The end of the troop year doesn’t have to be the end of a girls’ time with Girl Scouting, or the end of your time with girls. Some girls may no longer have time for a full-year commitment and will be unsure what’s next for them. Others won’t be able to imagine their lives without this same group of girls. Here’s how you can best help reengage your troop:
- Some girls may want other options besides troops. That’s okay—Girl Scouts offers many ways to participate. Talk to girls about day and resident camp, travel opportunities, series offerings, and events the council may offer. Older girls, especially, enjoy these shorter-term, flexible ways to be Girl Scouts.
- Some girls will be excited to bridge to the next grade-level in Girl Scouting, and will look to you for guidance on how to hold a bridging ceremony. Even if you’re not sure of your continued participation with Girl Scouts, be sure to capture their excitement and work with them to plan a meaningful bridging ceremony.
- Talk to girls about earning their Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards, which are opportunities for them to make a dramatic difference in their communities…and to have plenty to brag about with college admissions officers, too!
- And what about you? If you want to stay with this troop, start working with them to plan their group activities next year. And if you’re a little worn out but are interested in staying with Girl Scouts in other, flexible ways, be sure to let the council know how you’d like to be a part of girls’ lives in the future. Are you ready to volunteer at camp? Help organize a series or event? Take a trip? The possibilities are endless.