Tips for Junior Leaders

It’s a good idea to hold a parent meeting in September/October where the girls can socialize over pizza while you can:

– collect annual dues (most troops ask for $150-200)
– give parents a list of meeting dates and trips
– get parent volunteers for Annual Giving, Cookie Sales, QSP
– get signed permission forms for any planned trips
– get updated medical forms
As the girls are older, you may chose to meet in the GSH at a time which works for your troop.
Visit this site to reserve the Girl Scout House

Training

Remember at least one leader for each troop must have current First Aid/CPR, or be a medical professional. At least one leader must have Overnight Indoor Training (OIT) to go on any overnight at a museum sleepover or a girl scout house or cabin.

At least one leader must have Overnight Outdoor Training (OOT) to go tent camping. No exceptions!!!!! Get trained THIS YEAR. It is valid forever.

 

Plan your year

Juniors wear a green vest or sash.  The GSHH shop in Pleasantville sells Junior Starter kits.
Juniors can earn badges.  There are also Junior Journeys you can do with your troop.
For a great overview and planning guide, check out this Suggested Year Plan
GSHH also runs age-specific programs.  See the link to My GS top right.

Bronze Award

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award girls in grades 4-5 can earn. It requires each girl to learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. Working towards this award demonstrates her commitment to helping others, improving her community and the world, and becoming the best she can be.

This award is handled entirely in the Girl Scout service unit. Troop leaders or advisors will decide if a girl has fulfilled the requirements and chosen an appropriate project. A girl guide and an adult guide are available to assist troops through the process.

Leaders can purchase the Girl Scout Bronze Award in the GSHH shop and present it to their girls at their own special ceremony

Good local trips for Juniors

Cranberry Lake (more challenging hikes for older girls and they do lots of scout programs). Ask for Faro.  http://parks.westchestergov.com/cranberry-lake

Science Barge: Not the best neighborhood, but lots of fun. http://www.groundworkhv.org/programs/science-barge/visit/

Sony Wonders Technology Lab: (Different and FREE! in NYC) http://www.sonywondertechlab.com/

American Museum of Natural History Sleep Over: This is too expensive for the SEGS sleepover, but you could do it with your troop and parents together.  http://www.amnh.org/plan-your-visit/amnh-sleepovers

Students Live programs on Broadway:  http://www.studentslive.net/programs.php