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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.

Pumpkin patch turns paintfest

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Annually we take our girls on a field trip to the pumpkin patch.  However, this year is the VERY FIRST time in all the years we’ve done so that the weather did NOT cooperate.  We’ve had gorgeous Fall weather then entire month of October and we wake up on meeting day and it is torrential downpour.  NOT GOOD!  Needless to say, we scrambled for a back up plan (since we also had nothing else planned for the day!)  To the rescue were two co-leaders who are fortunately stay-at-home moms with a little bit of extra time during the day….and an abundance of resourcefulness!!

The girls came to our meeting space immediately following the school bell to discover a “pumpkin patch” in the back of a leader’s car!  50 pumpkins to choose from and decorate!

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They appeared to have a blast and every design was unique, just like our girls!

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It was ALMOST as messy as mucky mud would have been but much better for the sanity of leaders!!

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Juniors DETECTIVES

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Another in our Girl Led series of badgework is DETECTIVE.

Requirements for earning the Detective Junior Badge– Step 1: Practice the power of observation. Step 2: Communicate in code. Step 3: Fingerprint for fun. Step 4: Try out detective science. Step 5: Follow the clues to solve a real mystery.

This badge was led by three girls, Juniors A.H, O.S and E.Y.  In her own words, A.H tells us what they did!

For the detective group we did many activities including fingerprints, Morse code and a clue scavenger hunt.  We had a lot of fun while learning about detective work.

In the first group, we did fingerprints with flour and tape.

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Next we all had to guess whose name was on the card written in Morse code.

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In another group we hid clues around a room about a person and everyone had to guess who it was. For the very end we made mystery stories.

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We learned many new things that day!

 

GREAT JOB GIRLS!!

 

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!

Brownie INVENTORs

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Brownies have started working on the Inventor badge. They started badge work by inventing their own yogurt dip.  The girls were each given a scoop of yogurt which they then were able to add different spices and seasonings to create their own yogurt dip invention. The girls utilized many different spices, however the favorites were cinnamon, pumpkin and sugar.  Each yogurt dip was very different despite using similar ingredients.

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Next the girls were given sheets of paper with multiple circles and told to create something out of each circle. We had many smiley faces, but there were also some really creative snowmen, suns, and aliens.

The girls finished the meeting by dividing into groups and brainstorming how they are going to create their own trash picker up utilizing items provided.  Stay tuned for a future blog to see how these turn out!!

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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Brownies Make Games

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Who doesn’t love games?!?! This is a really fun badge for Brownies.  The girls get a chance to learn that fun games don’t always require a computer, a deck of cards, or even a ball!  With a little imagination the possibilities are endless!

 At a recent meeting the girls had a ton of fun playing some new and old games. 

After having had a chance to experiment with a variety of games, they can were given the chance to become game masters by creating their very own board games.  They broke into small groups to work on this project.  They original board games will be presented at a future meeting.

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