Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God* and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Creating tomorrows leaders 1 girl at a time!

Your Brownie is on a Quest - a special journey to find out what it means to be a leader.
We will be working together to find 3 keys that help solve the mystery of that they open.
On Monday, September 29, your GS Brownie experienced her 1st adventure on the Brownie Quest, she discovered some the the talents and qualities that make her special. She can fill out page 49 and describe herself.
We took an "ELF adventure" to search for and discover the Values of the Girl Scout Law. We have a secret meaning for "ELF" Explore Link Arms Fly into Action. We paired off to discover clues hidden all around our "secret Brownie Tree house". A part of the homework for the week is to fill out page 50 on Discovering Values (of the Girl Scout Law).
This means that they have completed the 1st 2 steps in discovering the 1st key! To help them review:
  1. Discovering our special talents & qualities
  2. Discovering the values of the Girl Scout Law
  3. Discovering family values (do at home, pages 51)

Next Monday we will put it all together and realize together the 1st key of Discovery.
We are meeting new Brownie friends in the book, Brownie Elfs. They will help guide us along this adventure. For this week, the homework is to read chapter 1.

This a very exciting time to be a Brownie! This year we are focusing not only on the try-its from the Brownie Handbook, going on an exciting adventure through the Brownie Quest book, upcoming service projects, but we are also making a good collection of SWAPS!

Last week was the Friendship knot (see instructions below) and this week we made a Friendship Stick! If you would like to send your Brownie's SWAP hat on Monday's they can wear it and put any new SWAPS directly on there at the meeting.

Here's a picture of 2 of the hats (Emmy & Raven). The hat can be any type you choose. It will be covered before you know it!
Just to review - the home work this week is to read Chapter 1 in the Brownie quest book and do pages 50 & 51 with family.

Thank you for sharing your Daughters with us. They are special little ladies and will all be great leaders one day!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Frienship Knot - not as hard as it seems

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Sharing Hobbies

Here's our opening circle, promise & pledge time. We shared our hobbies with each other and made our 1st SWAP. It's a friendship knot. Should you want to make some at home, I will upload the directions. It seems confusing at first, but after a few it gets easier.
Homework for this week is for the Brownies to share their hobby or teach it to someone and either make up a "code name" or tell us their nickname next week.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hobbies Try-it for Monday 9/22

On Monday, we work on the try-it "Hobbies". Our 1st few meetings have focused on getting to know each other as friends and better understanding Girl Scouts and Brownies in general.
Please take a look at the Hobbies try-it.
Ask your daughter to think about what hobbies they do. Do they collect anything? Play sports? Make anything? If it is possible they can bring an example either this Monday or the following. If you have time before Monday, you can discuss #1 and if the hobby is making things, maybe do #5. If not, no worries, we will get 4 options covered at the meeting.
Please have your girls read the Girl Scout Promise & Law at home from time to time. It is important that they know and can recite it with the group each week.
Thank you for your support. Please let us know if you need us to order the sash & insignias & pins for your Brownie.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Friends are Fun - Try-it #2

I have added those who signed up to send a Healthy Snack to the Calendar. If you would like to sign up for a specific date, please email Amy @ - there are many still available.
The meeting this week focused on "Friends". The try-it is "Friends are Fun". We made friendship bracelets and worked on writing a secrete code to a friend. The home work for the girls is requirement #1:

Look for new friends at school or at after school activities. Is there someone who is sitting by herself? Does she look lonely? Go up, smile, and introduce yourself. Then invite her to join you!

One thing I forgot to put on the Newsletter, is that the girls bring a quarter each week, at the end of the year we use the collection for either part of a service project or the end of the year party. This year, it may go towards the bridging ceremony to Girl Scouts Juniors.

We want the girls to bring ideas for activities, field trips and service projects that they would like for the troop to participate in throughout the year.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Troop # 840 - 1st meeting success

We had our 1st meeting for the 2008-09 school year this past Monday. We completed our 1st try-it, Brownies Around the World. The homework for this try-it was for the girls to come back next Monday with an interesting bit of information about any other country that they choose. It could have to do with Girl Scouts around the world or another culture in general. Very open option.
This blog will keep up with us for the year. There will be pictures from our meetings, field trips, and much more. I will collect everyone's email and send notices after updates. Please see the calendar link to the right. It has our plans for the year. We are looking forward to a great year of Brownies.