If I was Queen of Girl Scouts Part II: Programming

Part I was establishing program levels for girls and adults and creating a uniform that is functional and can be reasonably priced. It needs work, but I’m not trained in any of this kind of stuff, so I’ll obviously appoint people to my Girl Scout Commission™ that know things about program implementation, marketing, clothing design, etc. These will be people that have been involved with Scouting in all forms. Luckily, I’m Queen of the World™, so any disagreements will be nipped in the bud pretty quickly.

Programming (last edited: 11/15/10; originally created: 1/13/10)

Daisy GS: Program focus is Girl Scout basics–Girl Scout Promise, Law, sign, Motto, and knowing who Juliette Low is. Petals remain as earned Awards, with leaves available for other skills (to be determined). Girl-lead includes choosing where to go on field trips, choosing what to have for snack each meeting, following a kaper chart. Independent work on Awards is not suggested unless the girl missed a meeting.

Bridging: Meet with a Brownie troop to learn the Brownie story and earn one Brownie Badge.

Brownie GS: Program focus is living the Promise and Law, basic fire safety and cooking (hair tied, fire circles, s’mores), basic first aid (clean and cover), basic trip planning (where are we going to go? how will we get there?), basic outdoor skills, more kaper responsibilities. Brownie badges are triangle with a brown border–about 20 will exist on a National level, with Council’s Own available to fill in location-specific needs. Requirements are to learn about the topic, then use hands-on activities to learn the skill. Most badges should be earned with the troop unless another activity (sport team, music lesson) or school project meets the requirements. Because Brownies are considered full Girl Scouts, and have been for years, “flying up” no longer occurs–no more Brownie Wings.

Bridging: Meet with a Brownie troop to learn about Juniors and earn one Junior Badge.

Junior GS: Program focus is advancing skills learned previously and becoming more girl-driven; girls should have more advanced role in trip planning, outdoor skills, first aid, and able to create & follow own kaper chart. Able to explain and teach the Promise and Law to Daisies and Brownies, begin learning more in-depth history of Girl Scouts and Guides. Junior badges are round with a green border–about 20 will exist on a National level, with Council’s Own available to fill in location-specific needs. Requirements are to learn about the topic, then use hands-on activities to become proficient in the skill (able to demonstrate to the leader or group). Eligible for 4 Signs, Junior Aide (becomes a position pin instead of patch) Bronze Leadership Torch, Bronze Award. Awards can be earned as a group or individually except Bronze Award which will be earned as a troop/ Council-sponsored group.

Bridging: Meet with a Cadette troop to learn about Cadettes and earn one Cadette Badge.

Cadette GS: Program focus is advancing skills learned previously and becoming even more girl-driven; girls should be able to do almost all trip planning/camping/etc on their own. Patrols are utilized to teach & promote leadership. Can assist with Daisy & Brownie troops, create and run Council-sponsored programs. Cadette badges are rectangle with a blue border–about 20 will exist on a National level, with Council’s Own available to fill in location-specific needs. Requirements are to learn about the topic, use hands-on activities to become proficient in the skill, then teaching the skill to others. Eligible for Program Aid, Silver Leadership Torch, Cadette Challenge, Dreams to Reality Award (will become a pin instead of patch) and Silver Award. All awards can be earned as a group or individually.

Bridging: Meet with a Senior troop to learn about Seniors and finish a Senior Journey based off a badge already earned.

Senior GS: Program focus is putting skills learned previously into practice and essentially running their own troop; almost everything is done by the girls. Patrols are utilized to provide leadership opportunities and to aid progression over the course of 4 years. Should assist with Daisy, Brownie & Junior troops, create and run Council-sponsored programs. Senior badges are diamond with a gold border, with a smaller selection of topics (10-15) that allow for creating an experience rather than achieving proficiency–Council’s Own is not available due to the experiential nature of the awards; there shouldn’t be a need for them. Requirements will include providing service of some sort. Eligible for Leader in Training, Counselor in Training, Gold Leadership Torch, Senior Challenge, Career Exploration Pin and Gold Award. Awards should be earned individually.

Bridging: Attend at least one Service Unit meeting and help at one Council-wide event to interact with and learn from Adult Girl Scouts.

Ambassadors and Adults: No longer eligible to earn girl awards. Adults that are new to Girl Scouting, or do not have a lot of experience (under 5 years) will have to earn the Brown Owl–a comprehensive program that teaches Traditions, History and skills to be an effective volunteer; until this is earned, or proficiency is shown, one cannot sit as a Service Unit officer or act as a troop/group leader without an experienced leader. Training counts towards the Leadership Development Pin. Service to the SU or Council count towards Volunteer Service Award (currently the Volunteer Development Award). Training will be developed at a National level, with supplemental trainings developed on the Council level for topics that are desired by volunteers and not covered by National Trainings. Other recognitions remain the same except Thanks Badge II will be renamed to sound more distinguished.

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3 responses to “If I was Queen of Girl Scouts Part II: Programming

  1. Beth

    Rock on. Great couple of posts and very interesting to get your perspective on how you’d reform scouting. I like your ideas and hope that you get to implement them sometime.

  2. Amy

    I like your GS better than the one I was in. I never got to go camping accept for one week a year at GS summer camp. If yours was the real GS I probably wouldn’t have dropped out in 6th grade.

    If you need someone to help in with implementation of this plan/takeover, let me know. I have a bit of experience in that department.

    (Also, may I suggest that a requirement be added somewhere to research/learn about GS/GG around the world. My mom can up with that project and it was the most fun I had as a GS.)

    • eternalhearts

      I went camping with my troop every year. And Girl Scout/Guide-related badges will be part of the Higher Awards, which is coming in a future installment.