- Welcome (5 minutes)
- Give girls a few minutes to join the meeting and get settled.
- Encourage the girls to take this time to chat with each other before the official meeting begins.
- Ground Rules (5
- Review the ground rules or use this time to create list together.
- Promise and Law (5
- Recite the Promise and Law together. Ask girls to keep themselves muted as they follow your lead. Internet connectivity issues can cause a lag in audio, which can be discouraging and frustrating for the girls when they aren’t hearing themselves in unison.
- You can encourage girls to have their cameras on, but it shouldn’t be required.
- Icebreaker (10
- Add an icebreaker activity to help everyone get comfortable. Explore examples of icebreaker activities.
- Use the same icebreaker at each meeting or try different ones—it’s entirely up to you!
- Main Activity (20 minutes)
- Whether it’s badge work or just something fun, the main activity should take up the bulk of your meeting time. Here are some tips.
- Prep For Your Next
meeting (5 Minutes)
- If the girls will complete an activity on their own, set them up for success and explain what they’ll need to do.
- If not, give them a sense of what to expect for the next meeting.
- Looking for feedback on what to do next? This is a great time to poll the girls!
- Make New Friends (5 minutes)
- Wind down your meeting by singing “Make New Friends.”
- Just as you did with the Promise and Law, ask the girls to mute their microphones and follow your lead.
- Friendship Circle (5
- Encourage the girls to share this special time of the meeting with a sibling or even their favorite stuffed animal.
- Just as you would with an in-person meeting, ask them to cross their arms and give them a moment to squeeze their own hand (by making a fist) to virtually pass on the squeeze.
- Then, on the count of three, instruct the girls to lift their arms over their heads to virtually “twist out” to close the meeting.
Virtual Meeting Planning
Tips, Tools, and Ideas for Planning a Great Virtual Meeting: Keep the Girl Scout spirit strong, no matter where you are.
Planning virtual meetings can feel quite different from the
in-person meetings we’re used to: can you successfully engage your
girls through their screens? Can you keep your troop’s favorite
traditions going virtually? The answer is yes!
Use this sample agenda and the following tips to prepare for your virtual meeting and get ready to have fun with your girls, wherever their “meeting spaces” may be.
Sample Virtual Meeting Agenda
Conducting a Virtual Meeting
Supplies for a Virtual Meeting
Adapt Badges and Journeys
Easy Badge and Journey Adaptations for Virtual Troop
In-person troop meetings are amazingly fun, but virtual meetings can offer a whole range of new ways to engage your girls, your guests, and families!
Check out our newest training video, Virtual Meetings: Adapting Badges and Journeys! We walk you through our existing badges and journeys tailored for virtual meetings and share some tips on adapting badges and journeys for online.
Check out these proven tips for how you and your girls can adapt your badge, journey, or award activities to a virtual setting.
Tip: Encourage girls to share their ideas for how they can
meet specific badge requirements in a virtual setting. It’s a great
way to keep things girl-led and they’ll be more engaged in the content
if their creative thinking helped to shape it.
Plus, visit explore the activity pages on Girl Scouts at Home for examples of how specific badge steps can be accomplished virtually.
Digital Icebreakers and Games
An icebreaker game is a great way to start any meeting, but in a virtual setting they offer your troop the chance to get familiar with the technology and engage the girls before getting down to business. Here are a few ideas!
Tips for Leading Successful Icebreakers