You know that meeting? The one that was all planned and was super easy, and all the girls had to do was DO IT.
Yeah that one.
The one they didn’t do.
No matter how many emails, how many texts, they didn’t do it. And you can’t make them. I mean, there are some days when you can barely get your own daughter to do her homework, right? To get someone else’s daughter to do homework that doesn’t even count for a grade??? Impossible, if they don’t want to do it.
Obviously, this happened at our meeting last night. The girls said they wanted to finish the last two steps on the Cadette GS Way Badge. We did not finish the last two steps of their Cadette GS Way Badge. Nobody actually did the work. And I told them that. My co-leader pointed out that there would be an empty space on their vest, because of their lack of action.
Let them fail.
Your Older Girls need to realize that you are there cheerleader, their supporter, their friend, their Troop Leader. But we’re not here to do it for them. By the time they are in junior high/middle school, your girls are well aware of what responsibility means, and how they can take responsibility for what they say and do. Now is the time that they learn how to take responsibility for what they DIDN’T do.
Shiver me timbers.
So what does a Troop Leader do in this circumstance? Well, we could have canceled the meeting, which would have certainly put the message out there, and next time we might just do that. But it seemed a little passive aggressive right now, and we did need to meet in order to:
- pass out the bridging badges I forgot to pick up last week for our ceremony.
- pass out Fall Product Sale materials and explain it to the girls who hadn’t been in Girl Scouts until last year.
- remind the girls about the garage sale we are hosting this weekend.
- have my daughter do a run through of her Destinations presentation she will be doing on Saturday.
- finish constructing and decorating the bucket sit-upons from our first meeting this year.
It turned out to be a good meeting, if not what was on the schedule.
Also, Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys!! 😉