Last Girl Scout Meeting of the Year Ideas

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For many Girl Scout leaders, the end of the school year also means the end of the scouting year as well. Summer is a time for family and recharging your leadership batteries so you can begin the new school year refreshed, renewed and ready to dive back into troop activities.

The last meeting of the scouting year should be one that is memorable and something different from your typical badge work or community service meeting. If you are not bridging, then your last meeting can have a fun theme. Use some of your cookie money to make the meeting planning easier on you.

Need some ideas for your final Girl Scout meeting of the year? Here are some for you to try.

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One idea for a meeting is to have outdoor games based on the Olympics. I wrote a blog post with games to play and ideas to use on my Daisy Girl Scout blog. You can read how to have a Girl Scout Olympics meeting here. If your girls are older, you can make the games a bit more complex as their skill set is greater than a Daisy Scout.

Another fun idea for an end of year meeting is to host a tea party. Invite moms, grandmas or other women who are important to your girls to join you if you wish. Have the girls dress up extra fancy and provide each girl with her own feather boa and hat.

Host a Girl Scout tea party as one of your end of year activities,

Set of 6 Tea Party Hats and Matching Purses Available on Amazon

Serve little tea sandwiches and other fun finger foods. For craft ideas, you can read this blog post and view some activities for your girls to do.

One thing that I used to do for our final meeting was work on our Girl Scout scrapbooks. It was a no-brainer kind of meeting to plan and the girls enjoyed chatting with each other while putting their pages together and looking back at their older pages. Before we sat down to work I always brought in a special snack and we talked about the pictures that my co-leader handed out to each girl. It was like the half-year in review, since we always had a winter meeting that included scrapbooking. Special Girl Scout scrapbooking supplies are still available on Amazon.

Have you considered taking a field trip for your final gathering of the school year? It is a wonderful way to end the year and leave theme excited and wanting more in the fall.

Need more ideas for a final meeting? I wrote this blog post last year that had my top 10 last Girl Scout meeting ideas.

How We Are Spending Our Cookie Money

Our troop has not had a formal meeting since January due to a variety of factors, and last night we all finally got together. The girls did keep in touch over the winter months via our weekend cookie booths, so it did not feel like we haven’t seen each other!

Our Cookie Mom went over our profits from the sale, and that amount added to our present bank account balance means that the girls’ hard work is going to be rewarded with many fun activities. The focus of this meeting was to brainstorm ideas on how to spend the money-things we can do in the upcoming weeks and some for early fall to get the year off and running.

How does your troop decide how to spend their Girl Scout cookie profits? What do you do if all girls cannot attend?

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One rule that was established from the start of the brainstorming session was that since we are a small troop of five, all girls had to be able to attend the event for it to take place. That decision came about because our Cookie Mom had brought a Council flyer about a day trip to the beach, and like last year, it was the weekend of my daughter’s dance recital. While she just sucked it up and did not go (as I wrote about in this blog post about spending cookie profits if all girls cannot attend), the other girls said that they want everyone to be able to attend (girl led and proof that there are benefits to having a small troop-my daughter has a tight group of scouting friends).

The list was a good one-we are fortunate to have many local attractions as well as many others less than an hour away. Some of the things they wanted were:

  • A day at the beach
  • Horseback riding
  • Ice skating
  • Ziplining
  • Camping
  • Day at the amusement park
  • Dessert at a fancy restaurant

We also discussed the summer and doing something we have never done before-have meetings. For the first time since she was a preschooler, I am not sending my daughter to day camp. One girl is going to sleepaway camp for three weeks, and her mom and she gave her blessing to do whatever we wanted while she was away. While we will not do a trip without her, I volunteered to host meetings during the day and earn some Cadette badges. The girls liked that idea and so did I. It is fun to plan something once in a while without the responsibility of having to do everything for the troop. That is what being a co-leader means in the truest sense-sharing the workload of running a Girl Scout troop so that the leader does not reach the burn out stage.

What is your troop doing with the cookie profits?

Girl Scout Bridging Party Ideas

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Is your Girl Scout troop bridging this year? If the answer is yes, then now is the time to start planning the ceremony (this blog post about Girl Scout bridging has ideas for all levels of scouts.)

One thing that will really make the party special is how you decorate. The rainbow is representative of bridging, and therefor the theme of your celebration should be this very colorful one! There is no need for overkill…just pick a few select items and pair them with various solid colors.

Here are some fun ideas for decorations to create the perfect Girl Scout bridging ceremony celebration!

Because this is for a Girl Scout ceremony, troop funds should pay for the decor. Leaders should not be expected to foot the bill for party decorations. You devote more than enough time and energy without having to spend your own money.

Rainbow Party Decorations

A few choice pieces sets the theme!

Rainbow Themed Paper Goods

Rainbow Party Accessories

Friday Freebie-Michael’s Craft Classes

Are you a leader of a young Daisy or Brownie troop who is on a budget? Would you like your girls to get together during the summer or on a Saturday?

Then here is a great Friday Freebie for you!

Your troop can take a free craft class at Michael's Craft stores. Find out what your local store is offering.

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Michael’s Craft Stores has many free and low cost craft classes for children (Low cost is about $2.00 per child). You do not need to make reservations, you just have to show up at the time of the class. Every month there are different offerings, so you can catch one that fits your child’s interest and ability level.

You can view the Classes and Events calendar here

Should Girl Scout Troops Buy Uniforms for Their Girls?

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As the year begins to wind down, Girl Scout leaders are starting to plan their bridging ceremonies. For many troops who sold a lot of cookies, their bank accounts are full and they want to spend the money on things the girls want to do and what the troop needs.

 Should troops pay for uniforms? What issues arise if they do?Brownie Vest and others available online at Boscov’s

There are many troops out there that spend their fundraising dollars on uniforms for their girls. In most cases, I believe that this is a bad idea. I understand that not all troops have families who can easily afford to buy their daughters a new uniform every two years. I am talking about those who have parents that can afford it.

It seems like a great idea to have the girls bridge and then take off their old vest and put on their new one. I did this with my girls every time we had a bridging ceremony. However, the parents bought the vests, not the troop.

Parents are more apt to go forward with something if it costs THEM money. A vest, along with Council ID badges, troop numbers, the flag and the tab add up. What happens if a girl bridges and then decides not to return in the fall? Your troop is out that money. In theory you could ask for the vest back, but if the girl did fundraising with the troop, her efforts purchased that vest for her.

If a girl loses her vest, then who replaces it? Is that a conversation you want to have? If you replace one vest, what happens if two or three lose them? If you do replace it, then you have to make a trip to the Girl Scout Shop and buy it.  Guess what? Now you have created more work for yourself.

Girl Scout uniforms, in my opinion, are the responsibility of the parents. They can easily buy almost every part of the uniform online and have it shipped to their house.

If a girl does not have a uniform for bridging, then it is not on you. It is on her parents. As leaders we feel for the children in our troop, but we can only be responsible for so much.  Coaches do not buy new cleats for the children on their teams, dance studios do not buy costumes and shoes for dance competitions. Why should Girl Scouts be any different?

Do you buy your troop’s uniforms? Why do you or why don’t you?