The FAQ are a mix of questions asked by both Girl Scouts and adults registering them.
What What Ambassador Journeys do you offer ?
Your Voice Your World. THE POWER OF ADVOCACY For Ambassador Girl Scouts grades 11- 12
What is this journey about ? The Your Voice Your World journey may differ a bit from journeys you have done at the Cadette or Senior level. It is an ADVOCACY project. To earn the Advocate Award, you start by identifying an issue that is important to you. The steps of the journey build up a finale where you give a persuasive speech or presentation to people who have influence over your issue. The tasks that build up to your speech are broken down into 8 main steps (see list below); such as researching the issue and what others in the community are doing to solve the issue , building a team of support, setting up a meeting and more.
What kind of issues/projects have girls done on this journey?
Issue - Early school start times having a negative impact on student health and academic performance.
Advocacy Project - Persuasive speech given the to school board sharing her research and trying to persuade them to add more late start days into the academic calendar.Issue - The stigma of Mental Illness
Advocacy Project - Persuasive speeches to school groups & administrative staff educating about the changes in the brain that occur during mental illness & encouraging people not to be ashamed to seek help or judge those who do.
Issue - Animal Cruelty - Specifically unscrupulous breeding practices AKA "puppy mills"
Advocacy Project - Held an event highlighting the conditions in puppy mills and advocating for adoption from animal shelters.
What do girls who completed this journey online have to say about it?
Click here to read participant feedback of the online experience.
How does an online journey work?
Our online program will guide you through the eight steps required to earn the Advocate award, including the Take Action project. You will use the online resources in conjunction with the Your Voice Your World journey book. For an overview of the journey steps click here
Highlights of the program include:
- Group Activities: The beginning of the journey involves the most group interaction as you explore your world, narrow down what you care about, and identify your cause. By sharing what inspires you, you can inspire each other too! We hope to create an online community of other Ambassadors to help support you as you complete your journey.
- Individual Undertakings: Once you've found your cause, the focus becomes more individual as you work on taking your project into the community. As you progress, you will share your plans and the materials you create with us!
- What are the advantages of taking an online journey? If you have a busy life, you can fit in the activities based on your schedule. We have a suggested time frame for completion, but there is some flexibility built in.
- Skill building for Gold Award, scholarship, or college applications. Since the Girl Scout Gold Award application is now completed online, completing a journey in an online format will help you build your writing skills and learn how to create a solid Take Action Project plan. These same skills will be put to use again for college or scholarship applications.
- Expert Guidance You will have two experienced mentors. Katie Casey-Anderson who, as the owner of Workshops4girls has run over 65 journeys over the last 8 years. She also serves as a Gold Award Interviewer for Girl Scout Council or Orange County and has 15 years of Girl Scout leader experience. Dani Godinez has 15 years of Girl Scout experience and works at Goldenwest College as a Teaching Assistant in online classes.
Is an online journey a good fit for me ?
Online programs are not for everyone. While you have the option to interact with other scouts, you will be working independently. You must be self-motivated and be able to work within deadlines to complete the journey within the 5 month session.
We require all participants to take this short readiness survey to help them determine if the online format will work for them. We didn’t write the survey but found it online and it had all the questions we feel you need to ask yourself before registering. The survey and an overview of the journey steps can be found at this link
Can my senior Girl Scout (grades 9-10 ) sign up for this journey?
No, only Girl Scouts in grades 11 or 12 are eligible.
How do the journey activities fit within the scheduled dates ?
The journey is set up over a five month time frame with due dates to keep the girls on track. The girls can work faster than the due dates if they are highly motivated. They also have a certain amount of flexibility if a due date falls when they have other obligations.
What if I can’t complete it by the end date?
If you wish to continue to participate in this journey session after the end date, you must have completed the following activities - Welcome, Introductions, What is Advocacy and Steps 1- 5 by the end date. You must inform us that you wish to continue with your projected end date.
Is an online journey easier ?
It isn't journey-lite ! Katie is a Gold Interviewer & Dani is involved in online education at a community college. They will hold the scouts to a high standard so they are well prepared for Gold and beyond !
It is "easier" in that the scouts can set their own pace to fit it in with their busy lives. On the other hand, it requires the girls to be self motivated to complete the activities within the time frame.
I have to cancel. Can I get a refund?
Requests for refunds must be made within 7 days of the session start date or if enrolling after start date, within 7 days of completion of registration. There will be NO refunds after the 7 day period. All refunds are subject to a $10.00 cancellation fee.
It is within the 7 day cancellation period. What do I need to do?
Send an email to email@example.com including participant’s name, Journey name and start date, address where refund should be mailed and name of person or troop the refund check should be made out to.
What happens if the series is cancelled?
We reserve the right to cancel an event. If the program is cancelled all refunds will be made in full.
Access to Online Program
After completion of registration and payment, the scout participant will receive an email from Instructure Canvas with an invitation to log in and begin the journey.
The main adult contact who registers the girl will receive an email with the syllabus which gives a general overview of activity titles and due dates. The adult contact will not have access to the online program.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
How do I register my daughter or troop?
Go to the Online journey registration page. Registration is started online, but completed by mail.
The registration deadline is passed. Can I still register?
You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the status of the session. If there are spaces available, you can register after the deadline. If there are no spaces, you will be placed on the waiting list & notified if a space opens up.
When can my scout begin the online program?
Your scout will be sent log in information as soon as payment is received. She can begin immediately after she receives her log in invitation.
How do we pay?
After completing the registration form online, you will be sent an invoice by email to print and mail with payment within 4 days.
Once we receive your registration and payment we will email the participant directly with log in info. The log in information will not be sent until payment is received.
What are the accepted forms of payment?
Troop checks, personal checks & money orders.