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From the Littlest Voice: Saying Thanks to Those Who Help

Tonight my Girl Scout troop baked cookies, decorated cupcakes, and made cards to show their appreciation for the people who help our community. It was an idea from one of our daisies - a kindergartner - she wanted to make cupcakes for the police officers. After talking with the whole troop, the girls planned on including the police officers, EMTs, and firefighters in our small town.

I thought this was such an amazing idea, so I went BIG! We ended up having so many yummy goodies, that we made plates to give to the local library and food bank as well, since they also help make our community better.

I was hoping to have a picture of all the girls with the packages ready to go, but as with most things Girl Scouts, it was too chaotic. Girls, sugar, and giggles going everywhere! Just know I am incredibly proud of these girls. This was an idea that came from one of the littlest girls in our troop. When asked what we, as a troop, can do to serve our community, her first thought is to do something for the people who give their time day in and day out to make sure that we have a wonderful place to live. What an amazing thought, one that probably doesn’t cross the minds of people much older than she. I’m so happy that we could make this happen for her.
These girls remind me over and over that from the littlest voices come the mightest ideas … if only we will take the time to listen.

Thoughts on Thinking Day and running a troop

I am so incredibly proud of my Girl Scouts and their parents.

Our plans for Thinking Day did not go exactly as planned last night - despite careful planning - but the parents pulled together, making sure all of the girls got to the church to take part in the event and giving one of my co-leaders (who was having what has to be the worst day ever!) the support she needed to make it through the evening.

Then at the event I got to really see how our girls work together. Yes, I have a large troop (19 girls attended last night, but we have 28 girls total). Yes, they are a wide variety of ages, ranging from kindergarten to 9th grade. But it works. They learn from each other. The older girls help the younger ones. The younger girls keep the older ones engaged in events that they easily could have grown bored with after so many years in scouts. Often I am focused on one specific task and I don’t get to stand back and see how the troop works as a whole. Seeing it come together last night was a rare treat.

I’ll be honest, there have been times when the stress of running the troop doesn’t seem worth it. When all the hours spent behind the scenes - planning events, keeping up with banking, going to meetings, bending my schedule into a pretzel trying to make sure a girl can attend an event her parents can’t transport her to - doesn’t seem worth it. When all I’m hearing are complaints and I want to throw up my hands and say “I’m done!” because it feels like no matter how hard I work, people still aren’t happy. But last night I saw why it is worth it. I saw cadettes helping daisies - not because they were asked to but because that’s what they do; they help their Girl Scout sisters. I saw co-leaders hugging, whispering words of support to a fellow leader who needed it so badly. I saw parents trekking out through the snow and piling kids into their car so all the girls could take part in the event. I saw a lot of smiles.

So yeah, it is worth it. This troop has become my family. My co-leaders have become my sisters and the girls have all become my girls. It might be chaotic and stressful at times. And like all families, we occasionally have spats, but at the end of the day, I wouldn’t give it up.