Community Service idea for girls – Tons of ideas at www.boxproject.org – create Birthday boxes, Kids Dress-up boxes, or Hygiene boxes to provde for those in need. You can find suggestions for a box project at ttp://www.boxproject.org/boxsuggestions.pdf.
Older Girl Scouts from Haverim Service Unit are hosting a 100th Anniversary Sing-Along at the Bremen Museum in Atlanta.
Come celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday and kick off the 100th year of Girl Scouting with a Sing-Along at the Bremen Museum. There will be opportunities to work on Girl Scout awards and religious recognitions (medals) too. The cost is $5.00 per person, which includes a patch, refreshments, a tour of the Bremen Museum, and a donation to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.
Space is limited – please register by September 18th. Contact your Service Unit Directors for more information or to sign up.
Start your new year with some new Girl Scout skills! Has your troop bridged to a new program level? Ready to take your girls tent camping? Are you looking for some new games to bring to your troop? or have you always wanted to know how to use a dutch oven? The Grow Your Knowledge Training Weekend is a partnership between the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia to bring a weekend full of leadership basics and fun enrichment classes to leaders in north Georgia. Come for just a class or two or stay for the whole weekend. New leaders are welcome and many classes are open to Girl Scout Seniors and Girl Scout Ambassadors.
Check out the Grow Your Knowledge website for details!
Here is a great craft I came across (http://www.epilogsys.com/scoutingweb/SubPages/LeadTroopDaughter.htm). It is meant to be created by a leader and given to her/his daughter to remind them of how special they are. – Lee
Basket – because you carried more than your share into and out of meetings and events
Bumble Bee – Thanks for always “bee-ing” there to help
Egg – because you’re a good egg, not cracking under pressure
Candle – you’re the light of my life
Hugs & Kisses – to remind you that you’re appreciated
Starburst – for a burst of energy on the days you have a lot to carry home from meetings
Gum –to stick with Girl Scouts
Penny –you’re valuable and special to me
Smiley stickers –we both need to stick together and help each other, smiles are contagious
Heart – I LOVE YOU
Confetti – to celebrate joys, which I will always share and you’re the joy of Girl Scouts for me
Pen & Paper – what you have to share with me is important…even if you need to write it down
Balloon – to lift your spirits when it’s tough sharing mom with everyone else
Key – to remember the “key” to Girl Scouting
Snowflake – you are wonderful and unique
TOP TEN PIECES OF ADVICE FROM A SEASONED LEADER
10. There is not just one way of doing things. Your way is just great. There are no Girl Scout Police. You don’t need to be a great outdoors-woman or a life-long Girl Scout to be an effective Girl Scout Leader. (But if you know somebody like that, don’t forget to use their expertise to help you along the way!)
9. Being a Girl Scout Leader is not a competitive sport. If you hear of something neat that another troop is doing, the appropriate response is not to feel inferior. It is to think of all the great things your troop is doing, too, and to file that great idea away because maybe you’d like to borrow it for your troop.
8. Network. One part of the Girl Scout Law is to use resources wisely. Don’t re-invent the wheel! Talk to other leaders, as well as people involved in other youth organizations and get ideas. Don’t hesitate to call team members for advice.
7. Work together, and maybe even plan some joint activities with other troops. Invite some girls from older troops to come help you, especially troops that are getting ready to bridge to the next level.
6. Remember that all those Girl Scout rules and regulations are there to help and protect you, not to be punitive or restrictive. Those rules, along with a little common sense, will keep you out of hot water.
5. Get the girls to be as self-sufficient as possible. Don’t do something for them that they could do themselves, even if it takes a little longer for them to do it. Don’t automatically jump in and fix everything right away. Ultimately, this will be better for them and better for you. This is an investment you’ll make in the earlier years. Some day, you’ll sit in a lawn chair while they serve you. I promise.
4. Take the training courses that are offered to you. It’s hard to commit to yet another night out, but you’ll get some great ideas and meet some really nifty people. In the long run, it’ll be a time saver.
3. Attend Leader meetings. Same reasoning as the last one.
2. Delegate. Let the other parents in the troop know that everyone should have a part in the troop. There are lots of jobs to be done, large and small, and to fit every time schedule. Make it clear that you are not baby-sitting.
1. Have fun! Being a Girl Scout Leader is one of the best things you’ll ever do for yourself, your daughter, and all of those other girls in the troop. It’s not brain surgery or rocket science, but it’s just as worthwhile and important.
Shari Teresi [firstname.lastname@example.org]
There are several Girl Scout Badges about creating art – whether it be 3-D, paper, or shapes. Making your very own paper robot (or other critter such as a daisy or bunny) can be a fun way for girls to explore math in a practical way while being creative. Below is a link to download a paper toy robot, and here is a link to many other types of paper toys to explore.