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5/28/10 10:12 A

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I am a Canadian Guider, but we have some of the same issues of course.
I have Pathfinders, 12-15 years so I think the came age as Cadettes? We just held a bring a friend night and I think it was successfull. We held a bbq and had some games and crafts. Tried to keep it pretty laid back and fun, less focused on the program parts.

I have been involved at a Provincial Level (state level) of Girl Guides and have had some success in retention and recruitment of older girls by focusing on scholarship opportunities and the international travel opportunities. Did you know that Girl Scouts can volunteer to work at the four world centres in Mexico, England, Switzerland, and India? I have worked at two of them and it is an AMAZING experience!


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12/8/09 3:32 P

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I'm 19, and my last troop actually had to combine with another troop in order to have enough girls to do anything. I'm now and adult girl scout and still don't understand why my peers didn't want to be a part of it anymore. The hardest part for me was the time. I had to cram my gold award in during my summer after graduation because I was busy during the school year. I agree that having flexible hours would be appealing to most teenage girls.

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9/29/09 6:05 P

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We have boards, posters, and flyers all around town. I find having flexibility in your program, what you do, etc is helpful. Also in my area, all kids in Middle School and High School are required to do a certain amount of community service every year. Scouting and all we do fills in those requirements.

My girls (they are 7th grade Cadettes now) do talk with there friends at we gained 3 new members last year, lost 3 for this coming 2009 - 10 year. . and currently I am sitting at 8 girls. (But I have never had more than 12). I still have 3 of my original 7 daisys!

I also take them or myself to regional events and take pictures of some of the displays other older group troops have put together - especially the silver/gold awards, the acceptances to college quickly because of all their volunteerism, and the international travel. Really push the opportunity for international travel.

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9/10/09 9:46 A

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We put flyers out at the middle school, and usually pick up a few (across the whole service unit) that way.

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8/28/09 1:14 A

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Seems to be a problem all over, there is so much pressure on the girls to fit in and conform and Guides / Scouts is seen as "not cool". I can't offer you a solution just an encouragement to stick with it, somehow the girls arrive and they are usually the ones who stay and get the maximum benefit out of the program

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8/27/09 2:54 P

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It is a two edged sword. I'm just glad we still have 4 girls in our troop. We are bridging to Seniors this fall.

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You are so right about that. I don't understand it either. They love doing all of the activities and participating, but they don't want anyone to know that they are a member of the Girl Scout Program. In fact they won't invite any of their friends because they don't want their friends to know they are Girl Scouts.

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About the only way to recruit new older girls is to get your current girls to ask their friends to join. It's a really tough age. My daughter is 14 and she does NOT want anyone to know that she is a girl scout. She gets so mad at me if I say anything to anyone about her being a GS. I don't know what the negative part of it is, but most don't want to be associated with it. She will still participate, but don't tell anyone.

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It's that time of year again, and we are starting back to school and beginning to recruit new girls. I got eight new girls for my Daisy troop, but I need girls for my Cadette/Senior Troop. We were Cadettes, I had two girls complete their Silver Award, and are bridging up to Seniors, hence the Cadette/Senior troop. I have two girls that will remain Cadettes another year, and I have two girls that bridged up from the Junior troop. I'd like to have ten girls, but it's so hard to recruit older girls. Any ideas???

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