Girl Scout Registration News & Notes
 
Our on-time registration promotion ended on September 20, but there is no deadline for joining Girl Scouts! Just a couple notes to keep in mind as we end September and officially launch into the new GS Year on October 1:
 
-All girls and adults registered by September 20 will receive a special link to purchase the t-shirts for $12 (this price is the same for adult and girl shirts)! An email with all the purchase instructions will be sent on Friday, September 27.
 
-Please note that troop leaders will have until 10:59 pm, September 30 to renew members. After this time, the family manager will have to renew the individual(s).
 
-Girls who are newly registered members of your troop will not show on your troop roster until October 1.
 
-Girl Scout National Recruitment Week is September 30- October 6. We are just getting details from GSUSA and know this campaign is going to be heavily social media- driven. Make sure you have liked us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to take part in the fun. First Lady Obama has filmed an adult volunteer video that we expect to be live around September 30 and will definitely share. Now that our on-time registration has ended, you will be able to see how we are using the national I Can't Wait to... Campaign. Download and use some of these great graphics in your recruitment efforts. 
 
-Confused about who needs to be registered as a GS adult member or what position code to use? We have two new pages on the website that should help: understanding position codes and position code list.
 

Troop FUNdamentals

Are you a brand new Daisy, Brownie or Junior Girl Scout Leader? There's a lot to learn, but volunteering can be so much easier when you know all the basics.

 

Join us for Troop FUNdamentals to learn how to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Journeys, Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, money management and more!

 

We are offering two sessions at the KC office on October 12 from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. The GS Shop will open at 8:00 am, so you can shop before! Our second session will be on October 23 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Our shop will stay open one hour later until 7:00 pm. Come early or shop on break! There is no cost for this training, and we have 75 available spots for each session.

 

Register for the October 12 session now

 

Register for the October 23 session now

 

If you can't make these sessions, don't worry!  We will be offering Troop FUNdamentals at our GS Training Expo in St. Joseph on November 9. Registration will be live very soon - watch for an email!

 Volunteer Essentials Live

Volunteer Essentials has been updated for the 2013-2014 membership year. Visit our website to see the updated document. 

 

Changes include updated first aider requirements and a clear statement on using private property for troop activities.  

 

 Troop Online Guidelines

Want to highlight your troop activities through a web or social media site? Want to make sure that parents approve posting photos and how to keep specific location and name details for girls at a minimum?

 

Check out the troop online guidelines and photo release for parents now.

 
Girl Scouts Love to Troop Camp!

Troop 8184 from Atchison, Kansas adds a scavenger hunt to their troop camping experience! It's a tradition at their fall camp-out to add this fun and team-building opportunity.

 

Here's what they do: the adults will hide glow in the dark items throughout camp, they will break the girls into teams of 2-3 and then when it is dark the girls will have 15 minutes to write down what the items are and where they found them. The other scavenger hunt includes hiding pieces of clothing throughout camp, the girls will solve riddles to find and then one person from the team will come back dressed in the outfit. Sounds like a great addition to any troop camp-out! 

 

Great job to Troop Leader Kelly Franklin and Assistant Leaders Monica Franklin and Denita Jordan! Want to receive a $20 GS Shop Gift Certificate just like Kelly? Send us your ideas for the following question:

 

GS Founder Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday is October 31, how does your troop plan to celebrate this amazing woman's birthday? 

 

Send your ideas to prdept@gsksmo.org.

 

 Go Gold Workshop

Ready to go for the Gold?  Come and learn about the Girl Scout Gold Award at the Go Gold Workshop, and put your passion to work to make the world a better place. This workshop covers the requirements of the award, submission deadlines, tips and tricks for planning a successful project, and more. Attending a workshop is the absolute best way to get ready to Go Gold!

 

Girls must complete a mandatory Go Gold Workshop.  Parents and leaders are invited to attend the workshop as well.

 

Please Note:  Prerequisites (Journey and research) must be completed prior to attending the Go Gold Workshop.

 
 Leader Night at Science City

On October 1, treat yourself to refreshments (and fun prizes) and get a sneak peek at what's new in Kansas City's Science City! They offer customized programs to assist Girl Scouts in successfully earning various badges. The event is open to all leaders and will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm

 

See all the information now.

 Activity & Trip Approval

As you are planning activities for this year, remember that some activities require council permission through the Activity and Trip Application.  An application for approval of overnights on non-council property, day trips outside council boundaries, high-risk activities (See list, below.) and activities/discussion involving sensitive topics is required at least 6 weeks prior to the activity. 

 

Trips longer than 2 nights require at least 6 months' notice and international trips need at least 1 year. Approval should be sought before any money earning activities take place. See the Activity and Trip Guide  for more information. 

 

Visit the Safety Activity Checkpoint page of the website for a list of high risk activities needing council approval and those activities that are never allowed. 

 
 

Council Approval for High Risk Activities

The following is a list of high-risk activities that require council approval: Challenge Courses, Climbing, Fencing, Horseback Riding, Indoor Sky Diving, Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Skateboarding, Snorkeling, Surfing, Swimming, Tubing, Waterskiing, White Water Rafting and Wind Surfing. 

 

Visit our website for a list of non-approved activities. 

 Girl Scouts Love Horses!

Visit Camp Winding River to participate in our horse programs.

 

-Brownie Horseback Riding -Brownie Girl Scouts who attend this 2 hour program will learn how to be safe around horses and spend quality time on a horse.

 

-Junior Horseback Riding -Junior Girl Scouts who attend this 3 hour program will learn the basics of horse care and will have the opportunity to ride without a lead line.

 

-Teen Horseback Riding - Teen Girl Scouts who attend this 3 hour program will practice walking their horse through obstacles and will learn to trot for those who are comfortable.

 

-Trail Rides for Junior & Teens - Saddle up and let's hit the trails! During this time you will go through safety, a small arena lesson and hit the wide open spaces at a controlled walk with the group! Join us for a fun time around Winding River.

 
Check out the interactive calendar and sign up for these great programs today!   
 Cookies are Coming!!

We know you are busy with getting your troop up and running for the new year, but know you like to plan ahead. Just a couple of notes to get you ready for the cookie season:

 

-We will be doing a daily countdown of the girl recognition items for the season on our FB page and Twitter feed @gsksmo beginning October 1.

 

-Troop Cookie Manager and Troop Leader training will be in November in locations across the council. Registration will be live in the next few weeks.

 

-Do you know someone who loves the Cookie Program, wants a short-term volunteer experience and has no problem picking up the phone to make an ask? We are looking for volunteers who can help us contact businesses for booth sales for the KC metro area. It's really fun and we will support you all the way! Ready to say YES or even learn more, email us at cookies@gsksmo.org.

 

 
Upcoming Events

September 28

Girl Scout Day at KC Pumpkin Patch

All Ages

Gardener, Kan.

 

October 12

Alvin II

All Ages and Families

Kansas City, Mo. 

 

2nd Friday of Each Month

Going Bonkers

All Ages and Families

Topeka, Kan.

 

You Schedule It!

Workshops with Habitat for Humanity - Lawrence

All Ages

Lawrence, Kan.

 

Even more events can be found on the interactive calendar

 

 
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