Many of you may believe
there isn't much to running a Girl Scout council. In some respects, that is correct. Girls having great Girl Scout experiences
bring other girls into the program.
However, parents driving troop leaders crazy, and troop leaders not
fulfilling their duties, drive parents and their girls off. We often find there are two sides to that
story. Making a troop function involves
a lot of work on the part of the adults involved for the girls to have a
that seem to work best are the ones where parents are involved. That doesn't mean they are all the leaders,
but at least they help. Some troop
leaders assign parents to do activities one week during the semester. Other leaders have parents drive, bring
treats, or assist with activities.
There is no secret model to success, other than being focused on a
quality experience for the girls.
that troop leaders don't like to disrupt the rhythm of their troop by adding
new girls. However, each year we have
hundreds of girls that desire involvement in Girl Scouts, but are unable to participate
because no adults are willing to step up and volunteer. For this reason, we appreciate those who do
commit to spending quality time with girls by becoming leaders.
sit on waiting lists, hoping. It is a
difficult situation because we believe we can improve the world through Girl
Scouts. The girls we have involved
change their worlds daily, whether that is learning a life skill, participating
in a civic endeavor, or just having fun with one another. These are girls not at home watching
television or playing on the computer. Instead
they get up on Saturday morning to snorkel in the Gulf, spend the night on the
USS ALABAMA, explore robots, learn archery or canoeing -- the list is
endless. But some girls don't have that
opportunity because there aren't enough caring adults to accommodate them. If you believe your troop can manage some
additional girls, please let your service unit manager or field executive
know. We firmly believe all girls that
want to be Girl Scouts should have that opportunity and hope you do, as well.
working on a different recruitment model this year, so service unit managers will
be asking some of you to assist with recruitment events at schools. What we found is the few field executives
needed to be too many places at the start of the school year, so please
volunteer to assist. Our girl members
were down more than 10 percent last year.
This is directly related to the number of adults we can entice to have
one of the best volunteer opportunities around.
transition to the new E-Council software is getting close. We have the membership module moved. At this time, we are testing the payment
part of the system, so you can use your troop debit card or your own credit or
debit card to pay. Just a reminder,
GSUSA has increased the dues from $12 to $15 per year. All those monies go to GSUSA. Our funds come from the sale of cookies,
fall products, and community support, which is primarily United Way funding.