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GSOC Volunteer Conference

August 1 - August 31, 2021

Online Workshops

Time and days of workshops will vary.

$10 per person 

(includes access to opening session and all workshops)


Our 2021 Volunteer Conference begins August 1st and will run the entire month of August! We will host web-based, interactive workshops and trainings designed for every level of Girl Scouting. Some topics include Take Action, Girl Scout traditions, and getting girls outdoors all created for both new and experienced volunteers. #VolCon2021

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 2021 Volunteer Conference Sponsors:
Blue Skys SeneGence
 

Eric and Roberta Swanson

 

2021 Sponsorship Package

2021 Sponsorship Package

If you have any questions or need to make changes to your registration, please email: customercare@girlscoutsoc.org


2021 Volunteer Conference Schedule
August 2: Gold Award Training

Monday, August 2nd

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Workshop Description: Gold Award Training

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador in 9-12th grade. Girl Scout Gold Award Training gives leadership strategies and applicable tips specific to the Girl Scout Gold Award. This course has been developed with the help of volunteers, is trained by volunteers, and is intended for girls and volunteers. You will receive training credit for completing this session.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Ann Crane, Addy Lerner, Siobhan Hickey, 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.

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, Planning Large Events, Travel Training and more. 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 Liaison team for 10+ years and a member of the GSOC Global Action Team since its formation. The mother of an Eagle Scout and Gold Award Girl Scout and partner to her spouse of 30+ years. She follows Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote — “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Kathleen Dyke is a Gold Award Girl Scout who has been a GSOC volunteer for more than 14 years. She has been a troop leader, Service Unit Manager and Council Trainer in addition to being a charter member of Lightly Toasted, the Toastmaster's club started in 2015 for GSOC staff, volunteers and the surrounding community. She brings her Toastmasters experience to her role as a volunteer trainer when she teaches New Leader Orientation, Take Action vs Community Service, and Level Essentials courses. She is thrilled to be a part of the GSOC training team so she can help equip leaders with the tools they need to deliver a robust Girl Scout Leadership Experience to their girls.

August 2: Bullying: Prevention & Intervention

Monday, August 2nd

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: Bullying: Prevention & Intervention

To provide an understanding on what bullying is, how they can prevent it, and what to do if they see someone being bullied.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Western Youth Services

August 3: Take Action with Your Girls

Tuesday, August 3rd

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: Take Action with Your Girls

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 2021 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 Gold Award Girl Scout who has been a GSOC volunteer for more than 14 years. She has been a troop leader, Service Unit Manager and Council Trainer in addition to being a charter member of Lightly Toasted, the Toastmaster's club started in 2015 for GSOC staff, volunteers and the surrounding community. She brings her Toastmasters experience to her role as a volunteer trainer when she teaches New Leader Orientation, Take Action vs Community Service, and Level Essentials courses. She is thrilled to be a part of the GSOC training team so she can help equip leaders with the tools they need to deliver a robust Girl Scout Leadership Experience to their girls.

August 4: The Impact of your Time, Talent and Treasure for Girl Scouts

Wednesday, August 4th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: The Impact of Your Time, Talent, and Treasure for Your

Volunteers are at the heart of Girl Scouts of Orange County, bringing to life our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Your dedication to the success of GSOC through a culture of philanthropy, relationship-building, fund raising, resource stewardship and showing gratitude. Through this session you will learn how we are building a culture of philanthropy with our girl and adult members, alum and community supporters; and how you as a volunteer fit into that culture. We will talk about how you can work with girls to build financial success through budgeting, planning, and philanthropy. We will explore badge resources, Fund Her Success Campaign, budgeting tools, and more to gain skills and realize the impact of your volunteerism.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Addy Learner and Bradley Wedekin-Flores

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, Planning Large Events, Travel Training and more. She believes strongly in Girl Scouts’ Discover, Connect, Take Action philosophy and enjoys helping girls and leaders reach their full potential.

Bradley Wedekind-Flores has been with the Girl Scouts of Orange County for over 12 years. He has worked in Retail, Program, Volunteer Management, and has served as the Development Director for the past six years. He works with the Fund Development team to strategically position GSOC to sustain and grow its resources by engaging Girl Scout members and community stake holders in a culture of philanthropy through relationship building, annual fund raising campaigns, and grant proposals.

August 4: 40 Developmental Assets

Wednesday, August 4th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: 40 Development Assets

Learn about the 40 Developmental Assets and how they can best support the youth and young adults they work and live with. This workshop is presented by Western Youth Services.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Western Youth Services

August 5: How to Hold a Memorable Bridging Event with your Girls/Troop

Thursday, August 5th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: How to Hold a Memorable Bridging Event with Your Girls/Troop

Bridging from one Girl Scout level to the next is an important milestone in every Girl Scout’s adventure. If your troop or girl is bridging to a new Girl Scout level. Don’t miss ideas for creating a memorable event that celebrates your girls’ and troop’s accomplishments. Our team will walk you through planning for an unforgettable experience—from choosing your bridging location to inviting your guests.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Addy Lerner

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, Planning Large Events, Travel Training and more. She believes strongly in Girl Scouts’ Discover, Connect, Take Action philosophy and enjoys helping girls and leaders reach their full potential.

August 7: Girl Scout Songs

Saturday, August 7th

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Workshop Description: Girl Scout Songs
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Girl Scouts and songs go together like marshmallows and graham crackers. We will learn new songs and share ideas for taking your sing-a-longs online to stay connected to the Girl Scout sisterhood. Be prepared to get silly, sing loud, and make some new friends.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Collene Anderson

Collene Anderson grew up in Orange County California and started her Girl Scout journey with Girl Scouts of Orange County. As a girl, she spent her summers at Camp Joe Scherman which is owned and operated by GSOC. 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. As camp staff she has had numerous roles from unit staff to administrative staff. As an adult Girl Scout, she was a Daisy through Ambassador troop leader, SU registrar, SU Product Program Manager, SU manager, Council trainer as a volunteer. Collene continues her Girl Scout journey with Girl Scouts of Orange County as the Girl Experience Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Outdoors

August 7: GSOC’s Healthy Relationship Patch Program

Saturday, August 7th

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop Description: GSOC’s Healthy Relationship Patch Program

The Healthy Relationships Patch Program will help girls at every level, Girl Scout Daisy to Girl Scout 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 how to incorporate this patch into your Girl Scout Program whether in person or online.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Chrysti Polito

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 7: Engaging Girls in Girl Scout Traditions and Ceremonies

Saturday, August 7th

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Workshop Description: Engaging Girls in Girl Scout Traditions and Ceremonies

Traditions give Girl Scouts a sense of history and help remind girls they belong to a big, powerful, and inclusive sisterhood. Ceremonies help Girl Scouts mark special events throughout the year and can commemorate accomplishments or add something special to the beginning or end of a meeting. Learn to lead girls in these time-honored traditions and ceremonies using a variety of resources to create lasting memories and have fun!

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Brigitte Lindstrom

Brigitte Lindstrom is a professional certified technical (CTT+) trainer and a lifetime Girl Scout. She has been a GS leader for two troops over the span of 12 years and has been a service unit manager for the Heart of Irvine. She is passionate about helping girls and women develop their leadership skills and making a positive impact on the community.

August 7: Girl Scouts and Faith

Saturday, August 7th

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Workshop Description: Girl Scouts and Faith

Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which include many of the principles and values common across religions. So, while we are a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths’ religious recognitions. Girl Scouts K-12 can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin every year. Girls can also earn religious recognitions for their specific faith. In this workshop, learn about faith-based awards and recognitions, ways to celebrate Girl Scout Week, and get the online tools you need to plan a Girl Scouts Celebrate Faith Event. ** Girl Scouts of Orange County encourages girls to work with their parent and religious leaders to earn faith-based awards if they choose to do so. Girl Scouts recognizes that religious instruction is the responsibility of the parents and religious leaders.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Arlyn Shelton, Trisha Morgan, Betsy Bloom-Saldana, and Rachel Gima

Arlyn Shelton has been part of Girl Scouts for five 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 Junior Chloe and Cadette Avery

Trisha Morgan was a Girl Scout in her youth and is a Lifetime Member. She has been a volunteer for the past 10 years as a troop leader and a Juliette parent. She has served on the Service Unit Team for Tustin East the last 8 years as the Daisy Level Consultant and School Liaison. Trisha also serves on the Religious Task Force Committee for GSOC and has volunteered for many other committees over the years, but most recently the Day of Service and Year of Service teams.

Rachel Gima has been fortunate enough to be a Girl Scout since kindergarten and is currently a rising senior in high school. She loves being involved in Girl Scouts and taking every opportunity she can to make the world a better place!

August 10: A Preview of Magazines and Nuts

Tuesday, August 10th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: A Preview of Magazines and Nuts

Get a sneak peek at our 2021 Fall Product Program! Meet our Magazine and Nut vendors and see the exciting program coming this Fall. This workshop does not replace Fall Product Program training.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Lisa Nevares, Cheryl Ledgerwood, and Taylor Villanueva

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 Programs for the past 16 years. Top that with eight more years of volunteer roles and you’ve got one smart cookie!

Cheryl Ledgerwood is an Entrepreneurship Specialist for the Girl Scouts of Orange County. She has been with GSOC for over four 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 15 years of experience working with volunteers in the Non-Profit industry.

Taylor Villanueva is an Entrepreneurship Specialist for the Girl Scouts of Orange County. She began her journey with GSOC in 2020. Taylor has been volunteering with youth groups for 13 years and has worked professionally with youth and nonprofit organizations for seven years.

August 11: Planning Your Future, Securing Your Legacy

Wednesday, August 11th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: Planning Your Future, Securing Your Legacy

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” in order 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 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Paula Clarkson and Nella Webster O'Grady 

Paula Clarkson is an attorney with Merhab Robinson & Clarkson, A Law Corporation and practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, guardianships, and conservatorships. She has practiced exclusively in the estate planning area for over 20 years and has been designated as Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  Paula’s goal is to help families navigate the confusion legal areas of incapacity and death to minimize taxes and costs while maintaining family harmony.

Nella Webster O'Grady has over 30 years of experience in providing investment management and financial planning services to clients throughout Southern California.

Nella Webster O’Grady currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Chapman University and has served on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Orange County and is a Trustee for the Friends of the Girl Scouts Trust. She has received numerous awards for her philanthropy including: the 2015 Philanthropist of the year award from the Orange County United Way; the 2016 Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award; the 2019 Distinguished Alumna award from Chapman University; and in 2020, she received the National Philanthropy Day’s “Outstanding Philanthropist” award for Orange County.

Nella is a Certified Financial Planner and was ranked by Investopedia as a Top 100 Financial Advisor for 2019 and 2020.

August 11: Girl Scouts New Brand Look

Wednesday, August 11th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: Girl Scouts New Brand Look

In today’s complicated world, we are an irrefutable and essential force in girls’ lives. Girl Scouts champion girl ambition. This session will provide an update on the Girl Scouts brand refresh -- look, feel, and communications

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Julie Weeks and Emily Lawrence

Julie Weeks is Girl Scouts of Orange County's Chief Marketing Officer. With over 9 years of experience, Julie is charged with overseeing all Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, and Fund Development events/messaging for the organization. She has extensive experience in corporate and crisis communications.

Emily Lawrence is Girl Scouts of Orange County's Marketing Designer and Brand Champion. She has been with GSOC for 6 years and oversees all creative design. Emily is also an active and passionate Troop Leader for her daughter's Daisy troop.  

August 12: A Glimpse of Cookies

Thursday, August 12th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: A Glimpse of Cookies

Get a sneak peek at our 2022 Cookie Program! Meet our new cookie and get reacquainted with ABC Bakers! This workshop does not replace Cookie Program training.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Lisa Nevares, Cheryl Ledgerwood, and Taylor Villanueva

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 Programs for the past 16 years. Top that with eight more years of volunteer roles and you’ve got one smart cookie!

Cheryl Ledgerwood is an Entrepreneurship Specialist for the Girl Scouts of Orange County. She has been with GSOC for over four 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 15 years of experience working with volunteers in the Non-Profit industry.

Taylor Villanueva is an Entrepreneurship Specialist for the Girl Scouts of Orange County. She began her journey with GSOC in 2020. Taylor has been volunteering with youth groups for 13 years and has worked professionally with youth and nonprofit organizations for seven years.

August 16: Lead Like a Girl Scout!

Monday, August 16th

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Workshop Description: Lead Like a Girl Scout!

What does it mean to lead like a Girl Scout in 2021? It means leading with courage, confidence, and character! Learn from Vikki’s leadership journey, share yours, and be re-energized to lead your Girl Scouts for another year of meaningful fun, friendship, and taking action to make the world a better place.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Vikki Shepp

Vikki Shepp is a collaborative trailblazer, lifelong Girl Scout, and champion of girls’ and women’s causes, Vikki Shepp brings deep understanding of the youth leadership field and evolving needs of today’s girls to her role as CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County.

Over her decade-long career with Girl Scouts of Orange County, Vikki has held numerous leadership positions, including Director of Volunteer Management, Vice President of Fund Development, and Vice President of Mission Operations. She previously held leadership positions with several other non-profit organizations.

Vikki is on a quest to ensure that every girl has the life-changing opportunities that Girl Scouts provides to prepare for a lifetime of leadership. Leading by example, she is guiding a vibrant, forward-looking leadership development organization-- 25,000 girls and adults who believe that every girl can change the world.

August 16: “Allies for All” Patch Program

Monday, August 16th

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Workshop Description: “Allies for All” Patch Program

The GSOC "Allies for All" patch program, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) themed program for girls of all ages and has three objectives:

  1. Recognizing your own background; appreciation of differences.
  2. Recognizing others in your community; recognize micro-aggression, appreciate diversity.
  3. Tools to be an ally; what to do & say in situations; focus on relationships and allyship.

Progressive activities (D/B) (J/C) (S/A) - This patch program will help Girl Scouts appreciate differences in others and treat people fairly and with empathy. Girls will gain tools to enable them to be an ally to others. This workshop will answer questions about the program and provide leaders with resources to begin open, safe-space conversations with their girls.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Larissa Chiari-Keith and Lesli Mitchell from the Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC) Organization; Cindy Donham, Ph.D., Sophia Lyman, Anh Voong, Maria Alderete

Larissa Chiari-Keith is a Girl Scout Troop Leader and volunteer for Girl Scouts of Orange County. Ms. Chiari-Keith has written about her multicultural family experience for Orange Coast Magazine and serves as the Vice President and Parent Liaison of the Multiracial Americans of Southern California. During school breaks she hosts a children’s music program with her daughters called Two Kids, a Turntable, and a Microphone on KSPC, 88.7 FM, Claremont, CA.

Lesli Mitchell, LCSW is on the board of MASC and works as a mental health therapist in Orange County.  Lesli is a children's book illustrator/writer, artist, entrepreneur and assists in leading discussions around topics of diversity and inclusion through MASC and other community organizations. Lesli's daughter was a girl scout in elementary and middle school.

Cindy Donham Ph.D. is a retired teacher of Sociology and Human Development at California State University Long Beach, with an expertise in diversity and discrimination. She has also been involved with Girl Scouts for over 25 years as a girl, leader, and Service Unit Manager, Planner. 

Sophia Lyman is a Girl Scout Ambassador who joined Girl Scouts in kindergarten, has participated in the Global Roundtable and is working on her Gold Award. She joined the Allies 4 All team because as a Latina and Native American, she has faced different challenges growing up and has seen fellow classmates go through similar obstacles due to their race, ethnicity, and religion. She wanted to take part in creating positive change for her community and help others realize how to support their neighbors and friends, so no one has to face these prejudices any longer, or at least face them alone. Sophia will be a freshman at USC this fall.

Anh Voong is a graduating Girl Scout Ambassador and on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Patch Program task force. She is passionate about promoting diversity within her community and was previously able to pursue this interest through creating a Children’s Cultural Awareness Program for her Girl Scout Gold Award. She served as GSOC’s Global Roundtable Host, where she has been able to meet so many inspiring Girl Scouts across the globe! In her free time, she loves to guide Girl Scouts in their sustainable initiatives, through Gold Award journey guest speaking and advising.

Workshop Facilitator: Maria Alderete

Maria Alderete is the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) Director for Girl Scouts of Orange County. She was Troop Support Specialist for the North Central Region, has been a member of GSOC's Global Action Team and has participated on the Troop Travel team as the TSS for traveling troops.

August 16: Multi-Level – Making it Work and Other Non-Traditional Troop Structures

Monday, August 16th

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Workshop Description: Multi-Level - Making it Work and Other Non-Traditional Troop Structures

Are you considering starting or becoming a multi-level troop? Having a hard time finding additional volunteer help? Join our panel discussion about the pros and cons of multi-level and other non-traditional troop structures. We’ll 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 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Chrysti Polito and Jessica Castillo

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.

Jessica Castillo is a full-time Project Management Assistant in the Construction industry, a Troop Leader of a multi-level troop, the Manager for Ocean View Service Unit and a Volunteer Council Trainer. She has held many positions on several GSOC Committees including committee chair for the City of Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade, is a member of the Vol Con Squad, is a new member of the Global Action Team, and is currently serving as GSOC's National Delegate. 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: Look Wider Still

Tuesday, August 17th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: Look Wider Still

Now is a great time to start planning for Girl Scout travel so that you are ready to embark when it is safe again to roam. Learn about the amazing experiences and resources available to all Girl Scouts who have a hankering for adventure and an interest in learning about others in the world. 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 thrive 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 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Lisa Hinshaw and Addy Lerner

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.

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, Planning Large Events, Travel Training and more. She believes strongly in Girl Scouts’ Discover, Connect, Take Action philosophy and enjoys helping girls and leaders reach their full potential.

August 17: Emotion Regulation and Mindfulness

Tuesday, August 17th

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Workshop Description: Emotional Regulation and Mindfulness

This training is intended for anyone who helps to raise and train children, so that children in Orange County will learn how to be aware of their own changing emotions and have the self-regulation skills to be able to effectively communicate their needs and effectively get their needs met. In addition, adults will be more self-regulated and patient with the children in their care and will be more able to quickly see the needs of children and help them to get those needs met in safe and effective ways. This workshops is presented by Western Youth Services.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Western Youth Services

August 17: New Leader Orientation (Training)

Tuesday, August 17th

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Workshop Description: New Leader Orientation (Training)

This training is required for new Troop Leaders. During this training we will discuss how to get started as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. You will receive training credit for completing this session.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Jill Patterson

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. Jill is also a lifetime Sierra Club member and has been hiking and backpacking for over 35 years.

August 19: Providing an Inclusive Girl Scout Environment

Thursday, August 19th

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Workshop Description: Providing an Inclusive Girl Scout Environment

This workshop will provide an introduction to creating a welcoming troop environment for girls with disabilities. You will gain an understanding of what a disability is and learn strategies for creating an inclusive troop environment that supports girls with disabilities and their families. Girl Scouts is for every girl and we want every girl to experience our program, made with her in mind.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 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 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 21: Daisy Essentials Training

Saturday, August 21st

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Workshop Description: Daisy Essentials Training

This training is required for Daisy Troop Leaders specific to the Girl Scout Daisy level. You should have already completed New Leader Orientation. You will receive training credit for completing this session.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Nicole Gaylord

Nicole Gaylord is a current Troop Leader and Service Unit Team member in SU305, HB Pierside. Girl Scouts has helped strengthen Nicole's bond with her daughter and bring back the passion she has for teaching and leading. She thanks you for being a Girl Scout volunteer and hopes that through Girl Scouts you learn and remember that you can absolutely do anything!

August 21: Brownie Essentials Training

Saturday, August 21st

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Workshop Description: Brownie Essentials Training

This training is required for Brownie Troop Leaders specific to the Girl Scout Brownie level. You should have already completed New Leader Orientation. You will receive training credit for completing this session.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Chrysti Polito and Marecel Galangue

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 21: Junior Essentials Training

Saturday, August 21st

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Workshop Description: Junior Essentials Training

This training is required for Junior Troop Leaders specific to the Girl Scout Junior level. You should have already completed New Leader Orientation. You will receive training credit for completing this session.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Addy Lerner and Michelle Molendyk

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, Planning Large Events, Travel Training and more. She believes strongly in Girl Scouts’ Discover, Connect, Take Action philosophy and enjoys helping girls and leaders reach their full potential.

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

August 21: Cadette Essentials Training

Saturday, August 21st

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Workshop Description: Cadette Essentials Training

This training is required for Cadette Troop Leaders specific to the Girl Scout Cadette level. You should have already completed New Leader Orientation. You will receive training credit for completing this session.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Ann Crane

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.

August 23: Quality Time Counts

Monday, August 23rd

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop Description: Quality Time Counts

This workshop is presented by the Orange County Health Care Agency focuses on the importance of parental engagement in youth leadership development and addresses how parents and troop leaders can support and strengthen family bonds and create positive family centered communication. 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!

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Laura Bucemi-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 fifteen years of experience as a Health Educator for the County of Orange Health Care Agency. Laura is dedicated to building collaborative partnerships, supporting youth in living a drug-free lifestyle and seeking creative ways to foster dynamic and meaningful learning opportunities.

August 23: Resilience & Hope

Monday, August 23rd

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Workshop Description: Resilience & Hope

This training is designed to provide participants with practical strategies, tactics and tools to bolster mental and emotional resilience.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Western Youth Services

August 24: How to Run and Complete a Journey

Tuesday, August 24th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: How to Run and Complete a Journey

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, knowing what parts are important to emphasize, and how to keep girls engaged and excited throughout the Journey activities. We will focus on the main emphasis of any Journey—the Take Action Project. You will leave this session with the confidence to lead a Journey and give your girls a strong foundation for Taking Action and moving on to the next step, the Highest Awards.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Katie Casey-Anderson

Katie Casey-Anderson has been a GSOC volunteer for 15 years as a troop leader (Brownies through Ambassadors), a Volunteer Council Trainer for Bronze and Silver Award Advisors, 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. She has run journeys for thousands of girls across the United States. 

August 24: How to Use the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) to Plan Your Girl Scout Year

Tuesday, August 24th

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Workshop Description: How to Use the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) to Plan Your Girl Scout Year

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is your official source for delivering easy, fun troop meetings year-round. This fully customizable digital planning tool is assessable on any computer, tablet, or mobile device and provides you with Girl Scout program content, award requirements, and other resources. Join us to learn how to use this tool when planning your Girl Scout year and learn tips and tricks on how to make edits along the way. Your best Girl Scout year is just around the corner and the Volunteer Toolkit will help you get there!

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 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 in the Construction industry, a Troop Leader of a multi-level troop, the Manager for Ocean View Service Unit and a Volunteer Council Trainer. She has held many positions on several GSOC Committees including committee chair for the City of Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade, is a member of the Vol Con Squad, is a new member of the Global Action Team, and is currently serving as GSOC's National Delegate. 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 25: Into the Outdoors – Hiking

Wednesday, August 25th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: Into the Outdoors – Hiking

When girls are given the opportunity to explore the outdoors - in person or online - their confidence soars. Explore outdoor opportunities from parks and simple hikes to backpacking. Learn 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, as well as how to dress for the outdoors. Plus, hear from members of the GSOC Hiking Group about upcoming hikes and how to get ready to take your girls outdoors.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenters: Jill Patterson, Elaine Murphy, and Ted Oyama

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. Jill is also a lifetime Sierra Club member and has been hiking and backpacking for over 35 years.

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.

Ted Oyama is an architect and former college lecturer who has been a volunteer instructor for the Red Cross in CPR/FA/WRFA for the past 45 years as well as a volunteer council master  trainer and troop leader for over 21 years! Additionally, Ted served as a National Delegate to GSUSA’s convention in Atlanta, GA  and Columbus, OH and is also a lifetime member. He has also been the SUM for the Belmont SU for the past 13 years.

August 25: I’m New Here – Lingo, Learning & Laughs

Wednesday, August 25th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: I'm New Here - LIngo, Learning, and Laughs

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 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Addy Lerner

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, Planning Large Events, Travel Training and more. She believes strongly in Girl Scouts’ Discover, Connect, Take Action philosophy and enjoys helping girls and leaders reach their full potential.

August 26: What is Mental Health

Thursday, August 26th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: What is Mental Health

This training will provide appropriate definitions and understanding of mental health, protective and risk factors, and how to reduce stigma. This workshop is presented by Western Youth Services.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Western Youth Services

August 26: Hands-on STEM (CSA)

Thursday, August 26th

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Workshop Description: Hands-on STEM (CSA)

Ever wonder how to plan a hands-on STEM troop meeting or activity? Join us for this workshop and participate in a STEM activity, the perfect practice for how to do this on your own with your troop and girls. This will be a hands-on workshop and you will receive a supply list a couple of days prior to the workshop so you can be ready to participate in the STEM activities.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 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 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 30: Trailblazers & Mariners

Monday, August 30th

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Workshop Description: Trailblazers and Mariners

Girls love being in the outdoors! This workshop will cover all aspects of these programs that are just for older Girl Scouts (Cadettes and older).

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

August 30: Bronze Award Training

Monday, August 30th

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Workshop Description: Bronze Award Training

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Junior in the 4-5th grades. The Girl Scout Bronze Award Training gives leadership strategies and applicable tips specific to the Girl Scout Bronze Award. This course has been developed with the help of volunteers, is trained by volunteers, and is intended for volunteers. You will receive training credit for completing this session.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Katie Casey-Anderson

Katie Casey-Anderson has been a GSOC volunteer for 15 years as a troop leader (Brownies through Ambassadors), a Volunteer Council Trainer for Bronze and Silver Award Advisors, 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. She has run journeys for thousands of girls across the United States.

August 30: Hands-on STEM (DBJ)

Monday, August 30th

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Workshop Description: Hands-on STEM (DBJ)

Ever wonder how to plan a hands-on STEM troop meeting or activity? Join us for this workshop and participate in a STEM activity, the perfect practice for how to do this on your own with your troop and girls. This will be a hands-on workshop and you will receive a supply list a couple of days prior to the workshop so you can be ready to participate in the STEM activities.

To attend this workshop, you must register for the 2021 Volunteer Conference. Confirmations to your individual workshops will be emailed to you prior to your session date.

Presenter: Chrysti Polito

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.

Fall Recruitment 2022
Fall Recruitment 2022