Pearls of Wisdom
5 Quick Tips on Bridging
1. Ask for help from other experienced Girl Scout volunteers.
2. Know the bridging requirements and plan ahead!
3. Work on a badge from the next level.
4. Make it FUN!
5. Invite family and community supporters to the bridging ceremony to make it a big deal for the girls!
- Melissa Shoaf, Girl Scout Volunteer, Prairie Star Service Unit
It's Camping Season!
Make sure you are prepared for outdoor activities
Thinking about a troop camping troop or a service unit day camp? Volunteers need to complete GSKH Outdoor Leadership training before facilitating outdoor activities with girls. The home-study Outdoor Leadership Basics 100 can be completed on your own time, and prepares volunteers to take troops or groups out for the day to hike, have a picnic, and get a taste of outdoor fun (without fire-building or outdoor cooking). By completing Outdoor Leadership 101, volunteers will be qualified to plan and have backyard camp-outs, host and attend day camps, and have a camping adventure within their own community or stay at any Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Camp property (with the exception of semi-primitive camp sites). Volunteers will also be able to lead cookouts and have campfires. Outdoor Leadership 201 provides additional skills necessary required for any overnight camping (tents, A-frames, rustic cabins, etc.) outside your community and semi-primitive camping.
Check out these upcoming combined Outdoor Leadership 101/201 courses. All are $20 per volunteer, and registration is online.
After taking the appropriate Outdoor Leadership course, when you're ready to plan your troop camping trips, remember that:
- All girls and adults going on the trip must be registered Girl Scout members.
- Adults who are going on the trip must be approved through our Volunteer Application Process.
- Be sure to collect all drivers' license and insurance information before you head out.
- One volunteer must be First Aid/CPR certified.
- Be sure to make your trip GIRL-LED!
- Be sure to refer to the Safety Activity Checkpoints!
- Make sure that you have filled out the appropriate travel forms, including:
- Participant list
- Itemized budget
- Driver information
- Detailed Itinerary
- Any additional insurance needed for high risk events
Spring into Action
Looking for some springtime Girl Scout activities?
The Girl Scout Journeys are great resources for find games and activities to try with your troops or groups! The It's Your Planet: Love It series has outdoor, earth-friendly activities perfect for the spring and summer! Here are a few suggestions that can be customized for girls of all levels:
- Create art-in-nature (Daisy girl-book, page 58).
- Make recycled paper (Junior girl-book, page 36).
- Plan a feast of local foods (Senior adult-book, page 62)
What are YOU doing outside with Girl Scouts this season?