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A little about me, I am a mother of 2 children, a boy and a girl, wife and work full time during the day. Before kids I was a leader of a Girl Scout troop and a girl in scouting for a total of 25 years. In 2015 I was blessed with my son and stepped down as a Girl Scout leader, but missed planning and organizing meetings, so shortly thereafter the Leader Connecting Leaders blog was born.
Since 2015 a lot has changed, I have had over 8 years to grow a community of amazing moms who have girls in scouts and continue to inspire them to be our leaders one day. I continue to create free content for meetings and events, plus add new printable programs each month.
I am a mom, you are a mom reading this so why not inspire all kids to be leaders of tomorrow. If you love what I have going on here but want to inspire more then scout girls then stop over to my other website: Mom Connecting Moms.
As a side note I am not connected with, affiliated with, approved by, endorsed by, or otherwise sponsored by The Girl Scouts of the USA or Frontier Girls. This is a blog I created because I have a passion for what leaders are doing to help girls be leaders of tomorrow. These resources are great for any girl group such as Girl Scouts, Girl Guides, Frontier Girls, Heritage Girls and more.
Well like I mentioned at the beginning of this page I had a troop for 25+ years. The troop was #80671. The troop got started in Conneaut, Ohio, My mom signed the right papers and paid the fee for me to become a Brownie. That was 28 years ago, wow! So one night after my troop meeting I came home and said if someone doesn’t come and help be a co-leader in the troop the troop was not going to be able to continue. My dad jumped right onto this and told my mom that you better go and help, several times over the 25 years I have wondered if he ever regretted making that statement. Well my mom became a co-leader and was informed by the leader that all her co-leaders quit on her, funny part after the first year she quit and that is when my mom made the decision if she was going to be a leader it would be on her terms.
Then the problem reversed and she needed a co-leader so that is when my cousin got involved and the troop was moved to my parent’s house they decorated the basement, made it look like the woods right down to making the poles that supports the basement into tree trunks. It was pretty cool, we had tree stumps for chairs and a fake camp fire, in the beginning we only had about 10 girls and met every other Saturday.
Time went by and the troop continued to grow, soon we grew into a multi-level troop and we had to split the girls up on different Saturdays. As we continued to grow we moved our meetings from a house basement to a local church and the rest of that is history.
Over the years we have had a lot of girls come and go we hope that while they were with us we made a little difference in their life. In some cases we must of made an impact, we had several of our past members bringing their daughters back to our troop or returned to be leaders themselves. When I stepped down the member count for group was at 76 members strong with 41 girls and 16 leaders; They are still a multi-level troop from Daisy to Ambassador.
Over the years I have seen many changes made to Girl Scouts some good and some not so good, but the values have never changed as we teach the GS Law and Promise. We are all volunteers and can make our troops what we want them to be to help our girls learn those values. I hope you all continue to inspire be the inspiration our girl leaders of tomorrow need.
When I decided to start this blog, to start sharing what we do as a troop with other leaders, I never thought it grow to be as big as it is today. I love the fact I get to be part of inspiring our girls of tomorrow even if I have never meant them. Keep up the great work ladies, no matter what girl organization you are part of our goal is the same to inspire our girls of today to be our leaders of tomorrow.
Enjoy every minute being a leader and continue to inspire your girls!