The Girl Scout Ways Try-It is one that should be completed near the beginning of the first year of Brownies. This contains all the essentials every Brownie needs to know to be a real Girl Scout. You can gather your troop together for an evening or afternoon of fun all the while learning about Girl Scouts and earning this Try-It.
The basis of the activities in this Try-It is to learn about things all Girl Scouts know about such as S’mores, Sit-Upons, and signs and traditions. This can all be learned in an evening after school or spend a whole afternoon on it during the weekend for even more fun. The most important thing to remember before beginning this is to “Be Prepared” as the Girl Scout motto tells us. In order to do this, make sure you set up your time frames for completing the activities so that they can all be accomplished.
To earn a Try-It, the girls must complete four activities. This Try-It should be done at a campsite or outdoors at someones house who can have a fire. The first thing to do is to work on the sit-upon.
1. Gather newspapers or old fabrics to make stuffing. They will also need some type of water proof material such as a plastic tablecloth or an old shower curtain.
2. Each girl needs to cut 2 squares big enough to sit on out of the waterproof material.
3. Layer the middle of the squares with enough newspaper or fabrics to make a cushion.
4. If the girls can sew well enough, they can sew the two pieces together or you can use extra strong glue or fabric glue to keep the pieces together.
5. For an extra piece, you can add an additional length of yarn to one end to crate a carrying strap. (This comes in useful if the girls attend camps.)
While the sit-upon is drying, you can begin the campfire. Teach the girls how to create a proper fire and light it safely. Make sure they are all wearing proper head covering. As the flames are beginning to grow, you can begin the next step, which is “Special Girl Scout Ways.”
Special Girl Scout Ways
There are some traditions passed through time that girls everywhere still do every time they see each other or get together. Teach the girls these things and have them practice with each other. Make it a practice to do these at every meeting as well so that the girls can remember them.
1. Girl Scout Handshake
2. Girl Scout Sign
3. Quiet Sign
4. Friendship Circle
5. Friendship Squeeze
Once the fire is going and the girls have practiced their special signs and traditions, it is time to make S’mores! I am sure most girls have had them before, but this is a great way to be together while enjoying a yummy snack!
After the S’mores are made and the girls are enjoying them, you can work on the final part of the Try-It.
The Girl Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” Discuss situations with the girls and what they need to do to “be prepared” for the situations.
Here are some example situations:
2. House fire
3. Sibling fell outside
4. Road trip
5. Power goes out at home
6. A cut finger or other injury
7. Any personal experience the girls can relate too
Add these elements together with some girls and fresh outdoor air and this Try-It is sure to be a fun one to earn!
For information on the signs and traditions of Girl Scouts, visit your local Girl Scout web page or the Girl Scouts of USA site at: www.girlscouts.org