By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development
Being a new troop leader can seem overwhelming. Suddenly you are responsible for leading a group of girls through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. You are confident in your parenting skills and mastered your child’s playdate supervision. But the GSLE? How in the world do you do this?
Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways can provide support and guidance to new troop leaders in many different ways. There are service team members available to help in almost every community, community development staff as well, a weekly e-newsletter with important tips and information, quarterly regional meetings, and volunteer training.
Here are three of the upcoming volunteer training classes happening around our council jurisdiction.
There are New Leader Nights coming up in Oswego, New Hartford, and Illion. Here you can meet other new leaders, review all the forms, have your questions answered, share ideas, get help managing your troop, and gain confidence in your troop leader role.
Ceremonies and Traditions is being offered in Fayetteville. Here leaders can learn all about the traditions of Girl Scouting and how to help girls plan ceremonies for every occasion.
Ready to take your troop outdoors? Attend Outdoor Cooking and learn how to make doughnuts over a campfire and use a box oven. You will leave with a wealth of knowledge about cooking over an open fire and you will not leave hungry!
While the task of helping to build girls of courage, confidence, and character can seem daunting, if you take advantage of the resources that are available to new troop leaders you will be well on your way to success. And the girls in your troop will get to have an amazing Girl Scout experience!
For information on these and other adult volunteer training courses being offered check out the council website at www.gsnypenn.org