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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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Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards

Bronze & Silver Award Recognition: Let’s Party!

Universally, recognition is a huge motivator; one of the biggest. It shows respect for an individual or group for a job well done. It helps strengthen bonds and relationships, and reinforces how much the action took made a difference! Because of this, a great way to recognize the hard work of Girl Scouts who have earned their Bronze or Silver Award is with a ceremony! Ceremonies are a means of expression and have been an important part of Girl Scouts since the beginning of the movement. By  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Volunteer Experience, Volunteers

New Troop Tips: Exploring Your Community’s Resources

As a new troop leader, there is so much to learn. Each troop meeting and outing will add more knowledge and skill to your troop leader toolbox. Pretty soon you’ll have definite opinions on which Girl Scout repeat song you can (and cannot) handle on its fifteenth go round (looking at you, Princess Pat!), you’ll be able to predict how many fruit snacks a group of 10 first graders will consume in a single sitting, and your conflict resolution strategies will grow exponentially as  ...

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Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards, Volunteer Experience

Wrap Up and Restart Your Girl Scout Year!

Springtime means it’s time we start wrapping up our Girl Scout year and looking ahead to the next! Finish Up with a Celebration! For starters, it’s time to celebrate! Bring families together to share what the girls have learned and accomplished. It’s a time to celebrate new experiences like going to camp and to celebrate the friendships that have developed through the year. You can make it a formal affair or keep it simple. You might keep it small or team up with other troops or a service  ...

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