Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 1 of 24 GIRL SCOUT TROOP 680 TROOP HANDBOOK Welcome to Girl Scout Troop 680! This handbook is provided to help girls and their families become acquainted with the activities and opportunities provided by the Troop. Please review the information in this handbook. Troop members should keep this handbook available for use and reference during participation in Troop 680. Please call 2005-2006 Troop Leader Bob Gale at 528-4696 or Assistant Troop Leader Judy Cross at 674-0153 if you have questions. Contents: An Introduction to Girl Scout Troop 680 Troop 680 Organization Programs, Meetings and Events Troop Activities 101 Patrol Meeting Ideas Outings Funding & Cookies Girl Scout Books & Girl Scout Store Location Badges Troop 680 Literature Award Troop 680 Jeffrey Grose Community Service Award Troop 680 Michael Romoser Spirit Award Uniforms Flag Ceremony Troop Songs Troop Leadership Registration Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 2 of 24 An Introduction to Girl Scout Troop 680 Girl Scout Troop 680 was established to provide girls and their fathers an opportunity to participate together in scouting activities on a weekly basis. This is a “Junior” Troop open to girls in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade. Prior experience as a Brownie or Girl Scout is not required. Girls from all schools are invited. Troop 680 recognizes some fathers may not be able to participate. In these cases, mothers or other adult sponsors are invited and encouraged to join. Troop 680 meets from September to early June, except during school vacation periods. Meetings begin in September and are held Tuesday evenings, generally at Bryant Elementary School. Parent participation is required and is important to the success of the Troop. Weekly programs are designed to be educational, interesting and fun for the girl scouts, parents and other adult sponsors. Three overnight camping trips are held during the year. These outings include camping in tents and cabins at locations in the Puget Sound area. Girls in Troop 680 have many opportunities to explore new worlds and learn new skills through Girl Scout badges. Badges and other awards are presented at Court of Award ceremonies held during the year. Families and friends are invited and encouraged to attend Court of Award ceremonies to recognize the girls’ achievements. Girls also have an opportunity to earn awards unique to Troop 680. Literature awards may be earned by reading books and reviewing them with a local librarian. The Jeffrey Grose Community Service Award, named after the Troop’s Founder, is offered to encourage and acknowledge volunteer work in the community. In 2003 the Troop 680 Spirit Award was introduced to honor a select few girls each year who best exemplify the values and spirit of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Girl Scout Troop 680 is a large, active Troop but the size of the Troop is strictly limited. Positions are filled on a first come basis. Girls, fathers and other adult sponsors are required to register with Girl Scouts USA for participation. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 3 of 24 Troop 680 Organization In 1929 Howard Krippner established a father and son program at Bryant Elementary School in northeast Seattle. From these meetings evolved Cub Scout Pack 144. Pack 144 has met continuously since then and is one of the oldest Cub Scout Packs in the United States. In 1999 Jeffrey and Michele Grose established Girl Scout Troop 680 in a similar spirit. Meetings and other activities are held weekly, except during school vacation periods, with fathers attending and participating along with their daughters. If a father is not able to participate, mothers or other adult sponsors are invited and encouraged to join. Parent participation is required and is important to the success of the Troop. Troop programs and activities are designed to be interesting, educational and fun for everyone attending. Troop 680 meets weekly, usually on Tuesday evenings. Generally, three Troop meetings are held each month with most meetings at Bryant Elementary School located in northeast Seattle. A fourth meeting of smaller Patrol groups is held each month at a location and time decided upon by the Patrol. Troop meetings generally last one hour. At times, Troop and Patrol meetings will involve activities, tours, trips and outings at locations other than Bryant Elementary School. Troop Founders Jeffrey, Michele, & Madeline Grose, 2002 Three overnight camping trips are held each year. These outings are held in the fall, winter and spring with camping done in tents and cabins at locations in the Puget Sound area. Troop 680 recognizes that fathers and other adult sponsors may not be able to attend all meetings. If a father or adult sponsor is not able to attend a meeting, girl scouts are still encouraged to attend and participate. Active participation of adult sponsors is an important aspect of Troop 680. This participation provides a unique opportunity for a parent to enjoy scouting activities with a daughter. It also provides an opportunity for adults to help out and contribute to the success of the Troop. Our children grow up fast. Being involved in scouting together is a special opportunity that will soon pass. The Word is Out Troop 680 has a reputation for being well organized, having great programs and outings, and for supporting the girls as they have fun and learn to “do it themselves” while emphasizing the values and spirit of the Girl Scout Law and Promise. The fine reputation of our father-daughter Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 4 of 24 Troop that sells a lot of cookies is known throughout Totem Council as evidenced by the following feature article published in the Council’s newsletter, Connections: Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 5 of 24 Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 6 of 24 Programs, Meetings and Events Troop Meetings: Girl Scout Troop 680 includes all girl scouts, fathers and other adult sponsors. Everyone participates in Troop meetings, which are held Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM and usually last an hour. Most Troop meetings are held at Bryant Elementary School located at 3311 Northeast 60th Street in Seattle. Three Troop meetings are usually held a month and are led by the Troop Leader or Assistant Troop Leader. Girl Scouts assist in planning and helping with the programs. The programs conducted at Troop meetings are designed to explore new activities, teach skills, share talent and have fun. At times, Troop meetings will be held at other locations such as museums, nature areas, recreation facilities and spectator events. Patrol Meetings: Troop 680 utilizes a Patrol system that divides the Girl Scouts into small groups of six to ten girls. A Patrol meeting is usually held each month at a location and time decided upon by the Patrol, often in a girl’s home. The length of Patrol meetings will vary depending on the activities involved. Fathers and other adult sponsors are invited to attend Patrol meetings along with the girl scouts. A Patrol Parent is designated for each Patrol to assist with Patrol activities. The Girl Scouts play an important role in planning and organizing Patrol meetings. The goals of the Girl Scout Program include sound decision-making, working with others, and building self-confidence and leadership skills. Patrol meetings and Patrol activities provide an excellent opportunity for the Girl Scouts to learn and practice these skills. A list titled “101 Patrol Meeting Ideas” is included in the following section of this Handbook to assist in identifying Patrol meeting opportunities. Parent Meetings: An important parent / orientation meeting is held in late August or early September prior to the first Troop meeting to review Troop business, activities and fees, and to select adults to assist with Troop activities. Attendance by fathers and other adult sponsors is expected and is important to the success of the Troop. Additional parent meetings are not usually necessary but may be held if needed to address troop business. Troop 680 strives to conduct parent meetings in an organized and efficient manner. Special Events: Special events are held during the year as part of the Troop meetings. Court of Award ceremonies are held three to four times a year to present awards and badges to the Girl Scouts and to recognize their achievements. Families are invited to all Court of Award Ceremonies as well as to the Parade of Costumes, Family Swim Night & Pizza Party, Talent Night, Bingo Night, and Spring Picnic. Each year the Troop participates in a service project to help improve and contribute to our community. Additional special events are planned each year to provide a variety of interesting, educational and fun activities for everyone involved in the Troop. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 7 of 24 Troop Activities The following events, programs and outings are examples of past Troop 680 activities: Traditional Troop Programs: Troop 680 Slide Show Special Guest Night Campout Planning Community Service Project Science / Technology Program Gift Making Art Program Cookie Sale Kick Off Health / Fitness Program Troop Photo Night Animal Program Bingo Night Music Program End-of-the-Year Planning Meeting Other Troop Programs: Home Improvement Night Bicycle Rodeo Plaster Cast Mask Making Frisbee Golf Troop Video Show Co-op Games Troop Photography Show Safeco Field Tour Tie Dye Night Swing Dancing Ice Cream Making Western Dance Arts and Crafts Show Rubber Band Powered Airplanes Jewelry Box Project Bird House Project Bowling Pizza Party and Troop Carnival Big Hair Night Meeting with Astronaut Sally Ride Earning Badges Dinosaur Science Experience Family Events: Parade of Costumes Spring Picnic Court of Awards Ceremonies Ice Skating / Roller Blading Talent Show Family Swim at Meadowbrook Pool UW Women’s Gymnastics Meet UW Women’s Basketball Game Special Guests: Female FBI Agents Female Firefighters Female Police Officers Female Seattle Times Photographer Female Zoo Specialist Female WA State Supreme Court Justice UW Women’s Soccer Team UW Women’s Softball Team Campout Locations: Camp Gallagher (South Puget Sound) Mountaineers Lodge (Snoqualmie Pass) Cornet Bay Environmental Learning Center (Whidbey Island) Buck Creek Camp (near Mt. Rainier) Manchester State Park (North Puget Sound) South Whidbey State Park Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 8 of 24 101 PATROL MEETING IDEAS 1. Airplanes: Make rubber band-powered airplanes. Many kits available. Test airplanes in a gymnasium for the longest flight time. 2. Art: Work together as a Patrol to earn one of the 22 art badges identified in the Badge and Signs Handbook. 3. Arboretum Tour: Take free-guided winter walk at the Washington Arboretum Park. 4. Astronomy: Join the Seattle Astronomical Society for monthly astronomy viewing at Greenlake. 5. Baby-sitting: Attend baby-sitting class at Children’s Medical Center to learn excellent child care skills. 6. Badges: Work as a Patrol to earn badges. Refer to the Junior Girl Scout Handbook and the Badgebook for 104 badge opportunities. 7. Beach Comb: Comb beaches at low tide. Alki, Shilshoe, Carkeek and Discovery Parks have nice beach access. 8. Bellevue Parks Nature Walk: Take free-guided walk through Lake Hills Greenbelt or Mercer Slough Nature Park. 9. Bicycling: Ride along Burke Gilman Trail or explore Magnuson Park. 10. Bird Houses: Build a bird house. Use completed project in back yard. 11. Bird Watching: Go with experienced bird watcher. See how many species you can find. U of W nature area good location. 12. Blood Center: Tour Blood Center, watch parents donate blood, eat cookies and drink hot chocolate in Canteen. 13. Boeing Everett Plant: Public tours available Monday through Friday. 14. Bowling: Bowl at U of W Hub. Convenient location and reasonable prices. 15. Box Oven: Make box oven from cardboard and aluminum foil and bake treats in backyard or at a campout. 16. Burke Museum: See a good collection of Northwest exhibits. Museum is close by with coffee shop at lower level. 17. Cat Show: Attend regional cat show and competition at Seattle Center. See a great collection of all types of felines. 18. Christmas Light Tour: Visit Coulon Park , Bellevue Botanical Gardens and selected neighborhoods for amazing displays. 19. Cinnebon: Visit University Village Cinnebon and learn to prepare cinnamon rolls. Make arrangements in advance. 20. Citizenship: Work together to earn one of the 18 world citizen badges identified in the Badges and Signs Handbook. 21. Coast Guard Station: Visit Coast Guard Station on Elliot Bay. See interesting slide show and radar control room. 22. Concrete Mixing: Mix and pour concrete into 18”x18” forms, provide decorative finish and save in yard as Girl Scout memento. 23. CPR: Learn CPR. Contact Red Cross for a class and certification. 24. Cricket: Learn a new game and a different way to use hitting, fielding and running skills. 25. Croquet: Set up and play multiple games at park or backyard. 26. Cross Country Skiing: Lessons, rentals and trails available at Snoqualmie Pass. 27. Discovery Park: Hike trails and beach. See great views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula. 28. Dog Show: Attend regional dog show and competition at Seattle Center. See a great collection of all types of canines 29. Dolls: Visit the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art in Bellevue to see one of the best doll collections in the world. 30. Downhill Skiing: Lessons, rentals and slopes close by at Snoqualmie Pass. 31. Downtown Walking Tour: Take self-guided tour of Waterfront, Market, Pioneer Sq., International District and Freeway Park. 32. Fins and Feathers: Visit funky pet store in the University District with a great collection of tropical fish and reptiles. 33. Fire Building: Learn and practice fire-building skills. Volunteer to build and attend fire at Troop campout. 34. Fire Station: Tour fire station. 50th St. station near Roosevelt NE has a Medic Unit. 35. Fisherman’s Terminal: Tour the docks. Identify different types of boats and their use. 36. Fishing: Greenlake, Elliot Bay and Lake Washington have public docks. 37. Flag Ceremony: Learn flag procedures and ceremony. Lead ceremony at Troop meeting. 38. Food Bank: Tour and help at local food bank. Bring food donations. 39. Frisbee Golf: Free course in north Seattle. 40. Golf: Practice golf at U of W driving range. Close by and reasonably priced. 41. Health and Fitness: Work together to earn one of the 18 health and fitness badges identified in the Badge and Signs Handbook. 42. Hiram Chittenden Locks: Tour the locks, information center, watch boats and visit the fish ladder. 43. Homeless Help: Make sack lunches, go downtown and deliver to homeless people. 44. Horseback Riding: Learn about and ride horses at a local stable. Check with Troop Leader about applicable Girl Scout rules 45. Ice Cream Party: Churn homemade ice cream. Great activity for young girls full of energy. 46. Ice Skating: Rent skates and hit the ice at a local arena. Highland Ice Arena on Aurora Avenue has open skating periods. 47. Issaquah Alps: Hike Tiger Mountain. Many trails available. 48. Jacks: Learn and play jacks. Have Patrol tournament. 49. Juanita Bay Nature Walk: Take free-guided tour of Juanita Bay Park and wetland wildlife habitat. 50. Kites: Make kites then fly at Gas Works Park or the beach. 51. Lake Washington: Take boat tour of Lake Washington. Gaze at the mansions, bridges and parks from a water perspective. 52. Marbles: Learn and play marble games. Have Patrol tournament. 53. Mariners Game: Attend a Mariners game at the beautiful new Safeco Field. 54. Museum of Flight: First Thursday of month free. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 9 of 24 55. Museum of History and Industry: See interesting displays about local area, history and State of Washington. 56. Northwest Puppet Center: Visit Puppet Center in northeast Seattle for weekend puppet shows. 57. Northwest Trek: Visit an impressive animal park. Take advantage of educational programs and special tours. 58. Orienteering: Visit local orienteering club for beginner instructions and participate in orienteering event. 59. Outdoor Shelter: Build an outdoor shelter of recycled materials in the backyard of a generous den member. 60. Out-of-Doors: Work together to earn one of the 18 exploring the out-of-doors badges identified in the Badge and Signs Handbook. 61. Padilla Bay Estuary: Travel to Everett to visit the only national estuarine research reserve in Washington. 62. Patrol Family Picnic: Meet with families for a picnic at park or pool. 63. Patrol Flag: Make flag to represent Patrol. Bring flag to Troop meetings. 64. Patrol Sleep Over: Eat pizza, play games, watch video. Don’t expect much sleep. 65. Performance Theater: Attend a play. Seattle Children’s Theater has many good children’s productions. 66. Photography Outing: Review picture-taking techniques, use disposable cameras and exhibit results. 67. Pizza Bake: Make homemade pizza. Practice cooking and clean up skills and eat the results. 68. Police Museum: Visit Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum in Pioneer Square. Try on a uniform and sit at a communications center. 69. Police Station: Visit police station. Seattle Police Department North Precinct frequently provides tours. 70. Racquetball: Learn and play racquetball. Courts located at the WAC, YMCA and local racquet clubs. 71. Radio Station:. Visit local radio station. Contact station for tour opportunities 72. Religious Worship: Attend a service at a church, temple or mosque of a different religion. 73. Rhododendron Botanical Gardens: Visit 22-acre garden of rare and exotic plants at Weyerhauser Headquarters in Federal Way. 74. Sail: Find generous sailboat owner for a sail on Lake Washington or Puget Sound. 75. Science: Work together to earn one of the 20 science and technology badges identified in the Badge and Sign Handbook. 76. Science Center: Tour science displays at Seattle Center. Contact Science Center for special programs. 77. Seattle Aquarium: Visit Aquarium at downtown waterfront. Contact Aquarium for special programs. 78. Seattle Times / P.I: Tour newspaper offices or newspaper production facility. 79. Seattle Underground Tour: See old Seattle below street level. Tours start at Pioneer Square. 80. Seattle Viewpoints: Spectacular views from St. Marks, Gas Works, Kerry Park, Hamilton View Park (West Seattle). Best at night. 81. Senior Girl Scouts: Attend a meeting of Senior Girl Scouts to see the type of activities high school Girl Scouts participate in. 82. Snoqualmie Falls: Visit the falls, enjoy the overlook and hike to the bottom for great photos. 83. Snowshoeing: REI and local sports shops rent shoeshows. Many areas to trek at Snoqualmie Pass. 84. Songs: Learn a song or songs along with hand gestures. Perform routine as a Patrol at the Troop Talent Show. 85. St. Edward State Park: Hike forested trails and waterfront. Swim at indoor public pool. Located close by near Kenmore. 86. Swimming: Meadowbrook Pool has regular open swims. Learn rules, show skills and earn a badge. 87. Television Station: Visit local TV station. Contact station for tour opportunities. 88. Ten Essentials Kit: Visit out-door supply store to buy the 10 essential supplies and make kit for day hikes. 89. Ten Essentials Overnight: Camp overnight using only the 10 essentials. 90. Theater Tour: Contact local performing arts theaters for tour opportunities. 91. Tug boat: Tour a tug boat. Check with Foss Tugs for tour opportunity. 92. U of W Basketball: Games played close by with inexpensive group rates available. 93. U of W Soccer: Both men and women’s team have been nationally ranked and play at new field along Montlake. 94. U of W Women’s Softball: Team has been nationally ranked and plays at new stadium behind football stadium. 95. Ultimate Frisbee: Learn and play this easy and fast moving game. 96. University of Washington Campus: Take self-guided walking tour and visit inside interesting buildings. 97. Video: Plan and film a video about the girls in the Patrol. Show video at a Patrol party with popcorn and lemonade. 98. Volunteer Park: Look at the beautiful plants in the 1912 Conservatory then climb the water tower for spectacular views. No charge. 99. Volunteer: Contact local charities for opportunities. Earn Community Service Recognition. 100. Weyerhauser Aquatic Center: Visit world-class swimming facility, watch swimmers and divers train, swim during public swim. 101. Woodland Park Zoo: Visit nationally ranked zoo. Consider signing up for Saturday morning tour or class. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 10 of 24 Outings Camping Trips: Three camping trips are held each year. As required by Girl Scout policy, all campsites and facilities utilized by Troop 680 have received approval from the local Girl Scout Council. At least one adult with first aid training will be present at all camp outs and safety will be a top priority. Camping trips and their locations may vary from year to year and will generally be organized as follows: Fall Camp: Held in mid to late September with camping done in tents. Meals organized, purchased, and prepared by Patrols. Snow Camp: Held in January or February at a camp facility with a lodge or cabins with space available for tent camping. Meals will be prepared by the Troop and served indoors. Spring Camp: Held in late April or early May. Camping will usually be done in cabins with space available for tent camping. Meals will be prepared by the Troop and served indoors. In 2003-2004 the Troop participated in Junior Skills Weekend at the Girl Scouts Camp River Ranch. Girls registered in Troop 680 along with Troop leaders, parents and other adult sponsors may attend camping trips. Siblings and friends are not covered by Girl Scout insurance and are not eligible to participate. As required by Girl Scout policy, Girl Scouts may camp in tents with their parent or other Girl Scouts. When camping is done in group cabins, Girl Scouts shall sleep in cabins with female leaders or female parents. Fathers and other male adult sponsors shall reside in separate cabins. Camping trips are organized to provide a safe and fun outdoor experience and include Troop events, Patrol activities, campfires and free time. Activity Permission Forms: As required by Girl Scout policy, Activity Permission Forms must be submitted for all girls attending activities held at a location different than regular Troop and Patrol meetings. Permission forms are required for all Girl Scouts attending these activities including those attending with a parent or other adult sponsor. Completed forms should be turned in at least a week before the outing. The first page provides information about the date, time and location of the activity and is kept by the parent. The second page is required to be completed by a parent or guardian and returned to the Troop Leader or Outings Coordinator. Transportation Card: Girl Scout policy requires that all adults driving for Girl Scout activities must complete a Transportation Card and submit proof of vehicle insurance. Troop 680 provides a Transportation Card form to parents with annual registration information and requests it be completed and submitted with registration information. This is requested even if a parent does not anticipate driving during the year. Submittal of a Transportation Card will ensure a parent will be allowed to drive if the need arises. Buddy System: Troop 680 utilizes a buddy system for all Girls Scouts participating in trips and outings. Under the buddy system, each Girl Scout is teamed up with another girl and stays with the buddy during the activity. A parent may also be a buddy though Girl Scout buddies are encouraged to foster interaction, cooperation and teamwork among the girls. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 11 of 24 Funding & Cookies Troop 680 activities and expenses are paid for by funds raised by the Troop. The Girl Scout Totem Council and Girl Scouts USA provide leadership training, publications, facilities, and guidance but they do not provide funding for the Troop. Membership and fundraising are used to pay for Girl Scout and parent registration fees, Girl Scout badges, campsite fees, Snow and Spring Camp meals, refreshments, and especially the high quality programming Troop 680 is known for. It is the goal of Troop 680 to fund all activities and expenditures from membership fees and annual fundraising revenue. Troop 680 utilizes two methods for raising funds: Troop 680 Annual Membership Fee: This annual fee is paid by the parents or adult sponsor of each Girl Scout in the Troop. The fee is due when the annual Troop registration is submitted for the girl and parent or adult sponsor. By paying just once, the Troop eliminates the need to collect smaller amounts for the wide variety of programs and outings included. Payment is required for annual registration in Troop 680. The annual membership fee is $125.00. Scholarship money is available. Fundraising: Girl Scouts have a time-honored classic opportunity to raise funds for the Troop by selling Girl Scout cookies. In 2004-2005 The Troop received 55 cents for each box of cookies sold. Girl Scouts in Troop 680 can meet the annual fund raising goal by selling 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, but they are encouraged to really enjoy this educational activity with Dad or Mom and surpass this minimum commitment. The sale of Girl Scout cookies is optional, but by participating, girls develop a variety of important confidence-building skills. Most girls find it a lot of fun and it’s a tremendously important part of Girl Scouting. Troop 680 Cookie Sales History Year Boxes Sold Girls Participating Troop Leader Top Seller 2000 2,040 30 Jeff Grose 2001 5,688 40 Jeff Grose 2002 6,732 34 Jeff Grose Madeline Grose 675 2003 8,604 42 Michael Romoser Kyra Ray 407 2004 10,152 43 Michael Romoser Naima Antolin 948 2005 8,856 42 Chris Thorsen Naima Antolin 817 The only way the Troop can continue to deliver first-rate program activities is with a successful cookie campaign. However, girls or their parents choosing not to sell cookies can still help the Troop meet the annual fund raising goal by giving a $55 donation to Troop 680 at the end of the cookie sale period. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 12 of 24 Girl Scout Books and Store Location It is recommended that girls obtain two Girl Scout books for use while in Troop 680: Junior Girl Scout Handbook: This book provides information about the Junior Girl Scout program as well as stories about girls of the same age, activities, games and facts about growing up. Topics include Girl Scout basics, adventures in Girl Scouting, it’s great to be a girl, family and friends, staying safe, health and fitness, outdoors, creating and inventing, and exploring and discovering. Girl Scout Badgebook: This book provides Girl Scouts opportunities to have fun, explore new worlds, and learn about new subjects by earning badges. There are 104 badge opportunities in the book covering the same topics as the Girl Scout Handbook. These books may be purchased from the Girl Scout Store located at 601 Valley Street, near Seattle Center. Phone 826-2150 for store hours and directions (or see http://www.girlscoutstotem.org/store/general/Info.htm). Badges Girls in Troop 680 are encouraged to look through the Junior Girl Scout Badgebook and work on badges in areas they find of interest. The 104 badges in this book provide many opportunities to explore interesting, educational and fun subjects. Badges are awarded to Troop 680 Girl Scouts at Court of Award ceremonies held three to four times during the year. Girls are eligible to receive badges at the ceremonies after completing the following: 1. Complete the requirements for the badge as identified in the Junior Girl Scout Badgebook. When done, review the completed work with a parent and obtain their signature on a Badge Award Form. 2. Contact and discuss the completed badge with an adult other that the girl’s parents or with a Cadette or Senior Girl Scout. Obtain their signature and record the date on the Badge Award Form. 3. Submit a completed copy of the Badge Award Form to the Troop Recognitions Coordinator at least one week before the Court of Award ceremony. Patrol meetings and Patrol activities provide opportunities for girls to work on badges in small groups. However, girls are not required to earn badges in Troop 680. Rather, it is encouraged and supported as a means of helping the girls grow, learn and explore. Also, Troop 680 emphasizes the quality of the learning experience over the quantity of badges earned. The following Badge Award Form is meant to be copied: Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 13 of 24 BADGE AWARD FORM Badges are presented to Troop 680 Girl Scouts at Court of Award ceremonies. Girls are eligible to receive Girl Scout badges at the ceremonies after completing the following: 1. Complete at least SIX of the ten badge activities as identified in the Junior Girl Scout Badge Book. When done, review the completed work with a parent and obtain their signature on this Badge Award Form. 2. Contact and discuss the completed badge with an adult other that the girl’s parents or with a Studio 2B or Senior Girl Scout. Obtain their signature on this Badge Award Form. 3. Submit a completed copy of this Badge Award Form to the Troop Recognitions Coordinator at least one week before the Court of Award Ceremony. Use additional forms as needed. Girl Scout Name: ___________________________________ Patrol: ___________________ Name of Badge: _______________________________________________________________ Badge Activity #1 Badge Activity #6 Date Completed: ______________ Date Completed: ______________ Badge Activity #2 Badge Activity #7 Date Completed: ______________ Date Completed: ______________ Badge Activity #3 Badge Activity #8 Date Completed: ______________ Date Completed: ______________ Badge Activity #4 Badge Activity #9 Date Completed: ______________ Date Completed: ______________ Badge Activity #5 Badge Activity #10 Date Completed: ______________ Date Completed: ______________ Girl Scout Signature: ____________________________________ Date: ____________ Parent Signature: _______________________________________ Date: ____________ Second Signature: ______________________________________ Date: ____________ Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 14 of 24 Troop 680 Literature Award Reading books is strongly supported by Troop 680. To encourage and recognize this, Troop 680 has a reading program that awards a Literature Badge and Stars to girls in the Troop. These Literature awards are presented at the Troop Court of Award ceremonies. Girls are eligible to receive Literature Badges and Stars after completing the following: 1. Read ten books appropriate to the girl’s age level and not read for school assignments. 2. Record the books, author, type, number of pages and parent’s initials on a Literature Award Form. 3. Contact a local librarian, schedule an appointment, and briefly review the books read with the librarian. This appointment should be made by the Girl Scout. When done, obtain the librarian’s signature on the Literature Award form. 4. Turn the completed Literature Award Form in to the Troop Recognitions Coordinator at least one week before the Court of Award ceremony. Girls may earn more than one reading award during the year. The first award earned each year is recognized by a Literature Badge. Additional reading awards earned during the same year are acknowledged by Literature Stars that pin upon the uniform. A copy of the Literature Award Form follows this section. Troop 680 Jeffrey Grose Community Service Award Troop 680 encourages girls in the Troop to volunteer for and perform community service. By doing so, the Girl Scouts accomplish worthy projects, develop skills and learn leadership responsibilities. To recognize this effort, Troop 680 has a community service program that allows the girls to earn the Jeffrey Grose Community Service Award, named after the Troop’s Founder. Presented at Court of Award ceremonies, Girl Scouts are eligible to receive Jeffrey Grose Community Service Badges and Stars after completing the following: 1. Volunteer and perform 12 hours of work to benefit the public, community or persons in need. The volunteer work shall be done without payment or personal compensation. Volunteer work done for family members and relatives is not eligible. 2. Record the date, hours, type of volunteer work performed, and parent’s signature on a Community Service Recognition Form. 3. Turn the completed Community Service Recognition Form in to the Troop Recognitions Coordinator at least one week before the Court of Award ceremony. Girls may earn more than one Community Service Award during the year. The first recognition earned each year is represented as the Jeffrey Grose Community Service Badge. Additional recognitions earned during the same year are acknowledged by Community Service Stars that pin upon the uniform. A copy of the Community Service Recognition Form follows this section. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 15 of 24 TROOP 680 LITERATURE AWARD FORM Girl Scouts in Troop 680 may earn Literature awards by reading ten books and reviewing them with a librarian. Please record your reading efforts by completing this form. The first award earned each year is recognized with a Literature Badge. Additional reading awards earned during the same year are acknowledged by Literature Stars that pin upon the uniform. Refer to the Literature Award section of the Troop 680 Handbook for more information. Girl Scout Name: ___________________________________________ Patrol: _________________________ Submitted for Literature Badge ______________ (or) Literature Star _____________ NAME OF BOOK AUTHOR # OF PARENTS PAGES INITIALS 1. _______________________________________________ _______________________ _______ _______ _______________________________________________ _______________________ 2. _______________________________________________ _______________________ _______ _______ _______________________________________________ _______________________ 3. _______________________________________________ _______________________ _______ _______ _______________________________________________ _______________________ 4. _______________________________________________ _______________________ _______ _______ _______________________________________________ _______________________ 5. _______________________________________________ _______________________ _______ _______ _______________________________________________ _______________________ 6. _______________________________________________ _______________________ _______ _______ _______________________________________________ _______________________ 7. _______________________________________________ _______________________ _______ _______ _______________________________________________ _______________________ 8. _______________________________________________ _______________________ _______ _______ _______________________________________________ _______________________ 9. _______________________________________________ _______________________ _______ _______ _______________________________________________ _______________________ 10. _______________________________________________ _______________________ _______ _______ _______________________________________________ _______________________ GIRL SCOUT SIGNATURE: ______________________________________________ DATE: ______________ LIBRARIAN’S SIGNATURE: ______________________________________________ DATE: ______________ Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 16 of 24 JEFFREY GROSE COMMUNITY SERVICE RECOGNITION FORM It was the Founder of Troop 680 who encouraged Girl Scouts to volunteer for community service. Girls can earn recognition by performing at least twelve (12) hours of work to benefit the public, community or persons in need. Please record your community service by completing this form. After the Jeffrey Grose Community Service Badge is earned, girls can earn Community Service Stars. Submit a separate form for each award. Refer to the Community Service Recognition section in the Troop 680 Handbook for additional information. Girl Scout Name: ____________________________________ Patrol: __________________ Submitted for Community Service Badge ________ (or) Community Service Star ________ DATE OF # OF HOURS TYPE OF WORK DONE VOLUNTEER WORK WORKED _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________ ____________ _______________________________________________________ TOTAL VOLUNTEER HOURS WORKED: Girl Scout Signature: _______________________________________ Date: _____________ Parent Signature: __________________________________________ Date: _____________ Second Signature: __________________________________________ Date: _____________ Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 17 of 24 MICHAEL ROMOSER SPIRIT AWARD Honoring a select group of girls that best exemplify the spirit of Girl Scouting THE GIRL SCOUT PROMISE THE GIRL SCOUT LAW On my honor, I will try: I will do my best to be: And to To serve God and my country, Honest and fair, respect myself and others, To help people at all times, Friendly and helpful, respect authority, And to live by the Girl Scout Law. Considerate and caring, use resources wisely, Courageous and strong, and make the world a better place, and Responsible for what I say and do, be a sister to every Girl Scout. THE GIRL SCOUT SLOGAN “Do a good turn daily. The Girl Scout Promise and Law are the basics of Girl Scouting. All Girl Scouts say them. All Girl Scouts try to live them. Troop 680 honors a small, select number of girls each year that best exemplify the spirit of Girl Scouting. The spirit award is named after Michael Romoser, the Troop’s 2nd leader, for his exemplary dedication and spirit to Girl Scouts Troop 680. Importantly, it is the girls themselves that nominate fellow Troop members: Girl Scouts of Troop 680 may submit only two nominations each program year, so take time to really get to know your fellow Scouts and witness who best lives out the values and spirit of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Parents holding Troop Assistant Positions (Leaders, Patrol Parents, Committee Coordinators, etc.) or parents that have demonstrated regular attendance may also nominate Girl Scouts for Spirit Awards. Girl Scouts chosen to receive Spirit Awards will be honored at Troop 680 Court of Awards ceremonies with a limited edition Girl Scout Green Angel patch, which is to be worn on a special place on the front of the Girl Scout vest or sash. Nomination Form Please explain how the girl you nominate for such special recognition best lives out the values and spirit of the Girl Scout Law, Promise, and Slogan… I nominate Girl Scout Troop 680 member for the Spirit Award because: Use additional paper if needed. Turn in to Troop Leader at any time. Only 2 nominations per year may be submitted. Submitted by: Date: Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 18 of 24 Uniforms & Girl Scout Store When girls wear Girl Scout uniforms, they are identified as a member of the respected and national organization of the Girl Scouts of USA. The uniform helps contribute to group identity and promote a sense of unity and equality among members of the Troop. The primary feature of the Junior Girl Scout uniform is a green vest or sash. Troop 680 has adopted the green vest worn with a white top as our uniform standard. The use of a green sash is also acceptable. Any plain white top is acceptable. Special slacks, shorts, skirts, socks and shoes are not required for the Girl Scout uniform in Troop 680. Wearing a uniform is encouraged but not required for participation in Girl Scouting. A vest or a sash may be purchased at the Girl Scout Store located at 601 Valley Street, near Seattle Center. Phone 826-2150 for store hours and directions. Generally, uniforms are worn to Troop meetings unless not conducive to the planned activities. Individual Patrols determine if they wish to wear uniforms to Patrol meetings. When purchasing a green vest, also obtain the following insignia: Girl Scout USA Identification strip: Council Identification strip: Troop Numerals 680: Refer to page 15 in the Junior Girl Scout Handbook (or the following page) for the placement of these insignia and other recognitions on the Girl Scout vest or sash. Do not purchase a Troop Crest. Troop 680’s Falling Star crest will be awarded by the Troop Leader. The Literature Badge and Stars awarded by Troop 680 may be placed above the Junior Aide Patch as shown on page 15 of the Junior Girl Scout Handbook. The Jeffrey Grose Community Service Badge and Stars awarded by Troop 680 may be placed on opposite side of the vest across from the Literature Badge and Stars. On the sash, the Jeffrey Grose Community Service Badge and Stars may be place above the Literature Badge. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 19 of 24 Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 20 of 24 Flag Ceremony Ceremonies and traditions are an important part of Girl Scouting. Troop 680 honors our country and Girl Scouting by beginning Troop meetings with a flag ceremony. Patrols will take turns conducting the flag ceremony as the color guard. Refer to the Troop Schedule for flag ceremony assignments. The following describes the flag ceremony procedure. Troop Leader standing at front of room says: Troop Order: The Troop and visitors form a horseshoe facing the Troop Leader with the Girl Scouts on the inside standing in Patrol groups. Girl Scout in-Charge standing next to Troop Leader says: Troop Attention: The Troop and visitors stand at attention Color Guard Advance: The color guard walks forward from the back of the room in two rows carrying the American and Troop flags. The American flag is carried slightly higher. Color Guard Halt: The color guard stops in front of the flag standards at the front of the room. Color Guard Present Colors: The flag bearers move one step forward, place the flags in the standards and move one step backward. Color Guard Salute: Each member of the color guard places her right hand over her heart as she takes one small step backward then forward with her right foot. Please join me in the Pledge of Allegiance: The girl in-charge leads the group in the pledge of allegiance. The color guard remains silent and at attention watching over the flag. (Court of Awards only) Please join me in singing America the Beautiful: The girl in-charge leads the group in singing. The color guard remains silent and at attention. Please join me in the Girl Scout Promise: The girl in-charge leads the group in the Promise. The color guard continues to remain silent. Please join me in the Girl Scout Law: The girl in-charge leads the group in the Law. The color guard continues to remain silent. Color Guard Open Ranks: The two rows of color guards take one step to the outside. Color Guard Dismissed: The flag bearer in each row walks between the open rows followed by the color guard and leads them to the back of the room with the flags left in place at the front. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 21 of 24 Troop Songs America the Beautiful Troop 680 helps show our patriotism by including the song America the Beautiful in the flag ceremonies conducted at Troop meetings. This song was first written as a poem over 100 years ago by Catherine Lee Bates and was inspired by her visit to Pikes Peak, which revealed an incredible view of the surrounding countryside. O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountains majesties, Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea. Taps Another tradition of Troop 680 is to finish Troop meetings and with a closing circle and song. Everyone in attendance participates including guests. At the closing circle, the Troop Leader makes final announcements then everyone joins hands and sings a version of the famous patriotic song Taps: Day is done. Gone the sun. From the lake, From the hill, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, Day is done. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 22 of 24 Troop Leadership The success of Girl Scout Troop 680 relies heavily on the participation and contributions of the parents. Troop activities and programs are extensive and require the help of many. Parents make an important contribution by attending meetings and activities with their daughters and providing them with encouragement, support and guidance. Parents may also contribute by assuming leadership positions and serving on committees. Serving in this manner is a rewarding experience and is appreciated by all members of the Troop. Leadership positions are described below. It is the goal of Troop 680 to fill leadership and committee positions by June for the following year of scouting which begins in September. Troop Leader: A warm and friendly communicator who knows all the girls’ names and connects with the girls – putting them in the spotlight. Responsible for completing training sponsored by the Girl Scout Totem Council, knowing Girl Scout policies and practices, helping recruit and providing Troop information to prospective members, helping plan and schedule Troop activities, helping conduct Troop meetings, conducting parent meetings, managing campouts and other Troop activities, coordinating activities with Patrols and other Troop leaders, serving as liaison with Bryant Elementary School, cosigning checks for Troop expenditures, helping girls with their tasks and encouraging success, and maintaining Troop records. Refer to The Guide for Junior Girl Scout Leaders for additional details. Assistant Troop Leaders: Logistics and planning. These behind-the-scenes facilitators make sure everything runs smoothly so the Troop Leader can focus on the girls. Responsible for completing training sponsored by the Girl Scout Totem Council, knowing Girl Scout policies and practices, helping Troop Leader schedule and plan Troop activities, helping conduct Troop meetings and other activities, and helping girls with their tasks and encouraging success. Girl Scout policy requires at least one member of the Troop leadership team to be an adult female. Treasurer: Responsible for preparing and monitoring Troop budgets, maintaining Troop financial records, writing and cosigning checks for Troop expenditures, reviewing monthly bank statements, assisting with cookie sale deposits, preparing end-of year Troop Financial Report on Girl Scout form #2105 and submitting the form to the Girl Scout Totem Council. Membership Coordinator: Responsible for assisting in recruiting and providing Troop information to prospective members, providing annual registration material to new and returning girl scouts and parents, submitting annual registration material to the Girl Scout Totem Council, preparing Troop roster, and maintaining Troop membership records. Program Director: Responsible for coordinating Troop meetings with Troop Leaders, Girls Scouts, and parents responsible for conducting the program, helping Troop Leaders schedule Troop activities, and helping prepare and distribute the Troop schedule. Campout Coordinator: Responsible for reserving campsites and making facility arrangements, distributing information about upcoming camping trips, serving as liaison and conducting inspections with campsite managers, and preparing campout agenda and duty roster. Food Committee Coordinator: Responsible for organizing and purchasing food for Troop meals and refreshments at the Snow Camp and Spring Camp, and for organizing refreshments at the Troop Parade of Costumes, Pizza Party and Court of Awards. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 23 of 24 Food Committee: Responsible for assisting the Food Committee Coordinator with Food Committee activities. A parent representative from each Patrol is needed on this Committee. The Girl Scouts will also assist with these activities. Recognitions Coordinator: Responsible for purchasing and maintaining the Troop supply of badges, distributing Badge, Literature, and Community Service Award forms, receiving completed Award forms from the Girl Scouts, preparing badges for presentation at Court of Award ceremonies, and maintaining recognition records for the Troop. Campout Badge Coordinator: Responsible for organizing badge activities at campouts. This includes helping select the badges to work on, setting up badge stations, introducing badge activities, securing assistance from other parents to help with badge activities, obtaining badge activity supplies, and distributing Badge Award forms. Generally, one badge is worked on by all interested Girl Scouts at each campout. Troop Cookie Manager: Responsible for organizing the annual troop cookie sale with the assistance of the Cookie Committee. The TCM will attend Girl Scout Totem Council cookie sale meetings, distribute and explain cookie sale material to Girl Scouts, and distribute cookies and incentive awards. The TCM will work with the Treasurer to collect and record cookie sale funds, submit funds to Totem Council, and maintain Troop cookie sale records. Cookie Committee: Responsible for assisting the Troop Cookie Manager during the annual cookie sale. The Treasurer and a parent representative from each Patrol is needed to participate. Photographer: Responsible for taking slides or digital photographs at all Troop activities, organizing and presenting a slide show, and maintaining the Troop photographic records. Music Coordinator: Responsible for organizing singing around the campfire at campouts. Web Master: Responsible for maintaining the Troop 680 webpage, including the posting of pictures from campouts. First-Aiders: Adult Troop members who have received current Girl Scout Council approved first-aid training or who have professional medical training. At least one first-aider must be present at all campouts and Troop activities conducted at locations different than regular Troop meetings. First-aiders are responsible for being familiar with Girl Scout first aide guidelines, maintaining the Troop first aid kit, bringing first aid kit to Troop campouts and activities, and providing first aid when needed. Patrol Parents: A Patrol Parent represents each Patrol and is critical to the success and enjoyment of Patrol activities. Each is responsible for being familiar with Girl Scout safety guidelines, involving the girls in the planning and running of Patrol meetings and events, helping girls with their tasks and encouraging success, managing Patrol meetings and activities, preparing Patrols for Troop meeting flag ceremonies, coordinating Patrol planned Troop meetings with the Troop Leader, and representing the Patrol in Troop activities. Troop 680 Handbook -- Page 24 of 24 GIRL SCOUT TROOP 680 REGISTRATION 2005-2006 Governments are known for their “red tape.” In Girl Scouting, this is referred to as “green tape.” A parent’s annual challenge in registering for Troop 680 is to complete all of the forms required by the Girl Scout local council and national organization. While this may seem to be a burden, the forms provide essential information that helps ensure proper registration, safety protection and insurance coverage. Please follow these steps when registering for Troop 680, returning all forms to our Membership Coordinator: Lloyd Mancl, 3103 NE 85th Street, Seattle, WA 98115 1. Fill out and submit a Girl Member Registration Form: Return all two copies of the completed form to the Troop Membership Coordinator. (Okay to leave GSUSA-ID number blank, if unknown. Year of registration is through 9/30/2006.) The instructions on the form state the form must be returned with a $10.00 annual membership fee. This is not necessary. Do not send a $10.00 fee. Troop 680 will pay this fee from the Troop 680 Annual Membership fee. 2. Fill out and submit a Girl Scout Totem Council - Medical Statement and Consent to Medical Care and Treatment Form for the girl joining the Troop: Complete both sides of this form. (Regular Troop meeting time is 7pm to 8pm.) Return a completed copy of the form to the Troop Membership Coordinator. 3. Fill out and submit an Adult Member Registration Form for the adult sponsor: This registration is required for the adult sponsor for each girl in the Troop. All girls in Troop 680 are required to have an adult sponsor. The adult sponsor is considered the parent or guardian who will primarily be attending Troop meetings and activities. Registration is not required for both parents even if both parents will be attending Troop meeting and activities. (Position Code is 3 for regular member and Troop Number is 680.) Return all two copies of the completed form to the Troop Membership Coordinator. The instructions on the form state the form must be returned with a $10.00 annual membership fee. This is not necessary. Do not send a $10.00 fee. Troop 680 will pay this fee from the Troop 680 Annual Membership fee. 4. Fill out and submit a Washington State Patrol Identification and Criminal History Form for the adult sponsor. This identification and history form is required for the adult sponsor for each girl in the Troop, even if you already have a current id and history check. Return a completed copy of the form to the Troop Membership Coordinator. It is not necessary to submit a fee with this form. It is not necessary to provide a right thumbprint on this form. 5. Fill out and submit a Girl Scouts Totem Council Transportation Card: A Transportation Card is required for driving for Girl Scout activities. Troop 680 requests all parents and guardians submit a Transportation Card even if you do not anticipate driving. This will allow all parents and guardians to be eligible to drive for a Girl Scout activity if the need may arise. Complete the one page form and return it to the Troop Membership Coordinator along with a photocopy of a current proof of insurance for each parent or guardian. 6. Fill out and submit the Photo Release Form: The Troop’s Web site is password protected and names are not associated with any of the pictures from the troop’s activities. 7. Submit a check for $125.00 made payable to Girl Scout Troop 680: This payment is for the annual Troop 680 Membership Fee. Turn in payment to the Troop Membership Coordinator. Submittal of the forms identified above and a $125.00 check is required for registration in Girl Scout Troop 680. Also, as required by Girl Scout policy, girls may not attend meetings or participate in Girl Scout activities until all required registration forms have been submitted. Your patience and diligence in filling out and submitting these forms is appreciated.
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