GSMH Service Unit 738 - Columbia, MO

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Leader Education

Resources Galore - April 2014 Leader Education

The following resources were covered in our Leader Education on April 14, 2014. 


GSMH website

SU website


Back To Troop Form

The beginning of the school year is a perfect time to make sure you have everything filled out for the year. Karen Lawrence and Lora Brinkman walked Leaders through the various forms recommended for Leaders to have for each girl and adult in their Troop.

Camping 101 with Michele Sisson-White

Michele provided a wonderful and comprehensive training for Leaders on June 10, 2013, in preparation for the 2013 Service Unit Campout. Listed below is all the information she compiled. You may download the entire packet or individual topics.

All files are in PDF format.

Journey In a Weekend/Sleepover

These documents have been found online through searching for ways to help Leaders with Journeys. The plans are there and they walk through what activities to do to earn the Journey. The only thing left to do is the Take Action project. With some pre-planning meetings with the girls, you can establish the type of Take Action they want to do and have that together to complete with the weekend/day. You can also choose to complete the journey activities and then set aside another day to complete the Take Action. 

The Journeys listed are the only ones found at this time. If additional plans are found, they will be shared. 

You may ask "Why rush through a Journey?" or "Do the girls grasp the topic with this outline?" With Daisy and Brownie level, you may not want to do a Journey in a short amount of time. They may not have the attention span required and it would eliminate a semester of stuff you can do at troop meetings. As girls get older, though, their time is more limited. They hopefully want to earn their Shiny Awards and to do so, they must complete a Journey. With new girls joining Girl Scouts, this is a good way to get that in so they have ample time to complete their Shiny Award project. There is also a new Journey Summit pin that girls can earn if they complete all three journeys. 

Lora Brinkman has done Journeys both ways (5 months span with 10 meetings  and in a weekend). She has found the girls actually retain and grasp the concept on the journey more when they focus on it for 8-10 hours, rather than smaller chunks over 5 months time. The girls enjoyed it, too, because they earned their awards in a short amount of time and were able to spend time together while accomplishing something.