Girl Scout Week Activity Ideas
Throw a Birthday Party
- Invite friends to a Birthday Party themed Troop Meeting.
- Have a Girl Scout birthday cake & balloons with Girl Scout songs & games to share what Girl Scouts is all about.
- Have a special rededication ceremony.
Try a new activity each day during this week:
Sunday - GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY
Today is the perfect time to honor one’s faith. Attend a religious service. Think about earning your My Promise, My Faith pin. Learn more about faiths different from your own.
Monday - Celebrate Girl Scout's Birthday!
Celebrate National Girl Scout day by reconnecting with the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Learn more about Girl Scout history and our founder, Juliette Gordon Low; you could even hold a Girl Scout birthday party – we’re 106 this year!
Tuesday - Be an Innovator
Be an innovator and explore science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM)! You could create a fun project through Made with Code, meeting challenges head on and exploring new solutions.Do a service project.
Wednesday - Be a Risk-taker
Be a smart risk-taker and step out of your comfort zone. Get outside and explore or take action to protect the environment. Try a new outdoor activity from our Outdoors Challenge with family or friends. Sign-up for a Girl Scout camp – or plan your own outdoor adventure.Do at least 30 minutes of exercise.
Thursday - Be a Leader and show people you care!
Commit “random acts of kindness” all day long. Be a good friend. Volunteer or donate to charity. Hold the door open for someone. Show the world your smile!Learn about a country you would like to visit and prepare a meal from that country.
Friday – Become Civically Engaged
Saturday - Be a Go-getter and take action!
You might launch a community service project or work toward your Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold award.
- Do a science project that explores the environment.
- Plant a vegetable, flower or herb in a pot to enjoy.
- Identify three different plants in your neighborhood.
- Play games outside for at least 30 minutes.
- Learn about ways to protect the enviroment through conservation and ecology.
STORY OF JULIETTE LOW
Bring the story of Juliette to life by preparing an interactive reading of the "Juliette Low Album," which is found on pages 8-11 of the Brownie Girl Scout Handbook. Before reading the story, give each girl one item that represent parts of the story. Then animatedly start to read the story.
Pause at the point where an item is represented, and ask the girl who is holding the item to display it to the group.
Items needed: a United States map (Juliette was born in Savannah, Georgia), a paintbrush (to illustrate that Juliette loved the arts), pieces of taffy to hand out (Juliette famously got taffy stuck in her hair), a Brownie who is the second oldest child in her family (like Juliette), a small plastic bag filled with rice (an accident with rice caused part of Low's deafness), a first aid kit (Juliette's first U.S. troop learned first aid), basketball (her first troop also played basketball), a book and a pencil (to demonstrate when Juliette wrote the Girl Scout handbook), any other items that the leader feels appropriate, to match the number of girls present.
TRY OUT THE ORIGINAL GIRL SCOUT COOKIE RECIPE FROM 1922!
- 1 cup of butter, or substitute
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
Cream butter and sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, flavoring, flour, and baking powder. Roll thin and bake in quick oven. (Sprinkle sugar on top.)
This amount makes six to seven dozen.
Modern-day tips (not part of the original recipe): Refrigerate batter for at least one hour before rolling and cutting cookies. Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
SNACKS THAT GIRL SCOUTS WOULD HAVE EATEN IN THE PAST
Easy, Easy Old fashioned Doughnuts
Ingredients: 2-4 tubes of can buttermilk or homestyle biscuits, Confectioners' sugar, Cinnamon, Granulated sugar, vegetable oil for frying, a candy/oil thermometer (optional, but VERY useful), tiny round cookie cutter, stainless steel tongs, cookie sheets lightly sprayed with cooking spray, paper towel, plates
Directions: Remove biscuits from tubes and place on sprayed cookie sheet. Using a tiny 1 inch round cookie cutter, (or a clean medicine cup that comes with children's pain reliever) press down in the middle of each biscuit until it cuts through the dough. Remove hole and set aside on a cookie sheet. While preparing doughnuts, heat oil in a fryer or on top of the stove in a large pan until oil is 370 degrees. Place 3 or 4 doughnuts at a time in the oil, watching carefully. When the bottom is golden brown, flip over with the tongs, to fry the other side. Remove doughnuts to a cookie sheet lined with paper towel. Allow to drain/cool just for one minute or so then drop in coating. When coated remove to a plate. The "holes" can be done last. Coatings: We used plain confectioners' sugar, and cinnamon mixed with granulated sugar until light brown in color.
Molasses Drop Cookies
Ingredients: 2 cups flour, 2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. each ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, 1/4 cup molasses, 1 cup brown sugar, packed, 1 stick margarine, 1egg
Directions: Mix sugar, margarine and egg. Sift dry ingredients and add to sugar mixture. Form into small balls, dip in sugar and place on greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
Cookie ingredients: 2 cups all purpose flour, 2/3 cup cocoa, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup hot water, 2/3 cup milk, 1/2 cup hot water, 2/3 cup milk, 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg
Frosting ingredients: 1/4 cup butter, softened, 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 cups powdered sugar, 3-4 tbsp milk,
Directions: Heat the over to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour and the cocoa; set them aside. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the hot water, then add milk and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and beat another minute. Mix in half of the dry ingredients, then half of the wet; repeat. Drop batter by heaping teaspoons, about 2 inches apart, on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake
for 8 minutes. Cool thoroughly.
Make the frosting: Meanwhile, make the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, shortening, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar, beating until fluffy. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the frosting has a creamy consistency. Spoon frosting into a sealable plastic bag, seal and cut one corner off. Put it All Together: Fill the center of two cookies with frosting by simply squeezing the bag.
Makes 2 dozen.
Sugarless No-Cook Apple Dessert
Ingredients: Cooking apples, Condensed milk, Orange juice, Nuts or grated chocolate
Directions: Grate raw cooking apple. Whip together with the condensed milk. Add a little orange juice. Arrange in dishes with nuts or grated chocolate on top.
SONGS & SINGING GAMES FROM A PRIOR TIME PERIOD
From the 1950 Leaders guide to the Brownie Girl Scout Program
Singing games are popular and easy to play. Use those you are probably familiar with such as A Tisket, A Tasket, Farmer In The Dell, In-and-Out the Window, London Bridge, Looby Loo, Pop Goes the Weasel
BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO (DAISY, DAISY)
Daisy, Daisy, give me you answer true.
I'm half-crazy all for the love of you.
It won't be a stylish marriage, I can't afford a carriage;
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
of a bicycle built for two.
Henry, Henry, here is your answer true;
I'm not crazy over the likes of you.
If YOU can't afford a carriage, forget about the marriage;
'Cause I won't be jammed, I won't be crammed
on a bicycle built for two.
HOME ON THE RANGE
Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.
Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day
INVESTIGATE MANNERS AND SAYINGS FROM A DIFFERENT DECADE
Do an activity from the 1951 Brownie Scout Handbook
- Learn how to introduce people, how to receive guest, how to serve refreshments
- Learn how to set the table correctly, how to wash dishes, how to make a bed
- Plan a party with the troop and help carry out the plans
- Learn how to press your hair ribbons and to iron an apron
- Learn how to make sandwiches, lemonade, cocoa, gingerbread, a good stew.
- Prepare and pack your lunch for school, a hike or a picnic
- Learn how to use a recipe in a cookbook
- Learn how to clean the stove and the refrigerator.
DO A SERVICE PROJECT THAT GIRLS WOULD HAVE DONE
Do an activity from the 1950 Leader’s Guide to the Brownie Scout Program
Remember that the best service project for Brownie Scouts are those undertaken by the troop and carried out at troop meetings.
- Talk about and list the services we get from the community. Discuss what Brownie Girl Scouts can do in return and let them talk about the responsibility of being good citizens.
- Develop an activity or project out of the above discussion
- Learn something about the agencies in the community that give service and what the
- Brownie troop can do to help.
- List the people the girls know in their own neighborhood that they might help, old people or shut-ins or a sick child. Discuss what they might do.
- Plan Saturday morning play periods for the children in the neighborhood, let the girls practice in the troop games they can play or give each other ideas of things they can do to entertain the children.
- Visit a retirement home to play and sing, sometimes taking flowers or perhaps special gifts they have made.
- Make cakes or cookies, or candy to be given to someone or served at a party for others.
- Make pomanders as gifts.
- Take part in any national or local Girl Scout service project that fits into the troop program.
- Include in troop activities any local community interest such as a home safety campaign, a Clean-Up-The-Town Week, or a conservation project.
COMPLETE REQUIREMENTS FROM THE 1920 SCOUTING FOR GIRLS BOOK
Are these steps still in use today? Which badges can these requirements be found in?
Requirements for Ranks:
1. What are the Girl Scout Promise, Laws and Motto? What must a Girl Scout do every day?
2. Demonstrate the Girl Scout sign and salute. When do Girl Scouts do these?
3. Give Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. What does the flag stand for? Show how the flag should be used.
4. What are the words of the first and last stanzas of the Star Spangled Banner?
5. Give the full name of the President of the United States; the governor of your state; the highest city or town official where you live.
6. Tie the square knot, bowline, clove hitch, and sheepshank knots and demonstrate the use of each.
7. Tell the story of one animal pet (if you do not have an animal pet, tell the story of any live thing you have watched).
8. Tell four woodcraft signs.
9. Present a record that you have saved or earned enough money to buy some part of the Girl Scout uniform or insignia, or pay registration fee.
GIRL SCOUT FASHION SHOW
Plan a fashion show about Girl Scouts. Include old and new uniforms. Find out about the history of our council, uniforms through the ages and interview the museum person? Look at some books and do an activity form one of the old books.