Monday, January 25, 2021

Girl Scout Volunteers Lead The Way! Virtual Event Recap

Nearly 100 GSCCC volunteers took time on a Saturday to attend Girl Scout Volunteers Lead the Way, a virtual GSCCC volunteer enrichment conference. It was the first virtual conference hosted by the Council and volunteers took advantage of the time to network (albeit a bit differently than in person), learn new skills and get helpful tips on how to work with girls virtually. Workshop topics included camp and the outdoors, virtual activities to do with girls, how to work with a multi-level troop, using your volunteer experience for career purposes and a deep dive into cookie booth planning. After an inspirational opening by CEO Tracy Keller that included a quick glance and celebration of 2020 via a video presentation, volunteers began there day of enrichment sessions. 

Camp Life, presented by Wild Things lead volunteer and outdoor facilitator Bonnie Taylor, was a popular session that was offered through a breakout room. For new and seasoned volunteers, she described the four outdoor training modules available, a progressive training plan. In Outdoor I, volunteers learn how to take girls out for a day or for an overnight, cabin-camping experience. More skills are added in Outdoor II, where volunteers learn about tent camping and using box ovens and other outdoor cooking options. Advanced camping, covered in Outdoor III, teaches volunteers how to hammock camp and do more advanced off the trail and into the woods camping. Backpacking and wilderness camping is covered in Outdoor IV. Bonnie, who loves wilderness camping, shared some things that you need to consider when doing this level and touched upon survival needs such as shelter, water and food.