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A reconstruction of the Girl Scout Juniors curriculum into six-week badge programs for Girl Scouts of Western Washington. A service-learning project from Western Washington University students.
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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

    Created 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

    INTRODUCTION: Letter by Katie Johnston. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3ACTIVITY CHARTS: Outlines for Each Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4MEETING ONE: Introduction And Exploration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11MEETING TWO: Interviewing The Experts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17MEETING THREE: Big Hearts Behind Small Businesses . . . . . . . . . . . 23MEETING FOUR: A Visit To The Local Mall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27MEETING FIVE: Business Pitching And Budgets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31MEETING SIX: Closing Ceremony. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 APPENDIX: Forms, Worksheets And Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

  • Dear Girl Scout Volunteer,

    In this guide, you will find all the steps needed to make this six week Girl Scout program a reality. The curriculum is designed to be completed as a six week program because we know that our 4th and 5th grade girls are increasingly busy these days with a lot of competition for their time. However, no matter how busy our girls get, they still deserve the opportunity to be a part Girl Scouts.

    Girl Scouts is all about leadership. We define leadership as making everyday decisions that will make a positive change in the world. To help our girls become leaders, all Girl Scout curriculum focuses on the Three Keys of Leadership: Discover, Connect, and Take Action. In other words, when girls participate in Girl Scouts they will Discover more about themselves, Connect with their community, and Take Action to make the world a better place!

    I have worked with a wonderful group of college students from Western Washington University to make this guide a reality. It is my hope that their work will help you take the next steps on your Girl Scout adventure. Thank you for volunteering to make this program accessible to all girls. We could not inspire the next generation of leaders without your support!

    Yours in Scouting,

    Katie JohnstonTroop Program ManagerGirl Scouts of Western Washington

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    MEETING GOAL ACTIVITIES TIME

    Meeting One:Introduction And Exploration

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

    1. Explore Your Needs And Wants

    2. Explore Businesses You Might Like To Start Someday

    90 min

    Meeting Two:Interviewing The Experts

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

    1. Investigate The Latest Trends2. Interview A Small Business

    90 min

    Meeting Three:Big Hearts Behind Small Businesses

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

    1. Trade Stories With Friends2. Find Out About The Small

    Business Administration

    90 min

    Meeting Four:A Visit To The Local Mall

    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.

    1. Learn How To Decide What To Buy

    2. Investigate What Makes Great Customer Service

    90 min

    Meeting Five:Business Pitching And Budgets

    Practice pitching a pretend business and analyze its success. Have an understanding of wants and needs in relation to a budget.

    1. Pitch Your Pretend Business2. Help With A (Family) Purchase

    90 min

    Meeting Six:Closing Ceremony

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

    n/a 90 min

    Curriculum Overview

    ACTIVITY CHARTS:Outlines for Each MeetingThese activity charts are basic outlines for each meeting, including how long each activity shoud take and what you, the Troop Leader, and the girls should be doing.

  • ACTIVITY TROOP LEADER GIRL SCOUTS TIME

    As Girls Arrive Greet the girls by introducing yourself and welcome them to Girl Scouts!

    Scouts will gather and introduce themselves to the leader.

    Before Meeting Begins

    Introductions Gather the girls in a circle and introduce yourself (what you do, interests, etc).

    Scouts will form a circle, listen, and ask questions.

    5 min

    Linda Lemon Introduce Linda Lemon game and how to play. Use yourself as an example.

    Listen and ask questions. 2 min

    Let the girls play and be the last person so you name all of the items.

    Play game. 8 min

    Group Agreement Bring the girls together and write the Girl Scout Law up and encourage the girls to use the Girl Scout Law to create a group agreement.

    Decide what the rules and expectations are for meetings.

    5 min

    Kaper Chart Explain the Kaper Chart and positions and have each girl volunteer for a kaper.

    Volunteer for kapers until each girl has a kaper.

    5-10 min

    Explore Your NeedsAnd Wants(Savvy Shopper)

    Write Needs and Wants on the board and ask the girls to explain the difference, guiding them to the answer.

    Supply ideas of the differences between Needs and Wants.

    2 min

    Divide them into small groups (3-4 girls each) and have them cut out a set number of images that could be a need or a want or somewhere inbetween. (50 items total/number of girls) Have them arrange the items as a group from need to want.

    Cut out images and as a group arrange them from need to want.

    10 min

    Have each group come up and explain why they arranged the items the way they did and facilitate discussion.

    Comment upon the order of other groups needs to wants continuum.

    4 min

    Lead the discussion of the similarities and differences of all the collages.

    Participate in discussion. 4 min

    Snack Break Call for snack time. Eat snacks and clean up. 5 min

    Explore Businesses You Might Like To Start Someday(Business Owner)

    Bring girls back and have them brainstorm types of businesses that interest them. Write ideas up.

    Brainstorm types of businesses. 2 min

    Break girls up into small groups (~3) with similar business interests and have them work together to research the topic using different sources.

    Research the chosen business, each girl using a different resource.

    10 min

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

    Take turns presenting their groups findings.

    3 min

    Facilitate discussion. Participate in discussion. 5 min

    Clean Up Encourage the girls to clean up according to the kapers.

    Clean up. 5 min

    Friendship Circle Have everyone get up and form a circle, standing next to someone that they havent worked with much that day.

    Form a circle. 1 min

    Instruct girls on how to do a Friendship circle (hands right over left, the squeeze, etc).

    Listen. 2 min

    Perform the Friendship Circle. Participate. 2 min

    Closing Briefly mention anything important for the next meeting.

    Listen. 2 min

    Dismiss the girls. Leave. 3 min

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    Meeting One: Introduction And Exploration

  • ACTIVITY TROOP LEADER GIRL SCOUTS TIME

    As Girls Arrive Welcome and greet them each by name. Direct the girls to the Kaper Chart.

    Arrive and familiarize themselves with their kaper for the day.

    Before Meeting Begins

    Opening Make sure each girl understands what their kaper is for the meeting.

    Ask questions until they understand their duties for the meeting.

    5 min

    Two Truths and a Lie Introduce rules to T

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