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Setting Goals and Achieving Dreams: New Troop Leader Series

February 10, 2014

By Tiffany Haywood, Daisy Troop Leader

Cookie Sale - Setting GoalsAs part of our plan to help prepare our girls for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ Cookie Sale we decided to plan an activity around goal setting to help each girl achieve dreams they have an individual as well as a troop.

To start off, the leaders talked about goals. We explained that a goal is setting a target for what you want to do within a certain time frame.  For our troop, we are looking to achieve our goals by the end of the Cookie Sale (March 2, 2014).

After the girls had a strong grasp on how to define a goal, we then asked each Girl Scout what their personal package goals were for the Cookie Sale. As Troop Leaders, we were already aware of where their parents felt they could sell during the cookie season. We were eager to find out if the girls felt the same way.

Once we heard all of the girls’ goals we started to discuss how their individual goals could also help the entire troop succeed.  We explained how every box a girl sells helps meet the troop goal.  It was amazing to watch as each of our Daisies realized that they could help each other by reaching their set goals.

What better than a fun activity to help the girls visualize individual and troop goals! We created a dream board showing everything they wanted to do with the earrings from the cookie sale. We are proud to say we have some very ambitious yet realistic girls with amazing goals ahead of them.  Some of the ideas on the dream boards included visiting Build-a-Bear, the Zoo, the Aquarium and so much more!

In addition to our dream board activity, we also made each girl a really cool Cookie Sale Info Lanyards. Each lanyard includes a price sheet for the favorite varieties and the NEW Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies as well as a photo cookie chart.

I have no doubt our Girl Scouts will be able to achieve anything they set their hearts to.

 How do you teach your Girl Scouts to set goals and achieve them? Do you lead by example of perhaps a story or activity? How do you celebrate achieving goals?

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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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