Monday, August 1, 2011

Recruitment Begins

Well, I am starting my second year of girl scouting and I have jumped all in with everything I have got in me.  I have volunteered to be the Registrar for the Houston County Service Unit Team this year, and I am also the Camp Director for our 2012 Camporee, and I'm planning a special even for our Daisies and Brownies in January.  It is going to be a really exciting year for our Service Unit as we celebrate 100 years of girl scouting.

I have been busy during the past week with providing information to some of our elementary schools that we do not have a girl scout presence in.

This is the poster I created and had printed up to either post at the schools or give to the troop leaders/site coordinators to use.  I thought it turned out very well.  I love the pictures and wish there had been room for more pictures of our activities.

I was only able to attend two school sneak-a-peeks last week, and I had so much fun.  My 7 year old walked around with flyers inviting girls to join girl scouts and even talked parents into coming to our table to meet me.  She was totally awesome and it counts towards her community service hours too.

If I could have, I would have gone to all the sneak-a-peeks, but all of the schools have them on the same two nights, so I just had to be satisfied with the two that I went to.  I am hoping to be able to attend some open houses and PTO meetings to recruit volunteers.  We are in dire need of volunteers for leaders and co-leaders.  We have so many girls in Houston County, Georgia that could benefit for our organization, but we just don't enough volunteers to go around.  That's how I got involved.  There wasn't a troop for my daughter at her school, so I agreed to be the Troop Leader.

I will also be transitioning from a Daisy Leader to a Brownie Leader this year.  My co-leader and I will have a combined troop, she will work mostly with the Daisies and I will work with the Brownies.  I was also hoping to start a pilot troop of older girls with physical special needs (other than autism or ADHD), but I'm not sure if that one is going to pan out or not.

I will be wearing many hats and I'm looking forward to every minute of it.

Daisy Troop #60931 GSHG Houston County Leader
Houston County Service Unit Team Registrar

Friday, January 7, 2011

Cookies Sales Start Today!


Happy New Year!  Hope your holidays were good.  Ours was the best we have had in a long time.  Hope you are ready for cookie sale season.  We are.  This is my first time ever, and I'm a little nervous.  But I managed through the Fall Product Sale, so I think I can manage through cookie sales.

Last night we had a lottery for booth locations.  I was really expecting it to be a madhouse, crazy, with leaders pushing and shoving, and being overly aggressive about the booth locations they wanted.  I was pleasantly surprised that it was done in an orderly manner with no pushing and shoving at all.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Leaders Cookie Training Meeting and probably missed out on a lot of "goodies" passed around from the veteran leaders.  I sat next to two ladies that were very helpful in providing info to me that never would have occurred to me.  Only 2 to 3 girls are allowed at each booth, and I should probably recruit at least 1 or 2 adults to go.  One adult to handle the money, someone to handle questions, and maybe someone to handle the girls (take them to the bathroom, etc.)

The ladies were also very helpful in helping me decide which locations I should choose.  The one lady only chose locations that were near her school.  And, it appeared, she only chose two booths.  I don't know how many girls are in her troop.  She never did say.  The other lady took 8 booths, I think.  She has 11 girls.  They meet at a school, but she has no idea if they attend that school or where they live.

All in all, it was a very interesting evening.  I wasn't prepared enough, as usual, but next time I will be.  I came out with 7 booths, spread out between now and March 15th.  I'm hoping each girl will get at least one opportunity to work at one of the booths.

I have two projects I need to work on:

1)  Preparing for their investiture ceremony.  I was given the name of another Leader who really enjoys ceremonies and she may be able to give me some pointers on where to start.

2)  Preparing the monthly newsletter to the parents.  I didn't send one in December, but I need to send one out this month.

Until next time,
Happy New Year!

Daisy Troop #60931 GSHG Houston County Leader

Monday, November 8, 2010



As a child, I always wanted to be a girl scout, but that never seemed to be in my parent's plan.  I was in the 3rd grade and I envied the other girls in their little brownie uniforms.  Well, I can now say that I am a "girl scout".... as a Daisy Girl Scout Leader.  During the recruitment period at the beginning of this school year, I signed up to receive more information.  At the parent interest meeting, there was a huge turnout; however, there wasn't anybody else there from my daughter's school and no leader volunteer for a daisy troop.  Since I am a person who never says "no", I am now one of the newest volunteers for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia in Houston County.

We have had approximately 3 meetings so far, and I have to say that I am hanging in there.  I jumped in immediately and signed us up to sell the Fall Product Line, without even knowing how many girls would be in registered in our troop.  I have to say that I am very pleased with my Daisies, they sold a total of 117 products in the amount of $674.  Not to toot my daughter's horn, but I am so very pleased with her.  She approached faculty and staff at her school by herself, sharing with each one the product that she thought was best and that they would like.  Only 1 person turned her down, with a promise of buying cookies in January.  She showed remarkable salesmanship without any coaching, and I am so very proud of her.  I can only hope that I can instill the same leadership qualities in all the girls.  As for me, I had no idea what I was doing during the Fall Product Sale.  Now that it is all over with, I think I know what I'm doing now, and I am ready for Cookie Sales in January.

I wasn't so thrilled about the idea of being a troop leader at first, and everybody kept saying "you are going to love it".  I have to admit, I think I'm "going to love it".

We are Daisy Scouts!

Daisy Troop #60931 GSHG Houston County Leader