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JOURNEYS

The following are the steps you’ll take to get started on your Girl Scout Leader “Journey.” Your Time for Girl Scout troop can complete the following in 6-8 sessions.

Step 1:
Depending on your girls’ grade level, you will need to purchase and review one of the following Journey Sets:

Each Journey comes as a set that include both and adult How-To Guide and a Girl Book.  Purchase can be made at the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri online store or by visiting the Girl Scout Shop located at:
Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Girl Scout Shop
2300 Ball Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63146

Step 2:
Read the KISS (Keep it Short and Sweet) Notes that coincide with the Journey you will be embarking on with your girls.  
Grades K-1:  3 Cheers for Animals Journey
Grades 2-3: Wonder of Water
Grades 4-5: Get Moving!

You may choose to have 6 meetings, with 4-5 sessions/activities to be completed at your meetings or, if you’d like, have 8 meetings, with 5-6 sessions/activities. 

The KISS Notes included will help to provide you an easier understanding of:

  • What Award the girls will receive upon completion
  • What Journey sessions you would like to use
  • Which Active Discussions are helpful
  • What Hand-on Activities you’ll complete

Step 3:
Once you have identified which activities you will complete, make a list of the necessary materials needed to complete each activity.  You will share this list with the parents/guardians of your troop.  Each parent/guardian will need to provide the materials needed for all sessions.

Step 4:
Plan your Girl Scout meetings! 

  • Secure your meeting site
  • Receive a list of the girls interested in being in your troop
    • This list will be given to you by your Community Development Manager
    • This list will include the girl’s name, phone number and email
  • Contact the parents/guardians of the girls in your troop
    • Notify the parents of the date, time and location of the meeting
    • Tell each parent to bring emergency contact and medical information for their daughter, so they can complete a Health History form for their daughter.
  • Create a meeting outline that will include the dates, times and activities for each of your 6-8 meetings.  Here is an example
    • 4.15.14, First Meeting: 
      • Meet with parents and girls and make introductions. 
      • Explain what activities you’ll be completing with the girls
      • Ask the parents to complete the Health History forms
      • Share the supply list with the parents and explain that they will be responsible for providing specific items from that list (they should bring those items to the next meeting)
      • Share the meeting dates with everyone and secure volunteers to attend future meetings. 
      • Remember, the girls will be at this meeting.  Think about providing an age appropriate activity and a light snack for the girls while the adult portion of the meeting is taking place.
    • 4.22.14, Second Meeting: 
      • Store all supplies from parents 
      • Conduct an opening with the girls and explain why they do a meeting opening
      • Teach the girls the Girl Scout Promise, the Girl Scout Law, the Girl Scout Sign and the story of Juliette Low. 
      • Have each girl create a name tag and introduce one another and play a “get to know you” game 
      • Discuss the Journey sessions with the girls to find out what they like the most.  Conduct friendship circle to ‘close’ the meeting
    • 4.29.14 Third Meeting: 
      • Opening and snack (if you like)
      • Complete a Journey session, complete with Active Discussion and Hands-On Activity. 
      • End meeting with a closing.
    • 5.6.14 Fourth Meeting: 
      • Opening and snack (if you like)
      • Complete a Journey session, complete with Active Discussion and Hands-On Activity
      • End meeting with a closing
    • 5.13.14 Fifth Meeting: 
      • Opening and snack (if you like)
      • Complete a Journey session, complete with Active Discussion and Hands-On Activity 
      • End meeting with a closing
    • 5.20.14 Sixth Meeting/Possible Last Meeting: 
      • Opening and snack (if you like)
      • Complete a Journey session, complete with Active Discussion and Hands-On Activity
      • End meeting with a closing  

If this is the LAST meeting, you could have a small celebration, presenting the girls with the completed awards they earned over the last 5 meetings.  If you’d like to continue through with two more meetings, complete additional Journey Sessions and then hold the celebration and award ceremony.

Step 5:
Once you have completed your Journey with your Time for Girl Scout Troop, if you’re interested in continuing as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, discuss the possibility of continuing on with the parents/guardians.  If you’re not able to continue at this time, inform the parents/guardians of when the next “start-up” time will be for the troop to convene again or who to contact about traditional troop or Girl Scout opportunities.