Following A Volunteer For A Year – Starting Out The Troop Year

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

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What goes into being a Girl Scout volunteer? What are the hardest parts? What are the joys?

It can be an intimidating time – becoming a volunteer for any organization. Sometimes you’re not quite sure what you’re doing or what you’re getting yourself into. That’s why we put together this monthly blog series. We are going to follow a relatively new volunteer throughout her Girl Scout volunteer experience. That way you can see first hand what it is like to volunteer with the Girl Scouts. So grab your friends, sit back, and experience first hand the experience of a Girl Scout volunteer.

In September’s blog post, Andrea Decker from Endicott was preparing to be a co-leader for a troop. Since then the troop has held two meetings.

At the first meeting, the girls decorated some stick figure Popsicle sticks for for their Kaper Chart. One new girl joined the troop with a couple of more girls expected soon. The new girl was taught the Girl Scout Promise and Law and the make new friends song. The girls played a hopscotch like game in which they danced/wiggled/sang or clapped depending on what they spun and then once they did that the girls had to raw a card at the end. The cards had questions on them about their summer – favorite place they visited, books they read, favorite indoor/outside activity and a zinger, their favorite veggie, in which most picked corn. The girls then made a button bracelet as their craft and ended the meeting with taps and the Girl Scout squeeze circle.

“It was a pretty low key meeting and a nice way to get back into the process. We had the parents fill out health forms as all of the girls dues were paid from last year and our new Girl Scout was already registered so this made the process pretty smooth when getting back from the summer,” Andrea said. “It was nice to not have to worry about the registration process.”

At the second meeting the girls began working on the bug badge. The girls read some facts about spiders and ladybugs and talked about all the insects that they knew and drew pictures of some bugs. The second part of the meeting was a troop hike through the school’s nature trail. The girls brought a magnifying glass to take a closer look at all the insects they found.

“We had a hiker’s guide to insects and the girls looked for some bugs and then looked up the name of some of the insects in the book. The girls were told about having a buddy system when out and about and about not taking nature out of nature. Girls were encouraged to look at insects, but not to touch,” Andrea said.

The girls found daddy long legs, beetles, ants, and grasshoppers.

The troop will be participating in the fall nut, candy, and magazine sale. Permission slips were handed out to parents at the first meeting.

“We did a brief reminder about safety of selling items and also told the girls that we needed the money upfront for this sale, which is different then the cookie sale in the spring. The girls were very interested in the prizes and we talked briefly about what the girls wanted to do this year with our fundraising and they all said ‘camping’ – glad I took SSC this summer!”

The first troop outing will be to Stoughton Farms to visit a pumpkin and corn maze. Andrea and her co-leader are prepping the permission slips and the request is going to be submitted to the council as soon as possible.

“So far we have not come across any issues yet. We will see how the paperwork goes for the field trip and the logistics that go along with that since that is a new experience for the both of us. We are going to give the parents a schedule next troop or our activities until December. We plan on doing the bug badge, snack badge and a couple others before the December break,” Andrea concludes.

How will the paperwork go for the troop’s first outing? What else will the troop be doing at future meetings? Find out this and more as we continue to follow Andrea and her troop throughout the year! Check back in November for the next installment of Following A Volunteer For A Year!

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