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2/24/09 12:00 P

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What did you have in mind in the way of a challenge?

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2/19/09 5:13 A

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Oh Forgot How about a Girl Scout/Guide Challenge to get us motivated? Anyone else keen? Anyone got any ideas?

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Hi All, I realise that my situation is different but I found what worked very well was a display at the local school Funday. A parent sponsored a table for us and we put up posters made by the Guides and had our Teddies, Brownies and Guides in uniform handing out flyers. We also had biscuits and sweets and icing so all the kids could ice and decorate a biscuit for free. This was a big drawcard as everything else cost money to do. As a direct result of this our membership increased by about 10 girls.
This year we are planning something simular at our local library. All the moms bring their kids to change books on a Saturday morning so that should work.
As for the older girls who don't want to do anything. I get them involved in helping with the younger girls ( we all meet at the same time), after a couple of weeks they are very happy to come back to Guides and cooperate. Of course this only works if you have a good working relationship with the other leaders and the parents. Must admit though that getting parents involved is a mission impossible. We have the same parents doing everything every time help is needed.

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2/11/09 1:01 P

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Good for you! Keep your spirit up and yes remember why you volunteered in the first place. I think that many of us share the enjoyment of being a leader too! I can relate to missing the little girls!!!

When my girls grew up and were done with GS. I volunteered to be a Daisy leader, {no cookies, minimal field trips, no mom and daughter conflict.. ect}. I had the best time doing GS.

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2/10/09 6:58 P

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Thanks JEANLA! You're right, and I won't give up. If I do, my daughter has said she will quit Girl Scouts, and she is the reason that I became a leader in the first place. Turns out I enjoyed it as much as she did, but oh how I miss my little girls!

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2/9/09 2:24 P

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Ah the Cadette age level can be the most challenging of GS years. The girls are growing so fast and need so much more guidance; as these are the years we lose them. From my experience, if the leader were to leave - the girls disband. But, if the leader hangs in there with them, and gets them through these 3 years and into Seniors; its amazing. The girls are much more social beings in Cadettes, wanting to fit in and wanting to be popular; in Seniors they reach another level in their growth - they come to accept more of themselves and seek other things in life.
I feel like you know all of this and I am blowing smoke - at any rate.
At one point, we only met once a month when my girls were Cadettes. They were offered more opportunities in Jr and High School then elementary, so I gave them the opportunity to do both GS and other activities.
I had the girls work in teams of two on the IP's they chose to work on. It seems where one was lacking the other picked up the slack; {doesnt this apply to us adults as well?}.

I have more info I am willing to share it you like - I hope this helps. I dont want to come across as everything worked out for me - it took some trial and error and time. I lost some girls, because they just wanted to do other things and GS was not the Cool thing.

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2/9/09 12:26 P

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Yes, sorry to hear about your back JEANLA, hope you are feeling better. My problem is not just parents but my girls too! As 2nd year Cadettes they each volunteer for a month, and it is their responsibility to pick an IP, plan and lead the meetings. They did a great job of it last year, and some of they had a good start in the fall, but the others are putting only the minimum effort into it, and not planning activities, so they spend their meeting talking or playing silly games. And I will tell them they need to bring their Silver Award books, or Studio 2B book, because we will be working on them at the next meeting, and they don't bring them. It's very frustrating, and makes me not want to throw in the towel as MIGHTYN1 said.

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2/7/09 6:00 A

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I'm sorry to hear of your back Jeanla and your bed rest, that stinks! Hang in there at least do the diet thing. I've lost 4 lbs. so far & would like to loose 20 from what the scale says, but it's been a struggle. Emotional eating & stress, but thanks for the much needed experience & advice about girl scouts. Just when I'm ready to throw in the towel a more experienced girl scout leader always pulls me back. Thank you! emoticon

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2/6/09 9:36 A

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I apologize - I joined the leadership team in December with hopes of encouraging more interactions with our team. I tore a muscle in my back and have been on bed rest. I am able to sit for a few hours now, so I will check in more often.
I agree we need to encourage one another more often.

I think that realignment and the economy have impacted membership. As for the parent involvement, in my 17 years of experience, it is always the same parents who help out. Sometimes it is like pulling teeth, you cannot get any parent to help out.

I had a parent daughter meeting 3 times a year - more if necessary. I explained that I was their daughter's GS leader, but that WE were partners in giving the girls a positive GS experience. I needed help with certain jobs and expected parents to help the troop. This worked for the 13 years that I was a volunteer.

I hope this helps.

As for publicity, our council has something in the local newspaper almost monthly on what troops are doing in our communities. Whether its selling cookies, doing a clothing drive, ect. Contact your council and see if your troop could be featured for some community service that your troop is doing. This tends to handled by the communications director at the council level.

jeanla

Edited by: LIFE-FAITH at: 2/6/2009 (09:39)
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But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble;soon they disappear, and we are gone."(Psalms 90:10)

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1/13/09 5:49 P

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I agree with you, I think it's the parents not the girls. Our service unit is looking for ways to get the parents involved again. Anyway congrats that you've lost some weight it's hard loosing those last few pounds. I've got 20 more to loose,maybe we could help each other out.


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1/13/09 1:38 P

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I can't believe that the Girl Scout Staff and Volunteer team has not had anything to post about since September 2008. Where's your spirit girls? My service unit is having problems recruiting girls to make our goal. I don't know if it is the economy or the general atmosphere, but I think there is a lack of Girl Scout Spirit everywhere. I haven't seen any good publicity about Girl Scouts, or really any publicity at all. So how do we increase interest and build a more positive spirit with staff, volunteers and girls?

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