Keep Girl Scout Troop Meetings FUN for the girls and for YOU. If it isn't fun for you, it won't be fun for them!
Girls of all ages like to have fun. If they are learning something at the same time, that is even better. Plan activities that you will enjoy doing and learning along with the girls... For young girls, try to remember the things that made your heart sing at their age.
Don't be afraid to get messy, dirty or loud (while being mindful of the proper preparations for messy… since as Girl Scouts, we like to leave things cleaner then we found it and any restraints on being loud… we do need to be courteous to others). Silly hats, rhymes and goofy prizes make everyone laugh. From arts and crafts, to games and songs, to neighborhood trips, to having a Cookie Booth Sale, to going camping, or planning for that BIG trip to Europe, focus on the fun and then weave in the Journeys, Badges and lessons of a lifetime!
Adventures come in all shapes, sizes and distances ... a mystery trip around the school yard can offer proportionate rewards to a safari, if the girls are having fun. When the bus break downs or the rains pour, rely on stories and songs and laughter to get you through the rough spots and all of you will come out with memories that will last forever.
Special thanks to Joyce Wagner, Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Chief Mission Delivery Officer, for her input on this edition.