Three troop levels in one meeting

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Registered: 03-07-2002
Three troop levels in one meeting
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Tue, 12-08-2009 - 4:34pm

Because I am the only one who was willing to be "Leader", I am now the leader of three troops (all at one school -- daisy, brownie and junior -- total of 10 girls) and the Service Area Manager.

I'm looking for ideas that can be done by ALL the girls together and still be working on Try-Its and junior badges.

I have adult help at meetings as well as older GS who help out :) We do break into troops as well.

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Fri, 12-11-2009 - 8:36am

I had this situation often last year, but mostly without the Daisy's. When I had all the groups, I often had the Juniors work on leading different parts of something for the 2 sets of younger girls so they could earn that as well as the Junior Aide Award. (The Junior Aide is basically leading younger girls in some activity, song, game... at 3 different meetings).

Some things we did were the Ms. President Patch, the WAGGGS badge (the year we did it, it was about China and the olympics- it's something you have to order from the headquarters in England), and Thinking Day activities- this year is all about food and helping people without... all girls could learn about and work on that.

If you want to do badges/try-its together, I'd start with a Junior badge that looks feasible and find a related TryIt. Often there are some things that can be done by both groups. The first set we did was the Creative Thinking Junior Badge with the Brownie Try-It that has Tangrams as one of the requirements... can't think of it's name right now. And any Daisy at the meeting could do the things to her ability and earn any related petal... pretty easy to make those things fit.

Also, throw in a game/fun day where they can play music and interact. And throw in an activity where they do a service project. We made dough ornaments for a nursing home. There are so many things you could do.

If you are such a small group because you are from a religious affiliation school, and if all girls are from that same faith group, you can make the occasional meeting be strictly for some religious awards. My group, as Catholics, have been working on the National Catholic Committee on Scouting patches for North American Saints. On the first Wednesday of each month, the juniors now invite all other girl and cub scouts to come and earn the patch as they lead the activities.

Hope this is helpful. You at least have a reasonable number of girls. I was not able to keep up with what I had going, so this year, I got a Daisy leader. And the Brownies aren't having meetings, so far. I wanted to focus a bit more on the Juniors so they (and my only daughter) could benefit from the scouting program and earn their Bronze which I couldn't get them to do the prerequisites and requirements while leading so many in all the levels. Now this year, they've finished the prerequisites and are wanting to lead about 4-6 Brownie meetings as their Bronze Award since they have no meetings. Their own idea... not mine. But I'm proud of them too.

-Jen

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Fri, 12-11-2009 - 9:28am

Thanks for the ideas Jen!

Yes, we are a Catholic School -- and the two Juniors will be working on their religion award (Living My Faith) with another adult.

The three Brownies will not be this year -- I did it with my daughter last year and just really don't have the ambition to do it again so soon.

The five Daisies of course don't have a religious award to work on yet.

I've never heard of the WAGGGS patch nor other religious patches so I"ll look into those.

I have one parent who attends every meeting. Plus I have a Cadette and a Senior scout who are working on their Aide or Leadership awards. Last night, we made graham cracker houses so it was good to have the extra hands!

When you are working on the prerequisites for the Bronze, are you doing the old requirements or the new ones?

Kim

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Fri, 12-11-2009 - 6:22pm

There is a page on ScoutingWeb that links the badges.

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Sat, 12-12-2009 - 12:31am

In our area, Daisy's can work on My Guardian Angel... very cute and simple. Here are some links to try for that and other stuff:

http://www.wagggsworld.org/en/home The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is finishing their year of health related stuff and 2010 has a theme about world hunger. It looks like the "badge" that they have to work on now is the GAT or Global Action Theme... about poverty. I haven't checked it out at all myself yet.

http://nccs-bsa.org/activities/index.php This has the Rosary Series patches (although somewhere we earned one patch that had all parts of the rosary on it. It also has the Footsteps of American Saints series and International Catholic Awareness awards listed. These are for all scouts.

http://www.diopitt.org/education/ccospageinfo.htm This is the Pittsburgh Diocese link for other Girl Scout religious awards that are national and diocesan only... maybe you can do it anyway or find out if your own diocese has this too? It was not publicized at all and we only found out about it after our own daughters were doing the Brownie level one that we knew about.

And to answer your other question... we are doing the Bronze under the old system because the new system wasn't out when we started doing the requirements and it's not fair to go back to the girls and change their understanding of it after they started. I'm having all the 4th and 5th graders do it this year or early summer so it's done and when the 5th become Cadettes, I don't have to do too much to keep the remaining Juniors happy for that last year before they become Cadettes too.

-Jennifer