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GSOC Volunteer Conference

Saturday, August 6, 2022

In-person at Chapman University
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$30 per person includes continental breakfast, box lunch* & parking!

We are back together to learn, inspire and catch-up with friends!  Get ready for an exciting Girl Scout year! 

Take part in a service project with Working Wardrobes! Please bring gently used handbags, purses, shoes to the Volunteer Conference and visit Working Wardrobes in the Exhibitors' Hall. You'll receive a special "Community Service" ribbon.

Fingerprinting Reservation emails are being sent separately to Troop Leaders who have registered for the Conference. If you are not a Troop Leader, are registered, and would like to receive a reservation email, please email  CustomerCare@girlscoutsoc.org .

View the workshop catalog to learn more about the workshops and presenters, the 2022 Volunteer Conference Flyer and Chapman University COVID-19 protocols

*View the lunch options. Box lunches are available only if you register before 8/2/2022. No difference in event price after this date.

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2022 WORKSHOP CATALOG
 

SESSION 1: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Strategies and Tips for the Differently Abled

In this session, you will have the opportunity to explore accommodations, and tools for leaders to help navigate children that are differently abled during troop meetings and events.

Girl Scouts’ Culture of Philanthropy & How to Fund Her Success

Do you think that philanthropy is only about fundraising? Please join us for a fun and interactive workshop on the basics of philanthropy at Girl Scouts. Explore how philanthropic support builds greater capacity for programs, services, leadership opportunities for older girls and an understanding of its impact on the Girl Scout movement. 

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset Through the Girl Scout Product Program

In this workshop, you will hear WHY it’s important for girls to learn about entrepreneurship and receive you will learn practical tips for using the Girl Scout Product Program to help girls develop leadership skills and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Get Crafty with Hawaiian Ribbon Leis, Survival Bracelets & SWAPS

It’s time to get crafty! Learn how to make items that are easy, inexpensive, functional, and fun to SWAP. You will have the opportunity to make Hawaiian Ribbon Leis, which serve as great ‘holders’ for badges, pins and other recognitions, and Survival Bracelets, which can be used for first aid or emergency lashing, and several different SWAPS. 

Program in a Box: Gigglebot Robotics

Learn how to build and program your own robot with Gigglebot Robotics! You’ll gain hands-on experience so you can guide your girls through the process. This new Program-in-a-Box contains a programmable robot and pictorial guide to assist Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes in earning their Robotics badge.

Girl Led Leadership Opportunities for Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors

The Girl Scout program offers incredible opportunities for girls to develop their leadership skills and be recognized for their achievements. You will learn about GSOC’s diverse leadership opportunities for girls, including programs like Program Aide (PA), Counselor in Training (CIT), Celebrate Leadership, Board Girl Advisors, Take Action Awards, GSOC Girl Awards, National Gold Award Girl Scouts and more! 

How to Run a Journey from Start to Finish

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.

Into the Outdoors with Girl Scouts: Progression, Skills & Activities

Why take girls outside? Learn about outdoor progression—from parks to simple hikes to backpacking. Learn about bugs, critters and plants that live in different biomes, coastal chaparral to sub alpine and alpine. Review the 10 essentials, as well as dressing for the outdoors (moisture, wicking, wool, SPF). Additionally, learn easy-to-make food recipes for the outdoors, including GORP and bomb shelter food.

Kickstart Your Girl Scout Year with the Fall Product Program: A Preview of Magazines & Nuts

Get a preview of our 2022 Fall Product Program! Meet our magazine vendor—M2 Media— and get reacquainted with our nut vendor, Trophy Nuts. 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 FUN!

Look Wider Still with Global Action

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 successfully 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.

Making It Work: Multil-level Troops & Other Non-Traditional Troop Structures

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.

Managing Conflict with Courage, Confidence & Character

The Girl Scout Promise and Law is shared by every Girl Scout member and is our starting point for managing conflict. We will learn skills to effectively manage (rather than confront) situations and proactively communicate as a way to mitigate conflict.

Next Level Outdoors: Learn About the Historic Girl Scout Mariners and Trailblazers Programs

Want to learn to hike safely, backpack, read topographical maps, or learn CPR and First Aid? Want to learn how to sail and paddle, tie knots, and preserve marine life? Do you have a Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador in 8th - 12th grade? If you answered YES to any or all of these questions, then come to our Trailblazers and Mariner session to find out how the Trailblazers program provides teen Girl Scouts an opportunity to engage deeply in outdoors activities in a broad range of modalities, geographies, and climates, and how the Mariners learn to sail & paddle, tie knots, and preserve marine life. 

Español: Cómo Planificar una Aventura Girl Scout (Girl Scout Journey)

Las series de Aventuras Girl Scout son una parte importante de cómo las niñas aprenden a marcar una diferencia en el mundo, ¡y se divierten mientras lo hacen! Aprenda cómo ejecutar una aventura Girl Scout de manera eficiente, como combinar sesiones, crear un fin de semana de pijamada para su aventura Girl Scout , cómo mantener a las niñas comprometidas y emocionadas durante las actividades de la aventura Girl Scout. También dedicaremos tiempo al énfasis principal de cualquier aventura Girl Scout: el Proyecto de Tomar Acción.

Stress Busters for Youth

During this workshop, you will learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of toxic stress in youth. In addition, you will be educated on some coping strategies that can help youth cope with stress in their day to day lives.

Teaching Leadership Through Games & Activities

In this workshop, you will gain an understanding of how leadership games and activities for skill development can increase engagement and learning outcomes for girls and leaders. When girls play fun leadership exercises, they are more likely to learn and retain leadership skills that they can use in their school, community, and future workplace. 

Tips & Tricks to Achieve Your Service Unit Membership Goals

Interested in finding out how you can recruit more girls to Girl Scouts in your area? Ever wonder what resources are available to help support you recruiting more girls? Join the Recruitment team in this workshop to learn important and fun tips and tricks on how Service Units can achieve their membership goals.


SESSION 2: 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM 
Community Service & Take Action: What's the Difference?

During this workshop, you will learn the difference between Community Service and Take Action projects. You will also learn how this insight can help you guide girls in making a difference and making the world a better place. Meet girls to hear about their exciting community service and take action efforts and get ready to plan with your girls to make a difference.

Keep the "Outing" in Girl Scouting

Nothing is more fun than going on an adventure with your sister Girl Scouts! This workshop will review the GSOC Field Trip guide and show you how to incorporate a connection to a badge or Journey while going on a field trip. Hear from a seasoned volunteer and a couple of conference exhibitors about how taking a field trip to their organization can help you complete parts of a badge or Journey. 

Engaging Troop Meetings Post-Pandemic: How to get your girls to connect and thrive

Throughout the pandemic, Girl Scouts struggled with making meaningful connections due to the limited ability to meet in person. Thus, girls and leaders had difficulty connecting, engaging, and thriving. In this workshop, hear from experienced volunteers about how they overcame the struggles that the pandemic presented for them and their girls. In addition, gain new techniques on how you can reengage your girls, provide meaningful opportunities for them to make these important connections, and continue facilitating a thriving troop.

Get Crafty with Hawaiian Ribbon Leis, Survival Bracelets & SWAPS

It’s time to get crafty! Learn how to make items that are easy, inexpensive, functional, and fun to SWAP. You will have the opportunity to make Hawaiian Ribbon Leis, which serve as great ‘holders’ for badges, pins and other recognitions, and Survival Bracelets, which can be used for first aid or emergency lashing, and several different SWAPS.

Girl Scouts and Faith

Leadership games and activities for skill development can increase engagement and learning outcomes for supervisors, mentors, managers, team leads and project leads. When you play fun leadership exercises, you are more likely to learn and retain leadership skills.

A Glimpse of Cookies

Get a preview of our 2023 Cookie Program! Hear from our ABC Bakers representatives and meet our new cookie. We will play a game, learn about the cookie program, and have FUN! 

Healthy Relationships

Increase your knowledge and awareness about healthy versus unhealthy relationships. This training is designed for pre-teen and teenaged leaders who work with students in multiple settings. Leaders will learn how to facilitate conversations with their Girl Scouts about different types of relationships, as well as offer them tools on how to navigate these relationships in their lives.

Diversity & Inclusion in Action: Creating Brave Spaces

Join the Girl Scouts of Orange County IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility) Volunteer team as they share personal experience, successes, and challenges with promoting these important values in Girl Scouts. This workshop will provide a space to ask tough questions, share your own experiences, and learn how to begin productive conversations in our Girl Scout community.

Planning Events Big & Small

This workshop will provide you with an outline of the necessary steps to deliver a quality, safe, and meaningful event—from brainstorming ideas, theme and location, budgeting and required paperwork, to completion and evaluation of your event. Planning Large Events training is a required training for Troop Leaders, therefore by attending this session, you will receive training credit.

Program in a Box: Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is a tiny, mighty, affordable, and easy-to-use computer that teaches kids and adults to code in a fun way. Learn the basics of assembling a Raspberry Pi and how you and your girls can learn to code by following easy, step-by-step instructions.

Español: Girl Scouts y Los Premios Bronce, Plata y Oro

¡Las Girl Scouts de todos niveles están tomando medidas para hacer del mundo un lugar mejor! Vea cómo las niñas, desde Daisy hasta Ambassador, ya están en camino a “Go Gold” cuando participan en Girl Scouts. Durante este taller, aprenderá cómo guiar a sus niñas sobre los Premios Bronce, Plata y Oro

Preventing Leader Burnout

You love your Girl Scouts and want to provide them all possible opportunities to build courage, confidence and character. However, you cannot do it all yourself! In this workshop, we will share ideas for avoiding burnout, encouraging parents to support your troop, and helping girls stay interested and get the most out of their Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

STEM for Every Level

Today’s girls live in an exciting, fast-paced digital world where STEM is second nature. Discover how you can cultivate girls’ natural interest in STEM with badges for every Girl Scout level. We’ll provide fun, hands-on activities you can take back to your troop for each area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Leader Tools at Your Fingertips: VTK, gsLearn, MyGS

Join us to explore the Girl Scout tools leaders have at their fingertips and how they can use them successfully. You will learn how to quickly navigate around MyGS in order to add a new girl or renew an existing one, how to utilize gsLearn to take a training course and monitor your records, and how to plan your year in the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), as well as learn how easy it is to make edits along the way. Your best Girl Scout year is just around the corner and learning and utilizing the GS tools is how you will get there!

Wilderness Survival Skills

What does it take to survive in the wilderness due to an unforeseen injury, drastic change in weather, or getting disoriented? Learn how to stay safe as we review in-depth why the Ten Essentials for hiking, backpacking and outdoor adventures are the minimums to take while out and about. We will review the basic types of fire building, go over the three components of building a campfire, and learn how to start fires without matches. You will also receive a brief introduction to Wilderness First Aid basics.

DISABILITY AWARENESS AND ACCEPTANCE: Hands on training and support highlighting a GS Gold Award Website project

This workshop provides a forum for sharing proven methods and activities to include Girl Scouts of all ages and abilities in scouting activities and earning badges, journeys, and Girl Scouts' highest awards. Attendees will have an opportunity to work collaboratively to add alternate, inclusive activities that can help girls achieve the objectives of popular badges. This workshop highlights Troop 2833's Girl Scout Ambassador Annie and her Gold Award website project centered on Disability Awareness Activities. Attendees will receive supplemental materials to use at their next Girl Scout meeting. 

Using Sister Troops to Enhance Your Troop Experience

Leading a Girl Scout troop is a truly rewarding experience that requires planning, patience, and the ability to learn along side your girls. However, sometimes the job of being a leader can be challenging, and you may end up with questions to which you do not know the answers. In this workshop, learn how you can partner with a sister Girl Scout troop in order to enhance your leadership experience as well as your girls' experience. In addition, you will discover ways that you can find a sister troop, what you can do with your sister troop, and how you can make the connections with your sister troop meaningful for you as the leader, as well as girls in both troops.


SESSION 3: 3:05 PM-4:20 PM
Places and Spaces

Need a location to have a Girl Scout meeting, event, or sleepover? Want to take your girls to camp, but do not know how to register or what to expect? Interested in planning a large event for your Service Unit and need a location to host the event? All these questions plus more will be answered in this workshop. Join our Staff to learn about the process of reserving the GSOC Activity Centers and Programs Centers, what cost might be involved, and what type of meeting or event each space can accommodate. In addition, explore camp and the benefits of attending as a troop or sending your girl for a solo session during the Summer. 

All About Girl Scout Traditions, Ceremonies & Recognitions

Traditions give Girl Scouts a sense of history and inspire them to be the best they can be. Sharing these traditions with millions of Girl Scouts—and our vast network of Girl Scout alum—reminds girls they belong to a powerful sisterhood. Learn to lead girls 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.

Program in a Box: Astronomy and Telescope Fun

Ever look up at the sky at night and wonder what the stars and planets look like up close? Come to this Astronomy and Telescope Program in a Box Session where Service Units and Leaders will learn how they can check out GSOC's newest telescope, and explore the night sky with their girls at a location in your own community. The STEM Patrol, along with our staff will help you explore their newest Program in a Box opportunity while providing you with knowledge on how you can reserve the telescope for a viewing. 

Learning Skills and Earning Badges Through Product Sales

Our product sales programs are on a mission: to help girls learn the skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life! Learn about the 5 business skills girls learn while participating in Girl Scouts’ product sales programs: Money Management, Business Ethics, People Skills, Goal Setting, and Decision Making. Additionally, take a deeper dive into ALL the badges and bins girls have the opportunity to earn when running their very own business.

Basic Knots & Lashing

Learn how to tie eight basic knots used in common Girl Scout outdoor activities (overhand, figure-8, square, sheet bend, bowline, half-hitch, clove hitch, and lark’s head) and temporary whipping to keep the ends of a rope from unraveling. Class includes tips and ideas for teaching knots. 

Be a Girl Scout Champion

For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has given girls the tools to lead, break barriers, and create positive change. These are the girls and young women who dream big and do bigger! Thanks to our volunteers’ incredible support of the Girl Scout Champion initiative in the past, we have been able to reach more schools, families, and girls than ever before! Yet, we know there are still families who we aren’t reaching. Accordingly, we are bringing back the Girl Scout Champion initiative to help support our year-round recruitment activities for each season. We need your help to make sure every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to benefit from our life-changing program. When attending this session, you will learn how your Service Units can become Girl Scout Champions in your communities, and obtain credit for the completion of your required training.

Bouncing Up to Bronze

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. During this introductory workshop, we will discuss how to guide Girl Scouts as they combine their passion for an issue with their developing leadership skills. When a girl and her team plan and complete a project, she meets new people, accomplishes something incredible, and has the kind of fun that happens when Girl Scouts work together to make a difference. This workshop does not replace Bronze Award training.

Bullying Prevention & Intervention

Join our partner, Western Youth Services, to learn about what bullying is, how you can prevent it, and what to do if you see someone being bullied. This session will provide leaders with tools on how they can have impactful conversations about bullying with their girls.

Adventures Await with Girl Scout Travel

Whether you are planning to bridge over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge or take older girls on an international experience, learning to travel with Girl Scouts is a must. This workshop will give you all the information you need prior to taking travel training. You will leave this workshop with a great understanding of what it takes to put together a girl-led trip that is a fun adventure for all. Please Note: This workshop does not count as the Travel Training course.

Get Crafty with Hawaiian Ribbon Leis, Survival Bracelets & SWAPS

It’s time to get crafty! Learn how to make items that are easy, inexpensive, functional, and fun to SWAP. You will have the opportunity to make Hawaiian Ribbon Leis, which serve as great ‘holders’ for badges, pins and other recognitions, and Survival Bracelets, which can be used for first aid or emergency lashing, and several different SWAPS.

Get to Gold with the NEW Service Unit Honor Award

The Service Unit Honor Award is a tool to help guide your Service Unit in creating a quality Girl Scout experience for your girl members and volunteers. Throughout this session, GSOC Troop Support Specialists will review the NEW Service Unit Honor Award for the 2022-2023 Membership Year and provide tips and tricks on how your Service Unit can work throughout the year to achieve tasks in order to earn GOLD! 

How to Progress in Girl Led Leadership

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 including girls in the planning process, building troop practices and structures to include girls' voices, and giving girls space to create and run their programs. Using the tools and strategies shared, leaders will be able to increase girl investment, program engagement, and girl satisfaction. 

Ins and Outs of Planning Additional Money Earning Events

Does your troop have travel plans on file? Are your girls earning their Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards and need funds? If so, attend this workshop to learn procedures and hear advice for completing the money-earning application. We will also brainstorm ideas for troop-funded events and share first steps to planning a large event. 

Organizing & Spending Troop Money: How Experienced Leaders Organize Troop Finances

Budgeting is one of the most important tools for financing your Girl Scouts’ dreams, and it can be a rather challenging task at times. Learn from experienced Girl Scout leaders about how to manage troop/group funds to support your girls’ goals for the year, and how to make budgeting a girl-led experience. Explore helpful tips you can use to get the most of your troop finances.

Songs for Every Girl Scout

Girl Scouts and songs go together like marshmallows and graham crackers. Learn to lead girls in creative Girl Scout songs, both traditional and modern. Be prepared to get silly, sing loud, and make some new friends. 

Español: Planifique Su Año de Girl Scouts

Aprenda cómo planificar su año y edite sus planes. Venga a este taller con ideas sobre lo que sus niñas quieren lograr en Girl Scouts este año. ¡Aprenda lo fácil y flexible que es la planificación! 

Service Unit Meetings: What they can do for you!

Join a team of seasoned Volunteers to learn how attending Service Unit meetings can be informational, beneficial, and fun! During this session you will learn what a Service Unit is, when they have meetings, what they discuss at meetings, and most importantly what the befits are of attending these meetings regularly. In addition, learn strategies to increase the capacity of your Service Unit while team building, understanding role clarity, setting Service Unit goals, getting motivated, and hearing updates about Service Unit positions.

Volunteer Conference 2021
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
Download Girl Scout Songbook

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.