Take a picture of each girl, as well as group pictures. Weigh and measure each girl so that you can tell how much they grow during the year. Make simple scrapbooks, using blue poster board and construction paper white daisies with yellow middles.
Hand Tracing: Each girl should have a buddy for this activity (introduce the idea of the buddy system in Girl Scouting). Each girl should help her buddy trace her hand in her scrapbook. They should think of five special things about themselves, and print them onto each finger. Begin work on the Girl Scout Ways Try It or the Girl Scouts in the USA badge. These are great ways to get the girls ready for Investiture.
Start planning your Investiture Ceremony. Get the girls in on the planning - it is their day! Get copies of Ceremonies books put out by National, Council, and our own Association. Look on the Internet for ideas, too. This ceremony can be simple or elaborate, depending on how much you want to tackle, but above all, remember that it should be meaningful to the girls and doesn’t need to be an extravaganza.
Prepare food to be served at Investiture. A suggested recipe would be Yum Yums, as it is easy to prepare, cooks quickly, and freezes well. Make extra so that some could be eaten when they come out of the oven. Melt one cube butter in cookie sheet. Spread following on top: 2 cup graham cracker crumbs, 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut, 1 pkg. chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Bake in 350 oven for 10 minutes. Cut in squares.
Make sit-upons. There are many ways to do this, but one example would be to get a book of wallpaper samples. Hole punch around two pieces together so that the holes line up. Place two or three sections of newspaper between the two pieces of wallpaper, and have the girls lace together the wallpaper, using yarn with masking tape at the tip. Another way to do it is to have the girls decorate a square of muslin with markers and then “laminate” with clear contact paper. This kind can be folded up and put in your pocket. Or you can laminate a second piece of fabric and put foam or newspaper in between and then sew the pieces together.
Make piñatas to be used at a birthday party for Juliette Low. Hang a balloon on a string from the ceiling, dip strips of newspaper in undiluted Vano starch, make a handle by rolling a piece of newspaper and holding in place with more newspaper dipped in Vano. This would be a three meeting activity: make piñatas, paint piñatas, break piñatas.
Have refreshments and sing
‘Happy Birthday’ to Juliette Gordon Low. Play typical Birthday Party games,
or even add a twist - like Play ‘Pin the Pin on Juliette’ like ‘Pin the Tail
on the Donkey’. Or, do crafts or activities from the days of the first Girl
Scout troop. Perhaps you
Sing songs and play games. Play Fruit Bowl Upset. All girls are seated in a circle and assigned either apple, banana or orange. One girl is in the center. She calls either one of the fits and all ‘apples’ have to exchange seats, with the last girl becoming the center. Sometimes the center can call ‘Fruit Bowl Upset’ and all players must exchange seats. This is kind of like musical chairs, with one player not getting a seat and becoming the center. Play ‘Daisy to Daisy’. Girls pair up. Leader (or a girl if the group is uneven) calls out ‘elbow to elbow’-girls touch elbows, ‘head to head’ - girls touch heads, etc. At some point, she calls out ‘Daisy to Daisy’, (or Brownie to Brownie, etc.) and all the girls run to become partners with a new girl.
Do something Italian to celebrate Columbus Day or something German to celebrate Oktoberfest. October 24 is United Nations Day, which commemorates the date the UN charter was adopted and the UN was officially in existence. Church bells ring and there are special prayers for peace and brotherhood in churches of all faiths, and parades in many cities. Perhaps you could learn about the UN and celebrate in some way.
In October, the people of Burma celebrate the end of Lent, a religious season of fasting, with a Festival of Lights. This celebration occurs at the end of the rainy season. Homes are decorated with lights, fireworks light the skies, and tiny rafts float along the rivers. Maybe you could make some little rafts and float them in the rain gutter or a stream.
Get moving: Do some aerobics. If you can find a video that is geared to children, that’s great, or tape different kinds of music with good, danceable rhythms. Improvise to the type of music: twist to fifties, do-si-do to country, etc.
In October or November, the Hindu Festival of Lights is celebrated. Homes and shops are decorated with clay lamps filled with mustard oil to guide Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and fortune back to earth. Houses are cleaned and accounts are closed. The floors in many homes are decorated with elaborate chalk drawings. Perhaps you could decorate the sidewalkand driveway with chalk drawings. Simple but FUN!
Make spider webs with black construction paper and yarn glued on in a web pattern. Pom Pom spiders with pipe cleaner legs and wiggly eyes. Or, you could learn about the body parts of spiders and make a giant model of a spider out of newspaper - crumpled for the body and head, and rolled for the legs. Or, you could make spiders and have races - Cut a spider body out of sturdy construction paper or ‘fun foam’. Glue on wiggly eyes (lots of them - spiders have many eyes!) and pipe cleaner legs. Glue a plastic straw to the back, and thread a doubled piece of string through it. Hang the loop of the string on a hook, and if you pull on the alternating ends of the string, the spider will ‘climb’ up it’s web.
Halloween. Have the girls
come in costume. Make Spooky Hands - put jelly beans in the fingertips of
latex gloves and then fill with popcorn. Tie with string, and put a spooky
Halloween ring on the finger. Or, have a Halloween party at a children’s
hospital or some type
Do face painting. Have the girls pair up and paint each other.
Bob for apples.
Pass ‘scary’ things to feel: peeled grapes for eyes, cooked spaghetti for brains, pork and beans for guts, batting for hair, carved carrot for a nose, chicken wing bones for fingers, etc.
In October, Bolivians celebrate the Festival of Alacitas, or Little Things which is symbolic of hope for abundance in the coming year. There is a fair, in which all articles are in miniature, with tiny dolls, household articles, jewelry, etc. There is a 6” high clay man named Ekeko. People put miniature articles on his back as a symbol of abundance. Make some miniature toys by taking the crust off of a piece of white bread. Mash bread with fingers until it is a little ball, and mix with some white glue until pliable.
Have a sock and mitten tree at your local school to collect these items for a homeless shelter.
Have an outdoor hike. Witness any fall changes. Take crayon rubbings, and some leaves as specimens. Be sure to take along a trash bag to pick up any trash you may find along the way.