Update: This post was voted a 2011/2012 GirlGuidesCANblog Big Deal Seal winner in the Reader’s Choice category! Bravo blogger Chantal!
When I was little, I wasn’t allowed to join Girl Guides, so instead I pretended I was a Girl Guide and planned camping adventures in my backyard for my cousins, and aided injured pigeons. Unfortunately, while in theory these were great ideas, I didn’t have the leadership skills I needed to make these ideas successful so my campouts included putting my little cousin in a pillow case and calling it a sleeping bag, or finding out that pigeons poop A LOT and will come back even if you capture it and drive it over a mile away on the back of your bike. So as an adult I now see the importance of having a good leader for young little minds as things can sometimes go awry without the proper influences.
Since the formation of my own self-led troupe, many years have passed. So many years in fact that I have two little girls of my own who I signed up for Sparks the second they were able to join. My eldest daughter had the best first year I could ask for and she learned so much. The leaders organized two beach clean ups, they made shoe boxes to send to our troops in Afghanistan, the kids collected coins to donate to children in Haiti after the earthquake, and this was all in addition to the regular group meetings.
I was worried when my daughter was finishing up her second year in Sparks and was searching for a Brownie Unit. There just aren’t enough spaces for the girls wanting to sign up, so it got me thinking. I decided it would be a great idea to become a Guider. For two hours a week I’d be able to be with 16 little girls who genuinely want to be with you, learning new things and doing fun activities with a group of friends. I’m not crafty, I can’t sew, my baking is limited to out of the box (literally it has to be out of a box or good luck to anyone trying to eat it) but I love kids. My reason for signing up to lead is because of the smiles, the friendships, learning and the adventures.
So I might not be the ideal Girl Guide leader but I promise to lend a hand.
By Chantal Semple, BC mom of a Spark and a Brownie, and now a Brownie Leader(!)
Why did you become a Leader? We’d love to hear about your reasons!