National Council Session/53rd Convention

2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Instituteconnect

October 16-19, 2014    Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina is looking for girls ages 14 and up to represent us as a Girl Delegate and a Girl Alternate at the National Council Session/53rd Convention. We are also looking for girls ages 14 and up to participate in the 2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute.

 

Our Girl Delegate and Girl Alternate will have the opportunity to think strategically, act wisely as a member of a deliberative body setting broad direction, and focus on the future of the Girl Scout Movement. Please review the attached position description for a more thorough understanding of the role

 

The Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) is where a lot of the magic of the convention happens! It is a triennial conference that provides girls 14 and older with three days of leadership skill-building activities tied to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).

 

Girls tell us they want to make a real difference in the world, so GSLI 2014 will focus on big issues that girls across the country and around the globe are passionate about. This year’s GSLI theme, Girls Change the World, has never been more true! Girls will choose among seven popular issues and design related projects that will enable them to go out and make a difference in their communities. This year’s issues are teen violence, healthy relationships, basic needs (such as hunger, poverty, homelessness, and natural disaster relief), inclusion/diversity, education, self-image/body image, and the status of women.

 

At the GSLI, girls will…

 

  • Get the latest information on their chosen issues from experts in the field
  • Work together on solutions with girls from around the globe
  • Learn techniques for innovation, advocacy, and planning
  • Return home ready to make a specific impact in their communities and councils

 

The GSLI experience will give each girl the opportunity to make new friends, develop important skills, learn about new planning processes, and take advantage of a support system that will be there to meet her needs—all in a fun and engaging way.

 

Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina will cover the registration, travel, lodging, and food expenses for the girls who are selected to represent GSESC as our Girl Delegate and Girl Alternate at the National Council Session and girls who will attend the 2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute. The group will be chaperoned by a GSESC staff member and an adult volunteer.

 

                If you are interested in applying to become GSESC’s Girl Delegate/Girl Alternate at the National Council Session

or to attend the 2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute, please complete the application, attach three letters of recommendation, and submit it to 2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute Selection Committee, Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, 7951 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC  29418 by June 2, 2014. Selection, by committee, will be made

by June 19, 2014. Contact Jen Sandie at 843-552-9910 ext. 2360 or jensandie@girlscoutsesc.org if you have any questions.

                In Order to Apply to Represent GSESC as a Girl Delegate/Alternate at the National Council Session:

  • You must be a registered girl member of Girl Scouts for the 2014-2015 year
  • You must be 14 years of age or older by October 16, 2014
  • You must be able to attend the entire event from October 15-20, 2014 (including travel dates)
  • You must participate in all meetings including teleconferences scheduled for orientation and preparation prior to         the National Council Session
  • You must become thoroughly informed on the facts about our council and about the national organization
  • You must study the entire contents of the National Council Session Workbook to be well informed on issues and procedures for the National Council Session meetings
  • You must be informed on the council’s point of view on issues to be presented at the National Council Session, but     vote independently on what you believe to be in the best interests of Girl Scouting nationally
  • You must attend all meetings of the National Council Session and delegate meetings
  • You must submit a completed application, including three letters of recommendation, by June 2, 2014

 

            In Order to Apply to the 2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute:

  • You must be a registered girl member of Girl Scouts for the 2014-2015 year
  • You must be 14 years of age or older by October 16, 2014
  • You must be interested in developing leadership skills tied to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)
  • You must be interested in developing a Take Action project based on information learned during the GSLI and implement the project upon returning from the GSLI. This Take Action project may turn your Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • You must be able to attend the entire event from October 15-20, 2014 (including GSLI and travel dates)
  • You must participate in pre-GSLI preparation meetings and post-GSLI meetings. These meetings may be held

        throughout GSESC’s council jurisdiction

  • You must submit a completed application, including three letters of recommendation, by June 2, 2014

 

 

            Application Directions:

  1. Fill out the application completely. Please print or type. Attach additional pages if necessary.

 

  1. Attach three letters of recommendation from people who know of your ability to serve as GSESC’s Girl Delegate/Girl Alternation to the National Council Session and/or a representative for the 2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute. One recommendation needs to come from your Girl Scout Leader/Girl Scout Assistant Leader (if your Girl Scout Leader is a parent). Letters of recommendation should not come from a relative. Applications are not considered complete until the letters of recommendation are received. Please ensure the people who are writing your letters of recommendation know of the June 2, 2014 deadline.

 

  1. Return your completed application, with the three letters of recommendation attached,  to: 2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute Selection Committee, Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, 7951 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC  29418 by June 2, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 National Council Session Girl Delegate/Girl Alternate

2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute Application

 

            Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________

 

            Address: __________________________________________________________________________________

 

            City: _______________________________________________ State: __________ Zip Code: _______________

 

            Phone: _________________________________ Cellular Phone: ______________________________________

 

            E-mail: _____________________________________________________________________________________

 

                Grade in 2014-2015: ___________ Age on Oct. 16: _______School: _____________________________________________

               

                Troop #: _______       Service Unit #: _______   Girl Scout Program Grade Level:       Cadette          Senior           Ambassador

 

                I would like my application to be considered for the following positions (check all you are interested in):

 

                _______ Girl Scout Leadership Institute --- You will participate fully in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute

 

_______ Girl Delegate to the National Council Session/53rd Convention --- Your main responsibility will be

representing Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina as our Girl Delegate to the National Council Session/53rd Convention.

You will participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute when time permits.

 

                _______ Girl Alternate to the National Council Session/53rd Convention --- You will participate fully in the

Girl Scout Leadership Institute unless you need to assume Girl Delegate responsibilities.

 

                2014 National Council Session Girl Delegate/Girl Alternate Applicants

                Please answer each question completely on a separate sheet of paper.

               

  1. Please list your present/past experiences in Girl Scouting which will help you if you are selected as a delegate at the National Council Session. (Give details, dates, leadership positions, offices, special projects, etc.)

 

  1. What are your current non-Girl Scout involvements? (school, clubs, church, extracurricular activities; include

leadership positions, volunteer hours, years involved, etc.)

 

  1. Have you ever attended a Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina annual meeting?

                                As a delegate                     Yes _____           No_____      If yes, what years? __________________________

                                As an alternate                 Yes _____           No_____      If yes, what years? __________________________

                                As a visitor                          Yes _____           No_____      If yes, what years? __________________________

 

  1. Describe a situation when you spoke in support or opposition to an issue being discussed by a group of decision

makers. Did you influence the outcome of the decision? Why or why not?

 

  1. How would you support a decision of the National Council Session with which you did not agree?

 

  1. Why do you believe you should be chosen to be Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina’s Girl Delegate/Girl Alternate?

 

  1. After the National Council Session is over, how will you share your experiences and continue to be involved in Girl Scouting over the next 3 years?

               

2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute Applicants

                Please answer each question completely on a separate sheet of paper.

 

      1.      Please list your present/past experiences in Girl Scouting which will help you if you are selected as a delegate at the National Council Session. (Give details, dates, leadership positions, offices, special projects, etc.)

 

      2.      What are your current non-Girl Scout involvements? (school, clubs, church, extracurricular activities; include

leadership positions, volunteer hours, years involved, etc.)

 

3.    Please expand on one leadership experience you have participated in during your time in Girl Scouts. Were you                       

                            satisfied with the results or can you share your feedback on how to improve the outcomes?

 

                      4.    Why are you interested in attending the 2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute?

 

                      5.   What will you do with the skills you learn at the 2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute?

 

 

 

Please remember to attach your three letters of recommendation to this application.

 

 

Applicant Understanding:

I have read the above description of the Girl Delegate/Girl Alternate position and feel I am able to participate. If I am selected, I have definite intentions of attending the event and plan to accept participation.

 

Applicant signature: ____________________________________________ Date: __________________

 

Applicant Understanding:

I have read the above description of the 2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute and feel I am able to participate. If I am selected, I have definite intentions of attending the event and plan to accept participation.

 

Applicant signature: ____________________________________________ Date: __________________

 

 

 

Parent/Guardian Permission:

I have read the above description of the Girl Delegate/Girl Alternate position.  To the best of my knowledge _____________________________has a clear understanding of the position she has applied for, and if selected, has my permission to participate.

 

Parent/Guardian signature: _____________________________________ Date: ___________________

 

Parent/Guardian Permission:

I have read the above description of the 2014 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute.  To the best of my knowledge_____________________________has a clear understanding of the event she has applied for, and if selected, has my permission to participate.

 

Parent/Guardian signature: _____________________________________ Date: __________________

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Delegate to the National Council

 

NATIONAL COUNCIL GOVERNANCE ACCOUNTABILITIES

The National Council is authorized to:

  • Elect the National Board of Directors and National Board Development Committee.
  • Amend the Constitution.
  • Establish requirements for credentials.
  • Act on proposals.
  • Influence the strategic direction of the Movement by providing guidance to the National Board.

 

RECOMMENDED SELECTION CRITERIA FOR NATIONAL COUNCIL DELEGATES

Girl Scout councils should elect delegates based on the following criteria:

  • Ability to think strategically and focus on the future of the Girl Scout Movement.
  • Experience in a policy-influencing or policy-making capacity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the workings of Girl Scout councils and the Movement.
  • Ability to analyze issues from a national, as well as a council, perspective. National Council actions and decisions have Movement-wide implications.
  • Commitment to attending council and GSUSA training sessions, in order to be as informed as possible about the issues and democratic process utilized at the National Council Session.
  • Willingness to support all the decisions of the National Council.

 

DUTIES OF A DELEGATE

1.    In advance of the National Council Session, each individual elected by the council as a voting member/delegate to the National Council takes personal responsibility to:

  • Study all items on the agenda, including background information, and recommendations of the National Board of Directors.
  • Attend briefing meetings conducted by the council; participate in council, board, and association meetings; and participate in council forums and focus groups, as requested.
  • Obtain a broad array of the opinions of adult members and Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors from all parts of the council.
  • Participate in teleconferences for voting members, sponsored by the national organization. 
  • Engage in opportunities to discuss, learn, and share ideas across the Movement.

 

2.            While attending the National Council Session, each voting member is responsible for:

  • Attending all business meetings and participating in the proceedings.
  • Being fully prepared to participate in discussion and vote on all business items.

 

3      Upon returning from the National Council Session, each National Council voting member/delegate is prepared to:

  • Report at the council’s annual meeting, to the council board of directors, and the council’s constituency (if requested by council Board Chair/president and CEO) on the National Council decisions and the reasons for such decisions.
  • Share insights on information gained at the National Council Session, if requested.
  • Assist the council as it prepares to participate in the next National Council Session, if requested.
  • Participate in teleconferences and other opportunities for voting members/delegates.