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I can't wait to.....
This is a question I hear from my Irish Triplets and my husband on a daily basis.
I can't wait to have a phone (Haley).
I can't wait to be 16 (Ella).
I can't wait to karate chop down a tree (Ronin).
I can't wait to own my own business (husband).
I'm super excited to just sit back and watch all their "can't wait's" turn into I DID IT!
I couldn't wait for my daughters to join Girl Scouts. I was a Girl Scout (my mom was co-leader of my troop) and I remember LOVING it. In fact, I still have my original Brownie jumper!!
When Haley was in kindergarten I called our local council and was told that there was a pretty long wait list for girls in our area. We had a ton of girls but not enough volunteers. I wish I could volunteer, but having 3 kids just a year apart from each other really doesn't give me any spare time for volunteer work, so I added my name to the list and waited.
It took a year, but we finally got a troop and by this time my next daughter was in Kindergarten, so I had two girls who would be in the same troop!
They loved it and were so happy to be a part of such a great group of girls. Did you know that a 2012 study of more than 3,750 women by the Girl Scout Research Institute, titled Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, women who were Girls Scouts as girls display positive life outcomes, higher incomes, and education levels, and make more money than women who were not Girl Scouts.
Our entire troop bridged to Brownies at the end of the year because we had more 1st graders than Kindergarteners.
Throughout that first year as Scouts, my girls learned so much about themselves and what they were capable of doing! They went camping where they did archery, and sang songs, and went on nature hikes, and they did it all without their mama. See, we do stuff like that as a family (well, not camping ) but their dad and I are always there telling them what to do. Being able to do something like this without their parents was really a huge confidence booster for my girls.
At the end of their first year we learned that our troop would be changing. Our leader was not able to lead anymore, but we had two moms who jumped right in and took over. And we also learned we'd be changing meeting locations. This was a tough one for me to swallow. Our current location was 5 minutes from home. Our new location was more like 30 minutes from home. But we did it and had a great first year as Brownies!!
They went camping! And I felt so confident in the troop volunteers and the Girl Scout personnel, that I allowed Haley to go with a broken arm! See her pink cast?
They had a make-up/dress-up/fashion show party with their cookie money!
They loved it so much that they spent an ENTIRE WEEK at Girl Scout sleep away camp! A WEEK! NO MOM! NO DAD! NO LITTLE BROTHER!! They came home so dirty, with such great stories to tell!
We started our second year of Brownies, and it was challenging. The further driving distance really began to take its toll on me. And on the kids. We were feeling rushed, pressured, and I reached out to the Council for help in placing us in a troop closer to home. Wasn't able to make it happen so late in the year.
My daughter's did bridge to Juniors at the end of last year, but we are currently troop less.
So...I CAN'T WAIT TO FIND A TROOP CLOSER TO MY HOME SO MY GIRLS CAN ONCE AGAIN RETURN TO SCOUTING!!!
Girl Scouts was and is a super important part of our family. Fingers crossed that we can find a new troop soon!!
Girl Scouts fills a vital community need and gave my girls a great place to have fun, and try new experiences!!
Our family continues to support Girl Scouts and just this past weekend we participated in the FIRST ever Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint! It was an awesome event!
So while we might be troop less, we will continue to support Girl Scouts and this summer my girls will once again be returning for a week of summer fun at Girl Scout Camp!!
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