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Grant County Girl Scouts need leaders

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By Carrie Poe

It’s that time of year again, when the Daisies and Brownies go door to door selling their famous cookies. But they need more than people buying Girl Scout cookies; Grant County Girl Scouts are in need of troop leaders.

Grant County currently has eight Girl Scout troops and about 100 girls on a waiting list to be in a troop. These girls cannot be the Girl Scout they want to be unless Grant County has 10 adults, 18 years or older, who want to volunteer to become troop leaders.

“These girls stay on a waiting list until I find leaders for them,” said Meghan McGee, membership specialist for Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council. “To serve the girls that I have on a waiting list, I would need around 10 leaders. That can include some that just want to be assistant leaders, they don’t have to be the main leader.”

To become a troop leader, you must fill out a volunteer application and pass a background check. Then the leader has their first training called “Welcome to Girl Scouts Training,” which is an hour class that teaches the leader about the registration process and who the Girl Scouts are as a council and some other general information. Then once that is completed, the leader can start meeting with the girls and their parents to register them. They have four months to complete two other classes that teach the volunteers about leadership and about the specific age group they are leading.

The best thing about being a leader is that you can make your own schedule. Some troops meet every week and some meet once a month. It all depends on the leader.

“Once they step up and take that role, then they set their own schedule. It ‘s what works best for that leader. If meeting out of her house is what is convenient, if meeting at her church or working it out with the school, she picks the day, time and frequency,” said McGee. “It is completely up to the leader because she has been gracious enough to take on that role.”

Anyone can become a leader, you don’t have to have been a Girl Scout and it isn’t just for women. Every troop needs a main leader and an assistant leader.

“That main leader has to be a woman, but if there is a dad or a grandfather that wants to assist a troop, as long as he passes a background check, he is allowed to be an assistant leader,” said McGee.

Girl Scouts is for girls grades kindergarten through 12th grade. They have been around as an organization for 94 years. Girl Scouts are known for community involvement. Besides selling cookies, they also go camping, go to Kings Island and do different things throughout the community.

“All of the leaders say it is a really rewarding experience and I feel like a lot of people feel it is going to be a big time commitment. It’s want you make it,” said McGee.

Anyone that is interested in volunteering to become a leader in Grant County or for more information on Girl Scouts, call Meghan McGee at 342-6263.