Guiding the Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Day Camp
Photo by GraceFamily

I remember the days when I thought Girl Scouts did crafts, sold cookies, and earned badges.  It is far more complex these days.  The new Girl Scout program is built around the concept of Journeys.  At each program level (Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, etc.), the girls can choose to work on a Journey based on one of three themes: It’s Your World – Change It; It’s Your Planet – Love It; and It’s Your Story – Tell It.  My girls started working on the first Cadette Journey: aMAZE: The Twists and Turns of Getting Along.  We didn’t get very far through it, but it certainly sparked a lot of interesting conversations about popularity, friendships, and difficulties with classmates.

This will be my fourth year as a Girl Scout leader (two years of Juniors, two years of Cadettes).  It has certainly been a journey for me.  I love, love, love my girls, and they are as devoted as I could ever wish for.  They threw a party for me for Leader Appreciation Day last spring, with a cake, a poem, songs they wrote, little gifts they made me – it was wonderful.  I have the same organizational challenges with Girl Scouts that I have with other things in my life – being where I need to be when I need to be there, getting a system in place for paperwork, making sure I have all the necessary prerequisites completed on time for travel and field trips – so I have my share of panicky moments and frantic hours on the computer, but it somehow all pulls together each time.

This year, I want to have a calmer, happier Girl Scout experience.  We are going on a campout this month to plan our year.  I want to plan more service activities and more experiences out in the community.  I am going to try to get things prepared early and thoroughly, and – hopefully! – we won’t have that adrenaline rush every time we meet.

  • {Clutter} released – More magazines!  Let’s see, if they leave the house 5-10 at a time, I should definitely keep ahead of the inflow, which is down to less than that per month these days.

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