Sunday, February 24, 2019

10 Free Leader Resources for Girl Scout Week 2019

It seems like you just finished celebrating World Thinking Day...because you did! Even though many of you are very busy with cookie season, there is another Girl Scout holiday that is just around the corner. It is called Girl Scout Week.

Last year, on my main Girl Scout leader blog, I wrote a detailed post about the holiday and why troops should be celebrating it. You can read it here.

10 Free Leader Resources for Girl Scout Week 2019

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What is Girl Scout Week?

In a nutshell, Girl Scout Week celebrates the founding of the Girl Scouts. Juliette Gordon Low registered the first 18 girls into what would become the nationwide organization we are participating in today. Starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12. Many synagogues and churches dedicate a part of their service during this weekend to highlight the girls and give them recognition.

When my troop was younger, we always celebrated this week by doing activities as a troop and optionally, at home. For Girl Scout Week 2019, here is a list of resources leaders can use to help them with this important holiday.

This year, Girl Scout Week 2019 is from March 10-March 16.

Celebrate Girl Scout Week 2019 with these free resources

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Girl Scout Week 2019 Resources

One thing new leaders need to remember is that these resources are a guide. Always do what works for your troop and for you. You can combine different activities from these lists or make up your own. You can also check your Council website to see if there are any activities your troop can participate in.

If you are having the girls in your troop do activities on their own, please do not stress of get upset if a child does not do this outside of meeting activity. It is not personal...kindergarten and first graders have no control over what their parents will or will not do with them or for them.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains have a day by day list of tasks girls can do.

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona has their own list of things that troops can do on their own or individually.

Celebrate Girl Scout Week-7 Days of Awesome is right from the GSUSA website.

Girl Scouts of Northwest Texas also has a list of things for girls to do.

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island have a checklist of activities from which to choose.

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida have an inclusive religious service that can be used for all faiths.

Girl Scout Troop 1584  Do not pay attention to the date...this link is to provide you with an idea of what you can make for your girls if you choose to. My suggestion is to give 2-3 options for each day.

5 Simple Activities Again, pay no attention to the date. This is a streamlined list that you can give to your girls.

Girl Scouts of Nassau County This Council site is amazing! Here is a game you can play with your troop. Scroll down and find a calendar of activities.

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage have a three page document with tons of activity choices. Daisy Scouts need to complete 1 activity each for Discover, Connect and Take Action, plus 1 more from your choice of categories.

What is your troop doing to celebrate Girl Scout Week 2019?

Saturday, February 9, 2019

New Build a Bear Girl Scout Themed Party Package

A Fun Way to Spend Your Girl Scout Cookie Money

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One of the most popular ways for scouts to spend their cookie money is to go to Build a Bear. In fact, back in November 2012, during the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout year long celebration, my troop of fourth grade Juniors went on a field trip to Build a Bear. They made the Thin Mints Anniversary Bear, which was a hit with the girls.

Back then when I booked the trip, it was just like any other party package that you could purchase at the store. The only difference is that every girl was getting the Girl Scout bear and the Girl Scout uniform. However, now there are special Girl Scout Themed Party Package!

Girl Scout Themed Party now at Build a Bear! Book your troop trip today!

Everything your troop needs for this fun filled afternoon is included for one low price.

Because the bears and the new accessory choices tend to sell out early, I suggest you contact Build a Bear to book your outing today!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Books for Girl Scout World Thinking Day 2019

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Updated October 2019

I know that it is still cookie season, but if you have read my blog you know that I am an organizer and a planner! One way to reduce your stress as a leader is to plan ahead, which is why you need to be thinking about World Thinking Day in three weeks. It will be here before you know it!

Books for Girl Scout World Thinking Day 2019

The theme for World Thinking Day 2019 is "Leadership".  In this blog post, I share a simple 5 step meeting plan that will work well with Daisy Scouts. 

You may also want to check out your local Council's website and see if there are any World Thinking Day events your troop can register for. This takes the pressure off of you for planning the celebration. Remember, if you decide to do a Council event, let the parents know and do not stress if only a handful of girls participate. It is their parents' choice to attend or not.

Many troops like to explore the culture of another country and create their World Thinking Day meeting and activities around that country. One way to springboard into this is with a good, age appropriate book.

There is a series of Ready to Read books that centers around a single country. You can pick one and then use the book as a base to launch your meeting.