During my first Girl Scout meeting last week, one of my girls told me that she is planning on being in my troop all the way through high school! I was pleased that she wants to stay and continue her Girl Scout journey, but it raised questions for me that I have already addressed to the parents of the girls in my troop.
In an post from last spring, I wrote about the inevitable ending a leader’s career. There are many reasons for it, among them being disinterest, burn out, a daughter no longer wanting to be a Girl Scout and life changes. My life is drastically different than it was in October 2008 and I signed up to be a leader. I work more hours, volunteer on other committees and have more family issues to deal with. With a daughter in college, the hours I spend planning really should be spent working. I told my parents that I would make my final decision in the spring as to whether I would continue or not. I already know of a few girls who will not be scouting when middle school starts, as their mothers already told me this.
My daughter wants me to stay, so this puts me in a challenging position.
There is a former student of mine who told me that her Cadette troop does not have meetings, but they do activities together. I wondered if this was really a “troop” and how the girls earned badges and did a Journey, as well as performed service projects.
Another woman whom I know is a Cadette co-leader told me her daughter’s troop meets once Sunday a month for 3-4 hours in her home. I am not sure if that would work for me, as I have several families who are very involved with their church on the weekend. Plus, I work on the weekend and am tired when I come home.
I know many troops disband after fifth grade. For those of you who still meet, where and when do you get together for meetings? How often? How have you overcome the challenges of overscheduled kids?