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VolunteerEssentials20132014 1ContentsQuick-StartGuideGirlScoutsoWesternOhio2RegionalServiceCenters3WeAreGirlScouts4GirlScoutMissionPromiseandLaw4WhoCanJoinGirlScoutsandHow5GirlScoutsOrganizationalStructure6DemocraticProcess13GivingInputtoGovernanceManagmentIssues14CriteriaorCommunication14GettingStarted15MeetingwithGirlsortheFirstTime15UsingSaetyActivityCheckpoints16Chapter1VolunteerSupportUnderstandingYourRoleasaGirlScoutVolunteer18VolunteerManagement19VolunteerManagementPoliciesProcedures20GeneralVolunteerPersonnelPoliciesProcedures23Chapter2ProgramWhatGirlScoutsDoTheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience27Journeys30TheGirlsGuidetoGirlScouting31GirlScoutTraditionsPassItOn39Chapter3EngagingGirlsatAllGradeLevelsArrangingaTimeandSpaceorGirl-LedMeetings41UnderstandingHealthyDevelopmentinGirls42CreatingaSaeEnvironment42ArrangingMeetingswithParentsGuardians42RegisteringtheGirlsinGirlScouting42ImplementingYourParentMeeting43ReengagingGirls43Chapter4Safety-WiseKnowingYourResponsibilities44HealthSaety45BehaviorManagementGuidelines48GuidelinesorAdult-GirlInteractions48RiskManagement51ChidAbuse51ProtectionromSexOenders53TransportingGirls56TravellingwithGirls58GirlScoutActivityInsurance61AccidentsEmergencies62Chapter5ManagingGroupFinancesCouncilFinances65TroopGroupFinances67MoneyEarningBasics68UnderstandingFinancialSalesAbilitybyGradeLevel70UnderstandingtheGirlScoutCookieSale72FinancialAssistance75IndivdualMembershipSubsidy76SponsorshipsDonationsGrants76Foradditionalresourcesanduptodateinormationpleasevisitourcouncilwebsiteatwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.org.FederalTaxIdentifcationNumberThecouncilsFederalTaxIdentifcationNumberis31-0679091.ItisrequiredwhenGirlScoutserviceunitstroopsgroupsandvolunteersOpenabankaccountRequestexemptionromtaxesongoodsandservicesorusebyGirlScoutsinthedeliveryotheprogram.Areaskedtoprovideevidenceoournot-or-profttaxexemptstatus.PleaseprovidetheSalesandUseTaxBlanketCertifcateFormoundonthecouncilwebsitetothevendortorequesttaxexemption.PleaseNote1.TaxexemptionmayNOTberequestedoritemsthatbecomethepersonalpropertyoanyindividualevenwhenusedduringGirlScouts.2.Sometaxesarenotsubjecttoexemptionexamplehoteltaxes.3.Eachstategrantsexemptiontoorganizationsoperatingintheirstate.LettersotaxexemptionorOhioIndianaIllinoisandKentuckycanbeoundonthecouncilwebsite. 2Quick-StartGuideWelcometothegreatadventureoGirlScoutingThankstovolunteerslikeyougenerationsogirlshavelearnedtobeleadersintheirownlivesandintheworld.Weknowyourebusyandneedtobeecientwithyourtime.ForthatreasonthisQuick-StartGuidetoVolunteerEssentialsgivesyouthenitty-grittywhatyouneedtoknownowasyouplanoryourmeetingwithgirls.Weencourageyoutoreadthroughthesetipsassoonasyoucanandtheneelreetoputdownthishandbookorthetime-being.ThatsbecausetherestoVolunteerEssentialsisareerenceoryoutouseonlyasneeded.WhenyouhaveaquestionsimplylookupthetopicintheTableoContentsandyoullndyouranswer.ThinkoVolunteerEssentialsasyourencyclopediatoGirlScoutvolunteering.Itstherewhenyouneeditbutrestassuredtheresnoneedoryoutoreadtheentirebooktoday.ReadytogetstartedThenreadtheollowinghandytipsandyoullbewellonyourwayGIRLSCOUTSOFWESTERNOHIOCouncilChairJodyWainscottCouncilCEORoniLuckenbillAdministrativeHeadquarters4930CornellRoadCincinnatiOH45242-1804T1-800-537-6241or513-489-1025F513-489-1417Emailcouncilgirlscoutsowesternohio.orgCouncilFactsServesapproximately50000or1in7girlsinourcouncilgeographyNearly14000adultvolunteersCoversa13559squaremilearea.Servesa32countyareainwesternOhioandsoutheasternIndiana.Madeupo101serviceunits.TheprimarymethododeliveryotheGirlScoutprogramisthetroop.ManygirlsalsoparticipateinGirlScoutsthroughaGirlScoutseriesGirlScouteventscampandtraveldestinations.CouncilCommunicationInformationCouncilWebsitewww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgCouncilGeneralEmailContactcouncilgirlscoutsowesternohio.orgFacebookhttpwww.acebook.compagesGirl-Scouts-o-Western-OhioTwitterGirlScoutsoWOHWriteOutLoudAblogbyGirlsorGirlshttpgirlscoutsowesternohiochatterbox.wordpress.comEmailingtheGirlScoutCenterMessagesreceivedinthegeneralsitecouncilgirlscoutsowesternohio.orgwillbeorwardedtoappropriatestamembereachbusinessday.Thesendermayalsoorwardelectronicmessagesdirectlytocouncilpaidstabyusingthepersonsrstandlastnamenospacesthenthesymbolandgirlscoutsowesternohio.org.ForexampleiapersonwantedtosendanemailmessagetoRoniLuckenbilltheaddresswouldberoniluckenbillgirlscoutsowesternohio.org.AlistostaandtheiremailaddressesareavailableonthecouncilwebsitebygoingtotheWhoWeAretabandclickingonContactUs.CallingtheGirlScoutCentersGirlScoutsoWesternOhiospaidstausesavoicemailsystemtoquicklyandecientlyhandlecallsbyallowingcallerstoleavedetailedvoicemessageswhenitisconvenientanytimedayornight.Duringregularbusinesshours830a.m.-530p.m.Monday-Fridayacustomerservicestamemberwillanswerthephone.Apartially-automatedattendantisutilizedinmostregionalocestoassistwithpeakcallingtimeoverfow.BecauseGirlScoutsoWesternOhiostrivestogivepersonalserviceyoucanalwaystalktothereceptionistduringocehours.Aterregularbusinesshours830a.m.-530p.m.Monday-Fridayanautomatedattendantanswersthephone.Ithecallerknowstheextensionormailboxnumberothepersonorwhomshehewouldliketoleaveamessageshehemaydialthatnumber.IthecallerdoesnotknowthemailboxnumbertheyhavetwooptionsinleavingamessageThecallermayusethecompanydirectorypromptedbytherecordingtoaccessastamembersextensionThecallermayleaveamessageinthegeneralmailbox.Eachmorningthereceptionistorwardsthesecallstotheappropriatestaperson. 3RegionalServiceCentersADMINISTRATIVECENTERcoCINCINNATIGIRLSCOUTCENTER4930CornellRoadCincinnatiOhio45242T513-489-1025T1-800-537-6241F513-489-1417DaytonGirlScoutCenter450ShoupMillRoadDaytonOhio45415T937-275-7601T800-233-4845F937-275-1147ToledoGirlScoutCenter2244CollingwoodBoulevardToledoOhio43620T800-860-4516T419-243-8216F419-245-5357EmergencyPhoneThesenumbersareoremergencyuseonly.Usethesenumbersater-hoursandonweekendstoreportaseriousaccidentoremergencytoacouncilrepresentative.CouncilShopsGirlScoutsoWesternOhiomaintainsourregionalcouncilshopswithineachGirlScoutCenter.EachShopsellsGirlScoutuni-ormsequipmentbadgespatchespinsandotherofcialGirlScoutinsigniaaswellascasualclothingmusicandaccessoriesorbothgirlsandvolunteers.Arotatingstockonewitemsisavailablethroughouttheyear.EachGirlScoutshopmaintainsaninventoryothemostpopularGirlScoutcatalogitems.WecanspecialorderanyitemsinthecurrentGirlScoutcatalogatanytime.Iyouareunabletovisitoneotheshopsinpersonmailemailandaxorderingisavailablethroughouttheyear.Orderswillgeneral-lybeprocessedandmailedwithintwoworkingdaysoreceipthoweverpleaseallowuptotwoweeksduringpeakperiodstypicallyspringandallmonths.Usetheshoporderormavailableonlineatwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.org.MakecheckormoneyorderpayabletoGirlScoutsoWesternOhioorchargetoyourcreditcard.Shippingchargeswillbeappliedtoallorders.Onlineorderscanbeplacedatthenewe-commercesitelocatedathttpwww.girlscoutshop.comWestern-ohio-council.ThisofcialonlineshopshowcasesallthecurrentitemsplusclearanceandsalemerchandiseorgreatbargainsOrderingisasteasyandsecure.ContactEmailshopgirlscoutsowesternohio.orgPhone800-537-6241or513-489-1417orcontactyourregionalGirlScoutCenter.GirlScoutCatalogTheGirlScoutCatalogismailedoutmid-summer.Itlistsuniormspublicationscampingequipmentinsigniabadgespatchesrecognitionsgitideasandspecialitems.Thecatalogisagoodreerenceorplacementoofcialpinsandinsignias.AnonlineversionisalsoavailableontheGirlScoutsoWesternOhiowebsite.ShopHoursMonday-Friday900a.m.-530p.m.1stand3rdSaturdayothemonth900a.m.-100p.m.September15ththroughJune15thPaymentVisaMasterCArdAmericanExpressDiscovercashcheckorcookiedoughareacceptedorpayment.Mailphoneemailcreditcardordersmustbeoratleast5.00.Theonlineshopacceptscreditcardsanddebitcards.ShippingChargedbasedonweight.ToledoRegion567-225-3595LimaRegion419-225-3098DaytonRegion937-279-6599CincinnatiRegion513-619-1398CincinnatiGirlScoutCenter4930CornellRoadCincinnatiOhio45242T800-537-6241T513-489-1025F513-489-1417LimaGirlScoutCenter1870WestRobbAvenueLimaOhio45805T800-962-7753T419-225-4085F419-229-7570 4GirlScoutswasoundedin1912bytrailblazerJulietteGordonLow.Wearethelargestgirl-servingorganizationintheUnitedStatesandthelargestmemberotheWorldAssociationoGirlGuidesandGirlScoutsasisterhoodocloseto10milliongirlsandadultsin145countries.OurMissionandVisionGirlScoutsbuildsgirlsocourageconfdenceandcharacterwhomaketheworldabetterplace.GirlScoutsstrivestobethepremierleadershiporganizationorgirlsandexpertsontheirgrowthanddevelopment.GirlScoutPromiseOnmyhonorIwilltryToserveGodandmycountryTohelppeopleatalltimesAndtolivebytheGirlScoutLaw.GirlScoutsotheUSAmakesnoattempttodefneorinterpretthewordGodintheGirlScoutPromise.Itlookstoindividualmemberstoestab-lishorthemselvesthenatureotheirspiritualbelies.WhenmakingtheGirlScoutPromiseindividualsmaysubstitutewordingappropriatetotheirownspiritualbeliesorthewordGod.NoteThisdisclaimerappearsintheNationalLeadershipJourneyadultguidesbutnotinthegirlsbooks.ItisincludedhereasaremindertoyouasavolunteerthatitsyourresponsibilitytobesensitivetothespiritualbeliesothegirlsinyourgroupandtomakesurethateveryoneinthegroupeelscomortableandincludedinGirlScouting.Pleaseeelreetosharethisinormationwithgirlsamilies.GirlScoutLawIwilldomybesttobehonestandairriendlyandhelpulconsiderateandcaringcourageousandstrongandresponsibleorwhatIsayanddoGirlScoutsofWesternOhioValuesStatementUnitedbyourcommitmenttotheGirlScoutmissionandmovementGirlScoutsoWesternOhiovolunteerandpaidstalivebythesecorevaluesWearechampionsorgirlsWehonorthelegacyoGirlScoutingWebuildopenandhonestrelationshipsWeembracedierencesWeworktogetherasoneteamMorethan3MillionStrongWeareurbanruralandsuburban.Weareinschoolschurchestemplesmosquespublichousingosterhomesanddetentioncenters.Weareinvirtuallyeveryzipcodeandin90countriesaroundtheworld.Heressomeadditionalacts2.3milliongirls5to18yearsofage16800GirlScoutsoverseas880000adultvolunteers59millionalumnae112councilsthroughouttheUnitedStatesAtanygivenpointintimeapproximately10percentogirlsareGirlScoutsand80percentofwomenbusinessownerswereGirlScouts.69percentoffemaleU.SSenatorswereGirlScouts.67percentoffemalemembersoftheHouseofRepresentativeswereGirlScouts.VirtuallyeveryfemaleastronautwhohasowninspacewasaGirlScout.TheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceWehaveidentifedthreekeystoleadershipgirlsdiscoverthemselvesandtheirvaluesconnectwithothersandtakeactiontomaketheworldabetterplace.AtGirlScoutseverythingcentersonthegirlactivitiesaregirl-ledwhichgivesgirlstheopportunitytolearnbydoinginacooperativelearningenvironment.seeChapter2GirlScoutProgram-WhatGirlsDoWeAreGirlScoutsAndtorespectmyselandothersrespectauthorityuseresourceswiselymaketheworldabetterplaceandbeasistertoeveryGirlScout.WearecommittedtoexcellenceWehaveunWeareadventurousandopen-mindedWeinspireimaginationcreativityandwonder 5WhoCanJoinGirlScouts-andHowGirlScoutsisaboutsharingtheunriendshipandpowerogirlsandwomentogether.Anygirlromkindergartenthrough12thgradecanjoinGirlScouts.GirlScoutvolunteersarealsoadiversegroupyoumaybeacollegevolunteerworkingonacommunity-actionprojectaparentvolunteerreadyoranoutdooradventurewithyourdaughtersgrouporanyresponsibleadultemaleormalewhohaspassedthenecessaryscreeningprocesslookingtomakeadierenceinagirlslie.AllmemberswhethergirlsoradultsshareacommittmenttotheGirlScoutPromiseandLaw.Eachmemberalsoagreestool-lowsaetyguidelinesandpaytheannualmembershipdueso15orpurchasealietimemembershipor375.GirlsatEveryGradeLevelAtergirlsjointheyteamupintheollowinggradelevelsGirlScoutDaisygradesK1GirlScoutBrowniegrades23GirlScoutJuniorgrades45GirlScoutCadettegrades68GirlScoutSeniorgrades910GirlScoutAmbassadorgrades1112RegisterasaMemberthroughtheeBizlinkonthecouncilwebsitewww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgForspeccinstructionscheckouttheeBizhleplinksincludingtheeBizlearningmodulesorcallemailourcustomerservicehelplineatcustomerservicegirlscoutsowesternohio.orgor800-537-6241M-F830am-5pmToregisterasaGirlScoutmemberpleaseusetheeBizonlineregistrationsystem.OnceyouhavecreatedaloginandloggedintothissiteyouwillbeabletoRenewyourannualmembershiporbecomeanewmemberforthersttimeUpdateyouraccountinformationincludingyourcontactinformationandaddressRegisterforgirlprogramandadultlearningopportunitiesandeventsPurchasealifetimemembershipandmakealifelongcommitmenttoGirlScoutsIyouareatroopleaderyoucanManagetroopcommunicationSeeallregistrationsandactivitiesoryourentiretroopSeealltroopordersplacedonlineHaveaccesstoaneasytousepagetoupdatetroopmeetinginormationeBizisnoweasierorparentstooParentscanManagethewholeamilywithasinglelog-inSeetheregistrationsandactivitiesotheirwholeamilyManagenewregistrationsandrenewalsoramilymembersFlexibleWaystoParticipate-GirlScoutPathwaysAcrossthecountrytheGirlScoutcommunityishardatworkonawholenewapproachtomakesurethateveryonecanparticipateinGirlScoutinginthewaystheywantto.Asavolunteeryoucanchooseromfexiblewaystoparticipatethatoerthereedomtotailoryourleveloinvolvementtotyourscheduleandliestyle.YoucanalsovolunteerbehindthescenesatyourregionalGirlScoutCenterinsteadovolunteeringdirectlywithgirls.Girlscanchooseanyoneallorsomeotheoptionscampeventsseriestrooptravelandvirtualwithinasinglemembershipyear.Notethatvirtualisstillindevelopment.Volunteershavetheoptionopartneringwithgirlsthroughoutamembershipyearorcommittingtoanopportunityoronlyaewweeksormonths.Basedonindependentresearchandextensivesurveyswiththousandsocouncilstamembersromaroundthecountrywehaveagoodsenseowhichoptionswillinterestgirlsbasedontheirgradelevels. 6GirlScoutsOrganizationalStructureGirlScoutsistheworldslargestorganizationoandorgirlscurrentlyencompassing2.3milliongirlmembersandnearlyonemillionvolunteersThreecorestructuressupportallthesemembersthenationalheadquartersyourcouncilandyoursupportteam.NationalOrganizationandWorldwideSisterhoodThenationaloceoGirlScoutsotheUSAGSUSAlocatedinNewYorkCityemploysroughly400employees.VisitGSUSAonlinewhereyoullndawealthoresourcesorbothgirlsandvolunteers.GSUSAisamemberotheWorldAssociationoGirlGuidesandGirlScoutsWAGGGS.GlobalGirlScoutingensuresthatgirlshaveincreasedawarenessabouttheworldcross-culturallearningopportunitiesandeducationonrelevantglobalissuesthatmayinspirethemtotakeactiontomaketheworldabetterplace.VisitGlobalGirlScoutingonlineoradditionalinormation.Since1925USAGirlScoutsOverseasUSAGSOadivisionoGlobalGirlScoutinghashelpedeasethetransitionorAmericanamiliesrelocatingoverseasbyoeringtheamiliartraditionsandexcitingopportunitiesoGirlScoutingtogirlsabroad.USAGSOnowservesthousandsoAmericangirlslivingoverseasaswellasgirlsattendingAmericanorinternationalschools.ThroughGlobalGirlScoutingmembersparticipateinWorldThinkingDayonFebruary22visittheourWAGGGSworldcentersseetheForTravelVolunteersappendixparticipateininternationaltravelpromoteglobalriendshipandunderstandingbysupportingtheJulietteLowWorldFriendshipFundandtakeactiononglobalissues.YourCouncil-GirlScoutsofWesternOhioGirlScoutcouncilsarecharteredbythenationalocetoestablishlocalresponsibilityorleadershipadministrationandsupervisionoGirlScoutprogramandtodevelopmanageandmaintainGirlScoutinginageographicarea.ThenationaloceprovidessupportmaterialstoallcouncilstoensurethattheGirlScoutexperienceisnationallyconsistent.YourSupportTeamAteamovolunteersandstaprovidesyouwithlocalsupportlearningopportunitiesandadvice.AsavolunteeryouwillhavethemostcontactwithyourGirlScoutsupportteamknownasyourserviceunit.NeverhesitatetocontactthembecauseyoursupportteamisyourexpertinallthingsGirlScouting.IyouhavequestionsabouttheGirlScoutprogramworkingwithgirlsresourcesinthenationalprogramportolioleadershipJourneysandTheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingorsellingGirlScoutcookiesandotherproductsgotoyourteamoranswersandongoingsupport.BelongingtoaServiceUnitGirlScoutsoWesternOhioisdividedintogeographicsectionsknownasserviceunits.Membersotheserviceunitgenerallyliveorservegirlswithinaserviceunitsboundaries.Theneedsothemembersotheserviceunitdeterminetherequencypurposeandcontentoserviceunitmeetingsandothercommunicationmethods.Typicalmeetingactivitiesincludelearningplanningdiscussionosuccessesandchallengeswithgirlsandcirculationoinormation.GirlScoutleadersvolunteersareencouragedtoparticipateinserviceunitmeetingstostrengthenthesupportnetworkoeachcommunity.Inadditiontoserviceunitmeetingsthecouncilwebsitewww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgprovidesinormationoncurrentcouncilresourcesandprogramandtrainingopportunities.PurposeoftheServiceUnitTheserviceunitisadynamicsupportsystemthatthroughdiversemethodsandthesupportothelocalcommunityprovidestheGirlScoutprogramtogirlsandadults.ItistheembodimentotheGirlScoutmovementwithinthelocalcommunity.TheserviceunithastheresponsibilitytoExtendmembershiptoeverygirlinterestedinparticipating.ProvidedirectsupporttogirlsandadultsEducatethecommunityaboutthebenetsoGirlScoutingActasacommunicationcenterorGirlScoutsineverycommunityTheEssentialFunctionsoftheServiceUnitTheserviceunitulllsitsrolebyensuringthatMessagesandactivitiesotheserviceunitrefecttheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceandCouncilGoals.Volunteersandthecommunityareengagedindevelopingplansthatmeettheirneedsandintereststhroughavarietyomethods.AnenvironmentiscreatedthatbuildsavolunteerspersonalalignmentwiththeGirlScoutmissionandgoals.WithineachotheunctionsotheserviceunitsupportswillbeconsistentfexibleandprovideeaseoaccesstotheGirlScoutexperience.Volunteersreceiveongoingcoachingandeducationromvolunteerandpaidstathatequipsthemtobesuccessulintheirrole. 7ServiceUnitCircleAserviceunitcircleisagroupingotwotosevenadjacentserviceunitsthatworktogethertoshareaccesstoanextendednetworkoopportunitiesandsupportorgirlsvolunteersandparents.Allserviceunitsareapartoalargerserviceunitcircle.Serviceunitcircleswillbesupportedbyonecommunityengagementmanagerwhoisresponsibleorcoordinatingcommunicationacrosstheserviceunitcirclecommunities.Allserviceunitcirclesareencouragedtoshareresourcesandprogramtrainingopportunitiesacrosstheircirclesserviceunits.MoreLeadershipOpportunitiesforMoreGirls-ANewModelforSupportWeresearchedandlearnedromvolunteersparentsgirlsandcommunitymembersabouthowwecandoabetterjobinprovidingmoreleadershipopportunitiesormoregirls.UsingtheinormationwegatheredGirlScoutsoWesternOhiohasredesignedthewaythatweprovideservicestoImproveourcustomerserviceStreamlineaccesstoinormationandresourcesProvidemorefexibilityandmoreoptionsorvolunteersparentsandgirlstogetinvolvedinGirlScouts.WhatsNewWewillworkdifferentlyFocusonexcellentcustomerservicewithvolunteersandparents.Flexibleserviceunitstructurearoundkeyserviceunitpositionsandareasoworkthroughserviceunitcommittees.Improvedcommunicationwithparents.SharedenhancedcommunityplansthataremadeupoTheserviceunitplanStaMembershiprecruitmentplansStaRetentionplansServiceunitdataincluding3yearmembershipdataImprovedon-boardingonewleaders.Increasedcommunitybasedprogramopportunities.Increasedocusonadultrecruitment.Serviceunitcirclesprovideanetworkovolunteersupportandprogramopportunities.MoreoptionsorgirlparticipationincludingTroopsCommunityTroopspilotVolunteerLedSeriesMeandMyGalActivitiespilotNewTechnologyeBizimprovementseasieroramiliesandleadersallrollout.Electronicmonthlynewslettersorvolunteersandparents.DoubleknotOnlineCampReservationSystemprovidesrealtimereservationsandviewocampavailability.OnlinesiteorpostingsharedserviceunitplansserviceunitdataincludingsecurelistoGirlScoutmembersandserviceunitserviceunitcirclecalendaroeventsallroll-out.Electronicdepositoallcouncilchecksdirectlytoserviceunitdaycampandtroopaccounts.Overallavolunteershouldbeabletoaccesseverythingonlinethatisrequiredtobealeaderandmanagehertroop 8POSITIONPrimaryAccountabilitiesDirectRegionalSupportResourceCouncilwideDevelopmentServiceUnitChairCoordinatecommunityassessmentandplanning.ProvideopportunitiesoradultvolunteernetworkinglearningopportunitiesandsupportinunderstandingtheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.Providesupportinproblemsolvingandconfictresolution.Inpartnershipwiththecommunityengagementmanagerappointandmanagecommitteemembers.CommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanagerCommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanagerParentGuardianEngagementImplementamilycommunicationplanoparticipationopportunitieslocalregionalandcouncilwide.Solicitparentguardianorvolunteeropportunitiesandengagement.EducateparentguardiansonGirlScoutcalendarupcomingeventsorprogramopportunitiesandtheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.CommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanagerProgramandpartnershipteamFamilyPartnershipOrganizeandimplementallaspectsoatleastoneserviceunitamilypartnershipspecialevent.Sharewithvolunteersandamilieshowthecampaignbenetsgirlsintheirserviceunitcommunity.Workwithserviceteamtocoordinatetheamilypartnershipplanandcommunicateprogress.CommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanagerFunddevelopmentmanagerVolunteerAppreciationandRecognitionEducateregardingtheimportanceandmethodsomeaningulvolunteerrecognition.Ensurevolunteersromallpathwaysarerecognizedeitherinormallyorormally.Providesupportinunderstandingoawardsnominationsapplicationprocess.CommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanagerVolunteerexperienceteamleaderCommunicationsEnhancetheimageoGirlScoutinginthecommunity.Proactivelymanageinternalandexternalserviceunitcommunicationssothatinormationisdisseminatedeectivelyandeciently.Developandmaintainpositiverelationshipswithserviceteamserviceunitvolunteerslocalmediaandcommunicationsmanager.CommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanagerCommunicationsmanagerGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceChairIdentiytheneedsandcoordinatethelearningandnet-workingopportunitiesintheserviceunit.Ensureprogressiveopportunitiesareoeredorgirlsinallpathways.Appointandmanagecommitteememberstomeetneedsoserviceunit.CommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanagerProgramandpartnershipteamVolunteerexperienceteamGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceCoachFacilitateopportunitiesorgroupandindividualadultsupportinallpathways.Provideprogramresourceeducationandsupporttovolunteers.Participateinassessmentandrecommendlearningopportunitiesasneeded.CommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanagerProgramandpart-nershipteamVolunteerexperienceteamGirl-ledEventsCoordinatorActasliaisonromserviceunittotheserviceunitcircletoensurequalityandrelevantgirl-ledeventsarebeingoered.Communicateserviceunitcirclenewswithserviceunitchairandteam.Serveasneededasadvisororgirl-ledserviceunitcircleevents.CommunityengagementteamLeadercommunityengagementmanagerProgramandpartnershipteamAdultDevelopmentCoordinatorActasliaisoninserviceunitortheserviceunitcircletoensurenewvolunteersarebeingwelcomedandsupported.Communicatetovolunteerslearningworkshopstrainingsandevents.Coordinateadultlearningopportunitiesortheserviceunitandservicecircle.CommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanagerVolunteerexperienceteamleader 9DayCampDirectorDevelopadministerandmaintaintheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceinadaycampsettingincludingrecruitsupervisetrainandsupportvolunteers.ProgramandpartnershipteamProgramandpartnershipmanagerProgramandpartnershipteamDataCoordinatorManageregistrationsandensuretimelysubmissionopaperandeBiz.EducateandencouragevolunteersinuseoeBizregistration.Workwithteammemberstoinsuregirlsandadultsareregisteredandtroopsarecompliantapplicationprocesstrainingrequirementsfnancialreports.Workwiththeserviceunitregistrationreporttoplacegirlsandadults.CommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanagerBusinessservicesVolunteerexperienceteamleaderServiceUnitTreasurerManageserviceunitbankaccount.Assisttroopswithopeningobankaccountsandcompletionofnancereports.Ensureserviceunitandtroopcompliancewithfnancepolicies.CommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanagerBusinessservicesVolunteerexperienceteamleaderComplianceCommunicationVeriyinsurecompletionothevolunteerapplicationprocessorserviceunitvolunteers.MonitorcompletionoNewVolunteerOrientationandrequiredtrainingsWorkcloselywithserviceunitproductsaleschairtodeterminetroopandgirleligibilitytoparticipateinproductsales.CommunityengagementteamleaderCommunityengagementmanager.BusinessservicesVolunteerexperienceteamleaderProductSalesChairEnsureallproductandcookiesalecoordinatorsadheretoproceduresandtimelines.Assistallproductandcookiesalecoordinatorsandtroopcookiemanagerswithproblemsolving.ProductsalesmanagerProductsalesmanagerFallProductCoordinatorEnsuretroopcookiemanagersadheretocookiesaleproceduresandtimelines.Receivereconcileandsummarizetrooppaperwork.Acceptdeliveryoanddistributerecognitionstotroop.ProductsalesmanagerProductsalesmanagerCookieSaleCoordinatorEnsuretroopcookiemanagersadheretocookiesaleproceduresandtimelines.Receivereconcileandsummarizetrooppaperwork.Acceptdeliveryoanddistributerecognitionstotroop.ProductsalesmanagerProductsalesmanagerServiceUnitRecruitmentChairDevelopayear-roundrecruitmentplansufcienttomeetnewgirlandadultmembershipgoals.Managesateamocommunityschoolandseriescoordinatorswhoimplementtheyear-roundplan.Identiypotentialsourcesornewgirlandadultmembers.Contributetoaccomplishingteamgoalsthroughplanningproblemsolvinganddecisionmaking.RecruitmentandoutreachteamleaderRecruitmentandoutreachmanagerRecruitmentandoutreachteamleaderRecruitmentandoutreachmanagerSeriesCoordinatorOverseetheplanningandimplementationotroopoeringsthatincludesrecruitinggirlsandadultstoseries.Supporttheimplementationoacommunityserviceunitcircleseriesexperience.RecruitmentandoutreachteamleaderRecruitmentandoutreachmanagerRecruitmentandoutreachteamleaderRecruitmentandoutreachmanagerCommunityTroopCoordinatorsDevelopandrecruittocommunitytroopsprovidinggirlsayear-roundgroupexperiences.Managethecommunitytrooplogisticsandvolunteersupport.Recruitadiversegroupovolunteerstoacilitaterotatingtopicsbasedongirlsneedsandinterests.CommunityoutreachmanagerRecruitmentandoutreachteamleaderRecruitmentandoutreachmanagerCommunitySchoolCoordinatorPlanimplementandmarketrecruitmenteventsatschoolschurchesetc.Organizetroopormationthroughimplementingaplacementprocesstoensuregirlsandadultsareplaced.Ensurenewleadersarecompliantapplicationprocessandknowtrainingrequirements.Providenewmemberinormationtothedatacoordinator.RecruitmentandoutreachteamleaderRecruitmentandoutreachmanagerRecruitmentandoutreachteamleaderRecruitmentandoutreachmanagerIndicatesserviceunitandserviceunitcirclemultipleserviceunitsresponsibilities. 10 11RegisteringforAdministrativeVolunteerPositionsineBizThedropdownmenuineBizhasalimitednumberopositionswhichdonotgenerallymatchournewserviceteampositions.BelowisatranslationothecurrentpositionstotheeBizoptionsyouwillusewhenregistering.CoreServiceTeamRoleAppointedPositionServiceTeamCommitteePositionPositionTitleineBizXXServiceUnitChairServiceUnitManagerCommunicationsParentEngagementPRCommunicationsXFamilyPartnershipChairFamilyPartnershipChampionVolunteerAppreciationandRecognition11TeamMemberXXGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceChairCoachAdultDevelopmentCoordinatorAdultDevelopmentEducationGettingStartedProviderOrientationGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceCoachCoachorMentorGirlLedEventsCoordinatorSeriesandEventVolunteersXDayCampDirectorDayCampDirectorXXDataCoordinatorRegistrarComplianceCommunication11TeamMemberXServiceUnitTreasurerTreasurerXXProductSalesChairProductSalesCookiesorFallSaleXFallProductSalesCoordinatorProductSales-FallXCookieSaleCoordinatorProductSales-CookiesXXRecruitmentChairServiceUnitRecruiterXCommunitySchoolCoordinatorServiceUnitRecruiterSeriesCoordinator11TeamMemberCommunityTroopCoordinator11TeamMemberThisislikelytobetheserviceunitcookiecoordinatororallproductsalescoordinatoralsoactingasanactivememberintheserviceteamplanningprocess.TheServiceUnitTreasurerandFamilyPartnershipChairsareappointedpositionsbasedonthefnancialresponsibilities.i.e.directmanagementomoney 12PositionCharacteristicsIcheckedbelowitisacharacteristicothepositionontheletPositionRequirementsPositionisEligibletoPositionTitlePositionPurposeGSUSARegisteredAdultVolunteerStaApplicationCriminalBackgroundCheckGirlScoutFundamentalsRequiredTrainingAppropriateGradeLevelLeadershipEssentialsBetheprimaryadultwithgirlswithasecondapprovedadultplusadditionaladultstomeetratiorequirementsBethesecondadultwithgirlsaslongasthereisatleastoneapprovedtrainedadultpresentBesecondsigneronTroopGroupBankAccountManageTroopFinancesFallProductSaleorCookieSaleManagerortroopgroupTroopGroupAdvisorLeaderPositioncode01ToserveasapositiveadultrolemodelbyworkinginpartnershipwithgirlsandotheradultstoplancarryoutandachievetheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencebasedongirlsneedsandinterests.XXXXXXXXXAssistantTroopGroupAdvisorLeaderPositioncode02ToserveasapositiveadultrolemodelbyworkinginpartnershipwithgirlsandotheradultstoplancarryoutandachievetheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencebasedongirlsneedsandinterests.XXXXXXXXXTroopGroupSupportVolunteerPositioncode03ToserveasapositiveadultrolemodelbyprovidingdirectsupporttothegrouptroopleadertoplancarryoutandachievetheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.XXXXXXServiceTeamUnitVolunteerPositioncode11TosupportthedeliveryotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencetogirlsandadultswithinthelocalcommunitybyextendingmembershipprovidingdirectsupporttomemberseducatingthecommunityaboutGirlScoutsandactingasacommunicationcenterorGirlScouts.XXXXXPositionwouldbeeligibleortroopgroupleadershippositionsbasedoncompletionoPositionRequirements.Volunteerchoosingmultiplerolesmustselecteachroleasappropriateontheregistrationorm.LearningFacilitatorTrainerPositioncode12ToprovideadultvolunteerswithconsistenttrainingortheirpositionthatwillultimatelyresultintheeectivedeliveryotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.XXXXXPositionwouldbeeligibleortroopgroupleadershippositionsbasedoncompletionoPositionRequirements.Volunteerchoosingmultiplerolesmustselecteachroleasappropriateontheregistrationorm.OtherExample13Registeredmembernospecifcappointment.Thiscodeisusedorallnon-appointedtroophelpers.xAdultwithoutleadershipresponsibilities.Mostcommonlyusedwhenadultintendstoparticipateperiodicallyasahelperdriveretc.Thispositioncodedoesnotindicaterefectintenttobeinaleadershippositionandwillnotberegisteredthatway.Dependingontheocusareaswithinyourrolehavingspecifcknowledgeogradeleveltrainingmayberequiredorrecommended. 13DemocraticProcessThedemocraticprocesshasbeenpartothebasicbeliescharacterizingtheGirlScoutMovementsinceitsinception.Whilethisdoesnotmeanthateverymemberothecouncilcanvoteoneverythingormakenaldecisionsaboutpolicyitdoesmeanthatmemberswillbewellinormedaboutmajorissuesaectingthecouncil.Thecouncilsboardodirectorswhichareelectedbythevotingmembersmakesthenaldecisionsortheorganization.COUNCILThepurposeothecouncilistourtherthedevelopmentotheGirlScoutMovementintheUnitedStatestoestablishlocalresponsibilityorleadershipadministrationandsupervisionotheGirlScoutMovementandtodevelopmanageandmaintainGirlScoutinginaccordancewiththetermsothecouncilscharter.COUNCILMEMBERSHIPThemembersothecouncilshallbeallactiveadultvolunteersandallactivegirlmembers14yearsoageandolderwhoareregisteredintheGirlScoutMovementthroughthecouncil.AnactiveadultvolunteerisamemberoGirlScoutsotheUSAwhohasbeenappointedorelectedincludingboardmemberstoserveinaspecicvolunteerposition.Thevotingmembersothecouncilshallbethemembersdeterminedasotherstdayothescalyearinwhichameetingisbeingheld.Themembersshallcomprisethemajorityothevotingmembers.COUNCILRESPONSIBILITIESInaccordancewiththeproceduressetorthinthebylawsthevotingmembersothecouncilshallelecttheocersothecounciltheboardodirectorstheboarddevelopmentcommitteeandthedelegatesandalternatedelegatestotheNationalCouncil.EachvotingmemberoGirlScoutsoWesternOhioisentitledtoonevote.NATIONALCOUNCILDELEGATESNationaldelegateswhomthecouncilisentitledtoelecttotheNationalCouncilshallbeelectedoratermothreeyearsoruntiltheirsuccessorsareelected.AlternatesmaybeaskedtollpossiblevacanciesamongtheNationalDelegatestotheNationalCouncilandareelectedatthesametimeandinthesamemannerastheNationalDelegatestotheNationalCouncil.NationalCouncildelegatesinfuencepolicybyholdingelectionsamendingtheConstitutionestablishingrequirementsorcredentialsanddeterminingthegenerallinesopolicyotheGirlScoutMovement.InadditiontheyconsiderandactuponproposalsdirectedtowardtheosteringandimprovementoGirlScoutingreceiveandactuponreportsotheNationalBoardoDirectorsandgiveguidancetothenationalBoardupongenerallinesodirectionotheMovementandprogram.BOARDOFDIRECTORS-GIRLSCOUTSOFWESTERNOHIOTheboardodirectorsiselectedtoensurethatthecouncilcontinuestooperateeectivelyoverthelongterm.Specicresponsibilitiesincludepolicy-makingplanningreviewundingcommunityrelationsandassuringthatthechieexecutiveocersperormanceiseective.TheboardmustensurethatthecouncilisoperatedincompliancewithGirlScoutsotheUSAcharterrequirementsandstateandederallaws.TheboardgovernswithanemphasisonoutwardvisionratherthaninternalocusstrategicleadershipmorethanadministrativedetailcleardistinctionoboardandCEOrolescollectiveratherthanindividualdecisionsutureratherthanpastorpresentandproactivityratherthanreactivity.Onanyissuetheboardmustensurethatalldivergentviewsareconsideredinmakingdecisionsyetmustresolveintoasingleorganizationalposition.Gotowww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgoralistocurrentboardmembers. 14GivingInputToGovernanceandManagementIssuesVolunteershavetheopportunityandresponsibilitytoprovideinputwithinthecouncilsgovernanceandmanagementsystem.Ourdemocraticvaluesholdthatmembersshouldhaveavoiceininfuencingmajordecisions.Individualsshouldbewellinormedonthecouncilsmissionvisionandgoalsinordertoidentiyandordiscussissuesandneedsthatexistandtobeabletogivesoundinputtothegovernanceandmanagementothecouncil.Providinginputandinfuencingdecisionsisnotlimitedtovoting.Whilethisdoesnotmeanthateverymemberothecouncilcanvoteoneverythingormakenaldecisionsaboutpolicyitdoesmeanthatmemberswillbewellinormedaboutmajorissuesaectingthecouncil.GOVERNANCEISEnsuringthemissionandvaluesoGirlScouting.Providingstrategicdirectionandleadershiporthecouncil.ThecarecustodyandoversightoGirlScoutingwithinthecouncilsjurisdiction.Theresponsibilityotheboardodirectors.MANAGEMENTISTheday-to-daymanagementoperationsothecouncil.Developingandimplementingsystemsandprocessestocarryoutthestrategicdirectionassetbytheboard.Theresponsibilityothechieexecutiveocer.GirlScoutsofWesternOhiosgovernanceprocessProvidesastructureorcommunicationbetweenthemembershipandtheboardodirectorstoinfuencepolicyregardingthecouncilgoalsissuesaectinggirlsandissuesaectingthebusinessotheorganization.GirlScoutsofWesternOhiosmanagementprocessProvidesastructureorcommunicationbetweenvolunteersandpaidsta.Providesaprocessorvolunteerstatosupportandgiveinputtotheday-to-daymanagementandoperationsoourcounciltoprovidegirlswithaleadershipexperiencethatachievesourmissionandgoals.CriteriaForCommunicationOfIssuesInacontinuingeorttoimprovecommunicationtheollowingcriteriahasbeendevelopedtobeusedbythemembershipindetermininghowtobringissuesorwardordiscussionandoraction.GOVERNANCEISSUESMANAGEMENTISSUESAgovernanceissuerefectstheollowingcriteriaItimpactstheCouncilStrategicPlanCouncilGoalsorexamplearequesttostrengthenthewordingonthegoalthataddressesgirlsunderstandingthemselvesandtheirvalues.Itisadocumentedtrendbroadlyaectinggirlsorexamplenationalandlocaldataaboutincreasedbullyingamonggirls.Itcanbepositivenegativeorneutral.Itsignicantlyaectsthebusinessotheorganizationorexamplemergingwithanothercouncil.Theboardistheprimarygroupresponsibleoridenticationogovernanceissuestobediscussed.SuchissuesaregenerallyrelatedtothedevelopmentorevaluationoprogresstowardtheCouncilGoalsCouncilStrategicPlan.Agovernanceissuemaybepresentedinwrittenormatanytimeororalormthroughestablishedorumsattheannualmeeting.Governanceissuesmaynotbeaddressedbyphone.Atalltimesbylawrequirementswillbeollowed.Managementissuesocusoninputrecommendationsorchangesinanoperatingpolicyorprocedure.Thiscouldincludeinputontrainingcurriculumtrainingpoliciesprogramoppor-tunitiescampmaintenanceorsaetystandards.GivinginputonmanagementissuesincludestheollowingconsiderationsWhatistheissuetobeaddressedWhydoesitneedtobeaddressedWhatisthedesiredoutcomeWilltheissueaecttheoverallcouncilallgirlsIsthisasaetyissueIsitanissuethatwehavetheauthoritytochangeWhatmethodswillbeusedtoprovideinputMethodsmayincluderoundtablemeetingsevaluationsandsurveysvoicemailemailcouncilwebsitelettersandphonecalls.WhocanbestrespondtotheissueShoulditgototheserviceunitchairThecommunityengagementmanagerWhattypeofresponsecanIexpectIanissueisaddressedbyphoneacallbackcanbeexpectedwithin24hoursexcludingoceclosuredates.Itheissueisaddressedbywrittencorrespondenceyouwillreceiveawrittenresponsewithinsevenworkingdays.Ifyoubelievethatyouhavenotbeengivenanappropriateresponseyourissueorrecommendationmaybedirectedtothedirectororegionalservices.Volunteereedbackandideasorimprovingcouncilprocessesisalwayswelcome.ForproblemsolvingstepsseeVolunteerManagementPoliciesandProcedures. 15GettingStartedwiththeGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceTheGirlScoutprogramisbasedontheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceinwhichgirlsdiscoverthemselvesconnectwithothersandtakeactiontomaketheworldabetterplaceallwithinthesaetyoanall-girlenvironmentwheregirlstaketheleadlearnbydoingandlearncooperatively.AtthecoreotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencearenationalleadershipJourneysunandchallengingexperiencesgroupedaroundathemeandspreadoveraseriesosessions.EachJourneyhasalltheimportantcomponentsotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencesewnrightin.SotoguidegirlsonagreatJourneyallyouneedisenthusiasmandasenseoadventure.Beoreyoudiveintrythesesixsimpletips1.CheckouttheJourneymapsatwww.girlscouts.orgprogramJourneysmaps.ThesemapsshowyouhowalltheunandmeaningultraditionsoGirlScoutingftrightintoanynationalleadershipJourney.ThereyoucanalsofndinormationaboutthetopicsthateachJourneycoverswhichyoucansharewithgirls.AndyoullfndevenmoreuntraditionstocomplementyourJourneyinTheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingaresourceoreachgradeleveloGirlScouting.2.ChooseaJourney.BecauseGirlScoutingisgirl-leditsimportanttogivegirlsthechancetopicktheJourneytheywanttodo.TalktothemaboutwhateachJourneyortheirgradelevelisaboutandletthemchooseone.3.GettoknowtheJourney.Pickupagirlsbookandadultguide.ReadthegirlsbookorthepleasureoitjusttogetanoverviewotheJourneysthemeandcontent.4.Reviewthesamplesessionplansintheadultguide.ThesesamplesessionplansgiveyouideasabouthowtobringtheJourneytoliewithgirlsbutleaveplentyoroomorcreativityandcustomization.5.InvitegirlsandtheirparentsguardianstousetheirimaginationstomaketheJourneycometolieinwaysthatexcitethem.Rememberthatyouandthegirlsdonthavetodoeverythingexactlyaslaidoutinthesamplesessions.6.Stepbackandwatchhowthegirlswithyourknowledgesupportandguidancehaveenormousunandarewardingexperience.CelebratewiththemastheyearntheirnationalleadershipJourneyawardsandperhapssomeGirlScoutbadgestooMeetingwithGirlsfortheFirstTimeWhenyoufrstgettogetherwithgirlsandthismayalsobeameetingwithparentsguardiansoryoumaydecidetoholdaseparatemeetingortheadultsyoulllikelywanttoaccomplishsomeorallotheollowingdependingonhowmuchtimeyouhaveandonthegradelevelothegirlsGettoknowthegirlsandgivethemachancetogettoknoweachother.Ice-breakergamesinwhichgirlssharesimpledetailsabouteachotherorarechargedwithfndingoutaboutanothergirlwithwhomtheyarepairedareasimplewaytostartoyourfrstmeeting.CheckyourcouncilresourcesorsearchtheInternetonice-breakersorkidsandawidevarietyooptionswillopenoryou.IntroducetheJourneybooksandtheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.YoucanstartwithsomethingassimpleasaskingthegirlstoraisehandsorshoutoutwhatleadershipmeanstothemandthencompilingalistthatyoutietotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceespeciallythethreekeysDiscoverConnectandTakeAction.OryoucandosomethingmorecomplexlikehavingthegirlscreatemasksothecharactersintheirJourneybookandeachchoosingacharactertoplayortheevening.TheJourneyadultguidegivesyouadditionalideasorhavingconversationsabouttheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceandJourneybookswithgirlsandtheirparentsguardians.Talkaboutthethreeprocessesgirl-ledlearningbydoingandcooperativelearninginagrade-level-appropriateway.Considerdividingthegirlsintosmallgroupsortwo-personteamstorecalltheactivitiestheyveledinthepastthetimeswhentheyvelearnedsomethingnewbydoinganactivityandthewaysinwhichtheyvelearnednewthingsbyworkingasateamwithaewothergirls.WhatwasbenefcialaboutthoseexperiencesWhatwasdifcultaboutthemFindoutwhatintereststhegroupincludingotheradultvolunteers.DotheywanttodigdeeperabouttheJourneyorarelatedthemeWithoutpromisinganythingyetaskthegirlstotalkaboutwhattheycareaboutwhattheyvealwayswantedtodoandhowtheywouldspendtheirtimeimoneyorotherbarrierswerenoobject.Buildromtheideasshared.Alsoaskdirectquestionsothegirlswhoseemshyorunsureaboutansweringsothatnooneisletout.Talkabouthowtheywanttoscheduletheirtimetogetherstartingwiththedraftscheduleyoubring.Seetheplanninginagirl-ledenvironmentsectionbelowormoreinormationaboutdratingaroughscheduleortheyears.ConsiderquestionsliketheseCantheyorganizeandplanafeldtriporlongertravelopportunitythatwillallowthemtolearnmoreaboutaparticulartopicorthemeIsthereaneventthatmesheswiththistopicorareaointerestCanthegirlslocateandcommunicatewithanexpertinthefeldviaemailorsocialmediaCantheyinvitealocalguestspeakertoanswerspecifcquestionsordemonstrateparticularskillsWhichbadgescanthegroupchoosetoworkonthatwilldeepentheirskillsinthisparticularareaAretheyinterestedinpursuingtheirGirlScoutBronzeSilverorGoldAwards 16PlanninginaGirl-LedEnvironmentTostartplanningyourtimewithgirlsfrstdrawupasimplecalendar.Iyourgroupwillbemeetingorlessthanayearsuchasresidentcamporaseriesadjustthecalendartosuityourneeds.Inthesamewayiyoureplanningamulti-yeareventsuchasatravelexcursionaddoneortwomoreyearstotheramework.ThendependentontheirgradelevelandthetypeoGirlScoutgroupconsidertheollowingquestionsHowmanymeetingswillyouhaveeachmonthWhendoyouplantobreakorholidaysHowmanyweeksdoyouneedtoallocateortheGirlScoutCookieSaleProgramorothermoneyearningactivitiesShouldyouscheduleguestspeakersandothervisitorsIyouveworkedwiththisgroupbeorewhataretheirpreerencesBadgeworkFieldtripsOtheractivitiesCanthesealsobetiedtotheJourneythemeFormoreideasseetheonlineJourneymapsandthenchoosethegradelevelothegirlsyoureworkingwith.Makesuretoincludeallotheseinyourcalendarasastartingpoint.GirlswillfllinthedetailsastheyguidetheirownJourney.Onceyouvedratedalooserameworkitstimetoaskthegirlswhattheythink.RememberYouwantgirlstoleadbutyoungergirlswillneedmoreguidancewhileoldergirlswillrequirearless.GirlScoutSeniorsandAmbassadorsmaynotwanttoyoutodratanysortocalendarinadvancesoitheybalkattheworkyouvedonesimplyputitawayandletthemtakethereins.GirlScoutDaisiesandBrowniesontheotherhandmayonlybeabletofllinaewideashereandthereasyouuncovertheirpersonalitiesandinterests.BeoreyourgroupevenopensaJourneybookaskthegirlswhattheJourneyandrelatedthememeantothem.Maybethethemeignitesadiscussionorevendebatethathelpsthegirlscharttheircourseortheyear.InyourdiscussionsprobetofndoutwhatthegirlsaremostinterestedinaccomplishingduringtheirtimetogetherandthenhelpthemconnectthoseintereststotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.UsingSafetyActivityCheckpointsWhenpreparingoranyactivitywithgirlsalwaysbeginwiththeGirlScoutSaetyActivityCheckpointswrittenaboutthatparticularactivitywhichyoucanfndonyourcouncilswebsite.EachSaetyActivityCheckpointincludesthesameormatTitleothecheckpointaphotoandintroductorytextInormationonwheretodothisactivityandhowtoincludegirlswithdisabilitiesBasicandspecializedgearrequiredortheactivityHowyouandthegirlsneedtoprepareyourselvesinadvanceotheactivityWhatspecifcstepstoollowonthedayotheactivityWeblinkstohelpyouandthegirlslearnmorepluswaystoincreaseyourknow-howActivity-specifcjargonInadditiontoreadingthesecheckpointsyourselyoucanalsoemailorprintthemorco-volunteersparentsguardiansandthegirlsthemselves.Thecheckpointsareormattedaschecklistssothatyouyourco-volunteersandthegirlscangothroughandcheckothateachstephasbeenollowed.InkeepingwiththethreeprocessesotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencebesurethatAllactivitiesaregirl-ledtakingintoaccounttheageandabilitiesothegirls.Oldergirlscantakethebulkotheresponsibilityorcareullyplanningandexecutingactivitieswhileyoungergirlswillrequiremoreoyourguidancebutshouldstillbedeeplyinvolvedinmakingdecisionsabouttheiractivities.Givethegirlsthechancetolearncooperativelybyhavinggirlsteacheachothernewskillstheymayneedoractivitiesratherthanhearingallthatromyou.LetgirlslearnbydoingIresearchorspecialequipmentisneededtheylllearnbetterdoingthatresearchthemselvesthanbyhavingyoudothelegworkandreportbacktothemwhenpossible.EvenGirlScoutDaisiescandobasicresearchandgivereportsordoshow-and-telloreachother.GirlScoutAmbassadorsmayneedyouonlyormoralsupportastheyresearchteacheachotherandplaneverydetailotheirexcursions. 17ISaetyActivityCheckpointsdonotexistoranactivityyouandthegirlsareinterestedinbesuretocheckwithyourcouncilbeoremakinganydeniteplanswiththegirlsinyourgroup.Aewactivitiesareallowedonlywithwrittencouncilpre-approvalandonlyorgirls12andoverwhilesomeareo-limitscompletelyCautionYoumustgetwrittenpre-approvalromyourcouncilorgirlsages12andolderwhowilloperatemotorizedvehiclessuchasgo-cartsandpersonalwatercratuserearmstaketripsonwaterwaysthatarehighlychangeableoruncontrollableexperiencesimulatedskydivingandzero-gravityroomsorfyinnoncommercialaircratsuchassmallprivateplaneshelicopterssailplanesuntetheredhotairballoonsandblimps.WarningTheollowingactivitiesareneverallowedoranygirlpotentiallyuncontrolledree-allingbungeejumpinghangglidingparachutingparasailingandtrampoliningcreatingextremevariationsoapprovedactivitiessuchashigh-altitudeclimbingandaerialtricksonbicyclesskissnowboardsskateboardswater-skisandwakeboardshuntingshootingaprojectileatanotherpersonridingall-terrainvehiclesandmotorbikesandtakingwatercrattripsinClassVorhigher.AnadditionalnoteGirlScoutswelcomesandservesgirlsandamiliesromawidespectrumoaithsandcultures.WhengirlswishtoparticipateindiscussionsoractivitiesthatcouldbeconsideredsensitiveevenorsomeputthetopiconholduntilyouhavespokenwithparentsandreceivedguidanceromyourstasupportrepresentativesatGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.WhenGirlScoutactivitiesinvolvesensitiveissuesyourroleisthatoacaringadultwhocanhelpgirlsacquireskillsandknowledgeinasupportiveatmospherenotsomeonewhoadvocatesaparticularposition.Youarerequiredtoobtainpermissionslipssignedbythegirlsparentsguardians. 18Chapter1VolunteerSupportUnderstandingYourRoleasaGirlScoutVolunteerYourmostimportantroleasaGirlScoutvolunteeristobeexcitedabouteverythingthisopportunityaordsyouachancetopartnerdirectlywithgirlsaninvitationtoplayacriticalroleintheirlivesachancetowatchthemblossomunderyourdirectionYoualsowanttobesomeonewhoenjoystheactivitiesyoullbeembarkingonwiththegirlswhetheryoureacampvolunteerworkingwithgirlswhoaretravelingorpartneringwithgirlsonashort-termseriesthatinterestsyou.AsaGirlScoutvolunteeryouserveasapartnerandrolemodeltogirls.Youllalsoworkcloselywithaco-volunteerbecausetwoadultsmustbepresentatalltimeswhenworkingwithgirlsandatleastoneothosevolunteersmustbeemaleandnotrelatedtotheotheradult.ThisisanimportantdistinctionthatbearsrepeatingMencanserveastroopvolunteersbutanadultemalewhoisnotrelatedtotheothervolunteermustbepresentatalltimesandatnotimeisagirltobealonewithonlyonevolunteer.Remembertoalsochecktheadult-to-girlratiosintheSaety-Wisechapter.YourResponsibilitiesYourresponsibilitiesasaGirlScoutvolunteerincludeSharingyourknowledgeexperienceandskillswithapositiveandfexibleapproach.Workinginapartnershipwithgirlssothattheiractivitiesaregirl-ledallowthemtolearnbydoingandalloworcooperativegrouplearningyoullalsopartnerwithothervolunteersandcouncilstaorsupportandguidance.Organizinguninteractivegirl-ledactivitiesthataddressrelevantissuesandmatchgirlsinterestsandneeds.Debriengandhelpinggirlsdiscussandrefectontheiractivitylearnings.ProvidingguidanceandinormationregardingGirlScoutgroupmeetingswithgirlsparentsorguardiansonaregularandongoingbasisthroughavarietyotoolsincludingemailphonecallsnewslettersblogsoranyothermethodyouchoose.Ensuringyourtroopisregisteredandhasatleast5girls.Organizingpaperworksuchaspermissionslips.Communicatingeectivelyanddeliveringclearorganizedandvibrantpresentationsorinormationtoanindividualorthetroop.Overseeinganyundsthegirlsraisewithhonestyintegrityandcareulrecord-keeping.CompletingandsubmittingthenancialrecordsTroopFinancialReporttotheGirlScoutCenterMaintainingacloseconnectiontoyourvolunteersupportteam.Facilitatingasaeexperienceoreverygirl.YourSupportTeamInyourroleasaGirlScoutvolunteeryoumayteamupwithco-volunteersparentsguardiansmembersothecommunityserviceteamandcouncilstamembersaswellasotherswhohaveexpressedinterestinworkingalongsideyou.YoursupportteammayhelpbyFillinginoryouiappointmentandtrainingrequirementsaremetArrangingmeetingplacesBeingresponsibleorcommunicatingwithgirlsandparentsguardiansLocatingadultswithspecialskillstoacilitateaspecializedmeetingAssistingwithtripsandchaperoningManaginggrouprecordsPlanningandmanagingtroopresourcessnacksetc.IyouhavealargesupportteamtherstthingyoullwanttodoismeetwiththisgroupanddiscusswhatbroughtyoutoGirlScoutsreviewyourstrengthsandskillsandtalkabouthowyouwouldliketoworktogetherasateam.AlsodiscussWhenimportantmilestoneswillhappenwhenGirlScoutCookiesaleswillhappenwhenatroopwilltakeeldtripswhenatravelgroupwillmakeitstripwhenaneventwillhappenwhatthestartingandendingdatesoraseriesororcampwillbeandhowlongtheplanningprocesswilltakeWhenandwheretomeetasagroupinecessaryWhetherwhenwhereandhowotentoholdparentguardianmeetingsWhetheranadvancetriptoadestinationeventsiteorcampneedstohappenRemembertocallonyourserviceunitvolunteersupportteamwhocanhelpyouobserveameetingassignamentororbuddyhelpwithregistrationormsassistyouwithopeningabankaccountplanyourrstmeetingandsoon.Alsoplantoattendserviceunitmeetingsusuallyheldseveraltimesthroughouttheyearthatprovideexcellentopportunitiestolearnromothervolunteers. 19VolunteermanagementisasystemdesignedtocreateawelcomingandinclusiveenvironmentordiverseadultsinwhichtheirneedsandinterestscanbematchedtospecicGirlScoutvolunteerpositions.Inadditionavolunteerdevelopmentsystemvaluesthecontributionsoeachindividualvolunteerwhilehelpingherhimtorealizetheextentoherhisinterestsskillscompetenciesandknowledge.WerecognizethatbyenrichingourvolunteersexperienceinGirlScoutingweenrichgirlsexperience.Aconsistentecientvolunteerdevelopmentsystemwillstrengthenourcontinuingeortsinmakingthishappen.ComponentsoVolunteerManagementThecomprehensiveGirlScoutvolunteermanagementsystemensuresthatyouarematchedwiththerightopportunitiesareprovidedecientandeectivelearningandsupportandarerecognizedorthevaluableserviceyouprovideonbehalogirls.BelowaretheeightcomponentsothisvolunteersupportsystemVolunteerPositionDescriptionsEachappointedvolunteerpositionwillhaveawrittenpositiondescriptionthatdenesthespecicresponsibilitiesstatesperiodoappointmentandclariesexpectations.Thepositiondescriptionisalsousedasasupportandevaluationtoolorvolunteers.Gotothewebsitetoseeabriesummaryoallappointedvolunteerpositiondescriptions.VolunteerRecruitmentGirlScoutsoWesternOhiomakeseveryeorttoensuretheGirlScoutMovementcontinuestomoveorwardthatallmembershaveanequalopportunitytoparticipateandtoassureappropriateadultleadershipisavailableorthegirlmembers.GirlScoutsoWesternOhioocusesonrecruitingandretainingmembershipthatisrefectiveothediversityothecommunitiesitservesromavarietyosourcesandthroughdierentparticipationpathways.PlacementScreeningSelectionandAppointmentNotifcationEectivescreeningoprospectivevolunteersallowscandidatestobematchedwiththepositionthatbestmeetstheirskillsinterestsandschedule.Thescreeningprocessbeginswiththesubmissionoacompletedvolunteerapplicationreerencecheckcriminalbackgroundcheckapplicationassessmentvolunteerplacementdecisionandvolunteerappointmentnotication.Positionappointmentsaregenerallyoroneyearorless.TrainingAdultlearningopportunitiesshouldprovidealladultvolunteerswithconsistentinormationabouttheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceandwithtrainingorherhisspecicvolunteerpositionusingfexibleandconvenientadultlearningopportunitiesincludingonlinelearning.VolunteerSupportManagementandCoachingItistheresponsibilityothecounciltoensurethatvolunteershaveaccesstoanetworkosupportandlearningexperiencesthatenablethemtodelivertheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencewithgirls.Thissupportisprovidedusingavarietyomethodsincludingthroughserviceunitvolunteersandpaidstavolunteermentorsandortrainersserviceunitactivitiescouncilelectronicandwrittencommunicationandprogramorcustomerservicetoolsandresources.RecognitionRecognitionisaormoappreciationorvolunteereorts.Itincludesprovidingannualormalrecognitionthroughcouncilandserviceunitawardsandrecognitioneventsbutequallyimportantaredailysupportandinormalexpressionsoappreciation.VolunteerInputVolunteereedbackissolicitedthroughinputonplanssupportsandservicesprovidedwithintheserviceunitandthroughoutthecouncil.Havingtheopportunitytoparticipateinplanningencouragesgreaterownershipandensuresthattheservicesprovidedarethemostmeaningul.Volunteersparentsandgirlsalsohavetheopportunitytohavevoicewithinthecouncilthroughparticipationinservicedeliveryandprogramevaluation.EvaluationandRe-AppointmentVolunteershavetheopportunitytoevaluatetheirperormancethroughvarioustrooporselassessmenttoolsorthroughevaluationdiscussionswiththeirmanager.Thedecisiontoreappointavolunteerismadeaterreviewingthevolunteersinterestsskillstrainingandperormance.Thedecisionisprovidedinwritinganddocumentedinvolunteersle.VolunteerManagement 20DiversityInclusionGirlScoutsoWesternOhioisinclusive.Werespectvalueembraceandcelebratedierences.GirlScoutsoWesternOhiowelcomesgirlsromeveryraceethinicreligiousandsocio-economicgroupaswellastheosewithmentalandphysicaldisabilitiestoparticipateinGirlScouting.EqualOpportunityVolunteerPolicyEachvolunteerisselectedonthebasisoabilitytoperormthevolunteerpositionvolunteerandcouncilneedabilityandwillingnesstoattendtrainingandqualifcationsormembershipintheGirlScoutMovement.Thereshallbenodiscriminationagainstanotherwisequalifedadultvolunteerbyreasonodisabilityageracecolorethnicitysexcreednationaloriginreligioncitizenshipancestrymaritalstatusveteranstatussocioeconomicstatusorothercharacteristicsprotectedbyederalstateorlocallaw.Uponplacementvolunteerswillbeprovidedwithinormationontrainingandvolunteersupportthroughthecommunityandcouncil.AppointmentRe-appointmentCriteriaGirlScoutmembershipregistration15AcceptanceandsupportortheGirlScoutPromiseandLawVolunteerApplicationTwoPositiveReerencesApprovedCriminalBackgroundCheckCompliancewithtrainingpolicySubmissionoaTroopGroupFinancialReportandmatchingbankstatementAgreementtoulflltheresponsiblitiesothepositionSatisactoryperormancewhenapplicableAppointmentsaretypicallyor1yearGirlScoutsoWesternOhiorequeststhisinormationromvolunteersbecauseoourdedicationandcommitmenttothegirlsthatweserve.Thesaetyothegirlsisotheutmostimportancetoourorganizationsowemusttakereasonableprecautionswhenappointingadultswhoworkdirectlywithchildren.Thisinormationisconfdentialandorinternaluseonly.AppointmentProcess1.Volunteerdiscussespositionwithserviceteamvolunteerorpaidstatodetermineiitisthebestmatch2.VolunteersubmitsanonlineVolunteerApplicationincludingprovidingthenamesandcontactinormationoournon-relatedreerencesapaperapplicationcanalsoberequested3.Criminalbackgroundcheckissubmittedonlineatwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgapaperbackgroundcheckcanalsoberequested4.Volunteerreerencesareemailedmailed5.Volunteerapplicationreerencesandbackgroundcheckarereviewed6.VolunteerreceivesofcialnotifcationoappointmentWelcomeLetterthatincludesinormationaboutserviceteamvolunteersupportintheircommunity7.VolunteeriscontactedbyserviceteamvolunteerorpaidstatointroduceherhimtoserviceunitandorsupportavailableIninstanceswhenanindividualisnotappointedthejudgmentothecouncilbasedonestablishedcriteriawilltakeprecedence.Individualsnotplacedinapositionorwhichtheyappliedmaybeconsideredorotherpositionsattheirrequest.Thecouncilreservestherighttodeclineappointmentapprovaliinormationreceivedthroughthescreeningprocessindicatesqualifcationsarenotsuitableortheposition.ReappointmentPolicyGirlScoutsoWesternOhiomayreappointavolunteerbasedonthesuccessulcompletionopositionaccountabilitiesestablishedgoalsandmeetingtheoverallcriteriaorappointmentreappointment.VolunteerManagementPoliciesandProcedures 21ReappointmentProcessVolunteerswillparticipateinongoingeedbackandtwo-waycommunicationwithherhismanagerorcommitteechairbasedonpositionaccountabilitiesgoalsanddqualifcations.Attheendotheappointmentperiodthevolunteerandmanagerwillevaluatejobperormancetogetheraswellasexpectationsandsuggestedchangestotheposition.Shouldthevolunteermeetthecriteriaorreappointmentanddesiretocontinueinherhisvolunteerpositionshehewillreceivewrittendocumentationoranemailohisherreappointment.Paidstawillevaluatepositionperormanceandreappointcoreserviceteamvolunteers.Serviceunitchairswillsupportsel-evaluationothetroopleader.Onceconfrmationhasbeenreceivedromtheserviceunitchairthatthetroopleadermeetsthecriteriaorreappointmentthevolunteerwillreceivealetteroremailnotiyinghimheroreappointment.ThecouncilreservestherighttodeclinetoreappointavolunteeriinjudgmentotheCEOorherdesigneethevolunteerisnotsuitableortheposition.GirlScoutMembershipRegistrationAllappointedvolunteersincludingdriversanyonemanagingfnancesorthatcouldberesponsibleorthecareandcustodyogirlsmustbecomeGirlScoutmembersandagreetoaccepttheGirlScoutPromiseandLaw.Theregistrationeeornationalduesiscurrently15perparticipant.The15registrationeecoversmembershipinGirlScoutsotheUSAortheyearoOctober1throughSeptember30.AllmembershipeesreceivedlocallyaretranserredtoGirlScoutsotheUSA.Themembershipeesupportsavarietyoservicesincludingdevelopmentonationallevelprograminormationnationalsaetystandardsandsecondaryinsurancecoverageoreverymemberortheprogramyear.Membershipduesarenotreundableortranserabletoanotherperson.CriminalBackgroundChecksGirlScoutsoWesternOhioiscommittedtoprovidingasaeandqualityprogramorgirlsinthecommunityastheyparticipateintheGirlScoutLeadershipExerpeince.Inordertocontinuesaeguardingallgirlsinourcareourcouncilwillconductcriminalbackgroundchecksorallappointedvolunteers.GirlScoutsoWesternOhioreservestherighttorequireanewbackgroundcheckorvolunteersatanytime.Iavolunteerhasbeeninactiveoraullmembershipyearshehemustcompleteabackgroundcheckbeorebeingappointed.ThecriminalbackgroundcheckisacomponentoGirlScoutsoWesternOhiosvolunteerplacementprocedure.ThebackgroundcheckconductedbyIntelliCorpRecordsInc.includessocialsecuritynumberverifcationaddressverifcationcriminalrecordsearchesoconvictionsarrestscourtrecordsinmaterecordsandnationwidesexoenderregistries.GirlScoutsoWEsternOhiowillnotacceptorpayorresultsromanothercriminalrecordsprovideratthistime.InaccordancetoFCRAFederalCreditReportingAgencyguidelinestheapplicantmustbeprovidedwithnotifcationthattheorganizationthathasrequestedthisactionhasreceivedtheirresultsithereareanycriminalrecordsoundduringthesearch.OurproviderIntelliCorpRecordsInc.willsendthisnotifcationdirectlytotheapplicantithissituationapplies.GirlScoutLeadershipRequirementsVolunteersinleadershippositionsmustbeatleast18yearsoageregisteredasanadultmemberandhavecompletedandbeenapprovedthroughthevolunteerapplicationandscreeningprocess.Eachgroupmusthaveatleastoneadultleaderandoneormoreco-leaders.BecausetheemalerolemodelisessentialtoulfllingthepurposeoGirlScoutingatleastonememberotheleadershipteammustbeanadultemale.Duringalltroopmeetingsandrelatedsmall-groupactivitiestheleadertheco-leaderorotherresponsibleapprovedadultdesignatedbytheleaderorGirlScoutsoWesternOhioispresentandatleastoneothesemustbeanadultemalenotrelatedtotheotheradults. 22VolunteerTrainingVolunteerlearningisoeredinGirlScoutingtosupportandenableadultstorespondeectivelytotheneedsotodaysgirls.ItalsosupportstheachievementotheGirlScoutMissionandCouncilGoals.GirlScoutsoWesternOhiohasatrainingpolicythataectsallappointedvolunteers.ThispolicyensuresthatvolunteersknowandunderstandtheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceanddetailsotheirvolunteerrole.TrainingPolicyAllappointedvolunteersinGirlScoutsoWesternOhioarerequiredtocompletetworequiredtrainingsorthepositionacceptedwithinsixmonthsoappointmenttomeeteligibilityrequirements.Itishighlyrecommendedthattrainingbecompletedwithinthefrstthreemonthsoappointment.TherequiredtrainingsareGirlScoutFundamentalsPositionTrainingortheappropriatevolunteerpositionGradeLevelLeadershipEssentialsorleaderspositiontrainingorserviceteamvolunteersetcThecouncilmayassumefnancialobligationsasbudgetedortheeventwhenavolunteersisselectedtorepresentthecouncilattrainingseminarsconerencesorconventionsbeyondthoseroutinelyrequired.RecommendedTrainingSequenceGilScoutsoWesternOhiorecommendstheollowingtrainingsequencetovolunteerstobestprepareortheirworkwithgirls.GirlScoutFundamentalsPositiontrainingFirstAidCPRTrainingAnytimeatroopgoesoutsideitsregularmeetingplaceatroopFirst-Aidermustbeinattendanceonthetrip.TroopFirst-AidersmustbecertifedinAdltChildFirstAidCPRandthiscertifcationmustbeonrecordwithGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.AtroopFirst-AidercanbeanyregisteredadultwiththetroopandtroopscanhaveanunlimitednumberoFirstAid-ers.TroopCampTrainingAnytimeatroopgoescampingthetroopmustbeaccompaniedbyanadultwhohascompletedtheTroopCampTrainingcourseorlodgeortentcampingorLodgeCampTrainingorlodgecampingonly.Thetroopcampplanningprocessshouldalsobeguidedbyacamptrainedadult.Foralistingobothrequiredandenrichmenttrainingopportunitiespleasegotothecouncilwebsite.VolunteerRecognitionGirlScoutsoWesternOhiorecognizesitsvolunteersasitsmostvaluableasset.Thepurposeorecognitionistoacilitateacknowledgecreditorcelebratetheachievementsovolunteers.AwardsareavailabletorecognizeanindividualscontributionstoGirlScoutsbothromGirlScoutsotheUSAandGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.AllregionsollowtheGirlScoutsotheUSAadultrecognitionawardsprocedures.Itisalsoencouragedthateachserviceunitimplementsaormovolunteerrecognitionensuringthatleadersserviceteamvolunteersandadministrativevolunteersareappropriatelythankedortheircontributiontotheorganization.VolunteerAppreciationWeekVolunteerAppreciationWeekthethirdweekinAprilissetasideespeciallyoryou.GirlScoutspaytributetothevolunteerswhohelpgirlsmaketheworldabetterplace.Theweekcentersonthelong-standingNationalGirlScoutLeadersDayApril22butexpandsthedefnitionovolunteersbeyondtroopleaderstoincludeallthevolunteerswhoworkinsomanywaysonbehalogirlsinGirlScouting.GirlScoutsalsocelebratesVolunteersMakeaDierenceWeekinconjunctionwithMakeaDierenceDaywhichistheweekendwesetourclocksbackintheall. 23VolunteerEvaluationVolunteershavetheopportunitytoevaluatetheirperormancethroughsel-assessmenttoolsandordiscussionswiththeirserviceunitchairandothersupportvolunteersandsta.Thissupportincludescoachingtoolsandresourcestoassistvolunteersinassessingstrengthsandgrowthareas.ServiceunitchairswillensurereappointmentoqualiedGirlScoutLeadersinpartthroughdiscussionandsel-evaluationbytheGirlScoutLeader.Utilizingthesevarioussupportmethodsisalsoconsideredpartotheagreementorvolunteerappointmentre-appointment.Thedecisiontore-appointisbasedonthisassessmentvolunteerinterestandajointassessmentosuitabilityorthepositionintheuture.ThecouncilreservestherighttodeclinetoreappointavolunteeriinthejudgmentotheCEOthedirectororegionalservicesoradesigneethevolunteerisnotsuitableorthepositionHarassmentThecounciliscommittedtoanenvironmentandclimateinwhichrelationshipsarecharacterizedbydignityrespectcourtesyandequitabletreatment.Itisthepolicyotheorganizationtoprovideallvolunteersandpaidstawithanenvironmentreeromallormsounlawulorunwelcomeharassmentincludingimpliedorexpressedormsosexualharassment.ItisagainsttheorganizationspoliciesoranyvolunteermaleoremaletosexuallyharassanothervolunteerorpaidstaorGirlScoutmemberothesameoroppositesex.Anyvolunteerwhoeelsthatshehehasbeensubjectedtoharassmentoanytypewhetherbyanothervolunteercouncilstamemberoranyagentotheorganizationshouldpromptlyreporttheincidenttothedirectororegionalservicesoranotherstamember.Uponreceivingsuchacomplaintthisstamembermustreportthemattertothecommunityengagementteamleaderorotherappropriatestamember.Thecommunityengagementteamleaderotherstamemberwilltakeappropriatemeasurestoresolveorcorrectthesituationinanexpeditiousmanner.SmokingGirlScoutsoWesternOhioisasmoke-reeenvironment.Theuseotobaccoproductswheregirlsarepresentisnotpermitted.TherewillbenosmokinginanycouncilbuildingsorvehiclesincludingallsitesandvehiclesownedleasedandoroperatedbyGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.Therewillbedesignatedsmokingareasatallcouncilproperties.AlcoholandDrugUseGirlScoutsoWesternOhioiscommittedtomaintaininganenvironmentreeromalcoholanddrugs.TheuseoalcoholisnotpermittedonGirlScoutpropertyoratanyGirlScoutunctioninvolvinggirlsexceptspecicpre-approvedoccasions.PersonsundertheinfuenceocontrolledsubstancesoralcoholorinpossessionosameareprohibitedromparticipationinanyGirlScoutactivityorevent.FinancialConcernsAnyvolunteerthatispastdueinpaymenttotheGirlScoutsoWesternOhioortheproductsaleorcookiesaleailuretopayoraneventorromoneormorebouncedcheckstotalling500ormorewillnotbeeligibletoserveinanappointedvolunteerpositionor1yearromthedatethedebtispaidinull.Itistheresponsibilityothevolunteertocontactthecounciloceandrequestareviewohishervolunteereligibilitystatus.Additionalrestrictionsoractionsmaybeappliedorspeciccircumstancesthevolunteerwillbenotiedinwritingoanyrestrictionsoractionstakenagainstthem.GirlScoutsoWesternOhioreservestherighttoseekcollectionassistanceorundsthatarenotpaidasrequestedbythecouncil.GeneralVolunteerPersonnelPoliciesandProcedures 24ElectronicCommunicationPolicyGirlScoutsoWesternOhiorecognizesthattheInternetprovidesuniqueopportunitiestoparticipateininteractivediscussionsandshareinormationusingawidevarietyosocialmediasuchasFacebookTwitterandblogs.Howeveruseosocialmediaalsopresentscertainrisksandcarrieswithitcertainresponsibilities.Toassistvolunteersinmakingresponsibledecisionsabouttheiruseosocialmediawehaveestablishedtheseguidelinesorappropriateuseosocialmedia.Generallythesamelawsproes-sionalexpectationandguidelinesorinteractingwithemployeesvolunteersandmembersapplyonlineasinothercommunica-tionsmediaandace-to-acesituations.Ultimatelyvolunteersarepersonallyresponsibleorwhattheypostonline.GirlScoutsoWesternOhioguidelinesareasollowsBerespectulinallcommunicationsandblogsrelatedtoorreerencingtheorganizationitsmembersandorotherstaandvolunteers.AlwaysbeairandcourteouswhenspeakingaboutGirlScoutsoWesternOhioitsemployeesvolunteersandmemberswhetherbynameorimplication.Avoidpostingstatementsphotographsvideooraudiothatreasonablycouldbeviewedasmaliciousobscenethreateningorintimidatingthatdisparagesparentsmembersvolunteersoremployeesorthatmightconstituteharassmentorbullying.Examplesoinappropriatepostingsincludebutarenotlimitedtooensivepostsmeanttointentionallyharmsomeonesreputationpoststhatcouldcontributetoahostileenvironmentonthebasisoracesexdisabilityreligionoranyothercharacteristicprotectedbylaworcouncilpolicyandthreatsoviolenceorsimilarinappropriateorunlawulconduct.DonotpostpicturesornamesoanyGirlScoutgirlsvolunteersorparentsnormaytheypostcommentsordescriptionsaboutanyspecicGirlScouts.MakingrepresentationsonbehaloGirlScoutsoWesternOhiowithoutpriorpermissionisprohibited.IvolunteersidentiythemselvesasavolunteeroGirlScoutsoWesternOhiotheyshouldmakeclearthattheviewsaretheirownanddonotnecessarilyrefectGirlScoutsoWesternOhiosviews.Donotlinkwebpagesorblogstoanysiteorblogthatdoesnotmeettheserequirements.MisappropriatingtheGirlScouttrademarkandcommittinganyotheractsinviolationoanylocalstateorederallawisprohibited.AlthoughvolunteersdeveloptrustingrelationshipswithGirlScoutgirlsandadultsaspartotheirvolunteerroleGirlScoutsoWesternOhiodoesnotallowtheexchangeoelectroniccommunicationbetweenvolunteersandgirlsexceptrelatedtoocialGirlScoutactivitiesorbusiness.InadditionGirlScoutsoWesternOhiodoesnotencourageorcondonetheexchangeoinormationthroughelectroniccommu-nicationbetweenGirlScoutgirlsandormervolunteersevenaterthevolunteerhascompletedtheirassignmentbythecouncil.NothinginthispolicyshalllimitvolunteersrightstoengageinreeandopendiscussionandexchangeoconcernsrelatedtotheirrolesasGirlScoutvolunteersandmembers.ProblemSolvingConfictResolutionPrinciplestoBeUsedinProblemSolvingLeadersmayencounterdicultandcomplexsituationsinvolvingthegirlsintheirtroopgroup.Thereareotennoeasyanswersinthesesituationsbuttheollowingprinciplesguideouractions1.Ourocusisalwaysonwhatisgoodorallothegirlsinvolved.Tothegreatestextentpossibleweseekasolutionthatsupportsallothegirlsinthetroopincludingthegirlswhoareinvolvedinthedicultsituationorissue.2.Whenwedontknowtheactswerelyonthedecisionsotheauthoritiestoguideouractions.exampleChilcrensservicesorschooldistrict3.Wecommunicatewithparentsaspartnersinourworkwiththeirdaughterssharinganyactsthatwehaveaboutthesituationbutneverspeculatingspreadingrumorsortakingsidesinconfictsaboutwhichwemaynothavealltheacts.4.Wemaintainthegreatestcondentialitypossibleinallamilymatterswhileminimizingrisktogirlsandthetroop.Thisisespeciallycriticalinmattersthatinvolvegirlspersonalexperiencesortheirphysicalmedicalorpsychologicalhistoryorstatus.5.InnocircumstancesisagirlremovedromatroopwithoutworkingwiththegirlsparentsandGirlScoutstatondasolutionthatbestsupportsallothegirlsinthetroopincludingthegirlinquestion.ThedecisiontoremoveagirlromthetroopisgenerallycommunicatedbytheGirlScoutocetocommunicateGirlScoutguidelinessurroundingthesituationmaintainobjectivityandprotecttheGirlScoutleaderrombeingseenastakingapersonally-motivatedaction.6.SeehelpandanobjectiveviewpointbyinvolvingGirlScoutpaidstachildrensservicesorotherappropriateauthorities.ItisGirlScoutsoWesternOhiospolicytoresolvevolunteerconfictsinanequitablemannerconsistentwiththecouncilpoliciesandpractices.Itisurtherthepolicytoencourageproblemsolvingbythepartiesmostdirectlyinvolvedinasituationwheneverpossible. 25ProblemSolvingStepsWhenadisagreementarisesthevolunteerisresponsibleormeetingwiththeparentvolunteerorstamemberinvolvedinthesituationtoresolvetheproblem.Suggestedproblem-solvingstepsStartwithaocusonhowthesituationaectsthegirls.Eachpersonstatestheirconcernandallowstheotherpersontorestatetoensuresheheunderstandstheconcernorhasadierentperspective.Bothpartieswilltrytoreachanunderstandingotheothersperspective.Identiyoptionsoramiddlegroundormutuallysatisactorysolution.Discussideasorresolvingthesituationsothatbothpartiesneedsaremet.Agreeonasolution.Setatimeperiodortestingthesolutionandtouchbaseattheendothattimetodiscusseectivenessosolution.IthevolunteersarenotabletoreachasatisactorysolutiontheollowingstepsshouldbetakenMeetwiththenextlevelmanagerotentheserviceunitchairorGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencechairtoresolvetheproblem.Itheproblemisstillnotresolvedtheserviceunitchairwillinvolvethecommunityengagmentteamandorotherdesignatedstamember.Itheproblemstillremainsitwillbediscussedwiththedirectororegionalservicesorotherdesignatedstamember.IssuesthatcannotberesolvedattheregionallevelmaybeorwardedtotheCEOorherdesigneeoradditionalguidance.ThedecisionotheCEOisfnal.UsingIStatementsPerhapsthemostimportanttiporcommunicatingwithparentsguardiansisoryoutouseIstatementsinsteadoyoustatements.IstatementswhicharedetailedintheaMAZEJourneyorGirlScoutCadettestellsomeonewhatyouneedromherorhimwhileyoustatementsmaymakethepersoneeldeensive.HerearesomeexamplesoyoustatementsYourdaughterjustisntresponsible.Yourenotdoingyourshare.NowlookatIstatementsIdliketohelpyourdaughterlearntotakemoreresponsibility.Idreallyappreciateyourhelpwithregistration.IyouneedhelpwithspecifcscenariosinvolvingparentsguardianstrytheollowingIaParentorGuardianYouCanSayIsuninvolvedandaskshowshecanhelpbutseemstohavenoideaohowtoollowthroughortakeleadershipoeventhesmallestactivity.Idoneedyourhelp.Herearesomewrittenguidelinesonhowtoprepareorourcampingtrip.Constantlytalksaboutallthewaysyoucouldmakethegroupbetter.Ineedyourleadership.Projectideasyouwouldliketode-velopandleadcanftinwellwithourplan.PleaseputyourideasinwritingandperhapsIcanhelpyoucarrythemout.TellsyouthingslikeDenisesmotherisonwelareandDenisereallydoesntbelonginthisgroup.Ineedyoursensitivity.GirlScoutingisorallgirlsandbyteachingyourdaughtertobesensitivetootherseelingsyouhelpteachthewholegroupsensitivity.Shitsparentalresponsibilitiestoyouandissobusywithherownliethatsheallowsnotimetohelp.IlovevolunteeringorGirlScoutsandwanttomakeadi-erence.IyoucouldtakeaewmomentsromyourbusyscheduletoletmeknowwhatyouvalueaboutwhatweredoingIdappreciateit.Itwouldkeepmegoingoranotheryear. 26CorrectiveActionGirlScoutsoWesternOhiohopesthatvolunteerstawillactinanappropriatemanneratalltimeswhileparticipatinginaGirlScoutcapacity.HoweverattimesitisnecessarytousecorrectiveactioninordertomaintainapositivesaeenvironmentorgirlsandtoprotecttheassetsogirlsGirlScoutgroupsandthecouncil.Objectionableorunsatisactoryconductwillnotbepermittedandmayresultindisciplinaryactionuptoandincludingterminationdependingontheseverityotheviolation.WhenpossibleGirlScoutsoWesternOhiowillworkwiththevolunteertoestablishactionstocorrectthesituation.Seriousviolationsmayinvolveimmediatesuspensionorreleaseromthevolunteerposition.SometypesoseriousoensesthatcanresultinimmediatesuspensionandorterminationincludebutarenotlimitedtotheollowingIndecencyospeechoractionsuchasfghtingdestructionopropertyorwillullyorrepeatedlydisregardingGirlScoutsoWesternOhioorGirlScoutsotheUSAspoliciesorprocedures.Dishonestyincludingbutnotlimitedtoreportingsuchthingsasqualityorquantityoproductionalsifcationotimeschedulesexpensereportsoranyothercouncilrecords.Possessionoruseoillegaldrugsorothercontrolledsubstances.Possessionoweaponsorotherdangerousobjectsoncouncilpremisesorwhileperormingcouncilactivities.Theunauthorizedpossessionoruseoalcoholoncouncilpremisesorwhileperormingcouncilactivitiesorotheruseoalcoholthatthecouncildeterminesisinconsistentwithitspoliciesorotherwiseinappropriate.Reusaltopermitcouncilmanagementtoexamineanycouncilpropertyorpersonalpropertywhileoncouncilpremises.Failuretomaintainproperquantityandqualitystandardoworkperormance.Thetdestructionorunauthorizeduseotroopserviceunitorcouncilproperty.MisuseormisconductoGirlScoutundstroopserviceunitproductsaleetc..Childabuseorailuretoreportsuspectedchildabuseincidentsimmediately.Negligenceorailuretomaintainasaeenvironmentorgirls.VolunteerResignationReleaseGirlScoutsoWesternOhioorthevolunteermayinitiatetheterminationoappointment.AvolunteermaybereleasedromanappointedpositionbecauseotheinabilityorailuretocompletetherequirementsothepositionincludingtrainingandbackgroundcheckailuretoabidebyGSUSAorGirlScoutsoWesternOhiopoliciesorstandardsmisuseormis-managementoGirlScoutundsorailuretoacceptandosterthemissionandgoalsotheorganization.VolunteersmaystillbearegisteredmemberoGirlScoutotheUnitedStatesoAmericaregardlessovoluntaryresignationorcounciltermination.Noindividualwhohaspastdueaccountsorotheroutstandingdebtswiththecounciloratrooporgroupmayserveinanyappointedposition.Volunteersmustprovidewrittenorverbalnotifcationoherhisresignationtoapaidstamember.Iavolunteerhasbeenreleasedbythecouncilthevolunteerwillbenotifedinwriting. 27Chapter2GirlScoutProgram-WhatGirlsDoTheGirlScoutprogramwhatgirlsdoinGirlScoutingoersincredibleopportunitiesorgirlstogrowintheirleadershipskillsdeveloplielongriendshipsandearnawardsalongeachstepotheirleadershipJourneysnomatterwhattheirgradelevelsexperienceswithGirlScoutingorbackground.TheGirlScoutprogramiscenteredaroundtheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceandtheJourneysareagreatwaytodelivertheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencetogirlsisthroughJourneyspowerulunandexcitingbooksandawardsthatarethecoreotheGirlScoutprogram.EachJourneyoersopportunitiestoearnawards.AttheJuniorgradelevelandabovegirlshaveanopportunitytoearnthehighestawardsinGirlScoutingtheGirlScoutBronzeSilverandGoldAwards.OcourseearningandcollectingavarietyobadgespatchesandpinsisalsoanimportantGirlScouttraditionthatlivesonbecausedoingsoencouragesgirlstolearnanddemonstrateimportantskills.AvarietyobadgeactivitiesoundintheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingallowgirlstoocusonparticularinterestareaslikefnancialliteracyhealthylivingscienceandtechnologyandoutdoorsandtheenvironment.AndGirlScoutceremoniesandsongscontinuetolinkgirlswithnotonlywiththeirGirlScoutpeerstodaybutalsowiththemanyGirlScoutswhocamebeorethem.ThischaptersharesdetailsoneachotheseexcitingelementsotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.TheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceTodayseectiveleadersstresscollaborationinclusionandacommitmenttoimprovingtheworldaroundthem.GirlsthemselvestellusthataleaderisdefnednotonlybythequalitiesandskillsshehonesbutalsobyhowsheusesthoseskillsandqualitiestomakeadierenceintheworldtoachievetransormationalchangeForthisreasontheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencetherameworkordefningwhatgirlsdoinGirlScoutinghowtheydoitandwhowillbeneftwhichwasbornoutoyearsoresearchanddevelopmentengagesgirlsinthreekeyactivitiesdiscoveringwhotheyareandwhattheyvalueconnectingwithothersandtakingactiontomaketheworldabetterplace.ThreeKeystoLeadershipTheActivitiesGirlsDoInGirlScoutinggirlsdiscoverconnectandtakeactionastheybecomeleaders.TheentireGirlScoutprogramregardlessotheexacttopicisdesignedtoleadtothe15leadershipoutcomesorbeneftsthatstemromthesethreekeys.DiscoverKeyGirlsunderstandthemselvesandtheirvaluesandusetheirknowledgeandskillstoexploretheworld.ThebeneftsoutcomesorgirlsromthediscoverkeyincludeDevelopingastrongsenseofselfDevelopingpositivevaluesGainingpracticallifeskillsandpracticinghealthylivingSeekingchallengesintheworldDevelopingcriticalthinkingskillsConnectKeyGirlscareaboutinspireandteamwithotherslocallyandglobally.BeneftsoutcomesorgirlsincludeDevelopinghealthyrelationshipsPromotingcooperationandteam-buildingResolvingconictsAdvancingdiversityinamulticulturalworldFeelingconnectedtotheirlocalandglobalcommunitiesTakeActionKeyGirlsacttomaketheworldabetterplace.BeneftsoutcomesintendedorgirlsincludeIdentifyingcommunityneedsWorkingasresourcefulproblem-solversEducatingandinspiringotherstoactAdvocatingforthemselvesandothersathomeandaroundtheworldFeelingempoweredtomakeadifferenceThemostpowerulcomponentothetakeactionkeyisnotonlydoGirlScoutsthemselvesbeneftastheygrowintheirleadershipskillsbutcommunitiesthenationandtheworldbeneftaswell.Takingactiontranslatestomakingtheworldabetterplace.CouncilGoalsSuccessinGirlScoutingisbasedontheachievementotheCouncilGoals.ThegreatestmeasureosuccessinGirlScoutingisthedegreetowhichindividualmembersbeneftordemonstratepersonalandsocialdevelopmenttowardtheourCouncilGoals.TheabovenotetheourCouncilGoals. 28GirlScoutProcessesFunWithPurposeItsnotjustwhatgirlsdobuthowtheyareengagedthatcreatesahigh-qualityexperience.AllGirlScoutactivitiesaredesignedtousethreeprocessesthatmakeGirlScoutinguniqueromschoolandotherextracurricularactivities.Whenusedtogethertheseprocessesgirl-ledlearning-by-doingandcooperative-learningensurethequalityandpromotetheunandriendshipthatssointegraltoGirlScouting.Belowyoullndbriedescriptionsoeachprocess.FormoreinormationreertheGirlScoutFundamentalsandGirlScoutGradeLeveltrainingatwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.org.1.ActivitiesAreGirl-LedGirlsoeverygradeleveltakeanactiveroleindeterminingwhatwherewhenwhyandhowtheyllstructureactivities.Aspartotheadult-girlpartnershiposteredbyGirlScoutsyouusethisprocesstostrengthenandsupportgirlsempowermentanddecision-makingrolesinactivities.Thisnon-ormaleducationtechniqueenablesthelearnertoactivelyparticipateindirectingherownlearning.Yourroleistoprovidegrade-level-appropriateguidancewhileensuringthatgirlsleadasmuchaspossibleintheplanningorganizationset-upandevaluationotheiractivities.Theolderthegirlthemoreyoustepbackandserveasaresourceandsupport.2.GirlsLearnbyDoingGirlsusehands-onlearningtoengageinanongoingcycleoactionandrefectiondeepeningtheirunderstandingoconceptsandmasteringpracticalskills.Asgirlstakepartinmeaningulactivitiesinsteadosimplywatchingthemandthenlaterevaluatewhattheyhavelearnedlearningisarmoremeaningulmemorableandlong-lasting.Youassistgirlsinthisprocessbyacilitatinggrade-level-appropriateexperiencesthroughwhichgirlscanlearnandalsobyleadingdiscussionsthatrefectonthoseexperiences.WhengirlslearnbydoingtheycanbetterconnecttheirexperiencestotheirownlivesbothinandoutoGirlScouting.3.GirlsEngageinCooperativeLearningGirlsshareknowledgeskillsandexperiencesinanatmosphereorespectandcooperationworkingtogetheronacommongoalthatengageseachindividualgirlsdiversetalents.Incooperativelearningenvironmentspeoplelearnasterprocessinormationmoreecientlyandarebetterabletoretaintheinormationlearned.Thisideaalsoknownaspositiveinterdependenceengagesgirlsinmeaningulwaysencouragesandappreciatesdierencesinoutlookandskillsandcreatesasenseobelonging.Inyourroleasavolunteeryouwanttostructurecooperative-learningactivitiesthatwillnurturehealthydiverserelationshipsandalsogivecontinuouseedbacktogirlsonthoselearningexperiences.Thesethreeprocessespromotetheunandriendshipthatorover100yearshavebeenintegraltoGirlScouting.ButtheydoevenmoreWhengirlsleadwhentheylearnbydoingandwhentheyengageincooperativelearningthe15leadershipoutcomesorbenetsdiscussedintheprecedingsectionarearmorelikelytobeunderstoodandachieved.ThekeytoachievingtheseresultsusingtheprogramprocessesistoensureprogressiontakesplaceasgirlstransitionromoneGirlScoutGradeLeveltoanother.ForexampleGirlScoutDaisieswillbeguidedbytheadultleadershipthroughtheLearningbyDoingprocessbutwhentheybecomeGirlScoutSeniorstheymaybeguidingthemselvesthroughthatprocessoraskingmuchdeeperquestions.ToGetHerThereResearchtellsusthattodaysgirlsarebackingdownromleadershipopportunitiesandthatmanyothosewhodowanttoleaddontbelievetheyhavewhatittakes.ButasGirlScoutsgirlsndthemselvespracticingleadershipandworkingtowardgoalsinasupportiveenvironmentsurroundedbypeoplewhowanttoseethemsucceedyouthevolunteersIn2012itscentennialyearGirlScoutslaunchedToGetHerTheretheboldestadvocacyandundraisingcausecampaigndedicatedtogirlsleadershipissuesinthenationshistory.Thismulti-yeareortishelpingbreakdownsocialbarriersthathindergirlsromleadingandachievingsuccessineverythingromtechnologyandsciencetobusinessandindustry.ToGetHerTheresgoalistocreategender-balancedleadershipinonegeneration.TodothatGirlScoutsisaskingalladultmembersosocietytohelpgirlsreachtheirleadershippotentialandplacethisurgentissuerontandcenteronthenationalagenda.Weallhavearoletoplayinhelpinggirlsachievetheirullleadershippotentialbecausewhengirlssucceedsodoessociety.Togetherwecangetherthere.FormoreaboutToGetHerThereincludinghowtospreadthewordaboutthecampaignvisitwww.ToGetHerThere.orgwww.acebook.comToGetHerThereandwww.twitter.comtogetherthere. 29TheNationalProgramPortolioLinkingGirlScoutingtoAcademicSuccessAnexcitingnewstudyshowsthatGirlScoutingalsocontributestoacademicsuccessinadditiontoachievingthemission.ThenationalstudybytheGirlScoutResearchInstituteGSRIoundthattheleadershipskillsandexperiencesgirlsgainthroughGirlScoutingalsohelpthemsucceedinschool.Thestudyonearly3000geographically-diverseourththrougheighthgradeGirlsScoutsoundthat1.GirlScoutparticipationhasapositiveimpactongirlsleadership.Ona1-10scaleone-thirdogirlsratedtheimpactoGirlScoutingontheirleadershipa10highestscorepossible.Eightypercentratedita7orhigher.2.GirlScoutinginfuencesacademicsuccessasmuchasormorethanpositiverelationshipswithteachersandweeklypar-ticipationinout-o-school-timeOSTactivities-non-GirlScoutactorsthatareknowntoboostsuccessinschool.3.LowersocioeconomicstatusSESgirlsthosewhosemomshavelessthanacollegeeducationreportgreaterbenetsromGirlScouting.Theyreportgreaterleadershipimpactromtheprogram.Thosewhohavegainedproblemsolvingskillsindicatemuchhigherscholasticcompetence.WhatMakesGirlScoutingDierentGirlScoutexperiencesarecharacterizedbythreeprocessesCooperativeLearningLearningbyDoingandGirl-Ledactivities.TheCooperativeLearningaspectoGirlScoutinginwhichgirlsworkwithlearnromandteacheachotherisparticularlyimpor-tantinsupportinggirlstotakeonchallengesandsolvepersonalinterpersonalandcommunityproblems.WhengirlslearntoseekchallengesandsolveproblemsinGirlScoutingithelpsthemdothesameinschooltherebysupportingtheiracademicgrowth.AdditionallyGirlScoutingoersavarietyodierentexperiencesinwhichgirlsgettotrynewthingsdeveloptheirskillsandtakeonleadershiproles.WhengirlsplanandleadprojectswhetherrelatedtocommunityserviceoutdoorexpeditionscookiesalesroboticsoranynumberootherGirlScoutthemestheygainskillsandcondencethatalsohelpsthemdowellinschool.HowGirlsDefneLeadershipResearchconductedbytheGirlScoutResearchInstitutetellsusthattoberelevantandsuccessultogirlsaleadershipprogrammustaddressgirlsaspirationalorpreerreddenitionoleadershipneedoremotionalsaetyandtheirdesireorsocialandpersonaldevelopmentwhichExpandsgirlssocialcircles.Createssupportiverelationshipspeer-to-adultandpeer-to-peer.Providessaeandsupportiveenvironmentsorreeexpression.Createsopportunitiesorgirlstoexperiencearangeoleadershipactivitiesromsocialchangeandpoliticalactivismtomoretraditionalpositionsoleadership.GirlScoutResearchInstituteChangeItUpWhatGirlsSayaboutRedefningLeadership2008MorespecicallycommunicationswithgirlsaboutaleadershipprogrammustFramecommunicationsinalanguagethatmakestheprogramrelevantandappealing.Helpgirlsunderstandidentiyandverbalizeddierentormsoleadership.Makeclearwhichaspectsoleadershipareatthecoreotheprogram.Setexpectationsandleadershipskilldevelopmentgoalsatareasonableandattainablelevel.GirlScoutResearchInstituteChangeItUpWhatGirlsSayaboutRedefningLeadership2008YoulluseseveralbooksawardsandonlineresourcestobringtheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencetoliewithgirls.WestronglyrecommendthateachgirlhasherownbooksromtheNationalProgramPortolio.ThesebookstheJourneysandTheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingandnationalprogramawardslikebadgesandpinsareanimportantpartohowGirlScoutinghelpsgirlsexperiencethepoweromillionsogirlschangingtheworldtogether.AsyouusetheNationalProgramPortoliowithgirlskeepinmindthatGirlScoutsotheUSAGSUSAcreatesmaterialstoserveourvastanddiversecommunityogirls.Tohelpbringtopicsothepageandintoliewesometimesprovidegirlsandvolunteerswithsuggestionsaboutwhatpeopleacrossthecountryandaroundtheworldaredoing.Wealsosometimesmakesuggestionsaboutmoviesbooksmusicwebsitesandmorethatmightsparkgirlsinterests.AtGSUSAweknowthatnoteveryexampleorsuggestionweprovidewillworkoreverygirlamilyvolunteerorcommunity.InpartnershipwiththosewhoassistyouwithyourGirlScoutgroupincludingparentsaithgroupsschoolsandcommunityorganizationswetrustyoutochoosereal-lietopicexpertsromyourcommunityaswellasmoviesbooksmusicwebsitesandotheropportunitiesthataremostappropriateorthegirlsinyourareatoenrichtheirGirlScoutactivities.Weareproudtobethepremierleadershiporganizationorgirls.Whilegirlsandtheiramiliesmayhavequestionsorinterestinprogrammingrelevanttootheraspectsogirlsliveswearenotalwaystheorganizationbestsuitedtooersuchinormation.Yourcouncilcanrecommendlocalorganizationsorresourcesthatarebestsuitedtodoso.AlsonotethatGSUSAcontinuouslyreviewsnationalprogramcontenttoguaranteethatallourresourcesarerelevantandageappropriateandthattheircontentdoesntincludeviolencesexinappropriatelanguageorriskybehavior.Wevalueyourinputandhopethatyouwillbringtoyourcouncilsattentionanycontentthatconcernsyou. 30NationalLeadershipJourneysOneothebestwaytodelivertheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceisthroughleadershipJourneys.ThesepowerulunandmultidisciplinaryexperienceseachspreadoverasetogatheringsarethecoreotheGirlScoutprogram.JourneysimmerseGirlScoutsinspecicthemeswhicharedetailedineachJourneysresourcesthegirlsbookandtheadultguide.TheadultguideoreachJourneyalsoeaturessamplesessionplanswithenrichingactivitiesdiscussionsandrefectionsoragroupogirlsalongwithcorrespondingcoachingtips.YoucancustomizethesesamplesessionplanstottheneedsoyourgroupwhetheryouguideatroopvolunteerataGirlScoutcampmentorgirlsonatraveladventureorengagewithgirlsinaseriesoratanevent.LeadershipJourneysensurethateveryGirlScoutineverypathwayreceivesaconsistenthigh-qualityexperiencethatengagesgirlsinrealizingspecicleadershipbenets.EachJourneyalsooersopportunitiestoenjoythelongstandingtraditionsoGirlScoutingromceremoniesandsongstoearningawardsandrelatedskillbadges.HereareaewtipsorenjoyingagreatJourneywithyourgroupogirlsCustomizeYourJourneysadultguideoersstep-by-stepactivitiesdiscussionsceremoniesandrefections.ButnoJourneyismeanttoprovidehard-and-astunchangeablelockstepsessions.AlongwiththegirlsmakethemostoresourcesinyourregiontoaddtripsactivitiesguestspeakersandtheotherspecialitemstotheJourney.YoullndplentyotipsordoingsoinyouradultguideandtheJourneywillbesomuchmoreunandrelevantasgirlsmakeittheirownTakeyourtimeorspeedthingsup.SamplesessionsintheJourneyshavebeencreatedtoshowhowitispossibletohaveaGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceinasetnumberogatherings.Manygirlsandadultsquicklyndthereismoretheywanttodowhichiswhyyouradultguideislledwithtipsorhowtostretchouttheexperience.AstheirimaginationstakeholdgirlswillhavemanymoreideasabouthowtoextendtheJourney.ConverselyyouandthegirlsmaydecideyouwanttocompleteaJourneyinonlyourorvegroupgatherings.Dowhateverworksoryouandthegirls.Harnessthepowerofstories.AllGirlScoutleadershipJourneysengagegirlsinstoriesrealandctionalogirlsandwomentakingactionintheworld.Makeuseothesestoriesandexpanduponthemwheneveryoucaninanywaythatyouandgirlswillenjoy.Storiesaterallcapturetheimaginationandmotivate.UltimatelygirlswillcreatetheirownstoriesontheJourneymeetingnewpeopleandtakingactionintheworld.WhatotherstoriesaregoingoninyourregionandhowcangirlsconnecttothemConnecttothethreekeysdiscoverconnectandtakeaction.AsavolunteerinGirlScoutsyourexperiencesandyourviewoleadershipwillinfuenceandinspiregirls.UsetherefectionexercisesintheadultguidetothinkaboutthethreekeystoleadershipdiscoverconnecttakeactionandhowyoucanbestapplythemasyouteamupwithGirlScoutsontheirleadershipJourney.ItsYourWorldChangeItThisJourneyseriesinvitesgirlstodevelopadeepunderstandingothemselvesunderstandhowpowerullytheycanactwhentheyteamwithotherswhoshareavisionandmakeadierenceintheircommunitiesbyinspiringeducatingandadvocating.Grade-levelJourneysinthisseriesareWelcometotheDaisyFlowerGardenBrownieQuestAgentofChangeforJuniorsaMAZEforCadettesGIRLtopiaforSeniorsYourVoiceYourWorldThePowerofAdvocacyforAmbassadorsItsYourPlanetLoveItThisJourneyseriesinvitesgirlstomakesenseothewealthoenvironmentalinormationavailablesothattheycanactorthebettermentoEarthanditsinhabitants.Inthisseriesgirlstackleissueslikeconservationpollutionandrenewableandreusableresourcesallwhileocusingonleadershipdevelopment.GradelevelJourneysinthisseriesareBetweenEarthandSkyforDaisiesWOWWondersofWaterforBrowniesGETMOVINGforJuniorsBREATHEforCadettesSOWWHATforSeniorsJUSTICEforAmbassadorsItsYourStoryTellItThisseriesoleadershipJourneysmadepossibleinpartbyagenerousgrantromDoveisdesignedtostrengthenagirlssenseoherselandboosthercapacitytoseekandmeetchallengesintheworldallbygivinghertheopportunitytohearcreateandtellstoriesinarangeocreativemediums.5Flowers4Stories3CheersforAnimalsforDaisiesAWorldofGirlsforBrowniesaMUSEforJuniorsMEdiaforCadettesMISSIONSISTERHOODforSeniorsBLISSLiveItGiveItforAmbassadors 31TheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingandNationalProfciencyBadgesInadditiontotheLeadershipJourneysgirlsateachGirlScoutgradelevelhavetheirowneditionoTheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingabinderulloinormationaboutbeingaGirlScoutandhowtoearncertainbadgesincludingonesaboutnancialliteracyandtheGirlScoutCookieProgram.GirlswhowanttoearnmorebadgescanaddaSkillBuildingBadgeSettiedtothethemeotheJourneytheyvechosen.WhenaGirlScoutearnsabadgeitshowsthatsheslearnedanewskillsuchashowtomakeahealthysnackortakegreatdigitalphotos.Itmayevensparkaninterestatschoolorplanttheseedorauturecareer.PleaserememberthatwedontexpectyoutobeanexpertinthebadgetopicsjusthaveunlearningbydoingwiththegirlsWhileyourehavingunkeepinmindBadgesareoreducatinggirlsnotordecoratingtheirsashesandvests.Thequalityoagirlsexperienceandtheskillsandprideshegainsromearningleadershipawardsandskill-buildingbadgesaroutweighthequantityobadgessheearns.IyoureworkingwithGirlScoutDaisiespleasenotethattheyearnPetalsandLeaveswhichormafowerinsteadobadges.ThereareseveralwaystosupplementtheNationalProgramPortolioandenhancegirlstimeasGirlScoutsandhaveunwhileyouredoingitAewothemareoutlinedbelow.DigitalprogrammingTheForGirlssectionogirlscouts.orgeaturesavarietyovideosgamesblogsandotherunwaystoenrichtheGSLE.Girlswillndopportunitiestoposttheirideasorpublicserviceannouncementsontopicsthatmattertothemandgetinspiredbywatchingshortvideosthattellthestoriesowomenromallwalksolie.IyouworkwithGirlScoutDaisiesandBrowniesyoumightlikethesitesprint-and-playcoloringandgamepagesgreatorhavingonhandwhenenergeticgirlsgettogetherBothgirlsandvolunteerswillhaveunwithBadgeExploreranoverviewoallothebadgesgirlscanearn.ForGirlsisupdatedrequentlysocheckbackotenandinvitegirlstodothesameMakeYourOwnBadgeGirlsarewelcometodevelopandcompleteactivitiestomaketheirownbadgeagreatwaytoexploreatopicopersonalinterest.InadditiongirlswhomaketheirownbadgewilllearnhowtolearnwhichisanimportantskilltohaveinschoolonthejobandinlieOncegirlschecktheAwardsLoginTheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingtomakesuretheresnotalreadyabadgeonthetopictheywanttoexploretheyllollowstepsoutlinedinthathandbooktocompletetherequirementsortheirveryownbadge.EvenbettertheycangoonlinetodesignandpurchaseabadgethatlaterarrivesinthemailFormoreinormationcheckouttheMakeYourOwnBadgewebsite.MyPromiseMyFaithPinTheGirlScoutLawincludesmanyotheprinciplesandvaluescommontomostaiths.AndeventhoughGirlScoutsisasecularorganizationwevealwaysencouragedgirlstoexplorespiritualityviatheirownaiths.GirlsoallgradelevelscannowearntheMyPromiseMyFaithpin.BycareullyexaminingtheGirlScoutLawanddirectlytyingittotenetsoheraithagirlcanearnthepinonceeachyearsheparticipatesinGirlScouting.YoucanndmoreabouttherequirementsorthispininTheGirlsGuidetoGirlScouting.TheGirlScoutCookieProgramInadditiontogivinggirlsanopportunitytoearnmoneytoundtheirGirlScoutinggoalstakingpartintheGirlScoutCookieProgramteachesgirlsveimportantskillsthatservethemthroughouttheirlivesgoalsettingmoneymanagementpeopleskillsdecisionmakingandbusinessethics.FormoreoneverythinginvolvedintheGirlScoutCookieProgramfiptotheManagingGroupFinanceschapterothishandbookOutdoorAdventuresBeingoutsideisagreatwayorgirlstoexploreleadershipbuildskillsanddevelopadeepappreciationornature.Whethertheyspendanaternoonexploringalocalhikingtrailoraweekatcampbeingoutsidegivesgirlsanopportunitytogrowexploreandhaveuninawholenewenvironment.Formoreinormationvisitwww.girlscouts.orgprogrambasicscamping.FormoreideasabouthowtousetheGirlScoutJourneyspleasereertotheJourneyMapsatwww.girlscouts.orgprogramjourneymaps.asp 32Spanish-languageResourcesTwootheJourneyseriesItsYourWorldChangeItandItsYourPlanetLoveItareavailableinSpanishasaretwonewsupportingbooksorSpanish-speakingvolunteerstousewithSpanish-speakingandbilingualGirlScoutBrowniesandJuniorsLasGirlScoutsBrowniesCambianElMundoGirlScoutBrowniesChangetheWorldandLasGirlScoutsJuniorsApuntanalasEstrellasGirlScoutJuniorsReachortheStars.ThebookswhichintroducetheGirlScoutmovementtothesegirlsandtheiramiliesprovideeverythingyouneedoraun-flledyearinGirlScouting.Formoreinormationontheseresourcescontactyourcouncil.PuttingItAllTogetherAllothismayseemoverwhelmingbutdontworry.ThenextewpagesgiveyouanideaowhatsinvolvedwhenyouusetheNationalProgramPortoliowithgirlsateachGirlScoutgradelevel. 33 34 35 36 37 38EmblemsandPatchesInadditiontoJourneyawardsandbadgesintheGirlsGuidegirlscancommemoratetheirGirlScoutadventureswithemblemsandpatcheswhichcanbewornontheirvestsorsashes.EmblemsshowmembershipinGirlScoutsaparticularcouncilaparticulartrooporinsomeotherGirlScoutgroup.ThesecanbewornontherontoasashorvestseethediagraminthehandbooksectionoTheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingtoseewheretheseareplaced.Participationpatchesaredevelopedatthenationalorcouncillevelwithaocusonparticipation.Somecomewithcompanionactivitybookletswhileothersaregivenoutatevents.Thesearewornonthebackothesashorvestsincetheyarenotemblemsorearnedawards.YoucanpurchaseemblemsandpatchesalongwithbadgesandleadershipawardsatyourcouncilsGirlScoutshoporbyvisitingtheGSUSAonlineshop.ThereyounotonlyfndacoollistotheearnedawardsoreachgradelevelbutalsocanclickonalinkthatshowsyouexactlywheregirlscanplacealltheiremblemsawardsbadgespinsandpatchesontheirvestsandsashesGirlScoutBronzeSilverandGoldAwardTheGirlScoutBronzeSilverandGoldAwardsareGirlScoutingshighestawards.Theseawardsoergirlsrelevantgrade-level-appropriatechallengesrelatedtoteamworkgoalsettingandcommunitynetworkingandleadership.Theyalsoengagegirlsinbuildingnetworksthatnotonlysupportthemintheirawardprojectsbutinneweducationalandcareeropportunities.LikeeverythinggirlsdoinGirlScoutingthestepstoearningtheseawardsarerootedintheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.Thisiswhytoearneachotheseawardsgirlsfrstcompleteagrade-levelJourneytwoJourneysortheGoldAward.WithJourneysgirlsexperiencethekeystoleadershipandlearntoidentiycommunityneedsworkinpartnershipwiththeircommunitiesandcarryouttake-actionprojectsthatmakealastingdierence.TheycanthenusetheskillstheydevelopedonaJourneytodevelopandexecuteexcellentprojectsortheirGirlScoutBronzeSilverandGoldAwards.AsaGirlScoutvolunteerencouragegirlstogooritbyearningtheseawardsattheJuniorthroughAmbassadorlevels.CheckoutsomeotheawardprojectsgirlsinyourcouncilaredoingandtalktoaewpastrecipientsotheGirlScoutGoldAward.Youllbeinspiredwhenyouseeandhearwhatgirlscanaccomplishasleadersandbytheconfdencevaluesandteam-buildingexpertisetheygainwhiledoingso.AllthisocoursestartswithyouaGirlScoutvolunteerEncouragegirlstogoaterGirlScoutingshighestawardsinormationisavailableonline.Visitwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgtolearnmoreaboutyourcouncilsprocess.DidyouknowthataGirlScoutwhohasearnedherGoldAwardimmediatelyrisesonerankinallourbranchesotheU.S.MilitaryAnumberocollege-scholarshipopportunitiesalsoawaitGoldAwarddesignees.AgirldoesnothoweverhavetoearnaBronzeorSilverAwardbeoreearningtheGirlScoutGoldAward.Sheiseligibletoearnanyrecognitionatthegradelevelinwhichsheisregistered.ATraditionofHonoringGirlsFromthebeginningoGirlScoutsoneprestigiousawardhasrecognizedthegirlswhomakeadierenceintheircommunitiesandintheirownlives.Thefrstin1916wastheGoldenEagleoMerit.In1919thenamechangedtoTheGoldenEagletandin1920therequirementsorTheGoldenEagletwereupdated.TheFirstClassAwardexistedoronlytwoyearsrom19381940andwasreplacedin1940withTheCurvedBarAwardtherequirementsorwhichwereupdatedin1947.In1963GSUSAre-introducedtheFirstClassAwardoragirlwhowasanall-aroundpersonwithskillsinmanyfeldsandaprofciencyinone.TodayshighestawardtheGirlScoutGoldAwardwasintroducedin1980andremainstoday.ScholarshipsforGirlScoutsGirlScoutsotheUSAhascompliedalistouniversitiescollegesandoundationsthatoerscholarshipsorGirlScouts.FormoreinormationpleasereerencetheGirlScoutsotheUSAwebsiteatwww.girlscouts.orgwhoweareactsscholarships. 39OtherInitiativesandOpportunitiesOtherexcitinginitiativesandopportunitiesexisttosupporttheGSLE.InthepastthesetopicsincludedtheenvironmentroboticsspaceexplorationandmoreAewexamplesarelistedhereandyoucanndouthowtoengageyourgroupinopportunitieslikethesebycontactingyourlocalcouncilorbyvisitingwww.girlscouts.orgprogramprogram_opportunities.CouncilsponsoredprogramopportunitiesarehostedbyGirlScoutsoWesternOhiopaidandvolunteersstathroughoutthecouncil.Theseopportunitiesoertroopsandindividualgirlsachancetomeetothergirlsandadultmembersromwithinthecouncilsjurisdiction.Theyaredesignedtomeettheneedsogirlsandenhancetheresourcesalreadyavailablethroughtheircommunity.ReligiousRecognitionsTheGirlScoutsotheU.S.Ahasapprovedthesereligiousrecognitionsandallowstherecognitiontobewornontheocialuniorm.Eachreligiousorganizationdevelopsandadministersitsownawards.Visitwww.praypub.orgormoreinormation.TheGirlsGuidetoGirlScoutingalsoeaturestheMyPromiseMyFaithPinateachGirlScoutgradelevel.Formoreinormationaboutreligiousrecognitionsvisitwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.org.ThroughoutthelonghistoryoGirlScoutscertaintraditionsremainmeaningulandimportantandarestillpracticedtoday.ThissectiondescribesannualcelebrationsintheGirlScoutyearaswellasotherreveredGirlScouttraditions.GirlScoutCalendarGirlScoutscelebratethreespecialbirthdayseachyearwhichyoureencouragedtoincludeinyourgroupplanning.February22WorldThinkingDaythebirthdayobothLordBaden-PowellandLadyOlaveBaden-PowelltheoriginatorsoBoyScoutsandtheScoutingMovementworldwide.March12ThebirthdayoGirlScoutingintheUSA.ThersttroopmeetingwasheldinSavannahGeorgiaonthisdatein1912.NotethatGirlScoutWeekbeginstheSundaybeoreMarch12adayknownasGirlScoutSundayandextendsthroughtheSaturdayollowingMarch12adayknownasGirlScoutSabbath.ThirdweekinAprilVolunteerAppreciationWeekcentersonthelong-standingNationalGirlScoutLeadersDayApril22butexpandsthedenitionovolunteersbeyondtroopleaderstoincludeallthevolunteerswhoworkinsomanywaysonbehalogirlsinGirlScouting.October31FoundersDayJulietteGordonLowsbirthday.Time-HonoredCeremoniesCeremoniesplayanimportantpartinGirlScoutsandareusednotonlytocelebrateaccomplishmentsexperiencetime-honoredtraditionsandreinorcethevaluesothePromiseandLawbutalsotoencouragegirlstotakeashortpauseintheirbusylivesandconnectwiththeirellowGirlScoutsinunandmeaningulways.ManyexamplesoceremoniesorawardsmeetingopeningsandclosingsandsoonaresewnrightintotheJourneyincludingideasornewceremoniesgirlscancreateGirlsuseceremoniesorallsortsoreasonstoopenorclosemeetingsgiveoutawardswelcomenewmembersrenewmembershipsandhonorspecialGirlScoutaccomplishments.AbrielistinalphabeticalorderollowssothatyoucanbecomeamiliarwiththemostcommonGirlScoutceremoniesBridgingceremoniesmarkagirlsmoveromonegradeleveloGirlScoutingtoanothersuchasromJuniortoCadette.NotethatFly-UpisaspecialbridgingceremonyorGirlScoutBrownieswhoarebridgingtoJuniors.Closingceremoniesnalizethemeetingwithexpectationsorthenext.Aclosingceremonymaybeassimpleasahandsqueezewhilestandinginacircle.CourtofAwardsisatimetorecognizegirlswhohaveaccomplishedsomethingspectacularduringtheGirlScoutyear.FlagceremoniescanbepartoanyactivitythathonorstheAmericanfag.GirlScoutBronzeorSilverorGoldAwardceremonyhonorsGirlScoutJuniorswhohaveearnedtheGirlScoutBronzeAwardCadetteswhohaveearnedtheSilverAwardSeniorsorAmbassadorswhohaveearnedtheGoldAwardandisusuallyheldoragrouporcombinedwiththecouncilrecognition.GirlScoutsOwnisagirl-ledprogramthatallowsgirlstoexploretheireelingsandbeliesaroundatopicsuchastheimportanceoriendshiporthepersonalmeaningtheygetromGirlScoutPromiseandLawusingthespokenwordavoritesongspoetryorothermethodsoexpression.Itisneverareligiousceremony.InvestiturewelcomesnewmembersgirlsoradultsintotheGirlScoutamilyorthersttime.GirlsreceivetheirGirlScoutBrownieGirlScoutorDaisyGirlScoutpinatthistime.Openingceremoniesstarttroopmeetingsandcanalsobeginothergroupmeetings.Pinningceremonieshelpcelebratewhengirlsreceivegrade-levelGirlScoutpins.RededicationceremoniesareopportunitiesorgirlsandadultstorenewtheircommitmenttotheGirlScoutPromiseandLaw.Formoreaboutceremoniesvisitwww.girlscouts.orgprogramgs_centralceremonies.GirlScoutTraditionsPassitOn 40SignsSongsHandshakeandMoreOvertimeanyorganizationisgoingtodevelopaewcommonsignalsthateveryoneunderstands.SuchisthecasewithGirlScoutswhichhasdevelopedaewuniquewaystogreetacknowledgeandcommunicatesomeowhicharelistedhere.GirlScoutSignTheideaothesigncameromthedaysochivalrywhenarmedknightsgreetedriendlyknightsbyraisingtherighthandpalmopenasasignoriendship.TogivethesignraisethethreemiddlefngersotherighthandpalmorwardandshoulderhighthethreeextendedfngersrepresentthethreepartsotheGirlScoutPromise.GirlsgivethesignwhentheySaythePromiseorLaw.ArewelcomedintoGirlScoutsataninvestitureceremonythatwelcomesnewmembers.Receiveanawardpatchpinorotherrecognition.GreetotherGirlScoutsandGirlGuides.GirlScoutHandshakeThehandshakeisamoreormalwayogreetingotherGirlScoutsandisalsoanappropriatewaytoreceiveanaward.ShakelethandsandgivetheGirlScoutSignwithyourrighthand.QuietSignThequietsigncanbeextremelyuseultoyouasavolunteersoteachittogirlsduringyourfrstmeeting.Raiseyourrighthandhighwithanopenpalm.Asgirlsinthegroupseethesigntheystoptalkingandalsoraisetheirhands.Onceeveryoneissilentthemeetingcanbegin.GirlScoutSloganandMottoTheGirlScoutsloganisDoagoodturndaily.TheGirlScoutmottoisBeprepared.SongsWhethersingingaroundacampfreorjoiningachorusovoicesontheMallinWashingtonD.C.GirlScoutshavealwaysenjoyedtheunandellowshipomusic.InactthefrstGirlScoutSongBookacollectionosongsputtogetherbygirlmemberswaspublishedin1925.SongscanbeusedtoopenorclosemeetingsenhanceceremonieslightenaloadwhilehikingorshareaspecialmomentwithotherGirlScouts.Fortipsonchoosingandleadingsongsgotohttpwww.girlscouts.orgprogramgs_centralactivity_ideassongleading.asp.Avarietyosongbooksarealsoavailableorpurchase.CheckoutyourcouncilshoporvisittheGSUSAonlineshop. 41Chapter3EngagingGirlsatAllGradeLevelsAsaGirlScoutvolunteeryoullbeworkingwithgirlsoallbackgroundsbehaviorsskillsandabilities.Nomatterwhatagirlsgradelevelorbackgroundyouhavetheopportunitytoengageherinmeaningulwaysandhelpherdevelopleadershipskillsshecanusenowandasshegrowsallinasaeandacceptingenvironment.Thischaptergivesyoutipsordoingjustthat.ArrangingaTimeandSpaceorGirl-LedMeetingsWhentomeetisatyourandyourco-volunteersdiscretionItmayjustbeonetimeorthisparticulargroupogirls.Oriyoumeetregularlywhatdayandtimesworkbestorthegirlsoryouoryourco-volunteersandorotheradultswhowillbepresentingormentoringOnceperweektwiceamonthoronceamonthIsater-schoolbestCanyourco-volunteersmeetatthattimeorwillmeetingsworkbetterintheeveningsorontheweekendsWheretomeetcanbeabittrickierAmeetingplaceneedstoprovideasaecleanandsecureenvironmentthatallowsortheparticipationoallgirls.Youmightconsiderusingmeetingroomsatschoolslibrarieshousesoworshipcommunitybuildingschildcareacilitiesandlocalbusinesses.Forteensyoucanalsorotatemeetingsatcoeeshopsbookstoresandotherplacesgirlsenjoyspendingtime.HereareaewpointstokeepinmindasyouconsidermeetinglocationsCostThespaceshouldbereetouse.SizeMakesurethespaceislargeenoughtoholdallthegirlsinthegroupwhileengagedinavarietyoactivities.AvailabilityBesurethespaceisavailableatthetimeanddayyouwanttomeetortheentirelengthotimeyouplantousethespace.ResourcesDeterminewhattypesournishingstablechairscomewiththeroomandensurethatthelightingisadequate.Abonuswouldbeacubbyosomesortwhereyoucanstoresupplies.SaetyEnsurethatthespaceissaesecurecleanproperlyventilatedheatedorcooleddependingonyourlocationreeromhazardsandhasatleasttwoexitsthatarewell-markedandullyunctional.Alsobesurerst-aidequipmentisonhandandthatgirlsandadultswithdisabilitiescansaelyenterandexitthespace.FacilitiesSanitaryandaccessibletoiletsarecritical.Communication-riendlyBesureyourcellphoneworksinthemeetingspace.Allergen-reeEnsurethatpetdanderandothercommonallergenswontbothersusceptiblegirlsduringmeetings.AccessibilityBesurethespacecanaccommodategirlswithdisabilitiesaswellasparentswithdisabilitieswhomaycometomeetings.IthisisyourrsttimeaskingoraGirlScoutmeetingplacehereareaewspeakingpointstogetyoustartedImaGirlScoutvolunteerwithagroupo______girls.Weredoinglotsogreatthingsorgirlsandorthecommunitylike____and______.Wereallaboutleadershipthekindthatgirlsuseintheirdailylivesandthekindthatmakesourcommunitybetter.Wedlovetoholdourmeetingsherebecause______.GirlScoutGroupSizeGirlScoutgroupsarelargeenoughtoprovideacooperativelearningenvironmentandsmallenoughtoallowordevelopmentoindividualgirls.ItisrecommendedthatgroupsizeswhenpossibleareasollowsGirlScoutDaisies5-12girlsGirlScoutBrownies10-20girlsGirlScoutJuniors10-25girlsGirlScoutCadettes5-25girlsGirlScoutSeniors5-30girlsGirlScoutAmbassadors5-30girlsAdultsandgirlsregisteringingroupsolessthanvegirlsandortwoapprovedunrelatedadultvolunteersatleastoneowhomiseamlewillberegisteredasindividualGirlScoutstomoreaccuratelyrefecttheirstatusandexperience.IndividualgirlsarestillwelcometoparticipateinGirlScoutactivitiesandevents.RequestorCertifcateoInsuranceWhenreservingaacilityincludingatroopmeetingspaceorindevelopingprogramplanswithcommunityorganizationsvolunteersmaybeaskedtoprovideacerticateoinsurancetoveriyGirlScoutliabilityinsurancecoverage.VolunteersmaysubmittheRequestorCerticateoInsuranceonlineormoundonthecouncilwebsite.Certicateswillbemailedaxeddirectlytothelocationwithintwoweeks.ItheacilityalsorequiresthatvolunteersorgirlssignaHoldHarmlessAgreementorotherliabilitywaiverthewaivershouldbesenttoregionalservicecenterorreviewbythedirectororegionalservicesbeoresigning. 42UnderstandingHealthyDevelopmentinGirlsJustbeingattentivetowhatgirlsareexperiencingastheymatureisabighelptogirls.Sotakesometimetounderstandthelikesneedsandabilitiesogirlsatdierenceages.Asyoulistenandlearnalongwithgirlsyoumayfndituseultoreviewthehighlightsotheirdevelopment.Whatollowsarethedevelopmentalabilitiesandneedsogirlsatvariousgradelevels.YoullalsofndtheselistedintheadultguideoeachleadershipJourneyalongwithtipsorhowtomakethemostothemasyouguideandpartnerwithgirls.Ocourseeachgirlisanindividualsotheseareonlyguidelinesthathelpyougettoknowthegirls.CreatingaSafeEnvironmentAsaespaceisoneinwhichgirlseelasthoughtheycanbethemselveswithoutexplanationjudgmentorridicule.GirlScoutresearchshowsthatgirlsarelookingoranemotionallysaeenvironmentwheregirlscanbethemselvesconfdentialityisrespectedandtheycanexpressthemselveswithoutear.Theenvironmentyoucreatethereoreiskeytodevelopingthesortogroupthatgirlswanttobeparto.Theollowingsectionssharesometipsoncreatingawarmsaeenvironmentorgirls.ReertotheLeadershipEssentialsormoreinormationaboutsettingoasaeenvironmentwithgirls.ArrangingMeetingswithParentsGuardiansEveryGirlScoutyearorgrouposessionsshouldstartwithaparentmeeting.Aparentguardianmeetingisachanceoryoutogettoknowtheamiliesothegirlsinyourgroup.Itsagoodideatohaveaparentmeetingatthebeginningotheyearorwhenplanninglargetripsorgroupprojects.Beorethemeetingbesureyouandoryourco-volunteershavedonetheollowingForyoungergirlsarrangedoraparentanothervolunteeroragroupooldergirlstodoactivitieswiththegirlsinyourgroupwhileyoutalkwiththeirparentsguardiansigirlswillattendthemeetingtoo.PracticedadiscussionontheollowingGirlScoutMissionPromiseandLawbeneftsoGirlScoutingortheirdaughtersincludinghowtheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceisaunandeectiveprogramordevelopinggirlleadersalltheunactivitiesthegirlsaregoingtohaveexpectationsorgirlsandtheirparentsguardiansandideasohowparentsandotherguardianscanparticipateinandenrichtheirdaughtersGirlScoutexperiences.DeterminedwhenproductsalesincludingGirlScoutCookiesaleswillhappeninyourcouncilparentsguardianswillabsolutelywanttoknowDeterminedwhatinormationparentsshouldbringtothemeeting.Createdaone-pageinormationsheetyourcontactinormationcontactinormationoco-volunteersandhelpersthedayandtimeoeachmeetinglocationoanddirectionstothemeetingplacewhattobringwiththemandinormationonhowtogetJourneybooksandothermerchandiselikesashesvestsT-shirtsandsoon.Gatheredorcreatedsuppliesincludingasign-insheetaninormationsheetpermissionormsorparentsguardiansalsoavailableromyourcouncilhealthhistoryormsasrequiredbyyourcouncilandGSUSAregistrationorms.PreparedinormationabouthowparentsandguardianscanhelpbeingasspecifcasyoucanaboutthekindohelpyouwillneedRegisteringtheGirlsinGirlScoutingEveryparticipantgirloradultinGirlScoutingmustregisterandbecomeamemberoGirlScoutsotheUSAGSUSA.GSUSAmembershipduesarevalidoroneyear.Membershipduescurrently15aresentbythecounciltoGSUSAnoneotheduesstayswiththecouncil.Membershipduesmaynotbetranserredtoanothermemberandarenotreundable.Returningtroopsareencouragedtosetasideaportionotheirbankaccounttousetore-registergirlsortheollowingyear.Pre-registrationortheupcomingmembershipyearoccursinthespring.Girlsareencouragedtoregisterearlytoavoidtheallrush.EarlyregistrationhelpsensureuninterruptedreceiptoormsandmaterialsromthecouncilhelpsgirlsandleadersplanaheadandgetsgirlsexcitedabouttheirupcomingGirlScoutyear.GirlScoutgradelevelisbasedonthegirlsgradeatthestartothemembershipyearbeginningOctober1.AllmemberscanregisteronlinethrougheBiz.PaperregistrationormscanbedownloadedromourwebsiteorrequestedromtheGirlScoutCenter.WorkingwithParentsandGuardiansMostparentsandguardiansarehelpulandsupportiveandsincerelyappreciateyourtimeandeortonbehalotheirdaughters.AndyoualmostalwayshavethesamegoalwhichistomakeGirlScoutinganenrichingexperienceortheirgirls.Encouragethemtocheckoutwww.girlscouts4girls.orgtofndouthowtoexpandtheirrolesasadvocatesortheirdaughters. 43ImplementingYourParentMeetingYourereetostructuretheparentguardianmeetinginwhateverwayworksoryoubuttheollowingstructureworksormanynewandexperiencedvolunteersAsthegirlsandadultsarriveaskthemtosignin.Openthemeetingbywelcomingthegirlsandadults.Introduceyourselandotherco-volunteersorhelpers.HaveadultsandgirlsintroducethemselvesdiscusswhetheranyoneintheiramilieshasbeenaGirlScoutandtalkaboutwhatGirlScoutingmeanstothem.WelcomeeveryoneregardlessoexperienceandletthemknowtheywillbelearningaboutGirlScoutstoday.IyourenewtoGirlScoutingdontworryjustleteveryoneknowyoullbelearningaboutGirlScoutingtogetherAskthegirlstogowiththeadultorteeninchargeotheiractivityandbeginthediscussion.DiscusstheinormationyoupreparedorthismeetingAlltheungirlsaregoingtohaveWhenandwherethegroupwillmeetandsomeexamplesoactivitiesthegirlsmightchoosetodo.Thataparentguardianpermissionormisusedoractivitiesoutsidethegroupsusualmeetingplaceandtheimportanceocompletingandreturningitasindicated.Howyouplantokeepintouchwithparentsguardiansemailtextmessagingaphonetreefiersthegirlstakehomepostingonaninvitation-onlygroupyoucreateonFacebookarejustsomeideas.TheGirlScoutMissionPromiseandLaw.TheGirlScoutprogramespeciallywhattheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceisandwhattheprogramdoesortheirdaughters.WhenGirlScoutCookiesandotherproductswillgoonsaleandhowparticipationinproductsalesteacheslieskillsandhelpsundgroupactivities.ThecostomembershipwhichincludesannualGSUSAduesanygrouppaymentsaskyourlocalcounciloptionaluniormsandanyresourcesparentsguardianswillneedtobuysuchasaJourneybook.RevieweBizregistrationinstructions.FormoreinormationgotothecouncilwebsiteandclickoneBizandeBizhelp.TheavailabilityonancialassistanceandhowtheGirlScoutCookiesaleandotherproductsalesgenerateundsorthegrouptreasuryandcreateauniquelearningopportunityorgirls.FamilyPartnershipCampaign-ThatamiliescanalsomakedonationstothecouncilthatsupporttheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.Thatyoumaybelookingoradditionalvolunteersandinwhichareasyouarelookingbeasspecicaspossible.Remindthegroupothenextmeetingandthankeveryoneorattending.Holdthenextmeetingwhenitmakessenseoryouandyourco-volunteersthatmaybeintwomonthsiace-to-acemeetingsarebestornotatalliyourediligentaboutkeepingintouchwithparentsguardiansviaemailphonecallsorsomeotherormocommunication.Aterthemeetingollowupwithanyparentsguardianswhodidnotattendtoconnectthemwiththegroupinormthemodecisionsanddiscusshowtheycanbesthelpthegirls.Problem-SolvingwithParentsForassistanceincommunicationandproblem-solvingwithparentspleasereertoProblem-SolvingwithParentsintheProblem-SolvingSectionoVolunteerManagement-VolunteerPersonnelPoliciesandProcedures.ReengagingGirlsTheendothetroopyeardoesnthavetobetheendoagirlstimewithGirlScoutingortheendoyourtimewithgirls.Somegirlsmaynolongerhavetimeoraull-yearcommitmentandwillbeunsurewhatsnextorthem.Otherswontbeabletoimaginetheirliveswithoutthissamegroupogirls.HereshowyoucanbesthelpreengageyourtroopSomegirlsmaywantotheroptionsbesidestroops.ThatsokayGirlScoutsoersmanywaystoparticipate.Talktogirlsaboutdayandresidentcamptravelopportunitiesseriesoeringsandeventsthecouncilmayoer.Oldergirlsespeciallyenjoytheseshorter-termfexiblewaystobeGirlScouts.Somegirlswillbeexcitedtobridgetothenextgrade-levelinGirlScoutingandwilllooktoyouorguidanceonhowtoholdabridgingceremony.EveniyourenotsureoyourcontinuedparticipationwithGirlScoutsbesuretocapturetheirexcitementandworkwiththemtoplanameaningulbridgingceremony.Iyouwontbeontinuingwiththegroupworkwithotheradultstondnewleadershiporthegirls.TalktogirlsaboutearningtheirGirlScoutBronzeSilverorGoldAwardswhichareopportunitiesorthemtomakeadramaticdierenceintheircommunitiesandtohaveplentytobragaboutwithcollegeadmissionsocerstooAndwhataboutyouIyouwanttostaywiththistroopstartworkingwiththemtoplantheirgroupactivitiesnextyear.AndiyourealittlewornoutbutareinterestedinstayingwithGirlScoutsinotherfexiblewaysbesuretoletthecouncilknowhowyoudliketobeapartogirlslivesintheuture.AreyoureadytovolunteeratcampHelporganizeaseriesoreventTakeatripThepossibilitiesareendless. 44Chapter4Safety-WiseInGirlScoutingtheemotionalandphysicalsaetyandwell-beingogirlsisalwaysatoppriorityHereswhatyouneedtoknow.KnowingYourResponsibilitiesYoutheparentsguardiansothegirlsinyourgroupandthegirlsthemselvessharetheresponsibilityorstayingsae.Thenextthreesectionsfeshoutwhosresponsibleorwhat.ResponsibilitiesoftheVolunteerGirlScoutSafetyGuidelinesEveryadultinGirlScoutingisresponsibleorthephysicalandemotionalsaetyogirlsandwealldemonstratethatbyagreeingtoollowtheseguidelinesatalltimes.FollowtheSafetyActivityCheckpoints.InstructionsorstayingsaewhileparticipatinginactivitiesaredetailedintheSaetyActivityCheckpointsavailableonthecouncilwebsitewww.girlscoutsowesternohio.org.Readthecheckpointsollowthemandsharethemwithothervolunteersparentsandgirlsbeoreengaginginactivitieswithgirls.Arrangeforproperadultsupervisionofgirls.Yourgroupmusthaveatleasttwounrelatedapprovedadultvolunteerspresentatalltimesplusadditionaladultvolunteersasnecessarydependingonthesizeothegroupandtheagesandabilitiesogirls.Adultvolunteersmustbeatleast18yearsoldortheageomajoritydenedbythestateiitisolderthan18andmustbescreenedbyyourcouncilbeorevolunteering.Oneleadvolunteerineverygroupmustbeemale.Getparentguardianpermission.Whenanactivitytakesplacethatisoutsidethenormaltimeandplaceadviseeachparentguardianothedetailsotheactivityandobtainpermissionorgirlstoparticipate.SeeParentGuardianPermissionFormoncouncilwebsite.Reportabuse.Sexualadvancesimpropertouchingandsexualactivityoanykindwithgirlmembersareorbidden.Physicalverbalandemotionalabuseogirlsisalsoorbidden.FollowyourcouncilsguidelinesorreportingconcernsaboutabuseorneglectthatmaybeoccurringinsideoroutsideoGirlScoutingoundinPoliciessectionoVolunteerEssentials.Bepreparedforemergencies.Workwithgirlsandotheradultstoestablishandpracticeproceduresoremergenciesrelatedtoweatherrelostgirlsadultsandsitesecurity.Alwayskeephandyawell-stockedrst-aidkitgirlhealthhistoriesandcontactinormationorgirlsamilies.Travelsafely.WhentransportinggirlstoplannedGirlScouteldtripsandotheractivitiesthatareoutsidethenormaltimeandplaceeverydrivermustbeanapprovedadultvolunteerandhaveagooddrivingrecordavalidlicenseandaregisteredinsuredvehicle.Insistthateveryoneisinalegalseatandwearsherseatbeltatalltimesandadheretostatelawsregardingboosterseatsandrequirementsorchildreninrearseats.Ensuresafeovernightoutings.Preparegirlstobeawayromhomebyinvolvingtheminplanningsotheyknowwhattoexpect.Avoidhavingmensleepinthesamespaceasgirlsandwomen.Duringamilyorparent-daughterovernightsoneamilyunitmaysleepinthesamesleepingquartersinprogramareas.Whenparentsarestangeventsdaughtersshouldremaininquarterswithothergirlsratherthaninstaareas.Role-modeltherightbehavior.Neveruseillegaldrugs.Dontconsumealcoholsmokeoruseoullanguageinthepresenceogirls.DonotcarryammunitionorrearmsinthepresenceogirlsoronGirlScoutpropertyunlessparticipatinginacouncilapprovedmarksmanshipprogram.Createanemotionallysafespace.AdultsareresponsibleormakingGirlScoutingaplacewheregirlsareassaeemotionallyastheyarephysically.Protecttheemotionalsaetyogirlsbycreatingateamagreementandcoachinggirlstohonorit.Agreementstypicallyencouragebehaviorslikerespectingadiversityoeelingsandopinionsresolvingconfictsconstructivelyandavoidingphysicalandverbalbullyingcliquebehavioranddiscrimination.Ensurethatnogirlistreateddifferently.GirlScoutswelcomesallmembersregardlessoraceethnicitybackgrounddisabilityamilystructurereligiousbeliesandsocioeconomicstatus.Whenschedulinghelpingplanandcarryingoutactivitiescareullyconsidertheneedsoallgirlsinvolvedincludingschoolschedulesamilyneedsnancialconstraintsreligiousholidaysandtheaccessibilityoappropriatetransportationandmeetingplaces.Promoteonlinesafety.Instructgirlsnevertoputtheirullnamesorcontactinormationonlineengageinvirtualconversationwithstrangersorarrangein-personmeetingswithonlinecontacts.Ongroupwebsitespublishgirlsrstnamesonlyandneverdivulgetheircontactinormation.TeachgirlstheGirlScoutOnlineSaetyPledgeandhavethemcommittoit.Keepgirlssafeduringmoney-earning.GirlScoutcookiesandothercouncil-sponsoredproductsalesareanintegralpartotheprogram.DuringGirlScoutproductsalesyouareresponsibleorthesaetyogirlsmoneyandproducts.InadditionawidevarietyoorganizationscausesandundraisersmayappealtoGirlScoutstobetheirlabororce.WhenrepresentingGirlScoutsgirlscannotparticipateinmoney-earningactivitiesthatrepresentpartisanpoliticsorthatarenotGirlScoutapprovedproductsalesandeorts. 45ResponsibilitiesofParentsandGuardiansYouwanttoengageeachparentorguardiantohelpyouworktowardensuringthehealthsaetyandwell-beingogirls.ClearlycommunicatetoparentsandguardiansthattheyareexpectedtoProvidepermissionortheirdaughterstoparticipateinGirlScoutingaswellasprovideadditionalconsentoractivitiesthattakeplaceoutsidethescheduledmeetingplaceinvolveovernighttravelinvolvetheuseospecialequipmentandorcoversensitiveissues.Makeprovisionsortheirdaughterstogettoandrommeetingplacesorotherdesignatedsitesinasaeandtimelymannerandinormyouisomeoneotherthantheparentorguardianwilldropoorpickupthechild.Providetheirdaughterswithappropriateclothingandequipmentoractivitiesorcontactyoubeoretheactivitytofndsourcesorthenecessaryclothingandequipment.FollowGirlScoutsaetyguidelinesandencouragetheirchildrentodothesame.Assistyouinplanningandcarryingoutprogramactivitiesassaelyaspossible.Participateinparentguardianmeetings.Beawareoappropriatebehaviorexpectedotheirdaughtersasdeterminedbythecouncilandyou.Assistvolunteersitheirdaughtershavespecialneedsorabilitiesandtheirhelpissolicited.ResponsibilitiesofGirlsGirlswholearnaboutandpracticesaeandhealthybehaviorsarelikelytoestablishlielonghabitsosaetyconsciousness.ForthatreasoneachGirlScoutisexpectedtoAssistyouandothervolunteersinsafetyplanning.Listentoandfollowyourinstructionsandsuggestions.Learnandpracticesafetyskills.Learntothinksafetyatalltimesandtobeprepared.Identifyandevaluateanunsafesituation.Knowhowwhenandwheretogethelpwhenneeded.HEALTHSAFETYKnowingHowManyVolunteersYouNeedGirlScoutsadult-to-girlratiosshowtheminimumnumberoadultsneededtosuperviseaspecifcnumberogirls.Thesesupervisionratiosweredevisedtoensurethesaetyandhealthogirlsorexampleioneadulthastorespondtoanemergencyasecondadultisalwaysonhandortherestothegirls.Itmaytakeyouaminutetogetusedtothelayoutothischartbutonceyoustarttouseityoullfndthechartextremelyhelpul.GroupMeetingsEventsTravelandCampingTwounrelatedadultsatleastoneowhomisemaleorthisnumberogirlsPlusoneadditionaladultoreachad-ditionalnumberothismanygirlsTwounrelatedadultsatleastoneowhomisemaleorthisnumberogirlsPlusoneadditionaladultoreachad-ditionalnumberothismanygirlsGirlScoutDaisiesKgrade112664GirlScoutBrowniesgrades23208126GirlScoutJuniorsgrades452510168GirlScoutCadettesgrades6825122010GirlScoutSeniorsgrades91030152412GirlScoutAmbas-sadorsgrades111230152412HerearesomeexamplesIyouhaveagroupmeetingwith17Daisiesyouneedthreenon-relatedadultsinotherwordsnotyoursisterspouseparentorchildatleastoneowhomisemale.Ithisisntmakingsensetoyouollowthechartyouneedtwoadultsor12Daisiesandonemoreadultoruptosixmoregirls.Youhave17soyouneedthreeadults.Ihoweveryouhave17Cadettesattendingagroupmeetingyouneedonlytwonon-relatedadultsatleastoneowhichisemalebecauseonthecharttwoadultscanmanageupto25Cadettes.Inadditiontotheadult-to-girlratiochartpleaserememberthatadultvolunteersmustbeatleast18yearsoldorattheageomajoritydefnedbythestateiitisolderthan18. 46HealthHistoriesIncludingExaminationsandImmunizationsHealthhistoriesmustbecompleteorupdatedannuallyseeHealthHistoryFormonthecouncilwebsite.Troopleadersareresponsibleormaintainingtheserecordsthroughouttheyearandshouldalwayshavehealthhistorieswiththemwhenworkingwithgirls.Thisincludesmeetingstripsandotheroutings.Pleasekeepinmindthatinormationromahealthexaminationisconfdentialandmaybesharedonlywithpeoplewhomustknowthisinormationsuchasthegirlherselherparentguardianandahealthpractitioner.HIPPAlawsrequirethatconfdentialitybemaintainedatalltimes.Forvariousreasonssomeparentsguardiansmayobjecttoimmunizationsormedicalexaminations.CouncilsmustattempttomakeprovisionsorthesegirlstoattendGirlScoutunctionsinawaythataccommodatestheseconcerns.Itisimportantoryoutoalsobeawareoanymedicationsagirlmaytakeorallergiesshemayhave.Medicationincludingover-the-counterproductsmustneverbedispensedwithoutpriorwrittenpermissionromagirlscustodialparentorguardian.SomegirlsmayneedtocarryandadministertheirownmedicationssuchasbronchialinhalersanEpiPenordiabetesmedication.Commonoodallergiesincludedairyproductseggssoywheatpeanutstreenutsandseaood.ThismeansthatbeoreservinganyoodsuchaspeanutbutterandjellysandwichescookiesorchipsaskwhetheranyoneisallergictopeanutsdairyproductsorwheatGirlScoutDaisiesandBrowniesshouldbeawareotheirallergiesbutdouble-checkingwiththeirparentsguardiansisalwaysagoodidea.CommunicableDiseasesGirlScoutsoWesternOhioiscommittedtoprovidingasaesecureenvironmentinwhichgirlsandadultscaninteract.GirlScoutsoWesternOhioisurthercommittedtoprotectingthegirloradultsueringromchronicillnessorcommunicablediseaseaswellasprotectingtheothergirlswithwhomtheyinteract.GirlScoutsoWesternOhiorestrictsservicestothosewithcommunicablediseasesonlytotheextentthatisspecifcallyrecommendedbythecountyhealthdepartmentorthattheindividualdisplaysbehaviorthatputsothersatrisk.HeadLiceHeadliceareonehealthandsaetyissuethatismoreprominentinthespringandsummer.Headlicearetinyinsectsthatliveontheheadsohumanstheyarehardtoseelayeggscallednitsandeedonhumanblood.HeadLiceCANtranserromonepersontoanother.BecauseothatanygirloradultwithheadliceSHOULDNOTattendanyGirlScouteventsuntiltheissuehasbeenresolved.PreventionInordertopreventthetranserringoheadliceteachyourtroopthattheyshouldnotshareitemssuchasHairbrushesandcombsHairclipsandhairbandsHatsandclothesPillowsScreeningandTreatmentIlicearepresentintheschooldistricttroopleadersmaywanttoconductheadchecksbeoretrooptripsandovernights.LeaderscanalsoworkwithparentstoeducatethemonhowtoscreenorlicebeoresendingtheirgirlstoaGirlScoutactivity.Ileadersorothertroopvolunteersaredoingthescreeningtheyshouldscreenallgirls.Pleaseassureprivacyontheissuemakingsuretoaboveallelsethegirlshealthandwellbeingarebeingprotected.Visitwww.cdc.govormoreinormationaboutlicescreeningandtreatment.ActionStepsiLiceAreFoundGirlScoutsoWesternOhiousesthesamebroadstandardsthatschooldistrictsusewhengirlsattendGirlScouteventsoractivitiesincludingIagirlhasactivelicetheywillbesenthomeandtreatedbeorereturningtothetroopmeeting.Iagirlhasnitsonlythechildisallowedtosayortheremainderothetroopmeetingbutthegirlsmustbetreatedorliceandlicereebeoreattendinganothersession.Duringovernighteventsgirlswillbesenthomewithnitsandeggsandcannotreturnuntiltreated.ParentNotifcationAllparentsogirlsinthetroopshouldreceivenotifcationlettingthemknowthatnitsorlicewereoundonamemberothetroopandactiontakenbythetroopleader.Careshouldbetakennottosingleoutanygirl.Parentsogirlsoundcarryingliceornitsshouldbenotifedaboutwhatwasoundandrecommendedaction.ReerparentstotheCDCorotherlocalhealthdepartmentorsupport.Theyshouldalsobenotifedthatinitsorliceareoundatthenexttroopmeetingtheirdaughterwillbesenthome. 47BedBugsGirlScoutsoWesternOhioshighestconcernisalwaysorthehealthsaetyandwell-beingoourmembersandamilies.WiththeincreasedmediaattentionthatthepestknownasabedbughasbeenreceivingplusitsincreaseinpopulationinthestateoOhioGirlScoutsoWesternOhiohasimplementedtheollowingproceduresatallcampacilities.ThesepracticesshouldbeimplementedwhenparticipatinginanyGirlScouttripsorovernightswithgirls.BedbugProceduresForHomeTripsandOvernightsLeaderspleasesharethisinormationwithyouramiliespriortoatriporovernightWeareaskingthatyoudoyourpartinbedbugpreventionnotonlyorouracilitiesbutoryourhomescarsandourcommunities.WeareaskingyoutoollowtheseuniversalprecautionsIyoususpectyouvebeenincontactwithbedbugsdryallclothingandbeddinginadryerathighheator30minutespriortoatriporovernight.Thiswouldkillanybedbugsthatmaybepresent.Placeclothesandbeddingdirectlyintoalargegarbagebagaterheating.Twistthetopclosedloopthetwistedlengthoverandsecurewithatierubberbandorstring.Onceyouveplaceditemsinlargegarbagebagsandsecuredthemlabelthebagswithmaskingtapewithgirlssname.Duringtripsorovernightsgirlswillkeeptheirbelongingsinthegarbagebagstominimizethepossibilityohitch-hikerbedbugs.Learnmoreaboutbedbugsattheollowinglinkswww.centralohiobedbugs.orgSleepingArrangementsOntripswheremalevolunteersarepartothegroupitisnotappropriateorthemtosleepinthesamespaceasgirlmembers.Menmayparticipateonlyiseparatesleepingquartersandbathroomsareavailableortheiruse.Insomecircumstancessuchasamuseumormallovernightwithhundredsogirlsthistypeoaccommodationmaynotbepossible.Ithisisthecasemendonotsupervisegirlsinsleepingareaotheeventandtheadult-volunteer-to-girlratioisadjustedaccordingly.Alwaysavoidhavingmensleepinthesameareaasgirlsandwomenbutduringamilyorparent-daughterovernightsonamilyunitmaysleepinthesamequartersinprogramareas.AlwaysensuretheollowingEachparticipanthasherownbed.Parentguardianpermissionmustbeobtainedigirlsaretoshareabed.Girlsandadultsdonotshareabed.Itisnotmandatorythatanadultsleepinthesleepingareatentcabinordesignatedareawiththegirlsbutianadultemaledoessharethesleepingareathereshouldalwaysbetwounrelatedadultemalespresent.PossessionofFireArmsorWeaponsNopersonwilluseorpossessfrearmsoncouncil-ownedoroperatedpropertiesincludingvehicleswhileinvolvedinGirlScoutrelatedactivitiesexceptlawenorcementofcersactinginanofcialcapacity.AlthoughtheGirlScoutsoWesternOhiorespectsindividualsrighttocarryaconcealedweaponpursuanttoOhiosCarryandConcealLawitisthepolicyothecouncilthatnomemberparticipantguestoranyotherindividualshallhavetherighttocarryconcealorpossessanygunknieoranyotherkindoweaponrywhileinvolvedinorpresentatanyGirlScoutactivity.MarksmanshipMarksmanshipactivitiesrequirecouncilpermissionandvolunteersneedtotransportweaponsseparatelyromgirls.Theminimumageorgirlsusingfrearmsinhighlysupervisedactivitiesis12yearsold.Troopmustgetpermissionromthecouncilofcesandromparentsbeoreallowinganygirltoparticipateinanactivityinvolvingfrearms.FireworksNopersonwilluseorpossessorusefreworksoncouncil-ownedoroperatedpropertiesorwhileinvolvedinGirlScoutrelatedactivities. 48theprogram.GirlScoutsofWesternOhiowillassistintheproperhandlingofbehaviormanagementifitcannotberesolvedthroughtheactionstakenabove.ItisourgoaltoensureallgirlshavetheopportunitytoparticipateintheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.GuidelinesforAdult-GirlInteractionsPhysicalGuidelinesWhentouchingachildforanyreasonensurethatanotheradultisinclearview.Undernocircumstancesmayanadulthitachild.Whentouchingchildrencontactshouldgenerallybelimitedtothehandshoulderorupperback.Childrenshouldneverbetouchedinaplacenormallycoveredbyabathingsuitunlessforaclearmedicalnecessityandthenonlyinthepresenceofanotheradult.Ahugshouldbegivenonlyinresponsetoarequestbyachildorafteraskingpermission.ForexampleYoulooklikeyoucoulduseahug.WouldyoulikeoneAnadultshouldnevertouchachildagainstherorhiswillunlessinthecaseofclearandpresentdangertothechild.Anadultshouldnevertouchachildagainstherorhisdiscomfortwhetherexpressedverballyornonverbally.Thephysicalrighttoprivacyofachildshouldberespectedtothegreatestextentpossibleespeciallyinactivitiesandsituationssuchassleepingchangingofclothingshoweringbathingandotherbathroomactivities.VerbalGuidelinesAdultsmaynotuseabusiveorderogatorylanguagewithachild.Adultsshouldexercisegoodjudgmentinchoosingthetopicsandlanguageusedwithchildren.Undernocircumstancesshouldtheromanticsexuallifeofanadultbesharedwithchildren.Whenanactivityisplannedonatopicofasensitiveorcontroversialnatureparentsandthecouncilpaidstaffareinformedandwrittenpermissionisreceivedbeforeproceeding.AdultvolunteersmayonlycommunicateelectronicallywithaGirlScoutonceparentalguardianpermissionhasbeenobtained.CorporalPunishmentStatementGirlScoutingmeetsthementalhealthandeducationalneedsofgirls.Undernocircumstancesmayanadulthitachildorcauseachildphysicaldiscomfortasaformofdiscipline.ItiscompletelyimpermissibletouseanyformofcorporalpunishmentwhenactinginonescapacityasaGirlScoutvolunteerorpaidstaffmember.Researchindicatesthatavarietyofpositiveandeffectivealternativesareavailabletomaintaindisciplineandthatchildrencanlearnappropriateproblem-solvingbehaviorwhenprovidedwiththenecessarymodels.GirlScoutsofWesternOhioprovidestrainingforallGirlScoutvolunteerandpaidstaffmemberstolearnthetechniquesforprovidingpositivedisciplinemeasuresforallchildrenintheircare.BehaviorManagementGuidelinesTheGirlScoutphilosophyofbehaviormanagementbuildsonachildsneedtodevelopasenseofself-worth.Inordertopromotethistheprogramhasbeencarefullyplannedtofosterpositivebehavior.ToaccomplishthispleaseensurethatChildrenareinvolvedinrulesettingandhelpdeterminetheconsequencesofmisbehavior.Wheneverpossiblethesiteandactivitiesaresetuptopromotepositiveinteractionamongchildren.Volunteersencouragechildrentolearnhowtosolveproblemsandsettledifferencesamongthemselves.Alldisciplinaryeffortsarebasedonthisphilosophy.WhenachildsbehaviorcreatesariskfortheemotionalorphysicalhealthandsafetyofanotherchildoravolunteerthefollowingproceduresshallbefollowedThechildisseparatedfromtheproblemactivityorsituation.Avolunteerlistenstothechildanddiscussestheconsequencesoffurthermisbehavior.Repeatedmisbehaviorwillbehandledbyatelephoneconversationorconferencewiththechildsparentsguardians.Theparentchildandavolunteeragreetoaplanthatwillimprovebehaviororfacethepossibilityofterminationfrom 49GuidelinesforSafeActivitiesGirlReleasetoAuthorizedPersonGirlScoutleadersandtheirdesigneesshallreleasegirlsonlytopersonsauthorizedbytheparentorguardian.Thetroopgroupleadersorco-leaderwillmaintaintheGirlScoutreleaseinormationandwillupdateinormationannually.PlanningSafeProgramActivitiesHowcanyouasaGirlScoutvolunteerdeterminewhetheranactivityissaeandappropriateGoodjudgmentandcommonsenseotendictatetheanswer.Whatissaeinonecircumstancemaynotbesaeinanother.Anincomingstormorexamplemightorceyoutoassessordiscontinueanactivity.Iyouareuncertainaboutthesaetyoanactivitycallyourcouncilstawithulldetailsanddontproceedwithoutapproval.Erronthesideocautionandmakethesaetyogirlsyourmostimportantconsideration.PriortoanyactivityreadthespecifcSaetyActivityCheckpointsavailableonyourcouncilswebsiteorromyoursupportteaminsomeotherormatrelatedtoanyactivityyouplantodowithgirls.Whenplanningactivitieswithgirlsnotetheabilitiesoeachgirlandcareullyconsidertheprogressionoskillsromtheeasiestparttothemostdifcult.Makesurethecomplexityotheactivitydoesnotexceedgirlsindividualskillsbearinmindthatskilllevelsdeclinewhenpeoplearetiredhungryorunderstress.AlsouseactivitiesasopportunitiesorbuildingteamworkwhichisoneotheoutcomesortheconnectkeyintheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.WhenSensitiveTopicsComeUpAccordingtoFeelingSaeWhatGirlsSaya2003GirlScoutResearchInstitutestudygirlsarelookingorgroupsthatallowconnectionandasenseocloseriendship.Theywantvolunteerswhoareteensavvyandcanhelpthemwithissuestheyacesuchasbullyingpeerpressuredatingathleticandacademicperormanceandmore.SomeotheseissuesmaybeconsideredsensitivebyparentsandtheymayhaveopinionsorinputabouthowandwhetherGirlScoutsshouldcoverthesetopicsshouldbecoveredwiththeirdaughters.GirlScoutswelcomesandservesgirlsandamiliesromawidespectrumoaithsandcultures.Whengirlswishtoparticipateindiscussionsoractivitiesthatcouldbeconsideredsensitiveevenorsomeputthetopiconholduntilyouhavespokenwithparentsandreceivedguidanceromyourcouncil.WhenGirlScoutactivitiesinvolvesensitiveissuesyourroleisthatoacaringadultwhocanhelpgirlsacquireskillsandknowledgeinasupportiveatmospherenotsomeonewhoadvocatesaparticularposition.GSUSAdoesnottakeapositionordevelopmaterialsonissuesrelatingtohumansexuality.Ourroleistohelpgirlsdevelopsel-confdenceandgooddecision-makingskillsthatwillhelpthemmakewisechoicesinallareasotheirlives.Webelieveparentsandguardiansalongwithschoolsandaithcommunitiesaretheprimarysourcesoinormationonthesetopics.GirlScoutvolunteersandgirlsareencouragedtoresponsiblyadvocateorsocietalimprovementsthatareimportanttothegirlsasapartotheDiscoverConnectTakeActionlearningprocess.VolunteersandgirlswithintheirroleasGirlScoutsmaynottakeastanceorinitiateacampaignororagainstaspecifcorganizationreligionpoliticalpartyorindividual.CommunicatingWithParentsGirlScoutsoWesternOhioarecommittedtopartneringwithparentstoensuretheirdaughtersneedsarebeingmetbygroupactivities.ThereoreparentsguardiansmakealldecisionsregardingtheirgirlsparticipationinGirlScoutprogramthatmaybeoasensitivenature.Asavolunteerleaderyoumustgetwrittenparentalpermissionoranylocallyplannedprogramoeringthatcouldbeconsideredsensitive.Includedonthepermissionormshouldbethetopicotheactivityanyspecifccontentthatmightcreatecontroversyandanyactionstepsthegirlswilltakewhentheactivityiscomplete.Besuretohaveaormoreachgirlandkeeptheormsonhandincaseaproblemarises.ForactivitiesnotsponsoredbyGirlScoutsfndoutinadvanceromorganizersorothervolunteerswhomaybeamiliarwiththecontentwhatwillbepresentedandobtainparentandcouncilpermissionbeoreproceeding.ReportconcernsTheremaybetimeswhenyouworryaboutthehealthandwell-beingogirlsinyourgroup.Alcoholdrugssexbullyingabusedepressionandeatingdisordersaresomeotheissuesgirlsmayencounter.Youareontherontlinesogirlslivesandyouareinauniquepositiontoidentiyasituationinwhichagirlmayneedhelp.Iyoubelieveagirlisatriskohurtingherselorothersyourroleistopromptlybringthatinormationtoherparentguardianorthecouncilsoshecangettheexpertassistancesheneeds.Yourconcernaboutagirlswell-beingandsaetyistakenseriouslyandyourcouncilwillguideyouinaddressingtheseconcerns.IyoususpectabusereertothechildabusesectionundertheriskmanagementoVolunteerEssentialsorguidance. 50HereareafewsignsthatcouldindicateagirlneedsexperthelpMarkedchangesinbehaviororpersonalityorexampleunusualmoodinessaggressivenessorsensitivityDecliningacademicperormanceandorinabilitytoconcentrateWithdrawalromschoolamilyactivitiesorriendshipsFatigueapathyorlossointerestinpreviouslyenjoyedactivitiesSleepdisturbancesIncreasedsecretivenessDeteriorationinappearanceandpersonalhygiene.EatingextremesunexplainedweightlossdistortedbodyimageTendencytowardperectionismGivingawayprizedpossessionspreoccupationwiththesubjectodeathUnexplainedinjuriessuchasbruisesburnsorracturesAvoidanceoeyecontactorphysicalcontactExcessiveearulnessordistrustoadultsAbusivebehaviortowardotherchildrenespeciallyyoungeronesHostingaGirl-LedEventIyoureworkingwithgirlswhowanttohostanevent--largeorsmallbesuregirlsareleadingtheevent-planninginsteadosittingbypassivelywhileyouoranotheradultplanstheevent.TogetgirlsstartedaskthemtothinkabouttheollowingquestionsWhatsortoeventdowehaveinmindWhoisourintendedaudienceDoestheaudiencehavetobeinvitedorcananyonecomeWhatsourmaintopicorocusWhatsourobjectivewhatdowehopetoaccomplishattheendothedayWilloneormorespeakersneedtobeinvitedIsowhoHowdowefndspeakersWherewilltheeventtakeplaceIsthereachargeorthisvenueIsthevenuelargeenoughtoaccommodatetheaudienceDowehavetoobtainpermissiontousethisvenueIsoromwhomArethereadequateacilitiesortheaudienceInothowmuchwillextraportabletoiletscostandhowmanydoweneedIsthereadequateparkingoradrop-opointorgirlsDoweneedtablesChairsPodiumsMicrophonesSpeakersWhatsortoentertainmentwillweprovideWillweprovideorsellrereshmentsIsowhatkindsHowmanychaperoneswillweneedWhowillweaskWhatemergencycaredoweneedtoplanorIstheeventlargeenoughthatlocalpoliceandfredepartmentsneedtobenotifedDoweneedtopurchaseadditionalinsuranceornonGirlScoutsHowwillweadvertisetheeventWhatdecorationswillweuseWillwechargeortheeventWhowillsetuptheeventWhowillcleanupatertheeventHowwillwedeterminewhethertheeventwasasuccessIdeasorgirl-ledeventswithamilyriendsandcommunityexpertsarealsoavailableintheJourneyadultguides 51RISKMANAGEMENTRiskManagementorCommunityProgramProvidersSomeactivitiescancarryagreaterriskthanotherswhichcreateagreaterpotentialorseriousinjurytotheparticipant.Thereoreitisimportantthattheseactivitiesbeconductedwithcompaniesororganizationsthatoersuchactivitiesinasaemanner.Horsebackridinghayridesandcanoeingareexamplesohazardousactivitieswiththepotentialorseriousinjurytotheparticipants.GirlScoutsoWesternOhiowillonlydobusinesswiththoseorganizationsthatoperatewithingovernmentandGirlScoutsaetyguidelinesandthatcarryinsurancetoprotectthemselvesorthelegalliabilityotheiroperations.Coverageprovidedbytheprogramprovidermustbetheprimarypayerintheeventoaloss.CertifcateoInsuranceWhenobtainingalocationorameetingplaceserviceuniteventortroopeventsomesiteswillrequestacertifcateoinsurance.ThisisjustacopyoourcouncilinsurancecoverageandcanbeprovidedbytheGirlScoutofce.ACertifcateoInsurancecanberequestedthroughtheGirlScoutAdministrativeOfce.Pleaseallowtwoweekstoprocessthisrequest.Toobtainacertifcatevisitwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgtosubmitonlineemailtoinsurancegirlscoutsowesternohio.orgorcalltheGirlScoutAdministrativeOfcewiththeollowinginormationNameoFacility.Physicalandmailingaddressidierent.Dateandtypeoactivity.Facilityemailaddressphoneax.Contactinormationopersonrequestingthecertifcate.Certifcatesoinsurancecanbemailedoutdirectlytothelocationwithintwoweeksoyourcallorrequest.ContractsandAgreementsInordertoprotectthelegalandsaetyinterestsogirlsvolunteersandthecouncilwrittenagreementsandcontractsmayonlybesignedbythedirectororegionalservicesorotherdesignatedpaidstamembers.HoldHarmlessAgreementsIaprogramproviderorotherorganizationrequiresthesigningoaHoldHarmlessAgreementacopyoitwillberequestedandreviewedbyoneormoreotheollowingprogramandpartnershipsmanagerdirectororegionalservicesordirectoroprogramandpartnerships.CouncilRighttoSearchThecouncilreservestherighttoSearchanypersonvehicleorobjectthatentersorleavescouncilproperty.Searchanythingoncouncilpropertyincludinglockersdeskspursesbriecasesbaggagelunchsacksclothingandanyotheriteminwhichfrearmsweaponsillegaldrugsandalcoholhavethepotentialtobehidden.Searchcompanyvehiclesownedorleasedbythecouncil.ChildAbuseGirlScoutsoWesternOhioexpectsallstavolunteerandpaidtoadheretotheollowingstandardsregardingreportingsuspectedchildabuseandconductwhenincontactwithgirls.Volunteersandpaidstamembersareexpectedtorecognizethesignsandsymptomsochildabuseorneglectandreportincidentsimmediatelytothelocalcountychildrensagency.Onceanincidenthasbeenreportedtotheappropriateagencyitisthestamembersresponsibilitytoalsoinormhishermanager.Volunteersandpaidstamembersareprohibitedromharassingorthreateningharmtoachildshealthorwell-beingwhichoccursthroughsexualabuseorexploitationnon-accidentalphysicaltouchingmentalharassmentinjuryormaltreatmentinanyorm.GuidelinesorReportingChildAbuseandNeglectDefnitionsWhatischildabuseNon-accidentalinjuriesbyaparentcaretakerorotheradultotenbyanadultknowntothechildwhichcauseorcreatesubstantialriskoharmtothechild.Physicalabuseabuserepresentsanactagainstthechildhealthorsaetyisatrisk.Sexualabuseanyactoasexualnatureuponorwithachildwhichmaybeorthesexualgratifcationotheperpetratororathirdparty. 52Emotionalabusechronicattitudeoractsthatintererewithpsychologicalorsocialdevelopmentoachild.WhatisneglectFailuretoprovidebasicneedsphysicalcaresupervisionsaetyeducationlovewhichplacesthechildinadangeroussituationandwhichusuallyoccursoveraperiodotime.PhysicalAbuseAppearancebruisesweltslacerationsandabrasionsclusteredmarksburnsskeletalinjuriesheadinjuries.Considerthenumberlocationandstagesohealingoranexplanationnotconsistentwithinjury.Behaviorearulophysicalcontactpoorrelationshipsreportsinjurybyparentsorcaretaker.SexualAbuseAppearanceusuallythereisnooutwardsignmayhavetornstainedorbloodyunderclothingsexuallytransmitteddiseasespregnancy.Behaviorchildrelatesincidentsotouchingorotherbehaviorthatmakesthechildeelembarrassedconusedorunsaebehavesinanabnormallyseductivemannerwithriendsoradultsfre-settingabusetoanimalsbedwettingnightmarespoorpeerrelationshipseatingdisordersearorreluctancetowardsacaretakeramilymemberorrienddifcultywalkingorsitting.EmotionalAbuseAppearanceewvisiblecluesobesityoranorexiahivesrashes.Behaviorbed-wettingpoorpeerrelationswithdrawalcruelbehaviorfresettingsubstanceabuseexcessiverisktakingbehavioralextremes.NeglectAppearancechronicuncleanlinessorpoorhygienelicescabiesbodyodorsquintingunsuitableclothingormissingkeyarticlesoclothinguntreatedinjuryletalone.Behaviorexcessivesleepinessbeggingstealingordelinquencychronichungersubstanceabuseassumesroleoparentreportsnocaretakerinhomeexcessiveschooltardinessorabsence.ActionByVolunteerLeaderorPaidStaYouarerequiredtoreportanysuspicionoabuseorneglectoanychildunder18yearsoageoranyphysicallyormentallyhandicappedchildunder21.Physicalprooorotherormsovalidationarenotrequired.Itistheresponsibilityothelocalcountychildrensservicesagencythroughitsinvestigationtodetermineiabuseorneglectisinactoccurring.WhatiIamunsureIasavolunteerorpaidstamemberyouareunsurecontactthelocalchildrensservicesagencytodescribethesituation.HowdoIreportReportscanbemadebytelephoneorinpersonandtheindividualmakingthereportcandosoanonymously.Anyreportisconfdential.Areportcanbemadeimmediatelybytelephonetothelocalchildrensservicesintakephonenumbersorthe32countiesservedbyGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.WhatinormationshouldIgiveReportsshouldincludeThenamesandaddressesothechildandherhisparentsguardiansorpersonshavingcustodyosuchchildiknown.Thechildsageandthenatureandextentothechildsinjuriesabuseorneglectincludinganyevidenceopreviousinjuriesabuseorneglect.Otherinormationthatmighthelpinestablishingthecauseotheinjuryabuseorneglect.Recordthenameotheintakeworkerwhotakesthereportandnotethedatethatthereportismade.IsthisconfdentialYes.DonotsharethisinormationwithanyoneotherthanthelocalchildrensservicesagencyyourmanagerordirectororegionalserviceswithinGirlScoutsoWesternOhioorherdesignate.WhathappensnextAnyvolunteerorpaidstamemberparticipatingingoodaithinthemakingothereportoranyvolunteerleaderorpaidstaparticipatinginajudicialproceedingresultingromthereportbystatuteisimmuneromcivilorcriminalliabilitythatmightotherwisebeincurredorimposedasaresultosuchactions.Anyreportmadeunderthissectionothestatuteisconfdentialandanyvolunteerorpaidstamemberwhopermitsorencouragestheunauthorizeddisseminationothereportscontentsisguiltyoamisdemeanorintheourthdegree. 53DoessomeoneattheGirlScoutCenterneedtoknowAlthoughreportsmaybemadeanonymouslyimmediatelyadviseGirlScoutsoWesternOhiooanyreportsosuspectedabuseorneglectinvolvingeitheradultsoryouthinGirlScoutingmadetothelocalchildrensservicesagencyintakeocebyusingtheollowingprocedureProvidingawrittenreporttothedirectororegionalservicesorherdesignatenolaterthan24hoursatermakingareporttothelocalchildrensservices.Thisreportshouldincludeyournameaddressandtelephonenumberasthepersonwhomadethereporttothelocalchildrensservicesagencythedateothereportandtowhomthereportwasmadeatchildrensservices.ActionbythelocalchildrensservicesagencyThelocalcountychildrensservicesagencywillmakeadecisionregardingtheneedorimmediateinvestigationoeachreportreerredtoitanddeterminesthecircumstancessurroundingtheinjuryabuseorneglectthecausethereoandthepersonorpersonsresponsible.LEGALREFERENCEO.R.C.2151421andI.C.31-6-4-3a1through31-6-4-3a5ChildrensServicesIntakePhoneNumbersOhioCountiesAllenCounty419-227-8590AuglaizeCounty419-738-4311BrownCounty937-378-6104ButlerCounty513-868-0888ChampaignCounty937-484-1500ClarkCounty937-327-1700ClermontCounty513-732-7173ClintonCounty937-382-5935DarkeCounty937-548-3840DeanceCounty419-782-3881FultonCounty419-337-0010GreeneCounty937-562-6600HamiltonCounty513-241-KIDS5437HancockCounty419-424-7022HardinCounty419-673-1101HenryCounty419-592-0946LoganCounty937-599-7290LucasCounty419-213-3200MercerCounty419-586-5106MiamiCounty937-335-4103MontgomeryCounty937-276-1698OttawaCounty419-898-3688ProtectionfromSexOffendersGirlScoutsoWesternOhioseekstoprovidegirlswithasaeenvironmentinwhichtheycanlearnandgrow.Inkeepingwiththisstandardtheollowingguidelineshavebeenestablishedtohelpprotectgirlsromthethreatosexualpredators.AllGirlScoutvolunteersareencouragedtoProvidegirlswithinormationandactivitiesthatwillpreparethemtostaysae.UsetheSexualOenderRegistriestomonitorthepotentialpresenceosexualoendersneartheirtroopgroupmeetingsitesandtonotiyparentsshouldasexualpredatorbeidentiedwithinonemileothemeetingsite.InadditionanyknownsexoenderisnotpermittedtoattendanyGirlScoutactivity.ThislimiationappliestotroopcommunityandcouncilactivitiesthatareplannedandcarreidoutbyanyGirlScoutaliateorsponsor.ThispolicyhasNOexceptions.GuidelinesforMonitoringSexualOffendersOhioLegalGuidelinesandClassicationsoSexuallyOrientedOensesThestateoOhiohasclassiedsexualoendersinto3tiers.EachtierincludespotentiallyserioussexualoensesbuttheTierIIandTierIIIoensesincreaseinseriousnessincludingrefectingconvictionsorothersexualoensesandorviolentcrimes.OnlyTierIIandTierIIIoendersaresubjecttocommunitynoticationalthoughallthreetiersosexoendersarelistedonthesexoenderregistry.BasedonOhioRevisedCode2950.01httpcodes.Ohio.govorc2950.01PrebleCounty937-456-1135PauldingCounty419-399-3756PutnamCounty419-523-3893ShelbyCounty937-498-7213VanWertCounty419-228-5430WarrenCounty513-925-1600WilliamsCounty419-636-6725WoodCounty419-352-7566IndianaCountiesState-widetoll-reenumber1-800-800-5556DearbornCounty812-537-5131OhioCounty1-800-800-5556ParentResourceLine1-800-244-5373SwitzerlandCounty812-427-3232 54OhioNotifcationGuidelinesGirlScoutsoWesternOhioollowstateoOhioguidelinesorthetypeoinormationthatayouthservingagencymaysharewithparentsortheorganizationsstaandvolunteers.ThisspecifcallyincludesnotiyingparentsandvolunteersthattheyhavereceivednoticethatapersonsubjecttocommunitynotifcationisresidingemployedorattendingaschoolorinstitutionohighereducationwithinthespecifedgeographicalnotifcationareaandthatcertaininormationconcerningtheregistrantisapublicrecordandisopentoinspectionattheofceothesheriwithwhomtheregistranthasregisteredandonthestateandlocalinternetdatabasesestablishedbytheattorneygeneralBasedonOhioAdministrativeCode1095-2-04httpcodes.ohio.govoac1093A5-2-04GirlScoutsoWesternOhioMonitoringandNotifcationGuidelinesCouncilPropertiesMonitoringGirlScoutsoWesternOhiopropertycampsandGirlScoutCenterswillbemonitoredorthepresenceoregisteredsexualoendersonaregularbasis.Iasexualoenderisidentifedwithinaonemileradiusothepropertytheollowingprocedurewillbeimplemented1.ThelocalsherisdepartmentwillbecontactedtoveriytheregistrationandcollectinormationtobetterassesstherisktoGirlScouts.Basedonthespecifccrimeandtherecommendationothecountysheriadecisionwillbemadeonnotifcation.2.IthereisarecommendationtonotiyvolunteersandorparentstheywillbenotifedinwritingandprovidedwithallavailableinormationontheregisteredsexualoenderalongwithaGirlSaetySheetandsampleparentnotifcationletterwhichcanbeoundonthecouncilwebsite.3.Acopyothenotifcationletterwillbepostedatadesignatedsiteataectedcouncilproperties.TroopGroupMeetingSitesTroopleadersareencouragedtousetheSexualOenderRegistrytomonitorthepotentialpresenceosexualoendersneartheirtroopgroupmeetingsites.Shouldasexualoenderbeidentifedwithinonemileothemeetingsitepleasecontactthecountysheriollowingsteps1and2above.IaparentletterissentoutacopyothelettershouldalsobesenttotheGirlScoutoWesternOhiotoyourregionalGirlScoutCenterATTNDirectoroRegionalServicesPreventionAllGirlScoutvolunteersareencouragedtoprovidegirlswithinormationandactivitiesthatwillpreparethemtostaysae.ThisincludesFollowingSaetyActivityCheckpointssuchasmaintainingproperadultratiosoractivitiesensuringthatgirlsstaywiththeirbuddiesandmonitoringwheregirlsareatalltimes.Reviewwithgirlswhattheyshoulddoitheyareapproachedbyastranger.DaisiesthroughAmbassadorscanlearnaboutsaetyandwell-beingwhentheyearntheSaetyAwardoundintheGirlsGuideToGirlScouting.SexOenderRegistryTheregistryisavailableon-line.Thewebsiteinormationislistedbelow.Iyoudonothaveaccesstoacomputeryoucancallthecountysheriofceormoreinormation.OhioCountiesWebsiteEmailAlertAllenCountywww.acso-oh.usYESAuglaizeCountywww.auglaizecounty.orgBrownCountyhttpwww.esorn.ag.state.oh.usNOButlerCountyhttpbutlersheri.orgNOChampaignCountywww.countysheri.tripod.comNOClarkCountywww.clarkcountysheri.comYESClermontCountyhttpclermontsheri.orgYESClintonCountywww.clintonsheri.comYESDarkeCountywww.darkecountysheri.orgYESDefanceCountywww.defance-county.comdcsoYESFultonCountywww.ultoncountyoh.comcsoYESGreeneCountywww.co.greene.oh.ussheriYESHancockCountywww.hancocksheri.orgYESHardinCountywww.hardinsheri.comYESHenryCountywww.henrycountysheri.comYESHamiltonCountyhttpwww.hcso.orgYESLoganCountywww.login.oh.ussheriYESLucasCountywww.lucascountysheri.orgYESMercerCountywww.mercercountysheri.comYESMiamiCountywww.co.miami.oh.ussheriYESMontgomeryCountywww.montgomery.oh.ussheriYESPauldingCountywww.pauldingohsheri.comYESPrebleCountywww.preblecountysheri.orgYESPutnamCountywww.sherio.comYESOttawaCountywww.ottawacountysheri.orgYESShelbyCountywww.shelbycountysheri.comNOVanWertCountywww.vanwertcountysheri.comYESWarrenCountyhttpwww.wcsooh.orgYESWilliamsCountywww.williamscosheri.comNOWoodCountywww.woodcountysheri.comYESIndianaCountiesState-wideregistryhttpindianasheris.orgNOIncludesDearbornCountyOhioCounty 55FrequentlyAskedQuestionsQ.WhatshouldyoutellyourchildrenA.DONTacceptarideromthispersonDONTgointotheirhomeoryard.TELLyourparentsithispersonoersyoutoysmoneyorgits.Avoidscarydetails.Includegeneralinormationwhenspeakingtochildren.Youknowmorethanyourchildneedstoknow.Uselanguagethatishonestandage-appropriatee.g.therearepeoplewhodobadthingstochildren.OthersaetytipstodiscusswithyourchildrenTeachyourchildrentodial911andtouseapayphonewithoutmoney.TeachyourchildrentotrusttheireelingsandsayNOandrunawayromasituationthatdoesnteelright.Encourageyourchildrentotellyouithesexoenderoranyonewhomakesthemeeluncomortableinitiatescontactwiththem.Reviewthesaetytipswithyourchildren.DORUNSCREAMandGETAWAYisomeoneisbotheringthemDONTkeepsecretsDONTassiststrangersDONTgoplacesaloneDOaskquestionsandDOtalkaboutanyuncomortableeelingsorinteractions.MakeitahabittoLISTENtoyourchildrenandtobelievethem.Iachildeelslistenedtoandbelievedaboutsmalleverydaythingstheyaremorelikelytosharethebigscarythingswithyou.Besensitivetochangesinyourchildsbehavior.Payattentiontoyourchildseelings.Q.ThereisasexoenderlivingnexttomewhywasntInotifedA.Notalloendersaresubjecttocommunitynotifcation.TheStateoOhiomandatesthatthenotifcationoneighborsbedoneonselectedTierIIandTierIIIoenders.SexualOenderRegistryNotifcationswillinormyouoanyoenderregardlessotheclassifcation.SexOenderMythsandFactsMythMostsexualassaultsarecommittedbystrangers.FactMostsexualassaultsarecommittedbysomeoneknowntothevictimorthevictimsamilyregardlessowhetherthevictimisachildoranadult.Sixoutoevery10sexualassaultsoccurinthehomesovictimsamilymembersorriendsGreeneld1997MythThemajorityosexualoendersarecaughtconvictedandinprison.FactOnlyaractionothosewhocommitsexualassaultareapprehendedandconvictedortheircrimes.Mostconvictedsexoenderseventuallyarereleasedtothecommunityunderprobationorparolesupervision.MythMostsexoendersreoend.FactReconvictiondatasuggestthatthisisnotthecase.Furtherre-oenseratesvaryamongdierenttypesosexoenders.Childmolestershada13reconvictionrateorsexualoensesanda37reconvictionrateornewnon-sexoensesoverafveyearperiod.HansonandBussiere1998FromUSJusticeDepartmentCenterorSexOenderManagementDidyouknowthat45ofsexualassaultvictimsareunder12yearsofage75ofvictimsknowtheirattacker50ofsexoffendersre-offendMorethanhalfofallsexualassaultsoccurwithinamileofthevictimshomeSexoffenderscrosssocio-economicboundarieslivinginboththerichesandthepoorestofneighborhoods80ofalladdresseshaveatleastoneoffenderwithinamile 56TransportingGirlsTransportationdecisionsareanimportantaspecttoanyo-siteGirlScoutactivityandyourgreatestconcernisalwayssaety.Iyouorthegirlsarearranginggrouptransportationwhetheroradaytripororamuchlongertraveleventconsiderthebasicsobothprivateandpublictransitwhichispreerred.PublicTransportationPublictransportationincludestrainssubwaysbuseserriesandairlines.Publictransportationisregulatedwhichmakesitpreerabletocharteredvehiclesbutthismodeotransportationisnotwithoutchallenges.Thebiggestchallengewithanypublictransportationisstayingtogetherasagroupsobesureeveryonehasdirectionsandamapandalwaysdesignateameet-upareaianyonegetsseparated.Girlsalsoneedtobevigilantorcriminalsboththosewhomightdothembodilyharmandthosewhoareinterestedinstealingtheirmoneyjewelryandelectronicdevices.AslongasyoupreparethemortheirexcitingJourneysonpublictransportationtheyllhaveanadventuretheyllrememberoryearsPrivateTransportationPrivatetransportationincludesprivatepassengervehiclesrentalcarsprivatelyownedorrentedrecreationalvehiclesandcamperscharteredbusescharteredboatsandcharteredfights.Eachdriveromotorizedprivatetransportationmustbeatleast21yearsoldandholdavalidoperatorslicenseappropriatetothevehiclestatelawsmustbeollowedevenitheyaremorestringentthantheguidelineshere.Anyonewhoisdrivingavehiclethatcarriesmorethan12passengersmustalsobeaproessionaldriverwhopossessesacommercialdriverslicenseCDLcheckwithyourcounciltodeterminespecicrulesaboutrentinglargevehicles.Pleasekeepinmindtheollowingnon-negotiablepointsregardingprivatetransportationWhenrentingleasingorborrowingvehiclesincludingbusesthecouncilshouldenterintoawrittenagreementwiththeleasingcompanywhichsetsorththeirrespectiveobligations.Eventhoughwrittenagreementsarealwaysrequiredwhenrentingorcharteringyouarenotauthorizedtosignanagreementorcontractevenithereisnocostassociatedwiththerental.SuchanagreementmustinsteadbesignedbythedirectororegionalservicesandbeleasedonbehaloGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.Checkwithyourcounciltomakesureyouareollowingacceptedpracticeswhenusingprivatetransportationthisensuresthatbothyouandyourcouncilareprotectedbyliabilityinsuranceintheeventoanaccident.Iyourcouncilhasgivenpermissiontousearentedcarreadallrentalagreementstobesureyoucomplywiththeirtermsandavoidsurprises.Notetheminimumageodriversoten25aswellasthemaximumageotenunder70.Besurethecarisadequatelyinsuredknowingwhoisresponsibleordamagetoorthelossothevehicleitsel.AlsoensureyouhaveagoodpapertrailwithevidencethatthevehiclerentalisGirlScoutrelated.Obtainparentguardianpermissionoranyuseotransportationoutsideothemeetingplace.Whenleasingabusthedrivermustbeanemployeeothebuscompany.Thebuscompanymustprovideacerticateoinsurance.Theminimumlimitsoliabilityonanyleasedbusvanmustbeatleast1000000peroccurrenceorbodilyinjuryandpropertydamage.Iinterstatehighwaytravelisplannedtheremustbe5000000peroccurrenceorbodilyinjuryandpropertydamage.Thecerticateoinsuranceandleasingagreementmustbesubmittedtothedirectororegionalservicesorherdesigneeorreviewandapproval.VolunteerDriverPolicyGirlScoutsoWesternOhioiscommittedtoprovidingasaeandqualityprogramorgirlsinthecommunityatalltimes.WhileGirlScoutsotheUSAprovidestheprinciplesandstandardsorhealthandsaetyGirlScoutsoWesternOhioisresponsibleordevelopinglocalguidelinesandprocedures.InadditiontoSaetyActivityCheckpointstheollowingpolicieshavebeenestablishedtoencouragethesaeoperationovehiclesandtoaddressinsuranceissueswhenpersonalandorleasedvehiclesareusedorGirlScoutactivitiesAlldriversmusthaveavalidstatedriverslicenseandbecoveredbyautoinsuranceincompliancewithstatelaw.TroopGroupleadersshouldataminimumveriyannuallythatalldrivershaveavaliddriverslicenseandacurrentautoinsurancepolicy.Troopgroupleadersarenotrequiredtomaintainacopyothesedocuments.TroopGroupleadersshouldaskdriverstoveriythattheirdrivingrecordcomplieswiththeguidelinesbelowortosimplydeclinetobeadriver.GirlScoutsoWesternOhiosinsurancecarrierhasprovidedtheollowingcharttodeterminewhetheranindividualiseligibletoserveasatroopdriver.ShouldadriversrecordalloutsideotheacceptablenumberoaccidentsorviolationsaccordingtothechartbelowthatindividualisrequiredtopersonallyandprivatelydeclineanyrequeststodriveoraGirlScoutactivity.AlldriversmustberegisteredGirlScoutmemberasan010203andcompleteanapplicationandcriminalbackgroundcheck.Driversontripsover200mileswillbeinormedthattheymustsubmitacopyotheirdriverslicenseoradriverrecordcheckwiththeTroopGroupActivityTripNotifcationFormthatissubmittedtoyourregionalGirlScoutCenter. 57WhatthismeansfortroopsWhileyouaregettinggirlsregisteredthisallitisagreatopportunitytogetadultstoregisterthatwanttodriveaswell.ThatwayyouwillbereadyandcompliantwiththepolicywhenyourtripscomearoundTroopsGroupsshouldplanearlytomakesuretheyhaveenoughtimeoradultdriverstobecomeregisteredmembersandcompletethevolunteerapplicationprocess.Iadriversrecordcontainsoneotheollowingviolationswithinthepastthree3yearshesheisineligibletoserveasatroopdriverDrivingundertheinfuenceoalcoholdrugsFailuretostopreportanaccidentRecklessdrivingspeedingcontestDrivingwhileimpairedMakingaalseaccidentreportHomicidemanslaughterorassaultarisingoutotheuseoavehicleDrivingwhilelicenseissuspendedrevokedCarelessdrivingAttemptingtoeludeapoliceocerGirlScoutsoWesternOhiosinsurancecarrierhasprovidedtheollowingcharttodeterminewhetheranindividualiseligibletoserveasatroopdriver.ShouldadriversrecordalloutsideotheacceptablenumberoaccidentsorviolationsaccordingtothechartbelowthatindividualisrequiredtopersonallyandprivatelydeclineanyrequeststodriveoraGirlScoutactivity.oviolationswithinpast3yearsoat-aultaccidentswithinpast3years01230yesyesnono1yesyesnono2yesnonono3nononono4nonononoChecklistforDriversWhendrivingacarRVorcampertaketheollowingprecautionsandaskanyotherdriverstodothesameEnsurealldriversareadultsgirlsshouldnotbetransportingothergirls.Nevertransportgirlsinfatbedorpaneltrucksinthebedoapickuporinacamper-trailer.Keepdirectionsandaroadmapinthecaralongwitharst-aidkitandafashlight.Checkyourlightssignalstireswindshieldwipershornsandfuidlevelsbeoreeachtripandcheckthemperiodicallyonlongtrips.Keepallnecessarypapersuptodatesuchasyourdriverslicensevehicleregistrationanystateorlocalinspectionsinsurancecoverageandthelike.Wearyourseatbeltatalltimesandinsistthatallpassengersdothesamekeepgirlsunder12inthebackseats.Followalltheestablishedrulesotheroadinyourstateollowingthespeedlimitkeepingatwo-car-lengthbetweenyouandthecaraheadoyounottalkingortextingonacellphoneorotherpersonalelectronicdevicenotusingearbudsorheadphonesdrivingwithyourheadlightsonandsoon.Avoiddrivingorextendedperiodsatnightwhentiredortakingmedicationthatmakesyoudrowsy.Planreststopseveryewhoursidrivingwithothersprearrangestoppingplacesalongtheway.Whenplanninglongertripsarrangeorreliedrivers.ParentPermissionRememberthateverytimeagroupmeetsatatimeandlocationdierentromtheregulargroupmeetingyoumustuseapermissionormevenithegirlsareresponsibleorgettingtothatlocationontheirown.Permissionormsgiveparentsthewhowhatwhenwhereandwhysothattheycandecidewhethertheirdaughtercanparticipateinaneventorgoonatrip.Asignedpermissionormpermitsyoutoincludethegirlintheactivityandalsoprovidesyouwithup-to-dateemergencycontactinormation. 58IfinanAccidentIntheeventoanaccidentleadersTakenecessarystepstoprotectthelivesandhealthoeveryoneinvolved.ReporttheaccidenttotheauthoritiesandtotheGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.Contactparentstoinormthemabouttheaccidentandtheirdaughtersstatus.Complywiththeinstructionsothepoliceandanyotheremergencypersonnel.Donotassumeoradmitault.Liabilityshouldonlybedeterminedaterathoroughinvestigation.Theownersvehicleinsuranceistheprimaryapplicableinsurancepayer.Theminimumstateliabilityinsurancecoveragemustbeineectandevidenceosuchprovidedandcarriedinthevehicle.NOTEMinimumrequirementsmaynotbeadequateunderallcircumstanceseachdrivershouldconsulthisherinsurancecompanytobesurethatthecoverageissufcientorGirlScoutactivities.GirlScoutsoWesternOhioisnotresponsibleorthephysicaldamagetoapersonalvehicle.IncaseoinjuryordeathpleasereertopolicyonEmergencySeriousInjuryorIllnessorDeathTravelingwithGirlsGirlslovetrips.AndGirlScoutsisagreatplaceorthemtolearnhowtoplanandtaketripsbecausetravelisbuiltonaprogressionoactivitiesthatisoneactivityleadstothenext.GirlScoutDaisiesorexamplecanbeginwithadiscoverywalk.Asgirlsgrowintheirtravelskillsandexperienceandcanbettermanagetheplanningprocesstheyprogresstolongertrips.HerearesomeexamplesotheprogressionoeventsandtripsShorttripstopointsointerestintheneighborhoodDaisiesandolderAwalktothenearbygardenorashortridebycarorpublictransportationtothefrehouseorcourthouseisagreatfrststeporDaisies.DaytripBrowniesandolderAnall-dayvisittoapointohistoricalornaturalinterestbringingtheirownlunchoraday-longtriptoanearbycitystoppingatarestaurantoramealyoungergirlscanselectlocationsanddomuchothetrip-planningwhileneverbeingtooarromhome.OvernighttripsBrowniesandolderOneorpossiblytwonightsawaytoastateornationalparkhistoriccityornearbycityorsightseeingstayinginahotelmotelorcampground.Theseshorttripsarejustlongenoughtowettheirappetitesbutnotsolongastogeneratehomesickness.ExtendedovernighttripsJuniorsandolderThreeorournightscampingorastayinahotelmotelorhostelwithinthegirlshomeregiontheUpperMidwest.Planningatriptoalargemuseumandmanyoeruniqueopportunitiesorgirlstoactuallyspendthenightonmuseumgroundsmakesoranexcitingexperienceorgirls.NationaltripsCadettesandolderTravelanywhereinthecountryotenlastingaweekormore.TrytosteerclearotripsgirlsmighttakewiththeiramiliesandconsiderthosethatoersomeeducationalcomponentthisotenmeansnoDisneyandnocruisesbutcanincorporatesomeincrediblecitieshistoricsitesandmuseumsaroundthecountry.InternationaltripsCadettesSeniorsandAmbassadorsTravelaroundtheworldotenrequiringoneortwoyearsopreparationwhengirlsshowaninterestintravelingabroadcontactyourcounciltogetpermissiontoplanthetripanddownloadtheGlobalTravelToolkit.VisitingoneotheourWorldCentersisagreatplacetostartbutalsoconsidertravelingwithworldwideserviceorganizations.RecentlygirlshavetraveledtoruralCostaRicatovolunteeratanelementaryschooltoMexicotovolunteerwithHabitatorHumanityandtoIndiatowitnessthedevastationopovertyinurbanslums.Takingtripsisanidealwaytooergirlsleadershipopportunities.Thethreeprocessesgirl-ledlearningbydoingandcooperativelearningworkbeautiullyasgirlsleadtheirowntrip-planningcooperativelyplaneveryaspectothetripandlearnthroughtheirtravelswhatworksandwhatdoesnt.Inthesamewaythethreeleadershipkeysdiscoverconnectandtakeactionstretchgirlsastheyspendweeksmonthsorevenyearsgroup-planningatripwhichincludesanextensivetake-actioncomponent.AlthoughsomegirlswhoareinagrouporexampleatroopoCadettesmaydecidetotraveltogetheropportunitiesexistsorgirlswhoarenototherwiseinvolvedinGirlScoutstogettogetherspecifcallyorthepurposeotravelinglocallyregionallyandeveninternationally.GirlscantravelregardlessohowelsetheyareorarentparticipatinginGirlScouting.FromtheBirthofGirlScoutingtotheWorldCentersTheJulietteGordonLowBirthplaceinSavannahGeorgiaisaantasticplaceorGirlScoutJuniorsandoldergirlstovisit.ReservationsandcouncilapprovalarerequiredtotakeagroupogirlstovisitthebirthplaceandmosteducationalopportunitiesarebookedatleastayearinadvancesobookearlyFamiliesandindividualshoweverdonotneedtoreserveatourinadvance.InadditionourlodgesareavailableinEnglandMexicoSwitzerlandandIndiaorusebyGirlGuidesandGirlScoutseachwithhostel-ordormitory-styleaccommodations.ThesecentersareoperatedbyWAGGGSWorldAssociationoGirlGuidesandGirlScoutsandoerlow-costaccommodationsandspecialprograms.TheyarealsoagreatwaytomeetGirlGuidesandGirlScoutsromaroundtheworld.Visitwww.wagggsworld.orgormoreinormation.Closertohomecheckwithyourcounciltoseewhethercouncil-ownedcampsandotheracilitiescanberentedouttothegroupogirlswithwhichyoureworking. 59ToensurethatanytravelyoudowithgirlsinusestheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceateveryopportunitylimityourroletoacilitatingthegirlsbrainstormingandplanningbutneverdoingtheworkorthem.Allowthegirlstoleadlearncollaborativelyandlearnbydoingandbymakingmistakes.AllthewhilehoweverprovideideasandinsightasktoughquestionswhenyouhavetoandsupportalltheirdecisionswithenthusiasmandencouragementSeekingCouncilPermissionBeoremosttripsyouandthegirlswillneedtoobtaincouncilpermission.Pleasereertothetrooptripproceduresbelow.GirlScoutsofWesternOhioTroopTripProceduresEncouragegirlsdependingontheirgradeleveltosubmitmostothisinormationthemselves.Thisisagreatlearningopportunityorthem.GirlScoutsoWesternOhiohasinstitutedaVolunteerDriverPolicyreertothePoliciesSectionthatmustbeollowedbyalldriversthatwillbedrivingchildrenontrooptrips.Thetroopleaderisthepersonresponsibleormakingsurealldriversareinaccordancewiththispolicy.YourtroopmusthavecompletedandturnedinaTroopGroupFinancialReportormorthepreviousyeartobeapprovedtogoonatrooptrip.IyouhaveanyquestionswhetherornotyouhaveturnedoneinpleasecallyourcommunityengagementteamleaderattheGirlScoutCenter.CompleteaTroopActivityTripNoticationFormorallactivitiesover60milesromyourmeetinglocationandtrips.NoteATroopActivityTripNoticationFormmustbecompletedorALLhigh-riskactivitiesregardlessothedistancetraveled.Theonlinetrooptripormiseasiesttouse.ItcanbeoundonthecouncilwebsiteunderVolunteerResourcesorounddirectlyatwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgvolunteer-resourcespagestroop-trip-Form.aspx.CompletingtheormwillhelpvolunteersandgirlthinkthroughthenancialandsaetyprocessessotheyarepreparedoragreatexperienceTypeLengthofActivityTripTurninformnolaterthanCompleteadditionalsectionsHighRiskActivityHorsebackridingwateractivitiesotherthanswimming1monthpriortodateoactivitySection23Dayactivityover60miles-100milesoutsideonormalmeetingspace1monthpriortodateoactivitySection23Overnighttrips-lessthan100miles1monthpriortodateoactivitySection23456DayOvernightover100miles3monthpriortodateoactivitySection23456Tripbudgetperpersonexceeds2006monthpriortodateoactivitySection23456Tripsthreenightsormore3monthspriortodateoactivitySections23456InternationalTripContactyourprogramservicesspecialist1.SubmittrooptripormonlineormailtotheregionalGirlScoutCenter.Formsareavailableonthecouncilwebsite.2.Troopsdonotneedtosubmitormswhenthetrooptripistoacouncilproperty.3.CheckthecharttakenromtheTroopActivityTripNoticationFormtoseewhichsectionsyoumustcompletebasedonthetypeoactivityyouwillbeparticipatingin.4.FileaRequestorPurchaseoAdditionalInsuranceFormtopurchaseactivityaccidentinsuranceortripslongerthantwonightsorornon-GirlScoutmembers.Minimumpurchaseamounto5.00.5.Contactyourcommunityengagementmanagertodiscussprogramacilityliabilityinsurance.TipsforGirlsTravelingAloneIaGirlScoutCadetteSeniororAmbassadorwillbetravelingaloneatanypartoatripusetheopportunitytohelphereelcomortablewithandcapableobeingonherown.Alwaystalkrstwithherparentstoassesshermaturityandabilitytohandleherselandhaveherparentscompleteanemergencyorm.Isheisfyingalsodiscussthepossibilityobookinganonstopfighttomakehertripthatmuchlessstressulandaskparentstocontacttheairlinewhichwillmakespecialarrangementsoranyunaccompaniedminor.Withthegirlherseldevelopatripplandiscusshotelsecurityandsaetyandtalkaboutavoidingexcesscommunicationwithstrangersnotwearinganametagandavoidingexposingmoneyorotheritemssuchashigh-endcellphonesandiPodsthatareattractivetopickpockets. 60InvolvingChaperonesTodeterminehowmanyvolunteerchaperonesthegirlswillneedwiththemonthetripseetheadult-to-girlratios.AsyouaskorchaperonesbesuretolookoroneswhoarecommittedtoRegisteringasamemberBeingapositiverolemodelRespectingallgirlsandadultsequallywithnopreerentialtreatmentCreatingasaespaceorgirlsandprioritizingthesaetyoallgirlsSupportingandreinorcingagroupagreementHandlingpressureandstressbymodelingfexibilityandasenseohumorCreatinganexperienceorandwithgirlsLettingGirlsLeadWhetherthetripisadayhikeoracross-countrytrekbasicstepsotripplanningareessentiallythesame.Itstruethatasthelocalegetsartherawaytheitinerarymorecomplexandthetripogreaterdurationthedetailsbecomericherandmorecomplexbutplanningeverytripromaday-longeventtoaninternationaltrekstartsbyaskingtheollowingWhatdowehopetoexperienceWhowillwewanttotalktoandmeetWhatwillyouaskWhereareweinterestedingoingWhenareweallavailabletogoWilleveryoneinourgroupbeabletogoAretherephysicalbarriersthatcannotbeaccommodatedWhatarevisitinghoursandtheneedforadvancereservationsWhatareouroptionsforgettingthereWhatstheleastandmostthistripcouldcostWhatcanwedonowtogetourselvesreadyHowwillweearnthemoneyWhatstheavailabilityofdrinkingwaterrestroomsandeatingplacesWhereisemergencyhelpavailableWhatsafetyfactorsmustweconsiderWhatwillwedoaswetravelWhatwillwedowhenwegetthereHowwillwesharetheTakeActionstoryAsgirlsanswerthesequestionstheybeginthetrip-planningprocess.Intimegirlsbegintomakespecicarrangementsattendtoamyriadodetailscreateabudgetandhandlemoneyandacceptresponsibilityortheirpersonalconductandsaety.Andlateratertheyvereturnedromasuccessuleventortripgirlsalsohavethechancetoevaluatetheirexperiencesandsharethemwithothers.TravelProgressionChecklistforYouIyourgroupisthinkingabouttravelconsiderrstwhetherthegirlsarematureenoughtohandlethetrip.IndeterminingagroupsreadinessortravelassessthegroupsAbilitytobeawayromtheirparentsandtheirhomeAbilitytoadapttounamiliarsurroundingsandsituationsAbilitytomakedecisionswellandeasilyPreviouscross-culturalexperiencesAbilitytogetalongwitheachotherandhandlechallengesAbilitytoworkwellasateamSkillsandinterestsLanguageskillswhereapplicableStayingSafeDuringtheTripAlsobesuretodiscusstheollowingitemswiththegirlsandtheirparentsbeoreyouleaveonanytripyoumayalsowanttoputthisinormationinwritingandhavegirlssignitWhoherbuddyisandhowthebuddysystemworksWhattodoifsheisseparatedfromthegroupwhetherbyaccidentorbecauseofacrimeWhattodoifshelosessomethingsignicantmoneypassportluggageHowtoreportacrimeWhattodoifemergencyhelpisneededHowtoperformbasicrst-aidproceduresHowtodealwithalargecrowdifapplicableWhattodointheeventofacrimeWhatbehaviorsyouexpectandwhatconsequencesexistfornotlivinguptothosebehaviors 61TravelSecurityandSafetyTipsSharethesesaetytipswithgirlsbeoreyouleaveonanytripthatinvolvesastayatahotelmotelhostelordormitoryAlwayslockthedoorbehindyouusingthedeadboltandthechainoranchor.Donotopenthedoororstrangersihotelstaisatthedoorcalltherontdesktoconrm.Dontshoutoutordisplayyourroomnumberwheninthepresenceostrangers.Neverleavejewelrycameraselectronicscashorcreditcardsinyourroom.Neverleaveluggageunattendedinthehotellobbyororthatmatterinanairportortrainstation.Whenarrivingatthehotellocateemergencyexits.Keepasmallfashlightonyourbedsidetablealongwithasmallbagwithyourroomkeywalletpassportandcellphone.Takethefashlightandbagwithyouiyouhavetoleavetheroominanemergency.Iarealarmgoesogetoutasquicklyaspossiblewithoutstoppingtopackyoursuitcase.BeoreleavingyourroomeelthedoorIitiswarmdonotopenit.Stayinyourroomandstutowelsaroundthedoor.Callthehoteloperatorimmediately.Ithedooriscoolproceedslowlyoutthedoorlookingorfamesorsmoke.Repeattheseinstructionsoranydooryouencounter.AlsocontacttherontdesktoclearoutanyminibarsorrerigeratorsingirlsroomstoensurethatinappropriatemoviesarenotaccessiblethroughTVsandtodisallowanylong-distancecallsrombeingplacedromgirlsrooms.Alertthehotelmanagementthatunderagegirlsarestayinginthehotelandaskthemtocontactyouianygirlsareoutotheirroomsaterbedtime.GirlScoutActivityInsuranceEveryregisteredGirlScoutandregisteredadultmemberintheGirlScoutmovementisautomaticallycoveredunderthebasicplanuponregistration.TheentirepremiumcostorthisprotectionisbornebyGirlScoutsotheUSA.ThebasicplaniseectiveduringtheregularscalyearOctobertotheollowingOctober.Upto14monthsoinsurancecoverageisprovidedornewmemberswhoregisterinthemonthoAugust.ThisinsuranceprovidesuptoaspeciedmaximumormedicalexpensesincurredasaresultoanaccidentwhileamemberisparticipatinginanapprovedsupervisedGirlScoutactivityatertheindividualsprimaryinsurancepaysout.Thisisonereasonthatalladultsandgirlsshouldberegisteredmembers.Non-registeredparentstagalongsbrotherssistersriendsandotherpersonsarenotcoveredbybasiccoverage.Thisinsurancecoverageisnotintendedtodiminishtheneedororreplaceamilyhealthinsurance.When130inbenetshasbeenpaidorcoveredaccidentmedicalordentalexpenseanysubsequentbenetswillbepayableonlyorexpensesincurredthatarentcompensableunderanotherinsurancepolicy.Ithereisnoamilyinsuranceorhealthcareprogramaspeciedmaximumomedicalbenetsisavailable.AdditionalactivityinsuranceisrequiredorGirlScoutstakingextendedtripsandornon-memberswhoparticipateinGirlScoutactivities.Thereareaewoptionsavailable.Theseplansaresecondaryinsurancethatacouncilmayoertocoverparticipantstakingpartinanycouncil-approvedsupervisedGirlScoutactivity.AdditionalinsurancecoverageisavailableoranyGirlScoutactivitythatinvolvesnon-GirlScoutsorlastslongerthanthreedaysandtwonights.RequestingAdditionalInsuranceARequestforAdditionalInsuranceFormmustbecompletedandsubmittedtotheFinanceDepartmentinCincinnatiatleast4weekspriortotheeventdate.ThisormmustbeaccompaniedbyacheckpayabletoUnitedoOmahaortheamountowedortheadditionalinsurance.Thereisa5minimum.Incompleteormsormswithoutchecksattachedandcheckslessthan5.00willnotbeaccepted.TheRequestforthePurchaseofAdditionalInsuranceFormisavailableonthecouncilwebsiteunderVolunteerResourcesFormsordirectlyathttpwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgvolunteer-resourcesHealth20and20Saety1001272-00220Request20For20Purchase20O20Additional20Insurance.pd.Mailinginstructionsareontheorm. 62SummaryofGirlScoutInsuranceAprintedbrochureromUnitedoOmahawithacompletedescriptionoalltheeaturesoeachinsuranceoptionisavailableonlineandromtheGirlScoutCenter.Theinormationprovidedbelowisdesignedtobeasummaryohighlightsonly.PlanDescriptionPremiumPlan1GirlScoutActivityAccidentInsuranceBasicCoverageProvidedtoeveryregisteredgirlandadult.EectivewhenregistrationmaterialsarereceivedattheGirlScoutCenter.CoversGirlScoutactivitieslastingtwo2nightsorlessornotmorethanthree3nightsioveranofcialederalholidayorthreedays.Paysthefrst130omedicalbillsrelatedtoanaccidentthenbecomessecondarytoanyotherinsurancecoveragetheindividualmayhave.Paysupto15000obillsincurredovera52-weekperiodatertheaccidentthatarenotcoveredbyanyotherinsurancetheindividualmayhave.Nocharge-includedaspartoyourGirlScoutsotheUSA12.00registrationeePlan2AccidentInsuranceSameeaturesasPlan1.Usedorregisteredgirlsandadultswhenactivitylengthexceedstwo2nightsthreenightsoveraederalholidayorthreedays.Usedornon-registeredparticipantsinaGirlScoutactivity..11dayparticipantPlan3EAccidentSicknessInsuranceorExtendedEventsAdds10000oSicknessMedicalExpenseBeneftand1500oReturnedTransportationBenefttoPlan1.Willnotpaymorethan100ototalmedicalexpensesincurredinconjunctionwithanyotherinsurancetheparticipantmayhaveNon-DuplicationProvision..29dayPlan3PAccidentSicknessInsuranceorExtendedEventsSameasPlan3Ewithoutthenon-duplicationprovision.Thereoretheinsurancepayswithoutregardtowhatotherinsurancemightbepaying..67dayparticipantPlan3PIAccidentandSicknessInsuranceorExtendedInternationalTripsorEventslastingmorethantwonightsSameasPlan3PforInternationalTripsProvidestravelassistanceupto500001.17dayparticipantMoreinormationontheGirlScoutAccidentInsurancePlancanbeoundattheMutualoOmahawebsitehttpwww.mutualoomaha.comgirl-scouts-o-the-USAindex.htmlACCIDENTSANDEMERGENCIESProvidingEmergencyCareAsyouknowemergenciescanhappen.Girlsneedtoreceiveproperinstructioninhowtocareorthemselvesandothersinemergencies.TheyalsoneedtolearntheimportanceoreportingtoadultsanyaccidentsillnessesorunusualbehaviorsduringGirlScoutactivities.TothisendyoucanhelpgirlsKnowwhattoreport.SeetheProceduresorAccidentssectionlaterinthischapter.Establishandpracticeproceduresorweatheremergencies.Certainextreme-weatherconditionsmayoccurinyourarea.Pleaseconsultwithyourcouncilorthemostrelevantinormationoryoutosharewithgirls.Establishandpracticeproceduresorsuchcircumstancesasfreevacuationlostpersonsandbuilding-securityresponses.Everygirlandadultmustknowhowtoactinthesesituations.Forexampleyouandthegirlswiththehelpoafredepartmentrepresentativeshoulddesignafreevacuationplanormeetingplacesusedbythegroup.Assembleawell-stockedfrst-aidkitthatisalwaysaccessible.First-aidadministeredinthefrstewminutescanmeanthedierencebetweenlieanddeath.Inanemergencysecureproessionalmedicalassistanceassoonaspossiblenormallybycalling911.First-AidCPRGirlScoutsoWesternOhioworkstoprovidevolunteerswithincreasedaccesstoFirstAidCPRcertifcationcourses.Pleasevisitwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgorthemostuptodateinormationonthecoursesbeingprovidedthroughpartnershipswithareaorganizations.CertifcationmayalsobeobtainedthroughoutsideagencieslikeAmericanHeartAssociationAmericanRedCrossOhioStateHighwayPatrollocalfredepts.hospitalsYMCAsetc.IcertifcationisobtainedthroughanoutsideagencyevidenceocertifcationmustbeorwardedtoGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.GirlScoutvolunteerswhoaredoctorsnursesEMTsparamedicsetc.shouldcontacttheFirstAidCPRcoordinatoratyourregionalGirlScoutCentertobecomelistedasatroopFirst-Aider. 63FirstAiderArst-aiderisanadultvolunteerwhohastakenGirlScout-approvedrst-aidandCPRtrainingthatincludesspecicinstructionsorchildCPR.IthroughtheAmericanRedCrossNationalSaetyCouncilEMPAmericaorAmericanHeartAssociationyouhaveachancetobeullytrainedinrst-aidandCPRdoingsomaymakeyouractivity-planninggoalittlemoresmoothly.TheSaetyActivityCheckpointsalwaystellyouwhenarst-aiderneedstobepresent.Activitiescantakeplaceinavarietyolocationswhichiswhyrst-aidrequirementsarebasedontheremotenessotheactivityasnotedintheSaetyActivityCheckpointsorthatactivity.Forexampleitspossibletodoatwo-milehikethathascellphonereceptionandservicealongtheentirerouteandEMSEmergencyMedicalSystemisatmaximum15minutesawayatalltimes.ItisalsopossibletohikemoreremotelywithnocellphoneserviceataplacewhereEMSwouldtakemorethan15minutestoarrive.Itsimportantthatyouoranothervolunteerwithyourgrouphasthenecessarymedicalexperienceincludingknowledgeoevacuationtechniquestoensuregroupsaety.Thelevelsorstaidrequiredoranyactivitytakeintoaccountbothhowmuchdangerisinvolvedandhowremotetheareaisromemergencymedicalservices.AccesstoEMSMinimumLevelofFirstAidRequiredLessthan15minutesLevel115-30minutesLevel2Morethan30minutesWildernessFirstAidWFAorWildernessFirstResponderWFRAlthoughaWFRisnotrequireditisstronglyrecommendedwhentravelingwithgroupsinareasthataregreaterthan30minutesromEMS.Thetableabovedoesrefectthelimitationsosomerst-aidlevel2trainings.Itisimportanttounderstandthedierencesbetweenanextendedrst-aidcourseliketheAmericanRedCrossSportsSaetyTrainingprogramandawilderness-ratedcourse.Althoughstandardandsport-saetyrst-aidtrainingprovidesbasicincidentresponsewilderness-ratedcoursesincludetrainingonremote-assessmentskillsaswellastheemergencyrst-aidresponseincludingevacuationtechniquestousewhenEMSisnotreadilyavailable.NoteThepresenceoarst-aiderlevel2isrequiredatresidentcamp.Forlargeeventsthereshouldbeonerst-aiderlevel2orevery200participants.Theollowinghealthcareprovidersmayalsoserveasrst-aiderslevel1or2physicianphysiciansassistantnursepractitionerregisterednurselicensedpracticalnurseparamedicmilitarymedicandemergencymedicaltechnician.First-AidKitMakesureageneralrst-aidkitisavailableatyourgroupmeetingplaceandaccompaniesgirlsonanyactivityincludingtransportationtoandromtheactivity.Pleasebeawarethatyoumayneedtoprovidethiskitioneisnotavailableatyourmeetingplace.Youcanbuyacommercialkitoryouandthegirlscanassembleakityourselves.TheRedCrossoersalistopotentialitemsinitsAnatomyoaFirstAidKit.Youcanalsocustomizeakittocoveryourspecicneedsincludingfarestreatmentsorrostbiteorsnakebitesandthelike.Inadditiontostandardmaterialsallkitsshouldcontainyourcouncilandemergencytelephonenumberswhichyoucangetromyourcouncilcontact.GirlScoutactivityinsuranceormsparentconsentormsandhealthhistoriesmaybeincludedaswell.ProceduresforAccidentsAlthoughyouhopetheworstneverhappensyoumustobservecouncilproceduresorhandlingaccidentsandatalities.Atthesceneoanaccidentrstprovideallpossiblecareorthesickorinjuredperson.Followestablishedcouncilproceduresorobtainingmedicalassistanceandimmediatelyreportingtheemergency.Todothisyoumustalwayshaveonhandthenamesandtelephonenumbersocouncilstaparentsguardiansandlocalemergencyservicessuchasthepoliceredepartmentorhospitalemergencytechnicians.Aterreceivingareportoanaccidentcouncilstawillimmediatelyarrangeoradditionalassistanceineededatthesceneandwillnotiyparentsguardiansasappropriate.Iachildneedsemergencymedicalcareastheresultoanaccidentorinjuryrstcontactemergencymedicalservicesandthenollowcouncilproceduresoraccidentsandincidents.Youradherencetotheseproceduresiscriticalespeciallywithregardtonotiyingparentsorguardians.Ithemediaisinvolvedletcouncil-designatedstadiscusstheincidentwiththeserepresentatives.Intheeventoaatalityorotherseriousaccidentnotiythepolice.Aresponsibleadultmustremainatthesceneatalltimes.Inthecaseoaatalitydonotdisturbthevictimorsurroundings.Followpoliceinstructions.Donotshareinormationabouttheaccident 64withanyonebutthepoliceyourcouncilandiapplicableinsurancerepresentativesorlegalcounsel.EmergencyPhoneThesenumbersareoremergencyuseonly.Usethesenumbersater-hoursandonweekendstoreportaseriousaccidentoremergencytoacouncilrepresentative.ToledoRegion537-225-3595LimaRegion419-225-3098DaytonRegion937-279-6599CincinnatiRegion513-619-1398TheollowingactionshouldbetakenintheeventoanincidentaccidentoremergencyduringanyGirlScoutactivitynotjustoncouncil-ownedsites.VolunteersResponsibilitiesSecureservicesotrainedmedicalproessionalorrst-aideronsiteandgiveprioritytoprovidingallpossiblecaretovictims.Permitnodisturbancetovictimsorsurroundings.Retainaresponsibleadultatthescene.Securedoctorambulanceandorpolice.Youareresponsibleuntilpoliceassumeresponsibility.ParentguardiannoticationreportnatureoemergencyconditionovictimsecureparentguardianwishesregardingmedicaltreatmenthospitalizationtransportationpersonalattendanceCouncilnotication.Aternotiyingparentsguardiansandemergencyauthoritiescouncilstamustbenotiedoanyseriousaccidentorinjury.Pleaseusetheemergencyphonenumbertocontactyourdirectororegionalservices.Inoresponseisreceivedpleasecontactthedirectororegionalservicesoanadjacentregionusingthepagernumberslistedabove.Exercisecarethatanystatementmadeorallyorinwritingrefectsonlytheactsotheincident.Statementsshouldonlybemadetotheamilytheauthoritiesmedicalpersonnelandtheappropriatepaidstamembers.Thecommunicationmanagerhandlesallmediareleases.Onlydesignatedpaidstaorcouncilrepresentativesmayspeakorthecouncil.FileAnIncidentAccidentReportFormWithin24HoursoanInjuryPleasesendcopiesoallreportsandrecordstoGirlScoutsoWesternOhioincareothedirectororegionalservices.LIMA-1870WestRobbAve.LimaOH45805DAYTON-450ShoupMillRd.DaytonOH45415CINCINNATI-4930CornellRd.CincinnatiOH45242TOLEDO-2244CollingwoodBlvd.ToledoOH43620CouncilRepresentativeResponsibilitiesaterEmergencyNotifcationAteremergencynoticationacouncilrepresentativewillprovideawrittendetaileddescriptionothecircumstancesotheemergencyincludingnamesandcontactinormationopersonsinvolvedandpersonalinsuranceinormationiapplicable.Inormationorreportandollow-upexactdescriptionsandrecordsInsurancerepresentativeAttorneyorotherappropriateocialsGirlScoutsotheUSARecordsneedtoberetainedseven7yearsoruntilpersoninvolvedhasreachedlegalage. 65Chapter5ManagingGroupFinancesHelpinggirlsearnandmanagemoneyisanintegralpartotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.YourGirlScoutgroupisresponsibleorplanningandnancingitsownactivitieswithyourguidance.Thisputsgirlsinchargegivingthemtheopportunitywithyouroversighttocooperativelysetgoalsmanageabudgetspendresponsiblymaintainrecordslearnsocialskillsanddevelopgoodmarketingentrepreneurialmathandnancialskills.GirlScoutgroupsareundedbyashareomoneyearnedthroughcouncil-sponsoredproductsaleactivitiessuchasGirlScoutCookiesalesgroupmoney-earningactivitiescouncil-approvedocourseandanyduesyourgroupmaycharge.Thisisinadditiontothe15annualmembershipduesthatgoestothenationalorganization.GirlScoutingshouldnotbeexpensiveorgirls.Asgirlsparticipateinmoneyearningactivitiestheylearnkeyskillsincludinggoalsettingdecisionmakingmoneymanagementpeopleskillsandbusinessethics.Thischaptergivesyoutheinsandoutsoestablishingagroupaccounthelpinggirlsmanagetheirgroupnancespracticesuccessulproduct-salestechniquesreviewthesaetyrequirementsaroundproductsalesandunderstandhowtocollaboratewithsponsorsandcauses.WhatDoesItCosttoSupportaGirlinGirlScoutingThecostosupportingagirlinGirlScoutingisthesharedresponsibilityothetroopgroupparentsandthecouncil1.WhilethetroopisatthecenterindeliveringtheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencetogirlstheGirlScoutcouncilhastheresponsibilityorprovidingprogramopportunitiesandothersupportsthatstrengthenthetroopexperience.GirlScoutsoWesternOhioalsoprovidesmanycoreservicesneededtosupportgirlsinachievingtheprogramgoals.SomeexamplesotheexpensesthateachgroupmightincurareParentsotenpayoritemslikeMembershipduestroopduesuniormoptionalandindividualactivitiessuchasresidentcampoptional.Troopsgenerallypayortrooprelateditemssuchasearnedrecognitionstroopmeetingactivitieseldtripseventsandtrooptrips.CouncilFinancesTocarryoutitsjurisdictionalresponsibilityorprovidingandadministeringtheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceGirlScoutsoWesternOhioshalladheretoGirlScoutsotheUSAspoliciescriteriaandstandardsoraneectiveGirlScoutcouncilasoundintheBlueBookoBasicDocumentsorLeadersDigest.Thisincludessoundplanningandmanagementandresponsiblenancialproceduresandpractices.GirlScoutinghelpsgirlslearnmoneymanagementskillsastheyplanimplementandevaluateactivities.Adultsworkinginpartnershipwithgirlsarerolemodelsinallaspectsoplanningandmanagementincludingthedevelopmentandpracticeomoneymanagementskills.ThecouncilbudgetincludesAsignicantsubsidyocouncil-sponsoredprogramactivitiessuchastroopcampingresidentcampoldergirlopportunitiesandhighlowropeschallengecoursesFinancialassistancetogirlsormembershipduesprogramactivitiesandtroopresourcesGirlScoutleaderrecruitmentplacementandtrainingincludingincreasingcostsinareassuchasbackgroundchecksandspecializedtrainingorissuessuchasbehaviormanagementandconfictresolutionCommunicationresourceslikethecouncilwebsiteVolunteerEssentialsmonthlyleaderpacketsandthecostoserviceunitprintingandpostageMaintenanceocouncilcampsandregionalGirlScoutcentersAnnualCampaignGirlScoutsoWesternOhioreliesonthegenerosityothecommunitytoprovidethesupportandopportunitiesthatwillhelpgirlsdeveloptheskillstheyneedtomakehealthyliechoicestakeonchallengesandmakeethicaldecisions.IttakesmanystrongadultpartnerstoprovidethenancialresourcesthatensuretheGirlScoutLeadershipExperiencewillcontinuetoimpactgirlsnowandintheuture.GitstotheAnnualCampaignareunrestrictedandusedasneededtosupportGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.TheAnnualCampaignconsistsotheollowingpartnerships1.FamilyPartnership2.CommunityPartnership3.CorporatePartnership4.LeadershipPartnershipstaandboarddonations1TheGirlScoutcouncilincludesallmembersincludingtroopsandserviceunitsthatareinvolvedindeliveringGirlScoutingtoourgeographicregion. 66FamilyPartnershipTheFamilyPartnershipCampaignensuresthatallgirlshaveaccesstotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceandprovidesgirlandadultresourcesandsupportservices.NotonlydoesfnancialinvestmentsensureouractivitiesarediscountedandmembershipsubsidiesareavailablebutitalsoprovidesadultswiththenecessarytrainingandsupporttheyneedtobegreatGirlScoutleadersandvolunteers.WhenadonationismadetotheFamilyPartnershipCampaignparentsvolunteerscorporationsandbusinessesarejoinedinhelpingbuildgirlsocourageconfdenceandcharacterwhomaketheworldabetterplace.WhyshouldIcontributetotheFamilyPartnershipCampaignTheestimatedcostokeepingagirlinGirlScoutsoroneyearisbetween300and400.Contributionsarevitaltoprovidethecoreservicesneededtosupportgirlsinachievingthecouncilgoals.HowcanGirlScoutleadersadministrativeandothervolunteersandparentsparticipateintheFamilyPartnershipCampaignBecausetheFamilyPartnershipCampaignisrunbyvolunteersattheserviceunitcommunitylevelserviceunitscreateandcarryouttheirownundraisingplanthatbestsuitstheirneedswhatthecommunitywillrespondtoandtheirownundraisinggoal.PlanningoreachServiceUnitFamilyPartnershipCampaigncanbeginasearlyastheserviceunitpreerskeepinginmindlocalUnitedWayrequirements.PleaseremembertheFamilyPartnershipCampaignisayearroundcampaign.GirlScoutLeadersandothervolunteerscanbeanexampleorotherstoollowbyMakingtheirgittothecampaignfrstBecomingapositivevoiceortheirServiceUnitFamilyPartnershipCampaignEnsuringallcampaigninormationispassedontotheGirlScoutamiliesandthecommunityGivingOptionsortheFamilyPartnershipCampaignThereareseveralwaystomakeafnancialcontributiontotheFamilyPartnershipCampaignDonateonyourGirlScoutmemberregistrationformDonateataGirlScouteventContactthedevelopmentdepartmentatyourregionalGirlScoutcenterPlannedGiftsPlannedgitsincludebequestslieinsurancecharitabletrustscharitablegitannuitiesandotherdeerredgits.PlannedgitsensurethatthevaluesoGirlScoutingasidentifedintheGirlScoutPromiseandLawareavailabletouturegenerationsogirlssothattheydeveloptheskillsneededtoreachtheirullpotential.Inadditiontoextendingthedonorsownvaluestouturegenerationsaplannedgitcanoersignifcanttaxbeneftstothedonor.TheJulietteGordonLowSocietyoGirlScoutsoWesternOhiorecognizesdonorswhohaveidentifedthemselvesasplannedgivers.MemorialTributeFundMemorialRemembrancesaremonetarygitsinmemoryoariendorrelative.TributeGitshonoranimportanteventorpersoninyourlie.TheyareappropriateorabirthdayanniversarygraduationtheGirlScoutGoldAwardrecognitionoaGirlScoutleaderorvolunteerholidaygitorotherspecialoccasion.Pleaseincludeanotetothedevelopmentmanagerspeciyingthetypeogityouwishtomakeandthenameandaddressotherecipientoramily.Athankyouacknowledgementcardthatdoesnotmentiontheamountothecontributionwillbesentinyourname.QuestionsregardingcharitablesupportorGirlScoutsoWesternOhioshouldbedirectedtothecouncilsunddevelopmentdepartment. 67Troopsshouldsetupabankaccountwithin30daysostartingasatroopanddepositmoneysuchasgroupduesproductsalesproceedsorgroupmoney-earningactivities.Iyouaretakingoveranexistingtroopgrouppleaseensurethatthetroopbankingaccountistraserredtothenewaccountsignerwithin30days.ConsiderthesetipswhenworkingwithagroupaccountKeepgroupundsinthebankbeoreanactivityortrippayingorasmanyitemsinadvanceoyourdeparture.Usedebitcardsduringtheactivityortrip.Makeonepersonresponsibleorgroupundsandorkeepingadailyaccountoexpenditures.Somebanksmayhaveaminimumbalancetoopentheaccountorchargeasmallmonthlyservicechargeorthemailingomonthlystatements.PleasecheckwithyourbankwhenopeningaGirlScoutaccounttoseeitheyhaveanoptoutoptionormailedstatementswiththereeoptionoronlinebankingaccess.DebitcardscanonlybeusedithetroopaccountisheldatoneoGirlScoutsoWesternOhiopreerredbanks.GirlScoutsoWesternOhiohasestablishedaprocesswithseveralareabankstoprovidetroopsandserviceunitswithcheckingaccountshavingnoorminimalmonthlyservicechargesandtosimpliythedocumentrequirementsresultingromthePatriotAct.Outlinedbelowaretheprocedurestoopenchangeandcloseatrooporserviceunitcheckingaccount.PleasenoteAninidividualgirlaoranindividaulgirlandoneadultMAYNOTopenormaintainaGirlScoutcheckingaccountsincethisarrangementisnotabletoprovidereasonableprotectionsthatthecouncilisincompliancewithIRSrequirements.OpeningaNewCheckingAccountWhenanewGirlScouttroopcheckingaccountisestablishedtwosignersarerequiredontheaccount.TheGirlScoutleaderandatleastoneotherapprovedadultvolunteermustcompletetheormsrequiredtoopenanewcheckingaccountonesignerwillholdthecheckbookdebitcardwhiletheotherreceivesthestatementsorhasaccesstotheaccountthroughonlineservicesthisproceduresaeguardsgirlsmonies.BothsignersmustbeapprovedactivelyregisteredmembersoGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.Thisincludesthesuccessulcompletionovolunteerapplicationandbackgroundcheckapprovalprocess.Thecheckingaccountormsareavailableromtheregionalofcesorcanbeprintedromthewebsite.Theseormsaresubmittedtothebankyouhavechosenoryouraccount.BanksrequireoriginalsignaturesandwillusuallyrequesttoseeacopyothevolunteersappointmentwelcomeletterromGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.BecausemanysavingsaccountsearninterestthistypeoaccountisnotpermittedorGirlScoutusage.CompletionoaTroopGroupFinancialReportAllGirlScouttroopsarerequiredtosubmitinormationregardingthetroopsfnancesannuallyaspartotheappointmentandreappointmentprocess.AllnewtroopsmustcompleteandsubmitaTroopGroupFinancialReportwithin30daysoopeningtheirnewGirlScoutaccount.InadditionalltroopsincludingnewtroopsmustcompleteafnalTroopGroupFinancialReportandsubmitacopyotheirbankstatementbyJune30theachyear.GirlScoutleaderswillnotbeeligibleorreappointmenttheollowingyearithereisnotacurrentreportonflewithGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.HavingaTroopFinancialReportonflethatincludesnamesotworegisteredapprovedvolunteersignersisrequiredorReappointmentothetroopleadersApprovalotrooptripormsParticipationintheGirlScoutCookieSaleAccesstofnancialassistanceInadditionstartingSeptember2013allcheckstotroopsgroupsorserviceunitsincludingreundsfnancialassistanceandcookieproceedswillbemadeelectronicallyusingthebankaccountinormationontheTroopGroupFinancialReport.TheTroopGroupFinancialReportormcanbeaccessedcompletedandsubmittedonlineatthecouncilwebsiteunderVolunteerResources-Formsorwww.girlscoutsowesternohio.orgvolunteer-resourcestroop-fnancial-report.aspx.Thebankstatementshouldalsobeemailedtocouncilgirlscoutsowesternohio.orgormailedtotheregionalGirlScoutCenter.Whenchangesneedtobemadetoexistingaccountstheprocedureissimilarbothormsmustbecompletedincludingtheaccountnumberandanychangedinormationi.e.addresssignerinormationetc.Changesinthebankaccountcanbemadedirectlywithyourbank.ClosingaCheckingAccountBeoreclosinganaccountbesureallchecksandotherdebitshaveclearedtheaccount.Youmayhavetoclosetheaccountinperson.IatroopmakesthedecisiontodisbandthetroopstreasuryshouldollowthegirlsthatremainGirlScoutstotheirnewtroops.Theundsshouldbedistributedairlyandappropriatelyithegirlsdonotmovetothesametroop.InoneothegirlschosetoremainactiveintheGirlScoutingtheremainingundsmustbereturnedtotheGirlScoutcounciloruseintheFinancialAssistanceFund.Theserviceteamwillworkwithpaidstatoensurethattroopundsarehandledappropriatelyandinatimelymanner.AfnalTroopGroupFinancialReportmustbecompletednotingthatthisisaclosedaccount.Besuretoincludeaccountnumber.GirlScoutmoneyletinaccountswhengroupsdisbandbecomethepropertyothecouncil.TroopGroupFinances 68LeadershipChangesSincerecordsandotherpropertybelongtothetroopnotanindividualtheyshouldbepassedalongtothenextleaderwithin30daysromachangeinleadership.Iadisbandingtroopsgirlsareplacedinmultipletroopsthedisbandingtroopstreasurymaybepro-ratedtoeachnewtroopbasedonthenumberotranserringgirlsandthefnancialdecisionsmadebytroopmembers.DisbandingATroopTroopsthatarenotreregisteringortheupcomingmembershipyearmustcompletetheDisbandingTroopReportFormandollowtheproceduresbelowIatroopisdisbandedandthegirlsarenotplacedinoneormorenewtroopsCompleteaDisbandingTroopReportFormoncouncilwebsiteunderVolunteerResourcesFormsGeneralVolunteerResrouces.Givesuppliestoserviceteampersonnel.Givethebankaccountcheckbookdebitcardsandrecordstotheserviceunitchairorserviceunittreasurer.Moneymaynotbegiventotheindividualgirlsoradults.DisbandingtroopundscontributetofnancialassistancewhichareavailabletoassistgirlswithfnancialneedtoparticipateinGirlScoutactivities.Theindividualgirlsbadgerecordshouldbegiventothegirlorheruturereerenceanduse.Iagirlmovesromonetrooptoanotherherportionotheundsmayollowhertoanothertroopbasedondecisionspreviouslymadebytroopmembersabouthowmoneywillbehandled.WhenagirlleavesGirlScoutingtheundsremainthepropertyothetroop.GirlScoutsofWesternOhioPreferredBanksGirlScoutsoWesternOhiohasestablishedstandardprocedureswiththeollowingbanks.ByopeningaGirlScoutcheckingaccountatoneothepreerredbanksthetroopwillhavetheoptionoobtainingadebitcardortheaccount.TheuseodebitcardsisnotacceptableitheaccountisopenedatabankthatisNOTapreerredbankwithGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.FithThirdBankContactHeatherBowling513-563-7900option3PNCBankContactJohndaKeuer513-563-0395ext.21773MutualFederalSavingsBankContactLynnWilliams937-773-9900IyouwouldliketorequestabankinyourcommunitybecomeapreerredbankoGirlScoutsoWesternOhiopleasecontactyourregionalGirlScoutCenter.TroopDuesTroopduesareanoptionoractivitiesthegirlsplantoparticipateinandorcostsosnackssuppliesandothermaterialsusedbythegirlsatregularmeetings.Troopduesaremeanttosupplementcookieandallproductactivities.NOgirlshallbedeniedmembershipinatrooporhaveherparticipationrestrictedbasedonherlackoabilitytopaytroopdues.Whensettingtheamountotroopduestheeesshouldbedecidedonbyallmembersandconsiderationgiventotheincomelevelsoallothegirlsinthegroup.Money-EarningBasicsGirlsplanningatriporotherspecialprogramactivitymayrequireundsinadditiontothoseearnedthroughthecouncilproductsales.Asgirlsdecideonactivitiesthattheywanttoaccomplishduringtheyeartheyshouldcreateatroopbudget.Usingthebudgetthegirlsshouldthensetgoalsortheirparticipationintheallproductsalecookiesaleandorothermoneyearningactivities.Troopmoneyearningprovidesgirlswithavaluableopportunitytolearnaboutallaspectsogoalsettingmoneymanagementandentrepreneurship.Theserviceunitchairmustapproveanymoney-earningactivityotherthenthecouncilsponsoredproductsales.CompletetheApprovalorAdditionalMoneyEarningProjectFormandsubmitittotheserviceunitchairorapproval.Pleaserememberthatparentshavetherighttoinspectfnancialstatementsatanytimeandtroopleadershavetheresponsibilitytokeeptheminormed.GirlsearnmoneyintwodistinctwaysCouncil-sponsoredproductsalesarecouncil-widesalesoGirlScoutauthorizedproductssuchasGirlScoutCookiesmagazinesornutsandcandyinwhichmembersparticipateaspartotheGirlScoutprogram.Groupmoney-earningreerstoactivitiesorganizedbythegroupnotbythecouncilthatareplannedandcarriedoutbygirlsinpartnershipwithadultsandthatearnmoneyorthegroup.Theseactivitiesmustbeapprovedbythecouncilinwriting. 69Girlsparticipationinbothcouncil-sponsoredproductsaleactivitiesandgroupmoney-earningprojectsisbasedupontheollowingVoluntaryparticipationWrittenpermissionoeachgirlsparentorguardianAnunderstandingoandabilitytoexplainclearlytootherswhythemoneyisneededAnunderstandingthatmoney-earningshouldnotexceedwhatthegroupneedstosupportitsactivities.Observanceolocalordinancesrelatedtoinvolvementochildreninmoney-earningactivitiesaswellashealthandsaetylawsVigilanceinprotectingthepersonalsaetyoeachgirlArrangementsorsaeguardingthemoneyMakingDecisionsAboutMoneyWithGirlsintheTroopTroopscanchoosetosetuptroopundsinavarietyoways.SomeexamplesincludeAllearnedmoneygoesintoacommonpottobedrawnromequally.ThismethodworksparticularlywellwithyoungerGirlScouts.Thisiswhereeverytroopshouldstartandisthemostcommonapproach.Aportionomoneyearnedgoesintoacommonpottobeusedequallytocovercommonexpensesoractivitiesinwhichthemajorityogirlsplantoparticipate.Anadditionalportionothemoneyistrackedindividuallytosavetowardsalongtermbiggertroopactivityortobeusedtoindividualconcilsponsoredactivitieslikeresidentcamp.Girlstrackalltroopmoneyearningindividuallyandagreetosubtractequalamountsoralltroopactivities.Thetroopasabodystillmakesdecisionsabouthowthemoneyshouldbespent.Thisaccountingmethoddoesnotimplythatthemoneyisthepropertyoanindividualgirl.TodeterminewhichmethodisrightorthegirlsinyourtroopandthespecifcsohowitwillbemanagedtheleaderandgirlsshouldaskthemselvestheollowingkindsoquestionsWhatismeaningultothegirlsrightnowHowactivelyinvolvedaretheyinmanagingtheirtroopundsWhatisourphilosophyaboutthewaythatwerunourtroopWhatarewetryingtolearnromthewaywemanageourmoneyWhatwillwedowithourmoneyioneormoregirlsjointhetroopwithnomoneyoradierentamountomoneyInadditionconsidertheollowingremindersorcautionsGroupsareencouragedtoparticipateincouncilproductsalesastheirprimarymoney-earningactivityanygroupmoney-earningshouldntcompetewiththeGirlScoutCookieSaleorothercouncilproductsales.Obtainwrittenapprovalromyourcouncilbeoreagroupmoney-earningeventbysubmittingTroopGroupMoneyEarningApprovalFormtoserviceunitchair.GirlScoutsorbidsuseogamesochancethedirectsolicitationocashandproduct-demonstrationparties.Groupmoney-earningactivitiesneedtobesuitedtotheageandabilitiesothegirlsandconsistentwiththeprinciplesotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.MoneyraisedisorGirlScoutactivitiesandneverbelongstoindividualsmembers-girlsoradults.GirlscanhoweverbeawardedincentivesandormayearncreditsromtheirGirlScoutproductsalestobeusedorGirlScoutactivities.Fundsacquiredthroughgroupmoney-earningprojectsmustbereportedandaccountedorbythegroupwhileollowingcouncilprocedures.Decisionsabouthowtroopmoneywillbeaccountedorandspentshouldbemadebythegirlsinthetroopandcommunicatedinwritingbythegirlstoparentstoensureclarity.Noaccountmaybesetupinagirlsnamethatisreplenishedthroughtroopundingeortsordonations.NomatterwhataccountingmethodisusedmoneyearnedbygirlsinGirlScoutingisthepropertyothetroop.Moneydonatedtothetroopmaynotpersonallybeneftonememberothetroop.ThebestwaytoearnmoneyoryourgroupistostartwithGirlScoutCookiesalesandothercouncil-sponsoredproductsales.Fromthereyourgroupmaydecidetoearnadditionalundsonitsown.HelpingGirlsReachTheirFinancialGoalsOneoyouropportunitiesasavolunteeristoacilitategirl-ledfnancialplanningwhichmayincludetheollowingstepsorthegirls1.Setgoalsormoney-earningactivities.WhatdogirlshopetoaccomplishthroughthisactivityInadditiontoearningmoneywhatskillsdotheyhopetobuildWhatleadershipopportunitiespresentthemselves2.Createabudget.UseabudgetworksheetthatincludesbothexpensesthecostosuppliesadmissiontoeventstravelandothercostsandavailableincomethegroupsaccountbalanceprojectedCookiesaleproceeds3.Determinehowmuchthegroupneedstoearn.Subtractexpensesromavailableincometodeterminehowmuchmoneyyourgroupneedstoearn.4.Makeaplan.Thegroupcanbrainstormandmakedecisionsaboutitsfnancialplans.Willcookieandotherproductsalesi 70approachedproactivelyandenergeticallyearnenoughmoneytomeetthegroupsgoalsInotwhichgroupmoney-earningactivitiesmightosetthedierenceinanticipatedexpenseandanticipatedincomeWillmorethanonegroupmoney-earningactivitybenecessarytoachievethegroupsfnancialgoalsInthisplanningstageengagethegirlsthroughtheGirlScoutprocessesgirl-ledlearningbydoingandcooperativelearningandconsiderthevalueoanypotentialactivity.Havethemweigheasibilityimplementationandsaetyactors.5.Writeitout.Oncethegrouphasdecidedonitsfnancialplandescribeitinwriting.Itheplaninvolvesagroupmoney-earningactivityflloutanapplicationorapprovalromyourcouncilandsubmititalongwiththebudgetworksheetthegirlscreated.RememberItsgreatorgirlstohaveopportunitiesliketheGirlScoutCookiesaletoearnundsthathelpthemulflltheirgoalsaspartotheGirlScoutLeadershipExperience.Asavolunteertrytohelpgirlsbalancethemoney-earningtheydowithopportunitiestoenjoyotheractivitiesthathavelessemphasisonearningandspendingmoney.Take-actionprojectsorexamplemaynotalwaysrequiregirlstospendalotomoneyUnderstandingFinancialandSalesAbilitiesbyGradeLevelAswithotheractivitiesgirlsprogressintheirfnancialandsalesabilitiesastheygetolder.Thissectiongivesyousomeexamplesotheabilitiesogirlsateachgradelevel.GirlScoutDaisiesAttheDaisylevelkindergartenand1stgradeThegroupvolunteerhandlesmoneykeepsfnancialrecordsanddoesallgroupbudgeting.Parentsguardiansmaydecidetheywillcontributetothecostoactivities.GirlscanparticipateinGirlScoutCookiesalesandothercouncil-sponsoredproductsales.Daisiesarealwayspairedwithanadultwhensellinganything.Girlsdotheaskinganddelivertheproductbutadultshandlethemoneyandkeepthegirlssecure.GirlScoutBrowniesAttheBrownielevel2ndand3rdgradesThegroupvolunteerhandlesmoneykeepsfnancialrecordsandsharessomeothegroup-budgetingresponsibilities.Girlsdiscussthecostoactivitiessupplieseestransportationrentalsandsoon.Girlssetgoalsorandparticipateincouncil-sponsoredproductsales.Girlsmaydecidetopaydues.GirlScoutJuniorsAttheJuniorlevel4thand5thgradesThegroupvolunteerretainsoverallresponsibilityorlong-termbudgetingandrecord-keepingbutsharesordelegatesallotherfnancialresponsibilities.Girlssetgoalsorandparticipateincouncil-sponsoredproductsales.Girlsdecideongroupduesiany.Duesarecollectedbygirlsandrecordedbyagrouptreasurerselectedbythegirls.Girlsbudgetortheshort-termneedsothegrouponthebasisoplansandincomeromthegroupdues.Girlsbudgetormorelong-termactivitiessuchasovernighttripsgroupcampingandspecialevents.Girlsbudgetortake-actionprojectsincludingtheGirlScoutBronzeAwarditheyarepursuingit.GirlScoutCadettesSeniorsandAmbassadorsAttheCadetteSeniorandAmbassadorlevels6ththrough12thgradesGirlsestimatecostsbasedonplans.Girlsdeterminetheamountogroupduesianyandthescopeomoney-earningprojects.Girlssetgoalsorandparticipateincouncil-sponsoredproductsales.Girlscarryoutbudgetingplanningandgroupmoney-earningprojects.Girlsbudgetorextendedtraveltake-actionprojectsandleadershipprojects.Girlsmaybeinvolvedinseekingdonationsortake-actionprojectswithcouncilapproval.Girlskeeptheirownfnancialrecordsandgivereportstoparentsandgroupvolunteers.Girlsbudgetortake-actionprojectsincludingtheGirlScoutSilverorGoldAwardsitheyarepursuingthem.Onecriticaltaskoreachgroupnomatterwhatageistokeepexcellentrecordsandestablishaclearaccountingsystemorallmoneyearnedandspent.Asthegroupvolunteeryoureinchargeomakingsuremoneyisspentwiselyandthatexcellentrecordsarekeptkeepingcopiesoallreceiptsinabinderorolderandtrackingallincometoo.Foroldergirlsyourjobistooverseetheirworkastheylearntokeepimpeccablerecords. 71AdditionalGroupMoney-EarningProductsalesareagreatwaytoearntheundsnecessaryorgirlstotravel.Iincomeromtheproductsaleisntenoughhowevergirlshavemoreoptionsavailabletothem.BuildingupontheollowinglistoideasacilitateagroupbrainstormingsessiontodeterminehowyourgroupwillearnmoneyTheollowingexamplesromcouncilsandoverseascommitteesgivegirlsawaytobuildpublicspeakingfnancialliteracymarketingandotherskills.Notethatnotalltheseideaswillbeappropriateinallregionsstatesorcouncils.EntertainmentTalentshowFlockofamingostravelingyarddcorFamousmomdadorfriendputsonaconcertFoodMealEventsSpaghettidinnerorpancakebreakfastLunchboxauctionpreparedlunchormealauctionedoffMulticulturalmealsforyoungergirlsBakesalesMealsatvolunteersmeetingsThemedmealslikehighteaIndianmealMexicandinnerdependingongirlsdestinationServicesCarwashBabysittingorholidayNewYearsEvespecialorcouncileventsHolidayactivitysupervisedcratssoparentscanshopServiceslikeshovelingsnowrakingleavesweedingcuttinggrasspetwalkinggit-wrappingColdorhotbeveragesataneventTakephotosandorcreategreetingcardsorcalendarsCouncilprogrameventorbadgeworkshopocusedonathemei.e.cultureCollectionsDrivesRecyclingnewspapersBottleandcanrecyclingUsedinkcartridgesturnedinormoneySpecialtyproductscreatingapersonalizednoteribbonorcreativepackagingcustomizedbygirlsaddsvaluetoaproductCratscrochetneedlepointjewelryornamentsYardorgaragesaleBooksorresale 72UnderstandingtheGirlScoutCookieSaleDidyouknowthattheGirlScoutCookieProgramisthelargestgirl-ledbusinessinthecountrywithsalesomorethan700millionperyearorgirlsandtheircommunitiesnationwideThatsright.TheGirlScoutCookiesaleistheleadingentrepreneurialprogramorgirlsnouniversityhasproducedasmanyemalebusinessownersastheGirlScoutCookieProgramhas.IyouhaveamomentwatchthelatestGirlScoutWhatCanaCookieDovideooraninspiringlookintojusthowpowerulthosetreatsandthegirlswhosellthemcanbe.Council-sponsoredproductsalesarereallythebestwayorgirlstoearnmoneytopursuetheirgoalsthesalesarebelovedbythecommunityandcomewithprogramsalesandmarketingmaterialsandsupportthathelpgirlsrunagreatbusiness.AndtheyreanintegralpartotheGSLE.WitheveryseasonocookiesanothergenerationogirlslearnsfveimportantskillsGoalsettingDecisionmakingMoneymanagementPeopleskillsBusinessethicsAndmostoallgirlsgainatremendousamountoconfdence.Itsnoteasytoaskpeopletobuysomethingyouhavetospeakuplookthemintheeyeandbelieveinwhatyouredoingallskillsthathelpagirlsucceednowandthroughouttherestoherlie.SafelySellingGirlScoutCookiesandOtherProductsAewotherconsiderationswillhelpkeepgirlssaeParentsandguardiansmustgrantpermissionorgirlstoparticipateandmustbeinormedaboutthegirlswhereaboutswhentheyareengagedinproductsaleactivities.SpecifcpermissionmustbeobtainedwhenagirlintendstousetheInternetorproductmarketing.Aparentguardianorotheradultmustknoweachgirlswhereaboutswhensheisengagedinproductsalesandiandwhensheisonline.GirlsshouldbeidentifableasGirlScoutsbywearingaMembershipPinofcialuniormtunicsashvestorotherGirlScoutclothing.Adultvolunteersmustmonitorsuperviseandguidethesaleactivitiesoallgirlsatagelevels.GirlScoutDaisiesinkindergartenandfrstgrademaybeinvolvedincouncil-sponsoredproductsaleactivitiesbuttheycannotcollectmoneyinanyotherwayexceptthroughgroupduesorparentalcontributions.GirlScoutDaisiesBrowniesandJuniorsmustbeaccompaniedbyanadultatalltimes.GirlScoutCadettesSeniorsandAmbassadorswhoparticipateindoor-to-doorsalesmustbesupervisedbybutdonotneedtobedirectlyaccompaniedbyanadult.Girlsoallgradelevelsmustalwaysusethebuddysystem.Moneydueorsoldproductsiscollectedwhentheproductsaredeliveredtothecustomerorasdirectedbyyourcouncil.Girlswillneedtoknowwhethertheycanacceptchecksandtowhomcustomersshouldwritechecksfndoutromyourcouncilsta.Personalcustomerinormationshouldremainprivate.Customercreditcardinormationshouldnotbecollectedbygirlsandshouldnotbeaskedoronanyormcollectedbygirls.AgirlsphysicaladdresssocialmediapageaddressIMnameSkypenameornumberemailaddressorcellnumbershouldneverberevealedtoanyoneoutsideherimmediatecircleoamilyandriends.Youvehearditbeorebutitbearsrepeating.GirlscanmarketcookiesandotherproductsbypostingonsocialmediasiteslikeFacebookorTwitterorsendingemailstoriendsamilymembersandormercustomersaslongastheyuseagroupemailaddresstheaccountoraddressoaparentguardianoradultvolunteerablindemailaddressinwhichtherecipientscannotseethesendersemailaddressortheonlineemailtoolsprovidedbycookievendors.Girls13andoldercanalsousetheirsocialmediasitessuchasFacebookTwitterorPinteresttodothesametoherimmediatecircleoamilyandriends.Besureeachgirlsaccountusesthetightestprivacysettingsanddoesntrevealinormationaboutherorherlocationtoanyoneoutsidehercircle.SalesmaynotbetransactedontheInternetorexamplethroughasitethathasanelectronicshoppingcartexceptormagazinesales.GirlscanhoweverreceiveordercommitmentsorcookiessalesviaemailortheInternet.InotherwordspotentialcustomerscanrelayviaemailoraFacebookpostorexamplethatYesIdlikeourboxesoThinMintsandthreeboxesoShortbreadcookies.PleasealsokeepinmindVolunteersandGirlScoutcouncilstadonotsellcookiesandotherproductsgirlssellthem.Girlscanparticipateinnomorethantwocouncil-sponsoredproductsaleactivitieseachyearandonlyoneothesemaybeacookiesale.BeorebeginninganycookiesorotherproductsaleswithyourgroupreertothecookiessectionoGirlScoutCentralandwww.girlscoutcookies.org. 73SellingatGirlScoutCookieBoothsCookieboothsortemporarysalesset-upsinareaswithlotsooottrafcareapopularwayorgirlstosellcookiesasateam.Yourcouncilmayhaveestablishedcookieboothlocationscontactthecouncilbeoreplanningacookieboothoyourown.Onceyouvegottencouncilapprovalcheckouttheboothsitebeorethedayothesale.Talktobusinessownersintheareasotheyllknowwhattoexpect.Findoutwhatsecuritymeasuresareinplacethesemayincludelightsoreveningsalesandwhetherasecuritycamerawatchestheboothareaandwherethenearestbathroomsarelocated.InadditionreviewtheGirlScoutCookieCouncil-SponsoredProductSaleSaetyActivityCheckpointstomakesureyouandthegirlsareaspreparedaspossible.OnthedayothesalethesetipswillhelpkeepeveryonesaeEnsurethatyouhaveadequatespaceattheboothtableproductsandgirlstoallowsaepassagebypedestriansbikesandcars.Plantohaveatleasttwoadultsandonegirlattheboothatalltimes.Fromtimetotimevolunteersmightwanttotakebreaksorwillhavetoaccompanyyounggirlstothebathroomsomakesuretohaveaewextraadultsonhand.GirlsmakeallsalesexceptincaseswhereadultsarehelpingDaisieshandlemoney.Respectthesurroundingbusinessesbymakingsureyourboothisntblockingastoreentranceorexit.Attractcustomerswithcolorulsigns.Remindgirlstobepoliteandtohavetheirsalespitchreadyorinterestedshoppers.Beespeciallycareulwiththemoneyboxmakesureitsunderadultsupervisionandoutopublicsight.Arrangeorcashtoberemovedromthesiteperiodically.Whenyoudotravelwithmoneyhavesomeoneaccompanyyoutoyourvehicleandorthebank.Reportanysuspiciouspeopleintheareatolocalsecurity.Isomeonetakesmoneyorcookiesromyourboothdonotattempttophysicallyrecoverthestolenitemsanddonotallowthegirlstodoso.Insteadgetagooddescriptionotheoenderscall911andalertlocalsecurityiapplicable.Makesuregirlsknowwhattodoincaseothet.Reportanyincidentstotheproductsalesmanagerordirectororegionalservicesattheregionalservicecenter.Moreinormationisoundincookiehandbook.UsingOnlineResourcestoMarketCookiesandOtherProductsGirlsaretextingcallingemailingTweetingandFacebookingandthosearealleectivewaysthatgirls13andoldercanpromotecookieandotherproductsales.Theollowingsectionsdetailhowgirlscanuseelectronicmarketingsocialmediaandgroupwebsitestogathersalecommitmentsromamilyriendsandpreviouscustomers.ButfrstpleasekeepinmindthatgirlsCanmarkettoandcollectindicationsofinterestfromcustomerswithintheircouncilszipcodes.Reerprospectsthatcomeromoutsidecounciljurisdictiontothecouncilfnderatwww.girlscoutcookies.org.Familymembersaretheexceptiontothisrule.Cannothavecustomerspayonlinesuchasthroughashoppingcartunctiononawebsitethegirlscreate.GirlScoutmagazinesalesaretheexceptiontothisrule.MustsigntheGirlScoutInternetSafetyPledgeavailableathttpwww.girlscouts.orghelpinternet_saety_pledge.aspbeoredoinganyonlineactivitiesandallonlineactivitiesmustbeunderthesupervisionoadults.Cannotexposetheirownoranyothergirlsemailaddressphysicaladdressorphonenumbertothepublic.Whenwritinge-mailmessagesoronlineannouncementsgirlsshouldsignwiththeirfrstnameonlyalongwiththeirgroupnumberornameandtheircouncilname.ForgirlsinfthgradeandabovehaveyourgroupvisitLetMeKnowasiteaddressingInternetsaetyorteensandtweens.Girlscanevenearnanonlineawardorcompletingactivitiesonthissite.ContactingProspectsElectronicallyGirlsmayuseFacebookTwittertextmessagesIMsandemailsasonlinemarketingtoolstoletamilyriendsandormercustomersknowaboutthesaleandcollectindicationsointerest.Product-relatedemailisnotintendedtobespamunwantedtextsoremailshoweversoremindgirlstobesurethattheirmessageswillbewelcomedbythereceiver.Whengirlsaremarketingcookiesonlineremindthemtoalwaysuseagroupemailaddresssuchastroop457yahoo.comanadultspersonalemailaddressorablindaddressonethatdoesnotrevealtheaddresstotherecipient.Inadditionbesuretodiscusswithgirlstheneedtotreatcustomere-mailaddressesromcurrentandpastyearsaswellasphonenumbersIMaddressesFacebookaccountsTwitterhandlesandmailaddresseswithrespecttheyareprivateandmustbekeptso.CookieClubGirlsparticipatinginthecookiesalealsohaveaccesstoaneasy-to-useonlinecookiesaletool--theCookieClubCookieClubisthegirlsownonlinee-cookiebusiness.WiththehelpotheirparentgirlscanAskcustomersorcookieorderslearnaboutgoalsettingtracktheirprogresssubmitallotheirordersincludingthoseromtheirordercard.NextGenerationCookieClubwebsitehttpcookieclubpilot.littlebrowniebakers.com 74UsingSocialMediaAgirlorgroupogirlsovertheageo13mayworkinpartnershipwithanadulttomarketcookiesandotherproductsonlineusingthesocialmediaaccountsuchasFacebookTwitterPinterestorLinkedInotheadult.SocialmediaisaunastwaytogetoutanurgentmessagesuchasItsGirlScoutcookietimePostingtweetingorpinningsuchamessagewillgettheattentionoriendsandamily.BeoregirlsusesocialmediaasamarketingtoolkeeptheollowinginmindGirlsmusthaveparentalpermissiontousesocialmedia.Girlsmustmeetagelimitssetbytheproviderwhichis13andaboveinmostcasesaspertheUnitedStatesChildOnlinePrivacyandProtectionActandtheChildOnlineProtectionAct.Anyuseophotosrequiresaphoto-releaseormsignedbyparentsguardiansothegirlspicturedandthesignatureoanyadultspictured.AnyuseoonlinevideosharingsitessuchasYouTubewherethevideoisrepresentingGirlScoutsorGirlScoutproductsmustollowspecifcrequirementsorthatsiteaswellascouncilguidelines.GirlScoutphotoreleaseormsmustalsobesignedbyparentsguardiansandanyadultspictured.Inotherwordsthisisnotaneasyventurebutiyouandthegirlsarewillingitsworththeinvestment.SettingUpaGroupWebsiteGroupswhosegirlsmeetagecriteria13yearsorolderandhaveparentalpermissionmaysetupagroupFacebookpageorwebsite.ThissitemustbeapprovedbythecouncilyesbutitcanbeaantasticwayorgirlstoshareinormationmarketGirlScoutproductsandtalkabouttheirTakeActionprojects.Beoreyouandthegirlsdesignawebsiterememberthatthewebisanopenorumoranyoneincludingpotentialpredators.Documentedinstancesocyberstalkersmakeitimperativethatanyinormationthatcouldjeopardizethesaetyandsecurityogirlsandadultsisnotdisclosedonawebsite.PleaseadheretotheseguidelinestoensurethegirlssaetyUsegirlsfrstnamesonly.Neverpostgirlsaddressesphonenumbersoremailaddresses.Neverevereverpostaddressesogroupmeetingplacesordatesandtimesomeetingseventsortrips.AnadultvolunteerwhowishestocommunicateupcomingeventswithamiliesogirlsshoulduseemailinsteadopostingdetailsonawebsiteunlessthatsiteispasswordprotectedorisaclosedsecretFacebookgroup.Alwayshaveaparentsorguardianssignatureonaphotoreleaseormbeoreusingpicturesogirlsonawebsite.Makeyoursasitethatdoesnotallowoutsiderstopostmessagestothesiteormakesureallpostingssuchasmessageboardsorguestbookshaveadultoversightandarescreenedpriortopostinglive.Dontviolatecopyrightlawbyusingdesignstextrommagazinesorbookspoetrymusiclyricsvideosgraphicsortrademarkedsymbolswithoutspecifcpermissionromthecopyrightortrademarkholderandgenerallythispermissionisprettytoughtoget.GirlScouttrademarkssuchasthetreoilshapeGirlScoutpinsandbadgesandpatchescanbeusedonlyinaccordancewithguidelinesortheiruse.TheGirlScouttreoilorexamplemaynotbeanimatedorusedaswallpaperorawebsite.Checkwithyourcouncilswebsiteorcompletegraphicsguidelinesandapprovals.DeterminingWhoCanParticipateAllgirlmembersincludingDaisiestakingpartinanynumberowaystravelcampserieseventsortroopareeligibletoparticipateincouncil-sponsoredproductsalesactivitiesundervolunteersupervision.Yourcouncilprovideslearningopportunitiesthroughacascadingstaandvolunteereortontheprocedurestoollowduringeachsale.Yourcouncilalsoestablishesguidelinesandproceduresorconductingthesaleanddetermineshowtheproceedsandrecognitionsystemwillbemanaged.KnowingWhereProceedsGoProceedsresultingromproductsalessupportprogramactivitiesinactcouncil-sponsoredproductsalesareaprimarywayinwhichyourcouncilundsitsel.Thepercentageomoneytobeallocatedtoparticipatinggroupslikeyoursisdeterminedbythecouncilandexplainedtogirlsandadultsaspartotheproductsaleactivityorientation.Theincomeromproductsalesdoesnotbecomethepropertyoindividualgirlmembers.GirlshowevermaybeeligibleorincentivesandcreditsthattheyputtowardGirlScoutactivitiessuchascamptravelandGirlScoutmembershipduesorthenextyear.GirlsmayearnofcialGirlScoutgrade-appropriateawardsrelatedtoproductsaleactivitiesandeachcouncilmaychoosetoprovideitemssuchasparticipationpatchesincentivesandcouncilcreditoreventeescampeesgrantsortravelandtake-actionprojectsaswellasmaterialsandsuppliesorprogramactivities.Thecouncilplanorrecognitionappliesequallytoallgirlsparticipatingintheproductsaleactivity.Wheneverpossiblecouncilstrytoinvolvegirlsintheselectionoawardsandadministrationomoneygiventogirlsromproductsales. 75FinancialAssistanceFinancialassistanceisprovidedtoindividualapplicantsbasedonspecifcfnancialneedandtheapplicantscompliancewiththefnancialassistancephilosophy.PhilosophyGirlScouteventsandactivitieswillresultromrealisticgirl-adultplanningthatallowsGirlScoutsadequatetimetopreparetrooporgroupmoney-earningprojectsthatwillsupportthegirlschoiceoactivities.Financialassistanceisgrantedtoindividualapplicantswhohaveaspecifcanddistinctfnancialneed.Allapplicantsaretocontributesomeportiontotheactivitycost.FinancialAssistanceGuidelines1.ApplicantmustbecurrentlyregisteredwithGirlScoutsotheUSA2.Requestsaretobeoncurrentorms.3.Financialassistanceisavailableonanindividualbasis.Troopsgroupsarenoteligibleorfnancialassistance.4.Individualgirlsmayrequestfnancialassistanceortheollowingopportunitiescouncil-sponsoredopportunitiessummercampopportunitiesDestinationsgetawaystrooptrips.5.Financialassistanceapplicationsshouldindicatethattherequestisbasedonthefnancialneedotheindividualapplicant.6.Requestsshouldindicatethattheapplicanthasparticipatedinrealisticeventplanningandmoney-earningwithothertroopgroupmembersoveraperiodotimebasedontheguidelinesoundintheGirlScoutgradelevelhandbooks.7.AdultsareeligibletoapplyorfnancialassistanceortroopactivitiesandcouncilsponsoredadulteducationopportunitiesONLYwhentheparticipationothatadultisrequiredtoensurethatSaetyActivityCheckpointsareulflled.8.Imostorallmembersoatroopmustrequestfnancialassistancetoparticipateinatroopactivityitmaybeanindicationthaturthertroopplanningisneeded.Iatroopdoesnotmeetitsfnancialgoalsadjustmentsshouldbemadetotheactivitiesthemselvesortheprojectedtimetable.9.Formsmusthavecompleteinormationinordertobereviewed.Incompleteormswillbereturned.10.AcurrentTroopFinancialReportmustbeonfleortroopmemberstobeeligibleorFinancialAssistance.GirlScoutleadersmustreviewfnancialassistancephilosophyandguidelineswithparentsguardiansandencourageparentsguardianstosubmittherequestormdirectlytotheregionalGirlScoutCenteroronline.FinancialAssistanceProceduresGirlScoutleaderInstructionsIindividualgirlswithinatroopwishtoapplyorfnancialassistanceoraprogramopportunitytheleaderwillEnsurethatthefnancialassistancephilosophyandguidelinesareollowed.Ensurethatparentguardianandtroopsectionsareflledoutentirelyincludingparentguardiansignature.TurnincompletedapplicationormtotheappropriateregionalGirlScoutCenter.Formsmustbereceivedonemonthpriortothedateotheeventactivityexceptoractivitieswithabudgetover200personwhichmustbeturnedinthreemonthspriortotheevent.ParentGuardianInstructionsReviewfnancialassistancephilosophyandguidelines.ForatroopgroupactivitycompletetherequiredsectionsandreturntotheGirlScoutleadertheleadermustcompletetheGirlScoutleadersectionotheFinancialAssistanceRequestForm.Forgirlswhoareeitherregisteredasindividualmembersorrequestingassistanceoranon-troopactivitytheparentguardianmustcompletetheparentguardiansectionsotheormincludingaparentsignatureandmailtheormdirectlytotheregionalGirlScoutCenter.FinancialAssistance 76NotifcationoFinancialAssistanceStatusGirlScoutleadersandorparentguardianswillbenotifedothefnancialassistanceamountreceivedoranyquestionsorconcernswithinthreeweeksotheirreceiptattheregionalGirlScoutcenter.NotifcationletterswillindicateProblemsconcernsthatmustbeaddressedbeoreurtheractioncanbetaken.Actiontakenregardingfnancialassistance.Otherindividualsreceivingacopyotheletter.FinancialAssistancewillbemadethroughanelectronictranseroundswheneverpoissibleincludingTothetroopcheckingaccountoralltroopactivities.DirectlytotheappropriatedepartmentorallGirlScoutsotheUSADestinationsorGirlScoutsoWesternOhioactivities.INDIVDUALMEMBERSHIPSUBSIDYPHILOSOPHYGirlScoutsoWesternOhioiscommittedtoensuringthatallgirlsandadultswhowanttoparticipateintheGirlScoutLeadershipExperienceandarewillingtomaketheGirlScoutPromiseandtoaccepttheGirlScoutLawarewelcome.NogirlwillbepreventedromparticipatinginGirlScoutingduetofnancialbarriers.Membershipsubsidyisprovidedtoindividualgirlsandadultsbasedontheirspecifcfnancialneed.Girlandadultapplicantsormembershipsubsidyareexpectedtocontributesomeportionothemembershipeebasedontheamilysfnancialability.Membershipsubsidyisavailableonaverylimitedbasistoadults.Assistancemaybemadeavailabletoanadultwhoisneededtomeetrequiredgirladultratio.seeSaetyActivityCheckpointsGuidelinesormoreinormation.GirlScouttroopsgroupsareencouragedtodesignateaportionotheirtroopgrouptreasuryortheannualmembershipduesotheirmembership.NOTEtoVolunteersBasedonederalguidelinesthecouncilisrequiredtoreporttheyear-endbalanceoalltroopgroupunds.AlltroopsgroupsmustsubmitacopyotheircurrentyearfnancialreportwiththecurrentbalancesandbankinormationtotheGirlScoutCenterbyJune30.TheTroopGroupFinancialReportislocatedonline.TroopsGroupsthatdonothaveaTroopGroupFinancialReportonflewillbeineligibletoreceivefnancialassistanceromGirlScoutsoWesternOhioincludingsubsidiesandcamperships.MembershipregistrationormsrequestingmembershipsubsidymaynotsubmitormsonlineusingeBiz.BothmembershipregistrationormsandrequestorFinancialAssistanceFormmustbeturnedintotheserviceunitregistrarorprocessingCollaboratingwithSponsorsandOtherOrganizationsSponsorshelpGirlScoutcouncilsensurethatallgirlsinthecommunityhaveanopportunitytoparticipateinGirlScouting.Communityorganizationsbusinessesreligiousorganizationsandindividualsmaybesponsorsandmayprovidegroupmeetingplacesvolunteertheirtimeprovideactivitymaterialsorloanequipment.Thesponsorscontributioncanthenberecognizedbyarrangingorthegirlstosendthank-youcardsinvitingthesponsortoameetingorceremonyorworkingtogetheronatake-actionproject.Yourcouncilmayalreadyhaverelationshipswithcertainorganizationsormayknowosomereasonsnottocollaboratewithcertainorganizations.SponsorshipsDonationsGrantsAsanot-or-proftorganizationGirlScoutsoWesternOhiomustollowallIRSguidelinesora501c3organization.AllGirlScoutgroupstroopsandserviceunitsareanextensionothecouncilincludingthecouncilIRSnot-or-proftstatus.ThereoreallgroupandserviceunitfnancesareconsideredassetsoGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.InordertoensurecompliancewithIRSandauditguidelinesGirlScoutsoWesternOhiohastheollowingpoliciesregardingsponsorshipsdonationsandgrantsromindividualsandorganizationstoGirlScoutsgroupsorserviceunits. 77SponsorshipsSponsorshelpGirlScoutcouncilsensurethatallgirlsinthecommunityhaveanopportunitytoparticipateinGirlScouting.Communityorganizationsbusinessesreligiousorganizationsandindividualsmaybesponsorsandmayprovidegroupmeetingplacesvolunteertheirtimeprovideactivitymaterialsorloanequipment.Thecounciloryourtroopgrouporserviceunitmayalreadyhaverelationshipswithcertainorganizationsormayknowosomereasonsnottocollaboratewithcertainorganizations.Volunteersmustobtainpermissionbeoreseekingnancialsupportromsponsor.Seedonationsectionormoreinormation.Iyourgrouporserviceunithasasponsorthesponsorscontributioncanberecognizedbysendingthank-youcardscomposedbythegirlsinvitingthesponsortoameetingorcourtoawardsorworkingtogetheronaserviceproject.Thecontributionshouldalsoberefectedinthetroopgroupsnancialrecordsandreport.WhencollaboratingwithanyotherorganizationkeeptheseadditionalguidelinesinmindAvoidingundraisingorotherorganizationsGirlScoutsarenotallowedwhenidentiyingourselvesasGirlScoutssuchaswearingauniormasashorvestocialpinsandsoontosolicitmoneyonbehaloanotherorganization.Thisincludesparticipatinginawalkathonortelethonwhileinuniorm.Youandyourgroupcanhoweversupportanotherorganizationthroughtake-actionprojectsorbymakingadonationromyourgroupsaccount.AndGirlScoutsasindividualsareabletoparticipateinwhatevereventstheychoosesolongastheyrenotwearinganythingthatociallyidentiesthemasGirlScouts.SteeringclearopoliticalundraisersWheninanocialGirlScoutcapacityorinanywayidentiyingyourselvesasGirlScoutsyourgroupmaynotparticipatedirectlyorindirectlyinanypoliticalcampaignorworkonbehaloorinoppositiontoacandidateorpublicoce.Letter-writingcampaignsarenotallowednorareparticipatinginapoliticalrallycirculatingapetitionorcarryingapoliticalbanner.BeingrespectulwhencollaboratingwithreligiousorganizationsGirlScoutgroupsmustrespecttheopinionsandpracticesoreligiouspartnersbutnogirlshouldberequiredtotakepartinanyreligiousobservanceorpracticeothesponsoringgroup.AvoidingsellingorendorsingcommercialproductsCommercialproductsisanyproductsoldatretail.Since1939girlsandvolunteershavenotbeenallowedtoendorseprovideatestimonialororsellsuchproducts.DonationsGirlsmaynotdirectlysolicitundsromindividualsororganizations.Troopsandserviceunitsmayreceiveadonationromanyoneindividualororganizationornomorethan250duringthemembershipyearsingledonationorcumulative.Anydonationamountover250mustbeturnedintotheregionalGirlScoutcenterandwillbetheresponsibilityoGirlScoutsoWesternOhio.Theseundswillbedirectedtothecouncilgeneralund.Idonorsarerequestingaletteroacknowledgementoranyamountlettersoacknowledgementwillonlybesentoramountsover250.theundsmustbeturnedintotheregionalGirlScoutcenterusingaGirlScoutDonorormattachedtothecheck.GirlScoutsoWesternOhiowillthensendthedonoraletterandreissuethemoneytothetroopgroupserviceunit.IadonationisreceivedwithoutaGirlScoutDonorFormattacheditisassumedthatthisdonationistotheGirlScoutgeneraloperationalbudget.AlldonationsmustbereportedontheTroopGroupServiceUnitannualnancialreport.GrantsGirlsmaynotdirectlysolicitundsromindividualororganizations.Individualtroopsandserviceunitsmaynotsolicitgrantsornancialdonationsromoundationsorcorporations.Troopsandserviceunitsmayreceiveupto250duringamembershipyearromcompaniesthatoervolunteermatchinggrants.Theseundsaretobeusedorspecialserviceprojectsconductedbytheserviceunitdaycamportroop.InordertoreceivetheseundstroopsandorserviceunitsmustreceivepriorpermissionandsubmitaProjectFundingApprovalFormtothedirectororegionalservicesandhaveacurrentnancialreportonlewiththeregionaloce.Pleasecontactyourdirectorofregionalservicestodiscussanyexceptionstotheabove. 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