First, I want to Thank Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts. Because she was brave enough to start an organization for girls to have the opportunity to try new things, I not only found my way to horses, I have found a way to make them my career. I was a city girl, suburban to be exact - I grew up in Allen Park, just 15 mins outside of Detroit and today I own 8 horses and help operate Heavenly Horse Stables. But that is a story for later....
I started a Girl Scout troop at my barn because I know these girls will become great leaders in our industry and without the support of the leaders ahead of me, I wouldn't be where I am today.
The first step into starting a Girl Scout troop at your barn is register as an Adult Member with GSUSA. This single step will get you in contact with the Girl Scout staff in your area; this staff member is an awesome resource to getting you started. I had a quick phone interview with my staff support, Skylar, and she help set up an information night at my barn. This is where the parents and kids come to learn what Girl Scouting is all about. At my information night I had an extra staff member onsite to provide the kids some entertainment while parents were able to discuss business without being distracted.
Getting the parents involved is very important to the lifeline of your troop. I personally do not have any girls joining this troop, so I explained to the parents that I am willing to help support them by helping with lesson plans and getting the girls involved with whatever they dream about, but I need their help. Girl Scouts require 1 other adult to be with me for this opportunity to happen. In order for this to not all fall on one person, if everyone signs up as an active registered volunteer, each of you will only have to participate a few times a year vs every other week.
We had 4 families present at our information meeting, all were interested in moving forward with our troop. We discussed frequency, days and times - worked with Skylar about our next steps and set up our next meeting/training. :-) in 2 weeks we have our next training.
Until next time! Happy Scouting!