Meeting with Girls for the First Time
When you first get together with girls (and this meeting may
also include parents/guardians, or you may decide to hold a separate
meeting for the adults), you’ll want to get to know the girls, and give
them a chance to get to know one another.
Icebreaker games that let girls share simple details about
themselves are a great way to start off your first gathering. Journeys
often start with such an icebreaker, so if you’re digging into a
Journey right away, you’ll be all set. You can also check your
council’s resources or search the Internet for “icebreakers for kids”
to find more ideas.
If you already know which Journey the girls want to do, you’ll
find it useful to accomplish some of the following during this meeting.
(Note that all these points are detailed in the adult guide for each
Journey, too). If your girls haven’t chosen a Journey yet, you can
spend time during the first meeting talking about the themes of the
three Journeys that are available for their grade level and find out
which one the group would like to do. You can then discuss these points
in the next meeting, if you run out of time.
- Introduce the Journey, its theme, and its ties to leadership.
Each Journey’s adult guide gives you ideas for talking with girls and
their parents/guardians about the Journey’s theme and the Three Keys to
- Find out what interests the group (and be sure to
include the other adult volunteers), so that you and the girls can
begin to customize the Journey. Do the girls want to dig deeper
into a particular aspect of the Journey? Without promising anything
(yet!), ask the girls to talk about what they’re passionate about, what
they’ve always wanted to do, and how they would spend their time if
money and other barriers were no object. Build off the ideas shared,
but be sure to include opinions from all the girls. Ask direct questions of those who seem to be holding back or are unsure about answering, so everyone is included.
- Get the girls talking about how they want to schedule their time together. Use
the planning pages from their Journey (referring to your draft
calendar only as needed, so that the girls lead). Consider questions
- Can girls organize and plan a field trip or longer
travel opportunity that will allow them to learn more about a particular
Journey topic or theme?
- Is there an event that meshes with this topic or area of interest?
- Can the girls locate and communicate with an expert in the field via email or social media?
- Can they invite a guest speaker to answer questions or demonstrate particular skills?
- Which badges can the group choose to work on that will deepen their skills in this particular area?
- If they are Juniors or older, are they interested in pursuing their Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards?
- Do they have ideas for activities that will involve younger or older girls?
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