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Juniors MUSICIANs

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Next in our series of Girl Lead badges was Musician.  Whether you’re already a musician or you just want to see what it’s like to make sounds on an instrument, there’s something for you in this badge.

This girl led team consisted of Juniors L.L, S.J and E.C.  The girls planned and executed the meeting by having a speaker, learning about national anthems from other countries and different instruments.

In the her own words, L.L explains how this all transpired –

“First our group had a speaker. Mrs. H. talked about her life in music and how she liked it. She told us about her job as a music teacher and that she kept teaching because of the students.  Then we listened to three different national anthems from different countries. We compared music from Italy, the United States, China, and Mexico.  Finally we watched You Tube videos on different instruments from around the world.  We learned about the Dundun from Africa, the Pipa from China, and the Array Mbira.

We asked Mrs. H. a couple of weeks before the presentation to come in to talk.  We asked her after school if the day and time would work.  We googled national anthems online and wrote down how they are the same and how they are different.  We then googled musical instruments from around the world and picked out instruments that would be fun to learn about.

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We are VERY proud of all the girls for their diligence and creativity in planning these meetings.  We look forward to the rest of the year to see what some other groups turn out!

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Thank you to Mrs. H. for agreeing to come speak to our girls!

Entertainment Technology – by Junior Cate S. and team.

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Juniors in Troop 2214 learned about the Entertainment Technology badge in our books.  This was the first of the girl led badges for 2014-2015 and we are proud to kick off the tradition of girl led meetings, for this year! The badge was led by Cate S., Sarah C., and Sidona J.  At the beginning, during snack, the team did a little skit for the other girls. It taught the girls about Google and Apple and about how they evolved to fit to the modern world. Then we met Mr. Johnston so he could speak about special effects and video game inventing/technology. Then the Juniors did an elephant walk through the IHM church. The elephant ears where made of paper cups with slits cut in them.  The girls saw the difference of how loud the playground was, compared to the silence of the church. The girls also made a catapult and launched marshmallows into each others mouths.

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To prepare, the team tried to figure out how to get the other girls to get the information about Google and Apple.  The team thought the other girls would like a skit and they would learn a lot.  For their speaker Sidona asked her dad to come and speak about special effects.  Earlier that year Sidona brought in some of the items from the laser and 3D printer.  For the elephant walk they went to talk to Father Don, to ask to have permission if they could walk through the church on Thursday, he told the team they could if they followed his rules, ” You have to be silent when you walk because if there is anyone in the church praying they could pray in peace, and you must bow in front of the tabernacle.  Do you understand girls?”  The team nodded.  For the catapult, one of the team member’s mothers bought marshmallows, popsicle  sticks, rubber bands and spoons.  The team had a great time planning and executing this meeting.
A great big “hug” to Mrs. Shirley, Mr. Johnston, and Father Don ( priest at Immaculate Heart Of Mary church.)
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Good job team!
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JUNIORS – Social Butterfly

One of the key aspects to Girl Scouts is having the girls learn many life-long useful skills, such as leadership, planning and organization. Meetings, regardless of age, should be “Girl Led” to the degree each level is capable. By the time a girl is a Junior, grades 4 and 5, they are pretty much on their way to running (or attempting to) the show.

Our troop leadership decided to do this by breaking the Junior-level of our troop into groups, based on the number of badges we planned to earn this year…our goal being by the time they bridge, they have earned every badge available. We assigned one leader to each girl team, for guidance and supervision. The girls then run with it.

We had spent the first half of the year working through a complete Journey so our last meeting was our first scheduled “Girl Led” meeting. We started with Social Butterfly, being coordinated and led by a team of three girls. In order to fit the whole badge into the time alotted, the team decided to break the badge work into stations and then have the rest of the troop rotate through.

The first station was during snack time – We had a fancy snack and worked on table manners and small talk. Each girl was sent home with a laminated place mat that shows 3 degrees of formality, of a properly set table. We hope this will be a good resource for years to come.
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Planning a Special Occasion – During their time at this station the girls planned an event through a series of questions on a questionnaire. We had 6 pre-chosen events and the girls each blindly chose one, so not everyone was fighting over what would be easiest or more fun. Then they got to create a skit showing the event they planned…complete with a treasure trove of props from our dress up boxes!
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Holding a Conversation – In this station the girls learned a little more about small talk and the nice vs. rude way to interrupt/interject in a conversation, through a game aptly named “Interruption”. They also learned the power of words through “The Toothpaste Game”. This game was great because they had a girl squeeze toothpaste out of a tube then her partner had 1 minute to try to get all the toothpaste back in the tube. The toothpaste was symbolic of the words coming out of your mouth and the inability to put the toothpaste back in the tube is symbolic of just that…once the words are out, you can’t take them back! So, be cognizant of what you say! It was a messy, but really fun one that they all enjoyed.
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Saying Thank You – Sometimes we forget how important it is to say THANK YOU and how impactful this simple gesture can be. This was a craft station where the girls made paper flowers as flowers are always a good way to say thank you, to a host/hostess or someone for doing something nice. They were colorful and very beautiful.
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The GIRL LED series looks to be great. It’s going to be fantastic leadership experience for everyone (and a nice break for the leaders…haha).