not seem like it now but, a Girl Scout year can fly by! There are so many
activities and outings to choose from. Our council sponsors events, as does our
service unit and area troops. What awards do the girls want to work on?
1: Decide on the Activities
girl gets a bunch of sticky notes - as many as they want!
through the list of council events available to their age level in the program
girls then write down each activity they want to do on a sticky note, along
with the fees for the event.
they are done writing down the activities they wanted to do, have them post
the sticky notes all around the room, trying to match up any duplicates.
(Spread ‘em out---WAY out).
each girl gets 7 self-stick stars of any color, and one red one. The red one
means, "I’d rather die than do this event!" (make sure they know the don't
have to use this one!). Any other color means, "I want to do this event."
‘em loose and put their stars on each activity. Letting them mill around helps
eliminate clique voting, because they’re so worried about using their stickers
the way they want!
Tally up the number of stars. All stars count as one point, except for red
which subtracts a point. Only those that got votes were considered, and were
ranked from most to least points.
up the cost of each. Depending on the total cost, you might need to have a
discussion about whether they can really manage the cost of all their choices!
2: Preplan the activities
each of the activities, list (each on another sticky note) everything that
needs to be done. For example, for a Campout, you might need to do: SWAPs,
meal planning, a kaper chart, and shopping for the food.
forget about money earning projects and Cookies! Cookies might need a meeting
to go over the info, at another you might collect pre-orders, and another to
over each event to make sure each has the proper number of sticky notes.
3: Schedule the activities
loooooong sheet of freezer paper (about 12 feet), make a large calendar of the
year, lengthwise. Underneath the name of the month, put your meeting days,
weekends, and any pertinent activities.
the dates of council events (especially "individual" events like PA training),
put Cookie dates on the calendar, major holidays, and anything else you can
think of. Each day/weekend on the calendar is big enough for a sticky note
(another reason for not writing all the dates!).
one event at a time, place the events where they need to be. For planning
work, put the post-its on the meetings--no, we can’t do SWAPs, meal planning
AND shopping all in one meeting!!!
they see how many meetings are still empty. Now they can decide how many
Try-Its Badges, IPAs they want to try to accomplish.
4: Choose Awards to do
your calendar can be rolled up quickly, your troop can use it to track their
progress during the year (repositioning sticky notes if they need to)!