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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Volunteers

Know Before You Go: Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints

Girls love going on adventures with Girl Scouts. Trying new activities, building skills (and memories), and challenging yourself are essential to the Girl Scout experience! But as your girls stretch their boundaries and start planning ALL THE THINGS they want to do this troop year, how do you find out what’s needed for each individual activity? Safety Activity Checkpoints to the rescue! What are Safety Activity Checkpoints? Follow this link to a previous post where we answer that  ...

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Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards, General

Girl Scout Ava Exemplifies G.I.R.L. with Toy Drive

Community service is in Girl Scouts’ DNA. Ever since the organization was founded in 1912, Girl Scouts offered a helping hand to those in need and worked together to improve their corner of the world. And that’s still true today! Ava M, a Cadette Girl Scout from Cincinnati, applied what she’s learned about caring for her community through Girl Scouts to something near and dear to her heart: cheering up sick children. When she was younger, she was a patient at Cincinnati  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Volunteers

5 Awesome Ice Breaker Activities for Middle School Girls

A good ice breaker can be worth its weight in gold when working with middle school girls. Why? Because there’s a lot of ice (and some angst) to break through with this age group! And any activity, game, or conversation starter that can help you turn a bunch of individual girls in the uncomfortable “I don’t really know these people” stage into a group that is communicative, engaged, and comfortable with each other is priceless! So what are our favorite ice breakers  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Volunteer Experience

10 Awesome Ice Breaker Activities for Elementary School Girls

Just like you warm up before singing or exercising, sometimes you need to warm up in social groups, like troop meetings, to get the party started! Ice breaker activities help integrate everyone involved to a group environment, which can sometimes be a little uncertain at first. By starting your group with a short, simple activity, everyone can ease in and feel more comfortable participating. Ice breakers also help break up cliques and get everyone talking together. They build rapport with  ...

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