Ideas for creating a Summer Activities Guide with the girls’ ideas.
There’s Nothing To Do!
Ah, the dog days of summer. Along with the heat comes that dreaded phrase “There’s nothing to do!” Keep your Girl Scouts out of the summer doldrums this year by developing a Summer Activities guide that can keep them busy and active all summer long. The best part is that the girls themselves get to create the guide, so it will be filled with things that they absolutely love to do!
End of Girl Scout Year Events
On one of your last meetings before the summer, host a sleepover, barbecue, or day at the park or pool to gather the girls together in an informal, fun atmosphere. Break down your group in to teams of two or three girls and assign them each two to three summer activities to add to the list.
Make a List of the Girl’s Ideas
Whenever a team comes up with an activity, they can write it on a piece of paper or a dry erase board so that it is “taken”. At the end of the party, copy down all of the ideas and make sure each girl gets a copy to take home with her over the summer.
The Conquer Challenge
Make sure that each girl has a list of everyone’s addresses and phone numbers and challenge the girls to “conquer” at least two activities on the list with at least one other girl in the troop. That way, not only do the girls have a great resource for summer activities, but they are prompted to keep in touch with one another during the break.
The Final Step of the WOW! Brownie Journey.
Girls Earn the WOW!
The end of the Wonders of Water journey is reached when the girls earn the WOW! The award represents the lasting change they have brought to their community.
They earn this award through discussion of their SHARE efforts — they can read some of the water promises guests made, show slides of the meeting, or create charts and other visual aids that describe how their outreach impacted the community.
Girls Recognizing Value
Encourage the girls to discuss individual participation and how each girl contributed to the overall project. It is important that the girls recognize the value of individual AND teamwork in the completion of their journey.
Pride in Leadership
In this grand finale, the girls can take pride in the leadership they have shown throughout their journey and in how their work relates to Girl Scout Law.
Sense of Accomplishment & Confidence
One of the many benefits of taking a Brownie journey is the sense of accomplishment and confidence the girls feel after learning, growing and sharing their skills and education with others. A great lesson to take from this is that the journey never really ends — learning and growth can continue for a lifetime and so can leadership and advocacy for change!
Saving Water in the WOW! Brownie Journey.
Working as a Team
The second step on the WOW! Brownie journey includes working as a team to protect water in the community. Get the girls thinking about how they can do this and why it is often more powerful to act as a team than as an individual.
News Story Challenge
Challenge the girls to find news stories where an advocacy group has teamed up to conserve water resources. Discuss how teams coordinate and work together to get things accomplished and have the girls brainstorm a project that will help save water resources in the local community.
After they have decided upon their SAVE project, they can create visual aids and learn good communication skills in preparation for carrying out their project. This will help them be confident, clear communicators as they present their ideas — definitely a useful life skills. The girls also learn teamwork and cooperation and project planning and management skills throughout this step of the journey.
Finally, challenge the girls to communicate why their project is important and what carrying it out successfully will do for water resources in the community. The girls earn their SAVE award by carrying out their project and showing an understanding for the type of effect a team effort can produce.
Sharing Water in the WOW! Brownie Journey.
SHARE – As A Team
This session — SHARE — helps the girls continue to act as a team as advocates protecting water and keeping it clean in their community. In this case, the focus is on educating others and inspiring them to commit to loving and saving water resources too!
Girl Planning for Meeting
The girls can plan a meeting to which they will invite guests that they can discuss their projects with. The idea is for the girls to learn good communication and organizations skills.
Divide your group in to “guests” and “presenters” and let the girls take turns practicing meeting and greeting guests as they arrive and organizing them into groups or in rows.
Show & Tell
Let other girls practice presenting aspects of their SHARE projects and “show and tell” the guests about what they have learned about water. When the girls have practiced and are confident with their presentation, make invitations and invite your actual guests to your next meeting.
After the girls present, let them pass out papers so that guests may write their own water promises. Encourage guests to share their thoughts about how the presentation inspired them to take action. Present positive comments about the meeting and let the girls see how easy it is to educate people and make a difference with a little planning and teamwork!
Ideas for using WOW! Brownie Journey in Girl Scouts.
Learning to Love Water
The first step on the Wonders of Water Brownie journey is learning to love water. In the beginning of this series, prompt the girls to think about what water means to them and the world in general. A great activity is to have the girls find food containers that have water as an ingredient and make a list. The girls can also make guesses as to the water content of certain fruits, just to get an idea of how prevalent water is in our food system.
Ways Girls Use Water
As the girls think about the ways they use and enjoy water, encourage them to think about their favorite water place: a swimming pool, bathtub, spa, or waterfall are some good places to start. Then, talk about the water cycle demonstrating water as a liquid and a condensate by making tea and having a tea party. Finally, talk about the importance of clean water to us as human beings and the need to protect our sources of this vital element.
Knowledge of Science
Get the girls to share their reasons for loving water and their new knowledge of the science behind it and list their top two reasons for loving water. Along with this, they should be able to think about and carry out one promise that protects water in some way to earn the award on this first step of their journey.
- Water Cycle Wonders (practicalpages.wordpress.com)
Part Three of Three for Staying Connected This Summer.
Summer City Programs
Summer programs are usually offered in most cities during the summer months. You can check with the local libraries, parks and chamber of commerce to see what local summer fun programs are offered. Often, libraries and parks offer day programs that are either free or very inexpensive. Get flyers if possible, or make a list and discuss the details with the girls to determine interest. Make sure information goes home to parents so the girls can get signed up at the first opportunity — spaces in these programs are often limited.
Girls & Camping
Camps are a wonderful way for girls in your troop to stay connected this summer. Girl Scout camps are offered as day and resident camps, so there is an option for every child. The girls can learn to swim, canoe, sail, put on a show, learn quintessential summer crafts such as lanyard making — these are the activities that make memories! It would be nice if you can encourage several girls to sign up together to keep them connected during the summer.
Sharing Summer Memories
Importantly, schedule an “almost fall” meeting to share summer memories among your girls. Have a sleepover or a scrapbooking party where they can create pages featuring their summer activities to give them something to look forward to and to encourage them to stay connected through the summer months.
What Did Your Girls Do?
What did your girls do this Summer? Did you hold any special summer events? What fun field trips did you take? We would love to hear from you! Please leave us a comment!
Part Two of Three for ideas to stay connected during Summer.
Summer Scavenger Hunt
It is fun to find ways to help your Girl Scout troop to stay connected this summer! One really popular activity for the girls is a Summer Scavenger Hunt. You can make up a list of items that teams of two or more girls have to find during their summer break. Make sure to include things at local parks, museums and eateries that will encourage the girls to plan fun outings with one another and stay connected all summer long. For example, they can “find” a pizza at a local pizza parlor to share together.
Girl Scout Photos
The teams should make sure to take photos of themselves with the object on their list to be presented at the first troop meeting in fall. All girls who find all the items on their lists should win a prize that can encourage even more fellowship. Things like tickets to the movies (complete with popcorn and soda!) or a day at an amusement park or a camp-out would be a great way of fostering even more friendship among the girls.
Volunteer Event Option
If you want to make the scavenger hunt even more meaningful, consider adding a volunteer event on to the list. Perhaps they have to “find” an elderly person to help, or someone with disabilities, or even an animal. Either way, they can take photos of their experience and share they way they stayed connected this summer at your next meeting.