3 Wrong Girl Scout Leader Beliefs That Are Holding You Back

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3-1Over the years I have run dozens of recruitment events in my area. Every year it was the same story lots of girls wanting to join Girl Scouts, and only a few if any parents willing or having the desire to become a Girl Scout Leader. Which meant the troops that were already formed were growing bigger and bigger, and no new troops were being formed. I listened to parents concerns and tried to ease their fear with examples and showing them pictures but many always shyed away from idea of being leader.  Today I want to share with you probably the top 3 concerns/ myths I heard at these recruitment’s. My hope is you can take these myths and share with your prospected leaders and/or if you took the plunge and you said yes but your like now what? Here are some tips to combat those fears of being a Girl Scout Leader.

3 Myths that may be holding you back as a Girl Scout leader, with some tips to change that belief.

I don’t have time to be a Girl Scout Leader

Now this one is the biggest reason people walk away from being a leader.  I am here to tell you that everyone has time to be a Girl Scout Leader. There is no one troop set up fits all. I have seen troops that meet weekly for an hour, troops that meet bi-weekly for 2 hours, and troops like mine that would meet once a month for 3 hours, and then do some type of monthly outing.  You can spend hours planning your own custom program for each badge, or you can get online and find a program already created for you from other leaders.   And number 1 tip don’t do this alone, you may be the leader – who sets the time for meeting that works best for your schedule, and you are the head leader of troop, but no team has a I in it. Recruit parents to help, delegate different task to each person. Many of the parents who have started troops in my area I have found are the ones working full time with 1 to 2 other kids who are not in Girl Scouts. I am not sure why but when your already short on time we as working moms seem to know how to really utilize are time wisely.

Here are a few programs I have put together that require no planning, just buy the printable once and print for each girl and your ready to go. Beyond what you can get here, check out the link at the top of the page with resources from others, I have spent years looking for the best resources to help me run a meeting and this list has some great things to use again some are free others are minimal cost. Be sure to save whatever you do. If you end up like me 25 years later still involved in Girl Scouts you can recycle activities because new girls are in your troop.

I don’t have any skills to offer the Girls

Everyone has some type of skill, believe it or not if you do something daily you can teach your girls something. Do you love to cook? Are you a computer wiz? Do you change your own oil? What is your day job, is it something you can share with the girls? Do you know how to dance? The list goes on.  You can put together workshops, each week at a meeting a different parent shares one of their talents or skills with the girls. Not only do they learn something new, they get to know the parents of the other girls in troop.  I have done this before and the girls loved it, almost like show and tell my mom.

Last but not least…Only thing that you really care about is selling Girl Scout Cookies

Many times over the years of being a Girl Scout leader, people ask me why would you want to be a Girl Scout leader all you do is push girls to sell Girl Scout cookies. Sadly that is a perception that so many people see. Even at yearly recruitment’s parents are reluctant to step up to be a leader because they do not want to be pushed to sell cookies, tell others to sell cookies, and spend half the year selling cookies. I am here to tell each and every one of you Girl Scouts is so much more than Girl Scout cookies. During cookie selling season, sure they sell cookies, but they learn leadership skills, communication skills, money counting skills, get creative have girls create a business out of cookie sales, have them figure out how much they need to sell to go on a certain trip, have a cookie making party trying different recipes. You don’t have to focus on sell sell sell, just have fun and the selling comes naturally because everyone loves Girl Scout cookies.  Try a drive thru cookie booth – I shared what we did as a troop here: Cookie Drive Thru

What are some more myths you have heard at your recruitment events? I would love to hear from you. Leave your comments below.

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My name is Jodi Carlson, I was a leader of a Girl Scout Troop and a Girl Scout for Total of 25 years. I was blessed with a Son in March of 2015 and stepped down as leader. I decided after 25 years I have so much to share with other leaders I choose to continue building this blog and its a way for me to stay connected to scouts. If you need a specific idea feel free to email me or leave a comment I bet in 25 years I did something that I can share.

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