Last weekend, my troop participated in the annual Service Unit Camporee. It's when several Girl Scout Troops get together to camp and there is a common theme. It's suppose to be a great way for the girls in the different troops to get together and get to know each other. As a leader of a younger troop, it is a great way to introduce my girls to camping for a weekend and have all the events covered.
For several of my moms, this was their first girl scout camping experience. I knew some of the leaders are very gossipy (doesn't that make me sound like a contradiction, but it is what it is) and I don't chose to participate in that kind of activity. In a way, I hate when people gossip in a situation like this, as I am concerned that they are talking about me. But, I am there for the girls in my troop to make sure they can have the best event possible and I think it is the same for the other moms that came with me. So, I didn't allow it to bother me too much.
One of my moms was really bothered by it. She noticed the behavior of the other adults and came to me very concerned about their behavior. I didn't have any solutions for this, but I reassured her that I did not want to participate in the behavior and I too was bothered by it. As the conversation went on, she wondered what kind of troop leader they were if this was their behavior was in front of the girls (and she admitted too that this was a sort of contradiction on her behalf as well). She even spoke to one of the organizers of the event as well.
What was I suppose to do? The last line of the Girl Scout Law is to be a sister to every Girl Scout. I want my girls to have the best possible experience in Girl Scouts and I am worried about them seeing the behavior of the other leaders.