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Girl Scouts Leader Binder
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Brownie Quest - Discover Key
It's Your World - Change It!: A Leadership Journey Girl Scout Brownies As mentioned in a previous post, I am serving as co-leader for Brownies for the first time this year. We are a multi-level troop, so other leaders and parent helpers are working with the older girls. Our Brownies will focus on the Brownie Quest Journey and associated badge work this time around. The troop meets every other week for about an hour and a half, which includes some introductory time with the entire troop and snack time. We will lose a handful of meetings to parties, prep work for World Thinking Day, inclement weather, etc. So, that's not a whole lot of time to get things done. My goal is to creatively cram as much fun and badge work into those days as humanly possible. Every now and again, I will squeeze in bits and pieces from Legacy badge work as well. If all goes as planned, the troop should be able to earn their Brownie Quest Journey, My Family Story, My Best Self, Home Scientist and Bugs badges this year. Hopefully, we'll find time for Money Manager and Meet My Customers too. Eek, that's a lot! We'll see how it goes. Quick note related to the Discover Key, which is what this post is really all about. I made an executive decision to switch the order of Steps 1 and 2 in case we ran over into snack time a bit. Our chosen activities just fit better in my mind that way. Also, I typed out and adapted various parts of the script in the Brownie Quest How To Guide, which I read as we progressed through our meeting. Although Tessa and I will likely read the story from the Brownie Quest girls' book at home, we will not read it as a troop due to time constraints. I may use a piece from it here and there, but I have opted not to purchase copies of the book for the girls. My apologies for not posting any photos from our actual meeting. There just wasn't any way for me to snap any while conducting the meeting. I took our camera and meant to have my husband take some, but I totally forgot to have him do so. Maybe next time... Brownie Quest - Discover Key To find the Discover Key, Brownies discover their special qualities and talents, the values of the Girl Scout Law, and the special qualities and values of their families. Meeting 1 Sang the Brownie Smile Song. We will begin the Brownie portion of each meeting with the Brownie Smile Song during the first half of the year. After that, we will switch to the Brownie Hiking Song. Doing so will nearly fulfill Girl Scout Way, Step 1. I downloaded the Brownie Smile Song audio file from Girl Scouts University Song Leading Mini-Workshop and then played it during the meeting as the girls and I sang along. I also created my own lyrics sheet to match the audio file, which uses a slightly different version of the Brownie Smile Song than the lyrics sheet provided by the workshop. I posted the lyrics sheet on a portable magnetic dry erase board at the meeting as a visual aid to help the girls follow along and learn the song. Searched to discover the values of the Girl Scout Law with a scavenger hunt. - Discover Key, Step 2 completed! Our scavenger hunt was very similar to what is suggested in the Brownie Quest How To Guide. I took the activity one step further by having the girls assemble a set of paper keys with the lines of the Girl Scout Law printed on them. The completed key ring doubles as a set of flash cards to help the girls learn the Girl Scout Law at home. I promised a I Know the Scout Law Fun Patch to any girl who can memorize and recite the Law to me without mistakes. For the discover the values of the Girl Scout Law scavenger hunt, I created bright orange packets of paper keys with lines of the Girl Scout Law printed on them that I hid in plain sight around our meeting space. After going ELF, each pair of girls brought back two packets...one for each girl. At my command, they dumped them onto the floor and guessed what the clues added up to. After correctly guessing the Girl Scout Law, we stacked the keys in the correct order. Finally, the girls added paper "Girl Scout Law" key fobs and fashioned key rings out of pipe cleaners (that I previously had cut in half). Completed Girl Scout Law key rings double as flashcards to help the girls learn the Law at home. These must be printed on heavyweight card stock for durability. I used Staples® Brights, 65lb. Colored Paper in assorted colors. Leaders, please note that this activity is not for the faint of heart or cutting challenged. You must cut out eleven keys, plus the heart for each girl! Discovered the girls' special talents and qualities by creating personalized I Spy jars. - Discover Key, Step 1 completed! (This also fulfills Senses, Step 1.) I actually designed Find Out About... Cootie Catcher, which I based on the "Discovering Me" star from the Brownie Quest girls' book, over the summer to fulfill this step of the Journey. While I still think it's a good activity, one my daughter was excited about, the amount of writing it requires nagged at me. Our troop is primarily composed of new second graders who are still learning to spell and develop their writing stamina. I ended up changing my mind a couple of weeks ago. Instead, we made personalized I Spy jars! I had long planned I Spy bottles for the first part of the Senses badge, so I was thrilled when the little light bulb in my head finally clicked on to show me that I could combine both the Senses and Discover Key steps. After a couple of brainstorming sessions with my friends at Pinterest, I decided to design a card with a checklist to make this idea work. The I Spy jars took a lot of preparation on my part, but the girls absolutely loved them. Most of the what-nots I already had in my craft closet, so the jars were cost-efficient for us. If everything had to be purchased new, it could get pretty pricey. Luckily, I've been saving recyclables for over a year and had just enough empty Peter Pan Peanut Butter jars for the troop. Note: The I Spy checklist must be printed on heavyweight cardstock. It also must be sent through your printer twice for front-to-back printing. (I have a duplex printer, but I couldn't get the cards to print correctly no matter what I did. Hopefully, others will have better luck.) Make sure you do some testing on scrap paper, as printers can be finicky. Be sure your paper is stacked neatly after every page or you may end up cutting the margins a little close on some of cards. I actually printed extra and picked the best ones for the girls to use with their jars. The girls in our troop had a blast making personalized I Spy jars to discover their special talents and qualities. I prepared a couple of batches of colored rice and pre-measured it into zipper bags ahead of time. I also cut a funnel from an empty half-gallon milk jug that worked perfectly for pouring rice into the jars. A parent helper hot glued the jars shut during the meeting. Rubber bands were used to attach the removable checklist to the jar. Handed out Discovering Family bag to be completed at home and returned at the next troop meeting. I felt Discover Key, Step 3 a good place to transition to My Family Story associated badgework, so that's what we will mostly be working on during the next two meetings. I also handed out family recipe cards to be brought back the same day. The Discovering Family bag activity will fulfill the final Discover Key step as well as My Family Story, Step 1. The family recipes cards will fulfill My Family Story, Step 2. Quick note: I realized when cutting out the aforementioned completed recipe cards that I messed up when designing them. Some are not correctly sized. And, they are just a funky size, in general. You might be better off searching for free recipe card printables on Pinterest. I'll try to fix this as soon as I can. I created a sample Discovering Family bag for Brownie Elf to give the girls and their parents an idea of what a completed bag should look like. The girls will have fun guessing what Girl Scout Law value their fellow troopmate's families chose at the next meeting. Brownie Elf's family picked "be a sister to every Girl Scout," so she put a paper doll chain, a trefoil and a Girl Scout fun patch in her bag as clues. Her family considers friends to be family. Brownie Elf wants the girls in her troop to feel like family. Meeting 2 (Scheduled for mid-October, 2014.) Share Discovering Family bags. - Discover Key to be earned!
Free Girl Scouts' Kaper Chart and Bookmark
Over the last few months my good friend and I began the process of starting up a Girl Scout Daisy Troop. I've made a few things for the group, and I thought others might appreciate having the printables. This doesn't mean that I will be blogging regularly about Girl Scouts--I probably won't. I hope someone finds these printables useful though! One of the Girl Scouts Traditions is a Kaper chart, which is basically a chore chart of sorts. We had the girls pick a "version" of theirselves and color them in. (If you want the images, just right click them and save them to your computer to print out.) Then, after the girls colored them in, I cut them out and laminated them. Then I hot glued the girls onto clothespins, which I attached to this chore chart. I wrote the girls' names on the backs of the clothespins so that it would be easier for me to see who was responsible for what chore. I also made bookmarks for the girls so that they can practice the Girl Scout Law at home. You can download the JPG version of the bookmark here. Anyway, I'm excited to be getting started. We have a great group of girls, and I looking forward to all of the adventures that we'll be having this year. If you are a girl scout "newbie" like me, welcome! Best of luck getting your troop started! If you liked this post, you might like some of my other girl scout posts: Daisy Girl Scout Paper Dolls: Courageous and Strong Petal Activities I did this STEM themed meeting for Girl Scouts:
Scout Crafts for your Troop
Scout Crafts for your Troop - get 30 quick and easy ideas that your troop will love! These can also be used to keep the kids entertained! #kidscrafts
What to do at your first Girl Scout Daisy meeting
After tagging along to all her older sister's Girl Scout meetings and field trips, my kindergartner is finally a Daisy scout. She's so excited. Since I already lead an older girl troop, I figured I might as well lead the Daisies, too. I kind of have an idea of the things that work now and the things to skip or tweak, so hopefully this time around will be even better than the first. Poor older kids, having to be my guinea pigs until I get things figured out. And because I know how hard it is to come up with ideas for meetings, I thought it might be helpful to share what we did at our first meeting with you!
Girl Scout Law Printable Board Game - Free Download
Does your troop need to learn the Girl Scout Law? Here is a free printable download to help them learn the 10 parts of the law.
Brownie Girl Scout Badge Award Tracker Checklist ***NEW 2021 BADGES ADDED*** Chart Fillable Edit Printable pdf Download
Brownie Girl Scout badge and award tracker. INCLUDES NEW 2021-2022 BADGES
Digitally check off badge requirements as girls complete them. Also digitally add the dates completed.
**Only name, dates, and check boxes are editable**
***FONT SIZE & STYLE ARE NOT EDITABLE***
You will receive one PDF file to download. Designed to fit 8.5" x 11" paper once printed.
Can be used year after year.
This file is for personal and troop use only.
Make Easy Girl Scout Cookie Booth Banners
Faith and I love crafting for our Girl Scout Cookie booths and this banner is no exception! In the past, we have made displays, bookmarks, ...