Journeys: September 2008 Archives

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The New Girl Scout Leadership Experience debuts with the "It's Your World--Change It!" launch journeys.

In the Daisy journey for kindergarteners and first-graders, a favorite pastime--gardening-- meets the Girl Scout Law. The result is a storybook world of flowers and little girls who, together, do great things. Girl Scout Daisies will especially enjoy meeting the colorful, global characters who teach them to live the Girl Scout Law. The adult "how-to" guide offers Garden Story Time tips, key ideas for garden projects, and all the Girl Scout history and traditions needed for an adventure starring Amazing Daisy, a new flower friend for Girl Scout Daisies.

What About first-graders?
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GSUSA encourages the following approach to the Girl Scout Daisy level:

·         Girls who were in kindergarten in 2007-08 are Girl Scout Daisies, and used the existing program resources as they learned the Girl Scout Promise and Law.  Councils continued to supplement this with local programming.

·         When these girls enter first grade in 2008-09, register them as first-grade Daisies, enabling them to participate in the Daisy launch journey which lays the foundation for their next leadership steps as Girl Scout Brownies.

If a first-grade girl is registered as a Brownie in 2008-09, consideration should be made that the Girl Scout Brownie launch journey is being created especially for second- and third-graders.

 

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Q: Can girls still earn badges, apart from journeys?
A:
Girls are welcome to continue choosing and earning badges that represent their varied interests. Earning badges is an important tradition in Girl Scouting and it is here to stay! As adults and girls become more familiar with the elements of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, they will even be able to see how the Discover, Connect, and Take Action leadership keys can be integrated into earning badges.

Of course, no matter what activities girls do in Girl Scouting, the experience is always best when it incorporates the Girl Scout processes: Girl-Led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning.

Q: What is the future of badges?
A:
Over the next several years, Girl Scouts of the USA will be updating some badges to ensure the learning experiences tie to the national leadership outcomes intended for girls. As new or refreshed badges become available and "old" badges are phased out, girls will have time to transition. They will not "lose out" on activities they have begun or planned. 

Girl Scout members have expressed interest in the availability of badges online and GSUSA is considering and analyzing this possibility. Further information will be available in 2009.

Q: What about local badge activities?
A:
Locally created badge activities remain an important way to respond to the interests and needs of girls. By using the Leadership Experience as the "engine" for all programming, Girl Scout councils will be able to begin adjusting local offerings, purposefully planning them based on the leadership outcomes intended for girls.

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The New Girl Scout Leadership Experience debuts with the "It's Your World--Change It!" launch journeys.

Brownie Quest: Follow the Trails... of the ELF Adventure and the Three Keys
What are the most important keys for a Girl Scout to own? This quest, which has second- and third-graders traveling along two colorful trails--one they can enjoy on their own and one they explore with their Girl Scout group--answers that question in a very special way. On this quest, Girl Scout Brownies will meet three new friends and a bright and shining elf--in a brand new Brownie story meant to inspire their own Take Action projects. The accompanying adult guide offers all the tips needed to create and maintain a sense of fun and mystery along the entire quest. Instructions for a Brownie Brainstorm, Brownie Team Trade, and other activities ensure a quality and fun time for the girls.

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Do I keep using my current handbooks and materials, even though we are starting with the new Journeys?
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Keep using them. It will take several years to create sufficient new program materials for each age level, and there are many great examples of our Discover, Connect, Take Action leadership philosophy at work in the existing materials. Refer to the Winter 2006 issue of Leader Magazine: (Setting the Pace for the Future: The Girl Scout Leadership Model  and Activity Tip Sheets) for tips on how to adapt existing materials to the new leadership philosophy. Existing materials will begin to be phased out around 2010.

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The New Girl Scout Leadership Experience debuts with the "It's Your World--Change It!" launch journeys.

aMAZE: The Twists and Turns of Getting Along
Life is a maze of relationships, and this journey has Girl Scout Cadettes maneuvering through all its twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and even peace. The adult guide offers tips for talking about relationship issues with girls, and pointers for understanding Girl Scout Cadettes' development and creating a safe, welcoming space.

6th Grade Cadettes
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Early Adolescence can be a challenging time in girls' lives.  The new grade grouping and leadership journey is designed especially to address girls' progression through the early stages of adolescence, ultimately preparing them for the next phase of life and the next phase of leadership in Girl Scouting.

Girl Scouts of the USA recommends that girls entering sixth grade in 2008-2009 register as Cadettes so they can enjoy the new Leadership Journey for this level.

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Awards
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Q: What new awards can girls earn with the It's Your World--Change It! journeys?
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Girl Scouts at each of the six grade levels have a chance to earn new official awards as they complete steps along the journey. The awards are designed to be worn on the Girl Scout uniform. Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes have the chance to earn several badges along the journey. Seniors and Ambassadors can mark the completion of their journey with a pin or badge.

The steps for earning the awards are clearly explained in the "how-to" books for volunteers created for each journey. Girls have information about the awards in their books, too. The journey books for girls and adults also have suggested reflection and ceremony ideas related to earning the awards. The goal is to provide opportunities for girls to fully understand the achievement and growth the awards represent.

Of course, no matter what activities girls do in Girl Scouting, the experience is always best when it incorporates the Girl Scout processes: Girl-Led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning.

Q: How do the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards fit into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience?
A:
  Girl Scouts of the USA is working to update the requirements for earning the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards and new guidelines will be available online in spring 2009.  During the transition years (2008-2010), girls may continue earning the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards based on existing standards.

Q: How can Girl Scout councils prepare for the future of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards?
A:
Girl Scout communities eager to begin planning for the updated approach to the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards prior to spring 2009 may note the following:

Grade Levels for Earning the Awards

Bronze Award: Earned by Juniors (4th-5th grade)
Silver Award: Earned by Cadettes (6th-8th grade)
Gold Award: Earned by Seniors or Ambassadors (9th-12th grade)

Anticipated Pre-Requisite Steps

The It's Your World--Change It! journeys have been intentionally designed to engage girls in a critical thinking process related to identifying and researching issues they care about, developing community networks, and creating and implementing plans to take action. Upon completion of the journeys, girls will be prepared to carry out substantial award projects. Based on this, Girl Scouts of the USA anticipates that when girls complete the journeys in this series, they will have completed the prerequisites, at the relevant grade levels, for Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects and ultimately earn the awards.

Options for the 2008-2009 Membership Year:

  • Girls may earn the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards following existing guidelines.

OR

  • Girls may complete a journey and, upon release of the new guidelines in spring 2009, begin work toward the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

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Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy
How often have you seen something that really needed to be changed and wondered, "Why isn't someone doing something about that?" This journey gives Girl Scout Ambassadors a way to be that someone--an advocate with the power to start the first flutter of real and lasting change. While creating their own "butterfly effect," they'll gain an array of skills--such as networking, planning, and learning to speak up for what they believe--that will benefit them as they prepare for life beyond high school.

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