A Girl Scout Journey: Agent of Change - The Power of One
The Power of One
The first section of this Journey is all about the individual girl. The lesson here is the power each person has to make things happen. As the leader, read the first section of the girl's book. (p 10-31) What activities do you think your girls would like to do? You do not have to complete all of them. See what things are in the leader handbook that interests you. I am going to show you what I did with my girls. Feel free to swap out whatever activities work best for your troop.
The Bronze Award
- Girl Scout's Highest Awards: The Bronze Award
The Girls Scout Bronze Award is the highest Award a Junior Girls Scout can earn.
Do your girls like doing ceremonies?
Introduction to the Journey
My girls never liked doing ceremonies. We always get right to the meeting. Do whatever ceremonies/openings your troop does first.
We started this meeting by introducing the girls to Dez the Spider. She is on page 4 of the girl's book. I read page 5 to them. The girls went around the room reading pages 6 and 7. After that they had a lot of questions. We took the time to answer them, to look through the whole book and see what the girls expected, and wanted from this Journey, their Journey. This did take up a bit of time but it was well worth it. It allowed the girls to take a real ownership of what was going to happen during the Journey.
In Their Books
After all the questions, answers and planning, the girls were ready to work. The first pages they wanted to do were pages 11 and 13. These pages ask them what their own "Powers" are. To keep the positive going, pages 14, 15, and 29 has each girl look for things that make them great at home with lists/log that keep track of things they have done at home that they can share at the next meeting. This was the immediate, short term part of this section of the Journey. It makes them think about the things that are uniquely them that makes them great. The next part is to show them how to use those things in there every day life to make positive changes in their world.
The Bigger Picture
The other theme that runs through this section is other women's stories. From Anne Frank to Amy Poe. They had several women's stories throughout this section of the girl's book to read, make trading cards for, and write about. I put a little bit of a twist on this. I asked the girls to do two things for me.
First - Write a paragraph or two about a woman in your everyday life. Someone who is not famous who helps you when you need it and is always there for you. What is she like and what does she do for you that makes her so special to you?
I asked this so the girls would see that you don't have to be famous to be important.
Second - Write a short biography about a woman who is famous that you admirer. Why do you look up to this woman? What has she done that you think is great?
They didn't really have a "due date" for this. As long as it was done by the time we finished the Journey.
(During the Bronze Award Ceremony I had the Girls read what they had wrote)
1.Make sure all the girls leave with a sense of what makes them great.
2.Try to give them an activity or two to do at home to continue that feeling.
3.Do whatever closing ceremony your girls would normally do.
1. Your Girl Scout Council - Many councils have programs that will serve as "Award Helpers" for Journeys. My council has something called a Link book. In the description of the program being offered it states the "Award" or "Award Helper" the program can be used for. Contact your local council and see what they say.
2. Local Companies - See if there are any local companies that have programs you can go to. There may be a program on building self esteem. Rock climbing comes to mind. Use your imagination and your girls interests. Pushing your girls out of there comfort zones is also a good thing once in a while. But just push don't scare them to death.