Wednesday, September 25, 2013
We have 18 girls registered in our troop! There are 14 girls in the fourth and fifth grade, three girls in the sixth and seventh, and a girl in the tenth. I still have to talk with our SUM to see HOW we will work that out! Originally, we were 4/5 grades. Then, one of our girls bridged to the next level, mom didn't want to split the siblings up for meetings, so we added 6/7/8 grades. My oldest is in the seventh, so that worked out. We then got another fifth grader, who brought her older sister (the tenth grader) who wanted to join (and is already excited that we are camping next month!) so how could I say no?
Oh, we also have another "challenge." I get an email a few weeks ago from a mother wanting to register her daughter in our troop. Illness and commitments kept the girl from starting until this past Tuesday. She's a sixth grader, so I ask my seventh grader if she knows her when I get the email. She says she thinks so..."she's the girl in the wheelchair."
Yepper, deppers, peeps, we have ourselves a certified "Jerry's Kid" (I swear those words came from the mother herself!!) Muscular Dystrophy. Mom's in a wheelchair (though IDK why and IDC why) and her daughter has her very own matching chair. She's got a really good friend in the troop (sleepover buddies) who can help her as needed. Of course, she's also got 16 other troop mates to help! Most of the girls in the troop go to the same elementary school (or just graduated from the same school) so they know her or know of her. We leaders are very resourceful, as are the girls, and we can figure out the hiking, camping, door-to-door selling, service project, and earning badges that makes up our yearly calendar. Mom's a teacher, a former Girl Scouts "eons ago" she says with a laugh. I plan on picking her brain (and of course the Girl Scout herself) to see where we need to tweak activities so she will not be left out. But, the biggest challenge is tweaking the activities and yet not having it seem like they have been changed or made easier just for her. One thing's for sure, the Friendship Circle is pretty much doable as it stands now. The rest will fall into place, baby steps!