#7 Components of a Girl Scout Junior Meeting (continued)
- Be prepared: Set up materials, make sure all adults involved know their roles at the meeting.
- Pre-Meeting Activity: Allow girls to learn to work independently, gives leaders a chance to great each girl and family members. Puzzles, hand crafts or just let the girls talk about the days events.
- Connect with Each Girl: Take the time to greet each girl and develop a relationship with each girl. If the girls are full of energy or in a talkative mood, you may want to save that quiet activity for another time.
- Establish Routines: Lets girls know what to expect, and gives them ownership of their meeting. Use Kaper Charts, let them know where things are kept, off limit areas, etc. Let the girls develop their own ideas for troop routines. Let the girls make their team rules.
- Opening Ceremony: Single flag ceremonies, group cheers, singing favorite songs, reciting the Promise and Law, etc. Use kapers to involve girls in planning the opening ceremony.
- Business: Involve the girls in deciding and planning their troop
- Snack Time: Girls can take turns brining the snack, and passing them out. This should be an enjoyable and informal time when the girls can relax and enjoy being together.
- Clean Up: Clean up is a troop responsibility. All of the girls should help with the clean up, and one or two girls can be assigned as checkers on the kaper chart.
- Closing Ceremony: Friendship circle and squeeze, say good-bye in other languages, group hug, sing a song, etc. Use kapers to involve the girls in planning.
- Goodbye: Make sure to learn who is responsible for picking up each girl.
Your daughter has brought home the Junior Troop Snack Bucket. Please send it back with your daughter to our next meeting with enough healthy snacks for _____girls. Girls in our troop are allergic to: ________________________________________________
Helping Hands – attach some gloves to a ribbon and let girls with “clean up” as a kaper wear these around their shoulders. OR, trace hands on heavy paper and cut out, staple to some yarn.