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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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4 Essentials of Managing a Large Troop

Girl Scout troops come in all shapes and sizes. And while the average troop for our council is around 12, we do have troops across western Ohio that are thriving with 30+ girl members. That’s a lot of girls! Is it too much? That depends. The general rule of thumb is that troops should have enough girls to provide a cooperative learning environment and still be small enough to allow for development of individual girls. And with planning, a supportive team of adults, and adaptive  ...

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