Where did the summer go? For me, this summer has reflected the adage "time flies when you are having fun." I don't know about you, but we had a good summer. Almost all of the staff was able to spend at least one day at resident camp, seeing what the girls are doing and working with them directly. Sometimes, when you are dealing with the business aspects of Girl Scouts, you need to find and take the time to get out and savor what we really do, work for and with girls. I saw some great learning and fun this summer. It was a joy.
School begins for much of GSSA this week and into next. It feels like summers are just getting shorter and shorter. I hope you had a chance to enjoy your children during their time away from school and that they are looking forward to the school year.
I spent most of my career working at a university. The beginning of each academic year was marked with frenetic activity, some initial chaos, and the hope of great things to come. There was not one year I was there that the hope of great things to come went unfulfilled. I'm not saying every year was perfect or without its challenges. However, I learned a lot from the students I worked with every year.
GSSA has some challenges this year, working to regain the lost girl members that resulted from the loss of United Way funding in the Mobile area. We have new staff that we need to integrate. We are always confronted with more girls than adults we can stretch around them. Girls benefit from Girl Scouts programs; there is abundant evidence to prove the power of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
If you know of anyone who would be a good leader or volunteer, please suggest Girl Scouts to him or her as a place to spend quality time with some of the best girls in the State of Alabama. Each year by the end of September we have lists of hundreds of girls and no troop leaders, it is gut wrenching. If you have additional room in your troop for additional girls, please let your local area field executive know. I spent the summer watching how Girl Scouts can and do make the world a better place.
I hope you have high expectations for this year, and it holds the promise of great things to come.