I really have to share with you my favorite website for Girl Scouts. It is Making Friends. . Not only is this a great resource for Girl Scout Leaders, but for preschool and elementary school teachers as well.
There is a special section just for Scouts, both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Then Girl Scouts is broken into levels for your convenience. There are puzzles, mazes, crafts, coloring pages, and premade packages of things you can buy. While I have never bought anything from them, I have used those ideas to spin them my own way.
Sign up for the emails to get special offers and website updates. That’s how I found the Brownie Try it maze pages!
There are many ways to earn the Brownie Girl Scout Penny Power Try It. In fact, given the state of our economy, I believe that it is one of the first ones you should do with your troop. I can guarantee that most, if not all, of the girls in your troop have been affected by the economics of today’s world.
Here is an article I wrote for Info Barrel on how to earn the Penny Power Try It. It has several activities that go beyond the Brownie Girl Scout Try It Handbook. Let me know how you have earned this patch!
Community service projects for Girl Scouts are not just for December. With Thanksgiving, Christmas and Chanukah comes the pleas for gifts, food and other kinds of donations to help families in need during this festive time of year.
Of course, we all want to help out. It is the compassionate thing to do. We want to teach our girls to “make the world a better place”, one of the Girl Scout Laws.
I just think that these kinds of community service projects should be thought about during the other seasons we are leading our girls.
For the fall, have your troop fill backpacks of school supplies for needy schools. Or make gift baskets of supplies for schools in need of them.
Hold a book drive to donate to needy preschools and elementary schools in low income areas where children may not have books at home to read.
Have a food drive in the spring, when most food pantries will be more bare than during the winter food drive season.
In the winter, collect new hats, gloves and scarves to donate to a local shelter.
Older girls can learn how to knit simple hats to donate to Neonatology Intensive Care Units for premature babies.
While my girls will do a community service project to help the homeless this December, we will be doing a different kind of project in the spring.
Girl Scout Leaders need to delegate their tasks. There is a reason why there needs to be at least two adults to work with the girls! Yes, they need to be supervised, but you need to remember that this is a volunteer position. Delegating tasks is necessary to run the troop and prevent burn-out.
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When my oldest daughter was a Girl Scout, there were four Leaders. There was always plenty of coverage for the twelve girls who were part of the troop.
I am fortunate to have a great co-leader and a few moms who volunteer whenever I ask. When I know a few months out that I need help, I send out an email to all of the parents so that those moms who work full-time or part-time can clear their calendars and help out, too.
Don’t try to do everything yourself. Have your co-leader in charge of some of the meetings. Ask a parent to collect field trip forms and money. Ask another parent to get a guest speaker for you. Have a parent be the Cookie mom, another the QSP mom. Ask a mom or dad to collect items for your next recycling project.
If you delegate your tasks, leading your Girl Scout troop is a lot more manageable. Remember, if you do not ask, no one may step up on their own to volunteer.
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. 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.