Last week our local Service Unit sent an email to all Girl Scout leaders asking us to please let new girls into our existing troops. This email led to my newest Info Barrel article on troop size.
It is sad that there are girls waiting to be placed into a troop. I once answered the call when I first started my troop and out of three girls who needed to be placed, one decided to join and is still with me today.
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Before you decide to take on more girls, you and your co-leader need to sit down and talk about what implications, if any, this will have on your troop. What is the maximum amount of girls you want in your troop? Are the personalities you have now working well? Do you want to upset the apple cart? Will another girl or two put you over the adult/child ratios? Do you have another adult to be a col-leader?
You cannot permit guilt to impact your decision to take on more girls. If your Service Unit tells you that you must, then you can tell them that a bunch more girls will need to find a leader as you will not lead a troop that has more girls that you want. You must always remember that you VOLUNTEERED for this role and you are not obligated to do more than you want to do.
Besides, if a person wants her daughter to be in Girl Scouts, she can step up and volunteer just like you did!
Only your co-leader and you can decide how big is too big for your Girl Scout troop.