Girl Scouts and Brownie troops and groups around the world meet regularly for friendship and leadership development. Girls in grades two and three participate in Brownie troops while older girls progress through junior, cadette, senior and ambassador troops. Activities for each troop should be tailored to their grade level and planned to allow girls to learn and grow.
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Girl Scouts and Brownies can play a variety of games as part of their scouting activities. The Name Game, where each member must state their name and then repeat the name of each girl who went before her, is a fun icebreaker for new troops at the beginning of the year. Relay races and other competitions can help the troop develop teamwork and physical endurance. Games can be as simple as a trivia question at the end of each meeting or as involved as an ongoing scavenger hunt throughout the year. Choose games with an emphasis on cooperation and one that promote respect and provide opportunities for growth.
Girl Scouting allows for many opportunities to camp, with Girl Scout council-owned, operated or approved campsites throughout the country. Brownie or Girl Scout troops that wish to camp as one of their activities may choose a day camp experience or an overnight camping experience on their own or with a trained camp staff. Camping activities give the Brownies and Girl Scouts the chance to experience nature and develop new skills. It also provides time to strengthen old friendships while developing new ones in a new environment.
Programs and Badge Opportunities
Brownies and Girl Scouts have the ability to earn insignia through participation and completing various Girl Scout programs. Brownie and Girl Scouts each can earn local awards, patches and pins. Design troop activities to help each member earn a specific award or patch, such as Try-It awards for Brownies or Junior Girl Scout badges. The troop may plan an outing to a pottery studio to earn their Ceramics and Clay badges or go line dancing to earn a Line Dancing Try-It.
Both Girl Scouts and Brownies are encouraged to work within their wider community to give back and develop the skills needed for future community service work. Girl Scouts and Brownies may choose to work with a Girl Scout project such as P.A.V.E. (Project Anti-Violence Education) the Way to engage in violence prevention and education activities, or they may choose a simpler single project for their community, like a canned food drive or a park clean-up day.
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