There are so many things to do, places to be, and people to meet in Girl Scouts. As a Troop Leader, you might get a little lost on where to start. Our team put together a helpful checklist of the top-ranked activities by girls!
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1. Set and keep a regular meeting time and location
This might sound so basic, but makes a huge difference! When your Troop meetings routinely, girls will learn expectations quickly and be more likely to participate regularly. If you’re unsure of how to establish a schedule going into the new school year, poll your parents! Find out if they are comfortable meeting in groups of 10 or less in person or want to continue with virtual meetings.
For this unique year, your girls can attend one meeting each month to connect as a Troop and then attend our council virtual Troop meetings to earn a badge with girls in their program level across the council. Renew by August 15, 2020, to attend these sessions for free!
2. Participate in Girl Scout traditions like reciting the Promise and Law at each meeting
The Girl Scout Promise and Law reflect our values, and it is essential Girl Scouts learn and understand their meaning. If you have a Daisy Troop, earning the petals will help your girls learn in a fun and easy way. For all other program levels, begin exploring new Girl Scout traditions. Pinterest has some creative ideas!
3. Complete a community service project
More now than ever, our communities need Girl Scouts! From making masks to writing cards for nursing home residents, girls have community service opportunities to give back and stay safe. Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Troops should consider earning their High Award.
4. Take part in an outdoor activity
Some fresh air and outdoor adventure are great for Girl Scouts! Planning an overnight campout might be challenging this year, but check out our outdoor badges and work towards earning one at an upcoming meeting.
Encourage the families in your Troop to attend upcoming Friends & Family Days at our camps! On the third Saturday of every month, one of our camps will be open for families to hike and explore.
5. Experience a field trip or Girl Scout event
Field trips and events might look a little different, but there are still great virtual options for girls! Explore a museum virtually, watch a performance they might have been able to see in person, or join one of our upcoming programs.
6. Earn badges and journeys
Girl Scouts are all about learning new skills by earning badges and journeys! Whether Girl Scouts are taking the steps independently or working as a group over zoom, girls can continue to stay active. Take a look at the Volunteer Toolkit or the badge explorer for girls to select which accomplishments they want to earn this upcoming year.
7. Participate in the Fall Product and Cookie Programs
The Fall Product Program and Cookie Program are your Troop’s opportunities to earn funds for Girl Scouts! From saving for a big trip in high school to covering membership fees and supplies so all girls can easily participate, Troop funds are essential for a Girl Scout experience. Plus, girls earn exciting prizes and gain business experience in both programs!
8. Have fun with each activity and include girls in planning
There are so many different ways for Girl Scouts to create their experience, and as long as they have fun with their friends, then they will be successful! Especially in a year with lots of changes, it is important to remember to be flexible and keep focused on activities that are interesting and engaging for girls.
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