Activities for Girl Scout Week 2016

It seems that during our busy cookie season, leaders also have two important Girl Scout holidays to celebrate as well. After World Thinking Day on February 22nd, there is Girl Scout Week. This year, Girl Scout Week 2016 is March 6-March 12th.

In this blog post you will find a list of resources to use for planning your Girl Scout Week activities. These resources are for all levels of scouts.

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Background and the history of Girl Scout week can be found on this blog post from last year (all links have been checked and they work). This week is all about service to the community-what the troop has done and what else they can do to make the world a better place.

My Service Unit asks leaders to hand in lists of girls who are in scouts to hand in to each elementary and middle school, and their names are read during morning announcements (girls can opt out if they want to). I am pleased that my daughter and her friends still want their names to be shared. They are not embarrassed about being Girl Scouts. In fact, there is another very active Cadette troop in our Council and many of those girls attend the same middle school as my daughter. It is a nice thing to see!

Our local Council also typically has a fun roller skating night at a local rink for all girls during Girl Scout Week. It is a time to come together and it permits the younger girls to see the older girls having fun as a scout. Our troop will be attending this celebration once again.

I have found more resources for leaders to use for Girl Scout Week 2016. Ignore the dates on the documents-they have nothing to do with the actual celebration itself. Start planning now so you won’t be trying to do everything last minute!

Girl Scout Week Activity Chart With Blank Spaces

There is a space for girls to write what they did for each activity.

5 Simple Activities

Have the girls do these to show their Girl Scout spirit!

Each day of the week has 10 different activities that your girls can do. There is something for everyone!

Girl Scout of the Florida Panhandle

This document from 2015 lists things Girl Scouts did Then and Now for Girl Scout Week. This would make an interesting springboard for a discussion for older girls on how the celebration has evolved over the years.

Girl Scout of the Sierra Nevada

This is their 2016 list of activities.

Girl Scouts of Nassau County

I have always been a fan of this Council’ website. They have many ideas and downloadable documents for you to use this year.

Daisy Activities

Resources for younger scouts.

What activities will your troop be doing for Girl Scout Week 2016?

Activities for Girl Scout Week 2015

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The Girl Scouts of the USA is based on the Girl Guides that were in England at that time, a scouting activity for girls. After living in England for many years and trying to find a purpose in her life after the death of her husband, she helped in the Girl Guide organization and was encouraged by it’s founders to give it a go in the United States.

The only rule for Girl Scout Week is that it must fall during the period of March 12th. Otherwise, leaders are free to have their girls do whatever they want to celebrate.

Many churches and synagogues around the country hold a special service to honor Girl Scouts. The girls can earn a Sabbath or Shabbat patch for attending. It is also a time that the girls in a troop can share their faith with their sister scouts if they desire.

One way my troop shows it’s Girl Scout pride is to wear their vests to school for the entire week. We always offer our services to the teachers and staff at our school. Fortunately for us, our principal was a Girl Scout until she graduated high school and earned every award offered, so she is very supportive of our efforts in making the world a better place!

In March of 2012, for the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, we had a successful canned food drive in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts and collected over 2,000 cans and boxes of food for a local food pantry.

There is no shortage of ideas for you to use to celebrate Girl Scout Week with your troop. The only thing you need to do is plan ahead!

Why Should You Participate in Girl Scout Week?

My local Service Team has made a concerted effort over the past few years to get our Council’s Girl Scout troops involved in this celebration. Troops can choose to participate, and most do. Each troop makes a poster about why being a Girl Scout is a great thing. My troop has made posters that feature them on various trips and doing different activities.

In class, girl who want to share what their favorite part of scouting is.Since we do not sell cookies, the children in my troop share other things, like the service projects we do, the trips we have been on and the badges that we have earned.

Read About Juliette Gordon Low – A Biography for Younger Girls

Use sections of this children's biography of Juliette Gordon Low to teach young girls about the founder of the Girl Scouts.
Child’s biography from Amazon

Girl Scout Week is all about celebrating the founding of the Girl Scouts of America in 1912.  Without Juliette Gordon Low, there would be no Girl Scout organization!  This book has many photographs of  “Daisy” when she was a young girl, and can open up a great discussion about how girlhood was different back in the 1860’s.   It does not go into detail about her marital problems, just that her husband died.  Simple, easy to read and perfect for younger Girl Scouts!

Recognizing that we are a special group of girls with a common bond is one reason to celebrate. There are activities each child can do to highlight the importance of scouting and how it helps their local and global community.

Activities for Celebrating Girl Scout Week

There are scores of wonderful activities for all levels of Girl Scouts to do in celebration of this special week.

Week Long Chart of Activities

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois have a downloadable chart for you to send home with your girls. If the girls complete one activity a day, they can earn the Girl Scout Week patch.

Activities for Brownies and Juniors

The Girl Scout of Rhode Island have a list of activities that they created in honor the the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts last year. They still apply for this year!

Scouting Web

This is a chart of daily activities for girls to try.

Planning Our Girl Scout Week 2013 Activities

Last year, my girls were very excited about Girl Scout Week, especially my daughter.  She wore her vest to school each and every day!

This year, a wonderful volunteer from among our leaders has been busy coordinating activities so that every Girl Scout in our township will be recognized in her school.  She has been in contact with every principal in our district’s elementary and middle schools.  Lucky for us, our principal was a Girl Scout all through high school and earned her go Gold Award.  She helped us with our canned food drive that we did in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts/Girl Scout Week celebration.

Girl Scout Community Service Project-Canned Food Drive

Photo by Hannah Gold

At our last leader meeting, we were given a sheet where we are to list the names of the girls, their grade, and their school.  They will be read during morning announcements.  Before handing in the list, we had to ask the girl’s permission for their name to be used, as older girls may be embarrassed.

All of my girls want their names read!

I was planning to do the Dance badge, but will put that on hold.  We have to make a poster that will be hung in our school during Girl Scout Week, and it is due March 4th.

That got me thinking…nine girls, one piece of oaktag…that is not going to work for a 90 minute meeting!

With such short notice, I needed to think fast.  Stations always work well when you have several goals to accomplish.  I decided that two of the three stations will be community service oriented.

Our first station will be the poster.  The second station will be making pictures for Color A Smile.  Making pictures does not require much supervision with fourth graders.


Photo from Pixabay

The third station is for cutting coupons for the military.  They do not get the Sunday inserts and they need to save money just like we do.  I emailed the parents to save their inserts and to get some from family, friends and neighbors.  Again, this requires some simple directions and very little hands on supervision.  Fourth grade girls can handle scissors and cutting.

I also will be handing out this Girl Scout Week activity sheet for the girls to complete.  They get a patch when they hand it in to me.

What will you be doing for Girl Scout Week?