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Brownie Insignia

This month we will be featuring Brownie Insignia.  With Try-Its, Journeys, participation patches and pins, it can all get a little confusing!   Here are a few patches your Brownies can check out, as well as a link at the bottom to figure out where everything goes on the vest or sash.  

 

Computer Smarts Try-It:  The computer is not only a useful tool. It also opens a door to cool places, new ideas, and tons of information. "Be prepared" is a great motto for this Try-It. You should earn your Point, Click, and Go Try-Itor have the skills needed for that Try-It before doing this one.   

 

 

 

Our newest Brownie Journey:  It’s Your Story, Tell It! 

  1. Hear a Story award
  2. Change a Story award
  3. Tell a Story award
  4. Better World for Girls award 

 

 

 

Investiture Patch:  Investiture welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Girl Scout Brownie, or Girl Scout Daisy pin at this time.

 

 

 

To see all Brownie Insignia, please see the Girl Scouts USA website here:

http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/insignia/list/brownie.asp

Discussion Forum

Quick Start for Brownie Troop Volunteers

Started by Charlene Domschot May 24, 2013. 0 Replies

  Quick Start for Brownie Troop Volunteers   …Continue

Talking Stick

Started by Charlene Domschot Mar 22, 2012. 0 Replies

Make a talking stick for your group. The person who holds the talking stick is the only one who can speak. It sure cuts down on cross talk.…Continue

Inclusive Thanks

Started by Charlene Domschot Mar 22, 2012. 0 Replies

Instead of "grace" or "prayer", use the word "thanks" and sing one of these...INCLUSIVE THANKSADDAMS FAMILY GRACE(Tune: "The Addams Family")We thank the earth for giving The food we need for living…Continue

Brownie Pen Pals Wanted!!!

Started by Delane Elliott. Last reply by Delane Elliott Feb 27, 2012. 4 Replies

I am looking for a Brownie troop in Southern Nevada that would like to be paired with a Brownie troop from Kentucky to share letters and postcards in a pen pal program! If you are interested please…Continue

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Comment by Charlene Domschot on September 17, 2010 at 12:32am
Glad that you like all the information. Come back frequently as we continue to post more - and don't forget to share your great ideas with us as well.
Comment by Karen Denise Hall-Johnson on September 1, 2010 at 8:19am
Wonderful Ideas our first meeting is next Saturday. I know I am going to try making it rain for sure.
Comment by Charlene Domschot on August 26, 2010 at 9:54pm
TIPS ON PLANNING/DECISION MAKING

WITH GIRL SCOUTS
STEP 1: Gather Ideas – Try Doing This!

Idea box: A box into which Girl Scouts put pictures or drawings or the names of things they would like to do.
Collage: Make a group collage of pictures drawn or cut from magazines or a word collage of the activities the girls would like.
Unfinished statements: Ask open-ended questions that girls could complete. “When I go outside, I like to…” “When I play, I like to…”
Brainstorm: Make a list on the chalkboard or flip chart. Carefully review brainstorming rules first (All ideas are ok. Be careful about interrupting).
Handbook Hunt: Search the handbook for ideas.

GROUP PROCESS HINT: HELP GIRLS TO LISTEN TO OTHERS.

Use a talking object (a speaking stone, shell, stick or ball). A Girl Scout may speak only when holding the talking object. Girls may hand it to the leaders and to each other, too.

STEP 2: Make choices and prioritize

Each Girl Scout thinks about the things she likes from the Idea Box or “What We Like To Do” collage.
The group decides what they want to do “Now”, “Soon” or “Later”.
From each list of “Now”, “Soon” and “Later”, the group decides which activities are best.

GROUP PROCESS HINTS: COMING TO CONSENSUS RATHER THAN A FORCED VOTE.
· Making a list of good points and bad points about each idea helps everyone make better choices.
· Use value voting about each activity by setting up 3 stations around the room. Label one NOW, another SOON, and the third LATER. For each activity, each girl does to that station.

STEP 3: Make a detailed plan
When the activity has been chosen, have the girls talk about all the things that will be done during the activity.
Write down all the things which need to be done or learned first.
Divide the list into jobs to be done, and note in what order they have to be done.
Make a kaper chart showing all the jobs with space for names of who will do it.
Choose girls for each job.


GROUP PROCESS HINTS: READINESS STRATEGIES
· Play “What if…” games to prepare for the unexpected.
· Play some “Unfinished Statement” games to assess the girls’ anxieties, expectations, and concerns. “When I try new things, I…”, “When I go on a trip, I…”, “Sometimes I get upset when…”
· As a role model, help girls develop flexibility by example. If you view the unexpected as an adventure, they will too.

STEP 4: Do it! Have fun!

STEP 5: Think about what you have done and evaluate it.
Try value-voting stations again, labeling them GREAT, OK, NOT AGAIN! or use faces to mark the corners.
Comment by Charlene Domschot on August 26, 2010 at 9:35pm
Meeting Plan

Pre-Meeting Activity or game that the girls can join as they arrive and work independently on. Gets action Started.

Opening: Tells everyone the meeting is officially starting. It may be reciting the Girl Scout promise, a song, flag ceremony, poem, etc.

Business: The time to collect dues, take attendance, make plans, goal setting, have discussions, share information. Planning with Girl/Adult partnership.

Main Program: Almost any constructive activity can be “program”. Any opportunity for learning, having fun and interaction with other people.

Clean-up: Gets the girls involved, signals that the meeting is about over.

Closing: Signals the end of the meeting. Traditionally Girl Scout meetings end with the Friendship Circle and Squeeze. You may end with a song, poem, short story, group hug, or game.


Things to Think About:


v As the Leader of the troop you want to have other adults, consultants, Aides, and program volunteers assist you with your meetings.

v On average a meeting is anywhere 1- 2 hours in length. Some Daisy Troops may have 45-min. meetings.

v Who is responsible for doing each part?

v What supplies or equipment are needed?

v How long will each segment of the meeting take?
Comment by Charlene Domschot on August 26, 2010 at 9:20pm
Making “Rain”

This is a great activity to do when you need to quiet your troop down. This is done without speaking. Also, girls feel very powerful when they control the weather! Have the girls sit in a circle. Pick someone to be the "rainmaker".(Must know how to do all the actions) Begin the first action. The girl to the "rainmaker's" left picks up the action, then the next girl, and the next until the action has gone full circle. When the action reaches the rainmaker, the next action is started around the circle. This continues until all the actions have been done in order forward and back.

Start in this order, then do them in reverse order:

• rub your thumb and first two fingers together

• snap your fingers

• rub both hands together

• clap hands together

• clap hands on thighs

• stomp feet (at this point the storm is raging, so someone can flick the light switch, bang on a metal folding chair, etc.)

After you progress backwards to the first activity, the rainmaker raises her arms above her head and says, “Then the sun comes out.”


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