Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Agent of Change: Session 7

WE DID IT!!!! 


We finished Agent of Change and the girls have been able to see beyond themselves, beyond our troop, and reach out to the community in which we live. We also had a girl experience a harsh reality when her Grandma took a stray cat to the Humane Society... they tested the cat and found he had a disease and had to put him to sleep. She was very sad, yet understood the importance of not spreading this disease to other cats in the shelter. 

For our "wrap up" session, we were planning our Court of Awards Ceremony AND doing a recap of what we had done. I printed out 26 photos and got each of the girls a photo album to put the photos into, along with some blank white sheets to decorate and tell about what they did. 

They were to put the photos in the album and think about how each picture represented one of the powers... power of one, power of team, power of community. Of course, some photos overlapped the powers and that was fine, too. The girls worked on their albums for most of the meeting. 


They also planned their ceremony layout and decided how to be introduced, etc. Introduction of each girl is something we have done from the beginning.. they love hearing their name announced to come running and waving into the room. I really need to remember to get streamers or something for the end of the year and make is SUPER special. 

The girls LOVED the Journey. In fact, I was surprised by one decision last night. The girls created Power Logs way back in Session 1 or 2. I asked them if they wanted to continue to use the Power Logs or if they wanted to take them home with them. I explained the Power Logs were part of our Journey and that the Journey was over, but it was up to them whether or not they wanted to use them... It was a unanimous decision to continue the Power Logs. I was SHOCKED... but I love that they want to continue writing about what they have done and their thoughts and accomplishments at each meeting. These girls are amazing and they will change the world. 




After all, my agents of change... it's your world - change it!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Agent of Change: Session 6 (&7)

The Leader's Guide for the Journey combined Session 6 & 7. That's because you really are doing your Take Action Project and then reflecting on what you have done.

In order to keep my mind straight, I decided Session 6 was the Take Action and 7 will be our reflection.

For our Take Action project, we made the no-sew fleece blankets for the Humane Society. The girls also went home and asked parents to donate supplies the shelter could use. I was very impressed that 80% of the girls remembered and brought their items. I encouraged those that didn't to drop the items off at the shelter with their parents.

We took our blankets and supplies with us for the tour of the shelter. The lady that showed us around talked to the girls about what type of pets they accept, what they have there right now, why animals come to the shelter, and the ways they place animals. The girls were very interested in the opportunity to volunteer with socializing the animals (fancy name for playing with the animals).

The girls all pledged to speak with their parents about volunteering to help the shelter. They are going to spread the word to classmates about being a responsible pet owner and understanding the commitment that is involved in owning a pet. They also want to make more blankets.

At our last meeting dedicated to the Agent of Change, we will be putting together some quick photo books of things we have done and writing captions about our Journey as a memento of the activity. We'll also have an Awards Ceremony.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Brownie Badge: Give Back

It's almost that time of year again in Central Missouri... the time when girls gain skills such as goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. It's important that young girls understand that this isn't just about cookies. The Cookie Program isn't the only time they will need the skills they may not even know they are learning.

Our troop, before selling one box of cookies, sat down to talk about what we were going to do with the money. How were we going to help the community with the money we earned? We talked about the Cookie Share program. Cookie Share is a way for people to purchase a box of cookies and then it goes to a charity. We could either go with the group Girl Scouts selected or we could choose our own local group to help. 

This badge was a lot of talking and planning, rather than some others where you are crafting, hiking, and playing team building games. We broke it down like this:

1. Businesses that give back 
As a group, the girls (and a parent) went online and found a company that gives back. The girls then brought information about the company to share at the meeting. 

2. Set a giving goal
We talked about what was fair to take from our cookie money to give back to a charity. We "ran the numbers" and broke it down. The girl remembered from the previous year that we normally do 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 for Spend, Save, Give. They felt that was a good way to divide it up and wanted to stick with that. 

3. Talk about involving customers
As a group we designed a Cookie Share flyer. I then made copies and each girl took one with her cookie packet to spread the word. We also used these at our booth sale.

4. Practice giving back
This really wasn't completed until the cookies arrived. The girls selected the local Ronald McDonald House to receive our Cookie Share cookies. But, they did plan on how to present the cookies. They wanted to include a card and they even said we needed to check and make sure what kind of cookies they would accept. Several of the girls are in "no peanut" classrooms, so they are aware of food allergies.

5. Tell customers
Each year our troop comes up with a thank you postcard they all sign to put with each order of cookies. In order to meet this goal, the girls decided to add a short note on the thank you that said how many boxes of cookies we donated to the Ronald McDonald House through the Cookie Share Program. This was a little tricky, as the initial order period was over but direct sales were still going strong. So, we formatted the note to say the number of boxes from the initial sale. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ask the Girls...

It seems like a simple phrase, yet it is one that "we Leaders" sometimes forget. It's a phrase that was used by Juliette Low anytime a tough decision had to be made... ask the girls. 

Our troop has been working on Agent of Change for four months, basically. It's all we have done this semester. We are also first year Juniors. I have a ton of things I would love for our Junior troop to be able to do. I want them to be able to do a flag ceremony by heart. I would love to see them teaching younger Daisies and Brownies the Girl Scout Ways. I want to make sure they know the GS traditions... knot tying, camping, ceremonies, songs, the list goes on and on.

Pinterest is a friend and foe. I'll also toss in that this blog is a friend and foe. I never intend any of my posts to come off as being "the way to do it". The things we do are what work for us. There are so many options and ways to present material. It is our job as a Leader to tune in to our girls and figure out where they are and what interests them. After all  if they aren't interested, included, and engaged... they won't stay with it... and that should be the ultimate goal...

My girls... they love singing. They also love lummi sticks. I put together a cheap plastic folder of songs in sheet protectors for troop songbooks. We were talking about the things we had to get done for our Journey and one of the girls says "Can we just sing at a meeting sometime?" I stopped in my tracks and replied... "Would everyone like to devote time to singing at a meeting?" Overwhelming replies of "Yes!" My next question "Do you want a whole meeting or half a meeting or what are you thinking?" There was discussion and they didn't want to miss snack (ha!) and they didn't want to lose their voices, so a half meeting was the decision. "When?" I asked. "The next meeting!!" they exclaimed.. and so it was. The Journey was on hold, because we obviously needed a break. We had talked about so many fun things we were going to do "some day" and it was obvious that "some day" needed to happen soon.

It was harder when they were little to let them plan, but they can still help. Start with baby steps with the younger girls. You don't want to overwhelm them and say "Plan your meeting!" There has to be a plan to get them there. Give the girls choices. Even simple choices of "Do you want to do this badge or this badge next?" You can pick out the badges you know they will like, but then let them order the way they earn it. Give them decision making power. "What do you want for snack at the next meeting?" or "Do you think we need to add anything to Opening or Closing?" But... you have to let them make choices and decisions. It is their troop and their time and their experience. No one throw things at their monitor... but who cares if they don't earn every single badge?! Who cares if they don't go camping three times a year?! This is THEIR troop... and what you do should reflect THEIR interests. 

I'm going to be honest... This is a struggle I deal with on a daily basis. I'm very type A and I'm very good at planning, organizing, coordinating, and doing... It's hard for me to sit back and say "What do you want?" and just go with the flow... but, there needs to be balance. The girls need to know they are the ones figuring out what they want. They are the ones leading... you may have the title of Leader, but really... you are being led by young girls that are discovering, connecting, and growing in strength and courage.


Great leaders listen to those they are leading... and by doing so you will all be on the best adventure ever.



Monday, November 19, 2012

Agent of Change: Session 5

As I told you in the entry for Session 4, the girls selected the Humane Society to help as a Service Project for our Journey. I contacted them and they told me the girls could make no-sew fleece blankets and collect items they need.

At our meeting, we were also gearing up for the Holiday Parade and finishing up our 1980s patch for Windows to the Past. So, we had a few things to do.

We had animal crackers for a snack to tie in with the Animal Shelter project. The girls thought I was so clever... I do have to admit that I didn't even think about the correlation until after I purchased the snack and was like "oh... cool!". Sometimes I surprise myself.

Over snack we discussed What Do We Have? and Who Will Do What? I got the girls started and then just let them roll with it. I made sure if I offered any help with the items on the list that I would say "Are you in agreement with that?", "Does that sound correct?", "How would you word it?", "Did we forget anything?".

We first talked about Who Will Do What? We broke down the list of items the Humane Society had asked for and we divided it up between the girls.


Who Will Do What?
TaskWho?
Carry In Blankets8 blankets, 1 for each girl to carry in
DriversLeader and Co-Leader
ToysL
Peanut ButterD
Applesauce (unsweetened)A
Hand SanitizerC
TreatsM
Paper TowelsC
BleachL

The girls signing up for something to bring were instructed to ASK their parents and if they were okay with it, that was fine. They were also instructed that if they wanted to bring additional items, they could, but to please make sure they brought what they signed up for, so we covered the list.

We also talked about what we had. I wrote the list for them on a piece of cardstock.

What Do We Have?
  • blankets
  • girl power
  • vehicles to get there
  • a plan
  • vests for our trip <--This one made me proud. They were insistent they need to wear their vests for the fieldtrip. 

I had gotten the fleece and my main girl and crafty bud helped me cut out the blankets and cut all the strips before the meeting. It took us quite a while and I didn't want to try to supervise seven girls cutting the fleece and stress out... So, we spent a lot of the meeting tying knots. The girls were so excited and then I stretched them to make them square and they were very amazed and proud of their blankets... with good reason. They did a fabulous job!

The girls are super excited about the trip. So, our next troop meeting is a fieldtrip to the Humane Society.

Session 6 & 7 are carrying out the project and reporting on it. So, we'll spend the next meeting doing it and the last meeting of the semester making posters or writing a story or drawing a picture to show what we did. I plan to get photos of the meetings and trip printed and we'll make a simple album of the journey. Stay tuned and I'll let you know how that turns out.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Agent of Change: Session 4

Session 4 was actually broken up between two meetings for our troop. The girls had chosen to devote half of a meeting to singing. They love singing, so we did it. It also gave us time to decorate Lummi sticks (something the girls are really digging!)

For Session 4 we continued our Super Girl Stories in a "round" fashion. Each girl gave a super hero idea and they selected one to tell a story about. They absolutely love being on camera, so I recorded it for them. They took turns building the story as we went around the table.

It just so happened that we needed to make a decision about an outfit for the holiday parade. We used this to try out the "Fist to Five" activity described in the book. The girls quickly reached a decision by counting the pros and cons between two ideas.

We talked about Take Action projects for our Journey and once again was able to do fist to five to decide. Our list consisted of helping at a children's hospital, helping at RMHC, helping at an animal shelter, and cleaning up a park. The girls decided they wanted to help at an animal shelter. So, I'll be making some phone calls.

After deciding on a project, we play The Real Me. The girls really enjoyed this game and it was fun to learn things about one another and learn who is really good at lying. Ha!

We actually "ended" the second meeting covering this session with our Investiture and Re-dedication Ceremony. The girls were super excited and it was fun to announce they had made a choice about their Take Action project.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

World of Girls: Session 7&8

The best laid plans.... that's how I need to begin this post. We finished up our World of Girls Journey in November 2011.... in Missouri. Our next meeting was scheduled for early December with our presentation of awards on December 20th. Well... school was cancelled because of an early snow. Then, the holidays kicked into full force and there wasn't a date to make up that meeting. So, we had to change our plan and figure out how to finish up our Journey.

I'm going to share with you "the original plan" and "the revised plan".

Session 7&8 is about telling people what you did and finding a way to help make the change "stick".  We were going to make posters and present them at a school assembly. They were going to say "Don't trash our playground" and "Pick up trash to throw away every day". They were great ideas and the girls were going to create them by hand on poster board. Then we were going to invite the school principal and a few teachers to our meeting for the girls to discuss the change they made and why it was important. It was going to be great, I tell you.

Instead, the girls had sketched out their ideas for posters in our previous meeting (I didn't include that in the notes, but they did that over snack time. I needed to know what supplies to gather for them, so we were making a plan). I took their ideas and turned them into digital posters created in Word. I emailed them to their principal with a short description of the project. Why rush, you say? Why not wait and do it after Christmas break? Because the girls were excited about Court of Awards and getting their badges and telling their parents about what they did. I didn't feel I could give them the badges if we weren't "done". So, I made a judgment call and decided the girls had put in a lot of work and effort. If I did this one last thing for them, it wouldn't matter in the long run and we could say the project was done. I'm sure I will get some feedback about how I shouldn't do the work for the girls, etc. and that's fine most of the time... but these girls worked hard. They gave all the ideas... all I did was turn their sketched ideas in Word document posters and email them.

My decision was clearly correct, too. These girls had learned a lot... about themselves, about their troop, about how making a small change can help the world they live in. That's the bottom line, folks. Give them the tools and watch them grow. At our Court of Awards, each girl took a turn to say something she had learned or done during our journey. The girls talked about our fruit flights, cleaning the playground, learning games from all over the world, understanding how girls in other countries don't have the same freedoms as we, and how we all need to make a difference by making small changes. Each girl reported they had talked to classmates about not dropping trash on the playground and how much time they spent cleaning it up. Yep... they got it. They understood how we could take a problem and resolve it. We made their world a better place. They found camaraderie in their Girl Scout sisters. They saw they can make a difference.

In my book... that's success and fully earned.

Monday, October 15, 2012

World of Girls: Session 5&6

The girls had been interested in cleaning up their playground since Session 2. It sounded like a great idea to me and one that we could easily accomplish. My thought is we needed something for a Journey book, not their Gold Award. So, if they wanted to pick up trash... so be it.

Before this meeting, I went to the store and gathered big black trash bags and non-latex gloves (we have a Mom that is allergic to latex and I didn't want our trash collection to cause issues, even though her child would be washing up). I met the girls after school and we spent the first 30 minutes of our meeting picking up trash. To make a game of it, I divided the girls into two teams and had them count the number of pieces of trash they were collecting. We heard "45", "57", "This is huge, so it should count as two!" chattered back and forth across the playground. We surpassed our goal of cleaning the main playground and expanded it to the soccer field and lower open field area. The girls actually had lots of fun doing this and came up with the idea of cleaning up the park, too, at a later meeting.

Once we were inside, cleaned up, trash contained, etc., we made GORP for a snack. It was quick, easy, and customizable.... plus super yummy!

There were a few activities we needed to complete in order to finish the last badge for the Journey.

In the Leaders book, there is an activity titled "Drawing Ourselves". I gave each girl a piece of white cardstock and we had crayons and markers. We all drew ourselves based upon the list in the book. The girls giggled and I heard "This looks nothing like me." at first. By the ends they were comparing each others "I have a triangle and so do you!" We talked about how you can't really "see" a person by looking at their face. You have to dig deeper and find out about a person to find similarities. We all have differences and similarities that make us who we are.

The Hunt Is On was done in round table fashion. We only had 5 girls in our troop when we did this, so to make it into a scavenger hunt where they run around to tons of different girls just wasn't practical. Also because they all go to the same school and know each other pretty well. We used the chart from the leader's book and went down the list to fill them in. This wasn't as "active" as the creators of the book envisioned, but it still gave us a good sense of what we had in common.

We also played Sun & Ice, just as described in the book. The girls weren't that into it, really. I think with a bigger group it would be more fun. But, they played it and got some running in.

At the end of the meeting, we planned our last session for the World of Girls... to communicate to others what we did and why.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

World of Girls: Session 4


By Session 4, my co-Leader and I were really tweaking and cutting the fluff, so to speak. We wanted the girls to have a great experience, yet we didn't want to spend a ton of time MAKING them do things they weren't in to. Girl led, right? Yep yep... GIRL LED! Even if it means tweaking the book to fit your girls.


On page 17 in the Girls Book on the WORLD side (and if you haven't noticed by now, like I hadn't at this point... the book is a flip book and one side has WORLD in all uppercase and one side has GIRL in all uppercase. It helps when you start to understand how the book works.), the girls completed the Girls Teaching Girls activity. They filled in the skills they had and shared them with the group. We have one girl that was born in Korea and she actually attends school on Saturday to learn how to write and speak in Korean. She shared how to write her name and the other girls names with the group. Another girl said she was really good at duct tape crafts, so we encouraged her to share. She did end up making and bringing bracelets for all the girls in the troop. We went around and found things the girls liked and things they could teach each other. They chatted among themselves and the excitement grew.

Flipping to the GIRL side for pages 16&17: The next activity was drawing, which tied in well because one of the girls said she was really good at drawing. So she even gave a couple pointers on how to make the perfect tree. Each girl designed her own "dream park" and then we shared. They pointed out what was best and what was a "must have". Since we had started talking about cleaning up our school playground, it was a great time for me to bring up the point that no one drew trash on the ground... however I also pointed out no one drew a trash can... they quickly hurried to draw in trash cans. Ha!

So.. then came the serious discussion... what were we going to decide upon doing to change our world? The girls all seem troubled that their playground had litter on it. No one picks it up! they said in horrified voices. I asked the girls to think about the project, think about what we could do to make a lasting change, and what we would need if we were going to do this project. I left the discussion there and asked them to come back with ideas to formulate the plan at the next meeting. 

I posed the question from the book:  What If everyone would try to make a change? I heard "The world would be better.", "People would be nicer", "Things would get done." All very true and accurate answers.

We did some passport work, as our snack took us to Ireland and Britain. We made snack o lanterns filled with fruit. I had looked up the history of Jack O Lanterns and told them about that during snack time. So, we had a few flags to color and paste inside our passports. Now, looking back, I wish I would have had them write in the passport about why each flag was there. But alas, it's too late. Also, I had 3rd graders and they were hesitant about writing much at that level...drawing and coloring YES, writing... ehhhh...

To end our meeting, How Will the Story End? because of our project. Imagine a girl and how is her world better?


They are smart girls and they quickly answered

  • "It would be cleaner!", 
  • "It would look nicer!",
  •  "It would be safer!", 
  • "It would be healthier!"

... like I said... smart girls. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Agent of Change: Session 3

Session 3 didn't have a lot to it, but of course, we gave it our own twist.

Basically with Session 3 you are:

  • reading a comic, 
  • making a comic (or something), 
  • and discussing situations that could be changed. 


This is how we adapted and "did it".
The comic in the Girl's Book is 10 pages long (maybe longer.. the book is not in front of me right now). The girls were like "Ugh... really? Do we have to read through all of this?" I laughed, because I shared their agony. We agreed that I would read some of it and tell the story and give them the highlights. I had read through the entire thing, so this was an acceptable alternative. We did this over snack.

After going through the comic, I also showed them a couple comic strips I found online that discussed something about Girl Scouts. There was one Baldo comic (it's below) about the girl who is going to be everything when she grows up and a Girl Scout, because she had to start somewhere. The other was Garfield who ate 12 boxes of cookies (I can relate to that...). The girls had actually just made comics in school that day... on the computer... my crayons and markers couldn't compete with that, but we tried.

Free Printable Comic Strip TemplatesI had printed up a comic strip template for them to use. The girl divided into two groups of 3 and were given 15 minutes to work as a team to develop a comic that had a "problem", "solution", and "good outcome". One group had a cat that ate a bird, puked it out, and became friends (yes, girls are gross like that). The other had a guy that was hungry, they sold him GS cookies, he was happy.

The twist came in here... I gave them 15 minutes and the girls really do work well together, but under a short time frame other things come into the picture. We had a great discussion afterwards about how sometimes it's hard to be part of a team. We talked about how to be honest and fair. Honest about how you are feeling and that you want your to have some input. Fairly treating one another with respect and letting everyone contribute. We also discussed working with deadlines and how to collectively work together to get the project done.

Since this was part of our Power of  a Team badge, it couldn't have worked out better. They met the goal of the book and they also attained team building skills and pinpointed strengths and weaknesses. 

In addition, our 1980s Windows to the Past activities did additional team building. The girls worked together to choreograph their moves for a music video. It was hilarious and enchanting all at the same time.




Wednesday, September 26, 2012

World of Girls: Session 3

After Session 2, I decided that I would have to be a little more proactive in determining what was a good fit for the girls in my troop. So, I reevaluated and decided we would work our ways through the books and get the key points done and understand the main concepts. We would substitute when possible and not over do the same point. Girls are intelligent and don't need to be hounded to get the idea. So... if you are comparing my sessions and ideas to the book, you will see there are some variances. That's okay. Just as the badges, you can customize the journey to fit your girls interests. As long as you are giving the main ideas, you are doing fine. Don't stress over each little item on the list. Step back and look at the big picture. 

Session 3 deals with diversity. We go from Story Clues to Story Change. You want to see if the girls can come up with a simple idea to change something to make the end result different. 

To talk about diversity, we had Chex Mix as a snack. We talked about the different types of Chex that goes into the recipe. We talked about how pretzels weren't cereal at all, but added a nice touch to the mix. We then discussed the spices that you don't even really see, but you taste. All of these items together work well. Diversity is a good thing. We then talked about the different types of Chex Mix you see in the store and how you can change a few spices and elements to have the same basic item, but a totally different taste or outcome. We all had our favorites and least favorites when discussing the varieties, but could see the similarities between all of them.

My girls love skits and creative writing, so we did the role-playing game. I had the girls divide into two groups. They were to come up with a short skit showing a problem and how to solve it. One group showed how a chair in the way was causing people to trip. The solution: Move the chair. I had to chuckle to myself because their skits were really quite funny, but they got the idea. They learned how to problem solve. They showed how to change something to resolve the problems their characters faced. 

Next up was the Girl Scout Law index cards. I have one word on each card and the girls raced down to find the word, put it in line and go tag the next girl in line. We had pretty much mastered the Girl Scout Law from memory at this point, so it wasn't a big deal to them. They did however dig the relay race, even if they weren't really racing against anything. 

We also did a Two Story Relay. I had printed out the words from the Leader's book onto cards and the girls worked as a team to arrange them into sentences and tell a story. It was a great team building exercise, as they had to continually work together to make choices. Once they were done, I asked them to change the words around to show a different outcome. They completed this pretty quickly, although they were limited with the words I gave them, too. 

The last items we did from the book was Circle Round the Story. We did discuss how stories have a beginning, middle, and end. One at a time we took turns telling a story in progressive fashion. We had done this the year before as part of the Puppets and Plays Try-it, so to be honest the girls weren't over excited about it. They did a good job and we talked about how each person was able to add something to change or continue the story line. It just wasn't anything "new" to them. 

We did Passport Work, as in the first two sessions. I had flags from the countries our spices were from. They worked on coloring and assembling them. 

For next time, I asked the girls to think of something we can do for a positive change for the community. Without stifling their creativity, I reminded them we needed something we could do in a troop meeting and to think locally or even focus around their school.

Monday, September 24, 2012

World of Girls: Session 2


With Session 2, I tried to get a little creative. I knew my girls wouldn't want to sit and read the entire time. I also feel it's important to get up and move. I like to make everything in the meeting fun, too!

We started off our meeting with our Opening Circle, as usual. We sang the Brownie Smile song and talked about how this song was a tradition and sang by girls just like them all over the world. We then sang the International Hello Song. The girls love this song and made up movements to go along with it.

After opening circle, the girls were intrigued by a pile of different fruits. I explained we were going to do a "fruit flight". Yes, that is a play on a "wine flight". We tried figs, papaya, pomegranate, pineapple, grapes, and plantains. I did the research and found what country each fruit came from, a little about that country, and anything interesting I could find that would intrigue the girls. We each had a plate of fruit and worked our way through them together. The girls led the flight and decided which fruit to taste next. To simplify that process, I started on one side of the table and worked the way around. Each girl would state which fruit to try and everyone would try it together. It was great fun and a year later... I'm still getting asked when we can do that again!

Our next activity came from the book... sort of... we went outside and drew three circles that overlapped. I randomly chose something that I felt they may or may not have in common... such as "You go to _____ school". "You have a dog". "You love music". If it was true you put a foot in that circle or overlapping circle segment... if not, then you didn't. The problem we had was either I'm not clever enough to get variances or all my girls are too much in common... We did try again with "I have blonde hair.", "I go to ____ church", etc. The girls understood how they could have differences and still be friends. You don't have to have everything in common in order to get along and work together. I will be honest and say the girls weren't too excited about this and I really did try to sell it. But, it was a flop. If I had it to do over... I would have each girl write down 3 things about themselves and then use a piece of paper to draw more than three circles and try to find how many overlaps and differences they had.

The next activity was called Me & My Girl Worlds. The girls drew a stick figure in the middle and then thought of all the "worlds" they are part of that are just girls. They drew circles and connected them to the stick figure. The girls in my troop actually felt this wasn't a real picture of their world. It excluded all male influence from their life. I have to agree with them.

The next activity was Girl Worlds in Stories. I had the girls think of their favorite books, shows, etc. where a girl was a character. We discussed iCarly and Hannah Montana... a lot... The girls wrote one word descriptions about those characters. We then talked about whether or not it was a good characteristic and one they possessed, as well.

We did read Shali's story from the book and we talked about looking for clues. I'm not sure if it was because the girls were in 3rd grade and this should have been done in 2nd or if they just weren't into it. This again was a lot of talking and a lot of sighs from my girls. It was too much like school and they had done this type of activity in school in 1st and 2nd grade. They were not intrigued.

We then worked on our passports created in Session 1. We added the flags from our Fruit Flight. We talked about things they wanted to do next time. We talked about what they liked and what they didn't like about today's session. It was a pretty clear answer they did not like all the "boring talking stuff". Although, I think maybe later in life the lesson behind the "boring" will hit home. At least, I hope.

After this session you earn the first badge. We had decided to make it more a celebration and wait to pass out the badges until Court of Awards at the end of the semester. So, I stamped their books but didn't pass out badges.

We wanted to end on a good note, so my co-leader and I saved something fun for last. We played Escargot Hopscotch. It's the French version of hopscotch. My co-leader drew a large snail shaped board and the girls took turns hopping through. They had a great time and asked "Can we go again? and again?" We broke the game up briefly to do Closing and then let them go hopping again until parents arrived. The snail redeemed us during this meeting.

As I have said before in my posts... a lot of the excitement will be based on the presentation. I will admit that I just really didn't get excited about this session. I read over the list of things we were to do and I knew it was a lot of talking and not a lot of doing. For my girls, I knew that wasn't going to be a good time. I think if I did this Journey again, I would break up some of these activities through the other sessions. So, you are still doing them... just not all at the same meeting. You do have the ability to do that... read through the whole book and all the sample sessions and decide what works best for your girls. I put on my game face and tried to be excited and positive about this session, but it was a struggle and it just wasn't happening very easily.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Agent of Change: Session 2

Session 2 seemed rather simple and easy to accomplish: 

The basics for the session are:
  • Sharing HerStories 
  • Talking about who led the way 
  • Real Powers/Real Girl Scouts 
  • Trust Me! game 


They suggest you have the girls do the Power Search on page 26 of their book when they come in, but we didn't do this. We were doing a different word search for Earth Day words to help with our 1970s Windows to the Past bar. Plus, the word search in the girl's book doesn't have a list of words to find and I knew that would confuse and frustrate the girls. So, we skipped that.

During Opening Circle, we reviewed our Good Turns from the previous meeting and sang "On My Honor". I love this song, because it drives home the responsibilities and spirit of Girl Scouting. The girls liked it, too. 

We did have snack time, of course, and shared our HerStories. I was very impressed the girls all were ready and willing to share. Hands flew up when I asked who wanted to go first. Now, remember, I told the girls they could interview anyone they wanted or do research on a women from history. The group was split on what they did. One girl actually interviewed a fellow Girl Scout troop member, another interviewed her Grandma who was a Troop Leader at one time, a couple did women from history, and we even had a girl interview her teacher. They did a great job and I asked them why they chose that person, what makes them interested in them, and various other questions. Discussing these over snack worked well for us, because it made it less formal and less "school-like". 

Outside we went for our Trust Me! obstacle course game, which is described in the Leader's Book. The girls brought out chairs and set up an obstacle course. They then divided into pairs. One girl was blindfolded and the other led her around the course preventing her injury. It was interesting to see how the girls gave direction. I was impressed at how willing they were to be blindfolded and let one of their sisters lead them. I think our troop may already have the "trust" thing down. To bring this lesson home, we talked afterwards about how it takes a team to get through life. You can do it on your own, but if you have a support unit it will be easier. We also discussed how we need to ignore outside influences (the other girls were cheering, saying "watch out!", etc.) and stay focused on the team (partner in this case). I asked the girls a simple questions "Was it easier to lead or be led?" Their responses were perfect... I heard "It was hard leading! You had to be able to know what to say to make sure they didn't get hurt!" and "It was hard to be led, because you weren't sure if the person leading you would be careful enough." So, we briefly discussed how we need to make sure as a troop we have each other's back, per say. That we should be able to trust our sister Girl Scouts enough to know they wouldn't lead us into danger and that it's more fun if we take turns leading than having one person do it all the time. It was a great lesson and there are so many more lessons in this activity... not only are you doing a Power of Team activity, but there are a many valuable lessons about leadership and peer pressure, etc. Go with the flow and talk about what you notice. 

Back inside we worked on ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). I had printed the girls photos in wallet size and preprinted on to card stock the information for the back. The girls had to fill out the cards and glue together. We discussed how this was our Power Team. We each are good at things and bring something to the team. Together we are strong, because we are all contributing. The girls traded cards and I heard a lot of "Really? You want to be...." and "That is so cool! We have the same favorite color!"

Next up was Power Log time. I set aside 10 minutes for this. The girls wrote or drew whatever they wanted into their journals. It was a nice way to wind down and focus on what powers we were learning and the experiences we were gaining in our troop meeting. I also told the girls they could ask me questions and I would answer before the next meeting. They are welcome to share or keep it to themselves.

We did our Closing Circle complete with Friendship Squeeze and Turn Out. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

World of Girls: Session 1

To begin everything off, I showed the girls our world map and explained we would be "visiting" lots of countries and marking our journey. I brought labels with me and the girls would fill them out as we traveled. 

I tried to make sure each part of our meeting would touch a country somewhere in the world. This did begin to prove a little difficult with snack time as the meetings progressed, but it was worth it and the girls enjoyed it. 

Session 1 snack consisted of  Salsa & Chips, Tamarind Candy, Jarritos. My Co-Leaders Mom was kind enough to get the girls candy and soda from an international store close to her. So, we traveled to Mexico for snack times. 

As they snacked I explained how there were girls living all around the world and their lives are sometimes very different than our own.... some better, some much worse. But, that we all have a few things in common and a lot of times interests form common bonds. We talked about Girl Guides and how many countries have Girl Scouting programs. We then recited the Girl Scout Promise and Law thinking about the thousands of girls around the globe that were meeting and doing the exact same thing as us! We even mentioned that it was very possible that another troop was meeting at the exact same time to start the exact same journey book. 

Our troop loves to sing. So, I looked up a couple songs that would tie into this international/global feeling and tried to think of a way to "touch" another country. I chose the International Hello Song and Princess Pat. The lyrics to those songs can be found on the "Songs" page here on the blog. 

One of the activities the journey suggests you do is make a passport. We had a surplus of lunch bags, so I pre-punched the holes and binder clipped them together into a paper bag album. I had the girls thread through yarn and decorate the album. Each meeting I would go to Crayola and get the flags/facts on each country and have those ready. The girls colored the flags, cut them out and pasted them into the pages of the passport. 

We then played two games. The first was Banyoka. It's an obstacle course and described in the leader's book that goes with the journey. We also played Cencio Mollo, which is a handkerchief game. I'm not sure if we didn't understand the game well enough or if it just wasn't one that ended up being a huge hit with my troop, but the girls were into Banyoka much more than Cencio Mollo. 

At the end of the meeting, we had a recap. We talked about all the countries we visited and labels the map. The book says to run yarn from each, but our meeting place is not one where we could leave our map and the map was rolled between each meeting. So, we simply labeled the map and wrote  on the label what we did for that country. The girls really enjoyed looking for the countries, seeing where they were in relation to the USA, and remembering what we did. As the meetings progressed, they liked going back and recounting what we did, too. 

To wrap up the meeting and calm down from all the games, we read the story: Flying into Shali’s Desert Home. For the next meeting we asked the girls think of girls in stories and one word to describe them for an activity for next time. They could be any girl from a movie, book, or comic. As long as they could communicate who it was and what they were like, they didn't need to write anything down. 

Until next time... good luck with Session 1.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Brownie Journey: World of Girls Overview

Our troop went on a Journey last year to discover the World of Girls. I will admit I was a little scared. It was the first Journey for our troop and this portion of the National Portfolio are still rather new to Girl Scout world... so, I knew my resources online would be limited. I asked other Leaders and no one had done this particular Journey, either. That's what I get for choosing the newest one, right? HA!

I read through the book... a few times... it helped me think about what to do but it also made me wonder what I had gotten myself into, because there is a lot of information in that book! So, I broke it down. The Leader's book does break it down to Sessions and some of the Sessions seemed a little short, so we even combined Sessions at times or pulled from a couple different things to make up our own. Yes, this is allowed! As long as you get from point A to B with the same outcome, you are okay. Girl Scout Promise! Plus, my philosophy is if the girls have fun and it keeps them in Girl Scouts...that is the true outcome you are trying to achieve. The leadership essentials will come... just keep them coming to meetings. 

Now, I am relying on memory for these posts and it's been a year. But, I will start putting together what we did and how we did it and what the girls thought. I'm going to break it down by how we did it. It may not go "by the book", but hopefully you can pick up some tips and tricks and adjust to what YOUR girls want to do. 

A few things I gathered before starting were:


  • a map (a large world map where you can actually read the countries... Barnes & Noble)
  • labels to keep track of where we went on our Journey
  • paper lunch bags (a bunch of them because we made paper bag albums for our passports)
  • resources for flags, foods, and information (which I will share... promise!)
  • water bottles and cloth napkins (yes... cloth napkins! I'll explain in Session 1)


I will give you a spoiler and tell you the girls LOVED this Journey and making connections with countries and learning about girls all over the world. I can look back and think about what I would have done differently or other things to incorporate in, but the end result was the girls had fun and it left them excited about the next Journey and about Girl Scouts. At the end of the year, I asked them what they liked the best about the year and unanimously they agreed the Journey was the best. 

It's all in the way you present it. Don't present it as a LOT of work, rather present it with it's name... "We are going on a Journey! Each meeting will be a trip to someplace new. We're going to learn a lot, have a lot of fun, and find out all kinds of things about the girls around the world. There is a whole World of Girls out there!" It's also in the way you try to incorporate things in that they are interested in. Ask them what they want to know about each country and girl world you visit. My girls are foodies... so we learned a lot about food and farming and what grows where.

to be continued with Session 1....

Monday, September 10, 2012

Agent of Change: Session 1

I like things simple. I like to break it down into manageable chunks rather than take on the whole thing at once. It becomes overwhelming for me, if I don't break it down. So, that's what I did for Session 1.

The meeting before, I prepared the girls and we discussed what we were going to be doing. We talked about the theme of the Journey a few of the things we would be doing and how we were going to go about it. I made sure to let them know I was excited about this adventure and that it was going to be something we were all going to do together. Everyone is a key element in this project. I also talked to parents and asked for help with ideas and networking with people.

Basically, Session 1 consists of a few key elements:


  • Rope Ceremony
  • What is Power?
  • Her Stories
  • Power of One words
  • Power Log

We began our meeting with a Rope Ceremony. It is described in the Leader's book. You get a long piece of rope... long enough to go around all the girls. There is a knot for each girl to hold in her hand. The first girl takes the rope, says one thing about herself that she is good at. I explained this needed to be a talent and not just a simple "I'm nice". After she declared her talent, she would pass the rest of the rope to the next girl. She continued holding her knot in her hand. The next girl did the same... all the way through the group. At the end, my co-leader and I also took a knot and declared something we were good at. The next part is the tricky one. At least, it was for my girls. We remained in our tight little circle and went around one more time. This time, we all stated a part of the Girl Scout Law that we knew we needed to improve upon. As the girls said they wanted to be more fair to little sisters, considerate to Mom when she's busy, honest about how we feel.. I couldn't help but see my little Brownies psychologically bridging to Juniors and growing up. They are taking responsibility for themselves and identifying areas for improvement. That's a pretty grown-up task, in my opinion. Just a milestone I identified in their lives. After the verbal piece of our Rope Ceremony, we sat down and wrote what we said on a piece of cardstock and safety pinned it to our knot. Yes, we kept track of our knot. The rope is a symbol of our individual strengths and weaknesses. It is a symbol of our Power of One and together with each other's knots... our Power of Team. (Take a moment for a tissue here.. it is rather touching. I get a little teary when I think about how far these girls have come. Leaders all over know... these are the moments that make the late nights and stressful crafts-gone-bad moments worth it. Really.. they do!)

As we snacked, we discussed what is Power and Her Stories. We talked about what makes someone powerful. Is it muscles? Knowledge? Force? The girls were very intelligent about deciphering what true power is. I was very proud, although I knew my girls know the difference between power and power.

We read about several influential women from the past that have made a difference in the world. We talked about how each of our mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and teachers all have a Her Story. They were quick to add that my co-leader and I also have Her Stories to share. (oh, if they only knew..) I also made sure the girls knew that they have a Her Story and many more to come. They are capable of making a difference in the world, just as the women we read about. I reminded them the women in the stories were once their age, a couple were even Girl Scouts just like them. For an "at home" project, each of the girls were given a sheet of paper with a basic outline for a Her Story. I don't want Girl Scouts to become like school. I feel it's important they do a few things outside of meetings, yet I don't want to make it so hard that they don't want to do it at all. So, I felt the basic outline given in the Leader's Book for the journey was something that would help them get started. They are to bring these with them to the next meeting. (see goodies below)

Then, it was time to identify our Power words. (see goodies below) I had made up aPower Log (fancy name for journal) with the Journey, so why not combine it into one project? The girls mod podged a photo of themselves and the power words they chose, plus making up some of their own, on to the front cover of a notebook. I will bring the notebooks back and forth with me, so they come back to each meeting when we need them, and then at the end of the Journey or year they will take them home with them.
sheet of "power words" for the girls and printed photos from the last meeting. You are to keep a

I admit, the girls were not "thrilled" about the whole journaling thing. But, they grew more interested when I explained that I didn't expect them to sit and write for a long time. We are going to set aside 10-15 minutes at the end of each meeting for Power Log time. They can choose to write thoughts, write a story, write what we did in the meeting, draw a picture, doodle it out, whatever they want. It's THEIR power log and their way to reflect and build those powers. So, however they choose to do that is fine. I'm also going to make sure they know they can write questions for me and I'll answer them between meetings in their power log. I also plan on writing little notes about good turns I observed them doing during the meeting. They will be able to keep those hush hush or share. It's completely up to them.

Since the Power Logs were drying... we didn't actually write in them the first meeting. We did have a discussion about the Dream Team Trading Cards we'll be doing in Session 2 and I reminded the girls to collect a Her Story. The girls were very excited and thinking/sharing people they knew that would have a great story to share with the group.

That was Session 1. We hit all the main components and had fun in the process. In my book, that's success.

A couple goodies for YOU!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Agent of Change: Overview

Want to go on a Journey with Juniors? Why, you ask?

Journey books were introduced a couple years ago now. I will be the first to admit I was not thrilled. I was a new leader for Brownies and had just mastered the whole "Try-It" mentality and then something else gets tossed my way. My girls did do a Brownie Journey, though. We did World of Girls and it was fun. At some point, I'll do the breakdown of that Journey, so you can grab a few ideas. But, for now, I'm going to try to focus on Agent of Change.

Agent of Change is for the Junior level. It is basically comprised of three things: Power of One, Power of Team, Power of Community. The book defined community as any group the girls belong to. You don't have to think "city equals community". School is a community, dance class is a community, your street, your church family... you get the idea, right? This helped me a lot, because city overwhelms me. What were going to do and where? I do want to add, I also believe that our troop does have the ability to change our city. Never discourage any girl from thinking otherwise. Believe it with everything in you. But, we need to get there. We need a few smaller projects to prepare ourselves and gain the tools we need before taking on the world.

All our pieces sort of fell in to place and I'm excited about our Journey. By the way, be excited about the Journey!! If you are all "ugh... journey", so will be the girls reaction. The girls voted last Spring before bridging to Juniors on which Journey they wanted to do. My co-leader and I also talked about the three Journey's offered for Juniors and the girls and adults all agree that Agent of Change is definitely the way to go for our group. There will be work involved, but we are all excited.

So, yes... Agent of Change... this is how we began our Junior adventure. My girls do want to work on the Bronze and you have to complete a Journey, so this way we get off to a great start on that path. Although, I have heard whispers of them wanting their Journey Summit pin, so I am thinking we may Journey more over the next two years. That's fine with me, too. Girl led, remember.

My plan with this series of posts is to just let you know what we did. I am going to be honest and forthcoming right here and say that we will adjust some activities the book outlines and do our own thing that still get the point across. I don't think we're better than the book. I know you have to make the book work for your girls. Go with their lead. Go with their interests. Just as the Founder would say, "Let's ask the girls". It really is the easiest way to get an answer and direction.

I hope you will find the posts helpful.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Good Turns




"Do a good turn daily".

That simple little phrase carries a lot weight. It's a Girl Scout slogan. In fact, if you check the glossary at GirlScouts.org, it's THE Girl Scout slogan.

But, what is a "good turn" and what should you teach your troops?

First of all... good turn is simply a good deed. Remember the story of the Brownie Elf? Think Elf. It's something a Girl Scout does without expecting recognition or praise. Of course, as a troop Leader, make a point to praise the girls for doing good turns. They need that positive reinforcement.... no matter what age... no matter if they just shrug it off and say "no biggie".

Our troop opens our meetings with Opening Circle. It's where we discuss the agenda and recite the GS Promise and Law. We also hold ourselves accountable from the last meeting and mention something we did since the last meeting as a "good turn". Now, honestly, the girls don't need to be held accountable and they definitely shouldn't be punished for not getting their "good turn" completed. It's just a way that I helped young Brownies remember that they needed to do something nice. It seemed to help them remember after a couple times of having to say they forgot to do what they said they were going to do. And yes, my co-leader and I are also participating and stating a "good turn" we are going to do. After all, good turns aren't just for the young girls you are leading... and remember to lead by example. I also admit when I didn't do what I said I was going to.

At Closing Circle, we do the Friendship Squeeze and turn out. But, first... we sing a song and we  go around the circle saying what good turns we will complete before the next meeting.

As I explain to my troop, a good turn is something you do to help someone out without being asked. It can simply be cleaning your room without being asked, clearing the dinner table, entertaining your little brother while Mom/Dad is cooking, or inviting the new student at school to sit by you at lunch. It should benefit a person.

It's all about continuity. I'm sure when the girls reach 8th or 9th grade we won't be going through this ritual, because hopefully by that point they will have learned the unspoken lesson of having a volunteer's heart and forever being grateful that we are able to help out someone else. I also hope they see how one simple good turn can start a fire within others and spread to change the world in which we live.


So... what is your good turn for today?


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kapers? What are they?

Kapers Kapers Kapers... 

We are not talking about pickled flower buds. Those are Capers, not Kapers. See the difference?

I think this is one of the terms that as a new leader I was baffled and perplexed. Then, when I figured out what they were I was baffled and perplexed as to how to use them. I will also tell you that it took me a little while to figure out what worked for our troop. The good thing is, they are customizable. What I do, may not work for you; and what you decide upon, may not work for me.

A kaper is a nice way of saying chores around camp. 

They are a job that needs to be accomplished during a meeting, event, or trip. It's also a temporary job or responsibility. Not too much fun if the same girl has to clean up the trash at the end of every single meeting. But, when you rotate them out everyone gets a turn to do the "fun" ones and the "not so fun" ones. Now, from a leader perspective you never ever ever tell them which ones you think are not so fun. AND... make sure you build in some "fun" ones. 


How you set them up is really up to you and your meeting structure. 

This means you are going to have to think about it a little. 

  • What do you do? 
  • What needs to be done? 
  • Where could you use an extra set of hands? 
  • What could those precious little scouts be doing that would teach them responsibility and give them a sense of ownership in their meetings? 


Now if you have Daisys, your kapers are going to be different than if you have Seniors. But, even little Daisys can do things to help during their meetings (and they should!). 


Let's go through a few "regulars" and then I'll share our troops Kaper Chart and definitions, so you can see how you can customize it up. 

Pass Out Snack: This is self-explanatory... snack time... they pass it out. If the girls are older, have them prepare, divvy, and pass it out. If you have Daisy level, you prepare and divvy and allow them to walk the plate and cup to each girl. 
Attendance: This kaper is for tracking who is at your meeting and who isn't. They take role, just like teachers in a classroom. If you have Daisy's that may not be able to read, make your attendance sheet with a photo of each girl's face. They can call the girls name by sight recognition and place a check mark in the box or maybe use a smiley face sticker. 
Supplies: Have one of the girls responsible for passing out supplies for activities. She can pass around the sheets of paper for coloring or the cross word puzzle or she can be the one to make sure everyone has a pencil and know where the supplies stash is in case someone needs something. This kaper will save you SO many steps.
Flag: If your troop does a flag ceremony or says the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of your meeting, you can have one of the girls in charge of holding, carrying, and caring for the flag. Be sure you discuss how to properly hold, carry, and care for the flag before you turn them loose. They should understand the respect and reason for such tradition. Don't assume they know. 
Clean Up: After snack, after crafts, at the end of the meeting... this girl is in charge of cleaning up. Make sure they know where the broom and extra trash bags are.
Leader Helper: We all need a sidekick to help us out. So, set up a kaper for a helper. This is the girl you can turn to and have grab your phone from across the room or help keep the group quiet when you are explaining something. They could also be the one leading the Girl Scout Promise and Law. 
Squeeze Starter: A Girl Scout tradition... Friendship Squeezes and "turn-outs". This is a great kaper, because it keeps down the "Who is going to start today?" question. Rotate through the girls and everyone will get a chance to start the Squeeze. 
Dues: Do you collect dues? If you do, then put one of the girls in charge of going around the collecting the quarter or dollar or whatever you collect at every meeting. 
Songs: When you sing songs, allow the girl in charge of Songs to select the song and lead it for the group. Again, it helps cut down discussion time of who and what. 

Note: The above only represent some suggested/regular kapers. We all have kapers we do that others don't. I'm sure we could sit and talk about some which aren't on the list and "should be". The debate could go on forever. This article is not about which ones are right or wrong or must haves. It's for YOU to think about, discuss with your girls (even though you should not allow them to veto clean up help!), and determine what is best for your troop. It's truly a personal troop thing. There is no right or wrong (unless you have cleaning toilets with a toothbrush... that would be wrong). It's what works for YOUR troop. Remember that. 


Troop 70258 Kapers (that's my troop)

I do give each of the girls a sheet that has the responsibilities of each role on it. I also gave the kapers official titles, because it makes them sound more important. 


Business Assistant: During the Opening Circle, this Girl Scout will take attendance and lead the troop in the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law. During the Closing Circle, she serves as the Circle Leader starting the “Good Turn” statements. She also starts the Friendship Squeeze.
Song Bird: During Opening and Closing Circle, this Girl Scout is always prepared and ready to lead the troop in singing our songs. If she chooses to learn a new song, the Troop Leaders will help her in leading.
Digital Photographer: At each meeting, this Girl Scout will have a digital camera. Her job is to capture our meeting in photos. She is to get a wide variety of activities and troop members in these photos. She should not cause disruption or delay with the meeting. If she chooses to have some posed photos, those should be done between activities and discussion. 
Happy Hostess: This Girl Scout helps pass out the snacks, napkins, and makes sure everyone gets a snack before she begins eating hers. After everyone is done or when snack time is over, this Girl Scout brings the trash can over and makes sure everyone throws away their trash. She may also need to wipe off the table top, if it is messy.
Activity Assistant: This Girl Scout hands out all activity materials to the troop. She makes sure everyone has what they need to complete the activity. She also helps clear the table between activities and makes sure everyone throws away any trash.
Clean- Up Captain: These Girl Scouts are responsible to help clean up the room after the Closing Circle. Any trash that was overlooked should be thrown away. The chairs need to be stacked and table moved back to how they were before the meeting took place. The floors may need to be swept, as well.  These Girl Scouts make sure we leave the room in clean, tidy order.

Hints/Tips: 


  • Obviously, if you have four girls in your troop you don't want 20 kapers. You need to make it work for the size of your troop.
  • Make it fun! Take a "whistle while you work" mentality. Be sure you aren't complaining about what you have to do or say "ooooo... Cindy Loo got stuck with cleaning up!".
  • Explain the importance of working together as a team and how dividing up responsibilities help everyone.
  • One thing I tell my girls is that their Kaper for the meeting means they are in charge of that duty. If they need help or choose to ask another girl to help them, that is fine. They learn delegation like this. If we had a messy meeting, cleaning up is going to be a huge job. So, make sure they know it's okay to ask for help. But, they still need to be the one doing most of the work and coordinating the effort.
  • A Kaper Chart does not need to be a "chart". Write the jobs on popsicle sticks and have each girl draw one or rotate through.
  • Make sure the same girl isn't always in charge of the same thing.

Examples:

The photo of this first chart was sent to me by a wonderful Service Team Member, who noticed I was going to talk about Kapers. Thank you, Katie!! 

This is a great chart because it is in the design of the new Daisy petal uniform. It looks like each girl's name is attached with velcro and they rotate through the jobs. It's bright, cheery, and I'm sure it helps the girls realize their job is helping their troop grow. If this is your chart, please contact me. I'd love to know more about it.
Update 10/1/2013: Imagine my delight this morning when I received an email from Ashley B. Troop 6323 - Marshfield, Wisconsin. This is her chart! Some info from Ashley:
"We did use laminated name badges attached with velcro and we rotated them each meeting.  The petals were made with adhesive fabric so that we didn't have to worry about ripping paper when we moved the badges.  The girls LOVED this chart as Daisies and now I have to step it up each year - tonight we have our first meeting as Brownies!"



Below is a photo of the "chart" I use for my meetings. You'll notice I have six jobs and seven girls. The 7th girl gets the meeting off. Whomever is Clean-Up Captain will get the next meeting "off". The chart is on a cookie sheet and the names are magnetic. I simply move them around before each meeting. Now that the girls are Juniors, I display the board and they are responsible for finding their job and remembering it. When it comes to that point in the meeting, they just get up and do what they are to do.


Don't think you have to have a posterboard or cookie sheet, though. You can divvy out your kapers anyway you choose. Don't be overwhelmed by the task, rather find something that works. Maybe you start with popsicle sticks in a can and make it a troop activity to make a "pretty kaper chart". 


If you want more ideas about types of kapers and ways to divvy them out, this is a great resource: http://www.leaderlobby.net/tools/kaper_charts.php#