Girl Scouts is a world of possibilities.
It’s where I learned about primitive camping, explore careers and change a tire.
But somewhere along the line, it became a comparing to the Joneses.
Our troop earned X badges and journeys in year 1, what we’ll we do next year?
My daughter’s vest had no room for patches, do I see on?
And, most importantly, how do I squeeze all these journeys and badges into two years?
Leaders, here’s a hint: You don’t have to do it all.
You can finish Brownies without a single journey or religious award. You can complete Juniors without a badge or Bronze. In fact I don’t think I earned a single interest project in a troop setting after 7th grade, though I was active enough to get my Gold.
If your girls want to spend four meetings on a jewelry fundraiser for scholarships for girls in Haiti, guide them, and change your personal plans.
If they just want to camp, show them those experiences, even if it’s a challenge for you.
Don’t limit them to book guidelines, use it as a springboard for adventure.
You don’t have to do it all. You can do more with less .