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Old 04-11-2005, 04:22 AM
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Have you thought about 4-H versus girl/brownine Scouts, no dues, no uniforms, and very little time to be a leader. It is a great organization and you get to choose what your interests are and what you do for your projects. If you are interested or have any questions e-mail me back.
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Old 04-12-2005, 12:24 PM
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I was a leader for 7 years (2 Brownies, 3 Juniors, 2 Cadettes). You are not ever expected to put your own money out for your troop. Ever. It is certainly not a requirement. Once they get to Brownies, the troop should be self-supporting, through dues, cookie sales and calendar sales, but Daisies are not supposed to be selling anything. Many Daisy leaders will have a parents meeting at the onset of the year and talk about where they will get money for things like crafts supplies and the like. The parents can pitch in to have a joint garage sale or parents can ask their employer to sponsor the troop with a start-up donation or you can collect a nominal amount of dues each week; that is also a good time to ask for donations of supplies, like glue, scissors, paper, etc. There are lots of ways to get free materials and if you attend the monthly Leaders meetings, you can learn a lot, and the other leaders will help you a lot. As for food, the best way I know is to make a chart of snacks, and each week, a different parent provides juice and a snack and napkins, and spread that responsibility around. Any field trips that Daisies take should be pretty simple and not expensive, and it is not unreasonable to ask the parents to pay for them. The councils all have some grant money available for any needy families, which can be requested for dues, field trips, and the like.

Daisies do not do overnight camping; I don't think this is a council-level rule, I'm pretty sure it comes from GSUSA. Many service units have an annual Camporee that goes Friday night through Sunday, and many will invite the Daisy troops to come just for the Saturday activities. This shows Daisies what they have to look forward to in the future.

One other thing that can be very helpful is getting a sister troop, that is, a Junior or Cadette troop that sort of adopts your Daisy troop and helps them get into the swing of things. They will often share materials and supplies and of course, it's great for the older girls to take the little ones under their wings and teach them songs and games and graces and the Girl Scout ways.

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Old 05-13-2005, 06:49 PM
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Scout Leader

I too was a co-leader for my daughter, and often had to put out money for different things, however never for group outings, only for craft items.

Now when I was a leader for my son in cub scouts, Wewould have to split the cost of alot more items, even for the various outings.

Chuck Griffin
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Old 06-12-2006, 04:38 AM
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All subs/dues should cover all that you have to spend out. Budgeting sensibly and planning ahead per term is the key, so there are no unexpected surprises. On the odd occasion that I have had to pay out, I have always reimbursed myself at the earliest opportunity.
I use the once a term payment so that all eventualities can be paid for. Trips are additional expenses for parents, not you, just give them plenty of advance warning. Any subsidising should come from the groups own account, if there is any money left over.
The person running the group should never have to fork out for anything, only their volunteered time.
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