side menu icon
GSOC Volunteer Conference

August 1 - August 31, 2020

Virtual Workshops

Time and days of workshops will vary.

$10 per person 

(includes access to opening session and all workshops)

We are excited to present the Girl Scouts of Orange County's 2020 virtual Volunteer Conference! #VolCon2020

Throughout the month of August, we’re offering 24 virtual workshops on a wide range of topics–from keeping girls engaged and inspired in a virtual world, to outdoor progression, leading girls in cybersecurity, a preview of our Fall and Cookie Entrepreneurship programs, and more.

Explore all of our exciting workshop topics and learn about our presenters below. Choose the workshops that work best for your schedule and learn, share, and be inspired for your best Girl Scout year yet! Register for the conference below to select your workshops. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Thank You to Our 2020 Virtual Volunteer Conference sponsors:

Gold Level Sponsor

Senegence

Silver Level Sponsor

Blue Sky

Sponsorship packages available.

For more information on sponsorship, please reach out to Lauren Ruiz at lruiz@girlscoutsoc.org

August 1: Opening Session With the CEO

Saturday, August 1st

Join us for our opening session with GSOC CEO, Vikki Shepp. Learn about our new Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels of the Service Unit Honor Award, new badges and awards available from GSUSA, plus an interview with special guest Joni Rogers-Kante, CEO of SeneGence, who will be speaking with our girls and volunteers about her entrepreneurial journey. This is a very special opportunity to hear from one of our VolCon 2020 sponsors and a true visionary who has dedicated her life to thinking big, empowering women, and achieving her dreams— just like a Girl Scout.

A recording of the opening session will be emailed to all VolCon registrants on the morning of 8/1 and posted to gsLearn.

August 1: Kahoot! With the CEO

Saturday, August 1st

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Workshop Description:

Meet with Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO, Vikki Shepp by playing Kahoot! (a game-based learning platform) and gain a better understanding about what’s new and exciting at GSOC and her big ideas for the future. You will be able to send in questions in advance so we can address all your interests and questions.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Vikki Shepp

Vikki Shepp, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County is a lifelong Girl Scout and has held numerous leadership positions at Girl Scouts of Orange County in the past decade. Vikki is focused on ensuring all girls across Orange County has the life-changing opportunities that Girl Scouts provides to prepare for a lifetime of leadership and developing vital skills girls need to live their best lives. Growing up in Seal Beach, Vikki earned the Girl Scout First Class Award (now the Girl Scout Gold Award), the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. She holds a Master of Arts in Humanities and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator, holding a certificate in Executive Non-Profit Leadership (NHSA). Vikki speaks to organizations about the power of volunteer leadership and is an active member of Zonta International, the Workforce Development Committee of the Orange County Business Council, and the Association of Fund Development Professionals, Orange County Chapter. 

August 3: How to Progress in Girl-Led Leadership in a Virtual World

Monday, August 3rd

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description:

Girl-Led activities are the secret sauce of Girl Scouting. When girls step up and take ownership of their decisions, they grow into confident leaders who can make informed and empowered decisions—a valuable skill they will carry throughout their lives.

This workshop will focus on how to keep the girl-led leadership in a virtual world. We will discuss ideas on how to include the girls in the planning process, building troop practices and structures to include girl voice, and giving girl’s space to create and run their programs while remaining virtual. 

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Jessica Castillo and Chrysti Polito

Jessica Castillo is a full-time Project Management Assistant, a Troop Leader of a multi-level troop, the Ocean View SU Manager and a Volunteer Council Trainer. She has held many positions on several GSOC Committees as well as served as the committee chair for the City of Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade for the past two years. Jessica is passionate about the Girl Scout Leadership experience and is constantly looking for ways to involve volunteers and girls in more Girl Scout program.

Chrysti Polito was a Girl Scout for 12 years and earned her Silver Award. She enjoys being a member of the HB Pierside SU team and holds many hats. Chrysti has two daughters and runs two multi-level troops including is a special needs troop that has been her joy to lead for over 6 years. Chrysti is currently her own boss, running a learning center she started to help create a community for homeschooled children to thrive in.

August 4: Planning Your Future, Securing Your Legacy

Tuesday, August 4th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description:

If something unexpected were to happen to you or your family, is your important information readily available for those who will need it?

Join us to learn how to create a “contingency notebook” to provide all the information a loved one or personal representative would need, if you become seriously incapacitated. Your up-to-date “contingency notebook” will make all the difference for you, your family, and those you have chosen to speak for you. 

While creating your plan, have you also considered what your legacy will be? Learn how easy it is to leave a charitable gift to Girl Scouts of Orange County and other organizations that allows your passions and generosity to continue to live on.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Paula Clarkson

Paula Clarkson is an estate planning attorney and partner at Merhab Robsinon & Clarkson, A Law Corporation. Her practice focuses on helping families enhance their estate plans and assisting families after the passing of a loved one. Paula has been designated a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. She also has an LL.M. in Taxation, which makes her very unique among estate planning attorneys.

August 5: A Preview of Magazines and Nuts

Wednesday, August 5th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description:

Get a preview of our 2020 Fall Product Program!  Meet our new Magazine vendor M2 Media and get reacquainted with our nut vendor, Ashdon Farms. 

Join us to hear about what is being planned for the Fall Product Program, see what items will be available, play a game, and have some fun!

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Lisa Nevares, Jeff Dorfman, and Cheryl Ledgerwood

Lisa Nevares is the Entrepreneurship Manager for Girl Scouts of Orange County and has been a staff member for over 20 years, specializing in Product Sales for the past 14 years. Top that with eight more years of volunteer roles and you’ve got one smart cookie!

Jeff Dorfman is an Entrepreneurship Specialist for the Girl Scouts of Orange County. He has been with GSOC for almost two years. He has a B.A in Business Administration from Marymount University and is in the process of completing his M.B.A. at Cal State Long Beach. He has more than 15 years of operational experience in both the non-profit and for profit industries.

Cheryl Ledgerwood is a Entrepreneurship Specialist for the Girl Scouts of Orange County. She has been with GSOC for over three years and is a lifetime member. She was a Girl Scout herself, as well as a co-leader for her daughter’s troop. She has more than 14 years of experience working with volunteers in the non-profit industry.

August 6: A Preview of Cookies

Thursday, August 6th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description:

Get a preview of our 2021 Cookie Program! Hear from our ABC Baker representatives, Anne Lauzier and Faith Hall; plus you'll get to meet our new cookie.

ABC Bakers is the national baker GSOC is contracted with for our cookie program. We will play a game, learn about the cookie program, and have fun!

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Lisa Nevares, Jeff Dorfman, and Cheryl Ledgerwood

Lisa Nevares is the Entrepreneurship Manager for Girl Scouts of Orange County and has been a staff member for over 20 years, specializing in Product Sales for the past 14 years. Top that with eight more years of volunteer roles and you’ve got one smart cookie!

Jeff Dorfman is an Entrepreneurship Specialist for the Girl Scouts of Orange County. He has been with GSOC for almost two years. He has a B.A in Business Administration from Marymount University and is in the process of completing his M.B.A. at Cal State Long Beach. He has more than 15 years of operational experience in both the non-profit and for profit industries.

Cheryl Ledgerwood is a Entrepreneurship Specialist for the Girl Scouts of Orange County. She has been with GSOC for over three years and is a lifetime member. She was a Girl Scout herself, as well as a co-leader for her daughter’s troop. She has more than 14 years of experience working with volunteers in the Non-Profit industry.

August 8: Engaging Your Troop and Girls in Virtual Girl Scout Traditions and Ceremonies

Saturday, August 8th

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Workshop Description:

Traditions give Girl Scouts a sense of history and inspire them to dream big and reach for their goals. Sharing these traditions with millions of Girl Scouts—and our huge network of Girl Scout alum—reminds girls they belong to a powerful sisterhood.

Learn to lead girls virtually in creative Girl Scout Ceremonies such as Investiture, Court of Awards, Girl Scouts’ Own, Rededication and Bridging ceremonies, as well as time-honored traditions like Girl Scout Days, SWAPS, and sit-upons.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Michelle Molendyk & Brigette Lindstrom

Michelle Molendyk is a lifetime Girl Scout with a multi-level troop in the Yorba Linda East Service Unit. She is a volunteer council trainer and enjoys spending her summers at Camp Scherman as a sessional while her girls are campers.

Brigitte Lindstrom is a professional certified technical (CTT+) trainer and a lifetime Girl Scout. She is passionate about helping people and making a positive impact on the community.

August 8: What's In Your Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)?

Saturday, August 8th

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop Description:

Join us to see how the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) works and explore all of its functions. You will learn how to plan your year in the VTK as well as learn how easy it is to make edits along the way. Explore the features of the VTK and see how easy it is to find all of your resources needed all in one place.

Your best Girl Scout year is just around the corner and creating your Year Plan is how you will get there!

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Jessica Castillo

Jessica Castillo is a full-time Project Management Assistant, a Troop Leader of a multi-level troop, the Ocean View Service Unit Manager and a Volunteer Council Trainer. She has held many positions on several GSOC Committees and has served as the committee chair for the City of Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade for the past two years. Jessica is passionate about the Girl Scout Leadership experience and is constantly looking for ways to involve volunteers and girls in more Girl Scout program.

August 8: Programs in a Box - Raspberry Pi and Gigglebots

Saturday, August 8th

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop Description:

Learn what's inside these two GSOC STEM "Programs-In-A-Box," how to incorporate their content into a troop meeting, and how to check the boxes out.

Raspberry Pi entails assembly of a small computer and includes engaging electronics, coding and photobooth projects. Gigglebots are fun robots that girls can control with code they write.

The program content includes the majority of the Robotics badge requirements for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette levels.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Brad Hontz

Brad Hontz is a GSOC STEM Program volunteer who was formerly an entrepreneur/software developer and president of a business intelligence firm for over 25 years. He assists with the GSOC/CSUF STEM Expo and develops Raspberry Pi content for Orange County Girl Scouts.

August 10: Multi-Level – Making it Work and Other Non-Traditional Troop Structures

Monday, August 10th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description:

Are you considering starting or becoming a multi-level Troop? Having a hard time finding additional Volunteer help?

Come join the discussion about the pros and cons of multi-level and other non-traditional troop structures. Explore Co-op troops, perpetual troops and other ways to make Girl Scouts work for you, your troop families, and the girls.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Jessica Castillo and Chrysti Polito

Jessica Castillo is a full-time Project Management Assistant, a Troop Leader of a multi-level troop, the Ocean View Service Unit Manager and a Volunteer Council Trainer. She has held many positions on several GSOC Committees and has served as the committee chair for the City of Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade for the past two years. Jessica is passionate about the Girl Scout Leadership experience and is constantly looking for ways to involve volunteers and girls in more Girl Scout program.

Chrysti Polito was a Girl Scout for 12 years and earned her Silver Award. She enjoys being a member of the Huntington Beach Pierside Service Unit team and wears many hats. Chrysti has two daughters and runs two multi-level troops, including is a special needs troop that has been her joy to lead for over 6 years. Chrysti is currently her own boss, running a learning center she started to create a community for homeschooled children to thrive in.

August 12: GSOC’s Healthy Relationship Patch Program

Wednesday, August 12th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description:

The Healthy Relationships Patch Program will help girls at every level (Daisy to Ambassador), DISCOVER what a healthy relationship means, CONNECT through Girl Scouts activities, and TAKE ACTION to practice valuable life skills needed to C.R.E.A.T.E. healthy relationships!

Learn from GSOC staff on how to incorporate this patch into your Girl Scout Program whether in person or virtually.

* This workshop is bilingual (English and Spanish). *

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Bertha Torres and GSOC Comadres Staff

Bertha Torres is the Comadres Manager for Girl Scouts of Orange County and has worked for the Council for over 20 years. The Comadres Program reaches over 1,000 Latinx families that need cultural and language support across Orange County. Prior to working at Girl Scouts, Bertha was a volunteer and Troop Leader for her daughter’s troop.

August 13: Programa de Parches de Relaciones Saludables de GSOC

Thursday, August 13th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description:

El Programa Parche de Relaciones Saludables ayudará a las niñas de todos los niveles (Daisy a Ambassador), a DESCUBRIR qué significa una relación saludable, CONECTARSE a través de las actividades de Girl Scouts y TOMAR ACCIÓN para practicar las valiosas habilidades de vida necesarias para crear (C.R.E.A.T.E. siglas en Ingles para Create/Crear, Respect/Respeto, Empathize/Empatía, Advocate/Abogar, Take Action/Tomar Accion, Empower/Empoderar) relaciones saludables!

Aprenda del personal de GSOC a incorporar este parche en su programa de Girl Scouts.

* Este taller es bilingüe (Inglés y Español). *

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Bertha Torres and GSOC Comadres Staff

Bertha Torres is the Comadres Manager for Girl Scouts of Orange County and has worked for the Council for over 20 years. The Comadres Program reaches over 1,000 Latinx families that need cultural and language support across Orange County. Prior to working at Girl Scouts, Bertha was a volunteer and Troop Leader for her daughter’s troop.

August 15: How to Hold a Memorable Virtual Bridging Event With Your Girls/Troop

Saturday, August 15th

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Workshop Description:

Is your troop bridging to a new Girl Scout level? Are you looking for ideas and ways to bridge virtually with your girls?

Join us to see how to you can make a memorable virtual experience for your girls. Our team will share how to create the perfect virtual bridging environment from how to set up your meeting on Zoom or other virtual meeting outlet to choosing your virtual bridging location.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Addy Lerner and Siobhan Hickey

Addy Lerner is the Service Unit Manager, Planner for the Tustana Service Unit, a Troop Leader and a Volunteer Council Trainer for the Girl Scout Gold Award. She believes strongly in Girl Scouts’ Discover, Connect, Take Action philosophy and enjoys helping girls and leaders reach their full potential.

Siobhan Hickey has been a Girl Scout leader for 20 years, on the Gold Liasion team for 10 years and a member of the GSOC Global Action Team since its formation. She is the mother of an Eagle Scout and Gold Award Girl Scout and partner to her spouse of 30 years. She follows Mahatma Gandhi's advice, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

August 15: How to Run a Virtual Troop Meeting

Saturday, August 15th

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Workshop Description:

In this workshop, we will review the new 'How to Run a Virtual Troop Meeting Safety Activity Checkpoint', GSOC’s At Home Resources and how to continue to foster a connection between girls virtually.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Jessica Castillo and Chrysti Polito

Jessica Castillo is a full-time Project Management Assistant, a Troop Leader of a multi-level troop, the Ocean View Service Unit Manager and a Volunteer Council Trainer. She has held many positions on several GSOC Committees and has served as the committee chair for the City of Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade for the past two years. Jessica is passionate about the Girl Scout Leadership experience and is constantly looking for ways to involve volunteers and girls in more Girl Scout program.

Chrysti Polito was a Girl Scout for 12 years and earned her Silver Award. She enjoys being a member of the Huntington Beach Pierside Service Unit team and wears many hats. Chrysti has two daughters and runs two multi-level troops, including is a special needs troop that has been her joy to lead for over 6 years. Chrysti is currently her own boss, running a learning center she started to create a community for homeschooled children to thrive in.

August 15: I'm New Here – Lingo, Learning & Laughs

Saturday, August 15th

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Workshop Description:

New to Girl Scouts and feeling a little lost between the lingo and traditions? What are all these acronyms - VTK, WAGGGS, CO, JGL, GSOC, and why are my girls in a circle with their hands tied in a knot? Pearls? Silver and Gold? Wait, I thought you said your name is Erin...why did she just call you Maverick?

Come learn and laugh with us as we explain the wonderful world of Girl Scouting and what you need to know to feel more confident to delve into this fabulous journey with your troop, your troop families, and most importantly, the girls!

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Addy Lerner and Jessica Castillo

Addy Lerner is the Service Unit Manager, Planner for the Tustana Service Unit, a Troop Leader and a Volunteer Council Trainer for the Girl Scout Gold Award. She believes strongly in Girl Scouts’ Discover, Connect, Take Action philosophy and enjoys helping girls and leaders reach their full potential.

Jessica Castillo is a full-time Project Management Assistant, a Troop Leader of a multi-level troop, the Ocean View Service Unit Manager and a Volunteer Council Trainer. She has held many positions on several GSOC Committees and has served as the committee chair for the City of Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade for the past two years. Jessica is passionate about the Girl Scout Leadership experience and is constantly looking for ways to involve volunteers and girls in more Girl Scout program.

August 17: How to Run a Journey

Monday, August 17th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description:

Girl Scout Journeys are an important part of how girls learn to make a difference in the world—and have fun while doing it!

Learn how to run a Journey efficiently, such as combining sessions, creating a Journey sleepover weekend, how to take your Journey outdoors and how to keep girls engaged and excited throughout the Journey activities. We will also spend time on the main emphasis of any Journey—the Take Action Project.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Katie Casey-Anderson and Jenny Reyes

Katie Casey-Anderson has been a GSOC volunteer for 17 years as a troop leader for Girl Scout Brownies through Ambassadors, a Volunteer Council Trainer and a member of the Older Girl Committee as a Gold Award interviewer. In 2010, she founded Workshops4girls, a company that offers Journey programs for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. To date, she has run over 100 Journeys for thousands of girls.

Jenny Reyes is a Girl Scout troop leader for a Junior troop and a Cadette troop, as well as a Volunteer Council Trainer for Bronze Award. Jenny is a strategic marketing and branding consultant for her own firm, with an extensive background in multinational branding and marketing. She currently services entrepreneurs in the legal, beauty, non-profit, publishing, and self-development spaces, and, conducts marketing and branding courses for entrepreneurs.

August 18: Service Unit Recognition Coordinator Kick-Off

Tuesday, August 18th

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Workshop Description:

"Recognition is one of the most powerful tools you can use to retain volunteers." - GSUSA

Join us to learn about how to engage your Service Unit volunteers in the culture of recognition and appreciation. We will cover the council and national awards and how to write a strong nomination.

Service Unit Recognition Coordinators and Service Unit Coordinators-HR are encouraged to attend.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Sloane Petrillo

Sloane Petrillo is a lifetime Girl Scout dedicated to developing young women leaders through the Girl Scout program. She currently serves as a Day Camp director, volunteer council trainer, Girl Scout Gold Award Support Team member, Girl Scout Gold Award liaison, Adult Recognition Committee member and chair.

August 19: Look Wider Still

Wednesday, August 19th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description:

Join us to learn about the amazing experiences and resources available to all Girl Scouts who have a hankering for adventure and an interest in learning about the others.

The Global Action Team will share all the latest information about the patch program, Global Girl Scout, which was designed to help prepare your girls to live successful within our global society. The team will talk about troop travel, The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), getaways and destinations, Global Action Days and more.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Christine Reisch and Lisa Hinshaw

Lisa Hinshaw has been a Girl Scout for 55 years and has held a variety of positions at every level. She is passionate about the global aspect of Girl Scouting and loves to share her experiences and expertise in this field with other enthusiastic volunteers and staff members.

August 20: Quality Time Counts

Thursday, August 20th

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop Description:

Parental engagement is one of the most effective ways to help children improve their self-esteem, get better grades in school and keep them substance free!

This workshop focuses on the importance of parental engagement and addresses how parents and troop leaders can support and strengthen family bonds and create positive family centered communication. 

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Laura Beebe - OCHCA

Laura Buscemi-Beebe, MPH, MCHES, earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health with a specialization in Community Health Education and her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She has held the position of Health Educator in the Health Promotion Division of the County of Orange Health Care Agency for thirteen years. Laura is dedicated to building collaborative partnerships and seeking creative ways to foster dynamic and meaningful learning opportunities.

August 22: Into the Outdoors

Saturday, August 22nd

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Workshop Description:

When girls are given the opportunity to explore the outdoors, their confidence soars. Explore the outdoor progression opportunities from parks to simple hikes and backpacking, while learning about bugs, critters, and plants that live in different biomes, coastal chaparral to sub-alpine and alpine.

We will review the “Ten Essentials” for hiking, backpacking and outdoor adventures, how to dress for the outdoors (moisture, wicking, wool, SPF), as well as discuss, plan and brainstorm ideas on how to explore the outdoors virtually.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Ted Oyama, Steffan Slater, Elaine Murphy and Jill Patterson

Ted Oyama is an architect and college lecturer who has been a volunteer instructor for the Red Cross in CPR/FA/WRFA for the past 37 years as well as a volunteer council trainer and troop leader for over 16 years. Additionally, Ted served as a National Delegate to GSUSA’s convention in Atlanta, GA in 2005.

Steffan Slater is an avid hiker and backpacker whose love of the wilderness began with a Boy Scout backpacking trip to New Mexico. He is an Eagle Scout who has been backpacking for over 10 years and currently volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Orange County Hiking group with a goal of expanding girls’ access to and comfort in the outdoors. He works as an aerospace engineer designing rocket engines and also volunteers with the GSOC STEM Patrol.

Elaine Murphy is on the GSOC hiking committee, and enjoys hiking, camping, boating, and sharing her love of the outdoors with others by teaching outdoor skills. A lifelong Orange County Girl Scout, she is also a troop leader at the OC Rescue Mission, a WAGGGS World Centers volunteer, and a GSUSA National Volunteer Partner.

Jill Patterson has been a volunteer council trainer for 13 years. She has led Girl Scout Brownie through Ambassador level troops in the Brea Service Unit and has been a Day Camp Business Manager, Unit Leader, First Aider and Director.

August 22: Providing an Inclusive Girl Scout Environment

Saturday, August 22nd

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Workshop Description:

This workshop is an introduction to including girls with disabilities into your Girl Scout troop.

We will go over these main topics:

  • What is a disability? 
  • Disability etiquette
  • Strategies for working with girls with disabilities and their families
  • Strategies for creating inclusive troop activities.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Chrysti Polito

Chrysti Polito was a Girl Scout for 12 years and earned her Silver Award. She enjoys being a member of the Huntington Beach Pierside Service Unit team and wears many hats. Chrysti has two daughters and runs two multi-level troops, including is a special needs troop that has been her joy to lead for over 6 years. Chrysti is currently her own boss, running a learning center she started to create a community for homeschooled children to thrive in.

August 22: Girl Scouts and Faith

Saturday, August 22nd

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Workshop Description:

Girl Scouts provides many opportunities for girls to grow in their religious faith, including earning the My Promise, My Faith Awards and Religious Recognitions facilitated at an individual or troop level through a faith community. Each girl is encouraged to develop her own strong values within the context of family, faith, and the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

In this workshop, learn more about religious awards and how to help girls connect their faith and their Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Arlyn Shelton & Kelli Cervino

Arlyn Shelton has been part of Girl Scouts for four years. She is currently a Cadette troop leader, the school liaison for St. Joachim Catholic School, the Recognitions Coordinator for Newport-Mesa Service Unit 404, and part of the GSOC Religious Awards Task Force. Arlyn is the proud mother of GS Junior Chloe and GS Cadette Avery.

Kelli Cervino has been a Girl Scout for over 35 years as a girl, troop leader, Service Unit Manager and Large Events Coordinator. She was the Chairman of the Girl Scout Religious Awards Committee for the Diocese of Orange. Kelli offers workshops for all Girl Scout levels to earn the My Promise, My Faith pin and is currently a member of the GCOC religious task force.

August 25: Take Action with Your Girls

Tuesday, August 25th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description:

Community service projects often address an immediate need in the community, while Take Action projects pick up where a short-term project leaves off to create sustainable change. In this workshop, you will learn the difference between the two types of projects, how to coach your girls to create quality Take Action Projects and get the tools to help your girls Take Action.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Ann Crane and Kathleen Dyke

Ann Crane is a longtime Girl Scout who loves older girl program! A Gold Award Girl Scout herself, she is a Girl Scout Gold Award Trainer, Gold Award Interviewer and a member of the Gold Award Support Team.

Kathleen Dyke is a Girl Scout alum and has been a volunteer and volunteer council trainer for over 14 years. She enjoys teaching new leaders how to get their troops up and running, and experiencing all that Girl Scouts has to offer.

August 29: Songs & Games

Saturday, August 29th

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Workshop Description:

Girl Scouts and songs go together like marshmallows and graham crackers.

Join us in this workshop to learn to how to lead girls in creative Girl Scout songs and games, both traditional and modern. When teaching girls, be prepared to get silly, sing loud and make some new friends.

“Release inhibitions - be one with the song." - Maverick

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Robyn Manzini, Collene Anderson and GSOC Camp Staff

Robyn Manzini is a third-generation troop leader, a Gold Award Girl Scout, as well as mother of a Gold Award Girl Scout, Thanks Badge 2 Recipient, and Past President of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. One of her greatest joys was leading her daughter’s troop from Daisies to GSUSA Lifetime Memberships, and nine of her young ladies earned their Gold Awards.  Robyn served as Service Unit Manager, Council Trainer, Day Camp Director, two-time National Delegate, was the WAGGGS representative to UNESCO in France, and volunteered as resident camp staff in California and Ohio.  In recognition for her work, her service unit created the “Robyn Manzini - Make A Difference Award”, which has been awarded annually to a volunteer for a decade.  A song-leader and guitarist, Robyn has led campfires and sing-alongs for thousands of girls in eight states, and co-created 'Songfest Jamboree', a high adventure weekend for 735 Girl Scouts from 17 councils.

Collene Anderson has been a Girl Scout for 34 years and during 12 of those years, she was a Girl Scout in GSOC who loved spending her summers at Camp Scherman! When her daughter was old enough to go to camp and start her own Girl Scout journey, she was able to return to Camp Scherman as camp staff. At Camp, she held numerous roles from unit staff to administrative staff. As an adult Girl Scout, she led her troop from Daisies through Ambassadors, was the SU registrar, SU Product Program Manager, SU Manager, and a Volunteer Council Trainer. She continues her Girl Scout journey with GSOC as the Girl Experience Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Outdoors.

August 29: Leading Girls in Cybersecurity

Saturday, August 29th

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop Description:

This workshop will show GSOC volunteers how to lead girls and safely navigate in a social media environment.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2020 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Craig Durham