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Volunteer View: June 2020

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While we know nothing can replace the in-person camp experience, we're excited to announce Tajar's Treehouse, our virtual summer camp program, bringing the magic of camp direct to your troop's living room, backyard, or neighborhood park!

Developed by our team of outdoor professionals, Tajar's Treehouse engages girls in age-based cabin groups, all-camp campfires, and both on- and offline activities that encourage girls to connect with each other, stay active, and enjoy summer camp from home. With programs for each age level in four categoriesHealth & Wellness, Sisterhood & Belonging, Leading Change, and Planning for Adventureyour girls can still have an amazing Girl Scout summer this year!

Psst...  Looking for more volunteer tips for taking your Girl Scout troop digital? Our volunteer troop leaders come from all over the country and work with diverse girls and communities to deliver the best Girl Scout experience, so their advice is worth its weight in gold! GSUSA is even hosting live webcast series

Sunny Resources for the Socially Distant Girl Scout

Life may be a little strange right now, but we’re all grateful for more sunshine, more sisterhood, and more opportunities to step up as Girl Scouts.

Early Bird Renewal Incentives and Resources

Girl Scouts is more valuable than ever, so renewing your and your troop's memberships is key to providing them the support, sisterhood, and fun they deserve today and every day. Early Bird renewal ends June 30, 2020, and both troop and service unit incentives are too good to miss out on this year! Girls this year can also  use their Product Program Reward Cards to pay for renewal, or request financial aid. And what better graduation present for Ambassador Girl Scouts than a lifetime membership, which comes with a free gift if purchased before July 31, 2020!

Even More At-Home Resources

Girl Scouts isn’t just somewhere girls go or something they doit’s who they are day in, day out. Enter Girl Scouts at Home, our online hub where Girl Scouts can keep learning, growing, and connecting remotely. Browse the virtual events calendar, explore badges that can be done at home, and take on a self-guided activity at a virtual troop meeting. You can also join our Facebook group, GSNorCal LIVE!, where our online community is sharing resources and hosting live activities for girls and families, or visit GSUSA's page for even more events and resources.

National Service Projects

From educating communities about food production during the Spanish flu pandemic to training in first aid during WWII, Girl Scouts have always stepped up in times of need. All across the globe, Girl Scouts have leapt to the aid of others through national service projects. Now your troop can get involved too!

Reminders and Announcements

We're excited to welcome new Girl Scouts and have them join us for our summer activities! We offer Discover Girl Scouts virtual information sessions for families every Monday night at 7 PM, as well as a Virtual Welcome Troop where girls can try out the Girl Scout experience.

New Daisy Troops for Fall Kindergarten Girls forming now! We are hosting special Daisy meet-ups, plus family info sessions just for incoming kindergarten girls and their families.

NEW! Girls may now convert their Reward Card funds into electronic gift cards for use on girlscoutshop.comAll revenue from online purchases within our zip codes directly supports GSNorCal.

Nominate a hardworking volunteer! Volunteer Award Nominations for national and council awards are due June 30.  

Remember to make your voice count! The Voices Count Survey for girls, parents/caregivers, and troop leaders close June 2, 2020. The survey for service unit volunteers opens June 3, 2020 and closes June 24, 2020.  

2019 was a great year for GSNorCal! Check out this year’s Annual Report for an overview of the year’s greatest hits and financial health.  

GSNorCal is making sure all our members stay safe. Check in online for our latest COVID-19 updates.

Does your employer offer “Dollars for Doers"? Many companies encourage their employees to volunteer in the communities where they live and work—in turn, the employer will offer matching dollars for the hours. Inquire with your Human Resources department about your program, or check out this list of companies that offer this kind of financial support!

Looking for previous issues of Volunteer View? Check them out on our GSNorCal Publications page