\ All Things Girl Scouts: 2016-08-07

August 11, 2016

Animal Scavenger Hunt

Girl Scout 

Being a Girl Scout is something you DO, and it is an EXPERIENCE that no girl should miss!

A fellow, very creative leader, Ms. Amanda Barrios, shared this scavenger hunt with me recently, and was generous enough to allow me to share it with you all! Amanda has recently started a blog herself - pop over and check it out - I've really enjoyed it thus far, and I think it will offer a lot of useful suggestions and tools in the coming months!  Her blog is Lead Like a Girl Scout, and she posts regularly on Mondays!

She used this specific scavenger hunt with 5 flowers, 4 stories, 3 cheers for animals!  What I LOVE about it, is that it can be easily related to any number of girl scout projects or badge earning activities!

  • Wild Animal Puzzle
  • 1 Printout of wild animal sheet
  • 1 Printout of clues
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 6 Envelopes

1.  The first thing you need to do is cut the animal pictures out on the black line, and glue them to the envelopes.  You will end up with 6 envelopes - one with each animal on it. 

2.  Next, go ahead and divide the puzzle into 6 piles, and put fill the envelopes - one pile per envelopes.  

**The idea behind the puzzle is so that the girls have a team building opportunity at the end of this experience.  Some other ideas would be: supplies for bracelets, supplies for dinner, etc.  

3.  The next thing to go in the envelopes will be the clues:
     a.  Clue #1 will NOT  go in an envelope.
     b.  Clue #2 will go in the HORSE envelope.
     c.  Clue #3 will go in the MONKEY envelope.
     d.  Clue #4 will go in the LION envelope.
     e.  Clue #5 will go in the ELEPHANT envelope.
     f.   Clue #6 will go in the ROOSTER envelope.

4.  Next up in your preparation is hiding the clues!  
     a.  Horse envelope goes under the table.
     b.  Monkey envelope goes by the stairs.
     c.  Lion envelope goes behind a chair.
     d.  Elephant envelope goes through a door.
     e.  Rooster envelope goes in the kitchen.
     f.   Snake envelope goes with girl scout sisters.

5.  Last step is the execution - tell your girls the rules, and guide them through the hunt. Enjoy!!

**Original idea, and clues credited to Amanda Barrios.  Templates and formatting credited to Danielle Poenisch.**

Please enjoy utilizing this scavenger hunt, and offer Amanda Barrios a little shout out for sharing her great ideas.  Did you use these? I love to hear how these resources were used, and helped other troops - please share!

August 9, 2016

Girl Scout Trip Behavior Contract

Girl Scout 

Being a Girl Scout is something you DO, and it is an EXPERIENCE that no girl should miss!

Trips can be a daunting task.  But they are also rewarding, and fun, and an absolutely pleasure to partake in.  The planning for them can be a beast - and I WILL talk about that in another post - and the execution is sometimes a labor of love.  However. Watching your young ladies bond, learn, and evolve into smart, vibrant, confident young women is fantastic.

This post addresses some of the expectations you have for your girls and parents during the execution of the trip.  The two forms I am sharing with you today come from a wonderful leader - Colleen Doctorian - who has gracefully allowed me to blog about and share these with you.  They are a GREAT starting point. 

The first form is a permission slip with a payment schedule built right into it.  I love this idea because everything is up front, and there is no room for surprises.  The amount on the example is $421.28.  However, I just did a mock up of this form for my own girls, with a total due of $35.  We have 3 payments due - a non refundable deposit of $15, and two subsequent payments of $10.  So you can see this form will work with any amount.  

I really like this form simply because it lays out the expectations for parents clearly and concisely, and should prevent any awkward or unfun interactions with parents later in the process.  It provides consequences for a variety of things - from having to retrieve your girl, to losing your deposit.  It out lays out general behavior expectations.  I really think it is a well written form - and I think you will find great use in it!

The second form is a girl behavior form.  This one is pretty thorough and can be tailored to fit a day trip, and is already set up to fit an overnight.  It discusses a wide variety of expectations as well.  It opens with empowering the girl to take charge and responsibility, and the number 1 rule addresses the Girl Scout law and promise.  It goes on to address basic behavior expectations, as well as things like phone use in a hotel, quiet time, and what kinds of behaviors will result in a girl being sent home.

Please enjoy utilizing these forms, and offer Colleen Doctorian a little shout out for sharing her great resources.  Did you use these? I love to hear how these resources were used, and helped other troops - please share!