3 Fun Ideas for Informal Summer Girl Scout Meetings

Now that the end of the year is fast approaching, Girl Scout leaders need to decide whether or not they are going to meet over the summer. Personally, when I was the head leader, I cherished June through September because it was my time off from doing everything for my troop. It also gave me ample time to plan ahead for the next year since I am a teacher, and the start of the school year was always a hectic time between getting my children and my classes ready.

In addition, with camp and vacation schedules being so different for each family, planning a meeting would have been challenging.

Here are 3 fun and easy to implement summer meeting ideas for leaders to do with their troop.

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Other leaders like to keep the scouting momentum going, having meetings over the summer break. The warm months are a perfect time to do outdoor meetings, trips, and informal gatherings so your girls stay in touch with each other.

If you do wish to meet with your troop over the summer, I would strongly encourage doing badge work only if all of your girls are present. Missing meetings because of a family vacation or out of town friends and family are visiting is not slighting you or the troop-summer is a more flexible time than the school year. Do fun activities are just get together for some games and fun!

Here are some ideas for informal Girl Scout meetings.

Plan an Ice Cream Sundae Party

Need a fun and easy to plan summer meeting for your Girl Scout troop? Host an ice cream sundae party!

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Who doesn’t love ice cream? You can have a fun outdoor meeting with no drips inside your home. Play some games:

Pin the Sprinkles on the Ice Cream Cone

Make a big ice cream cone on a piece of oaktag and sprinkles from pieces of construction paper.  A variation would be to make an ice cream sundae on oaktag and cut out cherries for the girls to pin on it.

Relay Race

Use a real ice cream cone and a styrofoam ball (for the ice cream) from the craft store for each team. Have the girls race from one side of the yard to the other without dropping the ice cream. A variation of this is to have the girls do different things while holding the cone like hop, jump, or skip.

Taste Test

If your girls want to be Courageous and Strong, then blindfold them and have a taste test with unusual flavors. You can buy some at an ice cream store in your town.

If you wish to do an ice cream craft, the website Play Ideas has 25 ideas for you to try.

Of course, top off the meeting with a make your own sundae bar!

The No-Sleepover Sleepover Party

The age of your scouts will determine what you will be doing. Plan a movie night or day (for younger girls). There are a lot of older family films from Disney that your girls may not have seen that are rated G. For older girls, run a list of potential movies by the parents that are PG and see if there are any objections.

Need ideas for movies? Here is a complete list of every Disney film released. This site has a list of every Disney Channel Original film from the network (my family’s favorite is Wendy Woo).

Once the movie has been selected, tell the girls that they will come in their pajamas and with a sleeping bag. No one will be sleeping over, as this is a no sleepover sleepover party! Park shoes by the front door so none go missing.

For a fun summer Girl Scout meeting, have a no sleepover slumber party for your troop.

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The food you serve will depend on the length of your meeting time-will it be an easy meal like pizza or just snacks for during the film?  Have a buffet of snacks on the table or you can go to your local movie theater and ask to buy the the cartons that have the snack packs that they sell at the movies. Then you can fill it at home with a pony water and treats or the girls can select their treats from a buffet that you have purchased.

Have the girls spread out their sleeping bags on the floor and start the movie!

If you wish to extend the meeting, play a movie trivia game with the girls.

Beach Party

You do not have to go to the beach to have a beach party! If you have a backyard, you can plan a fun outdoor event that the girls will remember for a long time.

Have each girl come to your home in her bathing suit and have her bring a change of clothes, sunscreen and a beach towel. A hat, visor and sunglasses are optional items you can ask them to pack.

Have a backyard beach party for a fun and informal summer Girl Scout meeting.

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You can make your backyard into a water wonderland with a Slip and Slide, small inflatable pools and sprinklers. Girls can have water balloon fights as well. Serve ice pops, ice cream, cookies and have plenty of water on hand to keep the girls hydrated.

Another fun activity is to have the girls play with beach balls. You can inflate them ahead of time and write each girls name in Sharpie so she knows which one is hers at the end of the party. Girls can have relay races, play dodge ball and just have a toss with them.

Are you planning a to meet over the summer? What are you doing with your troop?

 

Girl Scout Uniforms for 18 Inch American Girl Style Dolls

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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!

 Available on Amazon

Friday Freebie-Peep Fun Badge

(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.

‘PEEP FUN’ FUN PATCH PROGRAM Download free requirements.

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Here are the requirements for the patch (this link won’t hyperlink…just cut and paste the following).

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Free Printable Girl Scout Bridging Certificates for All Levels

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.

Free Printable Girl Scout Bridging Certificates for All Levels

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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.

Daisy to Brownie Bridging Certificates

For Daisy Girl Scout bridging certificates, please see my full list on this blog post.

All Level Bridging Certificates

My Fashionable Designs This blogger has all levels, up to Cadette to Senior bridging.

Rock United Girl Scouts has a printable that you can fill in the level.

Teachers Pay Teachers has a free download for you to fill in.

Troop Leader Mom has two kinds of certificates, one for Brownies and one for all levels.

Bridge to Cadettes

Girl Scout Printables

Do you give your girls a bridging certificate?


Must Have Items for Girl Scout Camping

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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.

What should leaders provide for girls on a camping trip and what should the girls bring?

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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.

 12 Pack of Ponchos Available on Amazon

Sleeping bags and overnight bags to carry everything to the campsite are also items your girls need to bring from home.

What are your essential packing items for your camping trip?