As a new Girl Scout leader of a combined Daisy/Brownie troop, I’ve been looking for ways to keep our meetings girl-led while keeping in mind what the girls can do at their age-level. The Daisies need more direction than the Brownies. Quite a few of them love to help. We also want to encourage them to treat each other fairly and move towards the teamwork model of the Brownies.
Being a few years older, our Brownies are moving away from the fun, low-key activities of the Daisies towards the leadership, entrepreneurial activities of the Juniors and Cadettes. Some of them are natural leaders, able to encourage others in their group and help the leader with the activities. Others need some coaching in becoming leaders and team players.
One way to create a girl-led atmosphere is by giving the girls ways to be actively involved in our meetings. We decided to start with a kaper chart. Since our girls are still young, my co-leaders and I came up with the jobs ourselves. Next year, when we have more Brownies in our troop, plus a Junior, we’ll work with the girls at the beginning of the year on the kaper chart.
Our Meeting Jobs
We came up with 6 jobs for the girls:
- Opener – Leads in saying the Girl Scout Promise and Law (Next year, they will help gather the girls.)
- Leader Helper for the Daisies
- Leader Helper for the Brownies
- Clean Up for the Daisies
- Clean Up for the Brownies
- Closer – Starts the Friendship Squeeze in the Circle
How It Works
After taking attendance at the beginning of each meeting, I look at the list of girls and assign the jobs according to who is attending and which group they belong to. I have a separate list to keep track of which girl has done a job each meeting to ensure that all the girls have an opportunity to participate until the end of the school year.
I created badges for the girls to wear to help them remember their special status during the meeting. The other girls learn to look to these temporary leaders and helpers at each meeting. At the end of the meeting, I collect the badges for the next meeting.
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