registration, leaders, and kids
Jeannie Dixon (JD5553@PANAM.BITNET)
Tue, 17 Sep 1991 09:53:00 CDT
Well, a different topic to chew on this morning. Last night, I attended a
PTA meeting at a new elementary school. The purpose for my being there was to
help with the recruiting/starting of new Girl Scout troops at the school.
The GS field rep very clearly stated in her short speech that we would not
sign up any girls until we had leaders sign up. You should have HEARD the
groans from the audience. Several of the moms actually made faces at her!!!
During the sign up time, we bravely stuck to the idea that no girls would
be signed up until we had leaders. We finally got 1 Daisy troop leader and
leaders for 2 Brownie troops. No one came forward for the Juniors, though.
We heard all the excuses in the book: I work and don't get home until 5
(or 5:30 or 6:00), etc..... I finally had heard enough excuses and said:
"I work full time also. I don't get off work until 5:00 and am on call the
entire time the library is open. I am on the church board, and sing in the
choir. My children participate in a performing dance troupe, with practices
3 nights a week and weekend rehearsals. I am a Webelo leader as well as a
Brownie leader because it is something I do WITH my children, and for my
children. I spend time doing what I feel is important, and this takes time,
but it is very important."
Well, we didn't hear many excuses after that, but we still have several girls
who want to be Junior Girl Scouts and no moms to lead.
At another school last week we were literally attacked by parents wanting
to be leaders so their daughters could be Scouts!
We have the same problem with the Cub Scouts in getting leaders. I remember
last year 2 boys left in tears because their parents (fathers) would not
agree to be Den Leaders and therefore we had no den to put them in.
I guess we really need to listen to Pres. Bush ..."...parents MUST become
involved..." (a rough paraphrase anyway!!).
Any comments, ideas, or suggestions????
Brownie Leader/Webelos Leader/Mom
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City