A couple years back I crafted these cute little kits for the girls in my troop. We were planning and preparing for a camping trip and earning our Brownie First Aid badge. These are perfect for GS but also any little kid who likes to feel a little independence. Lets be real, what kid doesn't like playing with band aids?
The task of organizing a troop with calendars, emails, forms, and documents can seem daunting. I have an easy method to keep most of what I need all in one place. I use Google!
Use the following Google apps to make your planning more organized.
Do you bother with creating a Troop Parent Handbook? Some people might think it's too much but, in my opinion, it lays a foundation for how you plan to lead the troop, your expectations of parents/guardians and how you can work as a team to have a successful year. It's a hard copy of when and where you have your meetings, your objectives, contact information and policies and procedures you have for events and outings….
I'm always looking for easy and fun ways to entertain our kids while we are camping. Sometimes we travel to amazing destinations that provide the entertainment and activities but there are times when we need a little something to keep our kids happy, occupied and out of the fire pit ashes...lol
Here are 5 fun crafts that you can do with kids at camp.
Every year we try to do at least one camp weekend with our GS troop. This year, since it's one of the things the girls really love and look forward to, I hope to do one a season! The planning process from troop leadership can seem overwhelming. It's a big weekend and the more girls/adults you have attending the more work you will have to put into it. But, after all is said and done, it's totally worth it. If you haven't considered an overnight or camp with your troop I strongly encourage it! The excitement, sister scout bonding, life skills and lasting memories are just a few of the things you and your group will take away.
This year my oldest daughter worked her butt off to reach the 500 goal selling cookie boxes. We have a fairly large troop and another Girl Scout in the house that made for extra obstacles this year. She had to share her friends and family sales with her younger sister. She did a ton of cookie booth and went selling door to door. She pushed!
Last fall, our family took a major step and decided to invest in a travel trailer. I stalked the internet for months trying to find the best deal on a used "starter" camper for our family. Our knowledge of campers, or towing anything in general, was sparse but I'm a firm believer that if you want to do something you just have to pull the trigger and learn through doing.
We then took a walk around the neighborhood and collected trash on the streets. We connected how this trash could easily get in the sewers or nearby river (which leads into the Mississippi River--->and then into ---> the Gulf of Mexico.
To brighten everyone's day we are having a sale on patches. Today only (4/16/18) you can get 30% off patches purchased through the Mighty Girls Rock shop as a thank you for your support! Use the code: MONDAYDEAL16!
Does anyone feel like this is not the most amusing petal to the girls? LOL
The best way I can recommend having your girls complete this badge is through a field trip. There are so many places in your community that girls don't always get to see so take this chance and get out with the girls. I'm not even going to suggest meeting activities because they will just stare at you like some boring teacher. You know the stare I'm talking about....
Our girls love visiting new places and this was the perfect opportunity to show them something they might not have seen before.
For this petal we did two different trips. Before we adventured, we had a brief discussion on what authority was and why it was important. We talked about how laws keep everyone safe and we referenced back to our Girl Scout Law. We also used this opportunity to create rules for our troop that the girls agreed to follow. By creating their own rules and standards we kept the activity girl led!
Field trip ideas
- Police Station
- City Hall
- Court House
- Fire Station
When visiting, it's always kind to bring a little something for your tour guides. The police station and Firefighters love fresh baked cookies!! Make sure to deliver a thank you note as you are leaving or have the girls send one the meeting following the visit. Gratitude is the ultimate form of respect!
If you are not able to take a field trip, this petal is pretty easy to complete in a meeting. Here are some fun activities to liven up the meeting...
- Have the girl makes puppets of different authority figures. Have them create puppet skits where they can act out ways to respect authority.
- Create a set of troop rules that is posted at every meeting. Have each girl add something to the rules.
- Play a game. This one is similar to Simon says except you can pick an authority figure. Bonus points for dress up! You know Firehouse subs has those free plastic fire people hats! Have the girls rotate being the caller.
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