Building Good Relationships Within Your Girl Scout Troop-Activities to Help You Get There

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One of the most important goals a leader should have for her troop is that they all should get along and be a sister to every Girl Scout-at least during meeting times. If your girls are arguing, forming cliques and generally being unkind to each other, meetings are going to be a drag for everyone involved.

How to Build Positive Realtionships Within Your Troop (and earn petals and badges while doing it). Great for the first or second meeting of the year for all levels of scouts.

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Promoting sisterhood among the troop can be done with activities that demonstrate empathy for each other. When my girls were Juniors I did an activity at our very first meeting to demonstrate the power of words (you can read about it here).

What can Daisy and Brownie leaders do to establish positive relationships from day one? Here is a fun activity that both levels can use. Daisy Scouts can earn the yellow Daisy petal or the spring green Daisy petal at this meeting. Brownies can do this for the Making Friends badge.

Meeting Plan

You will need this book to begin your meeting after the Pledge and Promise are said. You can ask girls how it feels when their feelings get hurt.

First meeting ideas for Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts-read this bok and do the activity to build good relationships in your troop from the start.

Book Available on Amazon

The story centers around Felix, who walks around with an invisible bucket over his head. His grandfather tells him the bucket is full until someone does something unkind to him and some water drips out. Felix is unkind to his sister and he empties her bucket. Throughout his day, his bucket gets emptier and emptier as people do things to him that are unkind or ungenerous. The story ends with Felix filling up his sister’s bucket and him coming to the realization that his actions (being friendly and helpful and considerate and caring), whether intentional or unintentional, make a person feel valued or unvalued. The story come full circle.

Materials

Have the girls decorate these buckets to remind them to be kind and earn the yellow Daisy petal or the spring green Daisy petal.

Set of 12 Metal Buckets Available on Amazon

  • Small buckets with each girls name written on it or “_______’s Kindness Bucket” set on the table
  • Bouncy balls or paper clips-some kind of small object for each girl in front of the bucket.
  • Flower stickers
  • Posterboard prepped for the meeting (see directions below)
  • Paper water drops
  • Glue

During your meeting to earn the yellow or spring green Daisy petal, girls can use these stickers to decorate their buckets. They can also be used for other crafts during the year.

Foam Glitter Stickers from Amazon

Have the girls sit at the table by the bucket. Instruct them to put something in the bucket when you say something kind and take out an object when you say something unkind. (Note: Do not say anything  about a specific child, but in general. For example, “Your hair is a mess.” or “Your handwriting is sloppy.”) After this activity is over, ask the girls how it felt to have an empty bucket. Give them a few minutes to decorate their buckets with flower stickers.

Before the meeting, make a large bucket on posterboard . On top write “Troop _____ are Bucket Fillers”. On slips of paper are cut in the shape of a drop of water, have them write one nice thing they can do to fill it. If the girls are too young to write, then be the scribe and write it for them. Have them shade in the water drop with blue crayon and they can glue it around the bucket.

Send the girls home with their buckets and at the next meeting ask how they were able to fill it.

Girl Scout World Thinking Day 2017 #LetsGrow

The theme for Girl Scout World Thinking Day 2017 has been announced, and it is Grow. The point is for girls to literally and figuratively plant “seeds of change” by their actions.

The theme for Girl Scout World Thinking Day 2017 is Let's Grow. Resources are now available.

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While I know WTD is not until late February, the resources and information are now available. You can download the booklet from the WAGGS website here. Activities that your troop can do can be found on this page.

Have fun planning your troop’s events!

Journey in a Day Resources for Leaders

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If you have read this blog for any length of time, then you know that I have never been a fan of the Girl Scout Journeys program. From the time I first looked at the Daisy Journey book when my troop started in kindergarten, my experienced teacher self thought, “This is age inappropriate!”.

My most commented on blog post in the past 6.5 years has been about the Journeys program (you can read it here). I followed it up last year with a post about Councils and leaders having a Journey in a Day program . The bottom line for me is if it this program is so important, why can it be done in a day? What have you learned in a day that was absorbed completely?

Leaders who need to do a Journey but dislike the program have flocked to this concept. Since it is so popular, I have decided to place all of the Girl Scout Journey in a Day resources for you in one place. Then you can pick and choose what you want to do!

Of course, before you make any plans on your own, check your Council’s website to see what they are offering for a Journey in a Day. When searching for resources for you, the events often came up at the top of the list.

Want to get your Girl Scout Journey requirement over and done? Here is a list of resources for leaders to use from Daisy Scouts to Juniors.

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Daisy Girl Scout Journey in a Day

One Year of Daisy Scouts (two documents with HOW to do a Journey in a day or sleepover event)

Welcome to the Girl Scout Flower Garden (from Making Friends)

Between Earth and Sky (from Making Friends)

3 Cheers for Animals (from Making Friends)

3 Cheers for Animals (from Plant, Plant, Electro…What?)

3 Cheers for Animals (from Girl Scout Troop 2214)


Brownie Girl Scout Journey in a Day

Wonders of Water (from Girl Scout Troop 2214)

Brownie Quest Sleepover (from A year in the Life of a Girl Scout)

A World of Girls (from Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital)


Junior Girl Scout Journey in a Day

aMuse (from I am Girl Scouts)

aMuse (from Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital)

aMuse (from Girl Scout Leader 101)

Get Moving (from I am Girl Scouts)

Get Moving (from Girl Scout Leader 101)

Agent of Change (from Girl Scouts of Central Texas)


Have you done a Journey in a day? Did you plan it or attend a Council event?

The Ultimate Girl Scout Investiture Ceremony Resource Guide for Leaders

One of the things Girl Scouts is known for is their many traditions (and no, I am not talking about selling Girl Scout cookies!). Flag ceremonies, the Pledge and Promise, the Friendship Circle and Friendship Squeeze are just a few of the time honored traditions of the movement. Another one is to have what is known as an Investiture. This ceremony is held when girls first join a troop.

Daisy leaders, do not sweat this! You do not have to have a Girl Scout Investiture ceremony for your first meeting! You should have a few under your belt before you attempt to do this. Girls need to know what scouting is about before they receive their pins. You also need to practice a song or two as well.

Parents are encouraged to attend this simple ceremony, so be sure to give them ample notice of when you are holding it.

If you are planning on having a Girl Scout Investiture ceremony for your troop, this guide is full of resources for Daisy, Brownie and Junior leaders.

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At the beginning of the scouting year, many leaders like to have a Rededication Ceremony for the girls who are returning to Girl Scouts. If a new girl is joins your troop, you can combine an Investiture for her (and any other new adult who is joining) with a Rededication ceremony.

This is not meant to be a stage performance, as you can see from the YouTube videos I found (there are more, I just picked three to highlight different ones from different levels). It is just a fun way to welcome girls to the sisterhood known as Girl Scouts.

Here are resources for leaders of three levels. If there is brand new Junior or Brownie troop, they, too, can have their own Girl Scout Investiture ceremony.

Daisy Girl Scout Investiture Ideas

Ceremonies Worksheet for planning your event

Daisy Investiture Ceremony Outline

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Investiture Ceremony Sampler

Daisy Girl Scout Investiture Ceremony

Girl Scout Daisy Mom-How one troop leader did her ceremony

The Ins and Outs of Investitures-has basic outline of what is required for each level

Scouting Web-Two Different short and sweet Daisy Investiture ceremonies

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois-Complete ceremony guide

Brownies

Brownie Investiture Ceremony

Another Brownie Investiture Guide

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont

Scouting Web 

Juniors

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore

Have you had an Investiture ceremony for your Girl Scout troop?

Girl Scout Kaper Chart Resources

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Leaders both old and new will need to create a Kaper Chart for their troop. In this blog post, I outlined the various jobs and why it is important to have such a chart. Girls need to be responsible for participating in the running of the meeting, no matter what age they are.

There are only four basic items you need for making a Girl Scout Kaper chart.

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Here are four basic things you need to make a Kaper chart.

A basic cardboard trifold is all you need to create the perfect Girl Scout Kaper chart.

Trifold Available on Amazon

You will also need Velcro circles.

Velcro circles for your Girl Scout Kaper chart.

Velcro Circles from Amazon

There are a variety of library pocket cards that you can use to adhere the Velcro.

Library pocket cards for Girl Scout kaper chart

These card holders and others are available on Amazon.

Last, you will need note cards for the name of each girl.

Keep it simple when you are making a Girl Scout kaper chart. While it is nice to have a pretty one, it is not necessary to spend your precious time and energy making it. Spend that on the actual meeting!

What jobs do you have on your Kaper chart?