Girl Scout Journeys Program…What Do You Think?

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I attended a Girl Scout training session recently about being a Brownie leader (after being one for a year…it was finally offered locally). Most of it was about the changes happening on the Brownie level with the Try Its and Journeys program.

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?

Daisy to Brownie Bridging Ceremony

Hi everyone!

Since it is that time of year where girls will be bridging from Daisies to Brownies, I thought I would bring back my post about it from last year.

I also wanted to share my article about the bridging ceremony for any new readers who need help getting their’s organized.

Good luck and have fun!

Earning the Brownie Girl Scout Stitch it Together Try It, Part Two

Girl Scout Sit Upon before it was decorated.

Photo by Hannah Gold

In my last post about earning the Brownie Girl Scout Stitch it Together Try It patch, I wrote about the trials of trying to teach my troop how to sew.

Four next meeting, I had to get more help, especially since my co-leader would not be attending.  I sent out an email for volunteers, and told the moms that I would have to change my plans if no one helped.  Fortunately for me, I had two friends ready and willing to help me out.

As always, I made a sample of the craft we were doing and I had my daughter actually do it for me.  We worked out the problems (whip stitch was too fussy, running stitch worked better) and I wrote in detail with pictures about how I made the Girl Scout Sit Upon.  The cost to make this was about one dollar per Girl Scout, as I used materials from our first attempt at sewing.

The Girl Scout Sit Upon is actually a craft from the Girl Scout Ways Try It patch.  I thought it would work well for Stitch it Together Try It.

Of my eleven girls, only seven came to the meeting.  With three adults, it turned out to be very manageable.  One of my volunteers actually thought of taping the end of the thread, much like the aglet on a shoelace.

The girls enjoyed it.  At the end, they decorated them with Sharpies.

At the end of the meeting, the girls sat on the floor in a sewing circle to finish their needlepoint hearts that they started last week.  They were chatting and were sad to see the meeting end!

Overall, I am glad that I attempted the Stitch it Together Try It with my troop.

How to Earn the Brownie Girl Scout Travel Right Try It Badge

As the weather gets warmer, many Girl Scout troops will be going camping.  This is the perfect opportunity to not only earn some outdoor Try It patches, but to earn the Brownie Travel Right Try It badge.

There are some activities that the girls can do at home to earn this try it, and others that you can do at the meeting.  My article about earning the Travel Right Try It patch will give details about how you can help your girls earn this patch before your summer break.

How to Earn the Brownie Stitch it Together Try It Badge

How to Earn the Brownie Stitch it Together Try It Badge

Photo from Pixabay

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!