October 2010 the oldest Pea joined the Girl Scouts, she was so excited! Her leaders were awesome Abby is the mom of one of her classmates and Jo is a Grandma to two of the scouts. Our first meeting the parents filled out a thousand forms it seemed and paid the dues.
Py was having so much fun, she got her Safety Patch and a new helmet and visited the Fire Station in the first month. (I got to go too)
When January rolled around it was Cookie time and I text Abby to see when we would get our order forms there were already people selling at work. unfortunately, there was a death in her family and our meeting was cancelled. Jo claimed the same and no they aren’t related never met until they started the Troop.
The next meeting was in February now we were behind with the cookie sales and even missed an opportunity for the girls to win prizes with the initial orders. I then got a text from Abby that the parents needed to be at the next meeting for what I assumed to be direction for the cookie sale…..Boy was I wrong.
Apparently, Jo the co-leader had never turned in the girls membership forms along with the forms the money. Therefore, our girls were not a Troop. Jennifer from Council came in to explain to the parents that we were not an official troop and with this being said we could not sell cookies until we were. Also, the girls needed another leader to work with Abby or there could not be a troop. The look on Abby’s face the whole time Jennifer spoke was heartbreaking so I volunteered. Yes, me….the woman who works full time has a 7 year old and a 3 year old pea whose mentally disabled Mom just came to live with her family…..volunteered. What the heck was I thinking? I thought about becoming a leader at the initial sign ups for Girl Scouts because so many girls needed a troop but I thought maybe next year. Nope, this year it is and I have to say…..I absolutely love it I think I was born to do this co-leading with Abby. Abby is awesome when most people would have prosecuted Jo for taking off with the Troops money she kept giving her a chance to give it back. Eventually, Jo did give the money back but not ALL of it. I hope it was worth it to her for less than $200.00 and all the supplies to disappoint 12 little girls 2 of them who never came back to the troop because she was their Grandmother. Shame on you Jo.
Now as for me I have jumped in head first, Dad of 2 Peas has been amazing while I attended meetings and training in a rush to get leader status so we could sell our cookies and become a troop. Without him I couldn’t do all this he takes good care of Mom and the youngest Pea while the oldest and I do out Girl Scout things.
So here we are and I am super happy to say this is the best, Abby is wonderful we think alike and have the girls first attitude. She has become a great friend and I look forward to all our adventure in Girl Scouting! There is nothing we can’t do together!