Number of Girls

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Number of Girls
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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 10:37am
Hello,

I am a Daisy leader and we are moving to Brownies next year. I am registring girls now, and have had a lot of questions about adding new girls.

How many girls can I have in my troop? Right now I have 20 registered, and a wait list. I thought 20 was the upper limit for Brownies. However, we have 5 leaders next year, so I am hearing from others that we can have 25 girls?

I really think our troop is too big now, but I dont want to say no to girls if I can take them.

Can anyone help with rules? I am sure this is written somewhere...just dont know where...?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: kmamka
Thu, 05-08-2003 - 10:50am
I don't know the answer.. But what I personally would do.

I would split the group. With 5 leaders it shouldn't be

hard to do................

Divide the girls out among the leaders and make them

seperate troops........

You can still get together and do things.. like

trips and things. but have seperate meetings

tammy

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: kmamka
Thu, 05-08-2003 - 12:43pm
The answer you are looking for is in Safety Wise! Page 72, Standard 20...Says Brownie troops should be 10-25 girls.

I agree with Tammi, I would try to split this troop into two. Have separate meetings for some things but do lots of activities together. If you have this many now, how many more will want to join by fall? You might want to poll families and see if a natural split might occur based on what day they prefer to attend. Get the five leaders and a few interested parents together to brainstorm what might work.

If it does remain one troop, you can still use your five leaders (personally I would do no less than 6 adults at each meeting. I have 16 girls and I prefer at least 4 adults) Split the girls into patrols and rotate them through stations OR divide the group in half and do the same activities with each group in different rooms, etc. There are a LOT of creative ways to divide and conquer.

HTH,

Susie

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In reply to: kmamka
Thu, 05-08-2003 - 9:16pm
Thanks, guys!!

I have tried to split the troop, but honestly the girls love each other, and for us leaders it is a little chance for us to socialize together, too..which we enjoy.

So, we will keep the troop together. Although, I am going to be pretty staunch about no more than 20 girls...it gets way too big after that..I cant imagine 25!!!

thanks, everyone...

Lisa

(I figured this was in Safety Wise..I just couldnt find it!!!!)

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: kmamka
Fri, 05-09-2003 - 1:17pm
I don't blame you...20 is a lot! Here's what I did...I started telling everyone that there would be a new grade 1-2 Brownie troop forming in the fall on a different day. Who will the leaders be? I don't know!!! Since I'm in charge of recruitment and placement at our school, anyone who wants to join Brownies will be thinking they are getting me as a troop leader, and I will let them think so until I get a list of names in hand. Then I will explain to them that assistant leaders are needed. Then I will put the assistant leaders in a room and not let them leave until we have worked out a leadership agreement amongst them. They can rely on me to get started, and I'll gladly give them any support and meeting plans they need. They can have access to all my files and newsletters etc, and we can even do activities together, but after that, they are on their own.

Truthfully, we have 16 girls in our troop, and I would be happy not to add more. It is a nice round number, just enough that they don't get bored with each over, and not so many that I don't know each girl as an individual. I'm working under the assumption that we will recruit enough to start a new troop. BUT if we don't get enough for a new troop, I'll take them, and pray for a miracle in the form of a dynamic new assistant leader!

Susie



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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: kmamka
Fri, 05-09-2003 - 6:08pm
Aaaahhhh....the old "bait and switch" game LOL. I was told I'd be "assistant leader" and "didn't need to do anything but be the 2nd body at meeting"....Bwhahahahahahaha....After the old leader embezzled I realized I was "IT".

Just gave me a chuckle the way GS's recruits leaders ... hehehehe

Margaret

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: kmamka
Sun, 05-11-2003 - 1:30pm
Well, I have to confess they didn't tell us to do that when I had membership staff training at Macy. BUT I will say that as a membership specialist I had the best membership statistics in the council, so i must have been doing something right!

Susie

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In reply to: kmamka
Sun, 05-11-2003 - 1:58pm
You know I was just pickin' didn't you? I hope I didn't offend. I love being a leader so I'm not too upset. But I do sometimes feel that the whole story isn't being told when recruitment happens :)

Hugs! Margaret

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In reply to: kmamka
Mon, 05-12-2003 - 5:22pm
Oh, yes, absolutely! No offense taken!