for our Cadette troop. Patricia
recently went to a training in preparation for the older Girl Scout
years. There are many. We hope to have a Parent meeting later this Spring
to share the different opportunities that are available to the older
scout. With the girls going to different Middle Schools and new after
school activities, we will have to decide on best time and frequency
of meetings. Obviously, after school will not be an option for many.
Place and Time:
We will meet at the Gullett playground picnic tables. We realize that
many of you serve on Gullett's Safety Patrol. Arrive as soon after your
duty and backpack retrieval for snack. The formal meeting will begin
at 3:15 p.m. This year we will strive to end the meeting promptly at
4:45 pm so that we can leave Gullett by 5:00 p.m. Please make arrangements
with a friend if your pickup will be delayed or talk to Patricia if
you have special circumstances for an after 5:00 pm pick-up.
Please bring scout books to each meeting; be sure your name is on your
books. Those girls who went to camp or worked on badges during the summer
need to bring the records of their badge work. If they complete badge
requirements at home, a parent needs to sign the requirement in the
Badge Book, then the girls can show this to Sandra at the meetings and
she'll record it. Six requirements must be completed to earn a badge.
The girls have opted to collect $20.00 in lump sum for their meeting
dues this year. They didn't want to have to remember dues for each meeting.
The troop will accept unused Cookie Credits (they expire 12/1/04), cash
or check. The dues are to come from the girls efforts. They have been
asked to help with extra chores to earn the money. This year the Treasurer
will send out reminders.
There will be 3 patrols, each with a patrol leader (PL). There will
also be a troop treasurer. The PL's and the treasurer will each serve
for half a year. This year, to involve the girls more in decision making,
Patricia plans to meet with the patrol leaders briefly one afternoon
after each meeting (after school until approximately 3:30 pm) to discuss
agenda items for the next meeting.
These can be purchased at the Council shop at 7537 Cameron Rd., or online
A troop shirt was handed out at our first meeting on 9/2. If your daughter
earned cookie credits, these can be used for purchases at the shop.
If you need financial assistance, let Sandra know and we can apply through
the council. So, your shopping list is:
Identification Set (goes on the sash)
numbers (1157, goes on the sash)
insignia tab (this is optional to hold the pins, or the pins can go
directly on the shirt)
skort, shorts, or culottes (any style in green)
Handbook (page 15 shows where everything goes on the sash and uniform)
Goals and Awards:
There are four program goals:
first program goal is for you to become the very best person you can.
You should feel good about yourself and your accomplishments, be able
to try new activities and be open to new challenges, and use your
talents and skills in new ways.
second program goal is for you to respect other people, build strong
friendships, and to learn to understand and appreciate people who
are different from yourself.
third program goal is for you to build your own set of values that
will help you to make decisions and that will guide your actions.
fourth program goal is for you to build leadership skills and to contribute
to your society by helping other people.
level of awards is the Badge. There are well over 100 different badges
to work on; these are all explained in the Badgebook. To earn a badge
you must complete six different activities. THOSE GIRLS GOING TO GIRL
SCOUT SUMMER CAMPS WILL GET A SHEET WITH THE BADGE REQUIREMENTS THEY
HAVE COMPLETED CHECKED OFF. RETURN THESE SHEETS TO A LEADER IN THE FALL
SO WE CAN AWARD THE BADGES YOU HAVE EARNED.
of the Junior Girl Scout Awards are explained at the end of the Handbook
(starting on page 189). There are four Signs, one to correlate with
each program goal listed above. There are five steps to complete each
Sign, such as earning a complimentary badge, completing activities in
the handbook, and so forth. There are two leadership awards: The Junior
Aide Award and Junior Girl Scout Leadership Award. There are several
steps to completing these awards, which help to build leadership skills.
As the girls complete the steps toward these awards, they write in their
books what they have done and learned, then they bring their book to
a leader to be signed off. The final and highest award at the Junior
level is the Bronze Award. Earning badges, signs, and leadership awards
are the prerequisites for the Bronze award, which also requires a service
project of at least 15 hours (7-8 hours of planning, and 7-8 hours of
execution). The Bronze Award can be completed individually or as a group
project. If it is a group project it must be something that each girl
can take charge of a portion of, and each girl needs to contribute 15
hours of work. Girls do not have to earn the Bronze Award to participate
in the troop. If they want to earn this award, they need to set that
goal and work toward it because it wont just happen by itself.
Please provide for 11 girls. Snacks should be individually bagged for
each girl (with the size of our troop this is necessary to eliminate
girl squabbles and leader headaches & madness). Snacks should be
healthful items; fruits, veggies, crackers, cheese, yogurt, granola
bars, trail mix, etc. Water is provided at each meeting, so drinks are
NOT necessary. Refer to the snack assignment list (or ask Patricia)
to find out when you are scheduled to provide snacks.
Participation: Parent participation is needed at each troop
meeting. Patricia and Sandra will be at each meeting, and we need one
more parent so we have 3 adults. If everyone does one meeting during
the year (mom or dad) we are covered. We'd also like all the parents
to think of what skills they may be able bring to these meetings, i.e.
sewing, gardening, pocket knife skills, camping skills, wood working,
outdoor or indoor cooking, collecting, acting, dance, art projects,
science projects, community service projects. Please let Sandra or Patricia
know which meeting you'd like to help with, and any skills you'd like
Travel Fund: We have established individual girl Troop
Travel Fund accounts to begin saving for more elaborate travel in the
middle school years. You may have heard you daughter speak about this.
At the last meeting each girl was handed a private statement of amount
in her fund. The Court of Honor voted on the best way to come up with
a fair figure. The statement includes the formula used to compute the
amount. If you have any questions about this, contact Patricia. The
troop will vote on the percentage of profit from Fall Product sales
that will be deposited into these accounts after the sale is over.
Our troop has it's own bank account. Checks to the troop should be made
payable to Girl Scout Troop 1157.