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9/25/07 2:30 P

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During my daughter's first year of scouts we were in a troop of 19 first graders. It was totally unmanageable, and I always ended up with a bad headache after every meeting that I helped with--and we always had 3 parents there. More than half of the girls dropped out the next year, mostly because their mothers couldn't take it.

But we stayed, and now we have a troop of 15 8th graders formed from all of the middle schools in town.


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9/1/07 12:57 P

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YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY CENTER OR YMCA IF YOU HAVE ONE CLOSE BY.

I AGREE, DO NOT TAKE ON TO MANY GIRLS...IT WILL HURT YOU AS WELL AS THE GIRLS. ASK ALL MOMS, SOME WOULD LOVE TO BE MORE INVOLVED BUT WAIT TO BE ASKED.


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8/31/07 12:23 P

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Great idea having sign up sheets. If you let the girls know their mom can help, that might help you, it will give them more accountability. "Mom I want you to help" Then Mom might be more likely to sign up. Or you could make them help on the same meeting they bring treats. Girls love to bring treats, so Mom will have to sign up to help too.

Keep in mind that the Girl Scouts in the USA is a requirement for the Bronze Award. If the girls want to do the Bronze Award, they will already have a step out of the way. You might want to discuss the Bronze Award with them early on so you can plan meetings accordingly. The requirements are in the handbook. It's a good stepping stone to the Silver and the Gold. They could do the prerequisits together and do a seperate project or you could do a troop project. You can spread it out over the three years.

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8/31/07 11:59 A

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I just wanted to interject that you don't have to accept more girls than you can handle. It's great to take on so many but it sounds like there is a real need for more parents to get involved and form a second or even third troop. 19 girls is pretty big from my point of view - think of anytime you go anywhere how many cars that will necessitate, and you're going to need a certain amount of adults for Safetywise.

There are definitely people who run troops that big but it takes plenty of parent help. Out of those 27 girls there's not one other parent who will go through leader training to take half the girls?

About rooms, I feel your pain. Our school hasn't approved anything yet and we don't know where we'll be meeting. Our first meeting isn't until next month but I filed the paperwork a couple of weeks ago. It's frustrating!

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No coleaders yet! I only know two of the moms; both are mothers of my daughter's friends who joined. One I know will not be any help, the other one I am not expecting to do much since she has a newborn also. One mother I talked to yesterday did say she would like to help out.
I have asked all parents to attend at least the first meeting, then I was going to pass around two signup sheets: one for snacks and one for a parent helper for each week.
I have the "your first year" meeting plannign guide - took the first meeting and adapted it to fit us. The Girl Scouting in the USA badge is the first one in there.

I'll go get Safetywise out of my car now and see how many adults I need... Thanks for reminding me of that!



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That doesn't sound fair if you had it reserved first. You could check with the school and see about a cafeteria or other room. With a troop that size you need help! Do you have co leaders yet? Sounds like you are going to need a couple. Get your parents involved. If you need adults for safety wise, devise a parent schedule. Schedule them a meeting to attend and sit in on. They can help as well.

Relax. It should be fun. It will work out. Do you know what you are going to do at your first meeting? Think about the Girl Scouting in the USA badge to get you started. Ask parents that you already know to help you out for your first meeting. See if you can split the badge up between you all. At your first meeting see what the girls want to do and how they want to do it. Just remember at this age level they should plan things. If you can split a badge between 6 girls you don't have to plan it. They do the work.

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Ok, I am a brand new troop leader - Junior level. Last year I did attend almost all Brownie meetings with my daughter, but that's all - no experience here at all.
When I decided to be a jr leader, I was thinking a small troop, maybe 6-8 girls. I did not know that there was only one other jr troop in our whole county! Current count is 19 girls and I just had another leader (Brownie) try to give me 8 more that she had registered since there wasn't anyone for that age at her school's signup. I just couldn't take that many - 27 girls wouldn't even fit in our meeting place!

Then the meeting place - we have been plannign on meeting at a large church here in our town. I filled out the application a couple weeks ago, got approval, called with my first meeting date, and were all set to go. Last weekend we had a get-together to sign up more girls, and the other jr leader told me that she went to that church and met there, and had been planning on changing her meeting day to the same as mine, but hadn't told the church office yet. She said they'd just give her another room to use (they only allow one certain room for troop mtgs). Well today I got a call saying that I could only meet on days she wasn't using the room "since it wasn't fair to let me meet on those days" - how is that not fair?
So now I'm calling other places to find a new meeting place - one week before our first meeting. GRR!

Thanks for letting me vent, and any advise is appreciated!




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