Originally Posted by 3*is*magic
Yes to calling again. It's completely possible that the office you called DID hand off your name to a local troop leader and it simply got misplaced/overlooked. The leaders are moms of the girls and often pretty busy (I should know - I was one last year! It was a lot of work and there was a lot of paperwork to keep track of!)
I'd try calling a local elementary school and asking if they could give you the name and number of the coordinator for the school. That person should be able to point you in the right direction.
ITA...I've been given several names and email address from council or the service unti director. I emailed all 3-4 times. Only 1 out of the 5-6 ever responded and they kept making arrangements to visit the troop and then wouldn't show up. I turned away girls because I was holding spots for the 2 daughters over the summer then the mother never responded to the info about the parents meeting or first meeting. She then made arrangements to visit about mid fall and once again never showed up. I found it just didn't pay off to follow up council and SU leads. I would rather post on homeschool group lists.
Anyway, so OP I too suggest you find out who the troop coordinator for your area is or just start asking around the homeschool groups or neighborhood etc.
I also agree with One_Girl: There is a huge shrotage of leaders and other volunteers right now. We had to turn away a lot of girls last yr for daycamp because we didn't have enough volunteers to keep camp as big as it has been in the past. Also someone from council is acting service unit director for several of the SUs because of the shortage of volunteers.
|As for timing - we are in cookie sales.. last year when we moved the first troop we came to wouldn't let dd do any activities (without paying a huge fee) because she didn't sell cookies for that troop. Obviously her cookie sale money went to the troop she was in. So I would check with troops about how your dds would fit into the scheme of the sales/activities before deciding to join or wait.
We don't do that with new girls but finally had to decide to do that with current girls that decide to not participate in sales. It just wasn't fair to the other girls. Now we don't care if they sell 1 box or 1000 or if their only sales are through booth sales. We are just requiring that they participate in some way before the troop will pay their way.
|Same thing here in GA.. I don't know if they are super over worked at council level or poor communication... but word of mouth seems to be better.
Both... the complete restructuring of all councils, an email problem over the summer, the fact that Greater Atlanta lost the lease on their offices, and the lack of volunteers has made the last 1 1/2 yrs pretty interesting for scouting in GA.
ETA: most troops form and recruit from fliers sent out at schools or churches, so sometimes there seems to be some misunderstanding that you will get word of troops in your area.