Friday, March 24, 2017

Prepare Your Girl Scout Troop for Another Year of Fun!

It’s that time of the year again— spring renewal! Troop leaders, check out these tips for preparing the girls in your troop for another year of fun and adventure in Girl Scouts.

Plan ahead. Encourage the girls to talk about their plans for the future—what activities to spend their cookie money on, what badges they would like to earn, what trips they would like to take.

Make it girl-led. Engage girls in planning a celebration for the end of the year or a bridging ceremony. When girls get to take the lead, they are happier with their Girl Scout experience.

Calm their nerves. Are the girls in your troops bridging to a new level? Invite a few older girls to a troop meeting for them to share the adventures and opportunities they have had as Girl Scouts.

Get girls involved in recruitment. Schedule a time to talk to the girls about how to grow your troop. Draft a plan and include how girls will help welcome and include the new girls.

Get outside! Research shows that girls love outdoor activities more than any other. Engage your troop in monthly outdoor activities to keep them coming back. From scavengers hunts to a campfire with s’mores, possibilities in the outdoors are endless!

You can register for the next Girl Scout membership year starting April 1. All girls who renew before May 15 will receive a free Power of G.I.R.L. patch!