1st Girl Scout meeting of year

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
1st Girl Scout meeting of year
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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 8:34am

Yesterday was the first Girl Scout meeting of the year (a little late start due to me having a lot to deal with cub scouts and cross country).  I know girls schedules change from year to year and 1 mom told me that her daughter would not be able to come ever if we kept Thursdays.  Another (grand)mom e-mailed me and said her daughter wanted to quit- and this was understandable... she was the only one who came from her grade level- she was very "needy" in the attention department- she was not adventurous at all the way the rest in the troop are- but everyone did include her and they all got along pretty well- it just seemed like not a good fit.  One other girl I knew was going to be about 30 minutes late.   I didn't hear anything from the rest of the families.

 

So, I was shocked when only 3 girls came to the meeting - no other adult showed up.  The "other adult" I was expecting texted me at the start of the meeting and said she couldn't come and neither could her daughter (which was obvious since she went home on the bus).  UGH!  Luckily, the new youth minister was still in his office and I asked him if he would be around for 30 minutes til the other girl and her mom got there.

 

We had a GREAT meeting- lots of cool ideas- lots of good discussion about a Father Daughter dance at a local historical building (that we have gone to many times for sewing projects).  Some talk about doing a Thinking Day activity for our Service Unit- something our SU has never done.  Some talk about how to get on track to finish or start Silver projects for girls in the troop who are interested.  And they decided that they wanted to learn a song at each meeting.  And if it's an already known song- they want to make sure they know the words... because they thought Princess Pat "lived in a tree" when in reality the song is Princess Pat rode infantry.  Yesterday we also sang the Flea song.  Their goal is to each have a songbook binder.  So the girl in charge of snack will also be responsible for choosing a song.  And we discussed schedules.  I also asked the mom of the girl who came late if she would be my designated 2nd adult and she just laughed since her troop of girl scouts just graduated in May and she thought she would be done.  I told her that she wouldn't have to do too much thinking- just be there and chime in once in a while if she had a good idea... her daughter loved the idea since mom has already spent so much time with older sister and brother but had never been leader for this one's troop.  It will also take the stress off me because I didn't really get along with the othe lady, the girls didn't really like how she did things, and obviously she wasn't too reliable since she didn't show up... but maybe we can use her if the other will be away.  My stress level did go down when this mom said "sure- I'll do it!"

 

When I got home, I e-mailed the families who were not there and asked about Monday after school meetings.  The ones who responded seemed to think Mondays will be good starting in October (once cross country is pretty much over).  The responses I got about not being there- "we forgot it was today".  And we are now down to about 18 boxes of cookies not sold.  I brought them to the meeting and we had a couple of people stop by and get one... and we sold a box to the youth minister too!  

 

Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
Mon, 09-24-2012 - 12:02pm
I'm glad you had a good meeting. I think you needed that :smileyhappy:

It sounds like the girls made some great plans.
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Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Mon, 10-01-2012 - 10:59pm
Glad you had productive meeting, even with a small turnout. I am involved with Boyscouts now, but loved my 12 years as a Girl Scout leader.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Thu, 10-04-2012 - 12:32pm

2nd meeting yielded three prospective new members!  I'm pretty sure the 6th and 8th grade sisters will join as they are friends with pretty much everyone... they were homeschooled until recently and now go to our Catholic school.  The other is a 6th grade friend of our only girl from a different Catholic school- both moms are teachers, so the 2 of them run the hallways from time to time and she was going to miss her friend on Girl Scout days.  I also spoke with another woman who just moved her family to the area and her son joined the Boy Scout troop my son is in- and they were at a youth group parent organizational meeting... well, she has an 11th grade daughter who may be interested... and if not in meetings, then just in doing Gold.  So, we will see.

I started them on the Field Day badge in which the girls need to decide on team identification (same shirts, or bandanas or something goofy to show who's on which team), and different games they make up based on some suggestions in the book.  I set them loose to planning after we had some chit chat and I went over some other important stuff.  They all seemed so eager!

-Jen

Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
Fri, 10-05-2012 - 2:02pm
That's great news about additionaly girls. :smileyhappy:
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