Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get Yourself an Assistant Leader!

I know... that's easier said than done, right? It's SOO hard (or maybe it just has been for me?) to find someone:
  • you can work with and that actually wants to help you with meetings. 
  • that can plan and carry out those plans. 
  • sharing the same values for the troop. 
  • who doesn't just sit there and stare as you run ragged around the room. 
  • providing a great role model and isn't another person to take care of during meetings.
  • willing to be an Assistant Leader and not just an 02 on your troop paperwork (tell me you don't know the difference? If you said you didn't, you lie! Or you have always been blessed!)
I'm going to confess something here... I am VERY Type A and slightly OCD (not in the clinically diagnosed way, but in the "yeah, I have some tendencies" way.) I know that I'm not the easiest person in the world to work with. It isn't like I'm mean or unwilling to hear alternative plans... it's just that I've found most of the time it's easier to do it myself than depend on someone else and those rare times I have turned it over to someone else it never came to fruition, therefore I tend to do a lot of things on my own. But, I'm learning. I'm learning to trust and delegate. Mostly because I am BLESSED this year with an amazing Assistant Leader (former Troop Leader to a troop that graduated High School 2 years ago) and two extremely talented and energetic college girls who have a lot on their plate, but still make time for troop "stuff". 

But, here's the deal... You can't be Batman without Robin. The difference in volunteering with Girl Scouts is that you should consider being in this for the long haul. If the little girl you are starting as a Daisy is over the moon in love with everything Girl Scouts (and how could she not!), this is potentially a 13 year commitment if you want to see her through Ambassadors. You need someone reliable and wonderful to help you, so neither of you burn out and quit leaving girls in the limbo world of what troop will they be able to find... and it's harder the older they get. So, share the work load with the assistant leader. Share leading activities. Share share share. 

Pace yourself (I should listen to myself!)!! Slow down! Breathe! You don't have to do EVERYTHING the first year or two. Give the girls a reason to stay in Scouts and give yourself a break. I love events. I love trips. I love service projects. I tolerate camping. But you don't have to do all of them every year. Leave time for yourself and your family. Here's a secret, too... if you have a great assistant leader, you don't have to go to everything! Let them go with a parent and the girls. It's okay!

Anyway, this year promises to be a lot less work for me and lot more fun for everyone. I'm looking forward to having a helping hand. I'm hoping 


  1. Hi. This is my second year to be a leader. I have a wonderful co-leader. However, last year we only had 10 girls. This year we have 28 girls and a mix of levels from daisy to senior. I am having trouble getting any help from the girls parents. Is it possible to have a second co-leader?

    1. You can absolutely have more than one co-leader.



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