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Troop Leader Blueprint for an Amazing Year

Your Blueprint for an Amazing Troop Year

New troop year? Bring it on!

Keep your troop going strong with these specially adapted badges, Journeys, and activities for virtual and safe in-person meetings, as well as current COVID-19 guidelines and resources. We’re here to support you as you help your troop thrive.

 

 

Program Ideas and Adaptations​

Power a fun-filled troop year with this curated selection of badges, Journeys, and activities to help you throughout this troop year.

Select a grade level
 
Daisies
Brownies
Juniors
Cadettes
Seniors
Ambassadors
Multi-Level Troops

Training and Planning Tools
 
Local Support and Training

These training materials and resources will make this troop year easier. Start exploring!

Log in to gsLearn to explore free training modules such as:

o   Virtual Safety Basics: In this 10-minute module you will learn ways to help keep you and your girls safe during a virtual troop meeting. 

o   Facilitating Virtual Meetings: In this 15-minute module you will learn some tips and tricks to facilitating virtual meetings with your girls.

o   Getting Started in Zoom: In this 12-minute module you will learn how to schedule and set up Virtual Troop Meetings in Zoom. Both paid and free accounts are reviewed. Free account information begins at 8:20.

o   Virtual Meeting Playbook: Developed by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, the Virtual Meeting Playbook is a comprehensive guide to help you facilitate engaging and fun troop meetings online.

o   GSUSA Facilitating Great Virtual Meetings: In this course, you’ll learn about how to create and facilitate an engaging virtual troop meeting. You will: explore the main reasons for hosting virtual troop meetings; learn how to transfer current troop meeting practices to a virtual space; discover techniques and tips to create engaging virtual experiences; and learn how to keep virtual meetings safe. This course will take approximately 24 minutes to complete.

o   GSUSA Zoom Meetings for Troop Leaders: Collection of Zoom produced instructional videos.

​gsLearn is accessed by logging into MY GS. After logging in to MY GS, you’ll see three options: Volunteer Toolkit, Member Profile, and gsLearn. Click on the third green box to enter gsLearn. Your gsLearn Dashboard contains trainings that are available to you.

If you have any difficulties accessing or using gsLearn please contact customercare@gsmists.org

Meeting Planning Tools

Check out these tried-and-true resources from fellow troop leaders who successfully adapted their meetings for in-person-safe and virtual settings.

Planning Activities

These volunteer-generated ideas can you help adapt to any meeting environment. You can also visit the program level pages above to view adaptations for specific badges and journeys.

Connecting with Families
COVID Guidelines

Check our council’s current COVID guidelines before planning any troop activities.

GSMISTS has a resource page for all information regarding our response to COVID-19.  On this page you will find information including official council statements, our virtual programming, service center shopping and hours and much more. 

COVID-19 Resource Page

Resources

Returning to In-Person Meeting Guidelines 
Parent/Guardian COVID-19 Permission Form
Annual Permission and Health History Form

Virtual Troop Meeting PowerPoints

GSMISTS has created the following PowerPoint presentations that troop leaders can use to help run a virtual meeting.

Daisy Eco-Learner

Brownie Letterboxer
Brownie Senses

Junior Detective
Junior Product Designer   
   Session 1         
   Session 2    

Cadette Netiquette           
   Session 1         
   Session 2
Cadette Budgeting            
   Session 1         
   Session 2
Cadette Entrepreneur       
   Session 1         
   Session 2

Senior Science of Style     
   Session 1         
   Session 2
Senior Buying Power         
   Session 1         
   Session 2

Daisy Story Time - Earn The Petals!

Each video features a different petal story and tips on activities you can do to earn the petal.

Lupe Petal  - Honest & Fair, Light Blue
Sunny Petal - Friendly & Helpful, Yellow
Zinni Petal - Considerate & Caring, Spring Green
Tula Petal - Courageous & Strong, Red
Mari Petal - Responsible for what I say and do, Orange 
Gloria Petal - Respect myself and others, Purple
Gerri Petal - Respect authority, Magenta
Clover Petal - Use resources wisely, Green
Rosie Petal - Make the world a better place, Rose
Vi Petal - Be a sister to every Girl Scout, Violet

Virtual Programming Library

Library of recorded Facebook Live events covering STEM, Fine Arts, Outdoor and Life Skill badge work.

2020 New Badge Rollout

Recorded Facebook Live events that can be used to get your troop excited for the new STEM Career Exploration, Civics, Automotive Engineering, and Entrepreneurship badges.

Girl Scout Spirit

Learn all about Girl Scout traditions like SWAPS, highest awards, and songs through this series of recorded Facebook Live events.

Additional Resources

Norte Youth Cycling - Check out this GSMISTS partner's videos on Bike Maintenance for Beginners. This can help Juniors complete a step towards their Independence Badge. 

T-Rex & The Rabbit Foods - Watch this GSMISTS partner's 'Use What You Got' cooking videos.

Delta Dental - Through this GSMISTS Partner Program, you can use your creativity and scouting skills to learn how your mouth links to your overall health and well-being. Review good dental habits, try an oral health experiment, discover how hidden sugars can damage your teeth, and learn about the importance of brushing twice a day and reading every day for a healthy body and mind. Master the topics to earn your patch and join Delta Dental’s Smile Squad! As girls complete the requirements to earn the Smile Squad patch, they will also be able to work on earning Girl Scout badges, including My Best Self, Snacks, Eating for You and Staying Fit.

Learning Bird Calls - Learn how to make different kinds of bird calls with Kalamazoo-based Air Zoo

Petoskey State Park – Lead Ranger Louise Hunt - Louis introduces facts and information all about Petoskey State Park. Hear about day-to-day operations of the park and learn about how Louise became Lead Ranger.

Maybury State Park – Park Supervisor Traci Sincock - Learn about the recreational and farm opportunities Maybury State Park features. Hear how Traci’s career evolved into her role as Park Supervisor.

Waterloo Recreation Area – Interpreter Katie McGlashen - Hear from Katie as she explains her role as a Park Interpreter. From guided hikes to outdoor skills, Katie teaches visitors of all ages when they visit Waterloo Recreation Area. Learn about her career journey to become a park interpreter.

Maia Turek - Statewide programmer for Michigan DNR - Hear how Maia has “the best job in in Michigan!” and shares her passion for the outdoors with others.

NASA - Offering tutorials on activities ranging from building a moon habitat, or your own edible spacecraft to different puzzles and even different rockets you can build in your backyard. Projects available for all ages. 

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