Friday, October 9, 2009
Trying To Lead
It was quite a disappointment. I did a lot of the stuff to get badges (on my own), and I wanted to be a good little Girl Scout.
One of my closest friends is a leader, and has been for a long time. I asked her how she could stand it. She said she does it because she loved it, not for her daughter. I just didn't get that at all. I was doing it for my daughter.
But, then, something amazing happened. I was in the grocery store and one of my girls saw me. She was so excited.... and came running to me, yelling, hugging, bragging to the entire store. Then it happened again when I was at school for something, and then it kept happening. One day I came home and there was a banner on my lawn that said "The Best Girl Scout Leader Lives Here". Then, they started giving me presents - pictures, trinkets, homemade poppyseed bread. Let me tell you.... it's all worth it. Every single silly GS rule, every lettered and numbered form.
Being a leader is a heart melting feeling. Who needs drugs with a high like that?
I admit, there was so much to learn, last year I felt like I was just following along. This year, I'm (at least trying) to really lead. We're off to a great start.
We had our registration meeting as a potluck dinner at a local park. We have an agenda; a strategy; and a great group. I lost a few girls who moved, but most of my troop returned (maybe I did do something right last year?). And, we're adding a couple new girls.
In October, we have 2 troop meetings, a SHARE fundraiser (to provide scholarships for those that need it), a leader meeting, and an outing to a Pumpkin Patch/Petting Zoo. Most month's have a calendar that looks pretty much like that.... and there is paperwork to do for everything... and emails, and calls... and my girls will squeal when they feed the animals, and giggle while they decorate their pumpkins, and hug me at least twice each time I see them.
If you're ready to volunteer, as a leader or even in a lesser capacity, go to the national web site, http://girlscouts.org/ to find opportunities in your area.