Troop Leader Experience: A Podcast ab...

The first ever podcast of its kind: interviews with GS volunteers across the country & even the world, conversations with goal-getter girls, and panel discussions & debates about all the latest news & information regarding all things Girl Scouts. (This podcast is not affiliated with or sponsored by GSUSA; it is completely volunteer and girl driven.)

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Volunteer Recognition, Appreciation, and Awards...
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What to Do if Your Council / SU Doesn't Support...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!    Today's episode is about the following...
28 min
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Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Girls (Ask Me A...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!    Today's episode is about question from...
48 min
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Small Budget, Big Impact with Jennifer M. from ...
Long time listener, first time caller! Today we are catching up with Jennifer M., a troop leader from GSKMO. She's a big fan of the podcast, and she's applied a lot of the things we talk about here on the podcast in addition to her own unique...
42 min
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"Misfits" in the Spirit of Juliette Low with Lo...
Today's troop leader interview is featuring Lorren from Eastern South Carolina. She's sharing how her troop of Junior & Cadette "misfits" came to be and how they operate to keep the girls in Scouting. She's also sharing a crazy childhood memory...
34 min
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Girl Scouts and American History with Karen T. ...
Another episode about history! This week we're chatting with Karen T. from GSHPA. She is from my hood - Gettysburg, PA - and is sharing about the Foxfire house, an upcoming awesome history-based Destinations trip, and Girl Scouts in the context of...
41 min
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BONUS REPLAY: Girl Scouts and Holidays and DEI ...
We have so much great content coming out lately, so I decided to release this REPLAY from 2021 as a bonus episode. I hope it's helpful as you're planning your end-of-year/holiday celebrations with your troop!
34 min
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History Interview with Juliette Low's Great-Nie...
Every single time I get to do an interview for this podcast, I find myself thinking, "That was so fun, that was one of my best episodes." But this is one episode you definitely don't want to miss... because on today's podcast, I got to sit down and...
30 min
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How to Manage Disruptive Behavior with Special ...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!    Today's episode is about a topic I've...
40 min
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History of the Girl Scout Movement with Elsie B...
I have more Q&A episodes coming for you, but here's the first of a mini-series I'm also going to be doing sharing some conversations around Girl Scout history. Here's a link to the Medium article by Elsie: 
30 min
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Pros and Cons of Dues & How to Manage Troop Mon...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!    Today's episode is about the following...
23 min
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SUPER QUICK UPDATE
I'm taking just a couple of weeks to get caught up while I hit the road to see my brother. If I can, I'll get some podcasts recorded on my trip, but most likely I'll be back Nov 8! 
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How to Deal with Overbearing Parents (Ask Me An...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!    Today's episode is about the following...
33 min
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How to Balance Your Personal Life & Girl Scouts...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!    Today's episode is about the following...
26 min
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How to Manage a Troop with Disengaged Girls (As...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!    Today's episode is about the following...
38 min
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Outdoor Progression! (Ask Me Anything!)
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!    Today's episode is about the following...
39 min
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How do you increase participation and engagemen...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!    Today's episode is about the following...
60 min
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How to approach Kapers and Kaper Charts (Ask Me...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!    Today's episode is about the following...
25 min
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How do you keep younger troops engaged and on-t...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!  Today's episode is about the following...
37 min
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What is Troop Camp, and how do we do it success...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!    A few of you wanted to know about...
33 min
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Any Tips for Picking Troop Crests? How do we ke...
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!  Group member Jenn wants to know the 411 about...
17 min
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Can we talk about bridging? (Ask Me Anything!)
I recently asked the Facebook group (facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast) - "If you could ask me anything and get my opinion or thoughts about it in an episode, what would it be?" & you guys delivered!  Group member Krissy requested an episode...
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Day Camp Extraordinaire, Barbara Cooley Thaw
I know, I know. Another massive delay. But here's some more content with more coming at ya soon! This was such a fun conversation with Barbara, all about her experience coordinating day camp and her Girl Scout volunteer experience as a whole. There's...
29 min
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Talking to Kids about Violence and Traumatic Ev...
After another occurrence of senseless violence in the USA, everyone is talking about safety at school... including kids. We're all having strong emotional responses from this horrific event... including kids. Should we address this at Girl Scouts? And...
53 min
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Volunteer Recruitment Efforts and the Impact of...
This week Jamiel is taking the wheel and Sarah & Jamiel are exploring what the research says about the impact of volunteering as a Girl Scout troop leader... then, because Jamiel's service team are the queens of recruitment, she is sharing some of...
48 min
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Volunteer Appreciation, Leading Multiple Troops...
When I first started chatting with Shaleigha, she told me that it'd be easier to describe what roles she HASN'T held as a Girl Scout volunteer. In today's interview, we focused mostly on her roles as a leader for multiple troops and service unit...
34 min
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7 Fundraising Ideas if 2022 is NOT Your BEST CO...
It's actually like a karmic joke that we started January with a "BEST COOKIE SEASON EVER" Troop Leader Tee. I know that for many of you, this has NOT been the BEST COOKIE SEASON EVER. But a) it's not too late! we can still salvage the 2022 cookie...
38 min
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Introducing Jamiel from Girl Scouts of West Cen...
By now you've heard her voice on a few of these workshop based episodes, and what you may or may not know is that Jamiel has also been helping out behind the scenes! So, we recorded this interview so you would have a chance to get to know her a little...
36 min
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HAPPY WORLD THINKING DAY 2022!
Let's talk about the history of World Thinking Day and the different ways we celebrate and participate in World Thinking Day with our girls today!    Resources    Previous World Thinking Day Episodes:   
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WAGGGS Special: Girl Guides of Malta with Joanne
Today is our final installment (for now?!) in the WAGGGS Special mini series of the Troop Leader Podcast. We're rounding this off with a virtual visit to Malta (can you even find that on a map?). Did you LOVE learning about Girl Scouting and Guiding...
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Part 13 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Schoo...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 12 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Drive...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 11 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Tips ...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 10 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Socia...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 09 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Pitch...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 08 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Yard ...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 07 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Getti...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 06 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Bling...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 05 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Inven...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 04 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Creat...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 03 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Givin...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 02 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Troop...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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Part 01 Creative Cookie Selling Workshop: Indiv...
Jamiel and I did a LIVE workshop on Facebook all about creative cookie selling and it was SO much fun hanging out with some of you in the group! We would definitely love to do more of these, so let us know what topics you want to hear. In the...
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WAGGGS Special: Madagascar Girl Guides with Nar...
In this week's WAGGGS special, we are going to MADAGASCAR. Say WHAT? Sometimes I can't believe how beautiful this global sisterhood is that I am so grateful to be a part of and that technology allows us to so easily connect with each other and to...
38 min
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WAGGGS Special: Scouting for Girls in the Nethe...
Girl Scouting and Boy Scouting are VERY different in the US, but in the Netherlands... it's all one organization! This week's WAGGGS special is with Anne, who is sharing all about her experiences both as a girl growing up in the co-ed program as well...
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*BONUS* Cookie Basics Workshop
Join Jamiel & me for a Cookie Basics workshop! This was originally available in the Facebook group, which you can join at www.facebook.com/girlscoutpodcast We're planning to actually go live in the Facebook group for the Creative Cookie Selling...
77 min
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WAGGGS Special: Guiding in Canada with Hannah Mary
This week we are continuing our international adventures learning about Guiding and Girl Scouting around the world. Today's episode takes us to Canada. They are one of the physically closest organizations to the US, and they're also culturally one of...
57 min
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WAGGGS Special: UK Guiding with Stephanie
For the next month or so, we are going to travel all around the world to explore Guiding and Girl Scouting internationally! For the very first World Thinking Day special, we are chatting with Stephanie in the UK. She's a big fan of the Brownie level...
60 min
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USA Girl Scouts Overseas with Amy Kennedy
I've always been curious about USAGSO... if you are, too, then this episode will be super interesting for you! We're catching up with Amy Kennedy on the other side of the world as she shares her experience with Girl Scouts while living...
27 min
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Creating and Developing Safe Spaces for Girls w...
This week we are covering a topic that can be overwhelming and a bit sensitive: creating and developing safe spaces for girls. This is a huge responsibility and one of the most important things we do as troop leaders... so we called in an expert for...
49 min
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Wellness for Girls with Master Certified Health...
This week we are talking about wellness - health, nutrition, exercise/activity, anxiety, and more!   Today's episode is featuring special guest, Shannon Dentice, Master Certified Health Coach E&E Health Coaching, LLC Follow me on...
28 min
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Storytelling, Developing Curriculum, and Leadin...
This week I am interviewing Jen Kidwell, who specializes in developing resources and curriculum around storytelling and anti-racism for youth in grades K-12. We are talking about all things storytelling, developing curriculum, and leading anti-racism...
54 min
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Building Girls of Courage with Jaclyn Gallo
You guys told me you love the interview episodes the most (don't worry, I'm not offended, I love them the most too!). But the reality is, it's hard to have enough troop leader specific interviews to have an episode each week. Plus... sometimes you all...
49 min
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A 5 STAR TROOP EXPERIENCE
Today we're doing a little exercise I LOVE to use in all aspects of my life. Full disclosure: I've never done this about leading a troop before so this is the first time I've ever done this in this context, too. But regardless, it's a fun activity you...
43 min
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Buckle Up: Girl Scouts and Holidays and DEI
You guys know me well enough at this point to know my social justice warrior conversations are never going to go away, right? I stumbled upon a great article this week (linked below) about celebrating holidays in the classroom, and I found myself...
34 min
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Ashley G. from Missouri on Camp, Council Staff,...
Back again with another interview. Ashley is a newer Daisy troop leader, but she's been involved with Girl Scouts her entire life. She's sharing her insights based on her experience and what Girl Scouts meant to her growing up, years working at camp,...
46 min
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Why We'll Never Stop Volunteering with Girl Sco...
Explicit warning is because we touch on a few topics that are not small-kid-friendly, in case you're accustomed to listening to this podcast in the car with young kids. Sheryl R. from the Hearts of Gold podcast is back. Basically we love talking about...
58 min
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Girl Guiding in New Zealand, Getting Girls Outd...
Hooray, your favorite kind of episode! We're interviewing Kate S. of Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road council on this week's episode. Kate grew up as a Girl Guide in New Zealand, and then got involved with her daughter in Girl Scouts of the...
44 min
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Happy Founder's Day: A Brief Introduction to Ju...
I'm a little late this week, but I'm still here! This one took a little bit of research and organization, plus I have some family stuff going on, and life just kind of happened. Anyway, Founder's Day is coming up this weekend on October 31. Juliette...
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Girl Scouts Phraseology: Extended Trips
Okay so last week we talked about excursions... next let's talk about the opposite end of the travel progression spectrum: extended trips!
3 min
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Where the heck do I start as a new troop leader?
This is single handedly the question I get asked most often, so I wanted to just break down the most important steps I think all new troop leaders should do. This is a great resources for newer troop leaders to make sure you are closing the gaps and...
55 min
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Girl Scouts Phraseology: Excursions
We talk about progression all the time, and one of the earliest steps when it comes to traveling and outdoors adventures is EXCURSIONS. That's today's topic on GSP Phraseology!
2 min
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Girl Scouts by Season / A Year in the Life of a...
Last week's episode sparked this idea, so I wanted to jump on it. Along the same lines of planning your Girl Scout year in advance, it also helps to have an idea of what's happening when. So for newer troop leaders, this one's especially for you!...
45 min
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Girl Scouts Phraseology: Juliettes, IGMs, IRGs
Phraseology is back! This week we're breaking down what it means to be an independent girl member... aka not part of a troop... and some of the many different terms to refer to those girls!
5 min
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Planning for Your Girl Scout Year... in a Pandemic
I've talked about year planning on this podcast a few times before, but let's face it... it's been a few years, and lots of new listeners are here. Plus, even if you heard it before, this might be just exactly what you ~*need*~ right now.   To...
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Girl Scouting in a Pandemic: Weird Issues We Ne...
Initially the purpose of this episode was really to get personal and share the next chapter of my own Girl Scout Troop Leadership journey with you, but it's really about so much more than that. There are so many strange, unprecedented dynamics at play...
52 min
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A Rough Start that Led to Conquering Cookies an...
Alright, here's another awesome interview I recorded 6 months ago with long-time podcast supporter Tara H. from Michigan. After supporting the podcast for years now, she agreed to an interview to share her story leading two troops, the trailblazer...
43 min
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"I'm not a camping person" with Carrie W. of Gi...
If you stepped into your Girl Scout role saying that you're down to do "anything but camping" because you're "just not a camping person," then you are going to completely relate to today's guest, Carrie W. from Western Washington. Now I will say, this...
46 min
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All About High Awards (and especially the Gold ...
Check out Sheryl's podcast all about the Gold Award, featuring some incredible Gold Award Girl Scouts, here:
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Distance Girl Scouting and Older Girl Retention...
I had so much fun chatting with Sue for this week's podcast. We have a lot in common with "Doing" everything ourselves (and struggling to delegate!), taking on way too many things because we feel called to be involved with EVERYTHING, and of course......
37 min
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Interview with the "Girl Scout Queen," Trisha W...
Okay, okay, so there's no such thing as a "Girl Scout Queen" but I've decided that if there was such a thing, Trisha would take the crown. Trisha has been involved in almost every single capacity of Girl Scouting. She is a lifetime member, a Gold...
36 min
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NEW: Older Girl Programming and Adult Adventure...
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REPLAY: Troop Experiences and Travel
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REPLAY: Nicole and Heather on Accessibility
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REPLAY: Jennifer B. on Managing Multi-Level Troops
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REPLAY: Rylee Kirk
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REPLAY 2018: Interview with Kate M. from New Me...
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2021 Updates: I Need Your Help & So Does Your C...
I'm back, hopefully for real. I will be doing some replays of some of the oldest and most memorable interviews from 2018... but in addition, I do have some new interviews, too! The truth is: I need more people who want to come be interviewed! If you...
48 min
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How Can We Support People & Areas Impacted by W...
Raise awareness about wildfires. Basically, let’s learn more! What areas are most vulnerable to wildfires? What can start a wildfire? At what point to people need to evacuate? How many people are impacted by wildfire evacuations each year? What...
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2020 International Day of the Girl + The Impact...
Thanks for your patience over the past month while I have taken some time away from this podcast. While I’ve been on hiatus here, I’ve been focusing on my family, my mental and emotional health, and my business - including launching a brand new...
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IMPORTANT: Register as a Guest for the National...
Register here if you are NOT a delegate for your council and you want to attend the National Council Session Oct 23-25 online: DO THIS BY OCTOBER 14!!! --------------------- Here's a breakdown of the proposals and discussion topics:  ...
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REPLAY: Speaking of the State of Girls (2020)
Since last week we talked about the State of Girls from the 2017 study, I think this is a great follow up because it's absolutely related to the State of Girls and what we need to be mindful of regarding our role in girls' lives and how we can make...
44 min
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REPLAY: The State of Girls (2017)
This week's REPLAY is about the 2017 research study about The State of Girls. Sadly, we do not have an updated version of this study from GSRI just yet but I think it would be EXTREMELY important circa next year on the heels of this pandemic to look...
25 min
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REPLAY: The Perfect Answer to WHAT THE HECK TO ...
This week's replay is all about Guest Speakers, because if you're struggling coming up with something to do with your girls in social distanced meetings, then this is an easy idea!  ---------------------- If you're feeling burnt out, here's my...
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REPLAY: Why SO MUCH STEM?
This week's throwback episode is a deep dive on why there is SO MUCH FOCUS on STEM in Girl Scouts and why we can't seem to get away from it!  ---------------- STEM and STEAM are serious buzzwords these days and it seems like Girl Scouts as an...
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REPLAY: The Girl Scout Effect
Let's look back at the short and long term impact of Girl Scouts and where GSLE came from, and why it matters! -------------------------   It's easy to sometimes get caught up in behavior management, time management (or lack thereof!), and just...
36 min
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REPLAY: Let's Talk about Progression as it Rela...
If you liked the replay about GSLE, you'll dig this one! Even if you've heard it before, I try to consistently remind myself of these examples AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE because it makes me a better leader!    --------------------   Did you...
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REPLAY: Explaining GSLE Basics
Y'ALL KNEW THIS WOULD BE MY FIRST REPLAY, RIGHT?! Flashback to the first time I started digging in to the research and the fundamentals of this amazing program!  Enjoy! --------------------------------------------   This week is part 1 of...
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Setting Expectations in Social Isolation
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Girl Scouts Phraseology: Edith Macy Conference ...
What and where is Edith Macy Conference Center? Here's another little tidbit of Girl Scout history that you can still be part of today!
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Girl Scouts Phraseology: Emergency Contact
Today we're talking about Emergency Contacts and the two common ways Girl Scout volunteers handle points of contact in case of emergency! Whatever you do, make sure you have a plan!
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2020 GSUSA Updates: 24 NEW BADGES!
What influences new badge topics? Feedback. Funding opportunities and national partnerships. Curriculum standards. Research. Current events.   New Badge Topics this year!: Entrepreneurship (D,B,J,C,S,A) STEM Career Exploration (B,J,C)...
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2020 GSUSA Updates: 2021 World Thinking Day & G...
The new World Thinking Day & Global Action themes are HERE!  World Thinking Day 2021: Peacebuilding Global Action 2021: Climate Action   And, as a refresher, here are some helpful reference links to related topics: WORLD THINKING DAY -...
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Girl Scouts Phraseology: Girl Rewards & Individ...
What are Girl Reward and Individual Incentives and how do they work compared to Troop Rewards and Incentives? Let's chat about it!
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2020 GSUSA Updates: VTK Developments!
There are so many new things from GSUSA to talk about, but we're starting with the VTK... 1) Look for the new "at home" symbol in the VTK plans to indicate activities that can be adapted to social distancing.  2) NEW TROOP LEADER pathway to give...
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Girl Scouts Phraseology: Digital Cookie, DOC, e...
Today is a 4 for 1! We are covering Digital Cookie, DOC, eBudde, and Smart Cookies on today's Phraseology... because all of these are related to Cookie Technology. 
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Girl Scouts Phraseology: ABC & LBB
This week's Phraseology is all about ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers (AKA LBB). Did you know there are two official Girl Scout bakers? Let's talk about it!
3 min
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Teaching Girls That Their Voice Matters: Girl S...
This week we are going back to the dreaded Journey conversation... today we're catching up with Christine Olson, a long time troop leader and Girl Scout. She shares a lot of personal stories and experiences with DBJ girls and their journeys, the pros...
36 min
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Interview with Older Girl Troop Leader & 45 Yea...
Today we are catching up with older girl troop leader Lisa S., who is sharing all kinds of stories and memories from her 45 years of Girl Scouting! 
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Girl Scouts Phraseology: Servicemark, Symbol, a...
This week on Phraseology we are covering the Girl Scouts servicemark, the offical symbol, and the logo(s).
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