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  • Welcome to Girl Scout Cadettes

    A Guide for Girl Scout Cadette Leaders

  • Welcome to Girl Scout Cadettes! Thank you for volunteering with Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes! Whether you are a new leader or a returning leader, you are probably curious about how to organize a Cadette Girl Scout troop. This guide will explain the basics of the Girl Scout Cadette program, and show you a glimpse of what Girl Scout Cadettes are capable of accomplishing! Through your leadership and willingness to volunteer, girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will have the opportunity to learn about themselves, build new friendships, and make the world a better place.

    The Foundation of Girl Scouting

    Promise and Law The Girl Scout program is fun with purpose! It is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law that generations of girls have followed. All Girl Scout membersgirls and adultsaccept the Promise and Law upon joining.

    Girl Scout Promise On my honor, I will try: To serve God* and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law. *Individuals are free to substitute their own wording for God that best reflects their spiritual beliefs.

    Girl Scout Law I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

    Girl Scout Mission Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

    Girl Scout Leadership Experience There are three components that make up the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE): the three keys to leadership, the 15 leadership outcomes, and finally the three Girl Scout processes.

    Three Keys to Leadership The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) defines three keys to leadership: discover, connect, and take action. When girls discover their interests and values, connect with others, and take action in their communities, they are on a path toward leadership. The section below highlights our leadership model. Our girl-focused activities and methods lead to life-long skills and outcomes. Dont feel you need to master all of these concepts before your first meeting. What you will learn through experience is that, in many cases, these concepts will occur naturally in your troop. Discover Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world Connect Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally Take action Girls act to make the world a better place Simply stated, any troop activity you plan should apply one or more of these keys to ensure girls are learning the values of leadership throughout their Girl Scout experience. Do the activities allow girls to discover something about themselves or the world around them (new skills, hobbies, careers, etc.)? Are girls able to connect with others in

  • their troop or learn something new from someone in their community? Are girls able to use what they learn in Girl Scout to do something (big or small!) to make the world a better place? The Five Outcomes In addition to the three keys, we aspire toward 5 leadership outcomes, which girls should achieve during their time in Girl Scouts. By adding these new skills, values, behaviors, knowledge, and attitudes to their lives, girls are on their way toward effective, positive leadership. Girl Scout Leadership Experience Outcomes

    1. Girls develop a strong sense of self. 2. Girls develop positive values. 3. Girls seek challenges. 4. Girls develop healthy relationships. 5. Girls develop problem solving skills, to benefit their communities.

    Three Girl Scout Processes The final component of the GSLE is about three processes that engage girls in what they are doing. How girls learn and grow in Girl Scouts is just as important as what they are learning. As girls engage in these three processes, they are given a sense of ownership over their Girl Scouts experience and building confidence and working well with others. Girl-led A girl-led approach to Girl Scouting allows girls to take a leadership role in the troop. It can be

    as simple as taking attendance, planning an activity, or leading a song. Learning by doing When girls are engaged in hands-on activities, they will have a more memorable, meaningful

    experience. Give girls the opportunity to do something themselves or simply get their hands dirty!

    Cooperative learning Cooperation among girls is key! Have girls work in groups to solve a problem or complete a project.

  • Understanding Healthy Development for Girl Scout Cadettes

    Just being attentive to what girls are experiencing as they mature is a big help to girls. So, take some time to understand the likes, needs, and abilities of girls at the Girl Scout Cadette level. As you listen and learn along with girls, you may find it useful to review the highlights of their development. What follows are the developmental abilities and needs of girls at the 6 th, 7 th, and 8th grade levels. Youll also find these listed in the adult guide of each leadership journey, along with tips for how to make the most of them as you guide and partner with girls. Of course, each girl is an individual, so these are only guidelines that help you get to know the girls.

    Girl Scout Cadettes

    At the Girl Scout Cadette level (sixth, seventh, and eighth grades), girls . . .

    This means . . .

    Are going through puberty, including changes in their skin, body-shape, and weight. Theyre also starting their menstrual cycles and have occasional shifts in mood.

    Being sensitive to the many changes Cadettes are undergoing - and acknowledging that these changes are as normal as growing taller! Girls need time to adapt to their changing bodies, and their feelings about their bodies may not keep up. Reinforce that, as with everything else, people go through puberty in different ways and at different times.

    Are starting to spend more time in peer groups than with their families and are very concerned about friends and relationships with others their age.

    That girls will enjoy teaming-up in small or large groups for art projects, performances, and written activities, as well as tackling relationship issues through both artistic endeavors and take-action projects.

    Can be very self-conscious - wanting to be like everyone else, but fearing they are unique in their thoughts and feelings.

    Encouraging girls to share, but only when they are comfortable. At this age, they may be more comfortable sharing a piece of artwork or a fictional story than their own words. Throughout the activities, highlight and discuss differences as positive, interesting, and beautiful.

    Are beginning to navigate their increasing independence and expectations from adultsat school and at home.

    Trusting girls to plan and make key decisions, allowing them to experience whats known as fun failure: girls learn from trying something new and making mistakes.

  • Running a Safe Girl Scout Meeting Listed below are the essential building blocks for running a safe Girl Scout meeting. For more details on safety, reference the Safety in Girl Scouting section of Volunteer Essentials, found on the GSNWGL website, under forms. (Search: volunteer essentials) Adult-to-girl ratios: Adult-to-girl ratios in Girl Scouting show the minimum number of Council-approved adults needed to supervise a specific number of girls. These supervision ratios were devised to ensure the safety and health of girls. For example, if one adult has to respond to an emergency, a second adult is always on hand for the rest of the girls. The chart below is helpful to understand the safety ratios involved for both troop meetings and outings for all Girl Scout grade levels.

    Group meetings Events, travel, and camping

    Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for this number of girls:

    Plus, one additional adult for each additional number of this many girls:

    Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for this number of girls:

    Plus, one additional adult for each additional number of this many girls:

    Daisies (K1) 12 6 6 4

    Brownies (23) 20 8 12 6

    Juniors (45) 25 10 16 8

    Cadettes (68) 25 12 20 10

    Seniors (910) 30 15 24 12

    Ambassadors (1112)

    30 15 24 12

    Follow the Girl Scout safety guidelines and safety activity checkpoints: Safety instructions are detailed in the Girl Scout safety guidelines and the safety activity checkpoints. Whether youre going swimming or hiking, or headed to a theme park, please read and follow the safety activity checkpoints for your specific activity. Share them with other volunteers, parents, and girls before engaging in your activities. First aid: Make sure a general first aid kit is available at your meeting place and accompanies girls on any activity (including transportation to and from the activity). Be aware that you may need to provide this kit if a fully stocked one is not available at your meeting site. Healthy history forms: Every girl and adult in your troop should also complete a health history form provided by GSNWGL. A medical emergency can happen at any time, so always be prepared. Carry the emergency procedures card in your wallet for quick access to emergency information. If you havent received one, contact your Member Engagement staff person. First-aider: A first-aider is what Girl Scouts call an adult volunteer who has taken Girl Scout-approved first aid and CPR training which includes specific instructions for both adult and child CPR. Activities may take place in a variety of locations, which is why first-aid requirements are based on the remoteness of the activity location, as noted in the Safety Activity Checkpoints for that activity.

  • Girl Scout Cadette Resources There are many resources available for you to use with your Girl Scout Cadettes. Below are a few that will help you get started and create the experience that is right for your girls.

    The Girls Guide to Girl Scouting The Girls Guide to Girl Scouting is our primary program resource for girls. This resource book contains all the criteria for earning many of the badges Girl Scouting is famous for,

    but it also includes much more! Each guide contains:

    A colorful, easy-to-use binder specially designed for girls at each level. The binder comes chock full of essential information and badge activitiesplus girls get to customize their own experience by choosing and adding in additional badge sets.

    Legacy, Financial Literacy, and Cookie Business badge activities. A detailed diagram showing where girls place the badges, pins, or awards with

    pride on their vests or sashes.

    Ideas to help girls tie their badges right into their Journeys. Vintage illustrations and quotes from Girl Scout history to help girls feel connected to the proud traditions of

    the past.

    An awards log showing girls every award and badge available at their level, as well as the entire badge program at every level, so girls can see how their skills will grow in Girl Scouting.

    Criteria for other Cadette level girl awards and leadership opportunities, such as the My Promise/My Faith Award, and earning the Silver Award.

    If girls wish to earn even more badges than those included in the Girls Guides, additional badge activity sets are also

    available, covering a wide array of topics and skill building activities.

    For a complete listing of all available Cadette badges and Awards, check out the Cadette Award record form, included

    in this booklet.

    It is considered a best practice that all girls in the troop have their own books. This way, they can work on additional badges or criteria outside of the troop meetings, share projects with their families, and have a keepsake and record of their Girl Scout Experience.

    Girl Scout Journeys Journeys are a coordinated series of activities grouped around a theme. The activities included in the Journey guides may be done by troops, groups, by individually registered girls, or as part of larger program events. A troop/group could follow the sample sessions included in the book, or choose only specific pieces selected by the girls. Girls may select whichever Journey interests them most!

    Its Your World Change It! aMAZE Journey During this Journey, Girl Scout Cadettes may earn the following awards:

    The Interact Award: Girls will try small and positive new ways of interacting in their daily lives.

    The Diplomat Award: Girls will demonstrate that they can use something they have learned about relationships to design and implement a project that benefits others.

    The Peacemaker Award: Girls will earn the Peacemaker Award at the end of the Journey by reviewing all the tools they've collected and making a commitment about how they will continue using them throughout their lives.

  • Journey Side Trip Ideas Expand on the theme of Its Your World - Change It! by trying one or more of these activity ideas.

    Visit a restaurant or store owned by a person from another country Go to a debate Go to a mall or fair and observe how people get along On World Thinking Day, reflect on how girls and women around the world are creating peace Make and swap friendship bracelets or pins

    Girl Scout Cadettes also have an opportunity to earn an award by taking a leadership role with Girl Scout Brownies.

    Girl Scout Cadette Brownie Quest LiA (Leader in Action): The LiA encourages Cadettes to be key assistants on a Brownie teams Brownie Quest journey.

    Its Your Planet Love It! Breathe! Journey During this Journey girls may earn the following awards:

    Aware: Girls will keep an air log, identify two experts who can guide them to greater air awareness, increase their awareness about the issues that impact Earths air. They will choose an air issue they want to act on together.

    Alert: Girls will choose an Air Care Team (ACT) they would like to educate and inspire. They will decide what to ask their Air Care Team to do and decide how to reach them to inspire them to act on their air issue.

    Affirm: Girls will gather proof of progress or improvement through their efforts to educate and inspire. They will share the impact with their ACT and maybe even go further.

    Journey Side Trip Ideas Expand on the theme of the Its Your Planet Love It!! by trying one or more of these activity ideas.

    Tour a building or a business using alternative sources of energy Invite a guest speaker to come to your troop meeting to talk about meteorology Visit a planetarium Do a project to encourage people to carpool, bike, or take public transportation to

    work or school

    Girl Scout Cadettes will also have an opportunity to earn an award by taking a leadership role with Girl Scout Brownies.

    Girl Scout Cadette WOW! Wonders of Water LiA (Leadership in Action): The LiA encourages Cadettes to be key assistants on a Brownie team's WOW! Wonders of Water journey.

    Its Your Story Tell It! MEdia Journey During this Journey, girl Scout Cadettes may hear the following awards:

    Monitor Award: Cadettes have taken stock of media in their world and the influence it has

    Influence Award: Cadettes understand the importance of having media reflect the realities of their world

    Cultivate Award: Cadettes have made a personal commitment to cultivate a new perspective on media

  • Journey Side Trip Ideas Expand on the theme of Its Your Story Tell It by trying one or more of these activity ideas.

    Tour a radio station, newspaper office or a television station See a movie Invite a reporter to be a guest speaker at your troop meeting Go for an advertising scavenger hunt; how many different forms of

    advertising did you see? Invite someone who works in the fashion industry to be a guest speaker at

    your troop meeting Girl Scout Cadettes will also have an opportunity to earn an award by taking a leadership role with Girl Scout Brownies.

    Girl Scout Cadette Media LiA (Leadership in Action): The LiA encourages Cadettes to be key assistants on a Brownie teams A World of Girls journey.

    ****Note: New additional program materials were released in the summer/fall of 2017. Details were not available at time of preparation of this document. Please check www.gsnwgl.org or www.girlscouts.org for further details.


  • Girl Scout Cadette Award Record for: _________________________________

    This form is a tool for volunteers. Use the form to keep record of each girls achievement. (The girls can keep record of their achievements in their Girls Guide to Girl Scouting books!) This form is not intended to be displayed or shared with other girls, and does not need to be turned in to the Council.

    aMAZE Journey Awards

    Journey Award Date Completed Date Received The Interact Award The Diplomat Award The Peacemaker Award

    Breathe Journey Awards

    Journey Award Date Completed Date Received Aware Award Alert Award Affirm Award

    Media Journey Award

    Journey Award Date Completed Date Received The Monitor Award The Influence Award The Cultivate Award

    Girl Scout Cadette Legacy Badges

    Badge Requirements Date Completed Date Received Cadette Girl Scout Way 1 2 3 4 5 Comic Artist 1 2 3 4 5 Finding Common Ground 1 2 3 4 5 New Cuisines 1 2 3 4 5 Cadette First Aid 1 2 3 4 5 Good Sportsmanship 1 2 3 4 5 Trees 1 2 3 4 5

    Girl Scout Cadette Financial Literacy Badges

    Badge Requirements Date Completed Date Received Budgeting 1 2 3 4 5 Comparison Shopping 1 2 3 4 5 Financing My Dreams 1 2 3 4 5

    Girl Scout Cadette Cookie Business

    Badge Requirements Date Completed Date Received Business Plan 1 2 3 4 5 Marketing 1 2 3 4 5 Think Big 1 2 3 4 5

  • Girl Scout Junior Award Record, Page 2

    Girl Scout Cadette Skill Building Badges: Its Your World- Change It! Badge Requirements Date Completed Date Received

    Public Speaker 1 2 3 4 5 Eating for Beauty 1 2 3 4 5 Digital Movie Maker 1 2 3 4 5 Screenwriter 1 2 3 4 5 Science of Happiness 1 2 3 4 5

    Girl Scout Cadette Skill Building Badges: Its Your Planet- Love It!

    Badge Requirements Date Completed Date Received Trailblazing 1 2 3 4 5 Babysitter 1 2 3 4 5 Woodworker 1 2 3 4 5 Book Artist 1 2 3 4 5 Special Agent 1 2 3 4 5

    Girl Scout Cadette Skill Building Badges: Its Your Story- Tell It!

    Badge Requirements Date Completed Date Received Animal Helper 1 2 3 4 5 Netiquette 1 2 3 4 5 Night Owl 1 2 3 4 5 Field Day 1 2 3 4 5 Entrepreneur 1 2 3 4 5

    Other Awards for Girl Scout Cadettes Award Steps Date Completed Date Received

    International Friendship Pin Safety Award My Promise My Faith (Year 1) 1 2 3 4 5 My Promise My Faith (Year 2) 1 2 3 4 5 My Promise My Faith (Year 3) 1 2 3 4 5 Global Action Award World Thinking Day Award Cookie Activity Pin Medal of Honor Bronze Cross Cadette Program Aide 1 2 3 Silver Torch Award 1 2 Cadette Community Service Bar Cadette Service to Girl Scouting Bar Cadette Journey Summit Award 1 2 3 Girl Scout Bronze Award 1 2 3 4 5 6 Bridge to Girl Scout Senior Award 1 2

  • Holding a Parent/Guardian Meeting

    If you are a new leader, or you are a starting a new Cadette grade level troop, it is hugely important to develop

    positive relationships with parents immediately. Check out our parent meeting handout.

    If you are a returning leader, or a new leader in a troop where you already know everyone, it is still important to

    reconnect with parents and let them know about the troops plans for the coming year. A successful troop is the

    result of strong parent and leader cooperation and communication. Consider hosting a meeting with girls and

    parents together and get everyone involved in sharing the responsibilities of the troop.

    Troop Meeting Basics Here are some meeting basics for Cadettes. Troop Leader Supply Kit Here are some ideas for a supply kit to keep handy at all troop gatherings. First, find a plastic crate or bin to keep everything you use at your meetings in one convenient place. Also, if an activity falls through at the last minute, you will have some standby supplies to create a new activity. Pens, markers, colored pencils Paper for girls to write down notes or brainstorming ideas, like notebooks, index cards or post-it notes Copies of resources, including a Girls Guide to Cadette Girl Scouts, the Journey workbook you are working on,

    and the adult guide for that Journey A three-ring binder with dividers for the girls records of earned awards, troop calendars, finance documents,

    attendance sheets, and other business items First Aid kit Kaper chart String, ribbon, cardboard, postcards, used greeting cards, and other collage materials Paper for crafts or cards, like construction paper, blank paper, patterned scrapbook paper Glue sticks Tape Scissors Board games and decks of cards

    Six parts of a troop meeting Girl Scout Juniors usually meet for 90 minutes or more. Below is a sample meeting format, which can be changed to meet the needs of each troop. As much as possible, let the girls handle the troop business such as taking attendance and collecting dues. The older the girls get, the more involved they should be in the troop meeting, the troop decisions and the planning for their events. Think of each meeting as having six parts plus an optional snack time, as outlined below. Feel free to structure the meeting in a way that makes sense for you and your Girl Scouts. Dont be afraid to get creative and change it as you and your troop become more comfortable.

    1. Start-up activity (5-10 minutes): As the girls arrive, you may either have a quiet activity set up for them, or just let them visit with each other. It's good for them to giggle and have fun; you want them to become good friends! HINT: If you make this part fun, the girls will tend to be on time.

    What is a kaper chart? A kaper chart is a chart that shows the delegation of tasks and rotations of responsibility day-by-day and/or meal-by-meal. A kaper chart can be a simple, small chart on a sheet of paper or anelaborate chart with lots of decorations. Look for examples on Pinterest! Search Kaper Chart Girl Scouts.

  • 2. Snack (optional): After-school troops may want to have snack right away to give the girls a break from the school day. Evening troops may want to have the snack toward the end of the meeting. Snacks can be as simple as fruit snacks and a juice box. Be aware of food allergies among girls in the troop and plan accordingly.

    3. Opening (5-10 minutes): Invite a girl to call the meeting to order and recite the Girl Scout Promise. Review announcements and the agenda/

    4. Business (5-10 minutes): Discuss the activity planned for the meeting, why youre doing it, what you want the girls to learn from it, how it will be done, etc. Review the kaper chart for tasks or responsibilities. Let the girls complete as many of the business tasks as possible, like attendance, collecting forms, and passing out supplies.

    5. Activity (25-30 minutes): This is the main part of the meeting for the girls. Make sure you have all the supplies needed! This activity should allow the girls to learn and do new things and, above all, have fun!

    6. Cleanup (5-10 minutes): A Girl Scout leaves a place cleaner than she found it. Clean up is the girls responsibility. All the girls should help with the cleanup tasks. Too often, the leaders are left with this job when it should be the girls doing it. A kaper chart will help you divide the tasks among the girls.

    7. Closing (5-10 minutes): Call girls to the Friendship Circle for reminders and last-minute discussion. This is a

    good time to reflect on what the girls learned and to compliment positive behavior. Review instructions for next time if needed. Complete the friendship squeeze to signal the end of the meeting. Other closing activities could be saying goodbye in other languages, or singing a goodbye song. Following the closing, the girls are dismissed.

    Growing with Girls: From Leader to Advisor

    As the girls grow in their Girl Scout leadership skills, adult volunteers must transition from leader to advisor. The

    focus in working with Cadettes is to mentor and foster independence as girls plan their program to discover,

    connect, and take action to make their world a better place. Girls in 6th through 8th grades can develop their

    leadership skills through Journeys, badges, earning the Silver Award, and more!

    Getting girls going in Girl Scout Cadettes can be a balancing act between suggesting things for them to do and taking

    over. Girls of this age dont want (and many times do not need) to be told what to do. The girls themselves must set

    the course for the group to follow. Adult Advisors should only provide the support and encouragement needed to get

    them started on the path!

    As the girls and advisors work together to design their own unique program, keeping the Keys to Leadership in mind

    Discover, Connect, Take Action will provide a framework for a balanced, fun, and meaningful program in which

    girls of middle school age discover their true leadership potential.

    Tips for getting started: Both girls and their parents develop many demands on their time in middle school and high school. A flexible

    schedule and the ability to think outside of the box in planning activities is vital to the continuation of older girls in Girl Scouting.

    Ask the girls how often they want to meet. Let them know how often you are available. If you cant meet weekly, dont disappoint them by letting them

    decide on weekly gatherings before you tell them! Ask them what kinds of things they think would be meaningful and fun to do as a Girl Scout Cadette group. Explore their personal interests and goals. How can these be tied in to troop activities? Be prepared with some suggestions from the Journeys.

  • Discuss what topics they would be most interested in for community field trips and guest speakers. Have a list of topics to get the conversation going. Would they like to invite a business owner, an athletic trainer, a college professor, a cancer researcher, a hotel manager, an artist, a doctor, a police officer? The list is virtually endless. The girls themselves should choose. Adult Advisors may need to mentor the girls in contacting potential community contacts or presenters, but they should do it themselves. It is a good experience, even though it may be scary the first time. The girls will have many contacts with women relatives, friends or neighbors who share their leadership journey with the girls.

    Troop Management and Troop Government Options

    Troop Management A girl and an adult are in partnership when they work together to complete a task, resolve an issue or plan an activity. As the girls grow, the amount of responsibility for these tasks, issues and activities shifts more toward the girls. Foster girl/adult planning by:

    Asking questions, rather than providing answers Guiding, rather than leading Advising, rather than judging Helping a girl to think through a decision, rather than deciding

    for her Leadership skills are the unique thing that we offer to girls in the Girl Scout program strive to find ways to give girls more and more responsibility as you go along. Youll be amazed at what your girls are capable of doing!

    Troop Government Options Patrol System: The Patrol System is the most versatile troop governance system. It consists of small groups called Patrols, and the patrol leaders who gather in a Court of Honor. Patrols: A group of girls who take responsibility for planning and carrying out the activities within the troop/larger group. The girls can group by interest, by choosing numbers or other method and can reorganize from time to time. The ideal size is about 5-8 girls. The Troop decides the term length of each patrol and its leaders. Patrols can choose their own name or their own emblem if they choose. Each Patrol elects a Patrol Leader who is responsible for organizing the patrol. An Assistant Patrol Leader is also a good idea, in the event that the Patrol Leader cannot make a meeting. Most troop business can be handled in these patrols. Attendance and dues can be recorded by the patrols. For any given outing, tasks or chores may be divided up with each patrol responsible for its own work. In order for the troop to run smoothly and as a group, Patrol Leaders should come together periodically (at least once a month) to discuss troop issues and make group decisions. This is called the Court of Honor. A Court of Honor: A Troop decision-making and planning body that represents all the members and is made up of Girl Scout Patrol Leaders and adult leaders. Each patrol gives their input to the Patrol Leader who presents their viewpoint at the Court of Honor. Responsibilities of the Court of Honor include meeting regularly to come up with ideas and plans for patrols to vote on, asks for suggestions from patrols, and sets up kaper charts. The length of time served should be limited so everyone has a chance to serve. The Troop needs to decide ahead of time how suggestions and ideas will be passed on to the committee. The Patrol System can be very successful, but only if the girls are given skills with which to succeed. This system works well in larger troops. Executive Board System: The Executive Board consists of the officers or representatives elected by the Troop. They generally include a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Job descriptions should be agreed upon as well as the duration of office and board responsibilities. It is important, especially at the beginning of self-government, that everyone has the opportunity to participate at some time throughout the year. These board

    Adult Responsibility

    Girl Responsibility

    The Girl/Adult Partnership Model























  • members meet on a regular basis to decide matters for the Troop. Some method needs to be devised for the troop members to give input to the Executive Board. This could be a simple suggestion box at a Troop meeting. This system tends to work well with smaller troops. Town Meeting System: In the Town Meeting System everyone participates in decision making and leadership. A moderator is chosen and guides the girls discussion. A secretary and treasurer may be chosen as well. All of the above are elected by the Troop for a specific time. This generally works well in small groups but can work in large groups if the girls stay on task.

    Girl Scout Cadettes in Multi-Level Troops

    Girl Scout Cadettes may often be members of multi-level troops, with girls of many younger grade levels. This can be

    an opportunity for learning and service, but also a challenge to create a safe space for Girl Scout Cadettes to develop

    their own age-appropriate program with their peers.

    Advisors to multi-level troops can keep the following points in mind to ensure that Girl Scout Cadettes stay and

    thrive in multi-level troops:

    If possible, have one adult (or more) that works specifically with each grade level in the troop. Ensure that Girl Scout Cadettes have time and space to be with their grade level. Ensure safe and confidential space in which Girl Scout Cadettes can share concerns and sensitive issues that

    may not be appropriate in settings with younger girls. Support Girl Scout Cadettes in selecting and participating in activities/Council programs that are just for Girl

    Scout Cadettes. Allow Girl Scout Cadettes to have ownership of projects/activities they develop and implement with younger

    girls. Ensure that the role of Program Aide is just one small part of their activity in the multi-level troop. And most of all ensure that Girl Scout Cadettes are provided the guidance and support needed to work on

    their own achievements and leadership experience journey.

    Girl Scout Cadette Silver Award Have you ever looked around your neighborhood or school and wondered how you could make a change for the better? Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn gives you the chance to show that you are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving your community. Earning the award puts you among an exceptional group of girls who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world.

    Here are the steps youll take to earn your Girl Scout Silver Award: 1. Go on a Girl Scout Cadette journey.

    2. Identify issues you care about.

    3. Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo.

    4. Explore your community.

    5. Pick your Take Action project.

    6. Develop your project.

    7. Make a plan and put it into motion.

    8. Reflect, share your story, and celebrate.

  • Once you complete your journey, the suggested minimum time for earning your Girl Scout Silver Award is 50 hours. These suggested hours are a guide. You can start by planning the time in chunks or dividing it up by the steps.

    As a Girl Scout, you are committed to doing your very best with each step, but how much time per step is different for every Girl Scout. Remember that the hours include the fun and challenges youll share with your Girl Scout Silver Award team. Each step you take toward making a difference in the world around you gives you a great chance to learn and grow, and that will make your award project an amazing one!

    To download the Girl Scout Silver Award information packet, visit our Council website, www.gsnwgl.org.

    If you have additional questions regarding the Girl Scout Silver Award, please contact your local Member Engagement staff member.

  • Other resources from GSNWGL Explore our councils website:


    Get inspiration from our GSNWGL Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/gsnwgl/

    Cadettes love ceremonies. Choose Investiture, Rededication, Scouts Own, Bridge to Seniors, or more! http://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/traditions/ceremonies.html

    For information on troop rental for GSNWGL properties:


    Know the Safety Guidelines and Activity Checkpoints, to plan for outings with girls: On the GSNWGL website, search: safety guidelines OR activity checkpoints

    For answers to everything you ever wanted to know about Girl Scouts, see Volunteer Essentials: On the GSNWGL website, search: volunteer essentials

    Other resources from Girl Scouts of America For ideas for online resources and activities: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/ Pinterest search for photo ideas by grade level or by subject: https://www.pinterest.com/gsusa/ For long-term inspiration to earn the Highest Awards:


    How to do girl-led leadership: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/3-processes-for-girl-scout-volunteers/?ar=girls5_9#/girls5_9/volunteer-



  • Girl Scout Glossary for Cadette Leaders

    Girl Scouting has its own jargon, and there may be times you feel like someone is speaking to you in a different language! Here are some common terms to help you along the way. Badge: Embroidered official recognition awards for Girl Scouts, levels Brownie through Ambassador, to indicate increased knowledge and skill in a particular subject. Buddy system: A safety practice in which girls are paired to keep track of each other. Ceremonies:

    Bridging: The move from one program level of Girl Scouting to the next (e.g. from Girl Scout Daisy to Girl Scout Brownie). Bridging requirements are found in the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting handbook section.

    Court of Awards: A ceremony that can be held any time during the year at which petals, patches, pins, recognitions, and other awards are presented.

    Girl Scouts Own: A quiet inspirational ceremony that has a theme and is planned by Girl Scouts and their leaders.

    Investiture: A special ceremony in which a new member makes her Girl Scout Promise and receives her membership pin.

    Rededication: A formal ceremony for girls or adults, previously invested, to renew the Girl Scout Promise (a good way to start a second year of a Girl Scout grade level).

    Community development (CD) staff member: A GSNWGL staff member who oversees volunteers and girls, and assists with program delivery in an assigned service area. Community organizer: A volunteer who oversees Girl Scouting in a community. Council trainer/facilitator: A volunteer who assists with regional and/or Council-wide trainings and training curriculum development. Customer Care: A team of staff available right away to assist with all your inquiries! Contact them at [email protected] or 888.747.6945.

    Day camp: Camping by the day; may be a single day program or a multiple day program. e-Biz: An online portal to register for Girl Scout membership, Council programs, and volunteer trainings. Friendship Circle: A symbolic gesture in which Girl Scouts form a circle by clasping hands, crossing their right arm over the left. The circle represents the unbroken chain of friendship among Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world. It is often used at a closing ceremony. Fun patches: Optional patches worn on the back of a uniform. These patches are for available for activities or outings (everything from a radio station visit to a pizza party) that are not part of earning an official badge award through the Journeys or the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting. Girl Guides: The original name for Girl Scouts, a term still used in many countries. The name originated in England. Girl Scouts Always Leave a Place Better than They Found It: Unwritten Girl Scout rule. Girl Scouts highest awards: Girl Scout Bronze Award: The highest award a Girl Scout Junior may earn. Girl Scout Silver Award: The highest award a Girl Scout Cadette may earn. Girl Scout Gold Award: The highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may earn, the highest award

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  • Girl Scout handshake: A formal greeting between Girl Scouts. The handshake is done by shaking left hands while giving the Girl Scout sign with the right. Girl Scout holidays: Founders Day: Juliette Gordon Lows birthday, October 31. Girl Scout birthday: March 12, 1912 marks the first Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, GA. Girl Scout Week: An annual celebration during the week of March 12, the Girl Scout birthday. It begins on Girl

    Scout Sunday and ends on Girl Scout Sabbath. Girl Scout Leaders Day: April 22, a special day to honor Girl Scout leaders. World Thinking Day: Celebrated by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts throughout the world, February 22 is the

    mutual birthday of Boy Scout Founder Lord Baden-Powell and his wife Lady Olave Baden-Powell who was active in Girl Guides in England and served as World Chief Guide. This is the day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to think about their sisters around the world through special projects, international programs, activities, or pen pal correspondences. Girl Scouts at each level can earn an award that can be worn on the front of her uniform with their other badges and awards. More information and the requirements to earn this award can be found at http://gsnw.gl/wtd.

    Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE): The Girl Scout program model that engages girls by developing the skills, knowledge, and values needed to be leaders. Girl Scout mission statement: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scout sign: The official Girl Scout sign to be used as the Girl Scout Promise is being recited and may be used as the Girl Scout Law is recited (optional). It is also used during the Girl Scout handshake. The right hand is raised shoulder high with the three middle fingers extended and the thumb crossing over the palm to hold down the little finger. Girl Scout slogan: Do a good turn daily." Girls Guide to Girl Scouting: Along with Journeys, Girls Guides are part of the National Program Portfolio and is the heart of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Inside each guide is the handbook for that Girl Scout level, petals and leaves (Daisy) or badges (Brownie-Ambassador) requirements, Girl Scout award information, a scrapbook section, and stories/activities. Grade levels: Current girl levels include: Daisies (K-1), Brownies (2-3), Juniors (4-5), Cadettes (6-8), Seniors (9-10), and Ambassadors (11-12). These have varied over the years and may be different from what you remember if you were a Girl Scout. GSUSA: Girl Scouts of the United States of America, our national organization. Journeys: Part of the National Program Portfolio and based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Journeys incorporate the three keys to leadership: discover, connect, and take action, into a series of themed sessions for girls to follow. Each level of Girl Scouts has three Journey themes to choose from, Its Your World Change It!, Its Your Planet Love It!, and Its Your Story Tell It! Journey Summit Award: A special award pin earned by girls who have completed all three Journeys at their grade level. Juliette Gordon Low: Nicknamed Daisy, Juliette was the founder of Girl Scouting in the United States who formed the first troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912. Read the full story in your Girls Guide to Girl Scouting!


  • Kaper chart: A chart that shows the delegation of tasks and rotation of responsibility day-by-day and/or meal-by-meal. Member Engagement (ME) Staff Member: A GSNWGL staff member who oversees volunteers and girls, and assists with program delivery in an assigned service area. Motto: Be Prepared." My Promise My Faith: Girls in grades K-12 can earn this pin each year by exploring the Girl Scout Law and teachings from their faith. Requirements are found in the handbook section of the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting. National Program Portfolio: This is the combined activity materials for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience including Journeys and the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting. Program aide: A Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, and/or Ambassador who has been trained to assist younger Girl Scout groups with songs, games, crafts, ceremonies, or outdoor activities. Quiet sign: The Girl Scout signal for silence in a group situation. The person in charge raises her/his right hand and the Girl Scouts present fall silent and raise their right hands. This is an extremely helpful tool when working with groups of girls! Resident camp: A multiple-night camp experience at a Girl Scout camp facility. Safety activity checkpoints: GSUSAs safety program standards found on Volunteer Connect School organizer: A volunteer who oversees Girl Scouting in a school. Sit-upon: A cushion made by Girl Scouts to use when the ground is hard or damp or to keep their clothes clean. Service areas: A geographic subdivision within Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. Service area manager (SAM): A volunteer leadership position who leads a service area in partnership with service team volunteers and the community development staff member assigned to the region. Service team: A volunteer leadership team within a service area that works in partnership with the community development staff member. SWAPS: Special Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned Somewhere, a keepsake exchanged as a way for Girl Scouts to meet each other and promote friendship. Tag-a-longs: An informal name for a non-Girl Scout child attending a Girl Scout event. Trefoil: The international symbol of Girl Scouting; the three leaves of the trefoil represent the three parts of the Girl Scout Promise. Troop camping: Camping with your own troop and leaders. See page 5 for adult-to-girl ratios. Volunteer Toolkit (VTK): The Volunteer Toolkit is a new digital planning tool that gives you resources and program content to get your year startedand keep it going smoothly! Fully customizable, the toolkit is digitally responsive so you can plan and prepare practically anywhere. World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS): An international educational association of more than eight million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

  • World Trefoil Pin: A pin worn by all Girl Scouts and Girl Guides that symbolizes our global sisterhood. World Centers: Four program activity centers owned by WAGGGS. The centers are located in Mexico (Our Cabana), England (Pax Lodge), India (Sangam), and Switzerland (Our Chalet).