Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Where is your passion?

The world is full of people doing things they feel they have to do... they are obligated to do... maybe you are one of them. I know I'm one of them at times. 

Many of us may not have the choice to quit our job or not do laundry. So, make sure when it comes to where you spend your leisure time and your volunteer time, it is something that brings smiles and joy.

This past year, I have been able to step down a bit from Troop Leadership with my older girls. I'm blessed with a co-leader who encouraged them (or maybe she just told them) to plan their own meetings, be responsible for their own things, and figure out what they want to do. She has also, for the most part, taken over organizing and getting everything together for those meetings. I still round up supplies, offer advice, remind them about events, and work on the ongoing communication struggle. I also do record-keeping of who has earned what and service hours and such.... for the most part I do administrative stuff. 

With the Daisy's, their meetings are simple. I don't want to downplay the importance of Daisy leaders and I don't want to scare anyone off from continuing, but seriously... Daisy meetings are simple! They don't require as much work or thought. You can get by on a pretty low budget, too. 

So, I've been able to free myself up to think about where I see myself in 5 years. This is the last year with the Daisy's. Their parents are taking over. Five years is my timeline, because the Cadette troop will graduate in 5 years and where does that leave me? Where do I feel I can be of best use and... more importantly... what do I WANT to do?

That's the cool thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts. There are so many choices. You don't have to be a Troop Leader or Assistant Leader. You don't have to be the Cookie Mom. Though, all those roles are desperately needed!! You can volunteer at a Service Unit level, Regional level, Council level. You can organize events, plan series, help out with administration, or simply choose an event or 2 each year that you want to do. Think about it. If you could do ANYTHING... what would it be? 




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  1. I just want to thank you for your continued encouragement and thoughtful posts on Girl Scouts and the importance of adults who volunteer and commit their time. Your site has been an invaluable resource for our Juniors and Cadettes this year, and made a huge difference in our completing our aMUSE journey! The girls are well on their way to completing our community service project and earning their Bronze Award, in part because of the help I found on and through your site. THANK YOU for all you do - there are so many of us out here that you inspire and touch with your words and advice!

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  2. I know you're kidding about Daisies being easy to plan for! It takes me at least 8 hours to plan for a 65-minute meeting -- and that doesn't include shopping for any necessary craft supplies.

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    1. Daisy meetings do take time to plan. The comment was only in comparison to my experience planning Brownie, Junior, and Cadette meetings. The Daisy program is laid out really well for the petals. I haven't done the journeys and I'm sure those take time, as all journeys do.

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Thanks!!