Monthly Archives: September 2013

Investiture 2013

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The official description on Investiture and Rededication, if you were to inquire with Girl Scouts is always something along the lines of:
β€œAn investiture is a ceremony to welcome new girls or adults into Girl Scouting. It is a very meaningful step in the life of each person as she becomes active in Girl Scouts for the first time.

A rededication is a ceremony for girls and adults who have already been invested. It is a time for them to reaffirm their belief in the Girl Scout Promise and Law and to reflect upon the meaning of Girl Scouting in their lives. Usually it is held at the beginning of each Girl Scout year.

Because of the importance of these events, a beautiful and meaningful ceremony should be planned and carried out. Many troops/groups have a joint investiture and rededication ceremony each year.”

Due to the size and makeup of our troop, this is exactly what we do. This year the ceremony was organized by Co-Leader, Deedra.

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Juniors partner with their Daisy buddies, since a lot of time Kinders can’t really read, and Brownies read each line of the law and what it meant to them. We then “link” all the lines of the law together and as a whole group (leaders included) rededicated ourselves to the mission of carrying out the work we just read. The girls light candles and sing “Make New Friends” to conclude the ceremony. It tends to be very moving!

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As this is a special and somewhat “official” event, this is our first FULL UNIFORM event of the year. So, we take advantage and use it as an opportunity to take our “formal” troop photos. We take them for each troop level as well as a whole troop photo. Last year, our troop photo was used on the official Thank You card for our Council’s big fundraising event.

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Check out their fingers…gotta throw the 2214 every chance we can πŸ™‚

In addition to some of the Co-leaders, we would like to send special thanks to moms Amy F. and Chrissy W. for taking photos.

Nice Words Project – Brownies (Pt.1)

One of our leaders found this REALLY GREAT idea on Pinterest (a fave of most of us!) to work into our Self-Esteem program. The whole point is to have each girl sit in front of a whiteboard and have her troopmates write positive/nice words about her then take a photo. As we only have access to 1 whiteboard in our troop space, we opted to break this up over 3 different weeks and have a level at a time take their turn on the board. So, Brownies started.

Here are a few photos from what we are going to have to call “the experiment” because it wasn’t necessarily as successful as it SHOULD have been. Either because the Brownies were a bit rowdy that day or because it is just a little too early in the year for everyone to know each other well enough to put something meaningul on the board behind everyone. See- “I don’t no you”. Or….and this is probably the best answer….it was a little bit of both!

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We are going to go ahead and complete the project over the next few weeks with the other 2 levels so everyone has the same experience. Then, we will probably do it again late in the year to compare and contrast the photos and “nice words” to see how much the girls have grown themselves and with each other.

Sometimes, when you are responsible for 40 KIDS things change on the fly πŸ™‚

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Our year is officially under way! It was a great first meeting. Our returning girls got right back into the swing of things and our new girls were welcomed and got into the groove without a hitch!

We started the meeting with snack time! This year we are encouraging HEALTHY snacks as opposed to that which is easy. By introducing healthier food choices, we in turn promote positive body image which falls right in line with our Self-Esteem program.
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DAISIES (The girls got to decorate their reusable snack cups so they will know which one is their’s every week.)

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Then we group up for our Girl Scout Promise, Girl Scout Law, Pledge of Allegiance and 15 minutes of Self-Esteem discussion. On the first day we went around the circle and everyone said something nice about the person to the right and to the left. This meant everyone walked away knowing two positive things about themselves, as seen through the eyes of someone else! There were a lot of smiles on faces after this!
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Our Daisies were assigned a Junior Buddy, to help out during the whole year when an extra set of hands is needed.
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After our Self-Esteem discussion during circle time, we break out into age-level groups to work on badge work.

(Not pictured) Daisies started the year with a few get-to-know you games. They each got 5 M&Ms and each color aligned to a specific question, they had to answer those questions based on the colors of M&Ms they received. They also did a toss the ball game where they had to answer the question written on the ball that landed under their right hand. It is a small group so everyone got to know each other well while having a fun time!

Brownies did a “getting to know you” balloon game where the girls had to answer questions on the balloon about themselves, and a Girl Scout law game where they talked about what each line of the law means, with examples.
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Juniors talked about roles that we play in life (sister, friend, student, daughter, gymnast, soccer player, wrestler, etc.) and that we might like to “try on’ through the course of the Amuse Journey and their lives (dentist, veterinarian, race car driver, friend, mom, wife, businesswomen, teacher etc). The Journey is the primary focus for Junior Girl Scouts until Christmas Break. The girls selected “roles” for themselves and for their friends. Then, discussed if they thought those were roles that they thought were a good fit for them and whether it was something they liked to do or would like to be.

They also touched on Stereotypes. The badge focuses on how stereotypes could hold the girls or others back from trying on roles and how to take action to help stop stereotypes.
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To end each meeting, after age-level break out, we join together in a Friendship circle to pass the “squeeze” and end the meeting on a positive note. When schedules permit we do this as an all-troop activity.

All in all, The girls had a good time, lots of chattering, but with a group of nearly 40 girls that is to be expected. This is a great group of girls, with some of them having been in the troop for 5 years now. We have watched them since they were Kinders and, geez-louise, have they grown, matured and gained confidence. Each of the girls is a leader in her own right. We feel so lucky to have such a bright group of girls willing to learn with us each week.

We look forward to a SUPER FUN year!
camryn

2013 Leader (and kids) Retreat

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Today is the day….our FIRST meeting of the new year!! Boy are we excited. It’s a day we look forward to with much anticipation (and a little stress!) but which we have planned over the course of several leader meetings, including our annual leader “retreat”.

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This year we did our retreat over the weekend of August 24th, which is a little later than usual but when you have 8 full-time working moms with BUSY families, you stick it on the calendar where it works! We spent HOURS sharpening about 45,000 pencils and testing 45,001 markers. πŸ™‚ Then, sorting supplies and organizing the master calendar for the year. We have a great set of all-troop events scheduled for the year, some good ideas for badge work and, what we think will be, an amazing update to our very important “Self Esteem” program…now entering it’s 2nd year.

But…in addition to the work necessary to get the ball rolling on the troop year, we also have a lot of fun with our own kids!

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Thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Copeland for allowing us the use of your family’s cabin AGAIN! It is much appreciated and we always enjoy ourselves.

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