Activities for Girl Scouts ages 11 - 17

Girls 11 - 17 Song - Where Every Girl Has a Voice (Words and music by Melinda Caroll)
1st Verse
I have my own voice, I dream my own dreams;
I make my own choice, To follow or to lead.
And I want to live my life becoming a part of a better world,
Through the beauty of her every song, through the voice of each girl.

Chorus
And I belong to a rainbow of nations, Peace is the road I am taking.
And I am strong making my own choice,Where every girl has a voice.

2nd Verse
I see through a young girl's eyes, I feel through a woman's touch;
I reach across time and space, Toward a vision I hold for much.
And we may look different, But in our hearts our desire's the same,
And the light we may shine in this world is one single flame.

Chorus
And we belong to a rainbow of nations.
Peace is the road we are taking.
And we are strong making our own choice,
Where every girl has a voice.

Bridge
In the darkest night there'll always be, hope for a new tomorrow.
When voices of this global village lead, here find the dreams we will follow.

Land of the Silver Birch (Canada)
Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver,
Where still the mighty moose wander at will.
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more.
Boom di di eye di, boo di di eye di,
Boom di di eye die boom.

My heart is sick for you, here in the lowlands.
I will return to you, hills of the north.
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more.
Boom di di eye di, boom di di eye di,
Boom di di eye di boom.

Swift as silverfish, canoe of birch bark.
Thy mighty waterways carry me forth.
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more.
Boom di di eye di, boom di di eye di,
boom di di eye di boom.

There were the blue lake lies I'll set my wigwam,
Close to the water's edge, silent and still.
Blue lake and rocky shore, I will return once more.
Boom di di eye di, boom di di eye di,
Boom di di eye di boom.

Girls 11 - 17 SWAP - Mardi Gras SWAP
Cut out a small mask shape of fun foam in a bright color. Be sure to cut out the eye holes. Glue on coffee stir stick straws. Decorate with glitter glue, sequins, and feathers.

Purim Mask (or Mardi Gras Mask)
Supplies: cardstoack/felt/foam, glitter/sequins, fethers, ribbon, pins
Instructions: Cut mask shapes from cardstock/felt/foam. Use glitter, sequins, feathers, ribbins, etc. to decorate as masks. Add pin to the back.

Girls 11 - 17 Craft - Fabric Poncho
Supplies: 3 ft square of blanket or heavy fabric or old bed sheets, scissors, waterproof fabric makers.
Instructions: Fold the fabric in half. Cut a v-shaped slit in the middle of the fold. The slit should be large enough to let your head push through it. Cut fringes at the bottom of the poncho. Draw geometric designs on the bottom edge.

St. Bridget's Cross (Irish Good Luck Charm)
Supplies: paper tist (different shades), scissors
Instructions: Cut twelve 18" long strips of paper in similar shades. Dip slightly in water to soften. Lay one piece vertically. Fold the second piece in half around the center of the first piece. Fold the third piece in half (at a right angle) to the first and third pieces. Continue adding pieces of paper, clockwise, until all pieces are used. To secure the ends: cut a 6" strip, unroll and cut lengthwise into four strips. Re-twist separately and tie one around each end. Trim uneven ends.

Girls 11 - 17 Activity - Mexican Pinata
This activity is cute for Cinco de Mayo on May 5th, but is also great for Thinking Day fun! Have yourself a special day complete with Mexican food and Mexican clothes like brightly colored ponchos.
Supplies: A large balloon, lots of newspaper, flour, masking tape, colored tissue, paint (optional), glue, scissors, string, pencil.
Instructions: Blow up the balloon & tie tightly. Then tear the newspaper into long, thin strips (about 1 inch wide and at least 12 inches long). You will need lots of strips! In a large bowl, mix 5 cups of flour with water, adding the water slowly until it is the consistency of pancake batter. Dip the newspaper strips in the flour and water mixture, wetting them completely. Remove any excess moisture from the strips by running them through your fingers, and then drape them over the balloon. Continue overlapping strips until the balloon is completely covered. Add more and more layers of newspaper until you have applied 5 -10 layers.
To decorate your pinata, let it dry completely, then either paint it, or cover it with colored tissue paper attached with craft glue. Overlap the tissue like roof shingles. To fill the pinata, cut a small flap in the top, bend it back carefully and drop in small wrapped candies or goodies. When the pinata is full, fold the flap back into place.

Fording the Stream (Scotland)
Supplies: ball
Instructions: Make two lines about 12 feet apart to form the stream. Throw a ball high over the players. The player to catch it before it hits the ground may cross the stream. That person tosses teh ball. This continues until one team is out of players. If someone drops the ball, they are out of the game. Also, if a player touches the stream without have the ball, they are out of the game.

Girls 11 - 17 Ceremony - Flame Ceremony
Supplies: six assorted shaped colored candles, the more mismatched the better, one tall multicolored (if possible) candle in the center, a green taper candle for every participant.
Instructions: Girl Scout in charge lights the tall candle in the middle and says, "Stars that shine together form a galaxy. Flowers that grow together create a garden. Buildings that stand together begin a city. People who work together make a difference. This is what valuing differences is all about."
1st Girl Scout (lights the first small candle): "I light this candle in friendship for all of the people who are older or younger, taller or smaller, richer or poorer than I."
2nd Girl Scout (lights the second small candle): "I light this candle in friendship or all people who worship differently than I."
3rd Girl Scout (lights the third small candle): "I light this candle in friendship for all people of a different nationality or ethnicity than I."
4th Girl Scout (lights the fourth small candle): "I light this candle in friendship for all people who are of a different color than I."
5th Girl Scout (lights the fifth small candle): "I light this candle in friendship for all people who come from other countries than I."
6th Girl Scout (lights the sixth small candle): "I light this candle in friendship for all people who don't run, walk, see, hear, or learn the same as I."
Girl Scout in charge lights her green taper from the tall middle candle and says "I light this candle for me, for I am unique and special." She then walks to the beginning of the horseshoe and the first girl lights her candle from the Girl Scout in charge and recites the line. The second girl lights her candle and recites, and so forth around the horseshoe.
Girl Scout in charge: "Watch the flames closely please. Notice the light from each candle is the same as the others even though the outside of each is different. So, too, are all of us in the world. We wear different clothes, speak different languages, follow different religions or beliefs, like different foods, sing different songs. And yet, we all belong to the same human race. Inside we are all the same. We all wish to be recognized,

we all wish to be called by name, we all wish to be loved, we all wish for friends, we all wish for peace. In the spirit of international understanding, we pledge ourselves to world friendship. (Pause for reflection)
In the spirit of international understanding, we pledge ourselves to peacemaking. (Pause for reflection)
In the spirit of international understanding, we pledge ourselves to accept the challenge to look wider still." (Pause for reflection)
End with friendship circle after blowing out individual candles.
"Look wide! And when you think you are looking wide, look wider still." -Lord Baden-Powell

The Common Flame Ceremony
Supplies: matches, candle holders, 1 large green candle, 6 smaller candles (different colors-no green)

GS #1: I light the flame of sisterhood that burns in the heart of every Girl Scout (light green candle).

GS #2: Girl Scouts come from many lands. all with smiles and helping hands, though they speak another way, the Law and the promise, they obey.

GS #3: I light this candle in friendship for all the Girl Scouts and Guides that live in Africa. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #4: I light this candle for all the Girl Scouts and Guides that live in South America. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #5: I light this candle for all the Girl Scouts and Guides that live in North America. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #6: I light this candle for all the Girl Scouts and Guides that live in Asia. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #7: I light this candle for all the Girl Couts and Guides that live in Europe. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #8: I light this candle for all teh Girl Scouts and Guides that live in Australia. Watch the flame closely please (light candle).

GS #9: Have you noticed the light from one candle is the same as the others eventhought the outside covering is different on each one?

GS #10: The cultures of the nations vary from one to the other but we all have basic needs. We wish to be recognized, to be called by name and to be loved.

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