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Old 02-19-2007, 06:07 AM
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Anti "bullying" and team building for scouts

Hi, everyone! I am the co-leader for a group of junior Girl Scouts (9 years old/4th grade). Our troop attended an overnight event over the weekend that was hosted by a group of the older girls. They did a wonderful job, but... we did have a little "drama" within our troop--we have one girl who can be a bit of a "Mean Girl" (to quote the movie!) and another girl who is VERY sensitive to others' remarks. It's a bit difficult with those two sometimes, but I think we got everything smoothed out. My co-leader and I are discussing the need for some friendship building and team-building activities within our troop. Any suggestions? It is VERY important to us that our girls learn the importance of strong relationships and truly "being there" for there fellow Scouts. Any advice anyone has would be very much appreciated!!!
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:47 AM
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Chris, what about doing a secret mail activity..you would assign each girl's name a number.(for keeping their identity secret) Only the leaders know who is who.

Have each girl write a message to their Number partner, and you could have them include 3 things they like ..or what friendship means to them?

All messages are dropped into a mailbox..at your meeting. After a few weeks..have mail call..then the girls can be matched up with their secret mail partner.

Sometimes when people find out they have a common thread with another..they can form a friendship.

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Old 02-24-2007, 09:56 AM
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the troop my DD1 is in needs to do something. Last night at the tasting party the leader's husband was apologizing for his daughter's behavior toward the girls. We've been part of this troop for 6 months and I don't see them trying to change her behavior any.

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Old 02-24-2007, 10:23 AM
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Roberta, It is not unusual for the leader's girls/boys to act up..I think if they are really young, it is an act of jealousy..parents paying attention to other kids, and the child needs to learn about sharing, manners, etc.

Maybe the leader can use some help?

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Old 02-24-2007, 12:00 PM
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Chris, one thing that I have done with my OWN kids is that if they tease each other or say a mean thing, they must not only apologize but do something nice for the other one.

One thing you might have them do is make something like a bookmark with their name on one side. They would get passed around the table. Each person would write a COMPLIMENTARY word or phrase on the back of the bookmark, that describes the person named on the front. The leaders could make an example in advance, maybe use the name of a famous person that they'd all recognize and let them list what they might say on the back.

Not only would they be forced to think about something nice to say about each other member of the troop, BUT they would also see what others have said. "No repeats!" Each person would have to find a unique quality to name on the bookmark.

When it's all done you could have those laminated and give them to the girls to keep at their next meeting.
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Janet, I do stay and help out with the troop as a parent we are a very small troop right now so having 2 adults there is all we need. I do think it is a jealiousy issue with the daughter she can't handle her Mom saying anyone else's idea was a good one or letting another girl go first. She is 11 yr old, she should be able to share!

We sold GS cookies this afternoon at Krogers for 4 hrs we broke it down to 2 hr shifts and the leaders daughter acted up most of the time. Her Dad was there today as Mom had to work from what I saw I don't think there is much disapline. He told her 3-4 times to put away one of those electronic pet things or he would take it. And he told her to leave it at home. I'm sorry you shouldn't have to say it more than once before it is gone.

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Old 02-26-2007, 05:58 AM
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There are some very good ideas here! Thank you! I think it's going to take a lot of work with a couple of our girls, but hopefully they will be able to learn some valuable life lessons.
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The troop leader did have a discussion with her daughter about proper behavior as she reminded her during the meeting of what they had discussed.

Last night we worked on "It's Great to be a Girl: Being my Best" for a badge and the girls had two sheets to fill out "Who am I" and "What do you Value" and talk about what/why they answered the questions the way they did. Then we filled out compliment cards on all the girls and read the answers. The girls took the cards home with them to read when they are feeling down.

We should finish up the badge in two weeks so hopefully it help the girls not pick at each other.

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Great work on the badge, Roberta!
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Old 03-12-2007, 09:57 PM
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I am co-leader of a Junior Troop (4th grade) also. We had more problems last year and decided that if it continued that we were going to have a social worker come in and cover some of the issues and work toward their badge.

This year we added three girls and things are working out without any problems. We have one that like to whisper but we stopped that right away.

At home I make my two sit across from each other, look into the other's eyes and apologize. They then have to say three things that they like about their brother/sister.
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