Easy Ideas for Girl Scout Journeys Take Action Projects

So you decided to do a Journey and the final component is the Take Action Project. The girls have to find a community need and create a way to solve the need on a consistent basis.  For example, a food drive is great, but it is a one time thing…unless the girls find a way to make some part of it sustainable. It needs to have a long lasting impact.

Ideas for Girl Scout Take Action Projects that girls can do.

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I read online about a troop who had a peanut butter and jelly food drive. The girls made the project sustainable by creating a pamphlet of peanut butter recipes that the food bank could be place in each bag of food. This could be copied over and over, making it sustainable.

A poster or a piece of artwork can also be a Take Action Project. For their Silver Award, these two Cadettes created a mural out of bottle caps and made a presentation to younger children about recycling. This piece of art is now a permanent fixture in the library.

A third kind of Take Action Project is to make a short video. YouTube is full of them, and they are there to be used by other leaders, as well as those who are looking for ideas on what to do for their TAP.

Creating a YouTube video will take time and of course, permission. You can make the video so that it will not be shared by others if that is a concern. Girls will have to write a script, get props, and rehearse before official filming begins.

The point of a TAP is to have the girls brainstorm ideas, put them into action, and in the process develop leadership and organization skills. As the leader, you want them to do something that is not only effective and has a positive impact in your community, but is also something they will actually complete. There are many incredible TAPs out there…in reality, these are completed by extremely dedicated groups and individuals. You know your troop best and what other activities you are competing against. Having your girls do a TAP that is doable for them is also part of the planning process.

Have you done a TAP?  What was it and how did it work out?

Girl Scout Founder’s Day Ceremonies for Brownies and Juniors

Tradition is one of the core values of Girl Scouts. One way that we honor Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, is with service and ceremony on her birthday, which is October 31st.

Younger Daisy Scouts can do simple projects to commemorate Juliette and learn about her. Brownies and Juniors, who should already be familiar with her history, can have a simply ceremony as part of the meeting and to give honor to someone who helped make the world a better place.

Resources for leader's to plan their own Girl Scout Founder's Day ceremony during their troop meeting.

Photo by Ann Rosener [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons and altered by the author in Picmonkey

Because scouting is steeped in tradition, you do not have to drive yourself crazy trying to create you own Girl Scout Founder’s Day ceremony. It has already been done for you! Unlike bridging ceremonies, rehearsal is not needed, as this is for the girls and not the parents. It does not have to be perfect, it just has to be!

Here are some Girl Scout Founder’s Day ceremonies for you to use.

Scouting Web Founder’s Day Ceremony

Girl Scouts of Southern Illionois

Daisy’s Day from Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta

Girl Scout SU 440 (Go to page 8)

After your ceremony, it would be a great idea to do some kind of service project. Depending on the amount of time you have and the girls ability levels and interests, you can do something simple or more complex. I have a Pinterest board full of service ideas.  You can find it here.

You can also see my updated ideas for Founder’s Day activities on this blog post.

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.


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?