If you are a Girl Scout leader, more than likely your daughter inspired you to take on this role. As she bridges to the next level of Girl Scouts, you may wish to buy her something special to celebrate this special moment. This is not the gift you plan on giving your troop when you bridge, but a special something just for her.
There are many Girl Scout uniforms that fits 18 inch American Girl and similar dolls. Here are the ones you can choose from:
Daisy Girl Scouts
Brownie Girl Scout Doll Uniforms
Junior and Cadette Girl Scout Uniforms for Dolls
If your daughter is really into scouting, then this set has five different uniforms from Daisy to Cadette!
(Okay, I know it is Sunday, but this cannot wait!)
If you are looking for a fun end of year meeting or something fun to do at your meeting, here is your chance to earn the “Peep Fun” Fun Patch. The program is free, but the patch is backordered. I am of the belief that you do not have to earn a patch for everything, and with Peeps being discounted greatly after Easter, here is your opportunity to have fun at a discount! My local Target has Peeps at 70% off.
It is that time of year when leaders are planning their Girl Scout bridging ceremonies. While some leaders like to wait until the fall to bridge to see exactly who is returning and how many uniforms and pins to buy (if your troop pays for this expense), others like to bridge in the spring. Many Service Units have camp and other summer activities and they use the girls’ new level, not the one they are technically in until the old registration expires on September 30th.
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No matter when you bridge, many leaders like to give their troop something tangible, like a certificate. These can be placed in Girl Scout scrapbooks along with other memorabilia.
There are many free printable Girl Scout bridging certificates available for leaders to use. Just find one that you like, print it out, and bring it to your local print shop to be printed on any kind of paper you wish. Just be sure to save your receipt so you will be reimbursed.
Taking your troop on a camping trip is a big decision. There are many questions that you need to answer before you take the plunge.
Should you take your girls alone as a troop or should you go to your Council’s big camporee?
How many days should you go?
Should you allow parents to come along?
Who pays for the trip? Parents or cookie money or both?
What supplies does the troop purchase for each girl?
What activities should we do outdoors as well as indoors?
What badges can we earn?
What food should we bring?
What meals should we make?
Yes, the list seems endless.
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The younger you take your girls, the more they can help with the decisions as they get older, since they will have had experience. My troop has camped twice since becoming Cadettes and we are planning on a third trip this spring. After attending two Council sponsored camping events, the troop decided to go it alone. They had more fun when it was just the five of them than when there were activities planned for girls of all levels.
If you are going out for the first time, here are some things you can buy for the troop so each girl has them in her backpack or drawstring bag (which are cheap enough that you can provide them for each girl).
What Else Do the Girls Need to Have?
Water bottles are a must, and if your girls are like my children, you have acquired quite a variety over the years. This they can bring on their own-no need to purchase one.
Bug repellent and sunscreen are two other must haves. There are many brands and some girls may have skin sensitivities, so it is best that this item be packed by parents as well.
Visors or baseball caps are also necessary to protect girls from the sun.
Ponchos can be bought in bulk by the troop and used in case it rains.
Time certainly flies. Once upon a time you were a brand new leader with a young group of Daisy or Brownie Girl Scouts, and now in front of you are a group of young adults who are Ambassador Scouts. From pigtails to prom, these girls have stuck with scouting. Your time together is quickly coming to an end. What should you give your girls as a parting gift that is meaningful to both leader and scout?
You have several options.
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A gift that is the most expensive, but is the most meaningful, is to give your graduating Ambassadors a Lifetime Membership to the Girl Scouts of the USA. It is much cheaper to do this while the young woman is still in high school, costing $195 versus $375 after she graduates. If you do not have enough money to cover each girl, perhaps her parents can pay the difference and the gift can be from both of you.
To signify that they were lifelong Girl Scouts and/or earned the Gold Award, girls can wear a special Honor Cord at their high school graduation ceremony. Green is for scouting and green and gold is if they earned the Gold Award. Before purchasing these for your girls, they should first check with their school principal and get it in writing that they are okay to wear.
Once you see that it has been approved, you can purchase the cords at Honors Graduation.
Scrapbook or Photo Collage
While this generation is used to storing photos on phones and computers, there is nothing like a photo album or photo collage placed in a gorgeous frame that will provide a lifetime of memories.
If you have been keeping a scrapbook all these years, then you have plenty of photos. Hopefully they are stored on your computer or uploaded to a site so you can create a scrapbook from them. Perhaps you can borrow the child’s Girl Scout scrapbook from her parents so you can scan the photos or take pictures of them to create your personal masterpiece.
If neither of those options are available to you, have your graduating Ambassadors dress in uniform and take individual shots of each girl and then a group photo. Create a photo collage from these pictures for each girl and place it in a frame.
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It should be well known by your Ambassadors that the founder of the Girl Scout, Juliette Gordon Low, sold her precious pearl necklace in 1915 to get money to keep the movement going during its early years. While real pearls are more than likely not a part of your budget, you can get some beautiful simulated pearl jewelry to give your graduates. Here are some options that are budget friendly.
Here is another inexpensive jewelry option for you.