What have others done for Bronze?

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What have others done for Bronze?
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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 12:33pm

I currently have 2 Juniors in my troop. Next year, I'll likely have 7. Of those, two will be 4th graders and five will be 5th graders.

Three of those who are Juniors now were promised they'd earn the Bronze award this year but there were issues and it didn't happen (and the project doesn't meet requirements and they were following the old rules so they basically have to start over completely).

So I want to hear some ideas that have been done and have been approved before to share with the girls.

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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 9:19am

I'm surprised. As long as they started working on it in 2009, you could go by old rules. And there is not really any approval needed for a Bronze in our area. Ours have been long term projects, under old rules started last year and we are just now finishing up.

I'd check with someone else. Often times, you will get different answers.

My Juniors have been planning and leading a series of Brownie meetings since there is no leader for Brownies. And another group of them have been planning a trip to camp for them (not an overnight, but it may turn into one) and then planning and doing bridging stuff with the Daisy and Brownie girls from our school. I spoke to the woman at council who is in charge of Bronze Silver and Gold Awards and she said that what I described to her was more like Silver Projects.

Good Luck to you.

Jen

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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 10:00am

So if Juniors are planning meetings for Brownies.......do you have two registered adults present?

I ask because my Juniors could be doing that next year but I didn't think of it being a Bronze project. I'm guessing that I would end up being one of the adults since I'd be supervising the Juniors. Are the Juniors doing all the budgeting for the Brownies too?

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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 10:23pm

For the Juniors planning brownie meetings, they spend most of 2009 doing their prerequisites... jr aide, leadership, badges, and planning. They decided to do 5 meetings after our cookie sales finished to make it easier on them. They did some research to find out what try-its the 3rd graders may have earned as 2nd graders. They filled out paperwork (with my signature) to reserve the location. They made flyers and follow up phone calls to all the 2nd and 3rd grade girls in the school (only 14 total) to invite them. They decided to charge $1 per meeting (to cover try-it costs) and to split the other costs among themselves. Each of the 5 meetings, one girl brings snack, one brings drink, one does opening and closing, one plans a small game, and one is "other". And for the main part of the meeting, they each "lead" one section. For the try-it's even though they only need to do 4 things, they figure out a way to break one of them into 2 parts so each girl has a part to lead. They will be walking over to the GS shop (we are lucky to be close) to purchase the try-it's. And they will plan a small awards ceremony for the last meeting. On top of that, I had discussed with them the rules of GS meetings- 2 adults, first aid kit, how to handle misbehaviors...lots of stuff and told them I needed to know their plan to address each of these things, but they needed to make sure it all happened. They secured another adult (who is a registered GS) and have a backup (one of their moms who's registered) if the need arises. They give me a list of items they would like me to bring that we can share from our troop (like the crayons and first aid kit) and if they need anything else craft supply wise, I told them to ask me first because I may have it already. The 5 of them have done a wonderful job. The woman at council that I talked to told me that this sounds more like a silver project with the level of responsibility that I've put on the girls and the amount of service that they have to do for it. Also, I did not even suggest this project to them. They saw a need and asked if they could do it.

I have 5 more girls that liked what they were doing so they changed their actual project a bit and will pick up with these brownies when the first 5 juniors are done with the 5 regular meetings. The next 5 girls are planning to do a junior badge with them and their bridging requirements as well as a fun evening at a local camp (slated to be closed) and then take them back a bit later to do their actual bridging ceremony. They've also decided to help them do a fun project over the summer (since it's part of the bridging requirement).

It does help that when the juniors are leading the brownies that all the other juniors are not there. I had both brownies and juniors last year (12 brownies and 10 juniors) and it was my most difficult year by far.

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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 10:48pm

Wow! That sounds like they are really getting into it and enjoying it too! :)

And I totally agree that having a mixed group of Brownies and Juniors is harder than having Daisies/Brownies. Plus you had a large group of both! :)

Juniors have a lot more responsibility and only two years to do a LOT of stuff. I feel like we've barely started and that my Juniors have been jipped this year with me spread so thinly. I did manage to get them through a lot when I really think about it but we have a long way to go.......we still need to do Journey and Bronze project.

Luckily, I have a Daisy leader for next year. I don't know what will happen to the Brownies which is why I just love what your Juniors did for Bronze. Plus we have a school that lost its troops because of lack of parent involvement :(

So one way or another, I'm GOING to have my girls do something about it. (I'm the service area manager as well)

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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 9:05am
Good Luck. It's time intensive, hard work, and somewhat stressful too! But it's worth it because it's what the girls chose to do. If some don't want to lead try-it's, you can have them lead service projects with the brownies or plan a trip to camp for the day or an overnight. And as far as it being sustainable, I think that GS would lose girls if we didn't do something about it, so it's sustaining Girl Scouts and it will enhance the life of the young brownies (by being mentored by older girls) and it builds lasting respect, trust, and friendships. So, as far as I'm concerned, they are good projects.

-Jen
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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 5:25pm

"So one way or another, I'm GOING to have my girls do something about it. (I'm the service area manager as well)"


This concerned me a bit.


I think it's great if the girls want to help the younger girls out, or fill in for a lack of adult leadership.

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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 11:19pm

Oh by no means did I mean that!

My Juniors will be working with younger girls no matter what -- simply because we will still have meetings at the same time to meet the 2 adults requirement. :)

This year, I don't think I did service to any of the three levels -- they all earned various things and we did a lot of stuff, but everything was as a full group. I couldn't do a Journey nor work on Bronze project stuff because I was always having to cater to two other troops as well.

The two Juniors I have now (including my daughter) LIKE working with the younger girls. The two Brownies that will bridge to Juniors don't like it as much. I don't know about the 3-5 Juniors that will transfer into my troop from another one yet........ So realistically, I could end up with several Bronze projects going on.

The girls will be allowed to choose their own project(s).

The way I worded that was just too strong and being too excited by an idea.....I really truly did not mean it that way. :)

I fully believe that Girl Scouting is about letting the girls lead....particularly by Junior level. I know my Juniors did not get enough of that this year and regret it. To make meetings work, I really had to do the majority of the planning in order to have three troop levels get something out of each meeting (not necessarily badges/patches, but for them to each learn something at her own ability level)

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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 11:20pm
merimom96, thank you for calling me on that.......when I reread what I wrote, you were absolutely right.
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Fri, 04-16-2010 - 7:08am

Big sigh of relief!


Thanks for your gracious reaction.

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Fri, 04-16-2010 - 8:37am

My troops are small -- 5 Daisies, 4 Brownies and 2 Juniors.

Together, we have all earned our Daisy Petals. LOL. It's why we came up with a Our Troop's Own badge and Try-It. None of my older girls were Daisies (they all started as 1st grade Brownies or did summer programs as Daisies that did not work on petals.) So that really was our focus this year. In the process, we went above and beyond on some topics to include Try-It activities and Badge work. For example, for "Respect Myself" we had a guest speaker from a local salon come in and talk about taking care of our bodies. She explained reasons for lotions, conditioner, deoderant, etc. I know her well (and she has daughters the same ages as a Junior and Daisy) so I trusted her to keep it age-appropriate. She explained HOW to take a shower, talked about avoiding lice, and more. Anyway, she did so much that my Juniors got 2 of the requirements for the "looking your best" badge.

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