Whether you participated as a child or your daughter wants to sign up, getting involved in the Girl Scouts program is an excellent way to give back to the community – which is why so many parents and adult siblings volunteer their time to become Girl Scout leaders. In this role, you and one other co-leader will be charged with organizing the affairs of your group, from administrative tasks to communicating with parents. Learn more about what you’ll need to do to shine in this role.
A Girl Scout Leader’s Guide to Excellence
Choose the Right Co-Leader
As a Girl Scout leader, your primary objective is to encourage the girls in your troop to learn life skills and expand their horizons. To be successful, you’ll need to be a responsible, positive role model. Troops are run in pairs, so you’ll need to find a co-leader. Make sure you choose a co-leader you connect with who’s just as devoted and mature as you are.
Foster Parent Participation
Start by getting to know not only your troop members but their parents. A kick-off event that introduces families is a great way to bond with everyone. During this initial event, start an open dialogue about pooling resources and create a system to ask parents for support, whether it be volunteering their time, leading carpool efforts, or helping during the annual cookie sales. If there are parents that want to be actively engaged, keep them motivated to participate.
Maintain a Positive Attitude
There’s always a learning curve with any new activity. Don’t let your challenges get you down. As you settle into your role, lean on the Girls Scout organization for encouragement, outdoor activity ideas, and guides to keep the troop moving and achieving. Instead of comparing your troop’s achievements to others, focus on the overall development and interests of the girls you’re specifically serving. Infuse fun into every meeting and activity. Schedule activities guided by the curiosity of your troop, and create learning opportunities by letting your girls assume responsibility for certain plans.
Girl Scouts Heart of The Hudson takes pride in helping girls throughout the greater Pleasantville, NY, area develop lifelong skills while creating friendships and bolstering their sense of independence. If your daughter is interested in joining this inclusive, welcoming organization and you’re ready to embark on your journey as Girl Scout leader, call today at (855) 232-4744 to connect with a volunteer manager. For more information on Girl Scout camp and the exciting outdoor activities available to your troop, visit their website. If you’re ready to sign up to volunteer, learn more about the registration process online.