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SIX - WEEK BADGE PROGRAM : FOR GIRL SCOUT JUNIORS Savvy Shopper and Business Owner
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  • SIX-WEEK BADGE PROGRAM:

    F O R G I R L S C O U T J U N I O R S

    Savvy Shopper andBusiness Owner

  • When Juliette Gordon Low formed the first troop of 18 girls, in Savannah, Georgia, in 1912, she wanted those girls to be leadersin their own lives and in the world.

    Thanks to volunteers like you, generations of girls have lived Lows vision.

    Now, the world is ready for a new kind of leaderone who understands and values the collaborations so necessary in a global society.

    WELCOME TO THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF GIRL

    SCOUTING AND ITS NETWORK OF 1 MILLION VOLUNTEERS

    Through your efforts, girls will:

    Discover (themselves and theirvalues)

    Connect (with others) Take Action (to improve their

    communities and the world)

    So go aheadmake it happen.Light up the leader in every girl.

    DISCOVER + CONNECT + TAKE ACTION = LEADERSHIP

    Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

    THE GIRL SCOUT MISSION

    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.

    THE GIRL SCOUT PROMISE

    I will do my best to behonest and fair,friendly and helpful,considerate and caring,courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do,

    and torespect myself and others,respect authority,use resources wisely,make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

    THE GIRL SCOUT LAW

    D I R E C T E D BY Katie Johnston (Troop Program Manager, Girl Scouts of Western Washington)I N S T R U C T E D BY Jeremy Cushman (Professor), Michelle McMullin (Instructor)W R I T T E N BY Ann Franklin, Christian Cadwell, Sarah Dorfler, Shayne SmithD E S I G N E D BY Shayne Smith

    Written by students of Western Washington University as part of a

    service-learning project.

  • SIX-WEEK BADGE PROGRAM:

    F O R G I R L S C O U T J U N I O R S

    Savvy Shopper andBusiness Owner

    CONTENTS

    MEETING ONE: Introduction And Exploration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    MEETING TWO: Interviewing The Experts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    MEETING THREE: Big Hearts Behind Small Businesses . . . . . . . . . . . .15

    MEETING FOUR: A Visit To The Local Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

    MEETING FIVE: Business Pitching And Budgets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

    MEETING SIX: Closing Ceremony. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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    Goal: Explore the difference between needs and wants and think about potential future start-up businesses.

    Introductions Linda Lemon Group Agreement Kaper Chart Explore Your Needs And Wants Snack Break

    Explore Businesses You Might Like To Start Someday

    Clean Up Friendship Circle Closing

    ADVANCE PREPPrepare the technology slips to hand out to the girls. If there is no access to the internet, you may need to print out or bring sources for research.

    AS GIRLS ARRIVEGreet them by introducing yourself and welcome them to Girl Scouts!

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    Magazines Scissors Glue

    Tape Construction Paper Markers

    MEETING ONE:Introduction And ExplorationYou have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.

    Vernon Howard, author and philosopher

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    IntroductionsBegin the first meeting by gathering the girls in a circle. Create a warm and welcoming environment by introducing yourself and welcoming the girls.

    Who are you?

    How long have you been a Troop Leader?

    What are your interests?

    After introducing yourself, begin the opening name game, Linda Lemon. Be aware of all the different personalities within your troop. Keep in mind that some of the girls will be new and may be a little afraid, so be sure to encourage them to speak.

    Linda LemonWhile in the circle, tell the girls to pretend they are going to the market to purchase something they enjoy, but it must begin with the same letter as their first name.

    Example: The first girl might say something like, My name is Linda, and I am going to the store to buy a lemon. The next girl might say, My name is Malia, and I am going to the store to get a mango and a lemon. Player three might say, My name is Naomi, and I am going to the store to buy a nightshirt and a mango and a lemon.

    The leader gets to name everything!

    Group AgreementCome to an agreement with the group that other girls choices should be respected. This is a friendly and happy environment and the girls should be encourage each other to share who they are.

    Feel free to encourage the girls to apply parts of the Girl Scout Law while creating this agreement.

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    Kaper ChartBring out the Kaper Chart and explain it to the girls. Kapers are temporary jobs and responsibilities that each girl will take a part in doing. These Kapers are determined by what you need, what you could use help with, and what tasks can they do to teach them responsibility and give them a sense of ownership in their meetings.

    Sample Kapers are: Pass Out Snacks Attendance

    There are no right or wrong Kapers and they can be tailored to your troop. The Kaper Chart is created and used to show which girl will be doing what Kaper, and encourage rotation so that every girl will have the chance to do each Kaper.

    Materials Clean Up

    Troop Leader Helper Squeeze Starter

    Dues Songs

    Write Needs and Wants on the top of a board with a line down the middle. Ask the girls to explain the difference between needs and wants by asking the questions:

    What is a need?

    What is a want?

    Is there anything that can be a need and a want at the same time?

    What are some examples of needs? Wants?

    When the girls have a good understanding of needs and wants have them start the collage activity. Divide them into small groups of 3-4 girls. It might be best to do this randomly, as the girls are still starting to get to know each other and to make sure they get to work with as many different girls today as possible.

    Have them cut out images of things that can be needs, wants, or somewhere in between. Give each group a set number of images to cut out (such as 50 divided by the number of groups) The troop should 50 images total at the end of the project. Once the all the girls in a small group have cut out the number of images they need, have them arrange them on a continuum from need to want.

    Explore Your Needs And Wants

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    Once every group created their own collage, have each group come up and explain why they arranged the items the way they did. Have the troop discuss each groups collage. Ask:

    Does anyone agree or disagree with where they placed their images?

    Why do you think that?

    Once every group has had their collage discussed ask:

    Are there any patterns or similarities between all the collages?

    What seems to be similar among the needs?

    What is similar or different about the wants?

    Explore Your Needs And Wants (continued)

    As this is the first meeting, if you want there to be snack time you should provide a snack. Snack provider duties could be added into the Kaper chart if this is something you want to keep in the meetings.

    During snack time it is good to encourage girls to talk to each other and provides the opportunity to give the girls the responsibility of passing out the snacks and cleaning up afterwards.

    Snack Break

    Gather the girls and have them brainstorm types of businesses that interest them. Write ideas up on a large sheet of paper or a board.

    Have the girls into small groups (around three girls per group) with similar business interests and have them work together to research the topic using different sources. Have each girl research using a different resource. If internet access is unavailable, you may need to supply alternate sources for research.

    Explore Businesses You Might LikeTo Start Someday

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    Have them present their findings as a group. Encourage each girl in the group to speak.

    Once each group has presented their findings, facilitate discussion. Ask:

    What do the businesses have in common?

    What needs might these businesses have?

    What wants might they have?

    Explore Businesses You Might LikeTo Start Someday (continued)

    Girl Scouts always leave a place cleaner than they found it! Have girls help clean up according to their Kapers. No one should be standing around while there is still work to do.

    Clean Up

    Briefly mention anything important for the next meeting or any announcement. Dismiss the girls. Wait behind until every girls ride shows up.

    Closing

    The friendship circle stands for an unbroken chain of friendship with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. Introduce this to the girls if they are unfamiliar with the friendship circle. Everyone stands in a circle, crosses their right arms over their left, and clasps hands with their friends on both sides. If desired, some troops sing a song. Everyone then makes a silent wish or thinks a happy thought as a friendship squeeze is passed from hand to hand. When the squeeze reaches the end everyone turns to face out, while still holding hands. A visual representation of this can be found here: http://youtu.be/kgu5w9g0r_U

    Friendship Circle

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    Goal: Acquire a greater understanding of a business and the difference between want and need based on the latest trends.

    Opening Two Truths And A Lie Investigate The Latest Trends Snack Break

    Interview An Expert Speaker Clean Up Closing

    ADVANCE PREPBe sure to have your list of businesses that have given their consent to be interviewed by the girls. Have plenty of paper and pencils on hand for the girls to write down their lists and questions for their interview. Also, be sure to pick jobs for the girls on the Kaper Chart. They will be picking their own jobs in the next meeting.

    AS GIRLS ARRIVEWelcome the girls as they walk in and try to greet them each by name. Direct the girls to the Kaper Chart to what job they will be responsible for today.

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    Pencils List of Businesses who agreed to be

    interviewed

    Paper

    MEETING TWO:Interviewing The ExpertsIf you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money cant buy.

    Proverb

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    OpeningBegin by gathering the girls in a circle and welcome them to the second meeting. You, as the Troop Leader, should decide which jobs on the Kaper Chart goes to each girl. This way, the girls can acquire another day of understanding how the Kaper Chart works. Make sure that each girl has a new job and understands what their role is for the meeting.

    The game to open the meeting will be another name game to get the girls more acquainted with each other.

    Two Truths And A LieWhile in the circle, you will start the game off. Say their name and reveal two facts about herself and one believable lie.

    Example: My name is Diana and I love to play soccer, my favorite color is blue, and Im also from Arizona.

    After you have said their facts and lie, call on one girl to guess which statement is the lie. Be sure to congratulate each girl with each correct guess.Continue the game in a clockwise circle until every girl has gone. Be sure to encourage the girls who may be too shy to speak.

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    Investigate The Latest TrendsFor the first main activity, pass out paper and pencils to the girls to use when recording their lists. Explain to the girls that they will be walking around and speaking to other troops, asking what each girl thinks are trendy or popular. This could anything from cell phones from certain types of music.

    The girls should speak to at least 10 girls and write down three items for each girl they speak to. If there are doubles of one item, then they can put a tally mark next to the item on the list. You should participate with a list of their own and help any girls that are struggling.

    After writing these items down, form a circle and discuss the items listed by asking the girls to share one item from their list. Ask the girls:

    Whether or not they think these items are needed everyday.

    Are these items wanted because they are trendy?

    Are the girls influenced by any trends?

    Why or why not?

    Snack BreakPass out any snacks that have been brought for the girls. Be sure to find out if there are any girls with allergies to particular items.

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    Interview An Expert SpeakerWhile sitting in a circle, pull out your prepared list of businesses that have willingly consented to be interviewed by the girls. Using these phone numbers, the girls will be able to call the business employees and ask them some questions about what its like to run a business.

    Example businesses: local small business owner, manager at a grocery store, veterinarian, etc.

    The girls job for this activity is to prepare 4-5 questions in the troop meeting to ask the business employee over the phone. The girls should really pick the brain of the person theyre calling in order to get an idea of what it means to be involved in a business.

    The interaction over the phone will be more personal than an email and is convenient for the girls who are on a tight schedule. Have the girls write their own questions based on the business of their choice to ask the employees. Some sample questions should look like:

    What is important about customer service when dealing with shoppers in the

    grocery store? (Grocery Store manager)

    What do you do to make sure the animals are comfortable at the clinic.

    (Veterinarian)

    What are some of the rates that are charged?

    Have there been any problems with this business?

    Why did you choose this job?

    Be sure to be walking around the room and oversee how the girls are progressing. If any of the girls are having a difficult time coming up with questions, sit down with them, and try to inspire them to come up with some their own questions based on the business they have chosen.

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    Clean UpGirl Scouts always leave a place cleaner than they found it! Have girls help clean up according to their Kapers. No one should be standing around while there is still work to do.

    ClosingAfter cleaning, have girls come together and join in a circle. Ask the girls what they have learned by doing these activities today and reflect on what they learned.

    Did they take away anything?

    Were there any problems with coming up with questions?

    Does anyone look at shopping or running a business differently? How?

    Did the girls learn anything about items that are wanted or needed?

    Before disbanding for the day, give the girls volunteer slips to bring home to their parents and ask them if they would like to volunteer to become a chaperone. This form will explain that parents will be chaperoning a trip to the mall for a future meeting. Their participation will be greatly appreciated!

    Remind the girls one more time to interview their business, write down their responses, and bring their responses for next time. To end on a happy note, have the girls perform their Girl Scout handshake and wish them a safe trip home!

  • MEETING THREE:Big Hearts Behind Small BusinessesBehind every small business, theres a story worth knowing.

    Paul Ryan, politician

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    Goal: Share purchases with friends and learn more about business practices by researching the Small Business Administration.

    Dont Eat The Snack Trade Stories With Friends Snack Break

    Find Out About The SmallBusiness Administration

    Clean Up Closing

    ADVANCE PREPToday, the girls should have their permission slips signed and ready for the computer lab as well as their personally signed technology user forms. If the computer lab is not being utilized today, bring grade-appropriate copies of articles about the SBA for the girls to look through.

    AS GIRLS ARRIVEDirect the Girls toward the Kaper Chart. Encourage them to choose a job they have not been in charge of yet. Collect the permission slips for the computer lab.

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    Markers Crayons Colored Pencils

    Blank Paper Pens Lined Paper

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    Dont Eat The SnackTo play this game, pass a snack around the circle so that each girl can tell the girls they can take any number they want, but no more than ten pieces. Dont tell them why!

    After everyone has taken the share they want, explain that for each snack piece she chose, she has to tell one thing about herself.

    If there is time ask the group to remember one thing that the person on her right said about herself. Then, let the girls eat their treat!

    Trade Stories With FriendsHand out the arts and crafts! Encourage the girls to get in touch with their inner artist while thinking about a purchase they have made. The girls will spend some time drawing something they have purchased that they either liked or disliked.

    When the girls are finished with their artistic creations, it is important for them to publicize their work. Each girl will take turns presenting their drawings to the group. To help the girls share their art to the group, you might consider asking the following:

    Who was a part of the purchase? What did you purchase? Where did you purchase this item? When did you buy it? Why did you choose to purchase this item?

    A great way to get the girls even more comfortable with each other is to do a Round Table Recap. When everyone is finished sharing, ask the girls go around the circle, and share some things they appreciated about the girls story on their left.

    Snack BreakPass out any snacks that have been brought for the girls. Be sure to find out if there are any girls with allergies to particular items.

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    Find Out About The Small Business Administration

    Learning and teaching a both huge parts of Girl Scouts. In order to help the girls learn about the business world, help the girls learn more about the Small Business Administration. A wonderful way to start is by giving the girls a brief overview of the SBA. This will give the girls a chance to familiarize themselves with their next project.

    Get the girls out of their element by taking them to the computer lab. Research is one way many people discover the world around them. The girls in your troop will be researching the benefits of the Small Business Administration in pairs. By partnering up, the girl will be able to share collaborate and work off of one another. This partner research will eventually lead to the girls sharing out about what they found. Keep in mind the importance of the direction each pair takes with their research.

    Girl Scouts always leave a place cleaner than they found it! Have girls help clean up according to their Kapers. No one should be standing around while there is still work to do.

    Clean Up

    After cleaning, have girls come together and join in a circle. Ask the girls what they have learned by doing these activities today and reflect on what they learned.

    Did they take away anything?

    Were there any problems with coming up with questions?

    Does anyone look at shopping or running a business differently? How?

    Did the girls learn anything about items that are wanted or needed?

    Before departing, make sure all the volunteer slips are in and tell the girls to prepare themselves for an adventurous day tomorrow!

    Closing

  • MEETING FOUR:A Visit To The Local MallThe goal is to have customer service that is not just the best but legendary.

    Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart

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    Goal: Understand first-hand how to decide what to buy if there are multiple options of the same product and learn what makes great customer service.

    Opening Learn How To Decide What To Buy Snack Break

    Investigate What Makes GreatCustomer Service

    Closing

    ADVANCE PREPToday, the girls will need to have their Transportation Cards for the field trip to the mall. Be sure to receive each girls card before leaving for the mall. Prepare a list for the chaperones to inform them which girls they are responsible for. Also, be sure to have spoken to customer service representatives for particular stores in the mall and schedule a meeting.

    AS GIRLS ARRIVEWelcome the girls and parents as they arrive and have them all gather together to continue the upcoming activities.

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    Paper Pencil Markers

    Printed directions to give to drivers Contact information of volunteers

    ( just in case)

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    OpeningWelcome the parent volunteers and the girls as they enter and when everyone is accounted for, introduce the activities of the day. Make sure that each girl has a new job and understands what their role is for the meeting.

    Read off the groups of the girls and the parent volunteer they will ride with. Get them into their small groups and have the parents introduce themselves to the girls that they will drive to the mall. Make sure the parents know where to go and how to get there. As the Troop Leader, you will have a small group of girls to drive as well. Depending on the drive time to the local mall and back, plan the duration of the activities accordingly. Disperse the groups to their cars and head to the local mall.

    Learn How To Decide What To BuyEven when youre buying something you need, youll find you might have certain wants. For example, you may need a computer for school - but you want the top-of-the-line model with a super-fast processor. You may need new running shoes - but you want a famous brand. Practicing making these decisions on a pretend shopping trip (you dont need to actually buy anything). If the troop is small enough, shop with the whole group together with the volunteers help.

    At the mall, start by letting the girls pick an item that comes with different option at different prices, such as a computer or a personal music player. Have the girls compare two or three versions to find out what makes them different and how that affects the price. Talk to the girls about whether they think extra options are worth the money or whether they would give them up for a lower price.

    Snack BreakFind a food court or lobby at the mall and pass out any snacks that have been brought for the girls. Be sure to find out if there are any girls with allergies to particular items. As you take this break, have the girls discuss what they learned from the first activity.

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    Investigate What Makes GreatCustomer Service

    Take the girls to two or three stores in the mall that you know have great customer service (research these stores before the meeting and contact customer service representatives from those stores at the mall to schedule a meeting). Help the girls compare the two or three different businesses to find out why people enjoy shopping at them. Have the girls take notes and/or draw pictures from what they learned. Make sure the girls understand that keeping your customers happy and knowing what they need is important if you want to have a successful business.

    Meet up together in front of the entrance to the mall and get back into the small groups. Have everyone return to their cars and head back to the main troop meeting place.

    Reflect as a troop on the mall trip. Have the girls share what they learned from the first activity. Then have the girls share their notes/drawings from the customer service activity.

    End the meeting by telling the girls to get in a friendship circle while singing the Make New Friends song. Thank the volunteers for helping with this meeting. Discuss briefly what the next meeting entails.

    Closing

  • MEETING FIVE:Business Pitching And BudgetsMake a choice about whats important and let everything else go.

    Peter Coughter, author of The Art of the Pitch

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    Goal: Practice pitching a pretend business then analyzing its success and understanding wants and needs in relation to a budget.

    Opening Pitch Your Pretend Business Snack Break

    Help With A (Family) Purchase Clean Up Closing

    ADVANCE PREPTodays activities require a bit of preparation. Make sure to print out the Pretend Business worksheets for the first badge activity. For the second badge activity you will need to have established a budget for the Closing Ceremony. This budget can be from what funds your troop has, or based on how much you and the girls families are able to donate. The last bit of preparation is for the closing activity. You will need to, cut construction paper into 1 or 2 inch wide strips. Make sure they are long enough to write a complete thought on.

    AS GIRLS ARRIVEWelcome each girl as they arrive. Remember that this is the last standard meeting of this program and allow them to spend as much time socializing with their friends as possible.

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    Pretend Business worksheets Store catalogs Container

    Writing Utensils Construction paper strips Stapler and tape

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    OpeningHave Kaper chart ready at beginning of meeting and invite girls to pick a Kaper for the day. Encourage girls to pick tasks they havent done before.

    Once all girls have arrived and selected a Kaper, ask if the girls have a certain opening game they want to play. Encourage girls to lead the game and gather any supplies they need.

    Pitch Your Pretend BusinessPass out the worksheet on creating and pitching your own business. Explain the worksheet to the girls and encourage them to work on it. Have the girls pitch their business to the rest of the group. Call for a vote of the troops favorite business. Ask questions about what the girls like or would like to change about this business:

    What worked?

    What didnt work as well?

    Can anything be changed?

    As a troop make these changes and create the best pretend business.

    Snack BreakPass out any snacks that have been brought for the girls. Be sure to find out if there are any girls with allergies to particular items.

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    Help With A (Family) PurchaseNow the girls are ready to put what theyve learned about wants and needs into action! Ask the girls to gather in a semicircle in front of a whiteboard or a large sheet of paper. Write wants and needs on the board at the top of two columns.

    Explain the concept of the closing ceremony (meeting six) and allow the girls to ask questions. Have the girls go around the circle and suggest a need for the chart. Have each girl suggest a want for the chart. Set the budget for the closing ceremony with input from the girls. Have the girls pick an item or two from the list and have them research different options and prices. Ask the girls what they found and write two options for each item on the board.

    Go through the options on the board and ask the girls which option of which needs they will buy. Add the costs of needs up and subtract from the budget. If there is money left over, see what wants the girls want to buy. If there is no money, or too much was budgeted for needs, go back and reevaluate choices.

    Ask for volunteers buy the items the troop agreed upon and bring to the sixth and final meeting.

    Give each girl a strip of paper and a pen. Have them write a happy thought on a piece of paper and place it in a container. Have the girls form a circle and pass the container around, having each girl randomly select a piece of paper. Have the girls take turns reading the happy thought out loud. Once every piece is read, staple or tape the loops together to make a paper chain. Display this chain at the final meeting.

    Closing

    Clean UpGirl Scouts always leave a place cleaner than they found it! Have girls help clean up according to their Kapers. No one should be standing around while there is still work to do.

  • MEETING SIX:Closing CeremonyTheres no luck in business. Theres only drive, determination, and more drive.

    Sophie Kinsella, financial journalist and author

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    Goal: Celebrate and feel a sense of accomplishment when badges are received in front of loved-ones.

    Setup Closing Ceremony

    Clean Up Closing

    ADVANCE PREPRemember to acquire the badges to award the girls with before this meeting! Take the time to also prepare nice memories to share with the guests about each girl. If you have some of the things the girls created, bring them and use them to decorate the space to surprise the girls before they arrive.

    AS GIRLS ARRIVEWelcome each girl by name. Gather all the supplies that the volunteers brought.

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    Materials decided upon in previous meeting

    Chairs

    Paper chain from previous meeting Microphone (optional) Badges

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    SetupGather everyone together in a circle and recite the Girl Scout Promise. Help the girls break into teams to begin working on setup.Before parents and guests arrive, have the girls help you set up the space, completing Kapers that they volunteered for at the last meeting. Some new Kaper roles for this meeting might be:

    Seating Coordinator Head Decorator Refreshment Manager

    Closing CeremonyHave a few girls stand as greeters to parents and friends that were invited. Help them take a seat and/or acquire any refreshments.

    When it is time to start, call all the girls to the front and have one of them lead in the Pledge of Allegiance, The Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law.

    Bring out the paper chain created at the last meeting and have each girl step up to the microphone and briefly share one of their favorite things about Girl Scouts. These can be a happy memory, favorite activity, something she created that she is proud of, etc. Display the paper chain somewhere prominent.

    Have the girls make a semicircle in the front of the room holding hands. Let the girls lead themselves in the their favorite Girl Scout song.

    When the song is complete, have the girls stand in the front and explain to the guests the badges they are about to be awarded. Call each girl by name and take a moment to say a few words about ways she has grown during the past five weeks. Then present her with her badges, shake hands, etc. If photos are taken, make sure to have the girls pause, look at the camera and smile.

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    When everything is clean, call for a friendship circle. Explain how it works or have a girl explain it. Have the girls form a circle. When the squeeze has gone around the inner circle and the girls turn to face out, encourage them to go to their families and friends and give them a hug and go home.

    Closing

    Clean UpTransition with something along the lines of Girl Scouts always leave a place cleaner than they found it! Have the girls clean up and encourage guests to help.


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