Cadette Leader Training Outline

Introduction

  1. Trainer self introduction
  2. Housekeeping items (bathrooms, breaks, etc.)
  3. T-shirt Game for Trainee introduction

Course Expectations

  1. Refer to posted Course Objectives
  2. Ask what trainees wish to get out of course
  3. Explain Burning Question Board

Challenges facing you as a leader

  1. Making the transition to being an advisor
  2. Dealing with girls maturing into adults and all that entails
  3. Contemporary issues - apt to be discussed at any time
  4. Helping girls see their opportunities

Meeting Plans

  1. Girls plan meetings based on their interests
  2. Girls can arrange for consultants
  3. Games, badge work, debates, movies, discussion, outings, planning etc. all appropriate
  4. Girls come prepared (Binder, books, calendar, pencil)

Parent Meeting(s)

  1. Orientation packet for parents
    Include the following, if available:
      Troop Information (meeting time & place, leaders' names & phone numbers, dues information, etc.)
      Troop Roster
      Troop Guidelines
      Troop Calendar
  2. How to help parents help their girls

Girl's financial involvement

  1. Girls determine how money is spent
  2. Girls can sign on checking account with an adult (if bank allows it - some do and some don't)
  3. Girls can prepare monthly financial reports for the troop

Safety - Wise

  1. Ratios
  2. Activity checkpoints become more important as girls are doing activities which require more risk
  3. Section on travel in back of book
  4. Girls should be researching Safety-Wise at this point

Ceremonies

  1. Investiture/Rededication/World Trefoil Pin ceremony
  2. Bridging/Awards
  3. Girl Scouts' Own
  4. Candlelighting/Passing the Flame
  5. Ceremonies Girl Planned - means more to girls if done this way
  6. Girls enjoy deviating from conventional ceremonies at this age

Troop Government

  1. Go over types - Patrol, Executive Committee, Town Meeting
  2. Girls need to decide what's best for them
  3. Court of Honor - explain
  4. Leader's role is more as an advisor rather than a "leader"
  5. They plan activities
    a. Takes them longer than it would if leader planned
    b.They learn to facilitate by running their own meetings

Recognitions and Leadership Opportunities

  1. Give trainees opportunity to look through handbook sections (or call them prior to training and have them read this section prior to training) and play Recognition Jeopardy.
  2. Answer questions relating to recognitions
  3. Briefly go over the "Road to Silver/Gold", then the rest of the recognitions available
  4. Record keeping
    a. Girls should keep their own records
    b. Leader should keep detailed records as well
  5. Make sure to make the following points:
    a. No double dipping - activities or hours may be counted for one thing only
    b. Focus on quality - not quantity
    c. Adjusting activities allowed as long as intent of requirement remains the same
    d. GIRLS choose interest projects and select activities they wish to do
  6. How do you handle work done outside a troop setting??
    a. Suggestion - girls submit in booklet form (show samples)
  7. Silver Award
    a. Silver Award project is an individual endeavor - not a troop one
    b. If worked on as a group, each individual must have a portion of the project which stands alone
    c. Share "Leader's Magazine" (Spring 1996) Q&A section showing how to relate interest projects as well as discussion on hours required for award
    d. Likewise Leadership, Program Aide, and Cadette Challenge need to be individual rather than group in order for each individual to build her own skills
    e. Show sample Silver Award final Project Reports

Wider Ops

  1. Show Wider Op booklets
  2. Present it to girls in early September so they have opportunity to get paperwork and references arranged for in a timely manner
  3. Show sample application from girl who was chosen for Wider Op

Uniform

  1. Show sample vests
  2. Refer to proper placement from "Girl Scout Uniforms & Recognitions"
    a. Point out that Bridge to Cadette/Senior patch is incorrectly identified in both the Cadette handbook and the older girl Leader's Guide

Handbook

  1. Chapters of the book - quick overview
    a. Girl Scouting roots and traditions
    b. Leadership and Wider Opportunities
    c. Self esteem and healthy living
    d. Relationships
    e. Skills for life (managing time, handling stress, managing money, etc)
    f. Exploring new interest and activities
    g. Recognitions

Interest Project Book

  1. Section headings
    Life Skills
    Nature, Science, & Health
    Communication
    Arts & History
    Sports & Recreation
  2. Seven activities required for any Interest Project
    a. Four Sub-Categories of Interest projects
        Skill Builders (2 activities required)
        Technology (1 activity required
        Service Project (1 activity required)
        Career Exploration (1 activity required
    b. Remaining 2 activities may be chosen from any of the above.

Questions?????

Training Outlines

Recognition Jeopardy

Interest

Projects

Careers &

Challenges

Leadership Silver &

Gold

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