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2018Annual Meeting andLeadership Conference

Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference 2018

July 27-28 | DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock, AR


Be sure to register early - last year's event sold out before the registration deadline.

Check the drop down menus below for all the conference details.

Just a few of the highlights:

  • Stay tuned for a Friday night activity 
  • Recognition and Awards Ceremony
  • Workshops for girls and volunteers - Girl Workshops added - check below!
  • Booth Expo - Service Units and Girl Scouts - Diamonds will host booths
  • Girl Scout Shop with special discounts!
  • Silent Auction - fun items and experiences
  • Lunch and Annual Meeting
  • Members only meetings for the Board and CAT (Council Advisory Team)
Conference Schedule

Download the printable schedule.

A Decade of Diamonds Schedule of Events

Anticipated Schedule. Subject to slight changes before event date.

Friday, July 27, 2018

5:00 PM  Registration opens and booth set up begins
6:00   Friday Evening Activity starts (details coming soon!)
8:00   Registration and booth set up end
8:00   Friday Evening Activity ends
10:00   Goodnight, Girl Scouts!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

7:30 AM  Registration and Booth Setup
    Continental Breakfast
    Shop and Auction Open
8:30  Flag and Recognition Ceremony
11:00-11:50  Workshops and Booth Expo – Part 1
    Girl Workshop 1 
    Planning Service Unit Events
    Engaging and Retaining Older Girls
12:15 PM  Lunch and Annual Meeting
    Shop and Bidding Close for meeting
1:30  Final Bidding!
2:00  Silent Auction Closes
2:00-2:50  Board Meeting
    Workshops and Booth Expo – Part 2
    Girl Workshop 2
    Go Global: Expanding Horizons for More Leadership
        Opportunities for Girls
    Recognizing and Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
2:50  Silent Auction Checkout Begins
3:15-4:05  CAT Meeting
    Workshops and Booth Expo – Part 3
    Girl Workshop 3
    Parent Engagement and Involvement
    Preserving Our Girl Scout Legacy
4:30-5:15  Closing Ceremony and Council-wide Rededication
5:30  Shop Closes and Auction Checkout Ends

Workshop Schedule

Download the printable schedule.

Scroll to the bottom for the Girl Workshops list.

Adult Workshops
Saturday, July 28

Planning Service Unit Events
Time: 11:00-11:50am | Location: Salon B

Host a service unit event that is sure to shine! This workshop will provide insight into planning memorable service unit events. It will cover important tools and resources such as setting a budget, selecting a date and venue, and much more.

Facilitator: Yana-Janell Scott, Event Coordinator, Clinton Foundation

Engaging and Retaining Older Girls
Time: 11:00-11:50am | Location: Salon D

As girls get older, they seem to take on more activities, losing time for Girl Scouts. How do we keep them? We aren’t saying this is how you do it...but it’s worked for us so far!  Come check out what we have done and take part in group discussion with other leaders and let’s figure out together what can be done to keep the interest level up!

Facilitators: Christa Darr, Service Unit Team Member, North Hills SU and Cindy Taylor, Troop Leader – 6675

Go Global: Expanding Horizons for More Leadership Opportunities for Girls
Time: 2:00-2:50pm | Location: Salon B

Explore what it means to go global through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience; this includes gaining a better understanding of global action awards and ideas for helping girls receive those as well as how to incorporate a global aspect into journeys and strengthen World Thinking Day events.

Facilitators: Kristin Koenigsfest, Program Director and Shelby Nuckolls, GSLE Specialist

Recognizing and Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
Time: 2:00-2:50pm | Location: Salon D

This workshop will teach what constitutes child abuse according to Arkansas law and how to recognize the signs of possible child abuse. You will learn your role and responsibilities regarding how to take action to report suspected abuse to the appropriate authorities.

Facilitator: Jodie W. Dailey, MSW, LCSW, MLIS, Instructional Development Specialist Arkansas Children's Hospital

Parent Engagement and Involvement
Time: 3:15-4:05pm | Location: Salon B

Struggling with communicating with parents? Not sure how to keep them engaged throughout the Girl Scout year? This workshop is for you! Learn interesting tools and techniques to prepare you for the fall. 

Facilitator:  Kaye Rainey, CVM - Parent and Family Engagement Specialist, Little Rock School District

Preserving our Girl Scout Legacy
Time: 3:15-4:05pm | Location: Salon D

Tips and tools on how to collect and preserve Girl Scout photos and artifacts. BONUS: participants will also learn how to help us gear up for 100 years of Girl Scouting in Arkansas!

Facilitator: Sarah Bost MSLS, Student Success Archivist, Center for Arkansas History and Culture

Girl Workshops
Saturday, July 28

Votes for Women!

Time: 11:00-11:50am
Location: Old Statehouse Museum (meet in Doubletree Salon A to travel as a group)

Travel back in time to meet suffragists at the Old State House Museum who are getting ready for a rally in support of "Votes for Women!" You can make a button, pennant, poster or sash with the popular suffrage slogans of the 1900s then attend a modern press conference featuring Susan Hutchinson, First Lady of Arkansas. Girls will meet in Salon A at 10:45 sharp to walk as a group to the Old State House Museum next door.

Creative Circuitry

Time: 2:00-2:50 pm
Location: Doubletree Salon A

Do you want to learn how to make paper circuits using copper tape and electronic components? Then join us and find out how you can use LEDs and other simple electronics to create different ways to engineer a pop-up card, which can be combined with paper circuits!

Diamond-ology: The Science Behind the Diamond

Time: 3:15-4:05 pm
Location: Doubletree Salon A

Every diamond is unique! Learn about diamonds and other precious gems from a gemologist and personal jeweler with over 20 years of experience.





Call 800-222-8733 or book online at using the group code GRZ.

Adult Learning Scholarships

Annual Conference Adult Learning Scholarships for Service Units

Hello Service Unit Volunteers. We are pleased to offer a small number of scholarships for service units planning to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference slated for July 27-28, 2018 in Little Rock.

Please note, that due to the limited availability of funds, only one scholarship will be awarded per service unit. The scholarship covers hotel costs for one night in one double room in the designated conference hotel.  Please complete this application by June 15. Completion of this application does not guarantee that your service unit will be awarded. Awardees will be notified by June 22.

Click Here for Application

Password: ALS2018


This year, service units and staff departments will have the ability to showcase their events, activities, projects and more through a booth display during the annual conference. You may use technology, give-aways or fun decorations to help tell the story of your year. Due to limits on spacing, the displays cannot measure larger than 36" high x 48" wide. (Similar in size to a science fair tri-fold board.) You will share a table (6ft) with a sister service unit, so please be mindful about your spacing.  Complete and submit this request form by Friday, July 13 for your chance to showcase your activities!

All booths must be set up prior to 8:30am on Saturday, July 28. 

(FUN)draising Patch for Girls

NEW THIS YEAR! Girls can earn the (Fun)draising Patch

Girls can earn the (Fun)draising Patch for helping Girl Scouts – Diamonds obtain in-kind donations from the community for the Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference silent auction. Here’s how to earn the patch:

  • Go out into the community with the Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference Silent Auction Form and obtain in-kind donations from local businesses.
  • Follow the submission guidelines on the form for items that you obtain. Make sure each girl’s name is on the form too, so we know she’s earned her patch!
  • Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can receive the patch at the Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference. Daisies, Brownies and Juniors or older girls who are unable to attend the event can pick up their patch at their nearest regional office the week after the event. If there is not a regional office near you, please email us at the address below to make arrangements.

Questions? Email us!