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Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:19

Brownie Quest

What are the most important keys for a Girl Scout to own? This quest, which has second- and third-graders traveling along two colorful trails -- one they can enjoy on their own and one they explore with their Girl Scout group -- answers that question in a very special way. Along the quest, Girl Scout Brownies will meet three new friends and a bright and shining elf -- in a brand-new Brownie story meant to inspire their own take action projects. The accompanying adult guide offers all the tips needed to create and maintain a sense of fun and mystery along the entire quest. Instructions for a Brownie Brainstorm, Brownie

 

Team Trade, and other activities ensure a quality and fun time for the girls.


Awards

Girl Scout Brownies are invited on a search. The three keys they will uncover along their journey are the keys of the Girl Scout leadership philosophy. Shhhhh! Don't give away the details! It's important to keep the fun and mystery going! As Girl Scout Brownies move through the journey, the Quest Master Map offers a visual record of their progress along the quest. The girls have their own mini version of the Quest Map in their book.

 

The Discover Key

To earn this award, each Girl Scout Brownie will discover herself and her values -- as a Girl Scout and a member of her family.

 

The Connect Key

To earn this award, each Girl Scout Brownie will connect as a member of a Brownie Team, with her family on a healthy-living activity, and, as a group with their community to increase healthy-living opportunities.

 

The Take Action Key

To earn this award, Girl Scout Brownies will team up to identify a community place where the team can take action. Then they join together to make a plan to take action and carry out their take action project to improve their world.

 

The Brownie Quest Award

At the end of the quest, the girls also earn the journey's culminating award, the master lock that needs all three of their keys in order to open. Through this award, Girl Scout Brownies will see that, together, their three keys -- Discover, Connect, and Take Action -- unlock the meaning of leadership. 

Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:18

Breathe (Girl Scout Cadette)

Take a deep breath. How do you feel? What do you see? Hear? Smell? Get set to focus all your senses on air. This is one airy journey and it's full of flair!

  • Girl Scout Cadettes engage all five senses as they clear the air -- their own and Earth's.
  • Girls learn to assess air quality inside and out, getting an aerial view of everything from cigarette smoking to noise in the air to deforestation.
  • Along the way, they try some scientific experiments (that could even double as magic tricks to share with Girl Scout Brownies).
  • As they enjoy creating some "breathing room" in their lives, Girl Scout Cadettes may also find a new flair, think about "Hair," and perhaps even try making an eclair.
  • After becoming more Aware, the girls go on to Alert others to act for air, and then Affirm their impact on Earth, as they add these three uplifting leadership awards to their collection of Girl Scout honors.

Awards

Along this journey, Girl Scout Cadettes have the opportunity to earn three leadership awards that engage them in improving the world's air quality while also supporting and nourishing their own abilities as leaders who are aware, alert, and able to affirm all they do.

 

Aware

  • Keep an Air Log throughout the journey.
  • Identify two experts who can guide you to greater air awareness.
  • Increase your AWAREness about the issues that impact Earth's air.
  • Decide the most important, personal reason you care about Earth's air.
  • With your Girl Scout Cadette team, choose an air issue to act on together.

 

Alert

  • Decide whom to educate and inspire -- this is your Air Care Team (ACT)!
  • Decide what you will ask your Air Care Team to do.
  • Decide how to reach your Air Care Team to inspire them to act on your air issue.
  • Educate and inspire! Give your ACT its call to action.

 

Affirm

  • Gather proof of progress or improvement through your efforts to educate and inspire.
  • Share the impact with your ACT and maybe even go further.
  • Get with your Girl Scout Cadette team and reflect on your efforts and their impact.
  • Affirm your commitment to strive to be an heir apparent of air and all of Planet Earth's elements.


Earning the LiA

Girl Scouts has always had a tradition of older girls helping younger girls. In the It's Your Planet -- Love It series of leadership journeys, Girl Scout Cadettes have air and Girl Scout Brownies have water. Think of the power of bringing these two grade levels and all their Girl Scout power together! That's what the LiA (Leader in Action) Award is all about. The LiA encourages Girl Scout Cadettes to be key assistants on a Girl Scout Brownie team's WOW! Wonders of Water journey. All the steps to the award are in the Girl Scout Cadette LiA letter found in the Adult Guide for both the Girl Scout Cadette and Brownie journey.

Sunshine, fresh air, new places to see. When flower friends travel, they enjoy all of these. So come along for the trip. Meet new friends and old. You'll taste, touch, and smell what fun traveling the earth can hold!


  • Girl Scout Daisies join their flower friends for a cross-country road trip in their special flower-powered car!
  • As they travel the country living the values of the Girl Scout Law, the flowers explore the natural world around them, learning what's local and why that's important.
  • Along the way, the flower friends (and the girls!) sample the sights, and the wisdom of women working to protect Planet Earth.
  • Girl Scout Daisies earn their Blue Bucket, Firefly, and Clover (uses resources wisely!) awards as they experience what's great about their own region and learn to use their own special skills to help people and Planet Earth.

Awards

This journey presents Girl Scout Daisies the opportunity to earn three awards. Girls consider their feelings and skills and then take into account the feelings and skills of those around them. The girls then move on to engage their larger community and then they move out into their community to "do."

Although there's no set way to present it, you might spark the excitement of this award series by presenting the Between Earth and Sky background patch to all the Girl Scout Daisies at their first session. Or choose a way that works for the group.

 

The Blue Bucket Award

  • Girls tell one another about their feelings and the feelings of those around them.
  • Girls take part in role-playing activities that encourage them to
    resolve conflicts, negotiate, and be considerate to others.

The Firefly Award

  • Think about and talk about their own skills and those of their sister Girl Scout Daisies.
  • Choose a skill that they can teach others, either at home or in their community.
  • Steps to the award are built into the suggested activities in the sample sessions.
     

The Clover Award

  • Learn about and commit to protecting a natural treasure in their region.
  • Educate and inspire others in their community to join with them to protect the local treasure, too. 

Life is a maze of relationships and this journey has Girl Scout Cadettes maneuvering through all its twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and maybe even peace. The adult guide offers tips for talking about relationship issues with girls, and pointers for understanding Girl Scout Cadettes' development and creating a safe, welcoming space.

 

Awards

On this amazing maze of a journey, each passageway presents opportunities for Girl Scout Cadettes to navigate personal relationships in the best and most productive ways. As girls twist and turn through aMAZE, they gain tips and strategies for creating healthy relationships for themselves and those around them and begin to build more positive and peaceful relationships in the world around them. Girls have the option of earning one, two or three Girl Scout awards, and they can work toward them as one big team, as mini teams or individually.

 

The Interact Award

This award signifies that girls can advance peace in the world around them --
one interaction at a time. To earn it, girls must complete three of the nine
Interact Challenges -- though they can do as many challenges as they like! These challenges invite Girl Scout Cadettes to try small -- and positive -- new ways of interacting in their daily lives.

 

The Diplomat Award

This award focuses on how a diplomat "possesses skill or tact in dealing with others." To earn the award, Girl Scout Cadettes demonstrate that they can use something they have learned about relationships to design and implement a project that benefits others.

 

The Peacemaker Award

This award invites girls to collect relationship "tools" they can use and pass on to others along the journey. The girls earn the Peacemaker Award at the end of the journey by reviewing all the tools they've collected and making a commitment about how they will continue using them throughout their lives.

 

LiA (Leader in Action) Award

Girl Scout Cadettes have an opportunity to put their skills to work assisting Girl Scout Brownies on their quest. Girl Scout Brownies (and their volunteers!) will appreciate having Girl Scout Cadettes along on the journey, and Girl Scout Cadettes will benefit from having the opportunity to have a position of responsibility. The steps for Girl Scout Cadettes to earn the LiA are in the Adult Guide for Brownie Quest. Your Girl Scout council is a great resource to identify Girl Scout Cadettes who might be interested in earning this award.

Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:15

Agent of Change (Girl Scout Junior)

Agent of Change (Girl Scout Junior)

Power! In this journey, there's a whole spiral of it waiting for Girl Scout Juniors. The journey is filled with ceremonies and circles, real-life heroines, and special new characters, including the fashion-savvy spider named Dez. Along the way, girls learn how their own power combines into team power and then moves out to become community power (kind of like how Dez weaves her web from the inside out). The journey's centerpiece is a comic story of girl heroines who will inspire Girl Scout Juniors as they take action to improve their own community.

 

Awards

This Girl Scout Junior journey is filled with fun and friendship. From its start to its closing celebration, the girls will move from a deeper understanding of themselves to exploring how powerful they are as a team, to realizing the added strength they gain by reaching out in the wider community to take action with its members. Agent of Change offers girls a chance to earn three awards and record progress throughout the journey in their own Award Tracker.

 

The Power of One Award

To earn, girls will discover and share the powerful story of a forgotten woman or girl from around the world who mobilized others and made a difference, discover all the ways their own strengths and powers help them create change in the world, and discover what the Girl Scout Law and true "heroines" have in common.

 

The Power of Team Award

To earn, girls connect with their Girl Scout crew to create a "super girl" story in which the characters take one small situation they care about and strive for long-lasting community change. Girls will also make a team decision and write their team hopes for a take action project that reaches into a community network to solve a problem together with community members.

 

The Power of Community Award

To earn, girls take action on their plan, reach out, join others and get them involved, and start something that snowballs into a change in their world. Girls join in their Girl Scout Junior circle to reflect on what they accomplished and celebrate it. 

National Implementation

For the past several years, the Girl Scout Movement has been going through a process of transformation. The work is far from complete, but the organization has made significant strides toward executing all elements of the Core Business Strategy simultaneously.

 

In 2005, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) began piloting the national realignment of more than 300 councils to 109 high-capacity councils with the economic resources necessary to fund a vibrant Girl Scout Movement. Today, GSUSA charters 112 councils in the contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

 

The transformation continued with the introduction of the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) and flexible pathways. Through the GSLE, girls learn to discover, connect and take action. All activities relate to one or more of the 15 nationally consistent short-term outcomes, which allows the organization to use tangible measures for intangible leadership qualities. A more flexible model for participation in Girl Scouting was developed, known as pathways. When a girl or an adult joins the organization, she or he becomes a Girl Scout member. Girls can choose any one, all, or some of the six pathways – camp, events, series, travel, troops, and virtual – within a single school year.

 

After three years of research and preparation, GSUSA launched a new brand campaign designed to speak to girls, be relevant to them, and make Girl Scouting an attractive and compelling program from which girls can benefit. The “Real World Experiences” concept, designed to appeal to first generation Hispanic moms and their daughters, launched in Spanish-language media in April 2010. The “What Did You Do Today?” multi-cultural campaign launched in July 2010.

 

 

Local Implementation

Using the framework and direction provided by GSUSA, local Girl Scout councils began educating adult volunteers about the GSLE and in 2006, began preparing for realignment.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT), a new council comprised of portions of four former councils, was officially recognized in July 2007. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) serves 21 counties and is headquartered in San Antonio, TX with nine regional offices throughout its jurisdiction. Though the council’s geographic area nearly tripled in size, few changes were made to the staff structure which previously served eight counties. 

 

In 2008 and 2009, GSSWT established a Strategic Planning Team made up of adult volunteers, members of the board of directors, and staff to develop its 2010-2012 Strategic Plan in alignment with the five strategic priorities identified by GSUSA.

 

GSSWT welcomed new CEO, Anna Maria Chávez, in May 2009. With the 2010-2012 Strategic Plan approved by the council’s board of directors, Anna hosted Town Hall meetings and attended association meetings to seek feedback from girls and adult volunteers on how best to meet the goals set forth by the strategic plan. Input received from those in attendance centered on expanding services in membership, program, and training to retain the current membership base and to plan for membership growth. 

 

The work to establish a more effective staff structure began in August 2009, when the departments of Girl and Volunteer Services and Membership merged to form the Membership, Volunteerism and Program (MVP) department. The new department promoted the use of cross-functional project teams to better meet the diverse needs of girls and adult volunteers.

From February to May 2010, GSSWT continued its consensus-based process to establish a new staff structure that would provide additional support to members and allow for the implementation of flexible pathways for girls and adult volunteers at the service unit level.


The new staff structure, a main component of GSSWT’s Council Innovation Initiative, is centered on five Geographical Operation – or GO – Teams, and was unveiled to volunteer Service Unit Directors at the SUD Conference at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center on June 19, 2010. Additional details regarding the new structure and the introduction of new ways of work was shared with all adult volunteers in attendance at the Leadership Development Conference on August 14, 2010, at Leon Valley Elementary.

Development of the new GO Team structure is one of the first steps taken by GSSWT to achieve its goals from the 2010-2012 Strategic Plan. The new structure will allow GSSWT to extend its reach to more members and make significant progress in two of the five strategic priorities set forth by GSUSA (Program Model & Pathways and Volunteerism.)

Continue by reviewing Details of the GO Team Structure

Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:13

GO Team FAQs

GO Team FAQs

Q: Who do we call with general questions since there is no one person now?
A: Adult volunteers are welcome to contact any of their GO Team members. GO Team members are specialized in certain topics; however, all GO Team members are able to answer general questions. Not sure who to call first? Start with your GO Team’s Retention Specialist.

Q: How are small service units supposed to fill all the service unit team positions?
A: The new service unit structure that parallels the GO Team staff structure was designed to be flexible for service units of all sizes. The service unit team positions are divided into five action teams, so that smaller service units can be sure the vital functions are performed and then pick and choose tasks from other positions to meet the needs and interests of girls in each service unit. The suggested minimum number of volunteers per service unit team is five – one per each action team.

Q: What about troop numbers? Who are we getting them from now?
A: A list of available troop numbers has been provided to each GO Team. Contact your Recruitment Specialist or GO Team lead for the available troop numbers in your area.

Q: How are we going to handle pathway girls for service unit goal numbers?
A: When discussing pathways, it’s important to remember that when a girl or adult volunteer pays $12 to join Girl Scouts they are purchasing a membership, not a placement in a troop or other pathway. Service units are encouraged to work with their GO Team members to provide flexible pathways at the local level. You are already doing it. The “Me & My Guy” dance or the Thinking Day fair is the event pathway. For example: a service unit could organize a six-week series pathway on science, nature or the arts.

Q: Will the associations be by GO Team? Will we join new associations?
A: GSSWT is actively engaged in discussions with the board of directors and association chairs to determine how the volunteer governance structure should complement the new GO Team structure. It has been suggested that the eight associations should mirror the five regions; however, final decisions have not been made at this time.

Q: If I want to have an event, can we team up together? 
A: Of course! Offering flexible pathways at the service unit level, such as one-time events or a series may be easier to coordinate and more economical if multiple service units pool their resources.

Q: How can we get more service unit team members?
A: Service units are encouraged to develop flexible pathways for adult volunteers too. Instead of recruiting service unit team members from the troop leaders/advisors in your area, think outside the box. What about recruiting a co-worker or a retired neighbor to be the service unit’s Money Manager or to plan a one-time event or six-week series?

Q: Can we have a SUD-Share support group?  Would like tricks of the Trade quarterly at the council. 
A: Service unit directors and service team members will gather at monthly GO Team meetings. These meetings are a great place to share information and discuss issues. 

Q: Who is the teen program manager or our primary contact? 
A: GSSWT no longer has a program manager dedicated solely to teen girls. Each GO Team’s Program Specialist is able to answer questions about teen activities and awards.

Q: At rallies do we explain all the pathways or do we just concentrate on troops?
A: At all recruitment events, you want to share information on each of the pathways available to girls and adult volunteers. Having trouble recruiting a troop leader/advisor? Ask them to facilitate a six- or eight-week series in your service unit instead. Think about establishing a series or one-time events in your service unit that you can offer to girls at new member events who are not able to join a troop.

Q: How will rallies work with the Recruitment Specialist?
A: The specific role of your Recruitment Specialist will vary depending on the needs of the service unit and the time of year. Contact your Recruitment Specialist to discuss how she can support you at local new member events.

Q: Who do we contact about troops that disbanded?
A: Contact your Retention Specialist to learn about the status of disbanded troops.

Q: When will we receive the most current enrollment from Early Bird Registration?
A: A roster of members who participated in Early Bird Registration will be provided at the GO Team meetings in August and September.

Q: How will the new GO teams change Points of Gold?
A: GSSWT is currently evaluating the Points of Gold recognition. Further discussion on this topic will take place at the GO Team meetings in August and September.

Q: Can we do older girl activities in the service unit and the council?
A: Yes! Research has shown that older girls respond best to the concept of flexible pathways. We encourage you to develop a series or one-time events in your service unit that will appeal to older girls. You can also plan an extended trip and recruit girls who are only interested in the travel pathway.

To contact a member of your GO Team, visit GSSWT's Staff Directory or return to the New GO Team Structure page.

Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:13

Details of the GO Team Structure

Details of the GO Team Structure

On August 2, 2010, the new Geographical Operation – or GO – Team structure took effect at Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT.) These cross-functional teams are organized into five regions, named by color, and are comprised of staff who support specific functions for each region.

Each GO Team includes specialists in the areas of Community Cultivation, Retention, Recruitment and Program. The specialists work together to ensure their designated service areas have the appropriate information and support from GSSWT to allow the service units to maximize resources and operate more efficiently and effectively. Although each specialist focuses their time to one function, they are also trained to support other positions and are experts in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and Pathways.

Each specialist position is listed below with a brief list of responsibilities:

Community Cultivation Specialist

  • Collaborates with the External Affairs department to implement community cultivation strategies that result in successful recruitment of Girl Scout alumnae, new girl and adult members, and financial support for Girl Scout operations
  • Supports the development and implementation of grants
  • Represents GSSWT at public events, fairs and festivals
  • Supports council strategies for adult generated income, including the SHARE Family Partnership Campaign, special events, and troop sponsorships
  • Interprets and promotes the importance and relevance of Girl Scouting to community groups, civic organizations, schools, and other potential GSSWT partners
  • Is supported by GSSWT’s Chief of External Affairs

Recruitment Specialist

  • Collaborates with the Communications department to implement marketing strategies that result in the successful recruitment of girls and adult volunteers throughout the council’s jurisdiction
  • Establishes relationships with area school districts and conducts recruitment activities. Is responsible for recruiting girls and adult volunteers across all pathways
  • Attends service unit meetings and supports service unit activities and events
  • Interprets and promotes the importance and relevance of Girl Scouting to community groups, civic organizations, schools, and other potential Girl Scout partners
  • Represents GSSWT at public events, fairs and festivals
  • Is supported by GSSWT’s Chief Communications Officer

Retention Specialist

  • Attends service unit meetings and supports service unit activities and events
  • Assists with volunteer mentoring, assessment and reappointments
  • Tracks a variety of reports, including financial management reports, program participation reports, girl served reports and product sales reports
  • Serves as a resource for adult volunteers regarding GSUSA and GSSWT policies, procedures, standards and guidelines
  • Collaborates with membership, volunteerism and program to create and implement local plans for volunteer participation growth across pathways
  • Is supported by GSSWT’s Director of Volunteer Development

Program Specialist

  • Contributes to the council’s Program/Adult Learning (PAL) Guide through the development of program opportunities in assigned area
  • Assists in incorporating the Girl Scout Leadership Experience into service unit activities and events
  • Implement Girl Scout activities through schools and other youth-serving agencies
  • Advises girls and adult volunteers about girl leadership awards, such as the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold awards
  • Advises girls and adult volunteers on activities specific to teen Girl Scouts, including Program Aide Core training, extended trips and scholarships for higher education
  • Is supported by GSSWT’s Director of Girl Leadership Experience

The new GO Team structure increases the number of staff providing direct service to girls and/or adult volunteers from 19 to 25 (an increase of 24 percent.) The new structure significantly increases resources dedicated to volunteer development and girl program.

Two full-time positions have been added to the Volunteer Development department (an increase of 200 percent), and in partnership with six Retention Specialists on the GO Teams there are more staff focused on providing support and guidance to adult volunteers than ever before.

All changes in the staff structure, including the addition of several new positions, were accomplished using current resources allocated to GSSWT’s Human Resources department.

To reach a member of your GO Team, visit GSSWT’s Staff Directory or continue by reviewing Next Steps.

Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:12

Adult Certificates

Miscellaneous Certificates

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Thursday, 10 May 2012 21:11

Adult Certificates

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