Grades 3 – 6
o Who’s a Junior?
o Sample Schedules of a Junior Year
o Ideas for Badges
o Successful Activities
o Bridging requirements for Cadettes
o Tips from Experience
o Resources & Websites for Juniors
o Family info packet samples
Who’s a Junior?
When girls become Junior Girl Scouts they are ready to take on more responsibility for planning and implementing troop meetings and activities. They have established friendships and are more aware of the feelings of younger girls. You can expect quite a varied level of maturity among a group of Junior Girl Scouts - physical, mental, and emotional
Working on badges is one of the things many Junior Girl Scouts like to do. They can "specialize" in practically any area, from camping to computers. Girls can work on badges as a troop, in small groups, or individually. Leaders are not expected to know all the answers; they are encouraged to find consultants - parents, neighbors, local experts, other Girl Scout adults - to help with badges.
A Junior Girl Scout troop meeting is likely to have an opening, troop business, & closing, but the rest of the time may be filled with planning a trip or explaining a project. The girls are anxious to take on more complex service projects & like being seen as an important, helpful part of the community. There is no end to their ideas.
They are ready to go places, meet people, and do some overnight camping! With patience and planning, a Junior Girl Scout troop can travel or plan a special event. Teamwork is the key to their success!
Sample Schedules of a Year
JUNIOR JOURNEY 2006-07
TROOP 802 – 4TH GRADE JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS
Leader – Julie Anderson
RED = TROOP EVENT BLUE = MEETING
PINK = FIELD TRIP GREEN = OPTIONAL
AUGUST 4TH: 130-430 at the SH Cabana
AUGUST 10TH BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT = TABLE
23: 345 at the
AUGUST 24: BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT = TABLE
AUGUST 28: CGSU sock hop skating party 630-830 at Southland
AUGUST 30TH: CGES GS INFO & REGISTRATION NIGHT
SEPTEMBER 30th: FIELD TRIP DOWNTOWN INDY
6TH, FRIDAY: CGSU SUP &
OCTOBER 28: HORSEBACK RIDING AT TRINITY = FIELD TRIP
3-4: REWARD TRIP TO COSI IN
NOVEMBER_11: MOM & DOT BOWLING – 3-5 at Sport Bowl
10TH: BEGIN THINKING DAY -
JANUARY 12: COOKIE RALLY AT CGMS- NORTH
January 13 - COOKIE SALES BEGIN
15: CONT THINKING DAY -
February 11 - 2-4 pm Father Daughter Dance at CGMS – C
Optional activity / pay at the door / bring food bank item
FEBRUARY 28: The Choice is Yours
MARCH 3 - 4 - COOKIE BOOTHS – SIGN UP
Safety wise by Heather
May 11-13 : CGSU CAMPOREE Friday and Saturday
A troop “fun day & night” sleepover, plan/work on Bronze Award, & year planning - TBA
August – we will plan on starting up again
Ideas for Badges
I made a tour of several buildings downtown Indy. We called it the Indy Rocks! Tour – stops listed below. 802
230 PM Soldiers &
o 330ish World War Memorial – Shrine room & Museum
o 430ish Scottish Rite Cathedral with special tour
Architectural creativeness and snacks in between and at stops
o 530ish Special car tour of other architectural and INDY “gems”
o 6-630 Back home again… (you’re singing aren’t you)
We also tied in camera shots with this field trip. Parents and girls were very interested and looked at things in a new light.
ART IN 3D
ART IN THE HOME
ART TO WEAR –
We tie-dyed shirts then I had our troop number embroidered on them for a Christmas present. We also did hair wrapping. 802
BECOMING A TEEN
BEING MY BEST
CAMERA SHOTS –
We stretched this over a meeting and a field trip. We met in a park for your Outdoor surroundings and went on a field trip downtown for architecture. We completed the knowledge part then had a photo contest, photo story page, and a scrapbook contest. The girls learned to view things from a different angle as well as composition. They did great! 802
CARING FOR CHILDREN
CERAMICS AND CLAY
CHOICE IS YOURS
DRAWING AND PAINTING
FINDING YOUR WAY
FUN AND FIT
GIRL SCOUTING AROUND THE WORLD
GIRL SCOUTING IN MY FUTURE
GIRL SOCUTING IN THE
We had smoothies as our snack.
HIGH ON LIFE
HIGHWAY TO HEALTH
HUMANS AND HABITATS
IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME
LET’S GET COOKING
Johnson Co Museum in
LOOKING YOUR BEST
We did the whole beauty makeover with hair, face, nails, massages, and a “color” assessment.
MAKING IT MATTER
MS. FIX IT
ON MY WAY
OUTDOORS IN THE CITY
PLANTS AND ANIMALS
PRINTS AND GRAPHICS
SCIENCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE
We completed this on our overnight trip
Pool party with education
WALKING FOR FITNESS
WRITE ALL ABOUT IT
YARN & FABRIC ARTS
YOUR OUTDOOR SURROUNDINGS
We completed this at a park with games and exploration.
o Tour of Indpls buildings and looking at Architecture. The girls (& parents) had never been in our most hidden secrets of downtown. They are beautiful. Contact Julie A with 802 for details.
o COSI – our first overnight trip out of state. After 5 hours at the museum, the girls still didn’t want to leave. We stayed at a local hotel and worked on more badges and fun.
o Gondola rides on the canal
o Pool parties
o Sleepovers with girlie activities
o This year I wanted the Juniors to have a larger part of the meetings. At the beginning of the year, I had each girl choose a badge of their choice and they decided everything about that meeting with their mom. They lead the meeting and made a journal entry. It was interesting that they all commented that everyone was talking when they tried to lead. It was a great experience in a safe setting. See the information below.
o We used patrols which changed on a monthly basis. I tried moving the girls around so cliques were minimized. There were new friendships made from this I observed. The patrol leader had certain jobs at various meetings such as passing material around, leading small group discussion, attendance, responsible for their patrol on field trips, and much, much more. They thought that was cool and were anxious to find out their patrols each month. 802
JUNIOR JOURNEY: LEADING A MEETING
Each Junior and parent will be leading a meeting this year. It will be a great opportunity to practice your leadership skills, use your imagination, and teach things to your friends. It is your time to shine! Don’t be embarrassed but be courageous and strong. You showed your wonderful talent last year during Share-it time, Thinking Day, and Bridging so I know you can do it! We will be right by your side to help you so you have nothing to worry about.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
1. Keep ‘TEAMWORK’ in mind.
a. TROOP – what would they like to do, what works best for everyone, take turns and be patient, we are all special in our own ways, we are all friends
b. EAGER – have fun with it, be enthusiastic, learn/explore/experiment with it, ask and answer questions
c. ATTITUDE – take it seriously, be positive, action speaks louder than words, be courageous and strong, encourage others in a kind way (it may be their first time to do it), good or bad – it will be fun
d. MANNERS – allow each one a turn, be fair, think before you speak, use manner words, be a good listener, compliment others (good work, nice try, I’m proud of you for trying it), & smile
e. WORK – work together, work to better yourself and your friends, fulfill your commitment, and use your resources wisely
f. OTHERS - treat others the way you want to be treated, be a good friend, help others in need, be honest and fair, and include those that are left out
g. RESPECT – respect your friends/yourself/adults, respect others’ property, respect others thoughts/efforts
h. KINDNESS – care and share with the troop, be considerate and courteous (Golden Rule), be kind to ALL, and think of how you want others to remember you
2. Badge: Read the badge requirements (“recipe’) that Mrs. A will give you out of the badge book / handbook. Let me know what supplies you need and I’ll see what we have vs. what you need.
3. Decide the location of the meeting. Give to Mrs. A along with #5.
4. Prepare: Have your parent help you prepare the meeting (see below regarding supplies, etc.). Use your creativity to make it fun but meet the requirements for the badge. You will also tell the patrols when to start the opening (pledge, GS promise, teamwork, & attendance) & the closing (friendship circle). I’ll tell you which patrols as well as have the opening activity ready for the troop.
5. Give info for your meeting to Mrs. A to email – DEADLINE – FRIDAY BEFORE THE MEETING PLEASE. (items to bring, hints of badge, etc.)
6. Set up: Arrive early to set up. Tell Mrs. A what she should do to help you.
7. Meeting: At the meeting, you will be in charge of the opening, the badge, and the closing. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be a teacher/leader with friends.
a. Start the meeting by telling the patrol to do the opening (keep it moving)
b. Introduce what we’ll be doing. What do you want them to learn from the badge and why it is important.
c. Plan time for each activity. Our meetings are 1hour and 15 min so plan accordingly. Tell/Show the Juniors how to complete the badge. Your Mom and Mrs. A will be helpers so tell us what you want us to do. If you need additional parents to help, I’ll send out an email – just let me know.
d. Lead the meeting using “TEAMWORK” –kindness, manners, fairness, patience, respect, encouragement, enthusiasm, great attitude, etc. How would you like to be taught and treated when it is someone else’s turn?
e. Decide what a Junior needs to do if she was absent & wants to make it up.
8. Be the “record keeper”
a. did everyone get a turn
b. did each girl get “checked off” and complete all 6 items to earn the badge.
Mrs. A will provide you with:
1. The “recipe” for the badge you have chosen. She has identified the 6 items that need to be completed. You may substitute 1 of the other items but I would prefer that you avoid items that require someone to “do it for 1-3 weeks” unless you are willing to monitor that.
2. Extra hands to help complete the stations/items
3. Badges to hand out & any supplies the troop has. If additional supplies are needed that are costly, please check with Mrs. A regarding the budget before purchasing them. The troop will reimburse you – save your receipt.
4. I’ll be there to support you, answer questions, & help with suggestions.
I have ALL of the faith in the world that you will do a great job!
JUNIOR JOURNAL ENTRY
Great job leading your meeting!
There is one more thing I would like you to do. It doesn’t have to take but 5 minutes. We are keeping a journal this year of our meetings. To make it easy on everyone, I’m asking the Junior who lead the meeting write a paragraph about the badge and this leadership experience. Some information to include:
· What key items did you teach for the badge?
· What activities did you use to teach the badge?
· What did you hope the girls learned from you?
· What were your thoughts about being the leader? (positive or negative)
· Would you do it again?
When you are done, please email me the paragraph. I will add it to our Junior Journey Journal as well as place it on our website at www.centergrovegirlscouts.com. Check it out along with the other entries. I hope to include this on the disk of pictures in the future.
I hope this was a positive experience for you and will help develop your leadership skills. Girl Scouts help girls grow strong to lead the world in the future.
Bridging to Cadettes
Tips from Experience
o Definitely allow more time for the more intense badge work. There is much more to do than Brownies.
o Give them more leadership roles and more responsibility for the meetings. They step up to the challenge for the most part.
o Put the girls’ names on the tag of their uniform vests. The girls take their vests off at meetings, etc. and it’s easy to get them confused.
o Ask questions of “seasoned” leaders or your school organizer. There is a great support system to help you with this fun adventure.
o For larger groups, break the girls into smaller groups then have parents help by working at a “station” to work on the various try-it requirement. The groups will rotate through each station. It works very well.
o Use the “TEAMWORK” concept with the troop. This is described in Resources. We would be paired up for field trips. When I said teamwork, the girls would go to their partners &/or watch the manners, etc. It worked well during meetings & field trips.
o Try mixing up the troop into small groups/patrols (doesn’t have to be formal). This helped mix up the troop so everyone would learn about other people instead of their best friends. Helped avoid cliques. Focused on the Try-it People are Talking and discussed being friendly and learning to see the unique quality in every person.
o The girls love receiving their CD of pictures with a written journal of the year.
Resources & Websites:
o Check out the “New Leader” information on this website under “Leader Resource”
o Your volunteer resource and safety wise books/discs have many samples and suggestions for new leaders
o Go web surfing – it is amazing what you will find. Just put in Junior Girl Scouts or Girl Scouts.
o Our council’s website, www.gsci.org, has many helpful links for forms (attendance sheet, field trip forms, permission slips, etc.
TROOP 802– TEAMWORK CONCEPT - Rules for our troop. This worked well during meetings as well as on fieldtrips. I would say “Remember teamwork” and the girls knew exactly what to do. It was amazing.
¨ Team-we are better together than along
¨ help others – share your skills in a kind way
¨ LISTEN to everyone’s opinion
¨ Make good decisions/choices by voting and don’t be upset when you don’t get your choice; you may get your choice next time – how we elect President, etc.
¨ take turns & be patient, work hard together
¨ don’t hang out with the same friend all of the time – we are all special in our own ways; be a people detective
¨ clean up & leave things better than you found it
¨ SHARE-IT with your Brownie friends & be happy for others; be a good sister to every Girl Scout
¨ try your best and know you did great
¨ Have fun with everything as it is what YOU make it
¨ TRY-IT – try new things – you don’t know until you try it!
¨ Ask QUESTIONS – who, what, where, when, why, & how
¨ Learn, explore, imagine, experiment, and have fun
¨ Be positive and enthusiastic- don’t moan and groan when trying new things because it is what you make it
¨ Actions speak louder than words (roll eyes, etc.)
¨ Win or lose – it was still fun and you did it
¨ Be courageous and strong
¨ Think of the good things
¨ Take turns & be patient - You don’t always have to be first; What if everyone had to be first?
¨ Think before you speak; use a kind voice and don’t be bossy
¨ Don’t gossip or talk badly about others
¨ Use your manner words – please, thank you, excuse me, your welcome, etc.
¨ Listen to each speaker – leader, parents, Brownies, etc.
¨ Say a friendly greeting with a smile
¨ Compliment others
¨ Introduce people to each other
¨ Use your table manners during crafts and snacks/meals
¨ Use phone manners
W is for WORK –
¨ Work together as a team; you all represent Troop 802
¨ Work to better yourself, your Troop, your family, your friends, your school, your community, your state, and your country. Make the world a better place.
¨ Volunteer – help others without being told
¨ Fulfill your commitment – if you say you are going or doing something, work on it until you are done.
¨ Use your resources wisely – don’t waste supplies
¨ Be responsible for doing what is asked of you as well as your work
¨ Treat others the way you want to be treated. Think about others, as it is not all about you and your way.
¨ Be a good friend, citizen, daughter, sister, classmate, student, etc.
¨ Help others in need
¨ Be a good listener and helper; keep secrets and don’t gossip
¨ Be friendly and smile
¨ Be honest and fair; what you do comes through louder than words (face, roll your eyes, ignore, etc.)
¨ Include those that are left out; invite them to be with you
R is for RESPECT –
¨ Respect yourself, friends, family, leaders & troop rules, teachers, and authority
¨ Respect others property – be gentle and don’t touch
¨ Be a good listener – really listen to what they’re saying, ask questions, look at them, give comments, etc.
¨ Be honest and fair
¨ Be kind to others – include others, make new friends
¨ Care and share with your friends, family and others in need
¨ Be considerate and courteous to others – Golden Rule
¨ Show acts of kindness – hold the door for someone, pick up something even though it isn’t your job, give a compliment, make a card when someone is sick, etc.
The following information was in a packet handed to parents at the beginning of the year. This information was also placed on our website.
Family info packet samples
JUNIOR’S NAME: ____________________DOB:_________ PREFERRED EMAIL FOR NFO:_________________________
List 2 if you prefer 2 locations______________________
BEST WAY TO REACH YOU QUICKLY: ___________________
WORK PHONE: M:________________ D:________________
CELL PHONE: M: ________________ D:________________
PAGER: M:___________________ D:________________
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER RELATION:
HOSPITAL PREFERENCE: _____________________________
MOM’S NAME: _____________________________________
DAD’S NAME: ______________________________________
FOR SAFETY REASONS, LIST YOUR DAUGHTER’S ALLERGIES OR OTHER “NEED TO KNOW” INFORMATION: _________________________________________________
REGISTERED ADULT WITH GIRL SCOUTS? Y N
SPECIAL TALENTS/HOBBIES: ___________________________________________
A JUNIOR JOURNEY:
THE GIRL SCOUT PROGRAM GOALS FOR OUR GIRLS
Ø DEVELOPING FULL POTENTIAL: Individuality; learn about health & safety; discover new interests; learn imagine, & create; learn the power of being yourself
Ø CONTRIBUTING TO SOCIETY: Help & work with others, be responsible
Ø RELATING TO OTHERS: learn about others near & far; appreciate unique qualities in people; learn how to have fun with family & friends
Ø DEVELOPING VALUES: learn values to guide her actions for decision-making; learn new social skills; learn how to handle emotional situations
JUNIOR TROOP 802 LEADER:
¨ CONTACT INFORMATION
¨ DIRECTIONS TO THE MEETING SITE
¨ LIST CO-LEADER IF YOU HAVE ONE
¨ LIST COOKIE MOM AS WELL.
MEETINGS & COMMUNICATION:
Ø Our meetings will be ______________________________ unless changed for field trips &/or special events.
Ø The TEAMWORK concept will continue this year. Juniors will also have the opportunity to be a “Patrol” leader this year as well as help lead a meeting.
Ø WATCH YOUR EMAIL FOR REMINDERS, INFORMATION AND NEWSLETTERS. We don’t have a phone chain except in emergencies for changes or cancellations.
Ø BLUE JUNIOR BOX: CHECK IT OUT AFTER EACH MEETING! A great job for your responsible Junior.
1. Junior file: look for your Junior’s name for badge work, patches, permission slips, and other items.
2. Money file: place checks for me in here (dues, fees)
3. Permission Slip file: place permission slips in here. There will be blank slips available as well.
4. Leader info file: place any badge work/info/ideas/etc. that you need to communicate with me
Ø Dues will be $_____ to start the year. PLEASE PAY BY AUGUST 14TH .
Ø Dues cover supplies for badges ($2/ea avg.), awards/fun patches, & other necessities for meetings. Dues will cover part of field trips & incidentals while there. Miscellaneous donations and/or additional funds for field trips/dues will be requested on an as needed basis.
Ø Make checks payable to GS Troop 802 throughout the year. The checking account is at National City Bank.
Ø Each Junior MUST be registered with GSHCC ($10) before September 8th or by our first official meeting. Parents must also be registered if they plan to attend meetings, assist the girls, or be a driver during any Junior function during the year. Dads may also join and be a Girl Scout “Do-Dad.”
CG GIRL SCOUT WEBSITE:
RSVPs, FIELD TRIPS, & PERMISSION SLIPS:
Ø YOU MUST RSVP (phone or email) &/or turn in permission slips /field trip money before or on the specified date if your Junior is planning on attending. If I don’t hear from you, I will assume that your Junior will not be present. I won’t be making last minute phone calls this year.
Ø On “TROOP ACTIVITIES,” the troop will pay for each Junior if she RSVPs by the deadline. However, if the Junior doesn’t attend, you will need to reimburse the Troop funds. Examples – cookie rally, thinking day, etc.
Ø Permission slips will be in your Junior’s file in the BLUE box. For each field trip, please do the following:
1. Keep the top portion of the slip for the info
2. On the bottom portion, write in the Junior’s name, your signature and any changed contact information if I need to reach you in a hurry. If it is on the Emergency sheet from the beginning of the year, ignore the rest.
3. Indicate if you have a specific time frame that your Junior must be back. I try my best but it is hard to keep track of a large group as well as maneuver them places quickly so time often slips by before we know it.
BADGES / AWARDS: Experiment, explore, and learn! Badges, similar to try-its, are ways to learn new activities, use imagination, or have fun again doing an old activity with friends. The way they work:
1. at least 6/10 activities are completed for a Badge theme
2. Activities are more intense for Juniors than Brownies
3. Badges will be handed out as the badges are completed Bad news, not many are iron-on like before. Juniors…grab your needles.
4. Badges are earned by attending meetings / field trips. There will be opportunities to earn “fun patches” as well.
ATTENDANCE AWARDS: Perfect attendance awards will be given out at the end of the year again. These will be broken down into meetings/troop events, optional, and everything. You must attend all meetings & “Troop Events” in order to qualify. You are excused if you are ill or your school is in session when the event occurs and you “make-up” the badge work.
JUNIOR AWARDS: Juniors have different awards that take quite a bit of extra work/effort. The 4 signs and the Bronze award are realistically do-able in my opinion.
WEAR YOUR JUNIOR UNIFORMS TO SCHOOL ON THE DAYS OF THE MEETINGS AND ON FIELD TRIPS.
Ø Green Junior Vest with World Trefoil Pin, Junior pin, American Flag, “802,” & Council ID on it (see picture).
¨ BADGES will go on the front panels
¨ SPECIAL BADGES/AWARDS have a specific place (see picture)
¨ FUN PATCHES (e.g., diva/cookie patches, thinking day, picnic, fire station visit, etc.) should be sewed or ironed on the back.
Ø White polo - the Showcase has a Junior polo if desired
Ø Khakis – pants, skort, or shorts.
Ø Jeans may be substituted for field trips unless indicated.
Scout office (926-9501) located at
Ø You are welcome to buy additional pieces to the uniform, T-shirts, socks, hair pieces, etc. for your Junior if you desire.
Ø THANKS TO ANN SHEEHAN FOR STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE TO BE “COOKIE MOM” AGAIN! Her phone number is 882-1971.
Ø Please fill out the pink sheet – “agree to sell” ASAP
Ø Cookie Rally is _________. FUN opportunity for a PATCH.
Ø Cookie sales begin _____________. SELL, SELL, SELL.
Ø We can start saving for another trip in the future.
Ø We will vote on FPS and other sales opportunities.
¨ Tentative date for COSI – OH trip ____________________
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS? _______________________________________________________
HOBBIE:_______________________ GAME: ___________________
WHAT ACTIVITIES OR SPORTS ARE YOU IN?_____________________
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO ON A RAINY DAY ?___________________ _________________________________________________________
WHAT HAVE YOU NEVER DONE BUT WANT TO TRY? _______________ _________________________________________________________
MOST EMBARRASSING THING?________________________________
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP? _______________ WHAT DO YOU VALUE? ______________________________________
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A GOOD FRIEND? ___________________ _________________________________________________________