How to Become...A Girl Scout Leader

By: Savannah Elkins

Introduction

“The hardest part of being a Girl Scout leader is trying not to beat myself up over things that I can’t control. I am a perfectionist by nature, so want the entire Girl Scout experience to be perfect for every girl and every parent. I want the girls to have fun AND learn, and to grow with Girl Scouts. If a girl isn’t having fun or a parent is upset with me I take it personally and feel bad. The reality is that sometimes you can’t please everyone no matter how hard you try. I care about Girl Scouts as an organization and I care about all of the girls in my troops - I just want the best for them! My heart is definitely in the right place!”

You might think that Girl Scout leading is a lame job, and all you do is provide for needy little girls...BUT THAT’S RUDE!!! (By the way we are not needy). Girl Scouts started by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. She is very important and truly made a difference for girls around the world. This is much more than what I mentioned before.

In this article you will be reading about these three topics: The steps and ways to get into Girl Scout leading, the day to day life of girl scout leading, and professionals in the field. By the way, boys who are reading this, tell a girl you know about the job because you probably all know:... girls only! So read on if you are interested.


The Simple Steps to a Girl Scout Leading Path

To fill out an application you go on this website: http://girlscoutsgwm.org/general/webform/online-volunteer-application. Some of the questions are about contacting references, paying the 12 dollar membership fee, personal information, and more. Also, go to your local girl scout office! If you get the job you will receive a welcome letter.

Next, you will have to go through a training process. It is basically just another application. You MUST know and circle the leadership essentials and fundamentals. Then you have to figure out when to schedule meetings with the parent/guardians and the troop. And, it would be good practice if you were a girl scout or know someone in girl scouts. (No college needed). Finally, try to contact volunteers and make a troop bank account for all of the money that the girl scouts earn from cookie sales. “I did use some of my own money to purchase leader books and supplies, as well as to register myself. Now that both troops are established I don’t use my own money. The only time that I pay out of pocket for anything is if parents are also asked to pay for something. For example, the Nutcracker was an activity that was not covered by the troop account,” says Angela.



Day to Day Life of a Girl Scout Leader

The day to day life of a Girl Scout leader is pretty complicated if you think about it.You must accept the girl scout promise and the law, which are the songs that you sing at the beginning of each meeting like the pledge of alligance. Understand the three keys to leadership: discover, connect, and take action. You will also need to organize fun activities and outings for the girls. Provide guidance and communicate meeting info to parents or guardians. You also need to buy the badges and order prizes with the cookie money. This is optional, but occasionally the leaders buy snacks for the girls out of pocket and may ask the other girls to bring some too. Once again, optional.

Those are just some of the amazing opportunities of a girl scout leader! Here’s what my personal girl scout leader Angie, has to say...“since I have two VERY active troops I usually spend more than 20 hours per week working on Girl Scouts. This includes making phone calls, sending or replying to emails, planning meetings. attending meetings, planning outings, attending outings and handling all paperwork and finances. The number of hours that I work on Girl Scouts goes up during Fall Product and Cookies as well.”


Professionals in the Field

One professional in the field that I know personally is my troop leader, Angie (Angela Hammes). I recently asked her a few questions, like how fun or entertaining it is, so here’s what she said: “I definitely have fun! I wouldn’t continue to volunteer if I didn’t enjoy it. I love being able to spend time with Audrey and Baylee (Kids) during meetings and outings and to see them learn or try new things. Same goes for the other girls. Seeing all of the girls happy and having fun means a lot and makes everything I do worth while!”

Also, look for the one who started all of this online: Juliette Gordon Low! In girl scouts we celebrate her birthday every year and throw a big party in appreciation! Juliette Gordon Low is a big part of our society and we thank her for bringing power and leadership to girls.


Conclusion

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed reading this and is now inspired to make a change in our world! This is just the beginning of helping out the community! I hope one day you follow your dreams and start with girl scout leading!

Remember, there are many good things about girl scout leading! “Girl Scout alumnae display positive life outcomes to a greater degree than women who were not Girl Scouts. These outcomes pertain to sense of self, community service, civic engagement, education, and income. And this is the case for all Girl Scout alumnae, across age groups/generations, social classes, and races, and regardless of engagement in other extracurricular activities.” “My heart is definitely in the right place!” Angie states. Thanks again, and get started right away!