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.)

Managing Uncertainty and Opportunities for Stre...
This week, I'm interviewing my friend Niki, who is a troop leader, service team member, and board member for my council, Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine. In addition to sharing her own Troop Leader story, she's also shedding light on what the board does and how to get involved in the movement at a higher level.
33 min
Conflict Resolution and Issues Facing Girls Tod...
Today's guest is my friend and former GSACPC colleague, Amber R. She currently works for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois council. Her experience is in conflict resolution, recruitment, and volunteer support and in today's episode, she's sharing some stories about her own Girl Scout experiences, some advice for troop leaders about conflict resolution, and some insight into the focus areas of the Movement based on what our girls are up against today.
27 min
What happened at Convention 2023? - with Vanessa L
The national convention recently happened in Orlando, FL and a lot of you have been wondering, what is it like to go to convention? I brought on a guest who traveled across the country with her daughter to attend for the first time. In this interview, Vanessa and I chatted about her expectations beforehand (what was met, what was exceeded, and what was a bit of a letdown), how she was personally impacted during the most moving parts of the event including the opening ceremony and keynote address, and her advice and suggestions for people considering attending convention in 2026.
46 min
BONUS REPLAY: Happy Founder's Day: A Brief Intr...
Happy Founders Day TODAY, October 31. Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts in the USA, was born on October 31, 1860. In honor of her birthday, this week, we are talking about Juliette Low!
20 min
BONUS REPLAY: Interview with Girl Scout Archivi...
This week we are catching up with Merana Cadorette, a lifetime Girl Scout who is focused today on history, archives, and art.
27 min
BONUS REPLAY: Interview with Archivist/Historia...
This week we are bringing you an awesome interview with Susan Eckers, who was a Girl Scout leader across all levels for her own daughter and then stayed on to train and mentor other volunteers, and to serve on her council's history committee. She's attended both the 75th and 100th anniversary celebrations and has gone to nearly every convention in her time as a Girl Scout volunteer. Girl Scouts is such a big part of her family that even her husband serves on her council's history committee! Susan shares not just some interesting stories and memories of her own experiences, but she also shares some tips and best practices and advice for leaders, some historical perspective and history including multiple great Juliette Low stories, and more!
49 min
Ask Me Anything: Help! I'm new, overwhelmed, an...
This episode is based on a question from an anonymous leader on Facebook recently... (Actually, she wasn't anonymous, but I forgot to include her name in the screenshot I took of her question... oops!)
39 min
Ask Me Anything: How do I manage multi-level tr...
This episode is based on a question from an anonymous leader on Facebook recently...
25 min
Back To Troop Bonus: The Girl Scout Leadership ...
On this podcast, we LOVE to talk about GSLE, but if you're new to Girl Scouts, you probably need a brief overview. In this Back to Troop Bonus, we are talking about the three keys to leadership and the three processes as outlined by the GSLE framework.
55 min
Cross-Country Trip to Savannah, GA with guest J...
This week I am joined by guest Jennifer from GS NorCal. She’s a troop leader for older girls and a member services manager supporting the volunteers in her area. She’s got advice for new troop leaders, shares her best tips for older girl retention, and best of all: we are talking ALL about her trip to Savannah with 13 twelve-year-old Girl Scout Cadettes.
48 min
Back To Troop Bonus: Uniforms 102
Last week's Back to Troop Bonus episode was an introduction to uniforms, so this week we are talking about insignia and badge placement.
41 min
Ask Me Anything: Family Trip to Savannah, Arriv...
This episode is based on a couple of questions from Facebook recently...
26 min
Back To Troop Bonus: Uniforms 101
It's time to buy new uniforms and opening up the website or walking into your council shop can be OVERWHELMING. In this Back to Troop Bonus episode, we are covering some uniform basics.
52 min
Ask Me Anything: When to give which badges, adu...
This episode is based on a couple of questions from Facebook recently...
24 min
Back To Troop Bonus: Girl Scout Basics
It's a new Girl Scout season, so for the month of September, I thought it would be important to have some bonus episodes on Thursdays that are geared toward newer Troop Leaders who might be overwhelmed coming into the Girl Scout movement for the first time. In this episode, we are talking about some basics and clearing up some general concepts and the structure of the Girl Scout organization.
60 min
Ask Me Anything: Creative Ways to Use Unsold Co...
This episode is based on an anonymous question from one of our leader friends: "What are we supposed to do with unsold GS cookies? An extra case was ordered and could not be sold no matter how hard we tried. Now I have a case of cookies taking up space that I'm unsure of what to do with."
18 min
BONUS: Hearts of Gold with Sheryl Robinson
12 min
Ask Me Anything: How to Do Cool Journeys & Take...
"Any tips for how to help my Junior troop brainstorm for Bronze? (Or honestly any take action?)" & "How do you get girls interested in working on the real meat of the Girl Scout program - journeys and higher awards?"
28 min
7 Tips to Run a Girl-Led Troop
Girl-Led does not mean "let them do what they want." It does mean: 1) Understand what motivates them 2) Set boundaries together 3) Listen to them 4) Notice what they notice 5) Share happy moments 6) Respect their opinions 7) Empower them In this episode, I'm digging in to all the details of what those 7 tips might look like in your troop.
44 min
Ask Me Anything: Do I have to help a new girl c...
This episode is based on a question submitted by Erica on Facebook. Erica asked: "How do you handle new girls coming into your troop part way through the season? Do you offer them the opportunity to catch up and earn patches/petals on their own time and just offer the tools or ideas for earning? Or do you just move on and they earn from when they join and forward?"
29 min
Ask Me Anything: How do I work for my local cou...
This episode is based on a question submitted by Kelly on Facebook. Kelly asked: "Do you have any info on how to work through councils? I know it's not a one size fits all, but is a degree needed? How do you get your foot in the door? Is there a way to get notified when jobs are needed?"
43 min
Ask Me Anything: Service Team Appointments & Tr...
This episode is a mash-up of a few questions. Kate asked about service team roles and how they're appointed by council staff. Then, Ying asked about the different structures of troop leadership, which leant itself really well to Nicole's question about parent helpers and parent involvement.
33 min
Ask Me Anything: New Leader Support and Buildin...
This question was asked by Jennifer in the Facebook group, who wanted to know about supporting new leaders, building community among service unit volunteers, and how to build a service team.
27 min
Ask Me Anything: Parent/Caregiver Communication...
This question was asked in the Facebook group by Nicole. "How do you address implementing changes in your troop when they affect parents? I’m looking to change our communication from text/email to an app like Band or a Facebook group. Do I ask parents what they would prefer or just make a decision? How do you handle pushback? I’ve got 12 girls and I’m tired of unread emails, group texts get messy fast, and I’m desperate to make a change but also terrified to rock the boat."
31 min
Ask Me Anything: What Drives Troop Retention Ye...
This was a question asked by Rachel in the Facebook group: "What drives troop retention year-to-year?"
25 min