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Progression, It’s Not Just For Girls!

Progression is something we promote at Girl Scouts, both for girls and for our volunteers. No one joins the organization already knowing the many resources we have at a national and council level, with the Girl Scout handbook and Volunteer Essentials committed to memory, and knowing a skilled facilitator for every badge and activity that your troop is going to want to try. And that’s okay! To help you build your knowledge and skills as a volunteer, we’ve put together a handy  ...

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How to Build a Healthy Service Unit

We all know there are those Girl Scout troops and service units that have everything going on; their girls and parents are happy, their bank accounts are adequately funded, and their volunteers seem to know everything they need to know to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who are making the world a better place. So what’s their secret? And how do the rest of us get there? While we don’t have a magic formula for happy and healthy troops and service units (if you  ...

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4 Tips for Leading a Multi-Level Troop

Does your troop have members in multiple age levels? Maybe you’ve got a gaggle of Juniors and a few younger siblings at the Daisy level. Or you started your troop with all Brownies in second and third grade and then half the troop moved up to Juniors and half are still Brownies. Or is your community really small and so you have have one troop with girls who run the gamut from Daisy to Ambassador? Whatever your situation, being a Girl Scout leader to a multi-level troop can be a  ...

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What are Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints?

When you’re part of a girl-led organization that promotes skill-building (like Girl Scouts) inevitably the girls are going to want to try out an activity that likely has some safety risks involved. Like whitewater rafting. Or horseback riding. Or even bubble soccer (yes, that’s a thing)! So where do you go to find out what activities girls can (and cannot) do with Girl Scouts? And how do you figure out the activity guidelines, safety gear, age and experience requirements, and  ...

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