Resources

TROOP COMMUNICATION TOOLS: 
Volunteer Toolkit:  To send emails and set up your troop calendar, use the Volunteer Toolkit on your MY GS link at www.gsnorcal.org.  Training on how to use the volunteer toolkit is available in the GS Online Training area:  http://training.girlscoutsnorcal.org/login/index.php

Rallyhood Group Site:  Use Rallyhood to create a group site that includes a calendar, signup tool, gallery and email notification.  Perfect for GS Troops.  Free.   http://www.rallyhood.com

TroopWebHostGS.com:  A very advanced troop site with communication tools, signup, badge tracking, photo gallery and more.  Cost: $99 per year.  http://www.troopwebhostgs.com

SignUp.com:  When you need to create a signup list for snack, or a specific event, use this site to alert people to sign up for specific times and it will automatically send a reminder to  your volunteers a day or two before the event.  http://www.signup.com.

LOCAL SONOMA RESOURCES:
Sonoma Ecology Center:  http://www.sonomaecologycenter.org/
E-newsletter available.  Great source for outdoor education opportunities, also some community service with tree planting, creek clean-up, etc.

Sonoma Birding:  http://www.sonomabirding.com/
Volunteer community that host the annual Christmas Bird Count, along with a special Bird Count for Kids.  Hosts educational nature lecture series.  E-newsletter available.

LandPaths:  http://www.landpaths.org
List of Sonoma County Protected Lands, offering guided hikes, outdoor event, park and open space maps.

ONLINE SHOPPING:
Our local GS Online Store:
http://store.girlscoutsnorcal.org/

National GS Online Store:
http://www.girlscoutshop.com/gsusaonline/

Girl Scout Videos online: View some great informational videos at the Girl Scout YouTube Channel! Great historical footage too!
http://www.youtube.com/user/girlscoutvideos

ADVANCEMENT TRACKING:
Free Software: Scouting Trax for each level: GSNorCal.org Forms Page
(Excel Spreadsheets to track badges, attendance, etc.)  SCROLL to the bottom of the page to TROOP RESOURCES

CAMPING RESOURCES:

Outdoor Cooking:
www.netwoods.com
www.camping.lovetoknow.com
www.outdoorcook.com

Knots:
www.animatedknots.com

Map & Compass
Orienteering
Geocaching

LEADER RESOURCES:
ScoutingWeb.com is a great place for meeting ideas, ceremony ideas and much more for new leaders.
Scoutmom.net – Another excellent resource for leaders.

World Thinking Day:
www.worldthinkingday.org

SWAPs:
www.girlscouts.org
www.scoutswaps.com
www.scoutingweb.com

STEM KITS AND ACTIVITIES:
www.raft.net – Resource Area for Teaching
Engineering Go For It:  http://www.egfi-k12.org

Fun Patches:
www.snappylogos.com

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