What have I gotten myself into?

My kindergarten daughter decided that she wanted to be a Girl Scout Daisy, but only did so in November…

“So what?” you may ask. Troops are formed at the beginning of school, and by waiting until the last minute, we were left without a troop to join! Ugh! Ok, so what now? After going to a meeting a the local council office, I found out…start a troop or don’t join. Really?!? Those are my only options? Well, shoot!

OK, so what’s involved? I bet you’re wondering why it’s gone this far? It’s mostly because the 5-year-old keeps telling me how great it is that her friends are Daisies and keeps giving me the, “You must not love me since I’m not a Daisy yet” look.

The nice lady from the council says that it’s not much of a time requirement, maybe an hour or so to prepare for a meeting and then the meeting itself. She assures me that you don’t have to do more, and really, don’t I want to do this for my daughter? What a shame it would be if she couldn’t be a Girl Scout in a Daisy troop!

Well, OK…that amount of time doesn’t seem like it will kill me. Little did I know, with such a dearth of information available through the council, I’d have already spent about 10 hours on this and we haven’t even had the parent meeting yet!! Now I’m looking at trying to put a troop web site together, organize the parent meeting to see if there will even be enough girls to form a troop, and plan for how we’ll speed these impressionable young minds through the little bit of the year that remains.

The bright side? I met a really nice, over-worked lady who is mom to a 5-year-old at another school, and she’s agreed to be the troop co-leader – I’m not in it alone! I am glad I met her, so even if this Daisy thing doesn’t pan out, I’ve got a new friend.

I think I’ve already won!

On the off chance that anyone may actually read this, if you know anything about being a troop leader to a group of Daisies (would that be a bouquet?), email me and fill me in on what I should be expecting!

One thought on “What have I gotten myself into?

  1. Just figured I’d leave an update here – I did start the troop, and so far it’s going pretty well. It’s a lot more work than I ever realized, especially since my co-leader abandoned me a week before the first meeting. I’ve been doing it all, and it’s made me a bit frazzled. I’m going to ask for parents to step up next year and take some of the responsibility off my shoulders, so hopefully I can do it again.

    I do have a lovely bunch of girls though – all very sweet and interested in the program. I also really like the lessons that are provided to help the girls become good little Daisy scouts, too: manners, caring, consideration, helpfulness, and the like. It’s a joy to be able to help mold these girls!

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