As many of you may know, the Girl Scouts of America has recently launched the new G.I.R.L. agenda – non-partisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action. G.I.R.L. is an acronym for Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader. This initiative has inspired troops to be all of these things and more! Recently, Cadette 7, Troop 1663, Sub Troop to Super Troop 1661-1663, gave their Cadettes a chance to run their own activities. They gave the girls the power to decide together all of their own activities. Each girl worked with a partner on two specific badges. We also planned different service projects such as helping at an animal hospital, making our own booth for Trunk or Treat at council, or even working on different floats for the Annual Rose Parade. Each girl also gave different ideas for service projects and the Silver Award.
When the girls choose a badge they are assigned to work on that specific badge activity with a partner. On the days when the troop decides to work on the badges, these main girls explain how to complete this badge. They go through each badge requirement step by step until everyone earns the badge. This makes sure that each Girl Scout in the troop has a chance to work on the type of badge they want to work on and also, work with someone they cooperate best with. This is an example of not only leadership, but also responsibility and being innovators. They have new ideas on how to complete the badges and are responsible for getting their own badge and are not relying on others to do all the work for them.
Recently, Cadette 7 had an opportunity to participate in their first Girl-Planned Service Project. The girls volunteered at a local animal hospital’s 2nd Anniversary Community Celebration. When the girls worked at the animal hospital, they were each assigned a different job so they could help out as much as possible. The girls helped with tours, raffles, different booths, and much more. They also helped portioning samples so they would give each person equal amounts. Troop members worked in groups of 2 or more per booth and gave everyone a chance to see what they had. The hospital gave out 1 treat and 1 freebie to each adult that walked in and 1 cupcake to each human being that walked in. They gave tours around the hospital and described what the different rooms were for. Each guide explained the use of each device and gave people raffle tickets at the end. There were boarding rooms, a room for surgery, and different sized cages for all animal sizes. A veterinarian and veterinary assistants treat the different diseases and wounds the animals have. One side of the hospital is for cats and the other for dogs. If you had one of each animal, the cat would go in the dog side with the dog it came with because it would be used-to and familiar with dogs. This was a special event for the girls and helped them to work on their community interaction and public speaking skills.
Inspired by their successful first experience, each girl in Troop 1663, Cadette 7 will come to upcoming meetings with their own ideas such as, what types of badges they want to work on. At the first meeting, the ladies had a chance to describe the Cadette different badges. By majority vote, they were put into three different categories, “would love to do it,” ”would like to do it,” and “maybe another time”. All badges placed into the “would love to do it” category would be their first priority. Those badges were new cuisines, animal helpers, babysitting, digital movie makers, science of happiness, special agent, trail blazing, and woodworker. All the badges in either “would like to do it” or “maybe another time,” would be worked on if they had time or would be worked on the next year. Even though they may be addressed later, all the badges will be completed eventually.
The girls also come to each meeting with a fun idea for a different activity they would like to do. For the last meeting, the troop decided that they wanted to decorate a trunk for the Annual San Gorgonio Council Trunk or Treat. Their trunk or treat theme would be The Nightmare Before Christmas. They made different props that would correspond with their theme. Together, the troop decided what they wanted to make and where they wanted to put everything inside of the trunk. They made an evil wreath, Jack Skellington’s head, etc. This shows responsibility and innovation. Its shows innovation because they were very creative on what they thought they should do for the trunk or treat activity. This shows responsibility through making sure we finished what we needed to do and completing all the extra little details that count.