Hudeck is the membership executive for Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, an organization in which a lot of local girls want to participate. “Unfortunately, the Girl Scouts don’t have enough adults to serve as troop leaders,” Hudeck said.
“We have an overabundance of girls wanting to join the Scouts, but we don’t have enough men and women volunteering to be Scout leaders,” she said. She has begun reaching out to men and women in the community to lead a troop, most of which meet once or twice a month for about an hour.
Those who become troop leaders have the option of making it a traditional troop in which the leader finds a facility where the troop members can meet as often as they wish, or a school troop, composed of students from a particular school that typically meets after school on campus with support from the school principal. Each one of the schools in the county may host a troop, and there should be at least three troops, one for each age group, going at each school.
Every troop meeting begins with the Girl Scout handshake and a recitation of the Girl Scout promise. Afterward, troop leaders have the freedom to plan an activity. The leader is there to lead the girls, but the journey itself is led by the girls in the troop. Adult volunteers guide the troop based on the interests presented by the girls themselves. Prospective troop leaders fill out a volunteer application, are given a background check and receive a New Leader Orientation and free Leader Training. Leader training gives them the knowledge to lead a troop and see what it’s really like to be a troop leader. Those interested in leading a troop must be at least 18 years old and out of high school. Hudeck is looking to bring on about 20 more troop leaders by October.
If you are interested in leading in Bee County, contact Susan Hudeck at 361-573-6451, 361-652-6225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.