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Summer Service Projects for Girl Scouts

Summer is relaxing, fun and filled with adventure…and sometimes it gets a little boring, too!  Why not liven it up with a summer service project for your Girl Scouts?  Getting out and about and helping others can give summer new meaning — one that combines fun with fulfillment.

A great summer service project for Girl Scouts is to place flags at local cemeteries or find other ways to do meaningful service to honor those who have served in the military.  Placing flags to honor the fallen can be combined with packing boxes of supplies and treats for those currently on duty in foreign lands.   There are also plenty of auxiliary groups serving families of current military members that can use assistance in manning events and providing aid to these families.

As summer wanes, children start thinking about the impending school year.  A great end-of-summer service project for Girl Scouts would be to collect backpacks and other school supplies for needy children in your local community.  The girls can pack back-to-school kits with a simple, one or two sentence personal note of encouragement to each child.

A summer filled with the joy of helping others will keep your Girl Scout troop in readiness for the the academic year to come.  Summer service projects for Girl Scouts will help keep their hearts and minds open!

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Summer Field Trips for Girl Scouts

One of the most cost effective way of planning a cool summer field trip for Girl Scouts is to advantage of the many local parks, nature centers and outdoor activities.

In fact, a trip to a local park or nature center is also one of the least expensive summer field trip ideas for Girl Scouts ever.  Most parks or nature centers offer admission for free or for a small donation, which makes them an ideal summer field trip idea for Girl Scouts  and leaders who are on a tight budget.

A field trip to park or nature center can offer both mental and physical exercise.  Most have trails or walkways to follow and many will offer guided tours at specific times of day or upon request.  When looking for parks to visit, consider arboretums, gardens, nature centers, reserves, regional parks and play areas.  Make sure you check ahead to determine if food and drink may be brought into the park, or may be purchased on site.  Many parks have limited covered areas and water resources, so it is best to be prepared.

If parks or nature centers aren’t exciting enough for your troop, another great summer field trip idea for Girl Scouts is the various outdoor activities that are available in the summer.  These can be as simple as a trip to the beach or as complex as a hot air balloon ride.  Determine your budget first, and then check in to any discounted activities that may be offered to a group like the Girl Scouts.  Many outdoor activities that offer training, such as horseback riding or sailing, often are amenable to discounting for groups, making them an ideal summer field trip idea.

Would you like to learn more about great ideas for the girls in your troop? Then, please take a few minutes to visit The Real Home School Mom blog for girl scouts at http://girlscoutfunblog.therealhomeschoolmom.com/ – look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Funtime Summer Girl Scout Meeting Activities

Check out these activities if you are at a loss for what to plan for your summer Girl Scout meetings. When planning a Girl Scout meeting in the summer months, you will need to determine if you want to just have a social gathering, or if your Girl Scouts will meet in the summer to complete a particular service task.

If you choose a social gathering, there are many fun summer Girl Scout meeting activities like swimming at a local pool or beach, hiking in the woods, picnicking at a local park, or even horseback riding.  If the weather is too hot to allow for outdoor activities, remember you can always choose an indoor venue as well.

Some indoor activities that are perfect for a summer Girl Scout meeting are bowling, ice or roller skating, and sometimes there are even local indoor pools that can be accessed for a small fee.  Whatever you choose for your summer Girl Scout meeting, make sure you call ahead to determine hours of operation and restrictions on group size and make sure that food and drinks can be brought to the location or may be purchased on site.

Additionally, it is always wise to send a memo prior to your meeting to emphasize that, as Girl Scouts, it is important to observe proper etiquette at the site and leave it in the same condition (or better!) than it was prior to your summer Girl Scout meeting.

If you would like to read more girl scout ideas, please take a look at my latest girl scout blog at http://girlscoutfunblog.therealhomeschoolmom.com/ – there are some great ideas and information on The Real Home School Mom site! Hope to see you there!