Your Very First Brownie Girl Scout Meeting

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Here is a Fun and Easy Idea for Your First Brownie Girl Scout Meeting

Fall is here, and if you are a Girl Scout Leader of second or third grade girls, then it is time for your very first Brownie Girl Scout meeting.

If you are a new leader, then you may want to take some extra time beforehand to make sure that you are comfortable starting the new year. It is a good idea to ask more experienced leaders for some ideas on how a meeting runs and how to organize it for smooth sailing. Your local Service Unit can hook you up with some very helpful people.

Here is an easy meeting plan for your very first Girl Scout Brownie meeting of the year.

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If you aren’t a new leader, then you are familiar with your girls from either Daisies or last year’s Brownie troop, then your very first meeting should run smoothly.

How to Have Your First Brownie Meeting of the Year

The first thing you need to do after saying the Pledge of Allegiance and the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law is to introduce any new members of your troop. Make them feel welcome, especially if your troop has been together since Daisy Scouts. You might want to try some icebreakers or getting to know you activities. You can find a ton of ideas here on the Ultimate Camp Resource site.

After introducing any new members, ask the children how they think Brownies will be different than Daisies. If you have access to an older girl’s vest, bring it in to show the girls. I did this with my troop when they were Brownie Scouts. My older daughter was a very active Brownie and her vest was full of fun patches and Try-Its. It was so cute to hear my troop “ooh and ahh” over her vest. They wanted to fill theirs up too!

I told my girls what the patches were and how we were going to start earning Try-It’s at our next meeting. I then had a sheet of paper and asked them what kinds of things they wanted to try this year. I had my co-leader take a sheet of paper and write down their ideas. This would be a good springboard for us to find badges that were of interest to the girls. At our first meeting, we a asked what kinds of field trips they would like to take and kept track of those. We also talked about our community service projects that we had done in the past and what we could do this year.

After discussing what they wanted to do, I read a story from the Girl Scout Handbook about how Brownies came to be. They thought it was cute.

Then it was time for the craft. I decided not to do a Try-It at our meeting, as I wanted to introduce my troop to the world of Brownies in a different way.

Here is an easy craft to reinforce the Girl Scout Law and Promise during your first Brownie Girl Scout meeting of the year.Photo by Hannah Gold 

Here are the materials you will need:

9 x 12 felt rectangles in assorted colors or just one color (your choice), one for each girl

Peel and Stick letters

Peel and stick decorations

Glue

Hole Punch

String

Felt Can Be Used for Many Crafts

Felt squares can be used for many different Girl Scout crafts.

Package of 42  Felt Squares Available on Amazon

Over my nine years as a leader, we used felt for many crafts, including our Bronze Award project. Before our Brownie meeting, I punched two holes at the top of each felt piece for the string. I also separated the peel and stick letters and spelled “Brownies” for each girl and put them in a separate baggie. Last, I ran off the Girl Scout Promise and The Girl Scout Law on one sheet of paper. In addition, I ran off a wordsearch of the promise for the girls who finished early.

At craft time, I had each child choose the color she wanted and place the string through the top. The reason for this is that once items are glued on, you don’t want to move it around until it is dry.

Then they cut the law and promise and glued it to the center of the sheet. Then they placed the word “Brownies” on the top and decorated it with star stickers.

After the craft, we had plenty of time for the wordsearch. They worked in teams and had a great time finding the words together. After cleaning up, we ended the meeting with the Brownie song and the Friendship circle.

Your very first Brownie meeting should be a fun introduction into the more mature world of scouting. My troop had a fun time with this craft and cannot wait to do more!

Closing Song for Brownies

Brownie Girl Scout Stickers for Decorating Your Craft

Girl Scout Brownie stickers for all kinds of crafts

Inexpensive Gifts for Brownie Girl Scouts

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With the holiday season upon us, you may be wanting to buy your daughter or granddaughter who is a Brownie Girl Scout a holiday gift that relates to Girl Scouting.

This adorable Brownie Girl Scout necklace makes a great gift for your daughter or granddaughter who is a scout. It has free shipping!

This Brownie Girl Scout necklace is handmade and comes with a 24 in silver plated ball chain. It is made from a wooden game piece.

This Brownie Girl Scout uniform fits 18 inch dolls.

Many girls this age are into American Girl dolls. Now yours can have a Brownie uniform that fits 18 inch dolls. This one is on sale.

This multi-pack of Lip Smackers can be broken up to give to your girls as a small gift or the entire package can be given to your daughter.

An inexpensive gift and a small token to give the girls in your troop during the holiday season is this 8 pack of Girl Scout Cookie flavored Lip Smackers. Your co-leader and you can split the cost and break up the set. Place it in a cellophane bag with some peppermints and a few chocolates and you have an easy gift for your girls!

Thin Mint lip gloss and chap stick duo make a fun stocking stuffer!

Lip Smackers are also available by flavor. You can purchase the lip gloss/chap stick set in Thin Mint flavor or a few others. There are different sets and configurations that will work for you.

What are you planning on buying your Brownie Girl Scout?


How to Earn Brownie Badges Meeting Plans

For the past month, I have been busy at work creating a brand new website for Brownie leaders. Updating this blog earlier in the year had me thinking about the new Brownie program and how different it was from when I was leading my girls at this level of scouting.  Many leaders such as myself still loved the plethora of Try It options that were available with the old program. Try It badges were from this older version of Brownie Scouts was readily available at Council stores a few years ago, so it was easier for us to buy these badges in bulk.

(Some of these Try It are still available. Check out the Girl Scouts of Indiana Council  Store if you are still in need of them.)

How to Earn Brownie Badges website with meeting plans and resources for every badge in the new program.

I have spent a great deal of time reading about and researching every single badge-Legacy and Journey-in the current Brownie program. As of today, I still have four more pages to write, but I could not contain my excitement about sharing it with you.

Each badge has it’s own page with a lesson plan that you can easily do in one meeting. There is no need for all of the experts that are a requirement and there is no need for girls to do work at home (we all know that this part of badge work rarely gets done).

Lists of resources are given with links to sites that can give you more information and choices.

You can find How to Earn Brownie Badges right here!

 

How to Earn the Brownie Girl Scout Animals Try It Badge

Learning about animals and caring for them are two ways to earn the Brownie Girl Scout Animals Try It patch. There are animals that live with us and those who live in the wild. This Try it patch is going to permit your troop to examine both.

The Brownie Girl Scout Animals Try It Patch is one the girls will enjoy earning because many of them already have pets, and those that do not probably want one!

Here are some activities to earn the Animals Try It patch.

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How to Earn the Brownie Stitch it Together Try It Badge

How to Earn the Brownie Stitch it Together Try It Badge

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Even if you do not sew curtains, clothing or pillows, learning some basic sewing techniques is a life skill.  With this in mind, I decided that the next Try It my Brownie troop would earn would be the Stitch it Together badge.

I went to Michael’s craft store and bought a bag of heart shaped large mesh needlepoints.  I also bought pink and white rainbow yarn and large needlepoint needles.  Ambitious me also bought a plain white bandana that I cut into sixteen squares (easy to do when it is folded up for you).  Along with my own buttons and thread, I was also going to teach the girls how to sew on buttons.

The cost of this craft was only a little more than one dollar per girl!

Because sewing is very new to most of my girls, I decided that this Try It would take at least two meetings to complete.  I also knew that I would need help with it.  There are eleven girls in my troop, and having only two leaders for something this hands on needed more than our four hands.

Unfortunately for me, no one was able to volunteer!  After my experience with my second grade girls,  I would strongly advise having at least four adults for this patch.  If you do not have at least that many helpers, abandon ship until you do!

We started the meeting during snack time and talked about sewing.  I asked  the girls if they had ever sewn before.  My daughter has, and some of the other girls said they did (although I did question that during our activity!).  Others confused knitting and crocheting with sewing.  We talked about what you could make with sewing skills, why you need to learn how to sew some basic things, and what careers you could have if you loved to sew.

After doing our Girl Scout opening, we sat the girls at the table and I showed the girls how to tie a bow at the end of a piece of yarn and how to thread the needle.  Threading proved to be challenging, and my co-leader and I spent most of the time helping the girls rethread their needles.

The girls found it relaxing (their words) and challenging at the same time.  Some girls just did not get it, and with only two of us, the girls did get log jammed.  After a while,  a few of the girls understood how to do the needlepoint and help the others out.

How to Earn the Brownie Stitch it Together Try It BadgePhoto from Pixabay

We never did get to the buttons!

At our next meeting, we will attempt to make Sit Upons to use for our Girl Scout faux camping trip in May.

I’ll let you know how that goes!