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How to Plan A Community Service Event: New Troop Leader Series

November 7, 2013

By Tiffany H., New Daisy Girl Scout Troop Leader

photo-1-1-e1383577729405As a new Troop Leader for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines, I knew that I wanted to create opportunities for my Girl Scouts to give back to the community. I decided that it was time to start planning our troop’s first community service event! Not sure where to start…I begin asking around to find out what opportunities were available for our Daisy Troop.

I was able to find the perfect event through our Area Leader, which was planting flags at our local Veteran’s Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day. As a leader, I saw this is as a great way to show the girls how to honor our heroes and earn their Veteran’s Day activity badges.

I have to say that the event went great! A veteran spoke to the girls, and other participating community groups, about being a solider and serving our country. He explained to all of us how some veterans were alive and some weren’t, but that they all deserved honor. This message really stuck with my girls as they realized that heroes come in many shapes and sizes and are people who fight and serve for the greater good.

As a group we sang the National Anthem and said the Pledge of Allegiance before heading over to plant our flags. As the girls placed flags, they talked about how there were soldiers buried there and how their families must miss them. I was surprised by their understanding and in awe of the honor they showed at such a young age.

Overall, the event was a wonderful opportunity to show the girls the importance of giving back and to celebrate the everyday heroes among us!

For new Troop Leaders looking to plan their first community service project, here are a few tips to get you started!

  1. Ask around! You never know where this an opportunity to give back so ask your Area Manager, other leaders, or even your neighbors!
  2. Once you have your service project idea, be sure to communicate clearly the time, place, and duration of the event to girls and parents.
  3. Indicate the reason and purpose of the event and let parents/girls know if there is an activity badge or if it’s just for the experience.
  4. Always be prepared to talk about the event and let your Girl Scouts walk away with a lesson learned a memory to last a lifetime.

What events or service projects are you planning for your troop this year?

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The First Meeting: New Troop Leader Series

September 19, 2013

By Tiffany H., New Daisy Troop Leader

New Troop LeaderIt’s here — my first day as co-leader of my girlies’ Girl Scout Troop!  Our family now has two Daisies and a Troop Leader under one roof!  I am so excited to start this adventure, but even more excited to be able to share this experience with my girls and my fellow Girl Scout volunteers.

So how did I end up here, as a first-time Troop Leader for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines

My oldest, a fun-loving six-year-old, joined Girl Scouts last year when she started Kindergarten. We were looking for an activity that would let us spend one-on-one time together and bond — Girl Scouts was the perfect solution!

New to Girl Scouts, becoming a volunteer allowed me to attend all the meetings and activities and contribute where and when I could. As I developed relationships with the two troop leaders, I began to assist with snacks and nightly craft projects. I enjoyed helping out and my daughter loved every minute of it!

At the end of the year we found out that one of our leaders was moving away – our troop is military-based, so all of us are either active or retired Army. The co-leader soon approached me and asked if I would be willing to help lead the troop next year. I was a bit shocked. I had never considered becoming a leader.  I told her I needed to think about it.

After thinking on it and talking to my husband, I decided I would love to be the co-leader.  I sat my girlies down and told them both that not only would my youngest be a Daisy this year, but that I would also be one of their leaders!

Fast forward to tonight…our first meeting.

I was so nervous.  In preparation I went to the Girl Scout Shop and got my youngest her “kit”, which includes her Journey Book, Vest, Troop Badges and a cool bag.  I even picked up a t-shirt for myself to help get me in the mood for the night ahead.

First Troop MeetingMy youngest was so excited about getting everything she was singing around the store a song about how she was finally a Daisy!  It just made it that much more special knowing I would be able to share this with both my girlies.

As we gathered for the meeting, I was anxious yet excited.  We started by greeting the girls and the parents.  Next, girls made the poster’s we will use for the year to say the Girl Scout Promise and Law throughout our year ahead.

Guess What? Everything went great, and the most important part is they had fun. I know this year will not be easy and the scheduling may be hectic, but seeing all the girls’ faces tonight I know it will ALL be worth it!

Are you new a Troop Leader? Thinking of joining? Tell me how your first meeting went in the comments below…and feel free to ask ANY questions! We’re all here to help each other! 

 

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