San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The GSGATL Volunteer Leadership Conference is for Service Unit Team Members, GSGATL and Program Facilitators and Day Camp Administrators.
- Early Bird Registration is for a select group (Invitation Only) of those members and ends on June 5.
- General Admission Registration is for all other members of those select groups, and they can register on June 6.
If you are interested in attending and currently do not serve in one of the above mentioned select groups, please reach out to your Membership Specialist or SUD to see how you can become involved at the service unit level.
Starts with Us! Is the theme for 2014 and we are excited that we will be offering four exciting tracks for you this year full of information. There is something for everyone!
It Starts with Leadership- Geared toward service unit team members and outreach program facilitators, but open to anyone.
- Recruiting Best Practices
- Girls need Girl Scouting now more than ever! Learn and share proven techniques for bringing in new girls and volunteers, and discover resources available to you from the council. Recommended for: SUDs, Troop Organizers
- Creating and Keeping Successful Volunteers
- Successful troops start with successful leaders! Find out how to help new leaders have a great first year (without burning out!); how to encourage troops to continue through leadership transitions, and tips for recognizing volunteers who are in for the long haul. Recommended for: SUDs, Recognition chairs, Troop Organizers, Troop Coaches
- Building Strong Service Unit Teams
- It starts with "us" - and good teamwork is vital! Is your team making the best use of their skills and talents? How do you encourage participation? What tasks and roles can be shared more effectively? Discover solutions to these issues that will help you better support your troops and lighten everyone's load. Reccommended for: any SU team member
- We’re Here for Them: Successful Events
- Successful events help keep girls in Girl Scouting and encourage new girls to join. Look at the basics of a successful event, including how to guide your own troop through the hosting process.
It Starts with Learning- Geared toward GSGATL Facilitators, but open to anyone.
- Training the GSLE (in 30 minutes or less!)
- 3 keys, 3 processes, 15 outcomes... these are the foundation of Girl Scouting today, and they are not just for New Leader Basics anymore! Learn tips and techniques to reinforce these tools and make the GSLE an integral part of every training, event, and meeting. Recommended for: Facilitators, SUDs, Camp Directors
- Your Role in Leader Retention
- Successful volunteers begin with effective training. Learn strategies and best practices for delivering the training design with an extra added dose of personal touch to improve the volunteer experience and increase their success. Recommended for: Facilitators, SUDs, Troop Organizers, Troop Coaches
- Making the Most of the Classroom
- Accomplishing classroom training objectives is imperative. Learn tips and strategies for staying on topic and time management. How do you balance engaging classroom discussions and the training design to ensure a meaningful training experience?
- Knowing Your Audience
- Knowledge varies based on experience. Learn how to determine what your participants already know, what needs to be clarified and how you can tailor a training to meet all of their needs.
It Starts with Outdoors- Geared toward day camp administrators, but open to anyone.
- Planning a Camporee
- For many service units, Camporee Weekend or Ingathering is an annual tradition and a beloved opportunity to share with girls a world of outdoor experiences. Find out how you can make this time-honored tradition an exciting and eagerly anticipated event for your group. Learn how to choose a location, understands the paperwork, manage finances, and get the troops excited to attend! Recommended for: SUDs and SU event chairs, anyone who loves to take girls outdoors
- Taking the Journey/GSLE Outdoors
- Girl Scouts and outdoor experiences go together like marshmallows and chocolate. Find out how your next Girl Scout Journey can be the graham cracker that will leave you wanting s'more! Which Journeys lend themselves to camp weekends? How can you make sure your outdoor experience is also a Girl Scout Leadership Experience? Recommended for: Camp staff, SU event chairs
- Day Camp: 2014 In Review
- Highs & Lows of this summer's day camp. Share theme ideas and general ideas that worked well at camp this summer. Recommended for: Day Camp Directors and Core Day Camp Staff
- How to Start and Fill Your Day Camp
- Interested in starting a day camp in your area. Come a see how to recruit volunteers and program aides that will assist during camp. Find out how to set up registration and market the event for girls and parents.
It Starts with You
- 21st Century Communication Strategies
- Effective communication is at the heart of every successful partnership - from work to family to the personal relationships we need to communicate well. Building better communication skills can help us to better encourage leaders, to be clearer at meetings, and to lead the young women we work with.
- Personality Types
- How do different personality types impact Girl Scout Meetings and Service Units? Is it possible some people just can't get along? Let's investigate how we can best use those strong personality types - without running over our quieter, less outspoken leaders.
- Managing Your Time
- Everyone struggles to balance work, life, and volunteering. Discover a variety of new strategies to keep everything flowing: how to delegate, how to manage time, and sometimes how to say no. Recommended for: anyone
- GSUSA National Movement Update
- Find out more information about what GSUSA has been up to and want plans they have for the future of Girl Scouting and the movement.
Can't find a session that is of interest to you, sign up for Face Time and reach out to departmental staff or volunteers who lead programs and events for any specific questions or needs you may have.
Face Time- This is an opportunity to visit with specific council departments and receive new information or get answers to your questions. There will also be representatives of volunteers who host events that support leaders and girls in our council.
When & Where
Volunteer Leadership Committee
Overwhelming thanks and appreciation goes to the 2014 GSGATL Volunteer Leadership Committee for dedicating time and working feverishly to plan and implement this conference for volunteers like themselves.
Caryn Backus, Service Unit Director- Riverwood
Debbie Roth, Service Unit Director- Fayette 618
Melissa Loggins, Service Unit Director- Forsyth North
Verlie Cowan, Co-Service Unit Director- Sisters of Heritage/GSGATL Facilitator
Robyn Brodowsky, Day Camp Director- Blue Ridge Mountains Day Camp/GSGATL Facililtator
Linda Hensel, GSGATL Facilitator
Kaia Alderson, GSGATL Facilitator
Lyn Risher, Day Camp Director- Lilburn Day Camp
Jymme Reed, Membership Specialist
Maggie Walls, Membership Specilaist
Melissa Fisher, Volunteer Onboarding and Recruitment Specialist
Tenequa Wildy, Sr. Learning and Development Specialist