I did not do the Journeys program with my troop, either as Daisy Girl Scouts or as Brownies. I am a teacher. The Journeys program for the girls seemed boring and quite frankly, developmentally inappropriate. I have spoken with some Daisy leaders and they told me the girls were not thrilled with it.
The trainer of the meeting told us that the reason they changed to the Journeys was because girls were just doing fun arts and crafts patches and not learning about leadership or the world around them. I do understand that point, but as a leader, we also do not want to bore the girls to tears and make them NOT want to be a Girl Scout. Meetings should not revolve around reading from a book.
Next year, as my Brownie troop begins it’s second year, I will think about doing a Journey. I will get a book this summer and see how it can be incorporated with what I do. The last thing I want to do is make them do work, since we meet right after school every other Friday. Our Girl Scout meetings are a gateway to the weekend!
What do you think about the Journeys program?