FOR TROOP LEADERS
Tips for Organizing Meetings
Troop Volunteers, have you checked out the 2014 Troop Appendix, part of your Volunteer Essentials Toolkit? In the Troop Appendix, you'll find information and guidelines for troop volunteers, including forming a troop committee, holding troop meetings, troop finances, and a sample troop year. Check out pages 5-6 for details on the Six Elements of a Troop Meeting, including:
- Arrival Activities - something for girls to do until the meeting begins
- Opening - most begin with the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and then add a simple flag ceremony, song, game, story, or other ceremony designed by the girls
- Business - includes taking attendance, collecting dues, making announcements, and planning an upcoming event or trip
- Activities -include activities from a journey, working on a badge, spending time outside, or other option determined by the girls' interests
- Clean-up - get girls in the habit of leaving their meeting space how they found it - or better!
- Closing - many troops close with the friendship circle: each girl stands in a circle, puts her right arm over her left, and holds the hand of the girl standing next to her. The friendship squeeze is started by one girl, and then passed around the circle until it comes back to the girl who started it. When the squeeze is finished, girls twist clockwise out of the circle lifting their arms and turning around and out of the circle.