As summer takes everyone into fifty directions at once, how will you keep your girls staying connected this summer? It is important to keep the camaraderie that you spent all year to build going throughout the warm summer months.
The first way to make sure your Girl Scouts stay connected this summer is to ensure that everyone has a list of each girl’s phone number, address, and email. You can type these up and hand out a hard copy to each girl as well as sending them by email as a back up. It is frustrating not to be able to reach friends in the summer and equally frustrating for the troop leader to be barraged by phone calls of girls trying to touch base with one another.
One way to put those numbers and addresses to good use in helping the girls to stay connected this summer is to arrange for a summer pen pal exchange. Have the girls pair up and commit to writing at least one letter a month to their “pal”. If some girls want to form larger groups, let them do a “serial letter” — a letter that one girl begins, sends to the next for additional information, then she sends it on to the following girl and so on until the letter goes back to the original sender.
The great thing about staying connected this summer using these techniques is that the letters and postcards become a great icebreaker at the first troop meeting in the fall!