Category Archives: Journey

aMuse – Roles and Stereotypes

Our Juniors have started working on the aMuse Journey.  In this journey the girls will build confidence by trying  roles they choose for themselves by being creative, telling stories and inspiring others to try new roles, too.

At our last meeting each girl was given a banner with 7 pennants and had to decorate each flag with a single word/phrase to describe themselves.  They decorated them and shared with the group.  Then, they were told to hang them somewhere special to remind themselves of who they are…to be true to themselves always.

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Today we worked on Roles and Stereotypes and how often times, fair or not, they influence each other.

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The girls were given a variety of roles, printed on post its, to try on for themselves and assign to their troop mates.  We talked about why they each chose the roles they did for themselves and discussed why their troop mates might have chosen some of the other roles for them.  It was very interesting to hear how they each view themselves compared to how others view them.

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Then we spent a really long time talking about stereotypes.  We did this by giving them each several “should” sentences and telling the girls they HAD to determine whether or not their “should” was for boys or for girls.  The ensuing OUTRAGE at being FORCED to pick when, CLEARLY, any and all can be for BOTH.  We then talked about how “traditional roles” have paved the way for the stereotypes of today.  The girls also got a lesson in how lucky they are to go to school and live where they do because there are, sadly, still places in our world where girls can’t even do that!

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Great, fulfilling meeting!  Can’t wait to start telling our story and learning about amazing women in our community.

Juniors AMUSE – Panel Discussion

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Our Juniors recently had a successful panel discussion to fulfill one requirement of their AMUSE Journey.  We invited four powerful ladies to our troop meeting so they could share with us the many different roles that they play in their lives.

To Prep for the panel discussion, the girls spent a meeting coming up with questions to ask the ladies.

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-What are the roles that you play in your life today – at your job, in your family, as a volunteer?
-What role did you take on at some point in your life that you never really expected to have? What did you learn from it? Where did it lead you next?
-Did you ever have to give up on a role you wanted and try something else?
-Has anything stopped you from playing any of your roles?
-Have you ever had to confront a stereotype?  If so, what happened?
-Are there women who paved the way for you in your roles? Who are they, and what have you learned form them?
-What Stereotypes do you think girls my age face in the world today?
-What can we do about stereotypes?
-What other roles do you hope to try at some point?
-What did you want to be when you were my age?

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The panelists were Brenda Watson; a Business owner, race car driver and mother, Delaney Clements; a student, cancer survivor, and cancer awareness advocate, Brianna Brodak; a Gym owner, fitness instructor, wife, and mother), and Christen Coburn; an Accountant, Yoga and fitness instructor, and wife.

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The girls asked some great questions and were very respectful.  We are very thankful to our panelists for taking the time out of their busy schedules to work with our girls!
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I Am….a Brownie & ….MORE!!!

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Brownies did an ‘All About Me’ art project to earn the Discovering Me Key in their journey. The Brownies did a wonderful job decorating their self portraits. Each girl chose words, stickers and decorations to make their project unique and reflect their own talents/qualities and personality.

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Templates and inspiration for this project can be found here.  Be sure to check out our Cadette sisters in Troop 10065 because they did this super cool project, too!

The Power of ONE

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As our Juniors continue to make their way through their Agent of Change Journey, they continue to learn about the Power of One, the Power of Team and the Power of Community.

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At a recent meeting the girls took a field trip to Canyon View Vineyard Church where they were able to participate on their High Ropes Course.  This is an amazing local resource and we were very fortunate to be able to fit this into a meeting before Winter.  This course is a great way for the girls to learn about their power as individuals.  Some girls have to dig deep to overcome their fears of heights but realized their inner strength can get them through any task!

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Look how high they are!!

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Due to time constraints, and the impending cold weather, in the Spring we will be taking another trip for sure.  Canyon View also has a Low Ropes course, so the girls can work on teamwork!

Then, their service project will focus on the power of community, rounding out and completing the journey!

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Special thanks to the CVVC team for coming out and showing our girls an amazing time!  We can’t wait for Spring!

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Juniors do an AGENT OF CHANGE Craft

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The Agent of Change is the Junior’s “It’s Your World – Change It” journey.  This journey is filled with fun and friendship. The girls will move from a deeper understanding of themselves to exploring how powerful they are as a team, to realizing the added strength they gain by reaching out in the wider community to take action with its members. Agent of Change offers girls a chance to earn three awards and record progress throughout the journey in their own ”Award Tracker.”

  • To earn The Power of One Award, girls will discover all the ways their own strengths and powers help them create change in the world
  • To earn The Power of Team Award, girls will make a team decision and write their team hopes for a Take Action Project that reaches into a community network to solve a problem together with community members
  • To earn The Power of Community Award, girls take action on their plan, reach out, join others and get them involved, and start something that snowballs into a change in their world.

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The girls had been hankering for a craft so it was decided a group activity of “friendship pins” would work out well.  Each girl made one pin for each of their troop sisters.  Their work as individuals was an example of how they are each “powerful” as ONE.  When an issue arose, most often with a bead’s opening being too small for the safety pin, the girls rallied together to dig through the dishes of beads to find beads that were more accommodating, illustrating how they are “powerful” as a TEAM.  When they had completed 12 pins each, each girl gave one pin to each of the other girls so every girl had 12 friendship pins they could hook together and wear on their uniforms.  This is a constant reminder that they are part of a Girl Scout Troop “community” and there is plenty of “power” in that!

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Great job girls!

Daisies – The importance of being responsible

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Daisies are continuing to work on Daisy Flower Garden journey. The characters in the journey story have just found a hidden box buried in a garden. Inside the box was a key, which opens the garden gate. The girls had a chance to think about what they would like to uncover in a garden, and draw a picture of it.

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We also talked about all of the different types of keys we have at home and what they are for.

 

With the journey the girls are also learning more about plants and gardens, as well as the importance of being “responsible for what I say and do.” The girls used the pots they decorated a few weeks ago and planted basil seeds in them. By taking care of their mini-gardens, the girls are learning to be responsible.

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2014-2015 Officially Begins!!

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HERE WE GO!!!

Another year is upon us and we have started off with a bang. Our total number of girls this year is 43, which is 2 more than we have been at our largest. Yes, we are insane…but at the same time, what better opportunity do we have to positively shape young girls…future leaders of tomorrow?!?!! 🙂

We are still sticking to our same schedule of doing 15-20 minutes of Self Esteem programming, with a focus on positive body image and being proud to be a girl! We are working through every girl, in age appropriate ways. This year we are working through Free Being Me, which is a program created in partnership with WAGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) and Dove. We are really excited to take on this endeavor this year.

Technically we are two troops this year (are you following our sister troop’s blog ?) because our Cadettes will likely move to a different day and time in the future to accommodate their crazy hectic Middle School schedules. But, for now we still meet as one large group and work in four troop level activities each week.

So…highlighted this week, are our Daisies!
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The girls have jumped right in to their Daisy Flower Garden journey and they spent some time practicing the Girl Scout Promise. We also went over the Girl Scout Law, line by line, and let the girls come up with examples of what it means to be ‘Honest and Fair’, ‘Courageous and Strong’, and ‘Considerate and Caring’. The girls also came up with several ways we can ‘Make the World A Better Place’. We had the girls choose a favorite line of the Girl Scout Law, and use it for inspiration during our craft time. Each girl was then given a flower pot to decorate with whatever words or pictures they wanted. We ended up with 13 beautiful pots which will be part of a future planting project.

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They also decorated reusable drink cups to use during snack time. We are using our resources wisely and making sure we leave the world a better place by not creating unnecessary trash!

It’s gonna be a SUPER FUN year!!!