Hi, I am the proud mother of a Junior Girl Scout.
Hi Kellie -
I'm not involved with GS, but we have several members who will have the experience to answer your question.
Your daughter sounds a bit like mine!
The requirements are changing and right now we are in the transition period.
Basically, to earn the Bronze Award, a girl must be a junior, complete a junior Journey (there are 2 already out and one more coming out this fall) which takes a couple of meetings- maybe 8 but can be pushed together a bit more if you have a longer meeting like a sleepover. And then the girl needs to plan and carry out a project. In our council, there is no involvement other than the leader or parent for the bronze level and no approvement required.
We do have a woman in our council whose only job is to work with Gold Award girls and Silver to the extent she can. She also does the trainings for adults and girls so they know what to expect. I'd call your council office to see who can answer your questions about Bronze and be your sounding board.
Right now, our council says that we can't do any level projects for any of our camp property locations and they are suggesting it be outside of Girl Scouting. My girls did it inside of Girl Scouting because the old way said that for Bronze, it was ok to do it inside of Girl Scouting... so they ran some brownie meetings since those girls had no leader.
They are also saying that the project should have a lasting impact of some sort... and not really be a collection type of project (like collecting books for a hospital or canned food).
So, see what the girls are interested in and come back here if you need to bounce their ideas off of us... I would say that Bronze should definitely be doable in a year.
We had a mixed level "troop" last year so didn't work toward the Bronze yet. (I had Daisies, Brownies and Juniors).
This year, I will be working with Juniors on the Bronze.
These are the new rules. http://gsnwgl.org/forms/GirlScoutBronzeAwardPacketAndFinalReport_W.pdf
The old rules are http://gsnwgl.org/forms/GirlScoutBronzeAwardPacket_W.pdf
If you haven't started working on a Bronze, you are supposed to use the new requirements. I have up to 7 Juniors this year and all but 2 (the ones that just bridged) have done the requirements except the actual Bronze project under the old requirements (and the supporting badges since they haven't chosen a project). None have done a Journey.
Because 3 of the girls were in a different troop from the other 2 (who were with me), they didn't complete the same badges, etc. They were a project away from getting the Bronze but their leader decided in April that "time was up" and stopped having meetings because spring was too busy.
So what I'm saying......we will be completing a Bronze Award in one year following the new requirements. We will do a Journey and then choose a project.
Of course, that is IF the GIRLS decide they want to earn the Bronze Award. I know my daughter wants to....but there are up to 6 others.
We did our bronze in like 6 months. We were under the old rules. Our girls raised money- cookies, nuts,etc. Used the money to purchase food to prepare to serve to families at the Ronald McDonald House. They also collected poptabs for them. They made placemats, planned the menus, come up with a budget