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,
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
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: Frazzled to Fun, Getting It All Done: Time
Management Tips for Girl Scout Leaders – 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.
GSHCC Tech Connect – Panel
Kick-off this next Girl Scout year by learning how to navigate three
new resources. Discover new tools and helpful tips that will propel
your Girl Scout experience to the next level! Learn how to expand your
knowledge in gsLearn (available now), an online learning platform
complete with self-paced trainings and live interactive webinars.
Discover a new way to connect with Rallyhood (coming this fall), an
all-in-one social platform that allows groups to communicate,
coordinate, share, and much more! Finally, dive into upcoming
enhancements of Volunteer Systems 2.0 (coming this winter) and hear
how our current membership and event registration systems are
evolving. This workshop is recommended for volunteers of all levels
who want to learn more about platforms that will enhance the volunteer experience.
Supporting Girls with Special Needs – Karyn Terra, GSHCC staff
Girl Scouts is a leadership experience for all girls! As troop
leaders, you work with girls of varying needs. This workshop will help
leaders and helpers of troops with girls who have special needs feel
more confident in being able to serve all girls in their troop. This
workshop is recommended for volunteers who serve girls with special
needs and those looking to learn more about how they can.
The Power of Experiences – Madison Shepard, GSHCC staff
Plato said, "You can learn more about a person in an hour of
play than in a lifetime of conversation." Join GSHCC’s Director
of Girl Experience, Madison Shepard, for interactive learning and
discussion about making transformative experiences for girls. Discover
the latest research from GSUSA, learn where to find helpful resources,
share best practices for making activities girl-led, and discuss tips
and tricks for facilitating virtual experiences. This workshop is
recommended for volunteers of all levels, and those seeking to learn
how to create transformative experiences for girls.
Building Resilience: Bouncing Forward During Times of Change – Kori
Czasnojc, GSHCC Staff
During challenging times of change, building our personal resilience
is one thing in our life that we can control, even though at times it
may feel elusive. The more you build your resilience particularly when
it’s hardest, the more available these behaviors become to you when
faced with new challenges. This experiential workshop will jump start
your resilience practices and provide opportunity for self-reflection
and hands-on practice. Key focus areas include the roles appreciation
and gratitude, mindfulness, and emotional management play in
contributing to our overall sense of well-being and resilience. You
will leave with tools you can share with your Girl Scout Troop and
At the end of this one-hour session, you will be able to:
- Identify sources of resilience
- Practice key focus
areas, such as mindfulness, appreciation and gratitude, and
- Create a plan to exercise daily
Facilitating Journeys – Minel Tobertga, GSHCC staff
What is a Girl Scout Journey? During this workshop, we will review
the differences between badges and Journeys. We will discuss Journey
themes, steps for how to begin a Journey, and the advantages of
collaborating on the Journey with your girls. Volunteers will have
opportunities to chat with council staff and ask questions related to
the overall Journey experience. This workshop is recommended for
volunteers looking to expand their knowledge of Journeys, and those
interested in gaining practical tips for leading girls through them.
How to Facilitate a Webinar for Girls – Liz Lunderman, GSHCC staff
Stepping into the virtual world can be nerve-racking. There may be
many questions racing through your head. Is Zoom the best platform?
How do I make sure everyone’s muted? How do I keep girls engaged? If
this sounds like you, you are not alone!
In this workshop, we will explore:
- Ways to keep girls engaged during an online troop
- How to use all the Zoom features
- How to
facilitate a meeting
- Why online troop meetings and programs
are important for your girls right now
- And much more!
This workshop is recommended for leaders looking to expand their
knowledge and skills on how to facilitate a virtual troop meeting, as
well as those with questions on topics such as safety, cyberbullying,
and what outcomes GSHCC has seen with virtual programming.
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience Training – Liz Lunderman,
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) is the core of Girl
Scouts. When we develop meetings, activities, how we talk to girls,
how we interact with girls, the GSLE should always be in the back of
In this workshop we will go over:
- What is the GSLE
- The girl brain, the social
struggles of the modern day girl and how to facilitate programs
especially for them
- How to evaluate your facilitation with
This workshop is recommended for all leaders who are interested in
expanding their understanding of the GSLE, and those looking to
refresh their knowledge by discussing helpful tips and tricks with
Leading Girls: From the Perspective of Veteran Troop Leaders – Panel
As Girl Scouts, we know there is so much more that goes into the
Girl Scout Leadership Experience than earning badges and selling
cookies. Leading girls and incorporating all that Girl Scouts has to
offer is not always an easy feat. During this session, hear from
veteran troop leaders as they share their experiences, tips, and
tricks for leading girls to be women of courage, confidence and
character who make the world a better place. This workshop is
recommended for leaders of all levels, looking to engage with and
learn from experienced troop leaders.