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Volunteer Conference (2018)

Sunday, November 4, 2018
8 AM-5 PM
Sheraton Framingham | 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham
$20, lunch included

Start your membership year off strong! The 2018 Volunteer Conference offers a focus on diversity and inclusion, new workshops, informative vendor tables, and exciting networking opportunities. For the first time, programming is available for girls of all ages!

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Explore the workshops! All workshops are listed below by session. You can also view them in alphabetical order.

Session One: 10-10:50 AM

Become a Confident and Effective Leader!

Learn how to recognize different personality types and best relate to others. Practice effective communication skills to utilize when leading troop meetings and representing Girl Scouts in the community.

Cookie Program: Experienced Volunteers

Ideal for returning cookie volunteers and troop leaders who have experienced more than one cookie program. Learn and discuss best practices, what’s new for this year’s program, and how to make the most of the cookie program to fund girls’ dream adventures!

Daisy/Brownie Leader Discussion

Connect with other Daisy and Brownie troop leaders, hear some of their best practices and successes, and offer some of your own! New, returning, and experienced Daisy and Brownie leaders are welcome to attend!

Get Print and Social Media Savvy

Troop volunteers of all grade levels will learn how to leverage local press and social media to grow membership, share achievements, boost cookie sales, and earn recognition in their communities and across the council.

Going for Gold

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Our panel of GSEMA staff, Gold Award Committee Members, and Gold Award Girl Scouts will share strategies for success, how to support girls in achieving their vision, and what girls can expect at each stage of the process.

Outdoor Adventure Series (OAS)

Meet the Outdoor Adventure Series team! Learn about the many outdoor activity areas available for troop use at GSEMA properties, walk through the reservation process, and discover what programs and trainings are available to girls and adults with the OAS team.

Stress and Anxiety Management for Daisies and Brownies

Children are reporting increased stress and anxiety at younger ages. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to approach developmentally appropriate direct instruction for stress and anxiety management and how to best support children in their moments of need. (focused on ages 5-8)

MEDIC First Aid and CPR Recertification (extended session 10-11:50 AM)

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 for this session is $30 and includes complimentary access to the Volunteer Conference. You will also receive a take-home resource book, keychain CPR mask, and certification card.

Session Two: 11-11:50 AM

Dancing for Inclusion

Troop volunteers of all grade levels will learn how a local dance company includes dancers of all abilities, and explore ways to adapt troop meetings to include girls of varying abilities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and more.

Girl Scout Songs

In this lively workshop, you will learn songs that you can take back to your Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop to add a little Girl Scout fun and tradition to your meetings and events.

JCSA Leader Discussion

Connect with other Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troop leaders, hear some of their best practices and successes, and offer some of your own! New, returning, and experienced leaders are welcome to attend!

Outdoor Adventure Series (OAS)

Meet the Outdoor Adventure Series team! Learn about the many outdoor activity areas available for troop use at GSEMA properties, walk through the reservation process, and discover what programs and trainings are available to girls and adults with the OAS team.

STEM for Non-scientists

Learn about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and what to do when you don’t know the answer to a girl’s question! You’ll also leave equipped with some activities and resources for new STEM Journeys and Badges. 

Stress and Anxiety Management for Juniors and Cadettes

Children are reporting increased stress and anxiety at younger ages. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to approach developmentally appropriate direct instruction for stress and anxiety management and how to best support children in their moments of need. (focused on ages 9-13)

Supporting Bronze and Silver Award Projects

Explore successful Bronze and Silver Award projects, hear from volunteers who helped their girls earn the awards, and learn easy strategies for planning and executing a project with your girls.   

Take Action: Daisy and Brownie

Daisy and Brownie troop volunteers will explore what Take Action means and how to implement level-specific Journey Take Action projects. You’ll also gain resources for helping girls plan a successful project.

Session Three: 2-2:50 PM

Cookie Program: Sweet Success

Troop volunteers of all grade levels will learn tactics for a successful cookie program from GSEMA top-selling Girl Scouts and the volunteers who support them!

Easy Interventions to Make Girl Scouts More Accessible

Increasing access for all girls, regardless of ability, is a core value of Girl Scouts. Crystal Springs School in Assonet provides individualized programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities while embracing and nurturing each person's pursuit of growth, independence, dignity, and choice. Join GSEMA and Crystal Springs staff to learn simple tips, tools, and language to use to ensure all girls enjoy their Girl Scout experience.  

Girl Scout Activity Forms: The Basics

Ideal for Daisy and Brownie leaders, this workshop will cover the planning, paperwork, and preparation needed to get girls engaging in activities, taking trips, and enjoying all the fun opportunities Girl Scouts has to offer!

Girl Scout Games

In this fun and engaging workshop, you will learn games to take back to your Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop to add a little Girl Scout fun and tradition to your meetings and events.

Mindfulness for Better Troop Dynamics

Are you at times overwhelmed, tired, or frustrated with managing the ebbs and flows of troop dynamics? Learn how to help yourself and your girls engage in the present moment more fully, let go of energy-draining mental gymnastics, and connect with their mind, heart, and body.

Outdoor Journeys: Resources, Skills, and Strategies

Troop volunteers of all grade levels will explore the new Outdoor Journeys! We’ll discuss how to utilize council and community resources, how to follow the Journey guidelines, and the steps to take with your girls as you get outdoors together.

Retaining Girls Discussion

Connect with other troop leaders and volunteers at this informal session, while sharing and learning tips and tricks to keeping girls engaged and excited to grow through each level in Girl Scouting.

STEM for Non-scientists

Learn about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and what to do when you don’t know the answer to a girl’s question! You’ll also leave equipped with some activities and resources for new STEM Journeys and Badges.

Stress and Anxiety Management for Seniors and Ambassadors

Children are reporting increased stress and anxiety at younger ages. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to approach developmentally appropriate direct instruction for stress and anxiety management and how to best support children in their moments of need. (focused on ages 14-18)

Take Action: JCSA

Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troop volunteers will explore what Take Action means and how to implement level-specific Journey Take Action projects. You’ll also gain resources for helping girls plan a successful project.

MEDIC First Aid and CPR Blended Learning (extended session 2-4:50 PM)

This course is offered in two parts: an online program and a hands-on skills session with an instructor. The online portion must be completed prior to the in-person session, and both portions must be completed for certification, which is valid for two years. Registration for this session is $30 and includes complimentary access to the Volunteer Conference. You will also receive a take-home resource book, keychain CPR mask, and certification card.

Session Four: 3-3:50 PM

Cookie Program: Getting Started

If you’re just getting started with the Girl Scout Cookie Program or have one cookie season under your belt, this session is a great introduction to starting the next cookie program off strong. You’ll gain tips for supporting your girl entrepreneurs, and learn the recipe for a successful cookie program!

Discuss Journeys with Other Leaders

Connect with other troop leaders at this informal session to discover and share best practices for completing Journeys! Troop leaders of all grade levels are welcome to attend.

Easy Camping Prep Crafts

Create some fun, simple crafts that will help you and your girls get ready for outdoor adventures, including simple fire-starters, marshmallow roasters, and personalized waterproof sit-upons using items you might already have around the home.

Girl Scout Activity Forms: Longer Trips, Hiking, and More

Ideal for Junior leaders and above, this workshop will cover the planning, paperwork, and preparation needed to take girls on all kinds of adventures, including trips of more than two nights and more than thirty minutes outside of medical care.

Local Government is Democracy at Work

Learn all about local government and how you can participate as a citizen and advocate for Girl Scouts. Practice running and participating in a mock town hall meeting, which is where the real action is at the local level! You will feel more confident and prepared for future town hall meetings in your community.

Navigating Gender Expression in Girl Scouts

Girl Scouting creates a safe space for girls to take risks, accept challenges, and discover who they are. Learn how to best support girls as they explore and express their gender in an inclusive and supportive environment.

New Program Materials

Check out the latest program materials, including the 30 new Journeys and badges released this summer—environmental stewardship, space science, robotics, college prep, and more!

Daisy and Brownie Essentials (extended session 3-4:50 PM)

Discover the key elements to leading a Daisy or Brownie troop, including the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the helpful resources in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Learn about Petals, Badges, and Journeys, as well as how to utilize the online Volunteer Toolkit for planning meetings.

Encampment Director Training (extended session 3-4:50 PM)

Troop volunteers will learn all about encampments—what they are, how to organize them, and what it takes to facilitate them. You’ll brainstorm ideas with other service unit leaders, and leave with a list of resources to make planning an encampment easier. This training is required for those organizing service unit or large group camp experiences.

Session Five: 4-4:50 PM

All New Leaders Discussion

Connect with other new leaders at this informal session—learn some of their best practices and successes, and offer some of your own!

Easy Camping Prep Crafts

Create some fun, simple crafts that will help you and your girls get ready for outdoor adventures, including simple fire-starters, marshmallow roasters, and personalized waterproof sit-upons using items you might already have around the home.

Get Print and Social Media Savvy

Troop volunteers of all grade levels will learn how to leverage local press and social media to grow membership, share achievements, boost cookie sales, and earn recognition in their communities and across the council.

Navigating Gender Expression in Girl Scouts

Girl Scouting creates a safe space for girls to take risks, accept challenges, and discover who they are. Learn how to best support girls as they explore and express their gender in an inclusive and supportive environment.


Programming for Girls of All Ages!
 

The Fun Spot (Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors)

While volunteers are at the conference, Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts can spend the day having tons of fun! Girls will make art, participate in STEM activities, play games, and so much more! They will also be able to sample activities from some of our program partners in attendance! Cost: $25

Program Aide Training (Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors)

Older Girl Scouts are important role models for younger girls. During the conference, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts are invited to refine their skills in guiding younger girls, while deepening their understanding of their own leadership development and potential. Girls will complete most of the requirements for the Program Aide Award, and learn how to finish the remaining requirements. Cost: $30