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Old 01-09-2002, 11:17 AM
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Brownies

Any Brownie moms here?
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Old 01-17-2002, 09:32 AM
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Hi -

I'm new to girl scouts altogether. I was never in GS when I was a kid but with a son in cub scouts my daughter couldn't wait to join. I never planned on being a leader but there were no other moms willing to do it. Rather than see my daughter disappointed, I signed up to lead her Daisy troop last year and have continued on into Brownies. We are both learning alot!

We just started our cookie sale last week. Yummy!

There are times when 12 girls are a bit much to handle but the joy on my daughter's face makes it so worthwhile. And with another daughter that's 3, I guess I'll be in GS for a LONG time.:D

Any suggestions for keeping 12 girls together and orderly would be greatly appreciated. (If such a thing is even possible ) Thanks!

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Old 01-17-2002, 10:09 AM
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We have 11 in ours, so I know the feeling!

You may want to consider a behavior candle. That's sometihng they do in boy scouts, and may do in GS, but I think it's a neat idea.

The way that it works is at the beginning of each meeting the candle is lit. (usually a tall skinny candle works best) If the girls get unruly or loud, you blow out the candle. It does not get lit for the rest of the meeting. When the candle has burned down all the way, then they get a treat (trip to the ice cream store, afternoon at the park, whatever!). The incentive is supposed to be to keep the candle lit throughout the entire meeting so that it has a chance to continue to burn down. The more often it is blown out, the longer it takes to burn down. :-)

Where do you hold your meetings? We have ours in the multi-purpose room of the elementary school. That's a big room, but we requested that the partitions be an option. That way we could make the large area smaller, hence making it less enticing to run around and easier for them to focus. We have desks that they sit at, we have them form a circle with the desks so that noone is looking at anyone else's back ;-)

What types of things do you do in your meetings?
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Old 01-23-2002, 12:11 PM
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I like your idea of the behavior candle. But we aren't allowed to have lighted candles at school. But maybe I can use the basis of this idea and come up with something else.

Unfortunately, we are given the use of the cafeteria at our school. Large area to run around in which means always trying to rope them in. Yesterday, we worked on our GirlsSports try-it. I sewed up some bean bags and brought balloons and kept them busy exercising and learning kicking and throwing skills. I figured it would be a great way to put all that energy to work. For the most part it did.

Some things we've done or are working on this year include putting on a Christmas performance at a local senior living center. The girls sang some Christmas songs and did two skits, The Night Before Christmas and The Littlest Christmas Tree. They did a GREAT job. We had a New Years Day bowling party. In May we are attending a performance of Stuart Little and a theatre workshop afterwards. We "adopted" a 2nd grader at Christmas who had just recently been abandoned by his mom and collected Christmas presents for him. And we bring a penny jar to each and every meeting that the girls contribute to if they wish. In fact, yesterday I took it to the bank to be emptied and counted for the first time. The girls had collected over $20 in just 3 months. At the end of the year we are going to donate the money to a charity of their choice. It's been a great lesson for them not just in helping others but showing that pennies saved really add up.
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Old 02-03-2002, 03:52 PM
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Hi everyone!

I am a Brownie leader with a troop of 20 first graders!! It's wild and crazy!
I have been a Girl Scout for 18 years - first as a girl, and as a leader for the last 7 years. I also have a 6th grade Junior troop of 4 girls. If I can help anyone out, just ask!
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Old 02-03-2002, 08:09 PM
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Holy moly Kathy, that's a lot of years! Glad to have your experience here, I may be calling on it soon!
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Old 07-17-2004, 09:00 AM
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Hi I am the leader of our group and we have gone from Daisies to Brownies. Starting in Sept we will be holding our meetings in my home instead of the Senior Center in our town. I feel it will give us a little more flexibility plus with our yard we will be able to do more outside.
Any tips hints or suggestions you can throw my way will be greatly appreciated. I have a co leader and we get along well. Plus we have 2 moms who are always volunteering their time. so we are very lucky in that way.
I have my triplet girls in our troop, too so that is another reason having the meetings in our home is easier for me!

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i am the brownie leader with a coleader. our troop is going to be 12 first graders. we were meeting in our town library, but think we need a new place this year. how are you going to do it in your home? especially in the cold winter months with all your brownies? i am too nervous about having it at home. any tips.

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Old 07-25-2004, 05:30 PM
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We are getting an addition on our home so I will have some space downstairs that the girls can hang out in. Plus we only have 7 girls in our troop of which 3 are mine!
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Old 07-15-2005, 10:54 AM
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I am going to be the assistant leader to my daughter's troop this year. This will be the second year for this troop. Our leader was the assistant last year. Any ideas to help us would be great. I find when troops first start out they need all the help they can get. I was a girl scout for several years growing up. I am hoping this will be lots of fun. Hope everyone has a great year.
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