This section is still under construction, as we are working with our workshop facilitators to transition from an in-person event, to virtual workshop delivery. More to come later! Conference attendees will receive full workshop information, prior to the event, to help you prepare. Pick your workshops live, on August 1, as you attend the event! The other really exciting feature this year is that all workshops will be recorded. This content will be available in gsLearn exclusively to all registered conference participants after the event.
Developing Innovation, Connection, and Wellness Through Play – Dr. Shimi Kang, Keynote
In this fun, interactive workshop, you will get a chance to play! Dr. Kang will guide you through specific play activities involving imaginary, social, and object play. These powerful neuroscience-based practices are proven to foster enhanced wellness, connection, and innovation! Bring a play mindset and your curiosity too as there will be plenty of time for questions and answers in this one hour workshop.
Adapting Badges: Creating Your Own Badge Blueprint – Alicia Altman, GSHCC staff
As Girl Scouts, we are flexible and learn to adapt. Now is your chance to learn how you can tailor badges for your troop. This workshop is designed to give you the tools and confidence to plan the badge steps in a customized way that will fully engage your Girl Scouts! Spend an hour learning about the tips and tricks, the must do’s, the places for creativity, and ways to adapt the content virtually when planning your next badge. This workshop is recommended for leaders of all levels, and those interested in learning how to adapt badges to complete with their girls.
Continuing the Girl Scout Legacy – Domenica Escatel, GSHCC staff
From the very beginning, Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low saw Girl Scouting as a movement which would inspire girls to make a difference in their world. Girl Scouts has always promoted values which are foundational to leadership development. This workshop will re-inspire you to leave your own personal legacy that will make a difference to the girls you work with and help our communities shine. You will learn to define your personal “why” and develop your mission statement to inspire you to have a stronger foundation in your troop. Additionally, you will learn tips and tricks that will keep you motivated to pass on the flame of leadership. This workshop is recommended for volunteers of all experience levels and those looking to be re-inspired in their role.
Hey, We Need to Talk – Alicia Altman, GSHCC staff
Starting a conversation in the face of conflict can be intimidating or scary. Sometimes we can let fear create a roadblock in finding a way to a solution. In this workshop, we will work on building skills for taking the first steps to engage in “difficult” conversations, emotional and mental awareness of our reactions, and tools for active listening. This workshop is recommended for volunteers of all experience levels and those desiring to enhance their communication skills.
Hidden Gems of the Volunteer Tool Kit: Discover the Benefits for Troop Leaders and Girls- Kelly Marshall, GSHCC staff
The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is your official source for delivering easy, fun troop meetings year-round! This digital planning tool provides you with Girl Scout program content, award requirements, and other resources. Girls have more fun when they can shape their own experience, do hands-on activities, and work together as a team. In this workshop, we will share the benefits to using the Volunteer Toolkit for troop leaders and girls. You will discover the hidden resources and learn how to take the guesswork out of planning so that you can spend more time exploring with your girls! This workshop is recommended for leaders of all experiences levels, Juliette parents, service team members, and those looking to refresh their knowledge of the VTK.
Swaps, Songs, and Knots – Julie Weng-Gutirrez, SU 121
Girl Scouts have always had special traditions and skills that are integral to being a Girl Scout. Join this workshop for some hands-on fun as you learn about SWAPs, test out your singing voice with some Campfire Songs, and try your hand at tying a few knots. This workshop is recommended for new leaders and everyone interested in discovering a few new activities to share with their troop. Check back later for the materials list.
Time Management: Learn How to Plan a Full and Fun Girl Scout Year – Jennifer Jepson, SU 110
Do you sometimes struggle with how to incorporate the many aspects of Girl Scouts into your year plan? Are you searching for better ways to manage your time? Join us and discover some useful ways to plan a full year of badges, journeys, fun events, and product sales, while still cultivating a girl-led experience. This workshop is recommended for new leaders and anyone looking to improve their time management skills.