You’re registered, you’re trained, and now you’re ready to hold your first troop/parent meeting! We know it can be scary starting something new, so we’re here to help.
Here are five ways to make sure your first troop/parent meeting goes smoothly:
- Have your troop parents/guardians attend the first meeting so you can go over meeting times, locations, troop funding, etc.
- Be sure to have an activity for the girls to do while the adults are meeting! Activity idea: have the girls look through a copy of the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting or one of your grade level’s three Journey books and pick out some of the things they’re most excited to do this year.
- Once the girls are excited and the parents are more prepared, take an opportunity to have a “get to know you” portion of the meeting to help the girls ease into meetings. You can pick out a name game, do a fun craft, or build a snack together to get the girls more comfortable with each other.
- Now is a great time to start talking to the girls about what they’d like to do this year! As we know, Girl Scouting is girl-led — we want the girls to have the opportunity to lead and find their way. Talk to the girls about what they’re interested in, which badges they’d like to pursue, and which Journey books they’d like to explore. Our younger Girl Scouts may have a harder time fully “leading” their Girl Scout experience, but sometimes narrowing things down to two or three options and having them choose can be a great way to let them guide their experience without making it overwhelming.
- Wrap up the meeting with details on when you’ll next meet and what your troop will start working on first — the girls will be so excited! Be sure to leave a little time for parents to ask any questions that may have popped in their heads during the meeting. Good communication with parents/guardians is a key to troop success!
Whew! You’re all set to kick off a great year in Girl Scouting!
Have your own tips to share for holding a first troop meeting? Share them with us in the comments!