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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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Back to Troop: Preparing for Take Off

September 4, 2013

By: Alison H., Leader of Girl Scout Troop #13

SAMSUNGAs the sun slowly sets on glorious summer vacations and “back to school” sales arrive in every retail venue on the planet, Girl Scout Leaders across the nation start preparing for another fun-filled year of scouting activities.  Yes, it’s time to kick the tires and light the fires and get back to troop!

Having spent 22 years serving in the US Air Force, I prepare to lead a year of Girl Scout just like our pilots, who must complete numerous checklists prior to cranking their jet engines for flight.  Here’s a suggested checklist to use prior to cranking your own Girl Scout Leader engines:

  1. Confirm your troop meeting venue – location and day(s)/time(s).
  2. Log into C.O.R.E.  — if you haven’t done this in a while, you’re in for a pleasant surprise with a new “look and feel” of the site.
  3. Update your own personal troop roster (I use Excel myself) since C.O.R.E. likely won’t have new additions listed initially.
  4. Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork… make copies of those TP106 and TP105 forms for your parents to fill out… you know you got to have ‘em!  Or even better send parents soft copy, fillable forms so they can save and reuse with minor changes each year.
  5. Set or re-establish your troop expectations – I hand out and go over our troop list of “Girl Responsibilities” and “Parent Responsibilities” at the first meeting of every year .
  6. Dust off your personal certifications (CPR/AED, First Aid, Lifeguarding, Boating, Outdoor Skills, Event Director, etc.) and see what volunteer training you need to plan for this year.
  7. Establish and collect dues, and re-acquaint yourself with troop financials to start the new season off on the right foot.
  8. Peruse numerous program and event guides, including the new Girl Scouts Can Do Anything guide, this year’s Lead On or GO! Magazine, for an idea of what is being offered for your troop level and when.
  9. If a Journey is in your future this Girl Scouting year, get a head start in your own adult guide.
  10. Sign up to volunteer, help out, or even lead, various activities in your own Service Unit such as Camporees, Overnights, Parades, Cookie Rallies, Thinking Day…  the list here truly is ENDLESS here!

Now you’re ready to ignite the spark, pull chocks, and taxi to the end of the runway.  Relax and enjoy the flight ahead this Girl Scout year!

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