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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.
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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.
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.