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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!
Back to Basics!
Do you need some help getting started this year? Here are some tips for using the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors and Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors . You can also see what girls do in Girl Scouting with some program basics.
Are parents asking for how to get their daughters uniforms ready?
Girl Scouts at each level have one required element (tunic, sash, or vest), for the display of official pins and awards, that will be required when girls participate in ceremonies or officially represent Girl Scouting.
For girls ages 5 to 14, the unifying look includes wearing a choice of a tunic, vest, or sash for displaying official pins and awards, combined with their own solid white shirts and khaki pants or skirts. Girl Scouts in high school can also wear a scarf that ties their look to the sisterhood of Girl Scouts around the world.
For adult members, the unifying look of the uniform is a Girl Scout official scarf, or tie for men, worn with official membership pins, combined with their own navy blue business attire. Girl Scouts at the Daisy and Brownie levels have a full uniform ensemble available.
Check out these charts so you know exactly where the official pins and awards are placed.
Can you use some templates for ice breaker activities for Daisy, Brownie and Junior girls? These activities are fun and are great ways to show girls how Journeys are all about having fun while learning.
The Daisy masks introduce them to some of the characters they will meet in the 3 Cheers for Animals! Journey. The Brownie Family Star activity reminds girls of the Girl Scout Law and how those qualities are expressed within their own families. The Brownie Key name tag helps girls learn more about others in their troop. Junior girls can investigate and share how they can be and have been Agent’s of Change with the Agent of Change trading cards.
An investiture Ceremony welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Girl Scout Brownie, or Girl Scout Daisy pin at this time. Your ceremony can be casual or more formal. Consider including a flag ceremony and/or a candle light ceremony.
This is also a great time for girls that are already invested in Girl Scouting to reaffirm their belief in the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
The girl or adult being invested will:
- Say the Girl Scout Promise.
- Receive her membership pin.
- Be welcomed to Girl Scouting.
The promise can be recited individually or as a group. Here are ideas to help you make the girls investiture ceremony unique.
Fun activities, games and printable pdf's are just a click away. Choose the age level you are interested in for an easy start to your Girl Scout year!
The holidays are the perfect time to show girls how important it is to give back to their communities. Here are a few ideas for how girls of all ages can contribute to helping others. Let the girls choose something that will be interesting to them and make them feel like they have made a difference.
- Go to a nursing home and sing for the residents.
- Organize a clean-up day at a local park, playground, or school.
- Sew or knit hats for the homeless.
- Organize a canned food drive or a pet supply drive.
- Work with an organization serving people with disabilities.
- Help out at a veterinary clinic, animal shelter or SPCA.
Our pinterest board Volunteers has more ideas to volunteer.
Need some tips on how the girls can have fun with a purpose? Check out the three processes for Girl Scout volunteers video!