As my girls get older retention is a constant battle. I work really hard to retain the girls I have in my troop and I am always open to new members, even at the Cadette Level. I make it well known with signs and publishing information in our PTO electronic newsletter, that a girl is never too old to join!
Also I stress that the time commitment is minimal with only 4 hours a month and 2 meetings every other week that almost any busy girl can squeeze it into their schedule.
Retention begins with the following:
- fun meetings
- great field trips
- a variety of activities
- encouraging strong friendships
- girl's sense of ownership over their troop
- parental involvement
- leniency on details