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Staying Connected This Summer – Part III

Camps are a wonderful way for girls in your troop to stay connected this summer.  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.

Another way for girls to stay connected this summer is to participate in Girl Scout camp.  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.

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.

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Staying Connected This Summer – Part II

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.

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.

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.