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Writing a Girl Scout News Letter Effectively

Troops need some kind of documentation of accomplishments and endeavors. A written documentation is as good as any. That is where a newsletter comes in handy. Newsletters are also a fun way of enhancing your child’s communicative ability. By producing an informative and accurate newsletter, the young Girl Scout will pick up on important communication skills that come in handy in life. The Scout leader of the parent could take on the role of a publisher as a service to the troop. You will need a little guidance but it is doable.

  • Find a template that is appropriate for the newsletter. If your computer has word processing software then that just makes it easy 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 free templates if it is necessary.
  • 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 information as possible then decide what should go into the newsletter later. Also, 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. The troops number, motto, where the meetings are held along with phone number of the publisher in the newsletter. Other things that you should include are the scout emblem, information about upcoming meetings, events and pictures accompanying the information rendered. The pictures could be of events and meetings; they should be of variety so that you can pick some candid pictures along with posed pictures.

Girl Scouts Salvation in the Assembly Line

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.

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.

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 craft, 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 s’more themselves. Easy!

Teaching Girl Scout’s Recycling

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. 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.   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!!!