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2019 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference

July 26-27 | DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock, AR

Register

Be sure to register early - last year's event sold out before the registration deadline. Girls must be 13 on or before Aug. 1 to register for Annual Conference.

Register by June 17 to guarantee a t-shirt
Last day to register: July 15

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

Just a few of the highlights:

  • Friday night activity - Girl Scout Block Party!  Your group can have an exclusive tour of the Esse Purse Museum featuring a “Purses with a Purpose: Girl Scouts through the Decades” exhibit (select your museum tour time when you register). The party continues with games, food and live music next door at The Bernice Garden. You don’t want to miss the biggest Diamonds party of the summer!
  • Recognition and Awards Ceremony
  • Workshops for girls and volunteers - see details below
  • Booth Expo - Service Units and Girl Scouts - Diamonds departments 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
Workshop Schedule

Adult Workshops

Diversity and Inclusion | 11:00 – 11:50 AM | Location TBD

Girl Scouts offers girls the opportunity to learn, have fun, be challenged, and seek new opportunities in a safe and inclusive environment. Let’s have a chat about ways we can embrace each other’s amazing talents and strengths to make the world a better place!

Facilitator: Amy Hawkins, Ph.D. Director; Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Central Arkansas

Centennial Bank: “Keeping up with the Joneses” | 11:00 – 11:50 AM | Location TBD

Financial literacy is an important component of our Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and we’re always looking for new and engaging ways to teach our troops about the importance of understanding how money works. Join our partner, Centennial Bank, for a new look at teaching the importance budgeting, spending habits, saving and future planning.

Facilitator: Kim Pruitt, Senior Vice President, Business Development; Centennial Bank

MESH First Aid – Training and Prevention | 2:00 – 2:50 PM | Location TBD

Let’s talk about the Mental, Emotional, Social, Health issues we see in our relationships: girls, parents, leaders, families and ourselves.

Facilitator: Betony Maringer, Camp Director; Girl Scouts — Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas

Full STEAM Ahead | 2:00 – 2:50 PM | Location TBD

Explore ways to get girls excited about STEAM and making it interactive and fun. Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors know what they like, and you can find new ideas to keep them engaged in all things STEAM.

Facilitator: Emily Riggs, STEAM Specialist; Girl Scouts — Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas

MESH First Aid – Training and Prevention Part II | 3:15 – 4:05 | Location TBD

Conflict Resolution:  Exploring effective new ways to handle conflict between girls and adults; focusing on the MESH aspect.

Facilitator: Betony Maringer, Camp Director; Girl Scouts — Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas

Find. See. Do! | 3:15 – 4:05 | Location TBD

Tips and ideas on keeping your CSA troop Girl-Led, Engaged in Travel opportunities, Finding Outdoor and High Adventure Activities.

Facilitator: TBA

Girl Workshops

Leadership Skills with Junior League of Little Rock | 11:00-11:50 |Location TBD

The Junior League of Little Rock is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. In this session, learn about, and strengthen your leadership skills.

Facilitator: Jennifer Goss, Junior League President

Geocaching: Downtown Nature | 2:00-2:50 | Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Here’s your chance to be part global explorer, part detective! Team up with the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center for a geocaching adventure. Girls will explore the Little Rock River Market in search of four geocaches hidden around the urban park. 

Entrepreneurship with Junior Achievement of Arkansas | 3:15-4:05 | Location TBD

Learn from a local entrepreneur what it takes to turn fantastic ideas and creative inventions into a great business.

Learn about the opportunities, challenges and preparation required for successful participation in the global economy from a local entrepreneur. Girls will be engaged in conversations and activities that focus on target markets, value proposition, sales and marketing, and funding when starting a business. 

Facilitator: TBD 

Lodging

Call 800-222-8733 or book online at www.littlerock.doubletree.com using the group code GGS to reserve a hotel room on the Girl Scouts - Diamonds room block at a dicounted rate of $113.85 per night (rate includes taxes).

Rooms must be reserved by June 30 to guarantee the rate. Reservations recieved after this date will be accepted on a space availability basis only.

Booths

Service units, council departments and community program partners are invited to host an informational booth at this event to highlight the activities, opportunities, resources, etc. that your group offers (or has accomplished). Booths should be engaging, visually appealing and informative. You may use technology, giveaways or fun decorations!

Please use this form to submit the information and set up needs for your expo booth. The booth expo will be in the Palisades and pre-function area of the Little Rock DoubleTree Hotel on Saturday, July 27. Each booth space will have one skirted 6' table. Access to electricity is available on a limited basis.

Please complete and submit this request form by Friday, July 12. All booths must be set up prior to 8:30 am and torn down by 5:30 pm on Saturday, July 27.

(FUN)draising Patch for Girls

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

Girls can earn the "I’m a Girl Scout FUNdraiser" patch for helping Girl Scouts – Diamonds obtain in-kind donations from the community for the 2019 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference silent auction, which raises money for the Membership Financial Assistance fund. This opportunity is open to all girls! 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. Donations must be from a business to earn the patch.

Follow the submission guidelines on the form for items that your girl obtains!

When you submit the form, please make sure each girl’s name is on the form in the space provided, so we know she’s earned her patch! Additionally, please indicate how the girl would like to receive her patch:

Pick up patch at the Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference at the Fund Development booth) or at a regional office after August 1, or it may be mailed directly to the girl (available as soon as the form and items are received).

Questions? Email us!