Have a cookie booth sale! Be sure to contact your Association booth manager to schedule the place and time. Plan for potty breaks, and rotate the girls if you have more than one location. The girls usually have a great time working at booths, and you can have a treat afterwards like pizza, ice cream or ??? If you have younger girls, you might consider letting them bring their own money and going for fast food and letting them order their own food. Many young girls may not have had that experience before!
Learn knife safety. Practice on soap bars or peel carrots for a snack.
Tie some knots. Its fun to practice with thin licorice ropes.
Make plans to celebrate the Girl Scout birthday with another troop. Make and decorate cupcakes to share. If you have candles, remember to stress fire safety (put hair up, or down back of shirt; stop, drop and roll with demonstration, etc. They can’t hear this stuff enough.) Make friendship bracelets- two identical; one to keep, and one to give to a new friend. You could have the five colors of the world of Girl Scouting plus green and then use three colors at a time. The bracelets could be braided or just knotted at intervals depending on their ages. When they exchange bracelets, have them describe why they chose those colors (my favorite world of GS or my favorite colors etc.)
Make a Time Line of major events in the Girl Scout Movement on a piece of really big butcher paper. You can get all the dates in the handbook. Then let the girls add in their birthdays. Have the girls make their own Life-Lines with major events from their lives.
Plant trees for Arbor Day.
Make a collection of tree leaves. Arrange the leaves carefully between sheets of newspaper or blotting paper and press them under bricks or books for several days. Mount the leaves neatly on sheets of poster board or drawing paper. Label each leaf with the name of the tree. Make sets to show which are deciduous and which are conifers. Or, make plaster casts of leaves.
Carry out a survey of local trees. Make a large sketch-map of the area around your meeting place. Write in the names of the streets. Draw in landmarks such as schools, churches, shops and parks. Now carefully draw in small colored circles showing where trees are growing. Write the name of each tree. Which trees are the most common? Why have these particular kinds of trees been grown? How did they get there?
Be careful to be sensitive if you have girls of different faiths if considering “Easter-type” activities such as Easter bonnets, egg crafts, bunnies, etc. It might be a better idea if you just do “spring-time” activities instead. Also, remember to check your calendar in order to plan around the different religious holidays of this season.
On March 3, Japanese Children’s Day and Doll Day are celebrated. Fifteen special dolls are arranged in ceremonial fashion, with the Emperor and Empress in a place of honor. Artificial cherry and orange trees and household utensils are included. Girls dress in formal kimonos and serve tea and cakes to friends. Perhaps you could sample some Japanese food or do origami.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17. Have a green meeting where you make green/shamrock crafts or eat green food. Eat potato soup, Irish stew, or make Irish soda bread or even baked potatoes. Have a potato toss.
Learn about snakes (St. Patrick allegedly chased them out of Ireland.) How many kinds of snakes are there? How many are poisonous, and how many are beneficial.
Have a shamrock relay by making two large shamrocks out of green paper. Divide into two teams of equal players. Each team receives two shamrocks. At a signal, the team moves forward by stepping on the shamrocks. While standing on one, they must move the other one forward for their next step. If you take a step off the shamrock before getting to the finish line, that player must start over. The first team with all the players across the finish line wins.
Have a Potato Relay. Make a line on the floor with masking tape for each team. The object is to roll the potato down the line with a shillelagh (or a fairly thick, knotted stick). The player then runs the potato back to his team for the next player to use. The first team to get their potato over the finish line wins.
Beginning on March 21, Iranians celebrate the twelve day festival of No-ruz (Noh-rooz). This Muslim festival is symbolic of new life and growth, and the goodness of Allah. The festival table is spread with seven foods, all beginning with the letter ‘s’, plus symbolic items. There is a legend that the earth trembles as the new year begins, so an egg is placed on a mirror and when cannons are shot, the egg trembles. Gardens of Adonis are grown with quick-growing seeds such as lentils and wheat.
Practice tornado safety and plan what emergency supplies families should have on hand if one strikes.
Plant some seeds and watch them grow, or plant some seedlings or plants. You could do some beautification at a local park or open space, or even join an effort to rid an area of non-native plants.
Passover is celebrated, which commemorates the Israelites’ departure from Egypt and the first barley harvest. This is a family feast of Thanksgiving and freedom, with unleavened bread and many other traditional foods. Sample some of these foods and learn about the traditions.
Talk about good outdoor manners and conservation skills. Know how to protect and appreciate the natural world.
Take part in a conservation service project, such as planting seedlings on a hillside to prevent erosion, repair trails, clean fire circles at a park, organizing a newspaper or aluminum can recycling project at the girls’ school. Trim bushes to keep a path open, adopt a highway, take down old yard sale signs or flyers posted in the neighborhood. The possibilities are endless!
Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt. Have the girls find (but not pick - just show to somebody else!) a smooth edged leaf, a Y shaped twig, something alive, a smooth rock, a pebble smaller than a pea, a pebble as big as a grain of rice, something that looks like something else, something prickly, somebody’s food, dark green and a light green leaf, a pinch of dust, a pretty thing besides a flower, something with more than four legs, something you can pick things up with, a leaf with symmetrical veins, something dead, something yucky, something bumpy, a seed that travels by wind, something soft, something furry, etc. etc. etc.
Hold a “Baby Shower” to benefit babies born to mothers in shelters or jail.
“Adopt” a grandparent at an elder care home.
Make and fly a kite.