If your a Junior leader struggling to figure out what to do for the Agent of Change Journey this post is exactly what your looking for. Today I want to share with you some great activities to do with your girls while working on Journey.
BADGE IN BAG – Take the planning out of it.
If you’re like me, it is hard to find time to plan for Girl Scout meetings, let alone try to figure out how to make Journey books fun. Makingfriends.com has Badge in a Bag® Kits that make planning almost a moot point. If your planning on doing the Agent of Change Journey, make sure to purchase the Junior Girl Power Journey Badge In A Bag® kit. It is packed with hands-on activities to make your Girl Scout Journey a fun, positive experience for your girls AND a stress-free, memorable experience for you.
I always like to add a few extra things to go along with the kits. Below are some activities you can mix into to the Journey Badge in a Bag®. Add a take action project at the end and then you’re done. What could be easier than that?
Activities to add to each section of Journey
The Power of Girls
Print off and cut out word poetry and clear an open space at your meeting location and mark a line down the middle with tape. Have all the girls stand single-file along the marked line. Designate one side of the line as “Agree!” and the other side as “Disagree!” Read the statements below aloud to the girls. Direct girls to jump to the “Agree!” side of the line if they think the statement is a good definition or example of power, and to jump to the “Disagree!” side of the line if they don’t think the statement is a good definition or example of power. If girls’ responses differ, ask them for reasons and explanations.
- Power is telling other people what to do.
- Only adults can be powerful.
- Being part of a team is powerful.
- Power is when you work to solve problems.
- Skills and talents are powers.
- Power is when you teach someone to do something.
- Power is forcing other people to act or think a certain way.
- Power is making a difference.
- Kids like me don’t have any power.
- Expressing an opinion is a powerful act
Discovering your Girl Powers
Discovering My Power
It takes strength, skill, know-how, patience and all sorts of other qualities to do something well. Everyone, famous or not, has a special blend of qualities that give them the power to do good things. Ask the girls to think about their own powerful qualities. Give each girl an index card and have the girls write their name vertically down the page on the left side. Now have the girls think about powerful qualities, skills, or interests they possess, and what good they can do with those powers. They should think of one quality per letter of their name and write along side the letters. For example:
- Thoughtful—I can use my thoughtfulness to help others
- Energetic—Even when something is hard to do, I am persistent and keep trying
- Smart—I can use my intelligence to help solve problems
- Social—I can be kind and helpful to my friends
- Animal-lover—I can help animals by spending time with them at the shelter
When they are finished with there cards, everyone share and then place in their scrapbook.
Dez’s Web of Friends
You will need a ball of yarn. Girls sit in circle, hand the ball of yarn to one girl and ask her to list a power that she brings to the team, for example: “I am good at motivating other people,”. Once the first girl has spoken, she holds the thread end of the yarn and tosses the ball to another girl unwinding the yarn and when tossing says “What about you?” The second girl states a power that she adds to the team, and then tosses the ball of yarn while still holding part of the thread, and so on around the circle. Once all the girls have had a chance to share point out that the yarn has formed a web. Connecting all the girls and symbolizing the team’s strength and power.
I am a Leader
Ask the girls to brainstorm the qualities of a leader. Ask them to think about the personal qualities they have that make them a good leader, and qualities they don’t yet have but would like to develop to become an even better leader. Distribute the I am Leader 4 x 6 papers (click picture to print your own I am Leader girls) and magazines. Direct girls to look through the magazines and find words, phrases, and pictures that represent the leadership qualities they already have. Have girls affix those items inside their “Me” outlines. Next, direct girls to look through magazines and find words, phrases and pictures that represent leadership qualities they don’t yet have but would like to develop. Have girls affix those items to the page surrounding their “Me” outlines. After the girls are finished, have them share their “I Am A Leader” collages. When dry, put into scrapbooks that are in Badge in Bag® Journey Kit.
The Power of a Team
Work as team to keep balloons up in air. Blow up six balloons, start out with one balloon. Keep it up then slowly add another balloon, until there are six balloons in see how long they can keep them up as a group. After trying once – let girls come up with a strategy to keep the balloons up. When done, explain to girls how it is easier to accomplish things when you work as a team and divide up the tasks necessary to complete task.