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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.

What To Know When Learning About Air

The Girl Scout is an organized institution that helps the girl scouts learn about many things in life including learning about air. Learning about air might seem to be too obvious or common knowledge. But, believe me, not many people know much about air. This is the key reason why we have to be very keen when learning about air. Air is very essential in our lives but most of the people in our current generation fail to acknowledge the importance of this precious commodity that is free from God. When learning about air, we have to be very objective and specific so that we can equip the girl scouts with proper and relevant knowledge.

When learning about air, one major topic should be air pollution. There is massive air pollution in the world today. This has led to a lot of misfortunes and catastrophic occurrences to the human race. The rising cases of airborne diseases such as asthma and common cold are all due to air pollution. However, all this is due to the ignorance that we have about air. This goes a long way to explain the importance of learning about air.

Learning about air is a very wide topic. Apart from just learning about air pollution and its effects to us as human beings, it would also be important for the girl scout guide to teach the girls on some of the things they should do to have clean air and conserve the environment. As the future leaders of this world, these girls should have all the knowledge when learning about air so that they can change this world. The girl scouts should be taught about the ecosystem and the effects of air pollution to the ecosystem. They should know about the industrial pollution, the green house gases effects an also the pollution caused by the automobiles.

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Some Creative Ideas On Fall Crafts For Girl Scouts

As a scouts guide, there are numerous creative ideas that you can use for creating interesting fall crafts for girl scouts for both fun and as a way of teaching them something useful. While creating some of the fall crafts for girl scouts, the girls can learn how to be creative, as well as how to apply these ideas in real life situations such as camping. Some of the simple fall crafts for girl scouts that you may consider include making a hot dog roaster and a memory box using readily available materials from home.

One of the fall crafts for girl scouts that is easy to make and really useful especially if the girls are out camping is a hot dog roaster. It operates without a flame and it may be helpful in case the girls are out camping under the hot sun and they lack fire, but need a quick snack. The hot dog roaster is made from aluminum foil and uses the sun’s rays to roast the hot dog. All you need is a cylindrical container that is cut into half and covered in aluminum foil. The hot dog can then be placed in the container and left under the sun to roast.

A birch bark canoe is one of the simplest fall crafts for girl scouts to make. The fact that the canoe actually floats in water makes this idea one of the most useful fall crafts for girl scouts to make while camping. In addition, the girl scouts get to learn how to recycle and nature’s products. To make this canoe, you only need birch bark, strong glue, and scissors. However, making the birch bark canoe is one of the fall crafts for girl scouts that will require supervision of an adult since it involves the use of precise cutting measurements, as well as scissors and glue, which may be misused in a harmful way by kids.

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!

Environmental Education Through Girl Scout Camps

Among the different educational activities that are organized as a part of Girl Scout program, the Girl Scout camps have become more significant. Those girls who participate in this program get a sound knowledge on the environment around us. The Girl Scout camps will create awareness on the importance of maintaining our environment and will teach some of the environmental friendly practices.

During Girl Scout camps, the campers are allowed to stay in troops, which helps them learn how to manage and become adapted to people of different backgrounds. This is an important quality that every person in this world should develop and the Girl Scout camps provide the best platform for those girls to cultivate these qualities at a young age.

Certain camping programs encourage the girls to come out with their own camping ideas and plans. The ability to plan and organize an event successfully requires certain special skills and these kinds of activities are aimed at developing those skills.

The Girl Scout camps help in developing some of the critical and unique skills that are required to lead an independent life.

The Importance Of Girl Scout Cookie Programs

When we say Girl Scout, one of the most common things that hit the peoples’ mind is the Girl Scout cookies.

The Girl Scout organization plays a tremendous role as the leadership organization of the girls in the USA. Girls all over the nation continue to be benefited by the variety of programs organized by them. One of the most anticipated programs organized by the Girl Scouts of USA is the Girl Scout cookies program.

When we see from outside, the Girl Scout cookies program will seem to create a lot of fun and entertainment among the girls. Apart from the fun aspect of it, those girls get to learn some important learning in their lives:

  • Their interpersonal skills get developed.
  • They get to learn people management.
  • Money management is one of the most significant aspects that they get to learn from this program.
  • They learn the techniques for business and a certain amount of business virtues.
  • They get the ability to set specific goals and adopt strategies to achieve the same.

Hence the Girl Scout cookies program keeps encouraging girls to lead their lives with confidence and individuality.

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!!!