When I started this blog I started a list of everything I wanted to create and provide for leaders who came to Leader Connecting Leaders looking for resources and help. After a few years of blogging and making badge activity booklets I started getting emails from other leaders and women passionate about scouting who wanted me to share their resources. At that point I shifted focus and instead of trying to do everything I am now focused on badge and activity booklets which is the part of being a leader I love the most and want to pass my knowledge on to all of you while also collaborating with other bloggers with a Girl Scout passion, but focus on other aspects of being a leader and are offering great resources online. With this blog it has given me the opportunity to share what others have to offer to you and your girls.
So with that said I have been following a amazing blog called I am StrawjenBerry, her name is Jen who struggled with the organization portion of being a leader and took 2 years creating a Leader Planner that has it all. If you have no idea where to start this Leader Planner will get you and your troop organized quick! Be sure to join her mailing list to stay updated on all her other resources as well. I asked her to share more about the planner and share her amazing blog full of a pile of freebies to get you started as will.
Jen says, “One of the challenges I had as a new leader was organization. I found that even though my troop had less than ten girls, I still needed to manage paperwork and information for each girl. Like a teacher, on a smaller scale. I knew that I needed something separate from my personal and work planners, one that I could put in a binder and grab when I needed it. It took over two years for me to develop the leader planner. It truly is a labor of love.
The planner includes everything you need to plan your troop year in a colorful, fun format. It all starts with a personalized cover that includes your name, troop number (optional) or year. You’ll never have to search for information again because it will be all in one place. The planner contains your calendar, meeting planners, rosters and badge trackers in one safe place for when you need it. Once you assemble your binder you can take it to the Girl Scout store and make your awards purchases too.”
- One personalized cover (from a choice of four designs)
- 2018 & 2019 Year at a Glance Calendar Page for easy meeting planning
- Colorful Meeting Planner Page with sections for all your notes on snacks, crafts/activities, supplies, meeting details (troop business and opening activity), badge work, journey work, and reminders
- Attendance Sheet
- Troop Roster
- Girl-Led Troop Planner
- To-Do List
- Birthdays & Holidays Tracker
- Snack Sign-up Sheet
- “I Can’t Wait To…” Girl Planner Sheet
- Form and RSVP Tracker
- Product Sales Tracker
- Weekly 2-page Horizontal Spread Planner Sheet (undated for unlimited use)
- Monthly 2-page Calendar Spreads (undated for unlimited use)
- Blank Roster Sheet (use for volunteers, trip addresses, etc.)
- ALL NEW Badge Trackers for every Girl Scout level!
This all new tracker allows you to track all badges, journeys, pins and awards on one page per girl! Completely updated with STEM and OUTDOOR badges and journeys! New badges will be added before each school year in August. 2018 tracker updates will be available August 31.
The entire leader planner file is a total of 25 pages with the cover. Add in freebies from the resources section of iamgirlscouts.blogspot.com and you will have all the tools to plan an organized troop year. Free resources include: Parent Handbook, Troop Calendar, and Promise and Law printable. Purchase booklet directly from her Etsy shop
These pages are designed to be printed on standard letter 8.5″ x 11″ paper. The files are in PDF format which opens and prints best using Adobe Reader. Pages can be printed at home or professionally bound at your nearest office supply store. Because they are standard letter size, they work with three ring binders, punched within disc bound notebooks or spiral bound notebook style. I highly recommend the Avery 3 ring binder from Amazon because it has a nice plastic sleeve in front to put the cover of your planner and also there are a variety of colors to choose from.
To show my commitment and support to Girl Scouting and leaders all over the world, any new items that are added to the planner in the future will be available to all past purchasers.
Do you like to be digital with your organization? Here are a few additional ideas to get your troop organized without pen and paper.
- Have you heard of the BAND app? Here is the 4 ways this app can make your planning easier.
- Have you heard of Groopit? Here is where I share the 3 easy steps to get back to having more fun and less organizing with this app.
12+ amazing resources to help you plan and organize your Girl Scout troop + FREE Kaper Chart Download
One thing we all know as leaders we need all the help we can get to make the program fun, educational, and to help build the girl leaders of tomorrow. This post is packed full with ideas for:
- Kaper Chart ideas plus a free download
- How to organize your troop
- Collaboration Ideas
- Badge Planning Resources
- World Thinking Day
- Cookie Season Support
- Extra Fun For Meetings
- How to make your troop unique
- Ceremony Ideas
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