Planning A Productive Girl Scout Year
Have your girls vote
- Provide the girls with pictures (for Daisies and Brownie) or pictures with descriptions of badges available – If this is a new level for your troop, you could provide them with half of the badges available for that level and then present them with the rest the second year.
- I have my girls rank their top 5 choices – this ends up filling most of the meetings (we meet every other week)
- I take their votes and start our year with the badge with the highest votes. I then work through the year with the second, third, etc.
- There are activities we do that they do not vote on – I think they are important skills/activities
- Examples – I am planning on having a “Pink Party” for girls and moms with a healthcare professional
- Service activities – we always have made centerpieces for the holiday dinner at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s food pantry.
- They don’t always pick a cookie badge to work on, but we do one – learning how to talk with adults and count money are important!
- Create a troop calendar
- I have a troop calendar for the entire year
- I like to provide parents with calendar – 3 months at a time.
- *I always leave the last 2 meetings unplanned – that way we can move things if we have snow days. If we don’t need them as make-ups, we work with the girls to plan activities – one year they just wanted time to play on the playground with each other.
- If you have any questions or need help planning your year, feel free to email me or call me with your questions.
- Calendar sample, Junior and Brownie sample for badge voting below.