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!