(Closed) Girl Scouts?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 4
Hostess
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I was a big sister for several years before I moved out of the US. It was so rewarding and you can start with as little as one hour a week! 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Girl Scouts is awesome (the movement is called Girl Guides in the majority of places in the rest of the world)

I was a girl member, from age 7 thru to my mid teens.  Then after University, I volunteered as a Leader.  And worked with all the various age groups / branches that we have here in Canada (5 thru 18)… Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders, Rangers and even Adults.

The organization is fairly well organized.  And fulfilling & rewarding to work with.

PLUS the BIGGEST BONUS is being able to make some incredible friendships with other women… my greatest group of friends are women that I meant thru Guiding.

Not to mention that as you’ve discovered there are lots of opportunities for self-improvement… be it practical workshops for Unit Leaders, General Interest Courses… AND if you want you can pursue travel options as well (some available to Adults… others you have to be mentoring a Girls Unit).  I’ve done a fair bit of Travel as a leader… and at an EXTREMELY discounted rate vs what I would have paid to travel on my own… even on a budget.

My Guiding Experiences have been amazing… they truly have shaped the person I’ve become, and the life I’ve led.

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I was a Girl Scout troop leader for three years, town cookie coordinator for two years. It was fun to do things with the girls. We didn’t have to really do any training other than CPR/first aid, there were monthly meetings for troop leaders but they were good too. You may have just sparked my interest to do that again, I really liked it.

Post # 9
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7564 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Vidya:  I’m not exactly sure but they collected a lot of information from me before matching. I would guess it’s partly based on your interest, but a lot based on what times you are available and who has been waiting the longest for a mentor. 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My mom is currently the troop leader for my youngest sister’s troop. She’s also the cookie coordinator person. It seems like it’s best when responsibility is shared (she is less stressed when there is a co-leader) so something to think about. The materials are usually covered by the troop bank account, which you control, but some things come from out of pocket. Smaller troops tend to be easier to manage, but that’s sort of a given, right? 🙂 I plan on being one if I have a daughter, but I’m currently quite invested in my other volunteer activities and think I’d do better/be more invested if I had a daughter participating. I love GS though. 🙂

I’m not sure which area you’re in, but if that isn’t something you decide to do, I have been a part of the GFWC (General Federation of Woman’s Clubs) for almost 10 years and I *love* it. It gives me the opportunity to volunteer my time to many different projects and activities. I’ve served as a treasurer, secretary, VP, and president, and now I serve at my state’s level as the Social Media Chairman. You can PM me for more info if you’re interested! My mom is also in this club and is the 3rd VP and will be the State Pres. in 2020. Guess what her state project is going to be? Girl Scouts! 🙂 Too funny.

Post # 11
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Honey bee

I was a Girl Scout from Kindergarten thru 12th grade, which is as long as you can be! I also got my bronze and silver awards. 

I’ve never personally been involved as an adult, but I’m pretty close to my former leader, who is a leader now for her youngest daughter’s troop. It’s a great job, especially if you love any kind of teaching or working with kids. You also get to grow with your group, instead of passing them off at the end of the year like a teacher does. 

 

Post # 12
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126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Well aI just started the application process see what happens in two weeks

 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Vidya:  They usually assign you someone based on your interests/backgrounds. for example they try to match up children from broken homes with brothers/sisters from a similar background. but of course that doesn’t always happen because there are normally more kids enrolled in the program than brothers/sisters. For example I was matched with an indigenous girl and a refugee because of my work background.

I have been a big sister for about 4 years now  for two girls and the one thing I counsel anyone interested in volunteer with this program is that it isn’t a short term volunteer opportunity it is a long term investment. Most of these kids are in the program because they have unstable family backgrounds and have had people come in and out of their lives. The program is about stabilty and having someone there to rely on long term who isn’t going quit the program or get bored after a few months. Sorry if that seems harsh but I think with programs like this you need to really look at your motivations for volunteering and being involved in this sort of program.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Vidya: Awesome! I see you mentioned moving in the next year or so — GFWC has members in every state in most areas (over 100,000 members overall) so it’s much more moveable than having to leave a troop behind – sad! 🙁 The general website is http://www.GFWC.org. You can then search by State under the Member Center tab (click on State Federation and GFWC Club Websites). You can then click on your state to see the state website or click on clubs in your area. I’d go to the state website first and search from there.

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