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Volunteer Conference (2017)
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Sunday, October 29, 8 AM - 5 PM
Boston Marriott Quincy
Adults: $10, lunch included

Register by October 20
Pre-registration is required, and workshops fill up fast!

Who should attend? New and experienced troop and service unit volunteers, council facilitators, regional delegates and all adult Girl Scout members.

Join us for required trainings, along with volunteer- and council-led enrichment sessions, vendor tables, and networking opportunities throughout the day. Leave energized, connected to your fellow volunteers, and ready to make this your best Girl Scouting year yet!

Please note that four sessions require separate registration; links are included in the agenda and workshop descriptions below.

If you have a Daisy or Brownie, register her for the Fun Spot! See below for more details and the registration link.

Print a five-page pdf including conference agenda and workshop descriptions.

2017 Volunteer Conference Agenda Overview
8 AM    Check-in  
8:30 AM
Opening Ceremony and Welcome
9 AM Keynote: Jackie Woodside – Calming the Chaos
10 AM Session One
Includes MEDIC CPR/First Aid Recertification (separate registration required) and Silver Award Orientation (separate registration required).
12:15 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Session Two
1:30 PM   MEDIC CPR/First Aid Blended Learning (three-hour session, separate registration required)
2:30 PM Goodbye SNAP/COCO: Hello SMART Cookies!
(two-hour session)
2:30 PM Bronze Award Orientation (two-hour session, separate registration required)
2:30 PM Session Three
3:30 PM Session Four
4:30 PM Closing Ceremony
Keynote - Jackie Woodside
Jackie Woodside

Jackie Woodside is a TEDx speaker and bestselling author. She is a frequent expert guest on television and radio shows, and offers professional and executive development training and keynote speeches internationally. Her books are Calming the Chaos: Managing Your Energy Rather than Your Time and Time for a Change: Essential Skills for Managing the Inevitable, and the forthcoming Money, Mindset and Mastery.

Keynote: Calming the Chaos: How to Optimize Performance, Elevate Productivity and Enhance Peace of Mind
Learn step-by-step skills and thought processes that lead to increased productivity and peace of mind. Jackie’s approach stems from the new frontier of human performance called energetic consciousness. In this high-energy keynote presentation, you will learn how to become less stressed and more productive!

Jackie Woodside - Additional Presentations

Session One: Calming the Chaos
Continuing the keynote, we will look at practical applications of the keynote concepts, including:
• Why there is no such thing as time management and what to do instead.
• How to manage your energy instead of your time and stress.
• Why “to-do lists” are a setup for failure and what really works.
• How to always know that you have the time for what you want and
  need to do!

Session Two: Why Can’t We Just Get Along? How to Deal with Difficult Encounters with Grace, Ease and Confidence
Come to this supportive, practical and hands-on workshop, where your individual challenges will be addressed by a trainer who’s understanding, knowledgeable, compassionate and fun! Difficult encounters often leave you feeling insecure, agitated, frustrated and disempowered, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Learn the skills to create a positive outcome from any situation, and leave this idea-packed session refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to work more effectively with anyone, and you will feel a whole lot better too!
 

Session One Workshops

Keynote Workshop: Calming the Chaos - Continuing the keynote, we will look at practical applications of the keynote concepts, including:
• Why there is no such thing as time management and what to do
  instead.
• How to manage your energy instead of your time and stress.
• Why “to-do lists” are a setup for failure and what really works.
• How to always know that you have the time for what you want and
  need to do!


Brownie Essentials - Learn helpful tips for leading a Brownie troop, including the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Journeys, The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, badges, and how to incorporate the online Volunteer Toolkit in meeting planning.

Daisy Essentials - Learn helpful tips for leading a Daisy troop, including the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Journeys, The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, badges, and how to incorporate the online Volunteer Toolkit in meeting planning.

Financing the Fun - Help bridge the gap between the fun girls want to have and the finances they’ll need to earn, while following GSEMA Volunteer Policies and Procedures. Leave with tools to set fundraising goals with girls, draft a troop budget, negotiate troop dues, participate in Product Sales programs and plan additional money-earning activities.

Junior Essentials - Discover ways to guide and mentor Juniors as they develop leadership skills. Learn how to promote a girl-led environment, implement Journeys and badges for well-rounded and fun experiences, and incorporate the online Volunteer Toolkit in meeting planning. Behavior management, girl-led planning and additional awards will also be covered.

MEDIC First Aid and CPR Blended Learning (3 hours) - This course is offered in two parts: an online program and a hands-on skills session with an instructor. Certification is valid for two years. Registration is $60 and includes complimentary access to the Volunteer Conference. Session runs from 1:30 - 4:30 PM. Separate  registration required.

MEDIC First Aid and CPR Recertification - This course is for those whose First Aid and CPR certifications are about to expire or have expired within 30 days of the listed session. Recertification is valid for two years. Registration is $30 and includes complimentary access to the Volunteer Conference. Separate registration required.

Out-of-the-Box in the Outdoors: Kit Rentals and GSEMA’s Outdoor Center - This session will help you enhance the outdoor activities on your camping trip, lead a brief program to give girls their first exposure to camp, and build a toolbox for outdoor activities. We’ll be introducing kit rentals and a “menu” of programming options. This workshop will include hands-on strategies for leading outdoor activities with girls, as well as an overview of the available resources (including the Outdoor Center at Camp Cedar Hill). Walk away with the skills you need for successful outdoor programming!

Silver Award Orientation - This orientation prepares Cadettes to brainstorm, develop and implement a successful Silver Award project, and teaches adults how best to support them. Learn about the optional Silver Award project pre-approval process. One adult per troop must attend. Parents are welcome. Separate registration required.

Troop Pathway Orientation - This orientation takes new troop volunteers through the top ten frequently asked questions on how to start a new troop. Learn about membership requirements, meeting locations, troop checking accounts, strategies for involving girls’ families, required paperwork, safety guidelines, start-up costs, uniforms, and the online Volunteer Toolkit for grades K-5.

Session Two Workshops

Keynote Workshop: Why Can’t We Just Get Along? How to Deal with Difficult Encounters with Grace, Ease and Confidence - Come to this supportive, practical and hands-on workshop, where your individual challenges will be addressed by a trainer who’s understanding, knowledgeable, compassionate and fun! Difficult encounters often leave you feeling insecure, agitated, frustrated and disempowered, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Learn the skills to create a positive outcome from any situation, and leave this idea-packed session refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to work more effectively with anyone, and you will feel a whole lot better too!


Citizen Science - Learn ways to incorporate citizen science, the public participation in the generation of scientific knowledge, into troop activities. Explore different ways to create girl-led learning opportunities through building community and science identity, and carry out community service through the open-science process.

Comforting Community Service Projects - Volunteers will learn to support Girl Scouts of all levels to participate in town community service while working on sewing projects and cards of comfort.

Constellations: Connecting to the Night Sky - Learn about many constellations from NASA-trained facilitators! Join us for a series of easy and fun activities designed to help girls of all levels connect to the beautiful night sky. We’ll explore what constellations are (and are not), their legends, and their motions across the sky. These activities are perfect for an overnight or troop meeting.

Exploring 2017 New Program Materials - Come explore exciting new program materials launched by GSUSA in summer 2017 and hear about easy new ways to implement these materials.

Girl Scout Songs and Games Toolbox - In this fun, engaging workshop you will learn songs and games to take back to Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops to add a little Girl Scout fun and tradition to your meetings and events.

Journey Take Action: Daisies and Brownies - Daisy and Brownie troop volunteers will explore what Take Action means, how to implement level-specific Journey Take Action projects, and walk away with resources to help girls plan a successful Journey Take Action project.

Journey Take Action: Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors - J/C/S/A troop volunteers will explore what Take Action means, how to implement level-specific Journey Take Action projects, and walk away with resources to help girls plan a successful Journey Take Action project.

Tips and Tricks for Troop Management - Come learn fun and engaging ways to help girls pay attention and get the most out of their Girl Scout experiences. Songs, games and activities can be tools to keep girls on-track and excited. Develop your troop management skills through hands-on learning for volunteers of all levels. Share your go-to troop management strategies and walk away with some new ideas as well.

Traveling with Daisies, Brownies and Juniors - We’ll explore how to travel with girls with a focus on grade-level appropriate trips, how to determine girl readiness, fun ways to create girl-led travel opportunities, how to keep girls safe and more!

Session Three Workshops

Bronze Award Orientation (2 hours) - This free two-hour orientation prepares Juniors to brainstorm, develop and implement a successful Bronze Award project, and teaches adults how best to support them. Learn about the optional Bronze Award project pre-approval process. One adult per troop must attend. Parents are welcome. Registration for this session will be separate from conference registration. Session runs 2:30 - 4:30 PM. Separate registration required. 

Brownie Volunteer’s Bag-of-Tricks - Leave this session with a bag full of ideas for easy-to-implement ceremonies, SWAPS, songs and flying-up traditions for Brownie Girl Scouts.

Daisy Volunteer’s Bag-of-Tricks - Leave this session with a bag full of ideas of easy-to-implement ceremonies, SWAPS, songs and bridging traditions for Daisy Girl Scouts.

Goodbye SNAP/COCO: Hello SMART Cookies! (2 hours) - Please join the Product Sales team and an ABC Baker representative to learn about the cookie recognition plan for girls, troops and service units. Then participate in a guided tour of the new cookie management system, featuring girl goal setting and online selling. Girls can utilize this platform to have the best cookie season ever! This two-hour session runs from 2:30 - 4:30 PM.  

How to Tackle the Storyteller Badge Across All Levels - Help girls earn the Novelist (S), Screenwriter (C), Entertainment Technology (J), and My Family Story (B) badges! We'll talk about cultivating creativity and using community resources, Pinterest and more to find expert content.

Making S’more Memories - Learn tips and tricks for conducting a successful campfire, including girls in planning processes, and teaching songs, games, and skits to girls that draw participation and build camp memories.

One More G.I.R.L. - Have you ever considered adding another girl(s) to your troop but wondered what the effect on your current girls might be? Are you losing girls and wondering how to encourage new girls to join and how best to redevelop a cohesive group as your troop evolves? Do you have older girl troops that are merging and wonder how to create the most positive experience for the girls moving forward? Come to this session to hear other leaders’ experiences meeting these challenges and including all go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders!

Sharing G.I.R.L. Stories - Your Girl Scouts are doing amazing things in their communities, and you're eager to spread the news far and wide! Learn some best practices for utilizing social media, blogs, websites and PR (public relations) to share Girl Scouting stories. This session will touch upon marketing and branding guidelines to make your troop's stories shine online and in the press.

Society of Women Engineers Parents and Educators Program (PEP) Workshop - Learn how to introduce girls to engineering by exposing them to resources, current research, terminology and key concepts. We will cover why adult advocates are important, what resources are available from the Society of Women Engineers, and what you can do to empower girls and encourage them to get involved with STEM!

Session Four Workshops

Brownie Bag of Tricks - Leave this session with a bag full of ideas for easy-to-implement ceremonies, SWAPS, songs and flying-up traditions for Girl Scouts.

Citizen Science - Learn ways to incorporate citizen science, the public participation in the generation of scientific knowledge, into troop activities. Explore different ways to create girl-led learning opportunities through building community and science identity, and carry out community service through the open-science process.

Exploring 2017 New Program Materials - Come explore exciting new program materials launched by GSUSA in summer 2017 and hear about easy new ways to implement these materials.

Girl Scout Songs and Games Toolbox - In this fun, engaging workshop you will learn songs and games to take back to Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops to add a little Girl Scout fun and tradition to your meetings and events.

Making S’more Memories - Learn tips and tricks for conducting a successful campfire, including girls in planning processes, and teaching songs, games, and skits to girls that draw participation and build camp memories.

Sharing G.I.R.L. Stories - Your Girl Scouts are doing amazing things in their communities, and you're eager to spread the news far and wide! Learn some best practices for utilizing social media, blogs, websites and PR (public relations) to share Girl Scouting stories. This session will touch upon marketing and branding guidelines to make your troop's stories shine online and in the press.

Tips and Tricks for Troop Management - Come learn fun and engaging ways to help girls pay attention and get the most out of their Girl Scout experiences. Songs, games and activities can be tools to keep girls on-track and excited. Develop your troop management skills through hands-on learning for volunteers of all levels. Share your go-to troop management strategies and walk away with some new ideas as well.

Networking Opportunities

Networking Space
Meet other volunteers, share stories and contribute to a community service project in the Networking Space all day long! Drop in for a break or for some inspiration; Girl Scout volunteers always shine brighter together!

Vendor Hall
From 8 AM - 1:30 PM, we will host various vendors, including the council shop!

Fun Spot (for Daisies and Brownies)

While the adults are at the Volunteer Conference, Daisies and Brownies can spend the day with other Girl Scouts having tons of fun participating in arts and crafts, sports and games, STEM activities and more. Adults are required to register for the conference and stay on site. Cost: $25

 

Workshop Descriptions A-Z

Bronze Award Orientation
This free two-hour orientation prepares Juniors to brainstorm, develop and implement a successful Bronze Award project, and teaches adults how best to support them. Learn about the optional Bronze Award project pre-approval process. One adult per troop must attend. Parents are welcome. Separate registration required

Brownie Essentials
Learn helpful tips for leading a Brownie troop, including the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Journeys, The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, badges, and how to incorporate the online Volunteer Toolkit in meeting planning.

Brownie Volunteer’s Bag-of-Tricks
Leave this session with a bag full of ideas for easy-to-implement ceremonies, SWAPS, songs and flying-up traditions for Girl Scouts.

Citizen Science
Learn ways to incorporate citizen science, the public participation in the generation of scientific knowledge, into troop activities. Explore different ways to create girl-led learning opportunities through building community and science identity, and carry out community service through the open-science process.

Comforting Community Service Projects - Volunteers will learn to support scouts of all levels to participate in town community service while working on sewing projects and cards of comfort.

Constellations: Connecting to Your Night Sky
Learn about many constellations from NASA-trained facilitators! Join us for a series of easy and fun activities designed to help girls of all levels connect to the beautiful night sky. We’ll explore what constellations are (and are not), their legends, and their motions across the sky. These activities are perfect for an overnight or troop meeting.

Daisy Essentials
Learn helpful tips for leading a Daisy troop, including the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Journeys, The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, badges, and how to incorporate the online Volunteer Toolkit in meeting planning.

Daisy Volunteer’s Bag-of-Tricks
Leave this session with a bag full of ideas of easy-to-implement ceremonies, SWAPS, songs and bridging traditions for Daisy Girl Scouts.

Exploring 2017 New Program Materials
Come explore exciting new program materials launched by GSUSA in summer 2017 and hear about easy new ways to implement these materials.

Financing the Fun
Help bridge the gap between the fun girls want to have and the finances they’ll need to earn, while following GSEMA Volunteer Policies and Procedures. Leave with tools to set fundraising goals
with girls, draft a troop budget, negotiate troop dues, participate in Product Sales programs and plan additional money-earning activities.

Girl Scout Songs and Games Toolbox
In this fun, engaging workshop you will learn songs and games to take back to Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops to add a little Girl Scout fun and tradition to your meetings and events.

Goodbye SNAP/COCO: Hello SMART Cookies!
Please join the Product Sales team and an ABC Baker representative to learn about the cookie recognition plan for girls, troops and service units. Then participate in a guided tour of the new cookie management system, featuring girl goal setting and online selling. Girls can utilize this platform to have the best cookie season ever!

How to Tackle the Storytelling Badge Across All Levels
Help girls earn the Novelist (S), Screenwriter (C), Entertainment Technology (J), and My Family Story (B) badges! We'll talk about cultivating creativity and using community resources, Pinterest and more to find expert content.

Journey Take Action: Daisies and Brownies
Daisy and Brownie troop volunteers will explore what Take Action means, how to implement level-specific Journey Take Action projects, and walk away with resources to help girls plan a successful Journey Take Action project.

Journey Take Action: Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors
J/C/S/A troop volunteers will explore what Take Action means, how to implement level-specific Journey Take Action projects, and walk away with resources to help girls plan a successful Journey Take Action project.

Junior Essentials
Discover ways to guide and mentor Juniors as they develop leadership skills. Learn how to promote a girl-led environment, implement Journeys and badges for well-rounded and fun experiences, and incorporate the online Volunteer Toolkit in meeting planning. Behavior management, girl=led planning and additional awards will also be covered.

Making S’more Memories
Learn tips and tricks for conducting a successful campfire, including girls in planning processes, and teaching songs, games, and skits to girls that draw participation and build camp memories.

MEDIC First Aid and CPR Blended Learning
This course is offered in two parts: an online program and a hands-on skills session with an instructor. Certification is valid for two years. Registration is $60 and includes complimentary access to the Volunteer Conference. Register here.

MEDIC First Aid and CPR Recertification
This course is for those whose First Aid and CPR certifications are about to expire or have expired within 30 days of the listed session. Recertification is valid for two years. Registration is $30 and includes complimentary access to the Volunteer Conference. Register here.

One more G.I.R.L.
Have you ever considered adding another girl(s) to your troop but wondered what the effect on your current girls might be? Are you losing girls and wondering how to encourage new girls to join and how best to redevelop a cohesive group as your troop evolves? Do you have older girl troops that are merging and wonder how to create the most positive experience for the girls moving forward? Come to this session to hear other leaders’ experiences meeting these challenges and including all go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders!

Out-of-the-Box in the Outdoors: Kit Rentals and GSEMA’s Outdoor Center
This session will help you enhance the outdoor activities on your camping trip, lead a brief program to give girls their first exposure to camp, and build a toolbox for outdoor activities. We’ll be introducing kit rentals and a “menu” of programming options. This workshop will include hands-on strategies for leading outdoor activities with girls, as well as an overview of the available resources (including the Outdoor Center at Camp Cedar Hill). Walk away with the skills you need for successful outdoor programming!

Sharing G.I.R.L. Stories
Your Girl Scouts are doing amazing things in their communities, and you're eager to spread the news far and wide! Learn some best practices for utilizing social media, blogs, websites and PR (public relations) to share Girl Scouting stories. This session will touch upon marketing and branding guidelines to make your troop's stories shine online and in the press.

Silver Award Orientation
This orientation prepares Cadettes to brainstorm, develop and implement a successful Silver Award project, and teaches adults how best to support them. Learn about the optional Silver Award project pre-approval process. One adult per troop must attend. Parents are welcome. Separate registration required.

Society of Women Engineers Parents and Educators Program (PEP) Workshop
Learn how to introduce girls to engineering by exposing them to resources, current research, terminology and key concepts. We will cover why adult advocates are important, what resources are available from the Society of Women Engineers, and what you can do to empower girls and encourage them to get involved with STEM!

Tips and Tricks for Troop Management
Come learn fun and engaging ways to help girls pay attention and get the most out of their Girl Scout experiences. Songs, games and activities can be tools to keep girls on-track and excited. Develop your troop management skills through hands-on learning for volunteers of all levels. Share your go-to troop management strategies and walk away with some new ideas as well.

Troop Pathway Orientation
This orientation takes new troop volunteers through the top ten frequently asked questions on how to start a new troop. Learn about membership requirements, meeting locations, troop
checking accounts, strategies for involving girls’ families, required paperwork, safety guidelines, start-up costs, uniforms, and the online Volunteer Toolkit for grades K-5.

Traveling with Daisies, Brownies and Juniors
We’ll explore how to travel with girls with a focus on grade-level appropriate trips, how to determine girl readiness, fun ways to create girl-led travel opportunities, how to keep girls safe and more!