When you hear the word “time” what pops into your mind?
Quitting time? Bed time? Dinner time? Deadline? Or perhaps you bust out in song: “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel or “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce, or perhaps Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4″a little off tune, but at the top of your lungs. Yes, that would be me- and any of the three will do.
Someone on Facebook mentioned the other day that Christmas was ONLY 25 weeks away. That means that Thanksgiving is 21 weeks away and Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday (or Halloween) is 17 weeks away. It’ll be another 8 weeks before Labor Day rolls around and most of us get another work day off and (GASP!) that means the first day of school is a mere 5, yes FIVE, weeks away. Since my children have now all graduated out of the public school system, this day creeps up on me and surprises me.
See, the first day of school has a different meaning to me now…. it means that it will be time for GS recruitment will start, I will be swamped in paperwork from tons of new girls that want to join Girl Scouts. The paperwork I won’t get will be from adults that want to volunteer to be a Girl Scout.
This saddens me. In all my 47 years I think the best times I had with my children were in scouts. Both girls were scouts and I was the leader for my younger daughter’s troop throughout her GS years. We did TONS of activities while visiting relatives or on vacation and earned badges and patches from other councils. One summer we did a council patch exchange and the girls succeeded in receiving patches from almost all the councils before the merges happened; the smiles and good times they had collecting those patches was priceless. They spent every summer at day camp at Grand Caverns, and a few years the youngest went to a different camp as well. They learned to cook over an open fire, how to lead girls in activities, how to work with a buddy (yes, fellas, THIS is when us girls learn to go to the restroom with a buddy), how to deal with mom and little brother being at camp with them, and the youngest learned most of her socialization skills there – to this day she knows no stranger, yet hates for Momme to speak to strangers. :^))
So, time…. it’s time to do some thinking, and time to decide to volunteer in Girl Scouts. Time to grab a buddy and start a troop, time to grab a buddy and join a day camp, time to grab a buddy and start a day camp or be a unit leader at an existing day camp. Or perhaps it’s time to be a mother-figure to some girls that need a mother, for whatever reason. It’s TIME to help these young ladies we have brought into this world that THEY have time to explore, to learn, to BE.
Makes no difference if you have a daughter, or if you were a Girl Scout as a child, or if you were for only a year…. doesn’t matter if you are a college student, a male or a female, or if you work full-time or don’t work at all…..we NEED you to give your time and help us give these girls the time of their life. We can get you trained over the summer and you can hit the ground running in … oh… 5 weeks or so! We have a desperate need for Brownie leaders (grades 2-3) in the Staunton area at this time. Pass along the word… or better yet – GRAB A BUDDY AND COME JOIN US!
Drop me a line at NASUGirlScouts@gmail.com and let me know you want to volunteer or check out the link at http://www.gsvsc.org/volunteer/get-started/ to see how to get started – we need all the time we can get from all that can give time.
Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summertime.