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March 12 is the traditional birthday of the founding of Girl Scouts. The Sunday before it is always called Girl Scout Sunday, and the Saturday after is called Girl Scout Sabbath. Girls can earn this badge by participating in their home church's service - ushering, holding a flag ceremony, etc. This is a great badge to help girls connect what they learn in the Girl Scout Promise and Law to real life. See also the My Promise, My Faith Award, available at all levels in the Girl's Guide.
GS Daisy leaders, how will you teach your girls about the 5 skills needed to run their cookie business? The cookie business and financial literacy leaves (badges) offer easy to teach and easy to accomplish requirements that make sure you're doing your job as leader to teach the girls the 5 skills. Requirements are listed in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting at the Daisy level. Check it out!
About to sell cookies at a GS cookie booth with your girls? Check out the requirements for the Meet My Customers badge in the GS Guide to Girl Scouting at every level (except Daisy). As a GS leader, remember - we should be teaching the five skills set out by GSUSA. These badges make it so easy to do, and the girls are so proud to earn them!
Want to get your GS Juniors outside? Want a cool activity to do at camp? Check out geocaching, the world's biggest online treasure hunt/game. Teach your girls how to find "caches" left by others using a GPS receiver. Enjoy setting up your own troop's caches for others to find too. For more info on Geocaching, go here: www.geocaching.com , or check out the wonderful iPhone app to try it out yourself.
Like hunting for treasure? Your GS Brownies will go absolutely NUTS for this badge's requirements - learn about letterboxing, a world-wide hunt for boxes left in secret hiding places. These boxes contain a rubber stamp and a notebook - stamp the notebook with your personal stamp and use the box's stamp to imprint your personal notebook. See here for more info on how to find letterboxes: http://www.letterboxing.info/ . Get your girls outside having the time of their lives!
One of the 4 GS holidays, World Thinking Day is celebrated on Feb. 22 and commemorates the birthdays of Lord Baden Powell (founder of Boy Scouts) and his wife Olave who founded the Girl Guides. On this day, consider having a candlelit ceremony and encouraging girls to think about their GS sisters all over the world. Now an earned award that can be worn on the front of the GS uniform, activities for all levels can be found here: http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/global/world_thinking_day/ .
February (World Thinking Day is the 22nd) is a great time to consider having your girls earn this badge. With activities available for all levels here: http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/global/global_action_award/ , it is now an earned award that can be worn on the front of the GS uniform. Our troop learned about the poverty of schools in other nations, took pictures of things they were thankful for in their own school, and then wrote a thank you note to their principal and teachers.
Camping with your Brownie troop? You may want to plan at least a few activities that can be done inside, in case of inclement weather. The activities involved in earning the Senses badge are perfect. Each activity relates to one of the five senses - our girls learned about Braille and practiced writing their names, listened to night sounds to see if they could identify them, investigated each others' taste buds before and after s'more eating, etc. So fun, so educational!
Camping with your Brownie troop? Learning how to enjoy ALL aspects of the outdoors can be a challenge - help them enjoy it by working on the Bugs Badge (a Legacy badge from the Naturalist category). Our troop did a scavenger hunt to see how many bugs they could find near the camp site, listened to and observed bugs with an entomologist dad, made a bug poster, performed skits about bug habitats (cocoons, hives, etc.), and made a bug swap.
Camping with your Brownie troop? Don't forget about badges to help the girls make memories of their trip. The Hiker badge is a great choice - our troop perused a map of the camp and chose a trail, listened to an experienced hiker discuss proper gear, learned and practiced making trail signs with sticks and stones, made a healthy GORP snack to eat on the trail, and then hiked. What a great accomplishment for the girls!
Looking for badges related to camping preparation? My Best Self, a skill builder badge, teaches girls to take care of themselves - brushing their own hair, determining the cause of tummy troubles, moving their bodies to help them feel better, thinking about what makes them happy, etc. All important skills for being away from home on a trip filled with new experiences!
Looking for badges related to camping preparation? Consider First Aid, available at all levels (except Daisy) as a Legacy Badge. My Brownies heard a wilderness first responder speak about preventing injuries, practiced putting on sunscreen and band aids, learned how to spray bug bites, and worked on our troop first aid kit.
Is it October already? Wondering how your troop can celebrate Juliette Gordon Low's birthday? How about doing activities to earn the Girl Scout Way badge? Our Brownie troop made situpons, learned some traditional GS songs, heard a Gold Award GS tell a story about her GS youth, and are planning a party to celebrate the Big Day.