by Kerry Cordy

The Frontier Girls motto is “If you see a need, take the lead” and it never ceases to amaze me how well the girls take this to heart.  My mother has moderate to severe Alzheimer’s and the time needed to care for her has increased dramatically over the last 6 months.  One of my Eagles, Emily Granger, age 14 and pictured to the left, has been planning and prepping our meetings this year to save me some time.

Recently my mother has developed severe shaking spells that happen without notice and can last for hours.  As a result, I have had to cancel several Frontier Girls meetings with less than 2 hours notice.  The first couple meetings, the girls took in stride, knowing what I was dealing with, but by the third, rather than have me cancel, the older girls volunteered to step in.   Since Emily G. already planned and prepped the meetings she knew exactly what we would be doing and had no problem leading the badge work portion of the meeting. Emily B, age 16, has a key and the alarm code to the meeting room to open up and get things setup as well as close out properly.  Gloria, age 16, and her sister Christina, age 14, who have been in my troop for 9 years can lead flag ceremonies and such with their eyes closed.  Together, these 4 girls, along with a few committed parent chaperones, have stepped in to keep the troop running even when I can’t be there.

Each of these girls have held multiple leadership positions within the troop and they know our troop mechanics as well as I do.  From leading songs and flag ceremonies to keeping the records and finances, they do it all.   It was a wonderful gift to see their leadership skills in action as they took it to the next level and actually ran troop meetings themselves.  You never know to what heights these girls can soar until suddenly an opportunity arises to take them to the next level.  These girls truly “saw a need and took the lead.”

I encourage all leaders to let your girls lead as much as possible within your troop structure based on their age an abilities.  Challenge them to constantly grow those abilities and take on new tasks.  You never know when those skills your are teaching will be needed, so give your girls the chance to truly “take the lead!”