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Volunteer Learning and Support

Whether you’re a new volunteer or you’ve been with us a while, we’ve got you covered! We offer gsLearn, Girl Scouts’ official online and on-demand training platform, scheduled, interactive webinars and trainings; and in-person training opportunities that empower our volunteers with the skills to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. 

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Volunteer Leadership Development Events

Nothing beats our leadership development events to learn valuable skills to enhance and enrich your leadership experience, network with other volunteers for support and of course, make new friends.

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Administrative Team Conference

Every August, our new and returning administrative team members are invited to join us at the annual Administrative Team Conference. During this conference, admin team members kick off the new program year with news and information. Volunteers considering joining their area service unit team are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Virtual Administrative Team Conference 2020- Together Towards Tomorrow workshops and sessions can be found on gsLearn starting September 2020. 

 

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Co-Leader Academy

The annual fall conference for all troop co-leaders and troop volunteers is designed to be a fun training event that provide timely and helpful topics. The academy focuses on troop leadership, girl programs and troop management. 

Check out the latest information on Co-Leader Academy 2020!

 

Co-Leader Academy 2020
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Saturday, September 26, 2020, 8:45am-5:00pm

We are excited to present the Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines’ Co-Leader Academy 2020, the virtual conference for troop co-leaders.  Spend Saturday, September 26 learning, leading, and coming together with Girl Scout Troop Co-Leaders and Juliette parents virtually. Co-Leader Academy is a flexible way to expand your knowledge, skills, and Girl Scout expertise. Your registration gives you access to all contend on demand.

The welcome and kick-off will start at 8:45am and the workshops start at 9:00am. Questions? Please contact Teresa Singleton.

Register today!

General Schedule
8:45am-9:00am Welcome to Co-Leader Academy
9:00am-9:50am General Session 1
10:00am-10:50am Workshop 1
11:00am-11:50am Workshop 2
12:00pm-12:50pm Workshop 3
1:00pm-1:50pm               Lunch Break
2:00pm-2:50pm Workshop 4
3:00pm-3:50pm               Workshop 5
4:00pm-4:50pm               General Session 2
4:50pm-5:00pm               Closing
Breakout Sessions and Workshops

This section is still under construction, as we are working with our facilitators to transition from in-person event to virtual workshop delivery. More to come later!

Academy attendees will receive full workshop information, prior to the event, to help you prepare. Pick your workshops live on September 26, as you attend this event.

Workshops

Beyond Core: Introduction to Program Aide (PA) Specialties

Help your older Girl Scouts go beyond Program Aide Core and pursue their passions, interests and build on their expertise through Program Aide Specialties. Join us to learn more about Program Aide Specialties and how you can facilitate specialized leadership trainings virtually.

Citizen Science: Science with Everyday People

You are a scientist! Yes, really – and so are your Girl Scouts! In this workshop session, we’ll dive into the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey. You’ll check out resources you can use to support your Girl Scouts in earning the Journey awards as they contribute to real scientific research, and we’ll explore what it means to Take Action as a citizen scientist. You’ll leave prepared to lead girls through the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey and coach them through a successful Take Action project centered on a scientific issue they’re passionate about

Four Hour Pledge: Engaging Parents Virtually

Learn how to engage adults in the troop to provide additional support!  In this session, you will learn how to encourage caregiver involvement in Girl Scouting, while still letting girls lead! This training will focus on best practices for engaging adults in a virtual world. 

Girl-Led in a Virtual World

Girl-Led activities are the secret sauce of Girl Scouting. When girls step up and take ownership of their decisions, they grow into confident leaders who can make informed and empowered decisions—a valuable skill they will carry throughout their lives. This workshop will focus on how to keep the girl-led leadership in a virtual world. We will discuss ideas on how to include the girls in the planning process, building troop practices and structures to include girl voice, and giving girl’s space to create and run their programs while remaining virtual.

The Girl Scout Difference

When we think about what makes Girl Scouts stand out from other organizations its not just our program but how we as adults engage with our girls through the program. We will discover and discuss the importance of reflection and identify ways you can use it to provide an impactful and powerful experience!

gsLearn: Unlimited Training Possibilities

Have you heard of gsLearn but not really sure what it is? Join us for a virtual informational workshop and live demo to learn more about this user-friendly, online learning management system that makes training more accessible, more frequent and done at your own pace!

Giving… Girl Scout Style*

"I hope this can help some girls join Girl Scouts and they enjoy it as much as I do!"

We know that Girl Scouts give back, and this program introduces girls to the concept of philanthropy and how it can change the world. Girl Scouts Give teaches girls how to use their time, talents, and treasure to give back to their Girl Scout Sisters. Learn more about the program and how your troop can participate, including exciting changes for year two of the program!

Going for Gold!*

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most highly regarded award in the world for girls. Join us for an informative session designed to introduce you to the Girl Scout Gold Award. Participants will learn what it means to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the benefits of going Gold, what's required, the process and the resources available to support our Girl Scouts throughout their Gold Award Journey.

Having Fun in a Virtual World*

Are you trying to find ways to keep your troops engaged and having fun while meeting virtually? Join me in learning fun games, ice breakers and easy techniques to keep your girls interested and interacting while meeting in a virtual environment.

How to run a troop meeting virtually via ZOOM

Want to meet virtually with your girls, but need a little help? Here leaders will learn tips and tricks for conducting an effective troop meeting virtually. Leaders will also have a chance to walk through zoom to feel more comfortable with basic meeting controls and features.  

How to Take Girls on a Hike Virtually

Ready to share the great outdoors with your girls, but working in a virtual setting? No problem! We'll learn a variety of ways to take girls into the outdoors without leaving their own homes in this interactive session.

I’m New Here-Lingo, Learning & Laughs

New to Girl Scouts and feeling a little lost between the lingo and traditions? What are all these acronyms - VTK, WAGGGS, JGL, TP103, Silver and Gold? Come learn and laugh with us as we explain the wonderful world of Girl Scouting and what you need to know to feel more confident to delve into this fabulous journey with your troop, your troop families, and most importantly, the girls!

Leading Girls in Cybersecurity

You don’t need a certification to help girls learn about computer science and staying safe online! Cybersecurity is an ever-growing field with a lot of everyday significance. Girls are more online than ever, making it essential for them to understand how devices connect, what precautions they can take to keep their information secure, and how they can help others use cybersecurity safeguards. In this interactive session, you’ll learn about the Cybersecurity badge series and try your hand at online and unplugged activities that you can use to guide your Girl Scouts.

Recognizing Our Amazing Volunteers*

Adult recognition awards are a great way to celebrate volunteers who have had a positive impact on girls and our Girl Scout Movement. This workshop we will discuss award criteria, review nomination deadlines, and highlight the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Bring ideas for an outstanding volunteer you may want to volunteer for an award!

Simplify Virtual Planning with the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)

Learn how this fully customizable digital planning tool can save you time and energy in planning meetings and events for your Girl Scouts all year long, so that you can focus on the girls! VTK ensures that she has every opportunity she deserves to build a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure.

Sing Your Heart Out*

Join us for a session filled with song! We will share and practice songs that you can lead with girls, volunteers, service units and more! Come with your singing voices ready (perfect pitch not required).

SWAPS 2.0*

What is a Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere? SWAPS are a Girl Scout tradition that are as popular today as they have ever been. In this session, we'll share the history of this tradition, SWAP etiquette, and several SWAP project ideas for girls of all grade-levels. Everyone will make a few SWAPs of their own and leave with lots of ideas to take back to your troop

Teambuilding for Everyone

Looking for ways to build teamwork within a group? Whether it's for your troop, service unit, or troop parent volunteers, everyone will pick up a trick of the trade in this fun-filled session!

*These workshops will be available after Co-Leader Academy on gsLearn.

     

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Fall Facilitator Conference

This train-the-trainer event is held every October for our volunteer Learning Facilitators who help provide essential in-person and online trainings for all volunteers. Interested in joining the team of Learning Facilitators? We welcome current and past volunteers, parents, and community members interested in supporting the Girl Scout mission. If you’d like to learn more, fill out our interest form to learn more! 

Check out the latest information on the Fall Facilitator Conference.

 

Fall Facilitator Conference 2020
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Saturday, October 3, 2020, 10:00am-3:00pm

This year’s conference has gone virtual! Training teams will have an opportunity to learn about Council Updates, gsLearn and the instructor role and hear from other training team updates.

Registration for Fall Facilitator Conference will open on September 8. More information to come!

General Schedule
9:45am Welcome 
10:00am Learning Facilitator Updates
10:50am Break
11:00am Breakout Session I
12:00pm Breakout Session II
1:00pm      Break
1:30pm Learning Facilitator Recognitions
2:00pm     Breakout Session III
2:50pm        Wrap Up, Thanks & Appreciation!

       

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VolunteerCon & Expo Conference

This conference is designed for all volunteers: troop co-leaders, troop treasurers, first aiders, service unit admin team members and more. We offer hands-on workshops, how-to-trainings, outdoor activities, fun and fellowship. The Expo will allow participants to meet and network with program providers (organizations from across our 41 counties that provide program opportunities for your girls), other troops, and council department to learn more about resources and programming opportunities available to your troop and girls. 

 

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Training by Request

If there is a training that you would like to see offered in your area, fill out our training request form and we’ll be in touch to work out the details.

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Join our Team of Adult Learning Facilitators

We’re always looking for volunteers to join our team of adult learning facilitators.  We welcome current and past volunteers, parents, and community members interested in supporting the Girl Scout mission. If you’d like to learn more, fill out our interest form to get started.

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