We are not experts. We’re your next door neighbours. We are not perfect; we are just parents like you.
We don’t have any more spare time or energy than you, we all work full time, juggle our families and our schedules and try to keep it all together as best we can.
The only difference between us is that we believe in what Girl Guiding has to offer. So much so, that we contribute our time, our kilometres and our talents to help our girls and your girls grow in Guiding.
We complete authorization forms, budgets and registrations and fill our homes with boxes of paperwork that you will never see.
We are required to take many hours of training as well as attend various meetings so that we can meet our greatest challenge-providing a variety of programs which meets the needs and interests of very individual girls.
We try to involve parents who want us to understand that they don’t have time to drive on outings or help at meetings. We rejoice at the generosity of others.
Sometimes we find ourselves going in too many directions. We run out of steam. We have memory lapses. Communication lines break down. Time slips by. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t care.
So many evenings we spend on the phone, seeking advice and support from other leaders when disappointments or problems occur. “How do I keep the girl’s attention?” “What are your ideas for the ceremony?” “How do you work with girls in different grades?”
Our dining room tables are covered with bits of rope, menus, trip permits, craft supplies, paperwork and badges for each of the girls in our unit. A couple of them won’t show up, and don’t think to call us or let us know. Sometimes we feel unappreciated.
Yet, these girls fill us with pride at their determination and accomplishments. Their smiles light up a room; and when they say “Thank you” it makes it all worth it.
We help these girls build relationships. Some struggle more than others. Considerate, loyal, helpful, friendly… is encouraged by the Girl Guide Promise and Law. Sometimes we too must learn these lessons over and over again with the girls, but we are willing to keep learning.
Please be patient if we appear distracted or frustrated or overwhelmed at times. Forgive us if we are not the kind of leader you would be if you had the time. Instead, provide with encouragement or offer your help. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
We are, after all, only mentors… role models…leaders. Volunteers who have made a promise to give these girls, your girls, the most precious gift we have to offer –the gift of time