Girl Scout troop size-how big is too big?
When you volunteered to become a Girl Scout leader, you made the commitment to be in charge of a group of girls.
But to how many girls did you commit?
As the troop leader, you most definitely have the final say in how many girls you will have in your troop. I remember at our local Girl Scout Round Up when I signed on to be the Daisy troop leader because no one else wanted to be in charge. I made some ground rules right there and then about troop size… my Daisy troop was going to be small. As a former elementary school teacher who had as many as twenty-eight kids in a classroom, this volunteer position was not going to be one that was going to become overwhelming for me.
As I handed in the list of girls who would be participating in my troop, a member of ourlocal Service Council saw the list of six (which grew to seven later on) and asked me what would happen if one or two girls did not show up? I told her, quite frankly, that it was fine with me. I was going to stay in control of my Girl Scout troop's size.
Eventually, my original kindergarten troop of seven Daisy Girl Scouts blossomed into twelve girls in first grade. The reason for that is because my co-leader and I did our own personal "Round Up" at dismissal time. We did get into trouble with the Service Council for doing that, as there are girls on a list waiting to join a troop. We simply explained to the "powers that be" that if these girls did not join our troop, then they would not be Girl Scouts at all. They wanted to be with their friends and classmates.
While we felt badly for the girls who were waiting for a Girl Scout troop to take them, my co-leader and I had a vision for our troop. Taking in new girls who did not attend our school simply did not work for us. And being a small school, we knew that we had a finite number of girls who wanted to join.
When you become a Girl Scout troop leader, you also have to factor in how much help you have. If your troop size becomes so big that you feel overwhelmed, then you are not going to enjoy the experience. And trust me, the girls will pick up on this right away. If you are a team of three or even four troop leaders, then taking on additional girls should not pose a problem for you, as you have coverage.
If you are lucky enough to have moms who will come in and volunteer during your troop meetings on a regular basis, then adding a few more girls may not be too taxing for you. The most important thing to remember is that you are volunteering your time. You need to make sure that whatever you are doing is working for you and your co-leader, as well as your troop.
Ultimately, you as the Girl Scout troop leader makes the decision as to 'How big is too big for my Girl Scout troop?"