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Our SU does whatever events troops are willing to sponsor. . Some of the more consistent events are Daddy and Me (squaredancing), Thinking Day, Day Camp, Cookie Rally, Mommy and Me Tea (leader/daughter only). My girls over the years have hosted swimming parties, Daisy bridging events, working on patches with younger girls, etc. . They like that stuff!

What's a powder puff derby??

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That's awesome. That's one thing our SU doesn't do is a Thinking Day event. We do an age level fun day, fall camp and a powder puff derby as our annual events. Even if it was every other year for a change.

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My girls are almost done organizing Thinking Day for our service unit. It sounds like it is going to be a very great event as I already have 10 troops who are going to sponsor booths! So excited! I opened it to 12 (cause last year we only had 4 booths but a whole bunch of girls came that were younger troops to learn what it was about. .) So excited!

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oohhh give me a handful of teenagers before a roomful of Daisies. I don't know that I'd know what to do with Daisies anymore. That was sooooo long ago.

We are going to plan a Brownie event in March. A jump rope clinic. We have an older girl scout group that does jump roping. They are going to do a clinic for us. They are so fun to watch. My daughter did it for a year. I was really disappointed when she quit.

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You guys are making me thankful I only have Daisies right now. :) I hope things get better with your older girls!

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GirlScout4Life - you are SOOO welcome! I've appreciated your guys great support as well.

Mandy - any updates from your situation?

Go Team Golden Phoenix!

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At a girl - Girl Scout Power!

It's always nice to be recognized and appreciated for what you do! So to all of the volunteers out there and my friends here on Spark - Thank you for what you do for Girl Scouts and for your support and encouragement on my weight loss journey!

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It is always nice to hear that you are appreciated! Good for you and good for the mom to recognize and acknowledge it.


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Goodness. . It always amazes me by some of the things we have to deal with to be Girl Scout leaders. The biggest part I always try to emphasize is I am a volunteer. . I don't have to do this, I choose to because I love bringing the good experiences to my daughter and the girls in my group.

Mandy keep us updated with the next chapter! Remember we are here for you!

I have a new girl in my group w/ a stay at home mom who does a TON of volunteer organizations. And she gave me a wonderful compliment after our cookie kick off meeting about how organized and prepared I was and how I really seemed to have the troop and the dynamics worked out to a "T". It was WONDERFUL to hear that!

Go Team Golden Phoenix!

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No, but your right! It's really sad, when one or two of your girls make it difficult for the rest of the girls. I've had that when I had a bigger troop, and the rest of the girls all wanted this one girl out. I loved them all, but they just couldn't get along. In my case it wasn't so much the girl, but her mother. Mom ruled everything and wouldn't let her daughter do anything unless she got to do it too! We were jr's then, so it was a while back. We went to a 4 hr workshop at the Museum of Science and Industry to complete the Rocks Rock badge. We were limited to 2 adults, so just the leaders could go, and mom wouldn't let this girl go with us. When we came home she met us at the school, with a big scrapbook showing us what she did to earn the badge. It was 40 pages of photos, handwritten and typewritten info about rocks, covering more than the required elements of the badge work, but you could tell it was in Moms writing. The other girls got really upset and thought they had to do something like that if they did badges at home.

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I don't think the parents see their girls at fault at all. And they got pretty personal, especially towards my daughter (as she is the president of the troop this year). We are going to do the journy book for cadettes from last year - it deals with some similar issues and hope that will help. I don't know what to do on the draw for seating. All but my daughter and one of the "click" girls were there the night we voted. THe vote was 100 yes, let's do it. All 8 except the 2 "click" girls love it. I told the two "click" moms that I would bring it up and ask them to reconsider, but I really don't even know if that is fair. THe "click' girls feel everything the troop does (including this) is mean to separate them. This seating was partially to do that - the other girls want them to come back to being part of the troop. it wasn't meant mean, but to encourage them to re-connect. It's almost to the point that the 8 just wish the 2 would drop as it's tearing the troop apart. Hope I haven't repeated my self too much. It's just that I am so upset. I love all my girls and want them to get along.

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Wow, I can only imagine! Parents can be an issue. I like GIRLSCOUTPOWER's idea, ask them to help, then they will see that you can't please everyone. It's next to impossible. Girls are very emotional at this age too, so it is especially difficult to keep them on an even keel.

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Mandy - that is terrible! I was talking to the other troop leader's yesterday at our SU meeting. . They were at 13 last year down to 7 to start 7th grade. . and now only 3 are coming cause 2 "popular kids" decided their school status was more important. . The other 2 left a month after since they were all a clique together but they plan on doing day camp and so they are down to 3. . The two leader's daughters and then a die hard GS.

They are very frustrated as well. . But your parents seem disconnected to reality! I hope you explained how much you care for the girls and how much you try to make it all fair, no exclusions, etc. . I mean no matter what, girls are girls. And unfortunately the meanest ones (or the ones who feel like they are being singled out) seem to always have the most disconnected parents. .

I had a girl for 5 years in my troop that as long as she and her best buddy were signed up for everything together, all was fine. . But if her best buddy didn't want to do it and she had already signed up, she would throw a big fit about being picked on. .

And the worst was one year for cookies she was 100 boxes shy of her goal to get the iPod and my daughter was 120 over her goal so she "donated" those boxes so that girl could get her iPod. . Then the girl bragged to all the other girls that she sold 700 boxes and was getting an iPod. . In short, the rest of the troop told her to hush - she didn't do it on her own which then made her run and tell mom that the girls were picking on her for getting the iPod and telling her she didn't earn it. . And then I got emails from her mom about how I needed to remind the girls how we work as a team and yadda yadda yadda yadda. .

Unfortunately I know my story is not unique and you just have to roll with it and do the best. You can always offer to those moms to take over positions in the troop. That is what I did with my trouble mom. . and once she started trying to organize, do stuff fair, etc she never complained to me again and only thanked me for all I did for the girls.

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WOW!! I hope they listened to you when you told them what was actually happening. Good luck to you.

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Well, last night was a total shocker. We drew for chairs on the way in (and I had planted the door prize under one of the chairs). The one of the two "click girls" sat just outside the circle (in the only chair left as she was last in). She sat there looking like she was going to cry. When my cookie mom took over to pass out the sales stuff, the two "click girls" moms went out in the hall, then pulled another mom out. I could tell something was going on so I walked out and asked if there was a problem. THe two moms let it out on me. Seems they think their daughters are being picked on - that everything the troop does is to ruin their friendship. None of the votes ever go their way,

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girlscout4life, your troop sounds like mine. Three girls and they all get along well. All three are Emilys. They cause no problems, but they don't want to do anything. So we don't do much. Fall camp and we are going to make them plan the Brownie Fun Day. We'll end up planning it, but we'll make them work.

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Wow, I guess I'm glad I only have three girls. We don't have the issues of cell phones, and they all get along together, the two younger ones, hang on my daughter who is older. I'm not sure that's a good thing, but my daughter is a good girl. My biggest problem is getting them motivated to do anything. They like to cut corners and take the easy way when doing work. They are more interested in FUN!

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Hey - coming from a group of 7th grade Cadettes. . I have similar issues as MandyKay. I have 10 girls - 2 are new to my troop - transfers from another service unit and troop but they have always been together. . then 5 "originals" and 3 that joined last year (2 of which are my daughter's best friends). .

The cell phones have always been a no-no at meetings and my girls are really good about saying something to a girl if she forgets. .

They do sit where they want (a classroom with four chairs around each table) but everyone seems to have at least "paired" up. . but they all have alternative girls too so there never seems to be a left out. . Weird dynamic, I know. .

But when we do troop functions, we always random draw our two groups and we have done that forever! It seems to have always kept them pretty willing to work with anyone in the group.

Lastly - I hate to say this but our troop cookie rally is tonight as unfortunately pre-sales start already here on Friday. . YUCK! So I will ask my girls for more suggestions as well!

PS - we have also had to vary our meetings on two different days this year to accomodate sport, cheerleading, honor choirs, etc. . So I email an update to all the girls after all meetings so that those who couldn't attend are caught up and those that were there have a reminder what we discussed!

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I would tell her she can go home if she doesn't want to participate with the rest of the troop. Or you can just let her sit off to the side and let her know when she wants to participate she can come over until then she can sit there. I would also have a talk with her mother or father about the issues. Maybe there is more to do with this behavior.


I myself have a child that gives me grief. I love her to death she belongs to my friend. I have known her since she was born. She calls me Aunt but lately is a real pain in the rump. Yesterday I was the only leader there and when part of the troop was done and I was still helping other girls she was telling kids they can go upstairs and I was saying no. She straight out said "My mom said it's ok" She wasn't even at the meeting. I told her I was in charge not her and the girls needed to all stay downstairs until scouts were done. Shortly after the little episode her dad came in and stopped that. He told her she can't talk to me that way and took her aside. I just don't know what to do about this. I did award her later in the day when she came up with a good idea to do while others were still working. But o my I just want to walk away from it all. Drives me nuts. I can't figure out what to do for her. Most nights I don't talk to her but that doesn't seem to work either cuz then she says I'm being mean to her.

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Tonight is our first meeting of the New Year. Here's the challenge for this evening. The girls made troop rules a couple months ago. One was to have random seating. Each girl would draw a number when she came in and sit in that chair. Under one chair would be a door prize. They realized that a couple of the girls were being "clickish" and wanted to find a fun way around it. One of the two "clickish" girls was at that meeitng and was all for the random seating - in fact she was the one who came up with how to do it. The other one, upon hearing it, has said she refuses to participate. She will not sit at the table with the other girls if she has to do that. It is aweful - she only wants to associate with this one other girl. She practicially acts like the rest of the troop has cooties. What should I do tonight at the meeting?

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A cell phone basket was mentioned, and I think we may try that. Next issue . . . I have a girl in my troop who is going home after the meetings and telling her mother that the other girls are mean to her. Now since the first feedback, I have watched her like a hawk and no one is doing that. She is my daughter's best friend and she was over this weekend and I asked her to share with me. I told her I couldn't help unless I knew what was wrong. I never really got anything specific out of her. Our school closed unexpectidly, and she is going to a new school (not with any of the other kids). I know she hates her new school as she has told the other girls this, and has no friends there, but her mom tells her to buck up. She was the queen bee at her old school. Her mom does sympathize with her about GS girls being mean to her. I am wondering if this is for attention from mom. But what do I do?

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I like the cell phone bucket suggestion. I will have to use it on a few of my juniors and cadette.

Sounds like a handful. Good luck.

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That's kinda why we don't have meetings. I did hear the suggestion of a Cell Phone Bucket. They put all the cell phones in a bucket during the meeting. That way they can bring their phone, but they can't use it. My 15 year old daughter is way more interested in her social life then anything else. She has no interest in doing anything. I don't much like it!

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it sounds like you might have to run it more like a school for a bit. Do you still use the GS quiet sign? That could be useful when someone is about to talk. You may even impose a "no cell phones" during meeting rules until they can show they can handle them. Maybe even have a parents meeting with the girls and discuss what's going on so the parents can help too.

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We have several issues going on in my troop, and I thought I might share one a day for some feedback/discussion. As a background, I have 10 Cadettes/Seniors (8th and 9th grade). So one issue is they talk, text and are generally wild at the meeting. They act more like when they were Brownies. They get aggrevated at each other, yet they do it to each other. I suggested troop rules . . . so they made a rule not to talk while someone else was talking. But that didn't seem to help. I don't want to run the meeting like school - but they are frustrated. Any ideas?

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