Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Be a W.I.S.E. Leader– Join us for a Weekend of Instructional and Social Exploration!

Even the most seasoned Girl Scout volunteers know– training is a must! What's a better way to become a W.I.S.E. leader than get all of your training completed in one weekend? Join us at beautiful Camp Trico in Guntersville on October 7-8 for the annual W.I.S.E retreat.

The easiest way to help your troop become successful is to make sure leaders like yourself are well-versed in all of the confidence-building opportunities that Girl Scouts has to offer. Leaders from across the council will gather to share knowledge about everything from troop camping to religious awards. 

Workshop opportunities include: 

First Aid/CPR/AED Skills Session
Did you know at least one adult in your troop needs to be CPR/first aid certified? The online portion of this blended learning course must be completed before a skills session will be conducted. Please sign up with the registrar at least 3 weeks in advance.

Level II Basic Troop Camping
This course is required for at least one adult volunteer who has completed Intro to Troop Camping and will prepare the troop for camping. 

Looking for new craft ideas, perhaps recycling items to make fun, inexpensive crafts?  Girls love being creative and you want them to use resources wisely, so come and share ideas while making crafts to teach the girls.

Knots and Lashing
What’s the difference between a square knot and granny knot; or a knot and a hitch?  Learn how you can use knots and hitches to tie things together to make tables, tripods, and other useful camping equipment. 

Teen Mentor Opportunities
Explore how you can help older girls earn the Program Aide, Counselor-in-Training and Volunteer-in-Training awards and help then find younger troops to work with to complete their awards internships.  These mentor awards help girls learn what it takes to be a leader of younger girls.

Ceremonies, A Lost Art?
Does the American flag go on the right or left of the stage?  What’s a Scout’s Own ceremony?  Where do you find the ceremony about the elf? Come and find out how to guide girls as they plan ceremonies to mark significant moments in their Girl Scout journeys.

Journey Workshop
Journeys are the core of the Girl Scout program that help girls identify issues important to them and guide them to creatively solve those issues to make the world a better place.  Learn how to help girls plan their Journeys and add skill building badges along the way to strengthen their talents as advocates and community leaders.

Making and exchanging SWAPS is a Girl Scout tradition that goes back to the Native American potlatch ceremony at which gifts were given to guests.  Gift giving welcomes new friends and strengthens old friendships. Join new friends as you make SWAPS to exchange or take back to teach the girls about this wonderful tradition.

Music lifts the spirit, celebrates momentous occasions, and can be just plain fun!  You may not be a singer, but girls will usually take the lead if you open the door.  Join the chorus and learn some of the girls’ favorite camp songs and traditional Girl Scout songs.

Archery for Fun (non-certification workshop)
Picture this: You nock (or place) an arrow onto a bow, hook your fingers around the string, draw it back, eye your target and release! Bull's-eye! Archery is an exciting sport that takes strength, focus, good form and practice. Get ready to challenge yourself as you build your archery skills and learn how to shoot on a range.

Religious Awards
Encourage your girl to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions. Created by national religious organizations to encourage the spiritual growth of youth members, religious recognition programs reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting and help girls grow stronger in and learn more about their chosen faiths. Once each year, a girl can also earn the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and tying it directly to tenets of her faith.

Girl Scout Traditions/Scouts Own
We love our Girl Scout traditions and want to share them with you! How can you bring a roomful of chatty girls (or even thousands of adults) to a whisper? Why are Daisies called Daisies?  What’s a kaper chart and why use one?  What’s a Scouts’ Own?  Let an experienced volunteer who is wise as an owl share our traditions with you and let you in on our special ways.

Troop Management
A little bit of this and a little bit of that. We’ll explore how to manage behavior, communicate with girls and parents, and ways to ensure the girls are the decision makers in the troop or group.  This is a great time to ask questions and share best practices.

Take Action
Gold, Silver, Bronze: The highest awards in Girl Scouting!  A Take Action project goes beyond community service and really dives into why a problem exists, how it can be solved, and involves the community. It’s doing something with the community, not just for the community, to solve the problem in a measurable and sustainable way.