It’s June. You’re wondering how you can finish what feels like an impossible amount of program work in 2 weeks. The girls seem to be less attentive than usual, and parents have a zillion questions about the end of the year, the summer, the next year, heck it seems like they’re questioning everything!
You start to feel the overwhelming pressure of every little thing: cookie money to collect, cookies to order, badges to order, the badges you forgot to order to order….
You decide to ground yourself and ask the girls what their favorite thing was this year (after all their feedback is important!) but you’re shocked as they give you blank stares because they cant think of anything
And after all this you start to wonder… was it worth it? Was I good enough? Did any of my effort make a difference?
The answer to all these questions is YES!
Remember the shy girl who couldn’t leave her parent’s side the first night? What about the Spark who cried when you asked her a question in the circle? Or the Guide who said “I can’t.” Who are they now?
You may feel like the girls have forgotten all your hard work, but it’s likely you have too! What about the fall sleepover? The winter camp? Girls who accomplished their first night away from home? The girls who proudly stated the promise at enrollment?
Perhaps the details of the activities escape the girls right now but those moments changed them. Her promise gave her encouragement. Her new activities gave her confidence. She might not be able to tell you what her favourite activity was this year, but she can show you that she has a grown and yes, you were a part of it. Without you as her catalyst, she wouldn’t be the girl she is now, on her journey to empower other girls.
The end of the year can be tough, but it is at times like this when it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Your sisters in Guiding are with you, and we all know that June can be a crazy month! At the end of the day, remind yourself of your triumphs and pat yourself on the back. Your patience, your time, and your efforts changed a girl guide this year, and that absolutely made a difference.
Thank you for volunteering your time!
Blog post by Jennifer Donaldson. Jennifer is a Guider with the 1st Québec Guiding Unit and DC Representative on Québec Council.