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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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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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