Staying Connected This Summer – Part I

Three great ways to stay connected in Girl Scouts.

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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.

List of Current Contacts

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.

Summer Pen Pal Exchange

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.

Letters & Postcards

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!

Do you have ideas you would like to share? We would love to hear from you! Please leave us a comment!

Teaching Girl Scouts about Saving the Earth

Girl Scouts can take part in Saving the Earth.

Climate of Environmental Awareness

In the current climate of environmental awareness, it is important to find interesting and engaging ways of teaching Girl Scouts about saving the earth.  You’ve heard all of the usual things: recycle, conserve water, don’t litter.  The list goes on.

But what would really catch and hold a young girl’s attention?  Young girls, particularly pre-teen and teenage ones, are all about new fashion and buying the next greatest thing. Focusing on this is a great way to teach your Girl Scouts about saving the earth (and their piggy banks) through reducing consumption.

Plan a Consumption Challenge

Before the challenge, have the girls journal how many trips they make to the mall or other stores each week and what they purchase. Add up the cost of the items plus the cost of gas for the vehicle.  Show them that not only is this bad  for finances, it pushes up carbon emissions, wastes resources and helps trash the environment. Most things we purchase at big box retailers are fabricated from petroleum products in another country, then shipped across the world, greatly increasing environmental impact.

Choose A Day To Begin

Then, choose a day to begin your challenge.  After that day, ask the girls not to buy anything new for a specified period of time. Instead, they have to try to get it used, borrow it, use something they already have, or just go without. They should keep a journal showing how they accomplished this, and calculate how much they saved while doing so.  This way, they can share their tips and successes with the other girls.

Help Them Develop Financial Awareness

Not only can this teach Girl Scouts about saving the earth, it can introduce them to worthy organizations such as Goodwill, and help them develop financial awareness that can serve them well into adulthood.

 

Summer Service Projects for Girl Scouts

Looking for ideas for 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.

Placing Flags for Veterans

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.

Collect Backpacks & School Supplies

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.

Keeping Hearts & Minds Open

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!