If you think online collaboration and communication platforms are only for business professionals, Maryland Girl Scout Troop #4149 just might change your mind. These fifth graders have started using Redbooth to organize their efforts, in pursuit of the Girl Scout Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
“Our moms email back and forth a lot to plan activities,” Says Girl Scout Lucy White. ”Kids don’t use email. We use apps. The girls are supposed to take a bigger leadership role each year and we want to be involved. We can communicate and plan our meetings, activities, camping trips, cookie booths and service projects using the app and the girls will love it and take a bigger leadership role.”
Lucy’s mom, Nicole White, knew the troop needed a web-based collaboration solution with both iOS and Android mobile apps, and wanted to be able to integrate the app with their Google calendar. Additionally, she wanted to find a task management tool that also had robust communication tools, including chat and video conferencing. She found what she and the girls were looking for in Redbooth.
“We work with partners to plan meetings, and I like that we can chat and video conference our partner to plan activities,” says Lucy. “We can also make a list of things that I’m supposed to bring and do for that meeting and a list for my partner so we both remember. We can also make a list for our moms if we need their help.”
The troop plans to use the platform for managing all facets of the meetings, trips and other activities their volunteer group participates in, tracking everything from planning meetings to permission slips. “This will improve on our bookkeeping and return success rate, says Nicole White. One of the tasks the platform will most streamline is managing the permission process for participating in activities. “We spend a lot of time doing admin work searching for who brought in what form,” says Nicole White, “This will cut down on that because the kids and parents themselves can go right in to the app while on site at a meeting and SignNow a permission form if we do not already have it.”
Other ongoing tasks the platform will be used to manage include:
- Event details girls and parents need to be aware of, i.e. attire, address, times, if their vest is required, what time to leave, etc.
- Camping trip supply list sign ups
- Managing carpooling to events.
- Brainstorm ideas for their projects.
Nicole anticipates that rolling the platform out to the whole troop will improve their bookkeeping and compliance with collecting dues/fees, enhance cross-troop communication and provide much-needed on site access to project information.
In case you’re not convinced that the Girl Scouts are excited about the app as their moms will be, we leave you with this feedback from Lucy: “The app is so cool, and I’m excited. Thank you very much!”
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