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Making Invitations for Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts belong to troops and they engage themselves in various activities. These activities include community service programs, art and crafts, as well as adventurous activities such as rock climbing, hiking and camping. Although you probably associate the Girl Scout with their famous cookies, they are so much more than that. The activities that the Girl Scouts participate in are so as to teach the girls important life skills.  However, if you want to plan Girl Scout events you will need invitations to let the guests know when and where the event will be. You can create your own invitations with little time and money input.

  • Choose a shape that represents a recent or upcoming Girl Scout activity. That is if the event is camping, use a tent shape. If the event is to help a crisis shelter, use a shape that captures the essence of the activity. Then trace the shape of your choice onto pieces of heavy card stock; then cut out the shapes. If you are using smaller cutter shapes, do not cut them out but instead trim the edges with edging scissors.
  • Use markers or stickers to decorate the cut stock. The party event information should go on the backside of the cutouts. Place them in an envelope and mail them (or hand them out). This method enhances creativity of the Girl Scouts in the process making responsible able and reliable girls.
  •  Alternatively, you could take picture of the entire troop or individual pictures of the members of the troop. Then, you have them printed. Either at home on a photo paper or you can use a photo service like the one at your local drug store. Once you have the pictures printed you write the event’s details at the back of the picture them mail it as you would a postcard.
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Summer Activities Guide for Girl Scouts

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!

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.  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.

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.