Restructuring and Membership Numbers

Trefoil ThinkingEver since I started reading about the changes GSUSA made right before I began as a volunteer, I have been very curious about how we got to the point we are today and what happened between the time I finished as a girl in 1989 to when I started back as a volunteer in 2010.  I joined in the middle of a very big upheaval on both the national and council level and had no background knowledge as to what had gone on just a few years earlier.  I just knew something major had happened.  And I wanted to know what, how, and why.  Now I’m sure some people will say there’s no point in this exercise of mine because it’s water under the bridge, and we should concentrate on moving forward.  I agree about moving forward, but I also disagree about there being no point to rehashing what happened.  I am very much a big picture kind of person, and I would like to know the history and background of this upheaval to better understand how to move forward in the correct direction.  That’s just the way I work.  Plus I’m a big Girl Scout nerd, so why not? 😉  Read more »



Behold! The OFFICIAL Scarf!

I realized the other day that I’ve been referring to the OFFICIAL Scarf throughout this blog with no explanation.  People ask, “What’s the deal with this scarf thing?”  Finally, I am going to explain the story behind the OFFICIAL Scarf!  Hold on to your hats!  Or scarves!  This is probably one of those times when something is funny to you, but once you explain it to someone else, you realize (usually while you’re telling it and watching their facial expressions) it probably sounds very bizarre and not really funny at all.  At least that’s the impression I get when I tell my husband a story like this.  That said, he gives me strange looks for most of the things I tell him.  Well, I’m going to share it anyway.  You’ve been forewarned.  Read more »

Governance vs. Operations vs. Kittens

Welcome back to the second installment of Delegate Duties, the most exciting thing to hit the blogosphere since the launch of!  If you missed the first go-around, start there.  It’s not necessary to read them in order, but if you’re new to the delegate scene, it’s probably a good idea.

If there is one topic that I think trips up delegates the most and causes everyone the most frustration, it’s the Governance vs. Operations issue.  It’s something that’s usually covered in most delegate trainings, but I think it tends to go over delegates’ heads for a couple of reasons.  I’ll go into that later after defining the difference.  Read more »

Cadette Handbooks

cadettesHave you woken up yet from the boring first edition of Delegate Duties?  I’m sure you are on the edge of your seat waiting for the next installment!  Just wait until I write about such exciting topics as Governance vs. Operations!

[Reverting back to normal leader mode.]

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to Girl Scout Leaders.  It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.  It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of Leaders’ fears and the summit of their knowledge.  This is the dimension of imagination.  It is an area which we call…

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Delegate Duties or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Board


No Doomsday Machines here.

Congratulations!  You’re a council delegate.  So now what?

I hear and read from delegates and volunteers who want to have some kind of voice in their council, but they are unsure how to go about this.  The process can be very intimidating and overwhelming.  Many delegates and volunteers become frustrated and discouraged when they attend meetings with board and staff members, but in many cases, it’s because they are not familiar with the way these business meetings work or understand the relationships within a non-profit.   Or they are facing difficult people and politics are being played.  Regardless, you have to know the system in order to work within it.  With this new category called Delegate Duties, I would like to share what I have learned as someone who had no prior experience with non-profits and no real knowledge about governance.  I’m sure the fact that I’m still nowhere close to being an authority on these matters inspires confidence.  Yes, I’m being sarcastic.  But after hours and hours of poring through extremely boring jargon, procedures, and organizational charts, you too can be a non-authority, just like me!  Read more »

Camp Mary Elizabeth’s Cabin

CME Cabin Outside

Did you know there’s a historical cabin located at Camp Mary Elizabeth?  Not many people do!

Little is known about it since it was first discovered back in 1992.  According to articles from the Spartanburg Herald Journal, it was uncovered when the building that housed it was condemned.  Thankfully, the owners of the property contacted the Spartanburg County Historical Society who then got in touch with what was known as the Piedmont Area Council at the time to see if they would be interested in hosting the cabin.  Read more »