I've mentioned before that I'm a Brownie leader. In fact, this is the 5th year that I've been involved with Girl Scouts in any kind of a leadership capacity. I am all for organizations that promote "girl power". I like that GSA wants girls to be independent thinkers, socially conscious responsible citizens.
Are you sensing a big but here? Not a big butt, but a but? Because it's here, my friends. It's here.
It's about the cookies. The cookies themselves are tasty and practically sell themselves, and, unlike Boyscout popcorn, they are relatively inexpensive. A person can get by with spending only $3.50. It's the sale of the cookies that I have a problem with. There is this HUGE emphasis placed on the selling of the cookies and I just don't feel right about having the girls get out there and pimp product for an organization. I've even heard other leaders talk about the girls not meeting their quota. Wha....? I know that fundraising is inherent to participating in a not-for-profit organization, but I am bothered by it anyway.
At the end of the school year, my co-leader and I will pass the torch to whoever wants it, and I fear that no one does. I am incredibly burnt out on the leadership and organizational aspects of being the actual leader. I'll come to any and all meetings and will help out in whatever capacity, but I don't want the burden of being the one in charge any longer.
That being said, have you ordered your obligatory box of Thin Mints this year? Only one more week and the sale is officially over....