Running Your Girl Scout Troop - "Around The World"

Phase Out Of Try-its

Girl Scouts has phased out the Try-its. You can no longer get this Try-it patch. That does not mean it is not a worth while meeting to have for your girls. If you really want a patch, you can get a fun patch for the back of their vest. For this on I would suggest flags of the counties your troop covers during the meeting. See to the right for some ideas.

Calling All Families

For this Try-it you will need the help of your families. You can expand this Try-it into a larger project that can include other troops or the whole town if you want. I did it with just my troop. I did the requirements a little different than in the Try-it book. My troop is a very ethnically diverse group. I have parents that are originally from different countries. Grandparents would work too. I only used two of the requirements in the book. Each station at the meeting had a person that had grown up in a different country. You'll see how I covered the other requirements as you read what I did at each station. At the beginning of each Try-it it explains what the Try-it is about. This is what I call the Spirit of the Try-it. In this case the Girl Scouts want the girls to learn more about different peoples and cultures. I believe the way I changed the last requirement teaches the girls this.

Something Different

I did not have the girls do one requirement at each station. I set up three stations. At each stations was a parent of one of our girls. The girls love it when their parents or grandparents can come and help at the meetings. Each one had lived in another country while they were growing up. The countries I had were Australia, China, and Saudi Arabia. You can have as many stations as you would like depending on how many parents can help you. Each parent showed the girls on a map or globe where their country was, where it was in relationship to the US, and in relationship to the other two countries we where talking about. (Requirement #2) They either read a book or told a story from their childhood to the girls. (Requirement # 3) The rest is a deviation from the Try-it book requirements but I think it more than covers what the Girls Scouts wanted the girls to learn. Each parent showed the girls their county flag, showed them family pictures from their childhood and gave them first hand accounts of what it was like to live there as a child. They also told them what it was like to move to the US and how the US was different from their country and how it was the same.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Food

One last layer you can add to this is food. We all enjoy to eat. Having some dishes from the countries represented at your meeting can add that extra something to your meeting. Handing out copies of the recipes for all the girls is nice also.

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Expanding

Although I did this Try-it with just my troop you don't have to. If you have the time and the resources you could run a town wide event. Each troop from your town can be responsible for having families come to a cultural day. Besides try-its, there are many badges and interest projects the other levels of scouts can earn by participating in this type of event. Talk to the other leaders and see exactly what your town can do. You might be able to help some of the older girls with their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards as well as leadership awards. There is so much you can do with this format if you just take an inventory of you resources and use a little old fashion creativity. Let me know how you do in the comment section below.

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