Training Guide 3.qxp - Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Training Guide 3.qxp - Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland (effective October 1, 2008)

Girl Scouts - Cotton Boll Area Council

Girl Scouts of Dogwood Trails Council

Girl Scouts - Heart of Missouri Council

Girl Scouts of Otahki Council

Girl Scouts of the Ozark Area

Fall 2008

Volunteer Training Guide



Welcome to Girl Scouts of the

Missouri Heartland!

Effective October 1, 2008, our five Girl Scout

councils will become one. Just think - with all the

camps to explore, service centers to visit, sites for

training and program opportunties - we are

going to make lots of new friends as we help girls

discover, connect and take action across 68


GSMH will serve over 21,000 girls!

GSMH will cover 68 counties in

Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma!

GSMH will serve over 6,100 adults!

In This Issue


Camp Properties......................................................................................................4-5

Girl Scout Shops............................................................................................................6

Product Sale Activities............................................................................................7-8

Registration Procedures.............................................................................................9

Leadership Training

Leadership Essentials..............................................................................................10

First Aid Training.....................................................................................................11

Basic Outdoor Skills................................................................................................12

Basic Troop Camping............................................................................................12

Registration Form.......................................................................................................13


Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character,

who make the world a better place.


Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Area Service Centers

Region 1

Springfield Area

Administrative Service Center

210 S. Ingram Mill Road

Springfield, MO 65802

Phone: (417) 862-0004

Toll-free: (877) 312-GSMH (4764)

FAX: (417) 862-4120

Region 3

Jefferson City Area

Service Center

230 Metro Drive

Jefferson City, MO 65109

Phone: (573) 893-5505

Toll-free: (877) 312-GSMH (4764)

FAX: (573) 893-6801


Region 2

Joplin Area Service Center

1029 E. 7th Street

Joplin, MO 64801

Phone: (417) 623-8277

Toll-free: (877) 312-GSMH (4764)

FAX: (417) 625-1261

Region 3

Region 4

Dexter Area Service Center

1420 Girl Scout Way

Dexter, MO 63841

Phone: (573) 624-8339

Toll-free: (877) 312-GSMH (4764)

FAX: (573) 624-6140

Region 5

Cape Girardeau Regional

Service Center

1432 Kurre Lane

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Phone: (573) 334-7741

toll-free (877) 312-GSMH (4764)

FAX: (573) 334-7804

Region 2

Region 5

Girl Scouts of the Missouri

Heartland will serve over

27,100 girls and adults in 63

Missouri counties, 3 Kansas

counties and 2 Oklahoma


Region 1

Region 4


Camp Properties

Region 1

Finbrooke Outdoor Center - Christian County

Located on the beautiful Finley River, Finbrooke Outdoor Center offers a

variety of outdoor experiences. It is located just 18 miles southeast of

Springfield on 200+ acres of land. Troops can camp at six different sites with

a choice of small cabins, perma-tents, or platform tents. A large air conditioned

lodge is available during late fall and early spring and a small troop

house is available year round. Regularly scheduled weekend programs

include archery, air rifles, low/high ropes course, climbing tower, stargazing,

and environmental activities.

Region 2

Camp Mintahama - Newton County

Camp Mintahama, along with its beautiful Lake Mintahama, is a 12 acre wonderland.

Located just south of Joplin, it makes a great setting for many aquatic adventures

including paddle boating, canoeing, sailing and propelling on the S.S. Guppy

raft. The camp is also used for resident camp, troop camping, council-sponsored

events, hikes and environmental activities. Additional ground amenities include tent

and cabin units, fire-rings, program shelters, a swimming pool and dining hall.

Camp Friendship Fields - Crawford County

This 53+ acre camp lies in a beautiful prairie setting just north of Pittsburgh, Kansas. Red Bud Lodge contains

a double fireplace, well equipped kitchen, flush toilets, and showers. The grounds include a lakeside

shelter, fire ring, storm shelter and a log cabin for troop activities.

Camp Suzanne - Newton County

This 750-acre camp is set in the beautiful Ozark Forest near Diamond, Missouri. It has 51 primitive campsites

with four full-size teepees, a small log cabin, pit latrines and several water faucets. A three-quarter

mile interpretive nature trail winds around the perimeter of the camp. This camp is host to day camps,

troop camping, equestrian and timber management programs, as well as adult trainings.

Region 3

Camp Silver Meadows - Boone County

Silver Meadows is a 130 acre property set among beautiful bluffs, meadows, and

ravines located just north of Columbia. It’s large size makes it conducive to large

group use. It has a 3,000 square foot air conditioned lodge with a deck overlooking

a 2.5 acre lake stocked for fishing. There is a picnic shelter with a storage area,

bathhouse, and water access.


Camp Bachimtal - Gasconade County

Camp Bachimtal is partly wooded and located just outside Hermann. Having once been a one-room schoolhouse,

the stone building that sits on this site is of unique historical interest. The campsite has electricity, telephone,

and a deep well with pump. There is a cook shack with a stove and refrigerator, as well as an outdoor

cooking fireplace and a modern environmentally-safe latrine.

Green Berry Acres - Cole County

Green Berry Acres is 4.3 acres located on Green Berry Road in Jefferson City. This partially wooded land is

great for overnight events since it has a cabin large enough to accomodate 24 sleeping bags with plenty of

room outside for tent camping. The cabin is heated and has a fireplace, telephone and refrigerator.

Additionally, there is a picnic shelter with electricity, tables, two grills and a water faucet. The bathhouse has

flush toilets, sinks and a shower.

Camp Sacajawea (West) - Pettis County

Just south of Sedalia, Camp Sacajawea (West) is 33 acres of partially wooded land. There is a large lodge, a

picnic shelter, an older enclosed building and a tool shed. The lodge has a kitchen, fireplace, showers and a

telephone. This site is excellent for troop tent camping and can acoomodate a variety of group sizes.

Camp Properties

Region 4

Camp Latonka - Wayne County

Nestled in a scenic cove on Lake Wappapello just northeast of Poplar Bluff,

Camp Latonka is a great outdoor sanctuary for all nature lovers. It is available

for day and overnight use and offers plenty of outdoor adventure including

horseback riding, swimming, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking,

challenge course, hiking, canoeing, sailing, and paddle boating. One of the

exciting features of this camp is the low and high ropes courses which were

developed in accordance with the standards set by the Association for

Challenge Course Technology and the Association for Experimental Education.

Region 5

Camp Sacajawea (East) - Cape Girardeau County

Camp Sacajawea (East) is a 38 acre camp located just north of Cape

Girardeau. This camp boasts an indoor horse riding arena along with a stable

which houses 12 horses October through April. The property has a cabin

with electricity, water, stove, refrigerator and large meeting room, as well as

cleared areas containing picnic tables, pavilion, and a latrine making it ideal

for tent camping.

Camp Cherokee Ridge - Wayne County

Situated on 1,100 acres of land in Wayne County, Camp Cherokee Ridge offers numerous recreational opportunities

including canoeing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, orienteering, camping, nature studying and

much more. There are three permanent camping units with screened cabins, electricity, water, fire rings and

latrines. Showers and toilets are located at the pool. The lodge has a commercial size kitchen, craft rooms

and bathrooms.


Girl Scout Shops

Girl Scout Shops are located in all five area

service centers. Each shop carries Girl Scout

apparel, uniforms, gift items, collectibles,

insignia, badges, books, fun patches and

more. Additionally, after October 1, you

can order items online at Follow

the links to the shop!

The Journey books are here! A new series of programming for girls

has been introduced and now’s your chance to stock up on what you need!

Below is a chart showing the basic start up materials for girls in your troop.

Materials will be available at all five council shop locations.


Grades 6-8





Grades K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

Grades 9-10


Grades 11-12

Daisy Journey Book


Brownie Journey

Book $7.00

Junior Journey Book


Cadette, Senior or

Ambassador Journey

Book $7.00

Tunic or Vest Sash or Vest Sash or Vest Sash or Vest


GS Council ID set


GS Council ID set


GS Council ID set


Troop # $1.25 per


Troop # $1.25 per


Troop # $1.25 per


Troop # $1.25 per


--Optional Items-- --Optional Items-- --Optional Items-- --Optional Items--

Flag patch $1.75 Flag patch $1.75 Flag patch $1.75 Flag patch $1.75

Insignia Tab $2.50 Insignia Tab $2.50 Insignia Tab $2.50 Insignia Tab $2.50

Be sure to check your region’s current website for summer hours. After October 1,

go to for updated information.


Go Green!

This year’s Fall Product Activity Theme - Go

Green is sure to be a hit with the girls.

Ashdon Farms and QSP/Reader’s Digest will

be offering Girl Scout friends and families the

opportunity to subscribe or renew their

favorite magaizines, purchase books and

CD’s, as well as order nuts and chocolates.

Through this activity girls will learn to observe and conserve through recycling, wind energy, renewable

sun energy, greenhouse gases and much more, all while earning funds for their troop projects.

Program Dates to Remember:

Because of the varying dates of the United Way blackout periods, the 2008 order dates for all regions

will vary.

Girls take orders:

Region 1 - Springfield Area October 3 - October 20

Region 2 - Joplin Area November 1 - November 10

Region 3 - Jefferson City Area October 24 - November 10

Region 4 - Dexter Area September 15 - October 6

Region 5 - Cape Girardeau Area October 3 - October 20

Color Change Clock or

Plush Polar Bear - sell 5

QSP magazines items

Girl Scout Fall Product Activity

Product Line-Up

Cool Recognitions

Chocolate Covered


Dark Chocolate

Covered Pretzels

Double Dipped

Chocolate Peanuts

Mint Meltaways

Gummi Berries

Cranberry Nut


Deluxe Pecan


Peanut Butter


Salsa Mix

Whole Cashews

In addition to earning

funds for their troops,

girls will have the opportunity

to earn recognitions

such as an inflatable

chair, t-shirt, patches,

clock, plush polar

bear and more! Check

out the four patches to

the right - they ultimately

“fit together”.

Patch 1

Patch 2

Patch 3

Patch 4


Girl Scout Cookie Activitiy

The theme for this year’s Girl Scout Cookie

Activity is “Going Places: Girls Take the Lead!”

You may not realize it, but when you help a

Girl Scout participate in this exciting program,

you are helping her develop leadership skills

for the future. While participating she is

learning to discover her own self, connect with

others, and take action to reach her goals ...

all skills she will be able to utilize later in life!

And, with such an important role, we want to help you get the Cookie Activity off to a great start. If

you have been appointed Product Activity Manager for your Service Unit, you should attend any one

of the trainings below. You will receive a more detailed invitation in the mail at a later date.

Training - Save A Date!

(These dates are for Service Unit Product Activity Managers only,

troop leaders will receive training dates at a later time)

November 6

November 8

November 8

November 13

November 15

November 20

Jefferson City




Houston or West Plains

Cape Girardeau

Product Line-Up

Thin Mints Caramel deLites

Shortbread Peanut Butter



Peanut Butter



Daisy Go Rounds

Program Dates to Remember:

January 9 - 25, 2009

January 26, 2009

February 16 - March 9, 2009

February 21 - March 23, 2009

Girl Scouts take orders

Orders are due to troop leaders

Girls deliver initial order cookies

Cookie booths



Advance registration

is required for

all adult training

s e s s i o n s .

Registration is

accepted by mail,

walk-in or online.

Complete the Training Registration Form and

submit it to the Jefferson City Area Service

Center with full payment or take to a regional

service center near you. Training Registration

forms are available on the website, at the service

center and in your Training Guide. Forms

may be photocopied. Use a separate form for

each individual. Deadline to register is 10 business

days prior to the training session. (Note: It

could take up to 4 days for mail to reach its destination.)

Register by Mail:

Jefferson City Area Service Center

Attn: Training Registration

230 Metro Drive

Jefferson City, MO 65109

Register Online:

After October 1, go to

Walk-in Registration

Walk-in registrations, along with payment, will

be accepted at your regional service center.


Training fees must be paid at the time of registration.

No refunds will be given after the registration

deadline date unless the training is cancelled

by the council. All refunds of $5 or less will

be in the form of a credit to any of the five council

Girl Scout Shops.


Training sessions with less than six registrations

may be cancelled. Those registered will be notified

of any cancellation. Most of the trainings

are conducted by volunteers. As a courtesy to

these volunteers, please call the service center if

you find that you are unable to attend training.

Many sessions have waiting lists. By not calling to

cancel, you may prevent another volunteer from

taking your place. Waiting lists will be kept and

you will be notified of a vacancy or if additional

courses will be scheduled. For the most part, training

sessions are held “rain or shine”! In the event of

severe weather cancellations, we will make every

effort to contact registered participants.


Trainings are designed to start on time and end on

time. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before

the start of the training to allow time for check-in

and greetings. Excessive lateness or early departure

may result in not receiving credit for the



• Notebook and pen

• Leader’s Guide or Handbook (other supplies if


Training card to be signed at completion of the


• Sack lunch and drink if attending an all day


Volunteer trainers greatly appreciate any offers to

help with tables, chairs and supplies after the



Children are not permitted to attend trainings

unless otherwise noted.


Home studies are in the process of being revised.


If you feel a training in your area is needed, please

contact the Senior Manager Adult Development.

Note: There would need to be at least six participants

before a training can be scheduled.

Training Registration Procedures


Leadership Trainings

Leadership Essentials

This course is designed to give the volunteer the essentials needed to help them become an effective

leader and the ability to facilitate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Leadership Essentials fulfills

training requirements for basic Girl Scout age level training.

Learning Objectives:

- Explain the meaning of the three keys of the Girls Scout Leadership Experience.

- Demonstrate how to use resources to support the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience,

including the Journeys with accompanying Adult Guides.

- Describe how to facilitate activities so they are girl-led, cooperative and learn-by doing.

- Convey the values of being purposeful in one’s leadership.

Minimum: 6

Cost: $2

Tuesday August 19

6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Dexter Girl Scout Service Center

Thursday September 4 6:30 pm–9:30 pm

Nevada (TBA) Reg Mtg


September 9

6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Pittsburg, KS

(TBA) Reg Mtg

Thursday September 11 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Dexter Girl Scout Service Center

Thursday September 11 6:30 pm–9:30 pm

Joplin (TBA) Reg Mtg


September 20

9:00 am to 12:00 pm


Girl Scout House

Monday September 22 9:00 am–12:00 pm Cape Girardeau Girl Scout Service Center

Monday September 22 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cape Girardeau Girl Scout Service Center


September 25

9:00 am to 12:00 pm


Girl Scout Service Center

Thursday September 25 6:30 pm–9:30 pm

Lebanon (TBA)

Saturday September 27 9:00 am–12:00 pm Sedalia Camp Sacajawea (West)


September 30

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Cape Girardeau

Girl Scout Service Center

Saturday October 4 9:00 am–12:00 pm Ava Ginny Lyon’s Home

Tuesday October 7

6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Kennett Church of Christ


October 11

9:00 am to 12:00 pm



Saturday October 11 9:00 am–9:00 pm

Jefferson City Camp Green Berry Acres

Saturday October 11 9:00 am–12:00 pm Willow Springs (TBA)


October 14

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Church of God

Saturday October 18 9:00 am–12:00 pm Aurora (TBA)

Tuesday October 21 6:30 pm–9:30 pm

Springfield Girl Scout Service Center


November 8

9:00 am to 12:00 pm


Pam Thieson’s Home

Monday November 10 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Poplar Bluff United Methodist Church

Saturday December 6 9:00 am–12:00 pm Rogersville Camp Finbrooke


CPR (adult/child) Training

First Aid (school & community)

Adults acting as primary first aid providers for Girl Scout activities must be certified in first aid and

CPR to meet Girl Scout Safety-Wise requirements.

Minimum: 6

Cost: Columbia $20* (includes book)

Jefferson City $20* (includes book)

Rolla $8* (does not include book)

Who: New and experienced leaders, assistant leaders or any registered adults

Bring: Pencil, paper and blanket

Bring sack lunch and drink IF attending a one-day session

*Difference in cost is based on area American Red Cross fees and if training includes book.

The course is 7 hours: 3 1/2 hours for CPR and 3 1/2 hours for First Aid

Sunday October 12 1:00 pm–9:00 pm Rolla

Girl Scout House

Saturday November 1 8:30 am–4:30 pm Jefferson City Girl Scout Service Center

Saturday November 8 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Jefferson City

Girl Scout Service Center

CPR/First Aid Trainings

CPR/First Aid offered through any other agency must be approved through the Adult Development

Coordinator PRIOR to attending the course.

CPR Only

Thursday October 16 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Springfield

Girl Scout Service Center

Tuesday January 22 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Dexter

Girl Scout Service Center

First Aid Only

Thursday October 23 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Springfield

Girl Scout Service Center

CPR (adult/child) Training

First Aid (school & community)

Recertification/Challenge Review

Participant may attend one session or both. You must present a CURRENT or recently expired card

for class admittance.

Minimum: 3

Cost: $10

Who: Adults whose CPR or First Aid is about to expire or has recently expired

Bring: Current card; book (if you have one)

The course is 2 hours: 1 hour for CPR and 1 hour for First Aid

Tuesday September 16 6:00 pm–8:00 pm Springfield

Girl Scout Service Center


Outdoor Trainings

Basic Outdoor Skills

This course teaches outdoor skills such as knots, fire building, dressing for the weather, protecting the

natural world, non-cook meals/kaper charts and much more. It is also designed to assist the leader in

identifying what girls need to know in preparing for their outdoor experience and tips for teaching

the skills to girls. This course certifies you to take the girls on a one day outing or for backyard

camping. This course is a pre-requisite for Basic Troop Camping.

Minimum: 6

Cost: $3

Some sessions may be offered in one seven hour course or divided into two evening sessions.

You must attend session I in order to attend session II.

Session 1 Session 2

Saturday, August 30 or

Saturday, September 13

Tuesday, September 23 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Thursday, Oct. 2 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Dexter Service Center

Saturday, October4

9:00 am–12:00 pm

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, Sept. 20

9:00 a.m.–12:00 pm

Camp Sacajawea (Cape)

Mt. Vernon (TBA)

Saturday, October 11

Saturday, November 15

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Rolla Girl Scout House

Basic Troop Camping

Participants start with a pre-camp to plan their camping trip. The pre-camp session will cover topics

such as troop camp forms, equipment list, makeables (i.e. sit upon, buddy burners, bed roll, etc.) and

Safety Wise. During the overnight course, participants will learn about tent pitching, outdoor cooking,

ceremonies, safety/security, outdoor activities and review skills. This course certifies the adult to

take the girls camping at an established campsite. Prerequisite: Basic Outdoor Skills

Minimum: 10

Cost: Dexter $10*

Lebanon $15*

Springfield/Rogersville $15*

*Difference in cost varies according to the number of meals cooked during overnight.


Saturday, September 27 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Lebanon TBA


Saturday, October 11 9:00 am - Sunday, October 12 4:00 pm

Bennett Springs State Park

Thursday, October 9 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Friday, October 17 - Saturday, October 18

Dexter Service Center

Lake Wappapello at Camp Latonka, Poplar Bluff

Tuesday, October 7 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m Saturday, October 18 9:00 am - Sunday, October 19 4:00 pm

Springfield Service Center

Camp Finbrooke, Rogersville



What is a Leadership Journey? Where did it come from?

A leadership journey is the exciting new way Girl Scouts is moving from single

interest badges to a series of themed activities focused on building specific

leadership skills. Journeys generally run from six to eight sessions and are fully

customizable by girls and volunteers. In partnership with girls, volunteers can

add outings, celebrations, and explorations that suit the journey’s theme and

the girls’ interests. Journeys can be stretched over a Girl Scout year or done

over the course of a few weeks or months. While journeys offer plenty of

choices for girls, facilitator guides will provide the roadmap.

Girls of all ages and from across the country contributed their ideas and feedback to make the New Girl

Scout Leadership Experience a reality. Girls said they wanted challenging experiences and an exciting, contemporary

“look” for books and awards. They also told us-in no uncertain terms-what “leadership” means

to them. Below is an age level summary of the first series, It’s Your World - Change It!

It’s Your World—Change It!

The First Series of Journeys for the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Visit your local Girl Scout Shop or go online at to purchase copies of the

new Journey Facilitator Guides.

Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden (Grades k-1)

In this journey for kindergarteners and first-graders, a favorite pastime—gardening—meets

the Girl Scout Law. The result is a storybook

world of flowers and little girls who, together, do great things. Girl

Scout Daisies will especially enjoy meeting the colorful, global characters

who teach them to live the Girl Scout Law. The adult “how-to”

guide offers Garden Story Time tips, key ideas for garden projects,

and all the Girl Scout history and traditions needed for an adventure

starring Amazing Daisy, a new flower friend for Girl Scout Daisies.


Brownie Quest: Follow the Trails . . . of the ELF Adventure and

the Three Keys (Grades 2-3)

What are the most important keys for a Girl Scout to own? This quest, which

has second and third-graders traveling along two colorful trails—one they can

enjoy on their own and one they explore with their Girl Scout group—answers

that question in a very special way. Along the Quest, Girl Scout Brownies will

meet three new friends and a bright and shining elf—in a brand new Brownie

story meant to inspire their own Take Action Projects. The accompanying

adult guide offers all the tips needed to create and maintain a sense of fun

and mystery along the entire Quest. Instructions for a Brownie Brainstorm,

Brownie Team Trade, and other activities ensure a quality and fun time for

the girls.


Agent of Change (Grades 4-5)

Power. In this journey, there’s a whole spiral of it waiting for Girl Scout Juniors.

This powerful journey is filled with ceremonies and circles, real-life heroines,

and special new characters, including the fashion-savvy spider named Dez.

Along the way, girls learn how their own power combines into team power

and then moves out to become community power (kind of like how Dez

weaves her web from the inside out). The journey’s centerpiece is a comic

story of girl heroines who will inspire the real-life Juniors as they take action

to improve their own community.

aMAZE: The Twists and Turns of Getting Along (Grades 6-8)

Life is a maze of relationships and this journey has Girl Scout Cadettes maneuvering through all its twists and

turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and maybe even peace. The adult guide offers tips for

talking about relationship issues with girls and pointers for understanding Cadettes’ development and

creating a safe, welcoming space.

GIRLtopia: Toward an Ideal World for Girls (Grades 9-10)

Girl Scout Seniors know the world is not ideal. This journey is their chance to imagine a

perfect world—for girls. They’re invited to create their vision as an art project—in any

medium of their choice. Then they’ll take action to make their vision a reality. Leaders,

after all, are visionaries!

Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy (Grades 11-12)

How often have you seen something that really needed to be changed and wondered, “Why isn’t someone

doing something about that?” This journey gives Girl Scout Ambassadors a way to be that someone—an

advocate with the power to start the first flutter of real and lasting change. While creating their own “butterfly

effect,” they’ll gain an array of skills—such as networking, planning, and learning to speak up for what

they believe—that will benefit them as they prepare for life beyond high school.

Girl Scout Mission Statement

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character,

who make the world a better place.

Girl Scout Promise:

On my honor, I will try:

To serve God and my country,

To help people at all times, and

To live by the Girl Scout Law.

Girl Scout Law:

I will do my best to be

honest and fair,

friendly and helpful,

considerate and caring,

courageous and strong, and

responsible for what I say and do

and to

respect myself and others,

respect authority,

use resources wisely,

make the world a better place, and

be a sister to every Girl Scout.

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