What do you think about the new Journey curriculum? Is it the best thing since sliced bread, or is it a thorn in your side? Are you a Journey expert, or is your Journey GPS broken? We want to make sure that your experience as a Troop Leader be fun, rewarding and easy breezy, so the program development team is designing a Journey Curriculum Workshop. So we can better serve our dedicated and tenacious Troop Leaders, please visit the link below. Take the survey by November 3- make your voice heard!
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Press reps will hone their writing skills and learn about different kinds of media by participating in It's Your Story- Tell It! Journey-based activities. Press reps will be required to write at least three articles during the year about Girl Scout activities for possible publication. As part of the 100th Anniversary, press reps are encouraged to attend the anniversary celebrations and submit photos, videos, or articles.
Parents, it is very important to note that the majority of representation for the council will be internal to the Girl Scout community - through our website, blogs and newsletters.
To apply, submit the following application by September 15. Applications will be reviewed and confirmations sent by September 30. There will be a Press Rep Workshop in Montgomery and Mobile. A snack will be provided at both.
• Montgomery Workshop: October 17, 2011 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
• Mobile Workshop: October 18, 2011 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
You can submit applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org or the Mobile or Montgomery Service Centers.
Use your adult journey guide as a base for creating a fun and exciting experience for girls. You'll find ideas about using activities, starting discussions, and earning awards so that the "whole" feels like one big adventure. The journey will be so much more fun and relevant as you assist girls in making it their own!
Sample sessions in the journeys suggest several ways to engage girls. Many girls and volunteers will quickly find there is more they will want to do! The journey books are filled with tips for you to add more to the experience. Let everyone's imaginations take hold and extend the journey with ideas from girls. Do you have a short time frame? Follow the tips about doing what's most important!
Are Ambassadors interested in partnering? What would happen if Seniors worked together? What do Cadettes in your area have to offer to Juniors? What if Brownies link up on steps of their journey? How could Daisies benefit from meeting other Daisies? Connecting helps make a powerful Girl Scout journey!
Stories capture the imagination and motivate, and inspire us to put values into action. The journeys engage girls in stories--real and fictional--of girls and women taking action in the world. You and the girls decide how much time to spend on them before going on to create their own adventures.
Leadership and You!
As a Girl Scout volunteer, your experiences--and your view of leadership--will influence and inspire girls. Use the reflection exercises in your journey guide to think about the three leadership keys (Discover, Connect, and Take Action) and how you can best apply them as you team up with Girl Scouts on their journey.
Click on the image to start your journey with your girls!
Purchase a starter kit and receive a free Girl Scout bag (while supplies last). Call 800-239-6636, ext. 2602 or visit us in Mobile or Montgomery to order one!
Coming this Fall! The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
Where can a girl find exciting new badges, the 100th Anniversary handbook, information on bridging and Bronze/Silver/Gold Awards, and much more all in one place? In The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, of course! There is a Girl's Guide for each level of Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors.
The Girl's Guide features robust skill-building badge activities, updated and new awards, information on Girl Scout history and traditions, and -- most of all -- lots of fun!
With this fall release, girls can grow as leaders and build new skills with a complete National Program Portfolio: Journeys + The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting!
Take a peek. Let Brownie Elf tell you more...
See the Anatomy of a Badge, if you'd like something to print and share this exciting news with your troop!
Below are some FAQs regarding these new resources:
- What will happen to the current resources, such as the Junior Badge book or the Cadette Handbook? GSUSA is currently working on a new "Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting" for each program level. It will provide updated badge activities and handbook information for girls and will be available in September 2011, when girls can begin enjoying the new badges in the guide.
- What do we do between now and September 2011? Leaders/advisors can help girls choose a Journey and continue enjoying the current badge activities. Check out the online "Journey Maps" for examples of using journeys and badges together for a great Girl Scout experience. Click here <http://www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys/maps/> for the maps. Here's a graphic that shows the connection between the Journeys and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
- Will we still be able to purchase older resources and
insignia? As part of the roll-out of the Journeys and the new guide, the GS
Shop will begin to streamline existing inventory by retiring certain merchandise
this summer. This will affect the availability of certain patches, books, and
other merchandise. To check on item availability, please contact the shop at
It's Your Story--Tell It! Journey Series
Available in December 2010, the "It's Your Story--Tell It!" leadership journey series uses a storytelling theme in a fun and grade-level relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential.
On this journey, an emphasis is also placed on media literacy and creative expression. All along the journey, girls have opportunities to engage in a variety of arts, including performing, visual, culinary, and new media, to tell their stories and take action to make the world a better place.
Check out the grade level titles and themes, and get a taste of the "It's Your Story--Tell It!" journey series right now by downloading the activities below and trying them with girls in troops, groups, series, events and camps.
Daisies learn just how much they can care for animals and for themselves--and just how good that makes them feel.
Brownie: A World of Girls
Stories teach Brownies clues about how they can create positive change in the world--change that affects girls.
Juniors learn just how many roles are open to them in the world and the possibilities those roles open for them.
Cadettes look for the ME in media and learn how they can shape media--for themselves, their community and the world.
Senior: MISSION: SISTERHOOD!
Seniors learn how widening their network broadens their world, and benefits the world as well.
Ambassador: BLISS: Live It! Give It!
Ambassadors learn to dream big, now and for their future, and begin their legacy as leaders who help others achieve their dreams too.
Girl Scouts of the USA launched a national campaign with the girl-centered journey, It's Your Planet--Love It!, that includes eye-catching, interactive activities and games and information that we know your girls will explore and love.
This is a great resource to use particularly if your troop is working on this journey.
Have your girls join in on the fun and check it out: www.girlscouts.org. You may want to play around on it as well, we certainly did!
What makes a great Girl Scout year? Earning badges, hiking and camping, taking field trips, selling cookies, and enjoying Girl Scout traditions. Now you can tie all that together with a choice of two leadership journeys.
Six illustrated maps, one for each grade level, have been created to show how all Girl Scout activities -- earning badges, camping, selling cookies and more -- can tie into the new Journeys. Go to www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys/maps/ and start exploring!