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It is that time of year again when the Girl Scout Facebook groups that I belong to start to fill up with discussions about the upcoming holiday season. Last year, in this blog post, I wrote about how I felt about the whole situation. As a woman who has spent her life in the minority, it really touched a nerve when I read the postings of fellow Girl Scout leaders. In a movement where three of the first leaders were Jewish, where troops for African Americans, Native Americans and the disabled (back in 1936) were created, the inclusiveness that our founder, Juliette Gordon Lowe, strived for, goes off the deep end.
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Girl Scouts needs to be inclusive 365 days a year. Your girls will be fine doing service projects, making gifts for their families, and celebrating the new winter season. Celebrating one holiday and leaving girls out who do not share in those beliefs is not the Girl Scout way.
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If you are planning a winter themed party, you can read how I made a marshmallow igloo with my son’s class several years ago. This will require a few extra hands for the younger girls, and of course, some extra marshmallows for snacking!
You can plan a New Year’s Eve party at your meeting. That would be fun for the girls to do with each other!
500 Piece Winter Foam Shapes from Amazon
You can make cards for friends and family, decorate gift bags, mason jars and gift boxes with these winter themed shapes that are so easy to use. You can also adhere these to foam picture frames. Below are snowflake shapes that can also be used for crafts.
400 Pieces of Snowflake Foam Stickers from Amazon
Making snowman charm bracelets is a fun activity and can be a gift for the girls to give someone or just to make for themselves!
Snowman Charm Bracelet Craft Kit from Amazon-12 Count
Here are some other craft kits to make your party planning go easier.
What are you planning for your winter party?