Take Action

So I’ve mentioned I am my daughter’s girl scout leader. Sure, I complained about it. Who needs another project to do with all your copious free time, right? Except on nights like last night when the girls impress me so much, I go home on cloud nine.

Girl Scouting has changed. It’s not just about badges and camping anymore. Now it’s about Journey’s—specific theme-based projects where you learn valuable life lessons about yourself, your community, leadership, and communication. Oh, and you still earn badges.

Our girls decided to do the Get Moving! journey which talks about the environment, global energy, recycling, and our own energy. We talked about different kinds of energy—electricity, solar power, wind power, and our own bodies way of making energy. We had to tie this into our Take Action Project—a project where you do a community service, but take it a step further by working within your community to solve a problem and see if you can design a solution that continues to flourish after we finish. Yeah, to say I was panicking about how we were going to accomplish that, is an understatement.

This is where I don’t give these little girls enough credit because they weren’t panicked at all. They decided to piggy-back on “Bike Rodeo” day here in town. Why not put signs up all over town advertising to take in your old bikes? We could wash them, pump up their tires, and donate them. There is a guy near here who takes in old bikes and refurbishes them. How do we make this project continue on without our help? We make signs and ask permission to place them at school, on the well-known bike path, or at the playground. The signs would alert people to donate their used bikes to the used-bike guy.

I know. The solution seems simple, now that it’s down on paper. And they did it all themselves. But seriously, I was really anxious about how I was going to coach them through, what I thought was, an amazingly daunting task. They took the challenge, shrugged, and spit out a solution as easy as if I asked them to explain to me how to tweet.

These are the moments that make leading a girl scout troop an amazing honor.