7 things every Girl Scout Leader should know
- There is more than one way to do things.
Being an individual is part of what makes you a great leader and an amazing role model for girls. Let’s encourage our girls to be strong, pursue their interests and challenge obstacles that come their way. As leaders, you should be confident enough to do the same!
- Use resources wisely.
C’mon—It’s in the Girl Scout Law! Don’t reinvent the wheel. Connect with other troop leaders, reference Volunteer Essentials, and talk to your council community engagement team or service unit chair. Don’t be afraid to ask if something already exists before taking the time to create it from scratch.
- Girl Scouts should be girl-led.
Help them to become as self-sufficient as possible. Don’t do something for them that they could do themselves. Part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience includes the girl-led process, and giving girls the chance to make and shape their own experiences. Try not to automatically jump in and fix everything right away, help the girls be independent. Of course, every grade level is different, but always strive to accommodate this important part of Girl Scouting.
- Being a leader is not a competitive sport.
It’s easy to compare yourself to other troop leaders, but don’t! Don’t beat yourself up for not selling the most cookies, forgetting to make that awesome project on Pinterest, or not knowing how set up a tent. Try to remind yourself why you became a leader— for the girls! What matters is that your girls are having fun, you’re both trying new things, and growing at the same time.
- Work together.
Cooperative learning isn’t just for the girls. You should also take advantage of partnerships with other troops in your area. Consider sharing ideas, planning a trip, or earning a badge with other troop leaders. By bringing more girls together, you increase their chances of developing social skills, making new friends, and building confidence. The same can be said for leaders, working together is a great way to meet new people!
- Take on the training!
Don’t skip out on the training opportunities that are offered to you. It may be difficult to commit to another night out or weekend at camp, but you’ll get some great ideas and meet some really awesome people. By continuing to learn and grow, you can help the girls in your troop do the same.
- HAVE FUN!
Being a Girl Scout leader is one of the greatest things you’ll ever do for yourself and all of the girls in your troop! You have the opportunity to become the role model she’ll always remember, while having the time of your lives!
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