Fall 2012 Troop 40072
As I’m wrapping up the fall as a new troop leader, I realize what an amazing learning experience this has been. Sometimes good, sometimes frustrating, but always worth it.
Sometimes, I ask the girls to share something that stands out in their mind since our last meeting. Highlights, or low lights. Here are mine from this fall:
- “Start with doing badges for the first several months then move on to Journeys.”
- When girls have different interests, find a way to combine them. For example, Little Dresses for Africa (http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/) combines sewing and helping children in Africa, two topics that interest our troop.
- “Don’t put so much pressure on yourself.” (Easier said than done.)
- I’m enjoying the adventure of figuring this out. I’ve met people, gone to new places, and learned a definition of leadership.
- It has been incredibly complicated to open a bank account.
- I have had a lot of trouble getting registered with my local council.
- I have a vague sense that I’m doing this on my own despite being part of a huge movement (and writing a blog about it!)
- To have a mixed-aged troop of 14, you need one adult for each age group because although they’ll do things together, each group has unique needs.
- When given the choice of badges to start, the girls liked the idea of working on food badges… followed by bugs.
Most Fulfilling Moment:
- When one Brownie asked me if I planned to be the troop leader next year, and I replied, “I think so…” a group of girls said, “Yessss!” to no one in particular.
- My daughter refuses to wear her Daisy tunic because it’s not a sash like the older girls get.
Tell me: What did you learn in the first season of Girl Scout troop leading? What’s the best advice you’ve gotten? Or given?