Joined Girl Scouts... should I be a troop leader?

Amanda - posted on 09/28/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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So my oldest joined girl scouts today. My mom was my troop leader and I loved that she was. Now I am wondering if I should do it for my girls?

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Samantha - posted on 08/18/2012

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I love being my daughters troop leader. I started out as a helper and the troop leader moved so I stepped up to help. It gives me some special time with my girls and helps us bond even closer! This year I am doing Daisy's & Brownies again and may even take on Juniors! I want them to have memories of us doing fun things and learning to be great woman in the world!

Kelley - posted on 09/29/2009

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Post a reply!Wow, Should you join? The fact that you are questioning it, is an indication that you might be interested. A few questions... do you have time? This is quite a commitment, don't let anyone tell you it's not. How does your Daughter feel? How will she act with you there? Can you separate Mom from Leader? All these are things to think about before you GO FOR IT!!! I say this with enthusiam because I was involved with Girl Guides of Canada for so many years! I loved every minute of it and would love to correspond with you if you like. If you love kids and want to really make a difference in their lives, then yes. But, again, think about those questions I asked. I have 3 daughters I went through Guiding with, sometimes it's tough, but for me it was so worthwhile! I even made a friend in Virginia via internet and we got to meet for the first time a few years ago. We are now very close friends. THat's what Guiding/Scouting can do for you. Good luck!

Gena - posted on 09/29/2009

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Well I know that we need more leaders in the jamestown area, my daughter has wanted to join but there isn't a troop, and unfortunately i don't have the time to be one...

Holly - posted on 09/29/2009

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I am a troop leader as well... Make sure it is what your daughter wants to do, and if it is go for it. My mom was my brownie leader as well. Its a lot of hard work to get it started but after you do its all smooth sailing from there! Enjoy your time with your daughter and create great memories!

Kelly - posted on 09/29/2009

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I am a troop leader, and both of my daughters are in my troop...although it is a lot of work, we get to do a ton of things together that create great memories for both me and my daughters!

Dana - posted on 09/29/2009

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Definitely talk it over with you daughter first, but YES! you should be a Girl Scout Leader!! I have been a GS leader for 7 years now. I started when my girls were Daisy's, They are now first year Cadets!! It is the most rewarding experience you wil ever have. If you are worried about not knowing what to do, just ask the girls! They will give you there input and then go from there. There are so many resoureses out there for leaders. Ask you service unit for help. Good luck!!

Alissar - posted on 09/28/2009

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well, i think that if u like to be a troop leader it is nice and u will be great one ,but if u think that u must be one cause ur mom was ,u will be failed u must love to be a troop leader to enjoy it or it will be a nightmare for u and for ur girl.

Karen - posted on 09/28/2009

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I would suggest talking it over with your daughter first, after all for some kids it's a great experience for others a nightmare. Some kids enjoy these activities more because mom and dad aren't involved and there are some kids who will behave better and get more out of the experience if it's not with mom or dad. My girls are still young and I struggle with this when it comes to volunteering in their classroom - the input I get from teachers and other parents about my kids make me realize that they are completely different children when I'm not involved. All those tough lessons that I'm trying to teach them at home that appear to be going in one ear and out the other really are sinking in just not for good old mom. Good Luck.

Leslie - posted on 09/28/2009

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I too had a mother who was my troop leader for eight or nine years! I enjoyed it a lot, but I also wasn't the typical tween/teen that hated having their mom around. Have you asked your daughter how she would feel about you being her troop leader? You yourself know how demanding the job of troop leader can be, having watched your mom do it, is it something you feel you can take on right now? I know that if I am ever given a little girl I plan on being a troop leader if she doesn't mind. Once I'm out of toddler phase I may decide to just do it anyway!

Amanda - posted on 09/28/2009

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Her troop already has 2 leaders from last year that are continuing. They plan on moving up with the girls as they grow. I want to get my feet wet and when my other little girl is old enough, start a troop for her.

Michelle - posted on 09/28/2009

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If it's something you think you would enjoy and want to do with your girls then go for it!

Shannon - posted on 09/28/2009

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I had the same issue last year with my daughter. I really didn't want to be a troop leader but Nov. came and she still didn't have a troop so I volunteered. The first year had a couple ups and downs but it was very rewarding. You can have a small troop. You don't have to take every girl. They will establish more troops but it is well worth it! I love being a troop leader. Cookie sales are extremely fun!

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