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Advice for Advisors
Transcript of Advice for Advisors
Advice for Advisors
As you probably already know, beginning with the Cadette Grade Level, your role has changed from Leader to Advisor. You may not know what that means. What is the difference between a Leader and an Advisor?
Being an Advisor is a new way of looking at things. Remember, the girls should be doing most of the troop duties, but they will need your support at times. Here’s a quote from a girl: “Girls don’t like it when you try to create too much structure or become rigid and inflexible about meetings and schedules.”
Girl Scout Processes
You have already been using these processes with your troop to some extent. Keep in mind at this point, girls should truly be taking the lead in planning and carrying out activities.
—Girls decide how they want to plan sessions and activities, begin and end their meetings or offer suggestions to make activities more to their liking.
Learning by Doing
—Also known as Experiential Learning, this happens when you participate in an activity, evaluate the activity and make a change in behavior based upon what you learned.
—Girls working in small groups or teams toward shared goals, to discover and try new things, share ideas, make decisions and learn from one another.
Keeping Girls Engaged
Studies have shown that girls start leaving Girl Scouts at the Junior grade level. However, studies have also shown that girls who stay in Girl Scouting are more self-assured, have better leadership skills, and are more likely to attend college.
Some factors causing girls to leave Girl Scouting include:
Given those factors, consider the following points to help keep girls involved?
• Does a traditional troop work for these girls?
• Consider the following Pathways for participation in Girl Scouting when trying to keep the girls interested: Troop, Travel, Event, Camp, Series, and Virtual.
• How can we accommodate our girls’ schedule? (once a month, weekend
afternoon meetings, every other month, on-line chatting)
You did it!
So you may not quite be able to sit back with your feet up, but the girls should be taking the lead in planning and carrying out activities for the troop. They will let you know when they need you.
Here are some helpful links for working with Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.
We Like it When You...
The following statements are based on responses of girls ages 11-17. Keep these in mind when working with the girls in your troop.
Understand that we need time to talk, unwind, and have fun together. This is a big part of why we are involved.
Ask, “what do you hope to do in this group? How do you want to spend the time together?”
Help with the logistical details, paperwork, and legwork for projects and trips.
Trust us to get things done with minimal guidance. Stand back and let us see what we can do!
Provide some structure. We have a lot going on in our lives, and we do need some help pulling the group together.
Let everyone have a voice in their group—encourage us to try on new roles in the security and comfort of our group.
Ask us what rules we think we need for safety and what group agreements we need to be a good team.
Focus on resolving problems with a positive attitude.
Promote trust by letting us know that what is said in the group, stays in the group.
We Don't Like it When You...
Alternatively, be mindful of these actions when working with girls.
Assume that we always have to be accomplishing something big or being “productive”.
Say “Okay, this is what we are going to do,” or “You can do X, Y, or Z; choose one.”
Act like you know it all—if you try to, we won’t buy it.
Force responsibilities on us when we are not comfortable assuming them.
Make us feel we have to hold back our feelings because you might not be comfortable with them.
Focus on blaming, lecturing, punishing, or on avoiding the issue altogether.
Forget about the girl/adult boundaries and try to be one of us.
Assume that we always want to meet with a small group of girls we already know.
Act like nothing has changed since you were our age.
Gossip about us to parents, other volunteers, or adults in our community.
Where to place insignia
What Cadettes Do
What Seniors Do
What Ambassadors Do