Volunteer Voice: Our e-newsletter for volunteers comes out the
second week of each month with up-to-date tips (archived below) and happenings for
every Girl Scout program
level (see buttons below). Become a member or volunteer today
to get on the mailing list.
Pro tip: With summer break in full-swing, we
hope you, your girl, and your troop are taking some much-needed time
to get rejuvenated for the coming year. Whether you’re getting a
head-start on planning the year in Volunteer Toolkit, catching up on
training in gsLearn, getting inspired at Volunteer Conference 2021, or
simply taking a break, Girl Scouts San Diego hopes you are taking time
to fill your bucket and enjoy the little things. For some impactful
mental health and wellness inspiration, check out one of GSUSA’s
previous Campfire Chats on topics like Taking
Charge of Your Well-being, Self-Care for Overachievers, Journal
Writing in Quarantine, and more!
Pro tip: Being a lifetime member is about championing the
next generation of change-makers by investing in the world’s largest
leadership development organization for girls! Right now, young alums
(under the age of 30) and 10+ year volunteers can take advantage of a
special $200 membership! Just select your membership product at
checkout from your MyGS account. A lifetime membership also makes a
wonderful gift for the graduating Girl Scouts in your life. Already a
lifetime member? Lifetime members must renew their volunteer roles
every year so we know you want to continue in that position. Log into
your MyGS account to renew your roles today!
Pro tip: With summer around the corner,
girls are gearing up for a break from school and adventures in the
outdoors. For our leaders, this might mean a break from troop
meetings too, so use this opportunity to explore the available
trainings in gsLearn! Our new online learning platform is accessible
through your MyGS account and has dozens of online
trainings available at your fingertips. From program-level-specific
trainings for every age, to higher awards trainings, to troop
treasurer training, there is a ton to explore in gsLearn. There are
even recordings from previous Troop Support virtual office hours on
a variety of useful topics. Visit the Training page to take a look at available
courses in gsLearn or view this video which will walk you
through how to access it for the first time.
Pro tip: April is Month of the Military Child
and whether your troop has girls with parents in the military or not,
there are many ways to celebrate! Wear purple with us on Thursday,
April 15 for Purple Up Day to recognize military children for their
character, courage, sacrifice, and resilience, visit our Operation Thin
Mint 20th Anniversary exhibit at the USS Midway Museum
(remember: girls in uniform receive free admission to the exhibit!),
or complete 20 or more Operation Thin Mint cards to
thank our service members and veterans and drop them off at our Balboa
Store to receive your OTM 20th anniversary patch.
Pro tip: Need some fresh ideas to mix up your
meetings and beat Zoom fatigue? Check out this article from Raising Awesome
Girls for ways to energize your meetings, and join us on the fourth
Tuesday of the month for our new Leaders LUV Games training. If your
troop is considering meeting in-person, start your planning with
our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.
Steps 1-3 will guide you through making the decision to meet
in-person, setting up your cohorts, and finding a space to meet.
Pro tip: Have you been waiting to get your
troop up and running again? The time is now! You can still get started
with this year’s cookie program. Plus, take advantage of
our badge kits, Girl Scout Hangouts, and Troop Campy Hours…they’re like “easy
buttons” for your troop meetings. Make sure your troop is back in the
swing of things so they’ll be fully charged once we are able to meet in person again . Do you have
girls with lapsed memberships? Check out our unprecedented Galentine’s
special: $10 off this year’s membership!
Pro tip: Planning for summer camp in the era
of COVID-19 is challenging, but our dynamic Outdoor team is busy
creating an array of options (including virtual and in-person
experiences). Whatever may come, a fun, safe, and engaging program
will be available to all Girl Scouts. Stay tuned for our digital
brochure and registration opportunities (coming this spring). Need a
camp fix in the meantime? Register for a holiday one-day camp or take the GSSD Eco Patch Challenge.
or 619-610-0782 with questions.
Pro tip: Login to the new and improved My GS to view your troop information and ensure
all members are registered and ready to go for the cookie program.
Also check that your troop cookie manager (TCM) is registered into the
correct role and has taken the training. Initial cookie orders for 2021 are due
by Monday, Dec. 14 this year!
Pro tip: Volunteer Toolkit has
several new updates to make planning for your year a snap! Preview
badge requirements before you add them to your year plan or find
meeting plans that can be done entirely online by looking for the
Wi-Fi symbol. Please note that VTK will be down for system upgrades
from Nov. 18 through early December, so login now to download your
Pro tip: Some volunteer-hosted, in-person
activities are now possible! Read our new COVID-19 guidance at sdgirlscouts.org/stayingconnected,
and please share the participation information and waiver with
families. Based on the color-coded California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, these
guidelines are based on county risk level and subject to change, so
check back frequently for updates. (from the October issue of Volunteer Voice)