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How to Connect With Your Girl Scouts: New Troop Leader Series

October 6, 2013

By Tiffany H., New Daisy Troop Leader

Be sure to read other helpful blog posts as part of our New Troop Leader Blog series.

I Can’t Wait To…START!

When I last blogged I was getting ready to meet the girls and parents of my troop – this time as their new leader instead of just a parent. The initial meet-and-greet went great and as I said goodbye to all the parents I realized that the next week was the first real meeting with the girls.

Each of the leaders in our troop is assigned to teaching a specific grade level. I’m assigned to our veteran girls – our second year Daisies (1st graders).  As I left the meeting I was looking forward to our first troop gathering. I had experienced that initial adrenaline rush when you start something new and exciting – I couldn’t wait to host my first meeting! 

That’s When It Hit Me…

I’m teaching on my own?  Suddenly my adrenaline left and was replaced by nerves and anxiety.  How would I handle this?  The girls only know me as my daughters’ mom and that volunteer parent.  Somehow I had to reintroduce myself and make the transition from parent to leader.  My oldest daughter is also in my Daisy group .  How do I handle that?

tsandchucksGetting To Know Them…

I thought on everything and decided on something that would help me bond with the girls. The first night we met the parents and girls, I wore a hot pink Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines t-shirt with a pair of “Chuck Taylors”. The girls had noticed both my fun shoes and bright shirt and loved them, so I figured I would make this my ‘trademark’. I have stocked up on hot pink T-shirts and my favorite Chucks are always present.

It worked! As soon as the girls arrived for our first meeting we started talking with an icebreaker.  I told them how happy I was to be their Leader now and that when we were in a meeting or troop activity, my daughter was a Daisy just like them.

It Was That Easy…

Children are naturally willing to be your friend if they can feel that you are willing to be the same.  So, just like that my fears and anxiety disappeared.  We were off to a great start and I knew these were my girls, my daisies, my troop.  I am so proud of each one of them already and I Can’t Wait To… see how far they will go this year.

How would you introduce yourself  to a Troop? Do you have any ice breaker games or ways to get to know your Girls better?

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How Girl Scouts Has Helped Me Try New Things

September 11, 2013

By Hannah P., GSNCCP Girl Board Member

UntitledHi!  My name is Hannah and I am one of six Girl Scouts on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines. Us Girl Scout Girl Board Members have started a new blog series to keep you updated on what we’re doing and to make us available to be your voice! Take a look at all our blog posts and let us know what you think!

There are a lot of reasons why being a Girl Scout is awesome, but my favorite is that it has allowed me to learn about things and develop interests that I doubt I would have even thought about if I was not a Girl Scout. One interest I’ve developed through Girl Scouting is jewelry making!

A few years ago my Girl Scout troop was interested in learning how to make jewelry and we were excited to learn together! We ended up visiting a local family-owned jewelry store to learn more about making our own jewelry and the history and art behind the whole process. It was so much fun and something that really helped bond our troop.

However, once our troop activity was done, I didn’t stop making jewelry. It had become a passion and a hobby of mine that lives on. In fact, one of my Girl Scouts sisters and I started going to a bead shop and making jewelry together. Even now that my fellow Girl Scout has moved away, we keep in touch and we still have jewelry to keep us together.

Over the years, I’ve expanded upon this new skill. I’ve learned to create fun and funky pieces with a variety of materials, including making jewelry chains. Being a Girl Scout, I knew I had the confidence and skills to take on this new aspect of jewelry making. I looked up videos and books on how to make different types of chains and now it’s one of my favorite pieces to create!

Being a Girl Scout has introduced me to a lot of interests I never knew existed. I’m excited to see what the next few years will bring and what kind of skills I’ll develop – all thanks to Girl Scouts!

What skills and interest have you developed as part of Girl Scouts? Tell us about your projects and passions in the comments below!

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