So, are you new to Girl Scouts? Does it seem overwhelming? Don't let the catalog of rules, paperwork, and online training be daunting. The point is to have fun with girls! Share what you know. Allow the girls to decide things they want to do from one meeting to the next.
I had a leader invite me to her troop meeting the first year I was here. It was delightful. She was very talented and had 40 Brownies in her troop. She said she planned activities, crafts, songs and educational activities for each meeting, but the girls would come up and ask if they could talk and color. She learned very quickly to have plenty of ideas on hand, but she gave the girls time to talk to one another and color. Sometimes we underestimate the value of talking with your friends at the end of the day. One of the salient values of Girl Scouts is a group of girls working with one another. They learn to make decisions about what they want to do. They learn to work with one another when they don't always agree. Sometimes they argue, but what I hear over and over is they learn by those experiences, as well as the many opportunities to earn badges and patches.
There are tremendous ideas, resources, and program ideas available for you, which could be what look like mountains of information to sift through. We find different leaders find ideas in different places. Some use this Virtual Volunteer blog, a place where you can use the "search" function (in the upper right hand corner) to find information. Others prefer to use the Journey books and curriculum materials. Others use online resources, which are plentiful.(Check out our great Pinterest boards!) We are always happy to assist with questions, Cheryl Miller is our Volunteer Liaison. She can be reached at 334-312-0433 or CMiller@girlscoutssa.org.
Some troop leaders take their troop to council-sponsored events, while others don't attend them often. The council-sponsored events are programs that are more easily done across all troops that are hard for an individual troop or service unit to host. Good examples are the sleepover on the US. ALABAMA, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab program or the McWane Science Center. If your troop needs resource individuals, we have lists of those we can provide. We also have a list of lifeguards and certified archers. We let you make arrangements with those individuals directly.
Subscribing to the GSSA Weekly e-newsletter is a good way to get an idea of different program deadlines, Other Opportunities we don't host but believe would be good opportunities for girls all around the council and beyond. The website, www.girlscoutssa.org has the forms, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and a wide variety of other information.
We hope that the fun you can have with girls motivates you to accept the challenge of working through the elements to obtain your Leader License and have a blast!