Writing a Girl Scout News Letter Effectively

Tips for creating a Girl Scout newsletter.

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Keeping Troop Documentation

Troops usually need some kind of documentation of accomplishments and endeavors. A written documentation can be used or computer documentation.

Benefits of Newsletters

A newsletter comes in handy for leaders and parents. Newsletters are also a fun way of enhancing your child’s communicative ability when they are given the option to help create it.

Developing Communication Skills

By producing an informative and accurate newsletter, the young Girl Scout can pick up on important communication skills that come in handy in life. The Scout leader or one of the parents can hold the role of a publisher as a service to the troop.

Here are some tips for creating a newsletter:

  • Find a template that is appropriate for the newsletter. If your computer has word processing software then this is an easy option for you. Word processors like Microsoft Word usually have various templates for various formats and newsletter formatting is one of them. If that is not helpful, you can check online for other free templates to use.
  • Take time to gather the necessary information from the Scout leader, the parents, volunteers and the Girl Scouts themselves. It is important to gather as much needed information as possible then decide what should go into the newsletter later.
  • While gathering the information, have a list of who gave you info so that it will not be hard to track them in case of the need for a follow up question later.
  •  While publishing, include the information about the purpose of Girl Scouting while praising the program for empowering the girls. Add the troops number, motto, where the meetings are held along with phone number of the publisher in the newsletter.
  • Other items you can include are the scout emblem, information about upcoming meetings, events and pictures. The pictures may be of events and meetings; they should be of variety so that you can pick some candid pictures along with posed pictures.

Does your troop create and distribute a Girl Scout newsletter? What are some of the items you include in the news? Please leave a comment! We would love to hear from you!

Girl Scouts Salvation in the Assembly Line

A few examples to help Girl Scout activities go more smoothly.

Assembly Line Activities

Crafts can be a ton of fun for an activity in girl scouts. But it can turn into a messy headache just as quickly. To turn this project into a fun activity you can turn to the assembly line approach. This way you can get the girls all going on their craft while sparing a majority of the mess and headache.

Set Up Stations

If space allows, set up a station for each step in the craft. This can even be as small as a paper plate with the components for that step. Be sure to show the girls how to do the craft yourself. You can even write up directions for each step and have it at that particular station.

S’mores Sample Process

Let’s use a s’more as an example (just to illustrate the step process). Each piece of the s’more would have its own plate. The chocolate would have a plate, the graham crackers would have a plate, and the marshmallow would have a plate. You would set them in order of how you would assemble them. After you show the girls how to make the s’more, you would have the girls one by one (or two by two if a station is big enough) go through each station and make the snack themselves. Easy!

Teaching Girl Scouts Recycling

Free online environmental resources for teaching Girl Scouts recycling.

Recycling Foundations

Recycling is a great project for Girl Scout’s to undertake and a delight to teach.  The foundation is education about the importance of being good stewards of the earth.

Reinforcing Learning

From there leaders have a smorgasbord of activities to reinforce the learning.  The trick is to develop an attitude of fun with the necessity of recycling.

Free Online Environmental Resources

Here are some free online environmental resources to build a strong foundation and spark the imagination.

Recycle City (http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/) was created by the EPA.  In addition to basic recycling information, it contains a game which highlights the importance of recycling.

Benefits-of-Recycling (www.benefits-of-recycling.com) provides good basic information about recycling.  It includes information about the need to recycle, directions for what to recycle, and how to get started.

Earth Buddies (http://library.thinkquest.org/06aug/00442/index1.htm ) is a website sponsored by S.E.E.K. created by students for students. In addition to educational and activity components, this group issues a challenge and provides tools to become earth friendly.

Earth Day Network (www.earthday.org) is a wealth of information.  It contains a footprint calculator which measures an individual’s impact on the earth.

One of best sites is The Imagination Factory (www.kid-at-art.com).  This site is where recycling meets art.  It is fun, educational, and inspiring.  It includes a Scout Badge Matcher which helps connect projects to particular Girl Scout Badges and a Trash Matcher which connects throw away materials with a project.

These are rich resources which will help Scout leaders find interesting and fun ways to teach and to do recycling.  Happy Recycling!!!

Goals for the New Year

What are some of your goals for the New Year for Girl Scouts?

What are some of your goals for the New Year? Making goals can provide you with a road map to success. This does not mean everything you do will be successful, but it will provide you with a vision in what you would like to accomplish.

  • Do you need to become more organized as a leader?
  • Do you need to enlist the help of others?
  • Are you needing to recruit additional members?
  • Are you in need of organizing your paperwork?

Volunteering as a leader can be very rewarding. It can also be time-consuming and being organized will help keep things running smoothly. Think about things which will help you to achieve as a leader and help your girls.

Each leader within our service unit uses a volunteer notebook to organize. Each leader will have a calendar of events and organize the remaining sections as it is best for their troop records.

Here are a few of the things in my volunteer notebook:

  • Calendar of events
  • Training List
  • Troop information
  • Monthly ideas
  • Troop recordings of things done for the year
  • Patch Programs
  • Misc.

Thanks to our service unit manager for providing a lot of the materials each of us needs. You can add to your notebook to make it personally efficient for you and your troop.

Do you have some ideas you would like to share? Please leave a comment below.