So, I’m a Girl Scout troop leader, right? I’m always thinking of ways to keep the girls interested and focused, because six 4th graders = lots and lots of energy! For the last few weeks, I’ve been musing about a meeting I want to have in November, centered around the theme of being thankful. Of course, we are going to do some crafting (thanks, Oriental Trading!), but I also want to take the time to talk about the amazing amount of opportunities they have, and to reflect on what other Girl Scouts have achieved in this country that we should be thankful for! For me, it’s always a struggle to make things age appropriate for them because I’m used to working with high school age kids and then, peers when I was in college. As a result I’ve been spending a lot of time wondering how to have a meaningful conversation with them vs “write a list of what you’re thankful for…” which one, they probably do in school, and two, doesn’t really get them thinking too much. I know I have so much to be thankful for, that I couldn’t really spend too much time considering it.
I’m always trying to balance having fun AND learning skills that as Girl Scouts they should be learning. Being a non-mom troop leader is interesting… I don’t want to be like a school teacher, because while I take Girl Scouts very seriously, it’s not as rigid as school, and I’m not their parent, so I don’t want to be that kind of authority figure. Heck, I can’t even figure out what I’m supposed to do as a big sister to three younger brothers let alone be a good role model for the troop. I love being a part of their lives, it’s so rewarding and they make me so proud. I want them to take me seriously, but I don’t want to cross the line into I’m another adult bossing them around, you know? (and haha but this only becomes an issue when we do the kaper chart [aka chore chart] lol no one wants garbage or floor duty!!!!! go figure) I want Girl Scouts to be something they think of fondly, love, and want to do for years! Is it silly that I fret that none of them will continue on to Cadettes??? Maybe, but all I know is that I don’t really care if it’s silly because I know these girls will grow up and continue to be amazing, thoughtful, and engaged people.
We have a meeting tonight, we’re making wire wrap bracelets with Crystal from Crystal’s Treasure Box (a local, amazing, jewelry store in town) and I’m so excited. I bought a crap ton of beads! Our meeting after that is our Halloween party and I am so excited! I’ve been buying goodies for goody bags, games, and craft supplies for a few weeks already! I’m always thinking ahead 🙂 I think we will actually start our simple meals badge that meeting by making Halloween mac and cheese I found! The pasta is shaped like pumpkins, ghosts, and bats! We’re going to play bingo and a bean bag toss game, and for crafts, little sparkly Halloween figures! We might also decorate cookies or cupcakes! I have these AWESOME bone shaped sprinkles!! I also saw some candy eyeball decorations that would be cool. I also started buying stuff for our December meetings last week! Can you tell I love being a troop leader? 😉
Anyways, that’s all… I just wanted to share a little bit of what’s always on my mind! Girl Scouts!