I have been teaching for 27 years, so for me, my internal clock says “vacation” once the month of June rolls around. Before I had kids I worked in an office and tutored during the summer, but once they arrived, summer became a time just for us.
My troop has always met twice a month from October to May, except for April, when Spring Break cancels one of our meetings. To be honest, the extra time off really recharges my batteries for the last two meetings we have. Combine spring fever, the impending close of the school year and the joys and freedom that summer bring, I get the itch to see the end of the scouting calendar.
I invest a lot of personal time in each meeting, just as those of you who are reading this do. With June to September off, I have more time to work and play. My life does not revolve around the first and third Fridays of the month.
My children attend day camp, so meeting over the summer does not personally work for me. Several other girls in my troop also attend day camp, while others travel, compete on swim teams, and go on frequent family outings to pass the summer days away. Having a meeting in July or August would mean that most of my girls could not attend.
If we are not bridging, then one of our last meetings is a party. We have had pool parties at my co-leaders home and this year we are going to Pump It Up as our end of the year treat.
I am wondering if any of you meet over the summer and if you do:
1. Do you have your meetings during your regular time?
2. How often do you meet?
3. Are you earning petals and badges or just meeting for fun and continuity?