After 12 years of troop meetings, badges, trips and service projects, there are so many stories I could discuss. But what I decided to share with you is all the things I learned as a Girl Scout Leader:
- Attention span of Daisies = 10 minutes, so plan accordingly.
- When 1 Brownie asks to use the bathroom, be prepared for most of them to ask to go.
- Given enough practice, every girl can learn to roll her own sleeping bag.
- At 20 degrees Fahrenheit, a leader can lace up about 3 pairs of ice skates before losing all feeling in her fingers.
- Enjoy the 30+ minute attention span of Juniors, because when the girls become Cadettes, the attention span goes back to 10 minutes.
- Girls in your troop will quickly feel like an extension of your own family (sports, concerts, plays). Leaders are everyday heroes - getting up on a Saturday morning to go to an event when they would like just a little more sleep, giving a ride home from school or community functions if a parent cannot be there on time, standing in all sorts of weather to supervise a cookie booth sale, taking their girls camping, even though it is not quite their cup of tea.
- Leaders take on the role of teachers - not only of skills and information, but also when it comes to managing interpersonal relationships.
- In order to be good teachers, leaders must also be students - learning skills to teach their scouts… from camping skills to geocaching, to robotics or jewelry making. You name it, we’ve probably learned it! (Although I do have to say that I have no idea how leaders did all this before Google or Pinterest!)
- Camaraderie of fellow leaders is important - I have been blessed with amazing leaders in my Service Unit who step in to help at a moment’s notice.
- It all goes SO fast.
Seems like not long ago we were kneeling to place the first pins on our Daisies and loading our cars with booster seats to travel to an event. This year, our girls are learning to drive and next year will be eligible to vote! So, I’ve learned to enjoy every level as it comes!