When her troop couldn’t meet in person, Jen Quaranta, a multi-level troop leader from Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, brought the meeting to her girls instead. She shared with us her tips and best practices for keeping virtual meetings running smoothly.
Last year, a snowstorm shut down our town, but we had an important meeting related to cookie sales that needed to take place. I decided that because the girls were in fifth and sixth grades, we could have the meeting virtually. I was already familiar with Zoom because I use it for work, so we used it for our troop meeting.
Fast forward to the present, when we learned our school district was closing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. My co-leader and I started talking about the fact that we already had several plans in place to continue our Girl Scout year.
I held a virtual meeting with my third-grade Brownies recently, and it was so healthy for the girls to see one another again. Even the parents talked about how good it was to have something normal in their lives again. The girls even asked to meet more frequently because everything else that usually keeps them busy was canceled.
Here’s how I make virtual meetings work for my troop.
Consider your tech specs.
Think about your meeting logistics.
Adapt meeting traditions when possible.
Keep troop activities moving forward.
In the days ahead, I’ll create digital ways for my girls to receive activity information. I plan to reach out to other leaders too, so perhaps all our girls can collaborate. And I'll be working on ways for the girls to prepare for bridging. Our troop will be moving forward.