Taking responsibility for a Girl Scout troop, no matter what age you lead, is a big job. I have been leading my girls since October 2008, and I still have to do a lot of prep work before each and every meeting. As a teacher for the past 28 years, lesson planning comes naturally to me, and I truly enjoy putting all of the elements together to create a meaningful learning experience. I find it a personal challenge to come up with the right activities for our badges, and make sure they are fun and engaging. My younger daughter, whose troop I lead, likes to help me get things together. I just have to make her promise not to tell her friends in school about what we are doing!
Over the years, I have developed a list of resources that I use to plan my meetings. There are books I use and websites I go to whenever I need to jumpstart my brain and find an activity, and I am going to share them with you.
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Girl Scout Leader Resources-Books
Books are a hands-on way to get focused and organized for your meeting. They answer many questions that you have about planning and what activities are needed to earn a required badge. They are a resource that you can keep in your Girl Scout leader bag or when you are waiting for practice to end. Keep a pen and sticky notes handy for ideas that come to mind as you are reading.
Daisy Girl Scout Leader-Tips for Running a Successful Troop from Amazon
I updated this book in June 2013 with new chapters and information for those who are beginning their journey as a Girl Scout leader. After receiving numerous emails over the years from Daisy leaders, I wrote this book to help brand new leaders get off on the right foot. From your initial parent contact to starting your first meeting, this guide will start you on your way. It does not discuss the Journeys program.
Games for Girl Scouts
Games for Girl Scouts from Amazon
This is a must have book for all leaders. It has games for girls at all levels of scouting, so it is an investment. You can use it every year. Mine has been in my leader bag for seven years!
Girl Scout Leader Resources-Websites
The internet has really changed the face of everything, including Girl Scouts. Information is easily shared on the information highway. Here are some of the websites I have used over the years that have helped me a great deal.
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- Daisy Girl Scout Activities Girl Scout leader blog especially for Daisy Scout leaders.
- Activities for Daisy Girl Scout, Brownies, Juniors and More Girl Scout Leader is a blog devoted to sharing activities for earning Daisy petals, Brownie Try Its and badges, Junior badges and more.
- Girl Scouts | For Girls Official GSUSA website section for the girls to use.
- Lisa’s collection of girl scouts graphics More Girl Scout clip art for leader to use.
- gsclipart Girl Scout clip art for projects and newsletters.
- Girl Scout Moms – BabyCenter This is a group for moms who are Girl Scout Leaders, Girl Scout troop volunteers, Girl Scout cookie moms. We can share ideas, talk about the challenges of managing a group of busy girls, etc.
- Girl Scouts Council’s Own Awards – a complete listing of every council’s own you’d ever want to earn This is complete listing of every council’s own you’d ever want to earn.
- CafeMom – Moms Connecting About Pregnancy, Babies, Home, Health, and More CafeMom is a community where moms come together to get advice and support on topics like pregnancy, health, fashion, food, entertainment, and more. They have a Girl Scout leader group to join.
- Girl Scout Games & Activities – Girl Scouts of Nassau County Wonderful Council website full of useful ideas.
- Apples4theteacher.com – Elementary Education Teacher ResourcesApples4theteacher.com is an elementary education resource site for teachers and homeschoolers. Educational activities are categorized by subject and or holiday – Language Arts and Literacy, Spanish, ESL, Science, Social Studies, Math activities, Fore
- DLTK’s Crafts for Kids Free, easy and cheap craft ideas for leaders to use.
- Making Friends
Kids craft projects supplies for Girl Scout leaders, Class Moms, Homeschoolers, Librarians and Parents.
- Follow-the-Leader This website is designed to offer meeting ideas for Girl Scout Leaders and suggestions for implementing Journeys.
- Leader Connecting Leaders This site is for all levels of scouts. It is written by an woman with over 25 years of Girl Scout experience.
- Girl Scout Leader 101 This blog has another leader with years and years of experience sharing what she does with her troop. All levels are covered.
- Troop Leader Mom-While it has not been active since 2016, the blog has a few years of great meeting ideas you can still use.
- Service Unit 164 This site shares how you can do things the Girl Scout way
- Council’s Own-This website has directions on how to complete Council’s Own badges
What Girl Scout resources do you use?