"Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Sample Plan"
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Sample Plan for your First Girl Scout Meeting Daisy Girl Scouts • Pre-meeting activity Jump ropes, puzzles, cutting pictures from magazines illustrating favorite colors or foods, make a snack like “ants on a log” which is celery sticks spread with peanut butter or cream cheese and raisins. • Opening Practice saying the Girl Scout Promise or part of the Girl Scout Law. Sing a song the girls have learned at school. Read a picture story relating to your main activity, the Promise and Law or about girls from another culture. • Major Activity Make a simple paper bag or paper plate puppet using chopsticks or popsicle sticks as holders. Play “Daisy to Daisy” found on page 90 of the Guide for Daisy Girl Scout Leaders. Each Daisy stands with a partner. The caller announces ‘elbow to elbow’ and the girls touch elbows with their partner. The caller says “foot to foot” or some other body part and the girls drop elbows and touch feet. Continue, and when the caller says “Daisy to Daisy”, everyone runs to find another partner. Stop the game while enthusiasm is still high so that it can be played eagerly another day. • Business/Planning Ask the girls what they would like to do as Daisy Girl Scouts. Write or illustrate their ideas on a poster or large paper so the girls can see their ideas being communicated to each other. Have the girls vote on a simple activity from their list that could be done in the next meeting. Save the other ideas in a “wish box”. Ask girls what supplies or arrangements are needed to accomplish their choice of activity. This begins the girl/adult partnership that characterizes Girl Scouting. • Clean Up The girls should do the tasks needed to leave the meeting place cleaner than they found it. Tasks could be written or illustrated on cards put into a bag or box. Girls “draw straws” to choose their job for clean-up. • Closing Form a friendship circle. To do this, the girls reach their arms out in front of them, and then put the right arm across, on top of, the left arm. Hold hands with your neighbor in a tight circle. It is traditional to pass a “friendship squeeze”. Someone is designated to start by squeezing their right hand and making a wish. The “squeeze” goes around the circle until it comes back to the starter who can then announce “good night Girl Scouts”. Brownie Girl Scouts • Pre-meeting activity See ideas above, hopscotch, crayon and magic-marker art, making a snack such as “smiles” which is an apple slice spread with peanut butter or cheese spread. • Opening Read the Brownie story from The Guide for Brownie Girl Scout Leaders. Or, have each girl ask someone she doesn’t know well her name, favorite ice cream flavor or color, etc. Pairs of girls take turns introducing each other to the troop. • Major Activity Begin making sit-upons so that each girl has one to use at meetings. Use a small stack of newspapers, form or material and enclose it between 2 cut pieces of plastic such as from an old Updated 9/14/2006 tablecloth or shower curtain. Use yarn and yarn needles to sew the seams completely around the edges. • Business/planning See above. If you have a Brownie Girl Scout Handbook, show the girls the activity ideas it contains. Involve girls in the decision making and responsibility for carrying out their idea. • Clean-up and Closing See above. Junior Girl Scouts • Pre-meeting activity Jump ropes, games such as jacks or pick-up sticks. Look at Girl Scout Badges and Signs; make flavored popcorn from p. 63 of the Junior Girl Scout Handbook. • Opening Give several girls cards with the Girl Scout slogan, motto, Promise and Law to read to the group. Or, read the worldwide motto and slogan, asking girls for examples from their experiences of the day. See page 12 in the Junior Girl Scout Handbook. • Major activity Divide troop into groups of 2-4. Each group plans and puts on a one minute skit using themes such as “what’s special about being a girl”, “what’s exciting about growing up”. You could supply each group with a bag of props like costumes, magazines, or household objects. This is the first activity from the “Girls are Great” badge on page 198 in the Junior Girl Scout Handbook. • Business/Planning Meet with the girls in a circle. Gather ideas for what they would like to do as Girl Scouts. Girls can lead this discussion with your aid and do the recording of ideas. Begin placing ideas on a calendar by months so that the girls can see the decisions and choices they will have to make. • Cleanup and Closing See above. Girls 11-17 • Pre-meeting activity Food and conversation will probably be successful. Plan a snack the girls can prepare themselves. • Opening Saying the Promise and Law or discussing a situation that occurred that day that illustrates the Promise and Law. Try out a traditional way to remember and practice the Girl Scout slogan “do a good turn daily”. Each girl can cut a piece of twine long enough to go around her wrist and have her partner tie it in a square knot. At the end of the day, the knot may be untied and the bracelet removed if a good deed has been done that day. If you wear the uniform scarf, the knot can be put in it instead, just as the Girl Scouts of 1912 did. • Major activity Cadette Girl Scouts - If you could have three gifts, which of the following would you choose? (list is on page 108 of the Cadette Girl Scout Handbook.) If girls are willing, they can share their lists and why they chose each item. This can lead into a discussion of plans and desires for the year. Begin to place these on a calendar along with important school events so that decisions can be made. Senior Girl Scouts - Write an idea of something you would like to do for fun, something you would like to learn about, something you would like to do to improve your community or world, one idea each on index cards. Have all the girls spread out their cards into categories. What can these diverse ideas tell you about planning for the year? How can one girl’s idea build onto another girl’s Updated 9/14/2006 idea? Begin to make preliminary plans for the year. Be sure to note important school dates so you don’t create a conflict. Look at the list of famous former Girl Scouts on page 16 of the Senior Girl Scout Resource Guide. Imagine and share with each other what these women liked about Girl Scouting and what activities their troops might have enjoyed. • Business/planning The girls should choose one idea and divide the responsibilities of carrying it out in the near future. • Cleanup and closing See above. Updated 9/14/2006