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Journey that makes you say WOW!

March 19, 2015

WOW Journey - Brownies - Girl Scouts

By Kim Henry, Program Director

Calling all Brownie Leaders! Looking for a how-to guide to incorporate Journey’s into your troop year plan? You’ve found it! This post is all about at what Journeys are, how to make them fun for your girls, and different resources available to help you shine even brighter as a troop leader. Ready? Let’s go!

WHAT ARE JOURNEYS?

There are three Leadership Journeys that girls can choose from!

It’s Your World – Change It!

It’s Your Planet – Love It!

It’s Your Story – Tell It!

On every Leadership Journey, everything girls do – whether it’s performing science experiments, creating art projects, cooking simple meals or learning to protect the planet’s water supply – is aimed at giving them the benefits of Girl Scouting. In each Journey a girl discovers her special skills and talents, connects with others, and takes action to make the world a better place.

Journeys are a great way to incorporate fun and leadership skills for girls while also providing a framework and guide for leaders. One of the most common misconceptions I hear is how leaders feel they need to follow the leader guide word-for word. That, my friend, is far from true!

The leader guides are just that, a guide, which you can customize to fit the needs of you and your troop. What’s important about the Journeys is achieving the outcomes of each so girls discover, connect, and take action throughout the activities and experiences. As long as the girls are achieving the primary outcomes, you can choose your own path on how to get there.

HOW DO I USE JOURNEYS?

We’re so glad you asked! Here we’ll walk you through some simple steps to get started. Let’s use our Wonders of Water (WOW) Journey as an example.

First, let’s find out what the outcomes are for this journey. Looking through the WOW Journey, you’ll see an entire page dedicated to the outcomes girls should achieve as they work on and earn leadership awards along the way. (We recommend opening this page while reading the rest of this post to help guide you along the way!)

Using the example above, let’s focus on the Love Water Award (the first leadership award within the Journey). The outcomes for this award are:

  1. Girls can show two things they know and love about water.
  2. Girls make and carry out one personal promise to protect water.

Now that we know the outcomes, we can begin to think about how our troop/girls might go about achieving these goals. So, where do we start? Well, what are your troops interests? Do your girls enjoy hands-on activities? Or perhaps they love going on day trips? Involving your troop in answering these questions keeps it girl-led and helps them identify and pursue their passions!

Great – you’ve got some insight into what inspires your girls and get them excited – now it’s time to utilize your resources!

  1. Volunteer Toolkit: Brownie Troop Leaders have access to our handy online Volunteer Toolkit (VTK). The VTK offers lots of troop meeting plans (similar to the sessions outlined in the Journey books) giving you great ideas to help achieve the outcomes listed above. New to the VTK? Use our online video tutorials to learn about all the great functionality, meeting plans, and resources! You can login into the VTK here.

  2. Pinterest: Another great resources that our leaders and staff love is Pinterest! Here’s a fun activity I found and don’t forget to look at our council Pinterest boards – there are tons of great resources and information just for Brownies!

  3. Experienced Leaders: I bet you also didn’t know that you have another AMAZING resource right in your backyard — other leaders!! Experienced leaders are your most valuable resource as they have tons of ideas and resources to help! There’s lots of ways to connect with other leaders including contacting your Service Area Unit for recommendations, participating in our troop mentor program (where we will match you up with an experienced leader!) or joining our Troop Leaders Facebook Group. You can also email us any time with questions at JourneyHelp@nccoastalpines.org.

Lastly, Journey’s don’t need to take all year. You can finish a Journey in a few sessions or meetings. To help you get started on your first award, here is an outline that I have used for my Jump Into Journeys: WOW! Program. I used activities from the leaders guide, Pinterest, and more. I customized it for a group of 20-30 girls to complete in two hours – and it was a total blast!

Remember – Journeys are all about the experience! Your girls will feel so accomplished as they make their way through the leadership awards and learn a whole lot along the way!

Do you have resources you’ve used to customize or plan Journeys? Share them in the comments below!

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Let’s Think About Girl Programs!

February 16, 2015

By Kim Henry, Program Director

World Thinking Day - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines

As Spring is approaching, so are some exciting new programs! Happening this month is one of our beloved Girl Scout traditions, World Thinking Day (WTD). Here’s the lowdown on this annual event plus some additional tips for new leaders.

World Thinking Day 2015

What is World Thinking Day? Each year on February 22, girls around the world participate in activities to encourage girls to think about their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in other countries. By participating in select activities girls can earn the World Thinking Day Award, which is an official award and can be worn on the front of her vest or sash. Some girls earn the award by attending WTD events while others may work on activities or service projects with their troop.   This year’s theme for WTD is girls worldwide say “we can create peace through partnerships.” Read more about this year’s theme and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Jump Into Journeys

Want to explore a new Journey but don’t know where to start? Pile in your troop and join us at one of four locations for our Jump Into Journeys program for Daisies and Brownies.We will help you find your way!

This Spring, we will be jumping into the Brownie Quest and the Daisy 5 Flowers, 4 Stories , 3 Cheers for Animals! Journeys. These events get girls excited about the Journeys and give leaders an opportunity to see how to customize the Journey to fit their troop’s needs. Girls will earn the first Journey award and badge sets are included with the registration fee. If you can’t make it to a program and still are looking for assistance, please contact journeyhelpline@nccoastalpines.org.

 

Helpful Tips for New Leaders

  1. Attend leader meetings and talk with other leaders. Our volunteers are the most valuable resource for you. They have new ideas and know what works and what doesn’t. They even may have materials to share with you. You can also join our Girl Scout Leader Facebook Group!
  2. Use your Program Support Staff. We are here to make your life easier! Call us, email us, send up flares –we are happy to help!
  3. Use the Volunteer Tool Kit! It is great as is, or you can customize it to fit your troop plans!
  4. Attend local area and council-sponsored events. Not only are they exciting for the girls but they are also a great way to meet other leaders and gather ideas for future activities with your troop.
  5. Don’t sweat it! You got this!! Know that we appreciate you, and most of all, the girls appreciate you and all you do!

Still have questions? We are here to support you and will be happy to answer any questions about Journeys or other Girl Scout programs. Call 800-284-4475 and ask for the Program Team.

 

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