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.)

Society & Culture
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
Financial Literacy (and more) Resources for Tro...
34 min
Proud to Watch Girls Grow with Kala P. from GSNWGL
We're back this week with another troop leader spotlight. I had so much fun sitting down and chatting about growing along with our girls, growing up in a multi-generational Girl Scout family, transitioning to balancing a staff role along with a volunteer role, SWAPS, and so much more with Kala from GSNWGL.
31 min
Interview with the CEO: Susan Douglas of GSKWR
I mentioned in the Facebook group a few months ago that I was thinking about trying to have some conversations with some council CEOs. This is my first run at one of these conversations - I do not know if there will be others, but I definitely enjoyed hearing from Susan Douglas of Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road. She shared what the girls in her council are up against and why Girl Scouts is so valuable in her area, as well as the movement to girls of the USA as a whole. Susan also shared some aspects of the complications we've experienced during the past few cookie seasons. Tune in and let me know what you think and if you're interested in more CEO interviews!
42 min
Feeling Disorganized and Frazzled? Productivity...
52 min
75+ AMAZING IDEAS for Summer Activities with Yo...
Looking for ideas for hanging out with your troop this summer? Whether you take a break and just want to plan a "Summer Reunion" activity or if you meet and play all year round together, this episode is jam-packed with ideas for you with your troop (or your family) this summer.
21 min
My Top 3 Tips for Troop Leaders This Summer
It's (basically) summertime and I have three tips for YOU, troop leader, to make the most of it.
38 min
It's May and the Girls are Chaotic and I'm Exha...
May can be a hopeless time to try to "get things done" with many girls, so in this episode, I'm sharing some suggestions for May meetings that won't make you lose your mind (...hopefully). I also share a reflection exercise to help keep you grounded and motivated to recharge this summer and come back strong for the new Girl Scout season.
47 min
Because of Girl Scouts with Kendra W. of GSACPC
I'm thrilled to feature a young alumna, Kendra W., who I actually had the pleasure of working with back when she was a Cadette. Flash forward to today: she's a college graduate who has done all kinds of incredible things both during her Girl Scout experience, and as a result of her Girl Scout experience. If you want to lead a high-impact Girl Scout troop, you're going to get a lot out of this episode.
39 min
Alumnae Stories: Aly I.
I thought it would be interesting to talk to some alumnae about their experience in Girl Scouts, what made it high impact, and how they feel that influenced their college and career decisions. This is one of those interviews!
33 min
Alumnae Stories: Rebecca F.
I thought it would be interesting to talk to some alumnae about their experience in Girl Scouts, what made it high impact, and how they feel that influenced their college and career decisions. This is the first of those interviews!
23 min
Supporting Girls' Self Esteem and Getting Good ...
This week's episode is all about supporting girls when it comes to self esteem and confidence, including but not limited to their relationships with their bodies and with food. Featuring special guest, confidence & holistic wellness coach (and certified eating disorder recovery specialist) Charlotte Olson.
40 min
Helping Girls Find Their Voices: Updated Silver...
This week we are welcoming back a repeat guest (and my friend), Sheryl R. of the Hearts of Gold podcast. She's here to update us on Silver Award requirement and process updates nation-wide and also to talk about high awards in general.
59 min
Branching Out with Kelly R. from GSJS
Back with another super interview, this time with Brownie troop leader Kelly R. from Girl Scouts of Jersey Shore.
27 min
Designing Your Own High Adventure Life with Wen...
I'm thrilled to introduce you to Wendy H., an Ambassador high adventure troop leader from GS San Diego. She has taken her troop on some incredible adventures, including backpacking in the Canadian Yukon, High Sierras, and this year, Mt. Whitney. She is also a certified canoe instructor and her troop has canoed parts of the Colorado River, kayaked in an Alaskan bay and whitewater rafted down the Kern River. The crazy part? She wasn't an experienced adventurer before becoming a troop leader - she built those skills right alongside her girls, and now, she's done things she previously wouldn't have even dreamed of. We hope this interview inspires you that you, too, can design a high adventure lifestyle as a Girl Scout Volunteer.
35 min
Empowering Girls through Outdoor Adventure: A C...
Join us as we discuss the joys and challenges of leading girls into the wild, and how to help them discover their inner strength and courage through outdoor adventure.
54 min