The end of the troop year doesn’t have to be the end of a girls’ time with Girl Scouting, or the end of your time with girls. Some girls may no longer have time for a full-year commitment and will be unsure what’s next for them. Others won’t be able to imagine their lives without this same group of girls. Here’s how you can best reengage your troop:
- Some girls may want other options besides troops. That’s okay—Girl Scouts offers many ways to participate. Talk to girls about day and residence camp, travel opportunities, series offerings, and events Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan may offer. Older girls, especially, enjoy these shorter-term, flexible ways to be Girl Scouts.
- Some girls will be excited to bridge to the next grade-level in Girl Scouting, and will look to you for guidance on how to hold a bridging ceremony. Even if you’re not sure of your continued participation with Girl Scouts (and we hope you will find a lot of exciting ways to be involved, even if leading a troop no longer fits your life), be sure to capture their excitement and work with them as a plan a meaningful bridging ceremony.
- If you plan to stay with this troop, but some girls are bridging to the next grade level, talk to Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan about which troop they might enter next. And if you find that a troop isn’t available for these girls, work with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan to find other options—for example, series, events, and travel!
- Talk to girls about earning their Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards, which are opportunities for them to make a dramatic difference in their communities . . . and to have plenty to brag about with college admissions officers, too.
And what about you? If you want to stay with this troop, start working with them to plan their troop activities next year. And if you’re a little worn out but are interested in staying with Girl Scouts in other, flexible ways, be sure to let Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan know how you’d like to be a part of girls’ lives in the future. Are you ready to volunteer at camp? Help organize a series or event? Take a trip? Become an Area Manager or team member? The possibilities are endless!
Social Media Policy
GIRL SCOUTS HEART OF MICHIGAN SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
FOR GIRLS AND VOLUNTEERS
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (GSHOM) recognizes that the Internet provides unique opportunities to participate in interactive discussions and share information using a wide variety of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs. However, use of social media also presents certain risks and carries with it certain responsibilities. To assist our girls and volunteers in making responsible decisions about their use of social media, we have established these guidelines for appropriate use of social media.
Generally, the same laws, professional expectations and guidelines for interacting with GSHOM staff, volunteers and girl members apply online as in other communications and face-to-face situations. Ultimately girls and volunteers are responsible for what they post on any social media format.
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan’s guidelines are as follows:
- Do not post statements, photographs, video, or audio that could be viewed as malicious, obscene, threatening; intimidating; disparaging of other girls or volunteers or GSHOM; or that could be considered harassing or bullying. Examples of inappropriate postings include, but are not limited to: offensive posts meant to intentionally harm someone’s reputation; posts that could contribute to the creation of a hostile girl/volunteer environment; posts that contain threats of violence or similar inappropriate or unlawful conduct; or include characteristics protected by law or GSHOM policy.
- Girls and volunteers are prohibited from acting as official representatives of GSHOM and making public statements on behalf of the GSHOM unless they have received prior permission. If girls and volunteers identify themselves as being a part of GSHOM they should make clear that the views they express are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of GSHOM.
- Girls and volunteers are prohibited from misappropriating the Girl Scout trademark or any GSHOM logos, letterhead, or written information. Committing any other acts in violation of any local, state or federal law is prohibited.
Girls and volunteers with GSHOM do not retain privacy or ownership with regard to the use of social media owned and operated by GSHOM.