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100th Anniversary Service Unit Guidelines
As we gear up to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting, our council prepared Service Unit Guidelines to focus our efforts and generate maximum impact for this momentous occasion. GSUSA’s national theme for the 100th Anniversary is Forever Green. We love the fun and flexibility of this theme as it allows all of us to celebrate Girl Scouts in so many ways. Working with a team of exceptional Girl Scout volunteers from all over our great council, we’ve developed these guidelines to assist service units in creating and scheduling 100th Anniversary service unit events. It helps us focus on the national theme and ensure that we do not over-extend ourselves or compete with each other on critical dates or with special programs and events.
Many volunteers are familiar with the Gold Award process. We’ve based the Service Unit Guidelines process on the Gold Award model, but in this case, girls and adult volunteers can submit applications to a review committee for 100th Anniversary service unit events.
How does it work?
- Someone has an idea about how to celebrate the 100th Anniversary at the service unit level.
- They work with their service unit to develop the idea and get it approved by the service unit and added to the service unit calendar just as they normally would with any service unit event. (Note that Event Directors must take the Event Director course, where the safety guidelines, procedures and forms for events are fully covered.)
- Once the service unit approves the event, the individual(s) running the 100th Anniversary service unit event completes and submits the 100th Anniversary Service Unit Event Proposal Form available online by clicking here.
Once a month, the Service Unit Guideline Committee, which is made up of volunteers from around the council, reviews the 100th Anniversary service unit proposals and approves or amends them, and notifies the individual(s) in charge of the proposed 100th Anniversary service unit event, as well as the Service Unit Director and the Community Development Director for that service unit. Once an event has been approved by the Service Unit Guidelines Committee, the event is added to a Master Calendar of 100th Anniversary events. The Master Calendar enables us as a council to avoid duplication of major or special events and coordinates our efforts council-wide to maximize opportunities for girls and volunteers, increase visibility within our communities, and enable us to join together in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts.
Service Unit Guidelines: Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to submit a 100th Anniversary Service Unit Event Proposal Form for all service unit events?
No, you do not – just the forms that are normally used for service unit events. The 100th Anniversary Service Unit Event Proposal Form is only for 100th Anniversary events held by service units. It is not for all service unit events.
- What is a service unit event?
A service unit event is any event sponsored by volunteers, such as a camporee, younger and older girl events, etc. These events may be just for girls from one service unit, may include girls from a regional area, or could be open to girls from around the council and listed in the Choices Activity Guide. Only those events that specifically focus on the 100th Anniversary must use the 100th Anniversary Service Unit Event Proposal Form.
- Can a service unit event become a 100th Anniversary event?
Yes. If a service unit chooses to make the 100th Anniversary the theme of any of its events, it may do so and it would then be required to submit the 100thAnniversary Service Unit Event Proposal Form to the Service Unit Guidelines Committee for review and approval. For example, if the annual spring camporee will use the Forever Green theme, this would be considered a 100th Anniversary service unit event.
- Can individuals create 100th Anniversary events?
Yes. If an individual wants to run a 100th Anniversary event at the Troop level, he or she may do so without using the 100th Anniversary Service Unit Event Proposal Form.
If an individual wants to run a 100th Anniversary event at the service unit, regional, or council level, he or she would have to follow the process within his or her service unit to get the event approved, then it would be submitted to the Service Unit Guidelines Committee using the 100th Anniversary Service Unit Event Proposal Form.
- How is a rocker added to the 100th Anniversary Council Patch?
A service unit can decide to add a rocker to the official council patch for 100th anniversary events after March 30, 2011. The 100thAnniversary council patch contest is open from July 15, 2010 – December 1, 2010. The 100th Anniversary Patch subcommittee will select the top entries, which will be posted online and all members of GS NorCal will be able to vote on the patch until February 15, 2011. The winner will be announced by February 27, 2011. Once the winner is announced we will know the final shape of the anniversary patch and the final shape of the rockers.