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Do you need a few ideas to help get your Girl Scout year going? Want help planning what to do next? Just need a simple craft? Then this is the place for you! Check out our collection of helpful and fun ideas to get you through your Girl Scout year.
Quick start for troop volunteers
Girl Scouts of the USA has identified 10 essential elements for creating a high-quality and fun-filled experience for girls. Here is a great online toolkit for Daisy, Brownie and Junior level Girl Scouts.
My Girl Scout Calendar
Need help setting up your Girl Scout calendar? This resource will walk you through scheduling your meetings, events, ceremonies, the cookie sale and trips. Keep yourself organized and share with parents so they can help their daughters be prepared.
Tales of a First-Time Volunteer: The Troop Leader Project
Join the journey with Mary McLean-Hely, a Senior Learning Consultant at GSUSA and rookie troop leader as she blogs about her experiences as a first-time volunteer.
Girl Scout Research Institute e-newletter
Sign up for this quarterly e-newsletter giving you everything you need to know about issues facing 5-17 year old girls. The current topic is all about bullying, a serious issue all children are facing.
It is so important to have Science, Technology, Engineering and Math be a part of a young girl's life. Here are some resources to give you some guidance.
Check out these fun activities!
What is more fun than watching girls just be girls? Here are some fun activities all Girl Scouts will love:
Don't forget to follow us on Pinterest to find everything Girl Scouty! We love to pin so you can have new, fun ideas!
Take a walk down cookie memory lane with cookies by the decade and check out fun cookie facts on the Little Brownie Baker web site.
February 22 is World Thinking Day: Together we can save children's lives.
The World Thinking Day Award is now an OFFICIAL Award. GSUSA has great ideas for activities at every Girl Scout level to earn the award.
2013 Girl Scout Week is Sunday, March 10-Saturday, March 16.
Girl Scout week is a time to look back on what you have done over the winter and plan what you would like to do in the coming months. Here is a guide to planning your Girl Scout Week.
GIRL SCOUT Sunday (or Sabbath): plan to demonstrate your understanding of the first part of The Promise... duty to God
Monday: Homemaking Day; teach a homemaking skill to a younger girl.
Tuesday: Citizenship Day
Wednesday: Health and Safety Day
Thursday: International Friendship Day
Friday: The Arts Day
Saturday: Out-of-Doors Day
Earth Day is April 22
Celebrate Earth Day by starting a green project. Check out Girl Scouts Forever Green for national statistics on how Girl Scouts are already making a difference. Plus, get great ideas and tools for making an impact on your own community.
Bridging and end of the year ceremony
Celebrate girl's accomplishments with a bridging or end of the year ceremony. Honor the Girl Scouts who are graduating by helping pay for their lifetime membership.
Tips for Holding Ceremonies from GSUSA
- Devote sufficient time to planning the ceremony. Good ceremonies have a clear purpose and enrich the meaning and mood of the ceremony.
- Use Journey adult guides and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting to help girls plan their ceremonies.
- Take safety precautions when using candles or fires, or when the girls construct bridges or platforms. Refer to Volunteer Essentials and the Safety Activity Checkpoints for specific advice.
- Add personal elements to traditional ceremonies. Use favorite poems, songs, stories, and sayings, or have the girls write something new.
- Consider the role of colors and symbols that the girls might use in their ceremony.
- Observe flag etiquette when the girls hold flag ceremonies.
Don't forget to submit your end of the year paperwork. Find all the forms you need for this and for the exciting trips the girls have planned in the GSWPA Resources.
Learn about ceremonies in honor of Flag Day and Memorial Day
Give girls a sense of pride! GSUSA can help you navigate a flag ceremony. See when and where it is appropriate, guidelines, terms, commands and how to handle the American Flag.
Need some fun summertime recipes?
Chocolate Covered Ants
1 stick of butter
3 T baker’s chocolate melted
½ c milk
2 c sugar
1 t vanilla
3 c oatmeal
Combine butter, chocolate milk and sugar. Then add vanilla. Add the oatmeal and then drop them on sheets of wax paper!
2 c Sugar
2 qts Water
2 envelopes of Lime Drink Mix
1 can Pineapple Juice
1 qt Ginger Ale
Stir together sugar and 2 quarts of water until sugar is dissolved. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Chill.
Variation: Freeze gummy worms and raisins in a bundt pan with fill it with water ¼ of the way, then you’ll actually have bugs floating in your punch!