Your Volunteer Connect
November 5, 2013

On the Calendar
Make this a November to Remember


Be sure to check out your GPS Guide as well as the online activities calendar to see what's coming up near you, including Leadership Conferences in Salina, Garden City, Parsons, and Hays, and First Aid/ CPR in Wichita. There are special activities for girls like the Pirate Game Camp-In at the Museum of World Treasures. And remember to register for the Festival of Giving by November 25!

Around the Corner
Coming Up for Troops and Services Units 


If your Service Unit is already thinking about a Summer Activity, plan ahead and promote your event in the Summer 2014 GPS Guide, which will be packed with exciting opportunities for girls across the state. For inclusion in the printed GPS, your activity must be approved by your regional office by December 5. Download the Activity Planning Appendix and check out this 5 minute video to get started.


We are looking for Girl Scout members ages 14 and up (girl and adult members) to represent Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland as National Convention Delegates. The 2014 National Conference is October 16-19, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Get the details and find the application here! Apply by November 22.


Troop Leaders, check out the 2014 Honor Troop Program! Honor Troop is a proud distinction that all troops can work towards in 2014, but don't delay! Find the Honor Troop requirements here!

Speak Up, Stand Out
Committee Opportunity


Are you ready to make an impact on the ways Girl Scouting reaches your community? We are seeking passionate and committed Girl Scout members willing to take an active role in shaping Girl Scouting in Kansas.


The Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) will include Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts who provide girl voices and ideas for programs and policies. Girls will make presentations to younger girls about opportunities in Girl Scouting, and learn how to be positive representatives of the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland everywhere they go! Stand out!


The Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) will share input to shape volunteer guidelines and resources, volunteer events, and training. Volunteers will trouble-shoot and problem-solve so that volunteer support services can be designed around volunteer needs. Speak up!


Find the details and application here


Volunteer Toolkit
Parent Meeting Planning Tips

A parent/guardian meeting, or a meeting of your friends and family network, is a chance for you to get to know the families of the girls in your group. Here are some tips for meeting with parents and guardians from Volunteer Essentials, available online here.

  • For younger girls, arrange for a parent, another volunteer, or a group of older girls to do activities with the girls in your group while you talk with parents/guardians (if girls will attend the meeting, too).
  • Topics to discuss include: Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law; benefits of Girl Scouting; all the fun the girls are going to have; expectations for girls and their parents/guardians; and ideas of how parents and guardians can participate in and enrich their daughter's Girl Scout experiences.
  • Prepare a sign-in sheet, any permission forms for parents/guardians to sign, health history and authorization forms, and girl and adult Girl Scout registration forms. Have copies of the volunteer application available for all adults interested in helping throughout the year.
  • Find out the best way to communicate with parents of girls in your group - Facebook, text messages, email, phone calls, or other methods of communication.
  • After the meeting, be sure to follow up with any parents/guardians who did not attend to connect with them, inform them of the discussion from the meeting, and let them know how they can help with the girls.

Read more on pages 37-38 of Volunteer Essentials. 


Holly Slawkowski
Volunteer Services

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.


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