The Guiding year is in full swing. And the running joke in Guiding is that we all started cause they told us it would be an hour a week. Don’t let my sarcasm fool you though, cause I freaking love Guiding just as the 10+ hours of Guiding work I’ve clocked in at this week alone. My schedule proves it. I’ve neglected everything but Guiding over the past few weeks. And I’m a busy girl. Our girls don’t start back until late September, but our work starts early. Our District meeting was last week and it kicked off the whole start of our Guiding year.
On the unit level, one of our leaders has decided to take a break from Guiding and she was our contact guider. This information came about a week ago and now the rest of us are scrambling to get the year started on time. I’ve been thrust into the role of contact guider and taking over finances and paperwork when I’ve never handled that part before. I’m the equivalent of a deer in headlights. But the leaders are circling the wagons and we plan to sort it all out together so the work is even between us. So we’re sorting through the bins of supplies and boxes of paperwork our previous Contact Guider had and trying to organize it in a system that will work for us. I’m working on welcome letters, making sure all the paperwork we need for start of year is prepared, contacting the owners of our meeting place to verify that we still have the space this year.
On the District level, I took up my post as District Secretary again. I enjoy the job. My District Commissioner has already started to prepare me to step in as DC when she finishes her term. Which is exciting. I look forward to the challenge. District is also gracious enough to set up a Financial training session for me and a handful of other Guiders new to the finance side of it.
On the Area level, I was asked to attend Area Council meetings as a non-voting member. My role as Social Media Adviser for the province is a great opportunity for me to get our area more active in PR and we can make more of a presence on the provincial level. Our Area Commissioner is wonderful to work with and I got to really get to know her when we traveled together for National Conference. I truly enjoy working with her. So I jumped at the chance when she asked as we share the same vision for Guiding in our area. We want Cape Breton better represented at the provincial level.
I also completed my UAL (Understanding Adult Learning) training on the 1st. This is my first step in becoming a registered and qualified Trainer for Girl Guides. And it was a great training experience. I look forward to becoming a qualified trainer with GGC.
On the Provincial level, I get to continue my work as Provincial Social Media Adviser. Which is interesting. My job is to promote Guiding and get information out to our members and their parents through our official social media platforms: Facebook, Email and Twitter. We are hoping to add an Instagram account to that after our advisers meeting mid-September.
Plus I love that I get to travel with Girl Guides. I’m still working towards international travel but I have to get more camping experience in with the older girls. But in the meantime, I travel a couple of times a year to our provincial Guide House. In September I get to go to my first Provincial Advisers Meeting and catch up with all of my friends who are on Provincial Council and really get to find my groove in my role as an adviser. And this year is conference year! Every two years, our province holds a provincial conference on the mainland. Its a whole weekend of sessions aimed to make us better guiders. We spend the day learning and building our training and we spend the night catching up with friends we haven’t seen in awhile. My first conference was in my first year as a full member and I loved it. I was still unsure of myself, and it gave me the chance to meet others and open myself up to new possibilities. After travelling for National Conference this past April, and working with the people that run our national organization, I’m so ready to go to conference confident and ready to not only learn, but to share with others as well. Because of my adviser position, the head of PR emailed me and asked if I was willing to co-present at the social media session while I was there. It takes me out of the financial session I was looking forward to, but I really want to share what I’ve learned and co-leading a session sounds amazing. Plus, its my first chance to really see if training is something I really see myself doing.
So needless to say, I’m busy, I’m stressed and everything is happening at once. I chose this for myself, all of this, but the start and end of year always means a busy schedule. It will thankfully all even out by the time we hit October. But then again, even if it didn’t, I would do this and more because I truly love what I do. Girl Guides brings me too much joy to really get down or annoyed with a crazy September and June.