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Formerly the Girl Scout Volunteer Connection Podcast 

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Jan 24, 2020

It's 2020... for most of us, it's cookie season! That means we are about halfway through the school year and as if that wasn't draining enough... we are putting so much time and energy and effort into the cookie program.

If you're feeling burnt out, here's my BEST KEPT SECRET for planning an AWESOME and ENGAGING Girl Scout troop meeting with VERY little effort on your part...

GUEST SPEAKERS.

Who makes a good guest speaker? Here's a MASSIVE list of ideas!

EXERCISE/ACTIVITY

  • Yoga instructor
  • Zumba instructor
  • POUND Fitness instructor
  • Dance teacher/coach
  • Self Defense instructor
  • Kickboxing/boxing instructor
  • Tumbling (gymnastics) coach
  • Stretching

CAREER DAY

  • Small business owner
  • Flight attendant
  • Doctor/nurse
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher/principal
  • CEO/C-Suite executive
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Therapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Dentist/dental hygienist 
  • Police Officer/Law Enforcement
  • Fire Fighter
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • News Reporter/Producer
  • Engineer
  • Military serviceman/woman or veteran
  • Local elected official
  • Baker/Chef
  • College Reps or alumni

MEDIA/CREATIVES

  • Painting/drawing artist
  • Professional singer
  • Professional actor
  • Professional Dancer
  • Writer (screenwriter, novelist, poet, journalist)
  • Graphic Designer
  • Videographer/Photographer

HOBBYIST/UNIQUE

  • Reptile Handler or Bug Specialist
  • Balloonist
  • Ventriloquist
  • Juggler
  • Beekeeper
  • Life Coach
  • Jewelry Maker
  • Candle/Soap Maker

LIFE SKILLS

  • Baker/Chef
  • Seamstress/tailor
  • Manners/Etiquette
  • EMT, Nurse, Doctor / First Responder (First Aid & Safety)
  • Marketing/Sales/Advertising
  • Science/Engineering

 

WHAT TO DO/ASK

  • Guests may have program prepared to bring with them -this could be free or paid
  • Try to be ACTIVITY based - girls respond best to learning by doing/hands on learning, NOT sitting still and listening for long periods of time
  • Can tie to badge work - or can just be for fun/to learn... and can still be tied in to GSLE!
  • Send questions ahead so the guest can prepare some thoughts, but here are some sample questions to ask:
    • What is a typical day in the life
    • What characteristics does it take to be successful
    • What training or education, or certification process, is required
    • What qualifications are required
    • Male or female dominated field/role?
    • Is there a difference or gap in men and women in the same role?
    • What are their favorite parts of their role?
    • What is the biggest challenge they've had to overcome in their role?
    • Interesting thing that has happened to them/a good story!
    • Let girls ask questions