o Who’s a Brownie?
o Sample Schedules of a Brownie Year
o Ideas for Try-Its
o Successful Activities
o Bridging requirements for Juniors
o Tips from Experience
o Resources & Websites for Brownies
o Family info packet samples
WHO’S A BROWNIE?
Most Brownie Girl Scouts are very active. They are full of imagination and fantasy, enjoy "make believe" and dressing up, like to be in a small group, and want to be very helpful. For many, Girl Scouting is that special outlet that thrives on creativity and learning! They love to play games, sing songs, complete short-term projects, visit and help the community, learn & explore new things and earn Try-its. Brownies LOVE patches!!
Some traditions of Brownie Girl Scouting can help girls feel a part of the group, such as acting out the "Brownie Story" or learning the "Brownie Smile Song". There are many activities described in the Try-it and Brownie handbooks.
Troops usually meet 2 times a month right after school, in the early evening, or on a weekend - whatever schedule is convenient for leadders and girls and acceptable to parents. The meeting may last one to two hours. Most meetings consist of an opening, troop planning, a fun activity, and a closing. When planning with younger girls, leaders are encouraged to begin slowly and simply. It is helpful to have extra hands from the parents.
SAMPLE SCHEDULES OF A BROWNIE YEAR
TROOP 802: 2004-2005
SEPT 29: First meeting:
1. Fill out
a. Brownie & parent information sheet
b. Parents: we need your help
c. Registration forms as needed
2. Discuss meeting times & locations
3. Tentative plan for year
6. Field trips
7. Optional activities – mom/dot bowling, holiday sing, etc.
GIRLS – “we want to know about you” sheet & play
OCT 6: Caring & Sharing &
Begin “A Brownie Adventure Scrapbook”: front cover design
Discussed Try-Its and completed Caring & Sharing
OCT 20: ANIMALS & PUPPETS:
We had the girls complete a couple at home and share what they did using pictures on the way to our field trip.
OCT 24: FIELD TRIP for Puppets & Eco-Explorer:
1230 – 430 Trip to Brown Co for a puppet show at Melchoir Marionette Theater & explore nature.
NOV 3: FRIENDS ARE FUN followed by our 1st INVESTITURE CEREMONY: Girls loved this try-it
NOV 17: “TRY-IT PARTY” : PENNY POWER & MANNERS
DEC 1: Philanthropic focus
1. Make card for Holiday Sing
2. Sing songs in
3. Collect books & toys for Holiday Sing
DEC 4: CGSU ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST &
JAN 5: COOKIES COUNT & CONTINUE MANNERS
JAN 19: Dancercise & Healthy Habits : Sweet N Sassy
FEB 2: AROUND THE WORLD IN 30 DAYS: GS AROUND THE WORLD & AROUND THE WORLD TRY-ITS
FEB 13– FATHER/DAUGHTER VALENTINE’S DANCE
This was an optional event for the girls.
FEB 16: AROUND THE WORLD IN 30 DAYS: GS AROUND THE WORLD & AROUND THE WORLD TRY-ITS – CONTINUED; we made a recipe book with ethnic recipes. This went in our scrapbook. We also tasted some of the food. Stations work well.
1. STATION #1: CRAFT & SWAPS – (JK)
¨ Make craft/swaps for our table on thinking day -supplies
¨ Listen to different music from different countries while making crafts – music (JA)
¨ Say hi in different languages – wkst (JK)
2. STATION #2:
¨ Show country on map -globe
¨ Facts about the country –wkst (JA)
¨ Language – handout (JA)
¨ Look at pictures/books –photos (JA)
¨ Play Tripp Trapp Troll (AW 6) –instructions /game (JA)
3. STATION #3:
¨ Show country on map - map or globe
¨ Facts about the country -handout
¨ Troll story –book & trolls; ?coloring pages & websites
¨ Clothes, jewelry, painting, writing -items
¨ Language -haandout
¨ Look at pictures/books photos/books
FEB 19: CGSU THINKING DAY:
MARCH 2: GIRL SCOUTS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED WITH ‘LET’S PRETEND” & A “MANNERS” TEA PARTY
MARCH 16: TRAVEL RIGHT (spring break coming up)
APRIL 6: HER STORY PART I (p 106-107)
APRIL 20: HER STORY PART II ( pg. 106-107)
Decorated a plate at You are the Potter
JUNE 1: A BROWNIE ADVENTURE CELEBRATION
A FAMILY PICNIC AND CEREMONY: All Brownies and their families came for a picnic complete with clowns/face painting/show, a skit by the Brownies, and a final ceremony.
AUGUST – 04-05 TROOP ONLY
¨ 21st POOL PARTY
SEPTEMBER – NEW TROOP MEMBERS
¨ 7 = PARENT INFO / CITIZEN NEAR & FAR
¨ 21 = ART TO WEAR
5 = PEOPLE ARE TALKING / SEWING pg.
70 at the
¨ 15 = LISTENING TO THE PAST / PRAIRIE PATCH p 154 – SATURDAY – CONNOR PRAIRIE
¨ 5 = INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR PEOPLE OF THE WORLD
¨ 16 = BEG THINKING DAY – MAKE PLACEMATS FOR THE NURSING HOME
¨ SERVICE PROJECT – DECORATIONS FOR THE ECF, CHRISTMAS PARTY, AND HANG ON ANOTHER DAY
¨ 3 = COOKIE RALLY – CGMS CENTRAL – TROOP ACTIVITY
11 = BEGIN THINKING DAY PREP ON
¨ 8 = VISIT FROM JUNIOR TROOP & Pen pal with that troop
22 = FINISH
¨ 25 = THINKING DAY – TROOP ACTIVITY
¨ 8 = GS BIRTHDAY PARTY PREP / MAKING MUSIC & BGS THROUGH THE YEARS: We made this a PJ party.
¨ 22 = PBA DAY = Bingo at ECF and sing songs for them
¨ 12 = JUNIOR Badge
¨ 26 – finish Junior badge, make Bridging invites & plan next year.
MAY – 3RD – MTG TO PREP BRIDGING CEREMONY
7TH – BRIDGING CEREMONY
JULY – FUN GET TOGETHER 1 –2 – JR. GS activity
Brownie Troop 727
2006-2007 Sample Calendar
Sunny Slopes horse stables
Friends are Fun
Firefighters Survive Alive
Manners/ Christmas party at meeting
Cookies Count (covered at Post Office visit)
Cookie Rally (Service unit event)
Tootsie Pop Concert- Sounds of Music Try-it
Father Daughter Dance (Service unit event)
Colors and Shapes
Build-a-Bear cookie celebration event
Dancercize- special hosts Madonna and Tara
Nursing Home visit
Art to Wear
Troop 727 Brownies- Manners Matter Try It
December 4. 2006 Sample Meeting Agenda
Stand in circle
Melissa lead discussion
Debbie read story
Activity 1/ 2
Meeting People (5 girls)
Practice introducing people by introducing Santa Claus to your troop leader, Debbie Kissler. “”Santa Claus, I’d like you to meet my troop leader, Debbie. Debbie this is Santa Claus.”
Troop leader wears Girl Scout garb, Santa wears hat, and Brownie wears cheetah shirt and lei.
Phone Fun (5 girls)
Practice using good manners on the phone.
1) Placing a call to Hanna Montana
Hello. “Hi , this is Debbie Kissler, may I please speak with Hanna Montana?” Yes, just a moment please.
2) Receiving a call for your mom
“Hello” Is your mom there? “Yes, may I ask who is calling?” This is Mr. Haddix. “Just a moment please. Mom, Mr. Haddix is on the phone for you.”
Table Manners (10 girls)
1) Proper placement of napkin and utensils- Hand girls each item and instruct them where to place it and what is it used for, salad, entrée, desert, napkin on lap, etc.
2) Proper utensil usage- Bring out plastic food- salad (vegetables), entrée (meat), dessert- have girls pick up proper utensil.
3) Practice passing- Put the plastic food on the table and have girls ask each other “Could you please pass the X?”
4) Placing order at restaurant. Tell girls that we will practice this when they are working on crafts. Walk them through the proper way to address the waiter/ waitress. i.e. May I take your order? “Yes, I will have the cookie, please.” Waiter hands girl the cookie. “Thank you.”
Christmas Ornaments/ Christmas Snack.
1) Pine cones
2) Glitter glue ornament
3) Beaded candy cane
4) Wooden ornament (if run out of time- skip this one)
While girls are working on craft, we can walk around and pretend to be waiters. May I take your order? “ Yes, I will have the cookie, please.” Hand girl the cookie. “Thank you.”
Melissa and Debbie
& FUN ACTIVITIES
ALL IN THE FAMILY
AROUND THE WORLD –Great to do for Thinking Day preparation
ART TO WEAR
o Use fabric paints to decorate a canvas bag. I made a stencil of the GS pin. Make sure their names are on it somewhere. I found it useful for the Brownies to use this bag on field trips. Whatever they brought, they carried and were responsible for it. We are still using these bags as Juniors. Troop 802
BROWNIE GS AROUND THE WORLD
o Go to International Festival (usually the 1st weekend in Nov) at the Fair Grounds. GS usually have a table there and will provide a worksheet to earn the try-it. Plan on staying for several hours – visit the countries, free entertainment, food from around the world, info sheets on the countries…great for Thinking Day 802
BROWNIE GS THROUGH THE YEARS
o Visit Fountain Square Diner for the best shakes & floats. Follow it with Duck Pin bowling in the basement. 802
CARING & SHARING
CITIZEN NEAR & FAR
COLORS & SHAPES
COOKIES COUNT – plan to do before cookie sales begin the first of Jan
CREATIVE COMPOSING (create a play, songs, poems, painting, messages)
EARTH & SKY
EARTH IS OUR HOME
EAT RIGHT, STAY HEALTHY
o This was fun to complete when we were in Brown Co for the puppet show.
FRIENDS ARE FUN
o Instead of a traditional sit upon, we made a 12 x 12 or so fleece sit upon (no sew). The girls loved them and used them at home as well as the meetings. 802
o Old vinyl tablecloths and shower curtains can be used to make Sit-upons. Newspaper, plastic grocery bags, or remnants of carpet padding can stuff them.
o We had a “dress up” tea party where the parents served the girls on china then we completed the rest of the try-it. We also tied this in with manners. 802
LISTENING TO THE PAST
o Conner Prairie is a great place for this. We opted to spend the extra $3 to make our own candles the old fashion way – dipping. 802
MAKE IT, EAT IT
MAKING MUSIC –
ME & MY SHADOW
NUMBER & SHAPES
PEOPLE ARE TALKING
PEOPLE OF THE WORLD Great to do in preparation for Thinking Day
PLAYING AROUND THE WORLD
POIN, CLICK & GO
PUPPETS, DOLLS, AND PLAYS –
Melchoir Marionettes either downtown Indy or in Brown
Co (Slighty Haunted Puppet Studio show is cute in
Oct). The owner was wonderful to spend
time with us after the show to tell us all about marionettes and puppets. Warning, there are puppets there for purchase
($5-15). All of the Brownies bought one
and we practiced puppetry with the owners help.
We also completed Eco-explorer while in
READY, SET, GO CAMPING
SCIENCE IN ACTION
SOUNDS OF MUSIC
SPORTS AND GAMES
STITCH IT TOGETHER
WORKING IT OUT
WRITE AWAY read and write, funny stories, opinions, become a reporter
o Conner Prairie has a Prairie Patch. We also earned Listening to the Past. 802
o Our troop liked to work on things in the car – questions, etc. that helped earn try-its while we drove to the field trip. 802
o Scrapbooking – Archivers offers activities for Girl Scouts (also has GS books, papers, and stickers) design & add to their own books during the year; We would learn cool stamping, sticker, & journaling
o You are the Potter – made plates for our Moms for Mother’s Day (part of Her Story). They did a wonderful job explaining the process and showing the girls the kilns.
o Swimming party over the summer or as a kick off to the new year before school starts and things get crazy again.
o Eating at an ethnic restaurant
¨ It is easy to fill 2 meetings a month plus field trips and service unit events. We would only have 1 meeting in Dec and end at the beginning of May.
¨ Allow time to complete try-its to dig deeper and learn more.
¨ SHARE-IT TIME: The 2nd year we wanted to know more about our friends so we created Share-it time. 1-2 girls per meeting had 5 min to share anything about themselves with their friends. It could be a hobby, sports, musical instrument, baby pictures, favorite toy, pets (pictures only), etc. This gave the girls a chance to be up in front of people and talk. The troop asked them questions after. It was a great learning experience and we found out that we had many talented girls.
¨ 2nd and 3rd grade - Have more input/participation from the girls – help at meetings to small jobs – attendance, lead the pledge/promise/law/friendship circle, clean up, pass out papers, etc.
¨ Have a file box (hard plastic) with each girl’s name on a file. Use this to put patches, papers for parents, or other communication. Have files for checks/payments, permission slips and items for the leader as well. It is easy to carry to other meeting places, too.
¨ Use activity stations (see description under tips)
¨ Samples of handouts for the troop are under resources and websites.
BRIDGING REQUIREMENTS FOR JUNIOR GS: You need to start planning for bridging no later than mid year. The requirements are in the back of your Brownie handbook. Check your service unit contact list to find a Junior troop. It is fun to use a troop in the same school as the girls see each other.
o Learn about Juniors from another troop: badges/awards, sash/vest, signs, leader pin
o Complete a Junior GS badge
o Learn a song from a Junior GS
o attend an Event with a Junior GS Troop – attend their meeting
o Get together with your new troop / camp
o Fly – up Ceremony: make skit, invitations and/or decorations
– a beautiful bridge and location is at the Greenwood Amplitheather
TIPS FROM EXPERIENCE
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 and/or watch the manners, etc. It worked well during meetings and 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.
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 Brownie 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.
I want our Brownie Mania year to be fun, safe, and educational. Per the recommendation of the Girl Scout Council, the following will help us ensure our girls have a great year. In advance, I would like to thank you for your support and cooperation this year.
Ø MOST OF ALL, PLEASE BE SUPPORTIVE AND UNDERSTANDING WITH YOUR BROWNIES & THE LEADERS. Remember…there is always a leader position available - heehee
Ø CHECK YOUR EMAIL: An email reminder with “parent notes” will be sent out the Sunday before each meeting.
Ø Arrive on time to all events - lots to do in a short time frame.
Ø CHECK THE BLUE BROWNIE BOX AT THE END OF EACH MEETING & RESPOND BY the DEADLINES (e.g., RSVP, permission slips, dues, requests for help, items to bring, items needed, etc.).
Ø Keep your information current: Let us know of any changes with your email address, phone number, or other pertinent information.
Ø REGISTER: All Brownies must be registered. Adults planning to assist or attend any function must also be registered. Dads may also register as a “Do-Dad.”(?possible camping event at some point). This allows Girl Scouts to carry you for secondary insurance.
Ø RULE: at least 1 adult to every 5 Brownies at our meetings & on field trips. The parent must stay with the group at all times. No smoking, “drinking,” etc. while with the Brownies at a function.
Ø GET INVOLVED! Please sign up to help with try-its, field trips, & transportation. Come & join us at our meetings. Extra hands are always welcomed.
Ø Help make this Brownie Mania year fun and one to remember! I want you to be a part of your daughter’s experience so feel free to join us at anytime. No warning necessary. IT WILL BE A FABULOUS, RELAXED, & SMOOTH YEAR IF WE ALL DO OUR PART.
THE 4-HOUR COMMITMENT OF GIRL SCOUT PARENTS:
The Girl Scout Council suggests that every parent commit at least 4 hours to the troop. This could be assisting with a meeting, going on a field trip, preparing items for a theme, etc. It is a family affair.
As a leader, I want this to be a very positive experience for both you and your daughter. Please voice any concerns, feedback, problems that arise, etc. to me. If you have a special hobby/talent or any ideas please let me know.
2. BEHAVIOR ISSUES:
I doubt this will be needed with our Brownies. To resolve issues that arise, I will talk to the Brownies involved in the “matter” and have them express their feelings, what’s right/wrong, and how to resolve the “matter.” In a situation that behavior becomes a significant issue, that Brownie will lose activity privileges and parents will be notified.
All of us have occasions where we need a helping hand. Let me know if you need help transporting your Brownie. Carpooling is not a problem. The same goes for “timing” of schedules. If your Brownie needs to arrive early, picked up from school, etc., please let me know so I can help.
4. PBA DAYS:
If it works out, I may try to schedule some of our meetings on PBA days. Let me know if this is a problem.
THE GIRL SCOUT PROGRAM GOALS
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
BROWNIE’S NAME: ________________________DOB:___________
MOM’S NAME: ___________________________________________
DAD’S NAME: ___________________________________________
SIBLINGS/AGES: ________________________________________ _______________________________________________________
PREFERRED EMAIL FOR INFO: ______________________________
WORK PHONE: M:__________________ D:____________________
CELL PHONE: M: __________________ D:____________________
PAGER: M:________________________ D:___________________
BEST WAY TO REACH YOU QUICKLY: _________________________
EMERGENCY CONTACT/ NUMBER/RELATION:__________________ _______________________________________________________
FOR SAFETY REASONS, LIST YOUR DAUGHTER’S ALLERGIES OR OTHER “NEED TO KNOW” INFORMATION: ______________________ _______________________________________________________
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOUR DAUGHTER TO EXPERIENCE AND LEARN THIS YEAR IN BROWNIES?__________________________________
WHAT DATE(S) & TIME (S) ARE BEST FOR MEETINGS/FIELD TRIPS? _________________________________________________
WILL YOU BE A MEETING HELPER? Y N THEME PREFERENCE? ___________________________ ANY
WILL YOU BE A DRIVER ON A FIELD TRIP? Y N
ARE YOU A REGISTERED ADULT WITH GIRL SCOUTS? Y N
A BROWNIE ADVENTURE:
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
BROWNIE TROOP 802 LEADER:
Include names, numbers, email addresses as well as directions to the meetings.
MEETINGS & COMMUNICATION:
Ø Our meetings will be TBA unless changed for field trips &/or special events.
Ø Each meeting will have a theme & the Brownies will have fun working towards or earning a Try-It.
Ø The Brownies will have different “buddies” & meeting jobs monthly.
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 BROWNIE BOX: CHECK IT OUT AFTER EACH MEETING!
1. Each Brownie will have a file – look for try-it work, patches, permission slips, and other items.
2. Money – there is a money file to deposit checks (dues, fees)
3. Permission Slips – Place all permission slips in this file.
4. Leader info – This is for any information that you need to communicate with us (e.g., make up try-its, etc.)
Ø ATTENDANCE: Perfect attendance awards are given at the end of the year. You must attend all meetings & “Troop Events” in order to qualify. You are excused if you make up the try-it when we meet on a PBA day & your school is on a different schedule or sick.
Ø BRIDGING TO JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS: This is our big year for bridging to the next level at the end of the year. We will have various requirements that we will try to accomplish during our meetings. We will celebrate at the end of the year with a big bridging ceremony.
Ø The leaders will purchase supplies with initial dues
Ø Occasionally, special items or show & tell items will be needed
Ø Dues will be $____ to start the year. PLEASE PAY BY SEPT. 21_.
Ø Dues covers supplies for Try-Its, awards/patches, & snacks.
Ø This year, dues DO NOT COVER field trips & incidentals while there.
Ø Miscellaneous donations will be requested on an as needed basis.
Ø Make checks payable to GS Troop 802. We have a checking account at National City Bank at 135 and Stones Crossing.
Ø Each Brownie MUST be registered with GSHCC ($10) before September 8th or at the first meeting. Parents must also be register if they plan to attend meetings, assist the girls, or be a driver during any Brownie function during the year. We would appreciate your help. Dads may also join and be a Girl Scout “Do-Dad.” Hopefully, they can help with camping.
RSVPs, FIELD TRIPS, & PERMISSION SLIPS:
Ø NOTE CHANGES: YOU MUST RSVP (phone or email) &/or turn in permission slips /field trip money before or on the specified date if your Brownie is planning on attending. If we don’t hear from you, we will assume that your Brownie will not be present. REASONS: 1) Girl Scout’s rules,
2) a “count” and deposit are often required, 3) easier on the leaders & troop funds. We are open to someone organizing & running a phone tree for reminders in these events.
Ø We will send information via email regarding our special events.
Ø Permission slips will be in your Brownie’s file in the BLUE FILE BOX.
Ø On “TROOP ACTIVITIES,” the troop will pay for each Brownie. However, if the Brownie doesn’t attend, you will need to reimburse the Troop funds. This is to save funds for the “BIG TRIP” in the future.
Experiment, explore, and learn! Try-its are ways to learn new activities, use imagination, or have fun again doing an old activity with friends.
1. at least 4 activities are completed for a Try-It theme
2. patches will be handed out as the try-its are completed These can be ironed on once received.
3. earn Try-its by attending meetings / field trips
4. patches costs $1.35 - $1.90 & comes out of the dues
UNIFORMS: WEAR YOUR BROWNIE UNIFORMS TO SCHOOL ON THE DAYS OF THE MEETINGS AND ON FIELD TRIPS.
2nd year Brownies:
Ø Same as last year PLUS the Brownie Skort ($ 22-23)
NEW Brownies: total for entire uniform = $28.85 + skort
Ø Brownie Vest ($14.50) worn with Brownie skort ($22-23) & a cream shirt (any style & brand). The Showcase has a cream mock turtleneck with the Brownie emblem for $_____. At times, we’ll have the girls wear khakis or jeans with the vest & shirt.
Ø We also request that you purchase the following: (Total = $12.70)
1. The Brownie Girl Scout Pin ($1.35) **
2. The World Trefoil Pin ($2.05) **
3. The Iron –on American Flag ($1.55)
4. Our Troop number ‘802’ ($3.75)
5. Iron-on Council ID ($4.00)
6. The Brownie Girl Scout Insignia Tab ($1.80) is optional. This is pinned onto the vest & the Brownie GS Pin & World Trefoil Pin is placed in it.
NOTE: **Leaders will keep the Brownie GS and World Trefoil Pins for the new Brownies until the investiture ceremony (they state the law/promise) and the World Trefoil Pin will be received at Thinking Day.
¨ WHERE DO YOU BUY THE UNIFORM?
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 Brownie if you desire.
¨ WHERE DOES IT GO ON THE BROWNIE VEST?: Please follow placement instructions on the handout or call us.
1. The Flag (top near shoulder) with the council ID & Troop number underneath it on the front right side.
2. Your yearly pin should be placed under the Troop number.
3. TRY-ITS are ALL iron-on & can be ironed on in any pattern on the front, right or left side, below the arm hole. No other patches should be on the front.
4. Your World Trefoil pin is placed above the Brownie GS pin on the front left side over your heart.
5. FUN PATCHES (e.g., cookie patches, thinking day, picnic, fire station visit, etc.) should be sewed or ironed on the back. It is best to sew vs. iron unless it is an iron-on (many new ones are-check label). Your Brownie decides the placement on the back of the vest.
Ø THANKS TO ______ FOR STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE TO BE “COOKIE CAPTAIN” AGAIN! Her phone number is
Ø Please fill out the pink sheet–“agree to sell”
Ø Cookie Rally ______.FUN opportunity for a PATCH.
Ø Cookie sales begin in January. SELL, SELL, SELL.
This was a tentative plan for the parents. Dates were included if they were known.
¨ PARENT INFO / CITIZEN NEAR & FAR
¨ ART TO WEAR
¨ LISTENING TO THE PAST –CONNOR PRAIRIE (Sat)
¨ PEOPLE ARE TALKING
¨ TBA – INTERNATIONAL FAIR– PEOPLE OF THE WORLD
¨ IT’S GREEK TO ME!- - begin our “Thinking Day adventure”
¨ NURSING HOME VISIT OR SHOW – service project
¨ COOKIE RALLY – SELL COOKIES
¨ LET’S GO TO
¨ LET’S BUILD THE PARTHENON!
¨ TOGA PARTY!
¨ THINKING DAY – TROOP ACTIVITY
¨ WHAT’S YOUR HOBBIE? –Show & tell begins.
¨ GS BIRTHDAY PARTY / MAKING MUSIC
¨ COLORS & SHAPES – service project
¨ CREATIVE COMPOSING
¨ MAKE IT, EAT IT
¨ FIELD TRIP - WONDERLAB & SCIENCE WONDERS
MAY – BRIDGING CEREMONY TO JR. GS
JULY – FUN GET TOGETHER 1 –2 – JR. GS activity
HEY BROWNIE…HEY WHAT?…TELL ME ALL ABOUT YOU!
NAME: ______________________________________________ CGES RM #________ BIRTHDAY:________________ AGE: ______
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITES? COLOR:___________________ MOVIE:_____________________ TV SHOW:___________________
CRAFT: ____________________ CGES SUBJECT:______________
WHAT ACTIVITIES OR SPORTS ARE YOU IN?____________________
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?_________________________ _______________________________________________________
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO OR TRY THIS YEAR? _______________
WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO SHOW & TELL? YES NO
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? ___________________________________
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP OTHERS? (e.g, give things, put on a show at a nursing home, sing at Christmas, etc.)________________
_________________________________________________________WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BROWNIES OR WHY DID YOU JOIN?____
The Brownies were given a binder at the beginning of the year. They brought it to every meeting. We had a plastic sleeves for “parent info” and places to keep their crafts. We printed out recipes from Thinking day, various worksheets for try-its, their “Friends Scrapbook,” and they could print out the summary of our meetings at home sent via email. Below are a few pages from the scrapbook.
Another year, I took digital pictures and wrote a blurb about our meetings/field trips. I put these on a disc at the end of the year as a gift.
Some troops make books for the girls.
TRY-IT means just that. You try new things that you’d like to learn about or that you like to do. It is a chance to use your imagination, learn something new, and get your hands dirty. The only thing you have to do is TRY-IT and have fun! You may be great and have a blast at one thing and not another. That’s OK! The important thing is that you TRY-IT!
After you finish the parts to a TRY-IT theme, then you can receive a patch, an award, at a special ceremony we will have called a Court of Awards ceremony. You can then put the TRY-IT patch on your Brownie vest
WHAT IS A TRY-IT? IT IS A CHANCE TO EXPLORE, IMAGINE, EXPERIMENT, LEARN, AND, MOST OF ALL, HAVE FUN WITH SOMETHING NEW!!!!
MY TRY-IT LIST:
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say ad do and to,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Friendly and Helpful
Considerate and Caring
Courageous and Strong
Respect myself and others
Use resources wisely
Make the world a better place
Be a good sister to every Girl Scout
Here’s to being a great Brownie!
I’ve something in my pocket.
It belongs across my face,
and I keep it very close at hand
in the most convenient place
I’m sure you couldn’t guess it
If you guessed a long, long while
So I’ll take it out and put it on
It’s a great big Brownie Smile!
March 12: Girl Scout’s Birthday
April 22: Girl Scout Leader’s Day
F is for fantastic people
R is for reliable pals
I is for it’s fun to share
E is for exciting times
N is for never dull moment
D is for double the fun
S is for super special friends like Brownies
Friends are very special. A friend may be just like you or very different than you. Friends play, care, share, support, and go places with each other. You have to work at friendships.
Remember, good friends know the FRIEND RULES:
1. Friends work together
Teamwork is the best way to work and play.
2. Friends take turns
You can’t have it your way all of the time.
3. Friends think before speaking.
Try to say something good and not something that will hurt their feelings.
4. Friends always LISTEN to each other.
It is important to listen to your friend all of the time. That’s how you know if they need help or just an ear to listen. Remember that you will need your friend to listen to you sometime.
5. Friends are honest and make good choices together.
They solve problems together. When you are upset with each other, you solve it by words telling your feelings about what is wrong and what your idea is to solve it.
6. Friends share and help each other.
If your friend is having trouble with something, help them by sharing what you know in a nice way. Avoid being ‘bossy.’
7. Friends care about each other.
What would make your friend feel better if she was having a bad day, sick, happy about something, sad, mad, and the list goes on? What would you want someone to do for you or with you? That’s what friends would do.
“MY BROWNIE FRIENDS” BOOK
1. Decorate the outside. Make sure you write your name on it.
2. You are going to make a page for every girl in our Brownie Troop. You want to write:
· Your friend’s name
· Phone number
· What they like to do
· What they like to eat (candy, snack, drink)
· Whatever you want to remember about your friend
3. You can decorate the friend’s page however you want.
4. You will be learning about and adding your friends each time we meet until all of our Troop is in it.
5. This will be your own phone book for Brownies.
Keep track of the pages you have done.
END OF YEAR IDEAS
I found this helpful after the first year. It also helped me plan the following year.
A Brownie Adventure: Brownie Survey
Are you going to be in Brownies next year? YES NO
If no, is it due to: too busy didn’t like what we did __________________
WANT TO TRY OR LEARN:____________________________________________
Do you want to meet over the summer? Y N What do you want to do? _______________________________________________________________________
Do you want to have a swim party in August to start off our year? Y N
Uniforms: keep change possible change coming at council
A Brownie Adventure: Parent Survey
Please rate ALL areas below about our Brownie troop & adventure. Circle 1-5 with 1 =yes/fantastic/do it again and 5 = No/horrible/drop it. Please make any comments anywhere to help us plan next year
Parent Information given
at the beginning of the year 1 2 3 4 5
Uniforms 1 2 3 4 5
Bang for the buck 1 2 3 4 5
Communication from leaders 1 2 3 4 5
Try-it topics / Goals of GS (community awareness, relating to others, values, growing personally) 1 2 3 4 5
Brown Co. Puppet Show 1 2 3 4 5
Sweet & Sassy 1 2 3 4 5
You are the Potter 1 2 3 4 5
Fire Station 1 2 3 4 5
Family Picnic Finale 1 2 3 4 5
Mom/Dot Bowling 1 2 3 4 5
Cookie Rally 1 2 3 4 5
Valentine’s Dance 1 2 3 4 5
Thinking Day 1 2 3 4 5
Camping 1 2 3 4 5
IS YOUR BROWNIE CONTINUING NEXT YEAR? YES NO
If no, is it due to: schedules troop uninterested
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A PART OF THE TROOP: YES NO
Circle your interest: CO-LEADER COOKIE MOM LEAD A MEETING
SERVICE PROJECTS MEETING HELPER PLAN EVENTS (field trips)
IDEAS for next year: _______________________________________________________
Dad, would you be a “DO-DAD” next year(1 date): YES NO
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE: Please list any ideas you have.
Events over the summer YES NO What month works? _______
Meet 1 2 Xs for fun events like Indy Rocks tour, movie night
Meetings IN HOMES CHURCH CGES ?????