Friday, July 17, 2015

Planning season

Our troop doesn't meet during the summer months. But, that doesn't mean I take the summer off Girl Scouts. It's typically a little slower, which is nice because the rest of life isn't.

My co-leader and I are getting together this weekend to plan the year. We'll go over the badges the girls said they wanted to do and we'll come up with a way to have the girls decide what to do when and get their input on the badges. This is for the Cadette troop. We want our Cadettes to take more responsibility and leadership this year. It's a work in progress. Last year was difficult. We brought 4 troops together with 7 different personalities and 7 different levels of maturity. I think they had fun and I hope they picked something up along the way to last a lifetime... even if it was how to hammer a nail.

The Daisy troop, I'll go through the next few petals and break it down. Since the Cadettes help with that troop, I'll have the outlines ready and have them help me fill in the blanks on what activities and such we should do. For the most part, I plan these meetings. Petals aren't as intense as Cadette badges and I'd rather our Cadettes focus on planning their meetings.

It's also planning season for the Service Unit. We sat down a couple weeks ago and set our dates for events, penciled in venues, and chose coordinators (or volunteered) for the events. We work with Council and try to set our events around theirs, if possible. We don't want troops having to decide whether they should do a Council or Service Unit event. Since we are in Columbia, MO, we also take into account Mizzou Football season and the school schedule. It takes a lot of thought and can be a little tricky at times. You know what they say about the best laid plans.... yeah, we've had a few of those in the past.

My goal this year is to keep life in balance. It's easy to get caught up in the "I want to do everything" approach and the "I don't want the girls to miss out" mindset. But, it's important to make sure you not only show passion for an organization, but passion to keep life in balance. There needs to be family time. There needs to be ME time. There needs to be fun. There needs to development of life skills.

... and you thought you were just planning a simple little meeting with glitter, glue, and snacks. Don't discount what you are doing. You are forming the future and guiding tomorrow's leaders. As a Girl Scout volunteer, you have in your arsenal of skills the ability to show young women that it is possible to be a well-rounded individual with many qualities to offer the world.

What are you doing to prepare for the upcoming scouting year?

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