NEW LEADER CHECKLIST
Welcome aboard a great adventure!
You and your daughter won’t regret it!
Have fun with it!
LEADERS STARTING UP:
· Child forms: $10/child
· Adult forms: every adult that plans to participate or drive children must register; If not, no insurance under Girl Scouts; $10/adult; Dads may also register.
· Adult Volunteer form must be filled out for a background check
· Watch for registration deadline = patches are available; SEPT 7TH, 2006
· All children and adults selling cookies MUST sign and turn in pink form; Daisies can not sale cookies
· You can register girls/adults throughout the year.
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· New Leader training
· Age level training now and at each level change (e.g., Daisies to Brownies; Brownies to Juniors: etc.)
· CPR & 1st aid – this could be omitted if you have a certified parent that is willing to be on field trips, etc.
· There are many free or cheap classes to take as well as self study options. I highly recommend attending an actual class as you can meet people, receive many great ideas, and ask lots of questions.
· Trainings can be found with instructions on how to register in the Happenings. You can also check with your school organizer for a self study packet to receive your training.
· Kaleidoscope is a nice overview of ideas as well (Nov) – optional
· Try to do these as soon as possible as it will help you plan your year and understand GS even better. You will also meet others that you can share ideas with and know that you aren’t alone in this adventure.
· Suggestions are on the volunteer resource disk
· Basic craft supplies – stapler, markers, pens/pencils, scissors – small for the girls/large for you, tape, sharpie, cups/napkins if you plan to have snacks, colored pencils, use your old used crayons from previous years, plain and lined paper, construction paper, glue – tacky is recommended, Flag for Pledge, Kaper board (job board) – optional, wipes, envelopes, hole punch, etc.
· A box for parent/girl items – a plastic box with folders in it (1/girl) is nice for papers, patches, etc. as well as a central spot for checks/permission slips, etc.
· A binder for the leaders for information/misc papers/attendance/etc.
· Age level book packs (Brownies – try-its & handbook; Juniors – badges & handbook) If funds are tight, check with the Service Unit “librarian” to see if there is an extra book to borrow for the year. Please make sure these are returned. In a pinch, the library has copies of most of the Girl Scout books.
· DAISY TROOPS – A starter kit will be given to you but you may need additional supplies depending on what you do.
Chairman: Denise Roberts – 865-9573 or Robertsghs@aol.com
o The chairman of the service unit will keep you informed via email of new events, needs, extras, etc.
o Another way to keep up to date on the Happenings and other offerings from GS is to sign up for the Yahoo! Egroup. Go to Programs on the left of the home page of gsci.org website then click on yahoo e group to sign up. This lets you know of programs that are last minute or new to GS and are often a great deal. You can glance and delete quickly if it doesn’t apply, but definitely beneficial to be included.
o Also, ‘Google” girl scouts and you’ll be amazed what comes up especially if you have a specific idea in mind (e.g., thinking day, etc.).
BEFORE YOUR FIRST MEETING:
· Try to have permission slips (if you have a field trip planned), fliers, deadlines ready – good to include in newsletter
· Determine dues and explain what it will be used for and when they are due. Identify how often you will collect them (each meeting, monthly, 2x/year, 1x/year).
· Decide on a uniform – these should be worn to school on the day of the meeting, at the meeting and on field trips. How do they purchase them? Tell them about the showcase. DON’T FORGET TO BUY BIG FOR BROWNIES & JUNIORS because you will wear those vests for 1-3 years depending on your troop volunteer availability.
· Member info/emergency info/medical info form: girls/parents names, numbers, emails, room # at school, etc. Include a spot for allergies or other medical info the parents would like to share to keep your daughter safe during the meetings. You can include any info that will help you plan for your year – willing to help with _____, lead a meeting, handle permission slips, ideas, service projects, etc.
Personally, I prefer to send emails the Sunday before our meetings (Wed). I include a reminder for the next meeting but also list future dates. I have found it helpful to include a “what’s needed” list and a “parent checklist” (anything to turn in, etc.). I tend to keep the meeting theme basic in the email as the “mystery” entices them to attend. Find a day that works for you so your girls/parents know when to check their emails. Of course, have a phone person for those last minute or “unexpected” communication needs.
IT JUST GETS EASIER FROM HERE!
Please know that you have a support system with your school organizer and the Center Grove Service Unit members. We were all new at one time and we are willing to help you so don’t be shy to speak up.
DATES TO KEEP IN MIND: CGSU EVENTS
· Membership rally Girl Scouts of Central IN or State Fair booth
· Registration round up by Service Unit (skating party, etc.)
· Fall product sale
· Sup N Sing
· Haunted House – Children’s Museum has Scout days
· Juliette Gordon Low’s BD – founder (?10-31)
· Possible Brownie Try-It Day – the activities are planned for you to show up, “try-it” and earn your badge.
· Mother/Daughter Bowling
· International Festival – good if participating in Thinking day or if you want to complete a patch (GS have a booth generally with the try-it planned for you)
· Disney on Ice
· Pancake breakfast – Service unit event; Do-Dads cook, troop booths sell various items for Christmas, visit Santa, etc.
· Cookie Rally – fun for all; themed crafts, activities, and teacher competitions
· Plan any bridging activities required for the next level if it applies
· Deliver cookies
· Father/Daughter Dance
· Thinking Day – your troop picks a country that has GS/Girl Guides; best to start in no later than January; all troops come together to share the information about that country – dress, location, taste food, some crafts, see pictures/items, get SWAPS, have your passport with picture stamped, receive info sheets and have a great time!
· BD month for GS / GS week
· She and Me Tea (Daisy & Brownies)
· Leader recognition dinner
· Troop financial report due
· If you aren’t continuing the troop (disbanding), spend any leftover money on the girls; return all supplies to the service unit; and let your school organizer know ASAP.
· Plan any summer activities for your troop.
PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
AND I WILL HELP YOU OR FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN!
Julie Anderson 885-8543 firstname.lastname@example.org
THANKS FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN YOUNG GIRLS’ LIVES!
Have a fantastic year with your new troop!