Girl Scout Leaders Day 2017 is on Saturday, April 22, 2017: Girl scouts?
Saturday, April 22, 2017 is Girl Scout Leaders Day 2017. Leader's Day // Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western ... Girl Scout Leader's Day: April
My first year of girl scouts was in 2nd grade. We met twice a week. The day that you met depends on the days in which your troup leaders pick.
Yes, I have had lots of fun in girl scouts. But, scouts isn't just about fun, it is about learning, and helping others. Girl scouts is a very open thing so there is definitely something that will spark your interest. Girl scouts can work on badges, charms and award (bronze, silver, gold) No matter what project you are working on it is up to you (or your leader or troop) to decide what you are going to do. Girl scouts isn't very strict when it comes to earning badges, charms, and awards. They will allow you to choose what to do.
During the summer there is also Girl Scout camps. These camps are cheaper. So if your family can't afford to send you to a regular girls camp you can go to a Girl Scout camp. I have been to a few of these camps and learned so much there. Not all of it was fun (fell of a horse) but I learned so much and made some great friends.
Right now I am a Juliet scout or independent scout. Which means that I don't have a troop, but work by myself. So if you can't find a troop nearby you can be an independent scout.
Hope this helps,
Are Any Mothers Girl Scout Leaders?
I'm a GS Leader and my troop of Daisies (kindergarteners) met Fridays in the early afternoon (about an hour after school) and my teen troop is meeting Friday nights by their own - and their families - choices this year (I was taking over as the leader, the day they'd met on for years wouldn't work for my schedule, so they had some choices, and Friday won easily). So, no, I don't believe Fridays are a death sentence for a troop! Yes, there are some girls who won't be able to participate (including for religious reasons, which did bother me, but I only have so much time to give), but the same is true whether you do it the day they have dance class, gymnastics, or all the schools like to put on open houses. This is why it's good for areas to have multiple troops at each level - more flexibility for each girl to find one that works for her and her family.
Anyhow, to the question you actually asked. ;-) It can be time consuming, honestly. Especially if you don't have other adults actively helping out and/or you're bad at delegating. And in the beginning, since everything is new, it will take extra time. How much? That's hard to say - everyone is different both in how long things take them and how much advanced preparation they need to do before they feel prepared. And it varies based on the girls you're working with - if you're planning advanced long-term trips, you'll probably be doing lots of out of meeting money earning projects, older girls tend to plan events for others as part of their progression in Girl Scouts, etc.
On the other hand, you don't necessarily have to meet weekly - the majority of troops these days meet every other week (it's info GS of the USA collects when troops register, so they can get accurate data each year), and some meet monthly for longer lengths of time.
Another option is to contact your local GS Council, who can put you in touch with whoever organizes your area, and see if there are existing troops that are looking for extra help - trust me, there are plenty of leaders who would love an extra set of hands, possibly some quite near you. Additionally, if you have experience in a particular area, say rock climbing for a totally random example, the Council may want you as an "episodic volunteer" - basically, when it works for you, you'd offer your area of expertise to girls looking for it.
Swaps for Girl Scout Thinking Day?
How about a maple leaf? You can stamp on shrink dink plastic and bake, then hot glue on a pin back. You need to use a permanant ink pad like stayzon in order to make it stick. Or better yet you (leader) can use a Sharpie to draw an outline of the leaf and let the girls color it in with colored pencils (no crayons).
Or take crayon shavings and iron them between two sheets of wax paper, then cut leaf shape from that (use tracer).
For a hockey stick, you can buy a pack of teensy popsicle sticks (about 2" long). Cut some in half and hot glue to a whole piece to make the stick. Use markers to decorate. Buy a sheet of black craft foam and use a hole punch to make a circle (puck) and glue that to stick.
For a beaver I'd make a simple beaver-like head from brown craft foam and glue white beaver teeth over its smile.
Here is the worlds easiest, fastest, cheapest swap: it's a mini paper postcard. You print out on paper or cardstock, cut out, fold over and add pin Add girls' first name and troop # to "greetings from" side. Very cute; I've used these myself for last year's Thinking Day. by the way, that's an awsome site in general for all things Girl Scouty.
There you go; hope those ideas get you started! Aren't you glad you asked?