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9/1/11 9:52 P

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Congratulations on finding Leaders! Volunteers are always tougher to come by than girls.

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8/29/11 9:24 P

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Yeah for you! Hope those parents follow through for you!!

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8/29/11 11:07 A

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Minute to Win it game night was friday! I didn't have the girl turnout as high I as I thought I would, but I did get two troops covered in leadership! K parent & 4th grade parent both filled out volunteer apps and are even considering taking on 1st and 5th grade with their troops with the understanding a parent from the other grades will help also. So all and all a great night! Lots of work but it paid off!

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8/25/11 3:58 P

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I've been thinking about the list of possible Troop Committee positions and wanted to throw in a caveat -- some of these jobs are tricky to spread out between too many people. For example, it's tough to separate the first aid certified person from the Troop Leader or Assistant who'll be a every meeting....

I've also been thinking about the role of the Service Unit Team in supporting troops, especially new ones. I think I'll start another thread for the topic.

Have you tried approaching other volunteer organizations in your area to look for non-parent leaders / volunteers? Sometimes there are women like me who were Scouts as girls and might be willing to help or women whose girls have graduated from high school but after a break are ready to give to time again. I've also seen non parent leaders come from the churches or synagogues where troops are meeting -- sometimes it's seen as a commitment to the greater community, but it usually only happens if they're asked.

When is your Minute To Win It night?

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8/23/11 1:06 P

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newsletter / distributor of information.
travel organizer (making sure there are enough cars / seats available)

We used to have a registrar too (I forgot that I took that over too, I rolled it into the treasurer role) and it was awesome - especially since we have families with girls at multiple levels / in different troops and the parent could write a single check and then we separated it on the back end.

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8/23/11 12:09 P

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Totally agree with the other girls - Sheryl you are awesome! I love the idea of the Troop Committee Leadership - a great way to get parents involved! I am hoping for a good turnout, but found out that our school will NOT allow us to send home flyers with the kids anymore. I don't know if it's just GS or all organizations - but by goodness I am going to find out for sure!

The school is having a Sports Day the same day as our game/recruitment night, so I am hoping to make an annoucement during the school event so parents can hear about it!

I tried a little bit of the mentoring last year, but the girl wasn't it to GS at all and ended up quitting 2 months into it. It didn't help that she took over two troops and that the leader before her stole most of the cookie money from both troops and we were left with a big ol' mess to clean up. I am hoping that I can find some parents that really care about their girls this year!

ok when i present the troop committee idea, here are the position I can think of -

planner of meetings and activites
paperwork - permission slips, health history, financial, etc
SU rep - attend meetings and pass along information to troop
product sales - cookies and nut/candy
1st aid
photo

any other ideas?

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8/23/11 11:22 A

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Sheryl --

That's terrible! Actually, what I mean is that what you're doing is incredibly generous and it's rotten that you can't find a parent or other volunteer to step up.

Are you the Service Unit Manager for two areas? Or the Troop Organizer? Or an incredibly devoted volunteer with no particular title beyond Leader and Trainer?

Edited by: LULUTU at: 8/23/2011 (11:23)
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8/23/11 11:18 A

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Hi Kris

Youre right presenting Troop Leadership as a team effort is the way to go. It makes sense that potential Leaders wouldnt know how the job can be shared. Maybe on a recruitment night (under the threat of no Leader, no Troop) it might be possible to get the parents to commit to Troop Committee positions right off the bat.

BTW, Kris, Im like you; I was always the Program person, not the paperwork goddess!


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In one of the towns I work in, the 'leaders' just want to be with leaders, they don't want to deal with product sales or financial reporting. I have been doing both of those for all of them for years - I would love to get rid of product sales, but haven't found a successful replacement yet.

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I was actually surprised how many parents we had that were willing to step up to "help" but none really wanted to "wear the shirt". We were lucky enough to have myself & another mom who were willing. I think, if you go at it with a "team" kind of approach, that way no one feels like they are doing all the work. In our troop I like to say that she's the business partner & I'm just the entertainment. She deals with the sales & parents & paperwork while I keep the girls busy working on stuff. It works out real well for us.

I just did that with a Cub Scout pack I was "mentoring" as well. I had 3 moms that were willing to be the "leadership team." One was good at being in front of the boys but didn't have the time to plan while the other 2 LOVED planning but didn't want to be the face of the Pack. Again, the team approach to leadership worked well. (I had to "mentor" for over a year to get it to THAT point!!!)

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8/22/11 9:44 P

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Your Minute To Win It night sounds like a lot of fun great for recruitment.

The Leader problem seems to be a constant these days. One of the issues that has risen with the preponderance of single grade troops (IMO) is that it seems to be harder to recruit Leaders. It used to be when a parent moved up with his/her daughter there was a parent of a younger girl in the troop whod been lured into helping out who could be convinced to give being Leader a try. Oh well things change.

I do have one idea that might work (at least for one troop). After making very clear to the parents involved that without Leaders there will be no Troop, explain that you have an experienced Leader who will mentor the new troop for, say, three months, to get them started. Sometimes, knowing that there will be someone specific to help them can encourage a parent to take the plunge.

I know this can work because I was once the mentor in this scenario. Run it by your Membership (or Field Rep or whatever) person from Council, but I cant imagine any objections to giving it a try. Of course, the trick will be finding someone to commit to helping a troop for two or three months. It is, however, easier to do that than convincing an existing Leader to take on a second troop although Im always amazed how many volunteers are willing to do that!

I hope this helps or sparks an idea that will work even better. Good luck Ill be interested in hearing how things work out.


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8/22/11 1:38 P

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I lead in two different communities and we both have single event registration nights.

One community does it at the back to school night and the other is having an ice cream social / registration night.

Both communities are having trouble recruiting leaders. We ask at registration night, write up a newspaper article announcing the recruitment night / request for volunteers (we don't specifically request just leaders, sometimes they are more open to helping if they don't think they are in charge), and I always have the request in my newsletters.

I have had parents help plan different special events and it is amazing how much that helps with time and the girls love it because usually that person has a fresh look at whatever we are doing.

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With my small community and as the town organizer, all of the active troops in town are coming together to have a Neoga Girl Scout Minute to Win It Game Night. We are inviting all of the girls from K through 12th grade. Now I don't except to see many girls from JH - HS but it's worth a shot. We are small enough to have one troop per grade level, but we are needing a new leader for the following grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th grade. Any helpful hints about getting new leaders? I know that I have the girls for the troops but just no one will step up to be leader!

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