I have been a Troop Leader since 2009. I assumed the role, as many others have, because a group of girls needed a Leader. A little different, because I'm a step-mom. My step-daughter liked Girl Scouts and her Leader wasn't returning. So, after discussing with my husband, her Mom, and her... I agreed to be the Leader for a first year Brownie troop.. 2nd graders.
I was never in Girl Scouts as a child. I had a great friend who was, but I never joined. I didn't understand what it was all about or I think I would have jumped at the chance. So, even in the 80s there wasn't a real clear directive of what Girl Scouts was to a young girl in a rural town. I do remember the cookies, though.
I'm sure this is where the adventure will continue to grow and I welcome the challenges, collaboration, and experiences.
This blog is all about sharing what I've learned and hoping it helps others.
History (in reverse):
March 2016 I decided to start practicing what I preach to the girls and take a chance on me... I have launched BCGPatches.com. It's a small patch program business with custom programs and patches designed by me. This is exciting and scary at the same time. This is the first time I am truly putting myself "out there". This is all me... my idea, my creativity, my design, and my thoughts on what makes a good patch program. So far, so good.
January 2015. A new year, a new idea, a new adventure. My 6th grade Cadettes partnered with me to form a Daisy Program... we provided Daisy programming to Kindergarten and 1st grade girls, then parents will take over when they move to Brownies. It was exciting and scary at the same time. That started in April of 2015.
March 2014: Our Service Unit brought back the Girl Advisory Board, with my persuasion, and we have our first board of girls to plan events, give insights, and just try to help out. They are amazing young women and I look forward to the day when I can say "I knew her when".
2013/2014: I have been a Council Delegate for our Service Unit for 2013 and 2014. I was also elected to be a National Delegate to represent our Council in Salt Lake City in the fall of 2014.
Spring of 2013. I had an amazing troop of girls that I love dearly. I saw my step-daughter become a wonderful young leader within our troop and for younger girls. We started thinking about a Europe trip in 2018 with Girl Scouts and her passion for Girl Scouts just grew.... as did mine.
In the Summer of 2012, the Service Team Manager asked if I would be interested in replacing her. I laughed and said "No." I really think that shocked her, as I rarely say no. Instead, I proposed we work together for a year and re-evaluate. So, that's what we did. It was a lovely partnership and I learned a lot. At the same time, I completed my first of Junior Girl Scouts as Troop Leader.
In the Fall of 2011 I was asked to join the Service Team for GSMH Service Unit 738. I was honored and blown away. The position I filled was not one that is "on the books". I was added as the Webmaster. Our Service Unit had a website and no one was really taking care of it, so since they knew that was "my thing"... yes, I was suckered into it. Ha! But, no regrets and the ladies are all phenomenal and have the interests of the girls ahead of all else. I feel fortunate to be part of this group of ladies.
In the Spring of 2011, a wonderful Council representative asked if I would like to be the School Troop Organizer. I had no idea what that was, but agreed. It really isn't that much work and I find it fun to set up a little table with photos and such to encourage girls to join a troop and parents to lead. The latter being much more difficult.
2009: This is where it began... step up and take on a troop... yep, I bet we share a similar story. I have had a fluctuating number of girls in the troop... from 10 to 5 to 7 to 9... You learn to roll with the numbers and just keep your focus on the girls that are there and value the time they decide to allow for Girl Scouts. I also try not to take it personally when they choose dance or running over Girl Scouts, though I try to explain they can do both. But, I also respect parents decisions that their child is only allowed one extracurricular activity.