regardless of ability or background, can meaningfully participate in all aspects of life.

Respecting differences and cultivating a commitment to inclusion is an important part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Volunteers like you play the largest and most important role in ensuring that all girls feel safe, welcome and valued in Girl Scouting. Fostering diversity is a critical part of ensuring the success of every girl in your troop or group.

The Inclusion trainings and following web modules will provide you insight and guidance to ensure that every girl you work with has a meaningful Girl Scout experience.

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We are proud partners of the National Inclusion Project!

Venture Out! Training
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Venture Out is a fun, interactive "outdoor" adventure made possible by GSUSA's Elliott Wildlife Values Project. It's an innovative way to learn practical tips and tricks, read other volunteers' stories, and explore the joys of taking girls into the great outdoors.

Song Leading Workshops
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GSUSA's song-leading workshops are great introductions to some classic Girl Scout songs for volunteers who aren’t familiar, or those who simply enjoy the fun and fellowship that singing brings!

Trips and Travel with GSUSA and WAGGGS
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destinations are unique opportunities for individual girls to connect with other Girl Scouts, explore new adventures, or see the world! There are domestic destinations, here in the U.S., as well as international events. All are sponsored by GSUSA and are conducted by Girl Scout councils and other trusted providers. To learn more, contact Timalee Nevels 520.319.3159.

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Getaways are short travel programs designed specifically for Girl Scout troops. Together, you and your girls can travel to the streets of New York to see a Broadway show; reach for the stars at Space Camp; explore new parts of the country by bike, canoe, and kayak; join a Girl Scout Jamboree; and so much more! Each of these trips is designed by GSUSA and conducted by Girl Scout councils and other trusted providers. To learn more, contact Timalee Nevels 520.319.3159.

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The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world, with ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 145 countries across the world. Girl Scouts of the USA is a member of WAGGGS.

The five WAGGGS World Centres are residential and training centers where girls and young women develop leadership skills through international programs and friendship. They are:

Our Chalet, Adelboden, Switzerland
Pax Lodge, London, UK
Our Cabaña, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Sangam, Pune, India
Kusafiri, a traveling centre in Africa

To learn more, contact Jessica Malordy 520.319.3170.

 

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Our Troop Support Team is always updating and refreshing our volunteer development opportunities.