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?

 

Low Cost Craft Classes at Michael’s Craft Stores This February

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Whether or not you are selling cookies, at this time of year, you may be feeling a little stressed or burnt out. If you cannot get the girls outside, their natural pent up energy just bubbles over. Sometimes a change of scenery is called for.

Just in time, Michael’s Craft Stores have weekend classes that are low cost and fit right in with Daisy Scouts.

If any of these interest you, make sure you get permission slips for the girls asap. Parents should hang around since these are not long in length. Or if you just have want to get together informally, send out an email or post on your troop Shutterfly page or Facebook group page that you will be there and their daughters are welcome to attend.
Inexpensive craft classes make for great Girl Scout meetings, especially during cookie season.                                  Photo from Pixabay 

Saturday February 11-Valentine’s Make Event
Buy blank cards and the rest of the Valentine card making supplies are free.
Sunday February 12-Teen Class
Do you have Juniors working on a Sewing badge? In this class, which costs about $5.00 for materials, kids will learn how to embroider an emoji button.
Saturday February 25-Family Spring Painting Event
 
Purchase a birdhouse or clay pot and the decorating supplies are free. The birdhouse can work for the Daisy Journey!
 
You can find more classes here at Michael’s!
 

 


Building Good Relationships Within Your Girl Scout Troop-Activities to Help You Get There

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One of the most important goals a leader should have for her troop is that they all should get along and be a sister to every Girl Scout-at least during meeting times. If your girls are arguing, forming cliques and generally being unkind to each other, meetings are going to be a drag for everyone involved.

How to Build Positive Realtionships Within Your Troop (and earn petals and badges while doing it). Great for the first or second meeting of the year for all levels of scouts.

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Promoting sisterhood among the troop can be done with activities that demonstrate empathy for each other. When my girls were Juniors I did an activity at our very first meeting to demonstrate the power of words (you can read about it here).

What can Daisy and Brownie leaders do to establish positive relationships from day one? Here is a fun activity that both levels can use. Daisy Scouts can earn the yellow Daisy petal or the spring green Daisy petal at this meeting. Brownies can do this for the Making Friends badge.

Meeting Plan

You will need this book to begin your meeting after the Pledge and Promise are said. You can ask girls how it feels when their feelings get hurt.

First meeting ideas for Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts-read this bok and do the activity to build good relationships in your troop from the start.

Book Available on Amazon

The story centers around Felix, who walks around with an invisible bucket over his head. His grandfather tells him the bucket is full until someone does something unkind to him and some water drips out. Felix is unkind to his sister and he empties her bucket. Throughout his day, his bucket gets emptier and emptier as people do things to him that are unkind or ungenerous. The story ends with Felix filling up his sister’s bucket and him coming to the realization that his actions (being friendly and helpful and considerate and caring), whether intentional or unintentional, make a person feel valued or unvalued. The story come full circle.

Materials

Have the girls decorate these buckets to remind them to be kind and earn the yellow Daisy petal or the spring green Daisy petal.

Set of 12 Metal Buckets Available on Amazon

  • Small buckets with each girls name written on it or “_______’s Kindness Bucket” set on the table
  • Bouncy balls or paper clips-some kind of small object for each girl in front of the bucket.
  • Flower stickers
  • Posterboard prepped for the meeting (see directions below)
  • Paper water drops
  • Glue

During your meeting to earn the yellow or spring green Daisy petal, girls can use these stickers to decorate their buckets. They can also be used for other crafts during the year.

Foam Glitter Stickers from Amazon

Have the girls sit at the table by the bucket. Instruct them to put something in the bucket when you say something kind and take out an object when you say something unkind. (Note: Do not say anything  about a specific child, but in general. For example, “Your hair is a mess.” or “Your handwriting is sloppy.”) After this activity is over, ask the girls how it felt to have an empty bucket. Give them a few minutes to decorate their buckets with flower stickers.

Before the meeting, make a large bucket on posterboard . On top write “Troop _____ are Bucket Fillers”. On slips of paper are cut in the shape of a drop of water, have them write one nice thing they can do to fill it. If the girls are too young to write, then be the scribe and write it for them. Have them shade in the water drop with blue crayon and they can glue it around the bucket.

Send the girls home with their buckets and at the next meeting ask how they were able to fill it.

Friday Freebie-Craft Classes at Lakeshore Learning

Teachers everywhere understand the allure of a Lakeshore Learning catalog. You can keep your fancy clothes or home magazines, give an educator pictures of colorful organizers, math manipulatives and alphabet games that are ready to go and we are in heaven!

Girl Scout Meeting Idea-Free Craft Classes at Lakeshore Learning

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Lakeshore Learning also has many craft items and they love to share them via their free Saturday morning craft classes. This is a fun way to get your young troop together without having to plan anything. Just send an email to the parents and share when you will be there with your daughter and make it known that this is not a drop off event, but an informal gathering. It is perfect for summer meetings!

Here is the most recent schedule of free craft classes from Lakeshore Learning. Keep it bookmarked so you can stay informed as it is updated over the summer!

Last Girl Scout Meeting of the Year Ideas

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For many Girl Scout leaders, the end of the school year also means the end of the scouting year as well. Summer is a time for family and recharging your leadership batteries so you can begin the new school year refreshed, renewed and ready to dive back into troop activities.

The last meeting of the scouting year should be one that is memorable and something different from your typical badge work or community service meeting. If you are not bridging, then your last meeting can have a fun theme. Use some of your cookie money to make the meeting planning easier on you.

Need some ideas for your final Girl Scout meeting of the year? Here are some for you to try.

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One idea for a meeting is to have outdoor games based on the Olympics. I wrote a blog post with games to play and ideas to use on my Daisy Girl Scout blog. You can read how to have a Girl Scout Olympics meeting here. If your girls are older, you can make the games a bit more complex as their skill set is greater than a Daisy Scout.

Another fun idea for an end of year meeting is to host a tea party. Invite moms, grandmas or other women who are important to your girls to join you if you wish. Have the girls dress up extra fancy and provide each girl with her own feather boa and hat.

Host a Girl Scout tea party as one of your end of year activities,

Set of 6 Tea Party Hats and Matching Purses Available on Amazon

Serve little tea sandwiches and other fun finger foods. For craft ideas, you can read this blog post and view some activities for your girls to do.

One thing that I used to do for our final meeting was work on our Girl Scout scrapbooks. It was a no-brainer kind of meeting to plan and the girls enjoyed chatting with each other while putting their pages together and looking back at their older pages. Before we sat down to work I always brought in a special snack and we talked about the pictures that my co-leader handed out to each girl. It was like the half-year in review, since we always had a winter meeting that included scrapbooking. Special Girl Scout scrapbooking supplies are still available on Amazon.

Have you considered taking a field trip for your final gathering of the school year? It is a wonderful way to end the year and leave theme excited and wanting more in the fall.

Need more ideas for a final meeting? I wrote this blog post last year that had my top 10 last Girl Scout meeting ideas.