Struggling to find a meeting place this year?
Maybe the size of your troop changed, or the place you used to use started charging, or maybe just the space just isn’t ideal anymore. Today, we have tips for what to look for in a space, what spaces many troops are already using, plus 4 unique places you may not have thought of, plus a bonus tip.
The ideal space for most troops is:
easy to get to for parents
has tables and chairs for all the girls
a floor space in size ranging from big enough for them all to sit or stand in a circle to playing a running game
free and available at your meeting time
Some troops also look for:
kitchen space - useful for snacks, messy projects, and more.
community service and take action opportunities for the meeting space
Ease of clean up – if you are a messy troop, this might be important to you.
Where to Check First?
The girls’ school, either in a classroom, a library, or the multi-purpose cafe-gym-atorium. These are usually easy to book because talking to the principal or secretary at the school is convenient.
A local church might be a good choice. It is likely that either you or a troop parent is a connected to a church with meeting space. One favorite amenity of church meeting spaces is that many have a kitchen adjoining the space. Before coordinating your meetings a location connected to a place a worship, be absolutely sure that every family is comfortable with it.
A library or community center location is very common for troops. These can be useful because they are often already very accessible for your families, and they might even have extra resources you can use, like a computer lab.
4 places you might not have considered before, plus a bonus tip!
Local nursing homes. Nursing homes often have activity rooms, lounges, or meeting rooms that might be perfect for your troops meeting. The administration might be interested in having your troop host an activity for their residents, which could be great for your journeys and take action projects, and is a good trade off for using their space
Fire or police stations. Think outside the library when it comes to meeting at a municipal building. Fire, police, park districts, and even general administration buildings might have a space perfect for an evening or weekend meeting. Plus, it could provide some pretty fun guest speakers to your troop,
Other service organizations, like the VFW, Eagles Club, Lions Club, Kiwanis, Elks Lodge and so on. Often these groups have a hall or building that has meeting space available. Many are already interested in supporting youth organizations and may be willing to share a space.
Community Colleges. Just because the girls are in 1st grade, doesn’t mean that have to meet at an elementary school. Think about meeting at the middle school, high school, or even the community college or tech school.
BONUS TIP: Ask your troop parents! A parent volunteer’s workplace, social group, church or other connection could be the best spot. They might be able to secure a location themselves, or know someone to contact to get you in the door to a place who might not typically book outside use.