Thursday, January 31, 2013

Think BIG!

I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos,it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift."
      --Septima Clark,
      American educator and civil rights activist

I don't remember where I found this quote, but I like the thought it expresses.  Especially as it relates to our Silver Award girls. 

In our Silver Award and Cadette Essentials Trainings, we talk about the Take Action Projects that the girls need to create.  And one thing that is a running theme throughout is the notion that the girls need to start with the issue before they choose a project!

The girl needs to look around in her community, be that school, church, sports clubs, city, county, whatever, and see what piques her interest. Where does she see chaos?  Or a need?  Or a lack of service?  And then she needs to dive deep and figure out what issue she wants to address.  What is the root cause of the issue, and how can she make a change.

And you project advisors/parents/troop advisors need to give her support. Ask the questions, don't take a quick, glib answer as the final say.  Your role is to encourage and support.  The more I hear, the more I learn that all girls are different in the support they need. But universally, those girls who are passionate about their issue, are the ones who are more motivated to do the work. 

Looking for chaos, or an opportunity to make a change, is difficult!  But our girls can do it, with our help and guidance.  They'll need a couple pushes in the right direction, I'm sure, but they can do this.    Have your girls look for the chaos as an opportunity. And let them see the success of a job well done.  

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