Jeannie Dixon (DIXONJ@LINCC.CCLA.LIB.FL.US)
Wed, 14 Sep 1994 08:32:12 -0400
There are a few of us Girl Scouters lurking out here! 8;) I enjoy reading
Scouts-L, even tho it is fairly heavy on the BSA side... there is always
something I can borrow for a meeting or activity.
On another note, my troop had a very interesting meeting last night. These
girls are all 5th and 6th graders. Last year, we tried having troop officers
(moderator, co-moderator, secretary), but the officers never showed up on time
to conduct the meeting, didn't get together during the week to plan the
meeting, etc. so it all fell on me. This year, at the first meeting I
distributed (again) the duties of the officers (plan the meeting, arrive at
least 5 minutes before the meeting starts so it can be started on time, etc.)
and the girls elected officers.
The moderator (who last year NEVER arrived until at least 15 minutes after the
start of the meeting) arrived TEN MINUTES early last night! By start time, all
but one girl had arrived, and the meeting was started. I have constantly had
problems with the girls talking (loudly) while I was trying to conduct the
meeting. Same story last night, but it wasn't me conducting the meeting! The
moderator and co-moderator had done a fairly good job of planning the meeting,
except they allowed too much time for one particular activity (good learning
experience though!). The moderator got very upset at the girls talking while
she was talking and asked me for help. I reminded her of the use of the quiet
sign, and that seemed to help a bit. Near the end of the meeting, she
commented on how "dis-respectful" it was for everyone to talk while someone
else was talking.. and how she would NEVER do that to anyone again!
Yes... the meeting was much too noisy... but we got an incredible amount done,
and the girls enjoyed it. I just sat in my chair making notes about the badge
work they wanted to do and were doing, and giving advice when asked.....
Guess maybe the girls are growing up..... and learning how to lead... and how
to plan... and how to conduct meetings... and how to keep everyone on the same
discussion at the same time.. This should be an interesting year!
GS Leader Troop 223
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City