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Volunteer Enrichment Series

VES

The Volunteer Enrichment Series provides opportunities for Girl Scout volunteers and adult members to participate in virtual workshops that can offer ideas, activities and skills for leading a group of Girl Scouts, along with opportunities for personal development.

The virtual classes kicked off on September 12 with opening remarks from Tricia Mellor, our CEO, Tara Pacht, our Board Chair, and keynote speaker Alison Duback, long time Girl Scout and volunteer. Many of the virtual workshops have been recorded and posted below, allowing you to review the information or participate despite missing the live session.

If you have questions about any of the workshops, contact customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

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Welcome & Kickoff
Join us to kick off the 2021 Girl Scout Year with a welcome form our CEO and Board Chair followed by our keynote speaker, Alison Duback, Leader of two troops, Brownie and Cadette levels, in Vermont.   

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Vision Board Party
A vision board is a tool that will help you to see what you want. It is one thing to think about, it's another thing to be intentional and visual about it. This is a great tool to help you with your personal goals, but also a tool you can use with your troop to plan out your year as a group.

Presenter: Jessi Rice Greenlow

Listen to Vision Board Party

What’s in your First Aid Kit … and do you know how to use it?
In this workshop you'll learn how to stock and build a First Aid kit and how to use everything in it to share with your troop. We'll also cover tips for helping your Troop earn their First Aid badge. (download HANDOUT)

Presenter: Gail Klanchesser

Listen to What's In Your First Aid Kit

Acrylic Pouring
Have you heard about the new craze that's taking the nation by, well, pour? It's called acrylic pouring and YOU can learn this fun and fanciful technique! Come, learn what the fuss is all about.

Presenter: Tammy Downing

Listen to Acrylic Pouring

Learn Embroidery Together!
Join us in learning basic embroidery skills, perfect for bringing back to your troops or just learning a new skill. There are written directions from the Embroidery Guild to create a simple heart-shaped name badge from felt and a few skeins of embroidery floss. You will receive a list of materials needed once you have signed up.

Presenter: Diana Snyder

Listen to Learn Embroidery Together

Successful Virtual GS Meetings
Featuring a panel of experts. Join us for a panel discussion of what other leaders in our council our doing to continue to have successful meetings with their troops.

Moderator: Sarah Chaffee
Panel: Megan Cuddy, Alicia Grant, Alison Duback, Jessica Riendeau-Goodine, Megan Boyd

Listen to Successful Virtual GS Meetings

Silly Songs and Skits
Girls love to sing and act silly! Come learn some fun and silly songs and skits to bring back to your troop meetings. The only requirement for this workshop is to have a sense of humor, no singing or acting abilities required.

Presenter: Tammy Downing

Listen to Silly Songs & Skits

Sewing Masks 2.0
In this workshop, you will learn how to easily sew 2 and 3 layer cotton face masks in 3 sizes for your family and friends. We will review the basics of sewing face masks, including side darts and a lining pocket, and we will demonstrate blinging up masks for school pride and the upcoming holiday seasons. Mask kits are available for purchase.  

Handout #1 - Face Mask Kit Ordering Instructions 
Handout #2 - Template

Presenter: Joanne Dickie

Listen to Sewing Masks 2.0

Lost … But Found, Safe and Sound
This Association of National Park Ranger's program is focused on teaching adults and children what to do if they become lost in the woods. The program involves a short video, demonstrations, and ideas for the creation of their own hiking safety kit.

Presenter: Michelle Fontaine

Listen to Lost... But Found, Safe and Sound

Zentangle for Mindfulness
Learn the basics of Zentangle as a mindfulness technique. Create beautiful art while you calm and focus yourself! Zentangle is a drawing technique that uses repeating patters to create art which centers the mind and promotes clarity and acceptance of self.

Presenter: Casey Galfas

Listen to Zentangle for Mindfulness

Volunteer Sneak Peek into gsLearn & Volunteer Systems upgrade
Join us for a look at the new Volunteer Systems 2.0 and gsLearn and get a look at what our troop leaders, families and potential new members will experience as they manage their troops, register, join and learn. VS 2.0 is a user friendly and highly intuitive system that will make the members excited about GS and how they can participate. GsLearn is a virtual training experience that our volunteers can use for all aspects of learning and training.

Presenter: Sandi Kane

Listen to Sneak Peek into gsLearn and VS2.0

Positive Behavior Intervention Support Strategies
Learn behavior management techniques that can be very effective in working with challenging behaviors that are found with groups, girls, or adults!

Presenter: Amanda Powell

Listen to Positive Behavior Intervention Support Strategies

Magnifici Sapori di Pesto
Have fun making Italian Pesto with a flare in Mamma Lupo's Kucina. Easy to make. It's quick, and so flavorful. You will learn how to make two pesto dishes: Insalata di Pesche con Pollo al Pesto (Pesto Chicken Peach Salad) and Linguine al Pesto con Gamberi o Pollo (Linguine Pesto w/ Shrimp or Chicken).

Presenters: Judita Luisa Lupo-Avron and DeeDee Avron-Rice

Listen to Magnifici Sapori di Pesto

Ricotta Making Workshop
Now that you have learned to make a real Italian pesto sauce, learn how to make your own ricotta! There are so many recipes that use this delicious, fresh cheese. It is so easy, it is recommended to watch the tutorial and then try making it on your own! This workshop will be led by Sarah Chaffee, who supports the Alum Association at council. She is an enthusiastic – and sometimes successful – cook!

Listen to Ricotta Making Workshop

ADHD/Anxiety Awareness
Learn more about ADHD and anxiety diagnoses and how you can work with girls in your troop that have ADHD, Anxiety or both.

Pres enter: Amanda Powell

Listen to ADHD/Anxiety Awareness

Explore! Virtual Field trips
Go on a quick virtual field trip. Learn about opportunities and out how to do this with your troops.

Presenter: Carol Ritchie

Listen to Explore! Virtual Field Trips

Geocaching 101
Using million dollar satellites to find hidden treasures in the woods. How to find and place geocaches for yourself, or with your troop. Learn about trackables, swag, earthcaches, mystery caches, other geocache lingo.

Presenter: Miriam Wilcox

Listen to Geocaching 101

Hiking with Girl Scouts at Every Age
Want to go for a hike with your troop? Come learn what to bring, where to go, and what to do to keep it fun and engaging!

Presenter: Sue DiSalvo

Listen to Hiking with Girls at Every Age

Reusable Snack Bags
These reusable snack bags are environmentally friendly. For beginning sewer a project of straight machine stitching personalized by the fabrics you choose. They only use a 7" x 15" piece of fabric. Linings are of plastic grocery bags which we all have plenty of right now! Basic sewing machine skills and supplies needed (will be posted shortly).

Presenter: Sue Bates

Listen to Reusable Snack Bags

 

Saturday, September 12
Week of September 14

Monday September 14

7:00 p.m. - Line Dancing Fun!
There is more to line dancing than the Cotton Eyed Joe or Macarena! Ginger has been getting people moving on the dance floor for more than 20 years. Learn some cool steps to country and popular songs.

Presenter: Ginger Kozlowski

Wednesday, September 16

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Learn Embroidery Together!
Join us in learning basic embroidery skills, perfect for bringing back to your troops or just learning a new skill. There are written directions from the Embroidery Guild to create a simple heart-shaped name badge from felt and a few skeins of embroidery floss. You will receive a list of materials needed once you have signed up.

Presenter: Diana Snyder

Listen to Learn Embroidery Together

Thursday, September 17

7:00 p.m.Successful Virtual GS Meetings
Featuring a panel of experts. Join us for a panel discussion of what other leaders in our council our doing to continue to have successful meetings with their troops.

Moderator: Sarah Chaffee
Panel: Megan Cuddy, Alicia Grant, Alison Duback, Jessica Riendeau-Goodine, Megan Boyd

Listen to Successful Virtual GS Meetings

Week of September 21

Monday September 21

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.Silly Songs and Skits
Girls love to sing and act silly! Come learn some fun and silly songs and skits to bring back to your troop meetings. The only requirement for this workshop is to have a sense of humor, no singing or acting abilities required.

Presenter: Tammy Downing

Listen to Silly Songs & Skits

Tuesday September 22

7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Beautiful Bugs

Come learn about bugs. We will see what they are, how to catch them and why we need them.

Presenter: Carol Ritchie

Wednesdayday September 23

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Sewing Masks 2.0

In this workshop, you will learn how to easily sew 2 and 3 layer cotton face masks in 3 sizes for your family and friends. We will review the basics of sewing face masks, including side darts and a lining pocket, and we will demonstrate blinging up masks for school pride and the upcoming holiday seasons. Mask kits are available for purchase.  

Handout #1 - Face Mask Kit Ordering Instructions 
Handout #2 - Template

Presenter: Joanne Dickie

Listen to Sewing Masks 2.0

Thursday September 24

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.New Leader

We know that as new leaders you have lots of questions and we’re here to help. The Volunteer Support Team will cover topics like Girl Scout basics, the Troop Packet, expectations of holding a parent meeting, elements of troop meeting, and so much more. The first half of the workshop will be in a presentation form. The second half will be opened up for Q&A.

Presenter: DeeDee Rice & Amanda Powell

Week of September 28

Monday September 28

7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Lost … But Found, Safe and Sound
This Association of National Park Ranger's program is focused on teaching adults and children what to do if they become lost in the woods. The program involves a short video, demonstrations, and ideas for the creation of their own hiking safety kit.

Presenter: Michelle Fontaine

Listen to Lost... But Found, Safe and Sound

Wednesday, September 30

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Zentangle for Mindfulness
Learn the basics of Zentangle as a mindfulness technique. Create beautiful art while you calm and focus yourself! Zentangle is a drawing technique that uses repeating patters to create art which centers the mind and promotes clarity and acceptance of self.

Presenter: Casey Galfas

Listen to Zentangle for Mindfulness

Thursday, October 1

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Volunteer Sneak Peek into gsLearn & Volunteer Systems upgrade
Join us for a look at the new Volunteer Systems 2.0 and gsLearn and get a look at what our troop leaders, families and potential new members will experience as they manage their troops, register, join and learn. VS 2.0 is a user friendly and highly intuitive system that will make the members excited about GS and how they can participate. GsLearn is a virtual training experience that our volunteers can use for all aspects of learning and training.

Presenter: Sandi Kane

Listen to Sneak Peek into gsLearn and VS2.0

Week of October 5

Monday, October 5

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Zumba
Stretch your muscles and dance to the beat! Ginger, a licensed Zumba instructor for 10 years, leads the way as you work out. All are welcome, whether you have done Zumba before or not! Just follow the leader and smile!

Presenter: Ginger Kozlowski

 

Wednesday, October 7 

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Positive Behavior Intervention Support Strategies
Learn behavior management techniques that can be very effective in working with challenging behaviors that are found with groups, girls, or adults!

Presenter: Amanda Powell

Listen to Positive Behavior Intervention Support Strategies

Friday, October 9  

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Magnifici Sapori di Pesto
Have fun making Italian Pesto with a flare in Mamma Lupo's Kucina. Easy to make. It's quick, and so flavorful. You will learn how to make two pesto dishes: Insalata di Pesche con Pollo al Pesto (Pesto Chicken Peach Salad) and Linguine al Pesto con Gamberi o Pollo (Linguine Pesto w/ Shrimp or Chicken).

Presenters: Judita Luisa Lupo-Avron and DeeDee Avron-Rice

Listen to Magnifici Sapori di Pesto

Sunday, October 11   

7:00 p.m. Tips for using your Cricut machine
A Cricut machine can help you make just about any DIY project you can imagine.  Do you have a machine or perhaps thinking about a cutting machine, and need some help figuring out what do with it?  This workshop will give you some tips and tricks like finding svg files and fonts for projects, creating a cut file, exploring different vinyl for iron on and decorative projects. Some of the workshop content would be pertinent to other cutting machines.

Presenter: Kim Lemear

Week of October 12

Monday, October 12

7:00 p.m. - Ricotta Making Workshop
Now that you have learned to make a real Italian pesto sauce, learn how to make your own ricotta! There are so many recipes that use this delicious, fresh cheese. It is so easy, it is recommended to watch the tutorial and then try making it on your own! This workshop will be led by Sarah Chaffee, who supports the Alum Association at council. She is an enthusiastic – and sometimes successful – cook!

Listen to Ricotta Making Workshop

Tuesday, October 13 

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ADHD/Anxiety Awareness
Learn more about ADHD and anxiety diagnoses and how you can work with girls in your troop that have ADHD, Anxiety or both.

Presenter: Amanda Powell

Listen to ADHD/Anxiety Awareness

Thursday, October 15

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Mountain Top Shops for Volunteers
In this workshop, you'll see various uniform or apparel components that are offered for our adult volunteer members, and other resources that are available in our Mountain Top Shops including some fun items.

Presenter: Kristine Jones

Week of October 19

Monday, October 19 

7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Explore! Virtual Field trips
Go on a quick virtual field trip. Learn about opportunities and out how to do this with your troops.

Presenter: Carol Ritchie

Listen to Explore! Virtual Field Trips

Wednesday, October 21 

7:00 p.m. Geocaching 101
Using million dollar satellites to find hidden treasures in the woods. How to find and place geocaches for yourself, or with your troop. Learn about trackables, swag, earthcaches, mystery caches, other geocache lingo.

Presenter: Miriam Wilcox

 

Thursday, October 22 

7:00 p.m. Hiking with Girl Scouts at every age - Daisies through Ambassadors
Want to go for a hike with your troop? Come learn what to bring, where to go, and what to do to keep it fun and engaging!

Presenter: Sue DiSalvo

 

Sunday, October 25

2:00 p.m. Reusable Snack Bags
These reusable snack bags are environmentally friendly. For beginning sewer a project of straight machine stitching personalized by the fabrics you choose. They only use a 7" x 15" piece of fabric. Linings are of plastic grocery bags which we all have plenty of right now! Basic sewing machine skills and supplies needed (will be posted shortly).

Presenter: Sue Bates

 

Week of October 26

Tuesday, October 27 

7:00 p.m. Christmas Ornaments with your Cricut cutting machine
This workshop will explore using your Cricut or other cutting machine to make cute holiday ornaments. Learn to make glittered ornaments, floating ornaments, and use mini tiles for ornaments.

Presenter: Kim Lemear

 

Thursday, October 29 

6:00 p.m. New Leader
We know that as new leaders you have lots of questions and we’re here to help. The Volunteer Support Team will cover topics like Girl Scout basics, the Troop Packet, expectations of holding a parent meeting, elements of troop meeting, and so much more. The first half of the workshop will be in a presentation form. The second half will be opened up for Q&A.

Presenters: DeeDee Rice and Amanda Powell