Senior Girl Scouting

1945

Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try: To do my duty to God and my country, To help other people at all times, To obey the Girl Scout Laws.

The Girl Scout Laws
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. A Girl Scout’s honor is to be trusted. A Girl Scout is loyal. A Girl Scout’s duty is to be useful and to help others. A Girl Scout is a friend to all and a sister to every other Girl Scout. A Girl Scout is courteous. A Girl Scout is a friend to animals. A Girl Scout obeys orders. A Girl Scout is cheerful. A Girl Scout is thrifty. A Girl Scout is clean in thought, word, and deed.

First Meetings
Most Senior troops meet once a week, day or evening, for one or two hours, or every other week for two or three hours. You may meet in your own clubroom, in a community clubhouse, in a church or school, or at your leader’s house. Some of you whose idea it was to start a Senior Girl Scout troop should meet with the selected leader (and troop committee if already chosen) to plan the very first meeting. Careful planning will insure your having a good time so you will look forward with enthusiasm to meeting again. The program you plan should balance necessary information with fun, good fellowship, a promise for the future, and refreshments. The following suggested ingredients for a good first meeting should be varied to suit the needs of your group: 1. An ice-breaking game. Make this an opportunity for getting acquainted so that each one of you at least learns the names of everyone present and something about one other. (Twenty minutes.) 2. An inspirational talk by a person who knows the history and background of Girl Scouting. (Ten minutes.)

3. A talk by the leader who tells how the meeting was planned and asks for volunteers to plan next week’s meeting. This will undoubtedly bring up the question of how often the troop is to meet, where, when, what you want to do. A secretary for the day should be appointed to take notes on suggestions made and decisions reached. The discussion (which may be directed by one of the original girl planners instead of the leader) should give all of you some idea of the business to be transacted next time. (Thirty minutes.) 4. Fun and refreshments ending with a good-night song and a reminder about the next meeting date, place, and time. Your second meeting will depend, of course, on the suggestions made at the first and the plans worked out by you and your leader. There should be some fun, some serious discussion of the meaning of the Girl Scout Promise and Laws, the beginning of plans for the ceremony at which troop members will receive their pins and their registration cards, discussion of program activities in which you are interested. You will want to plan your first four or five meetings to include many of the following: 1. Meeting membership requirements. 2. Planning and executing the Senior membership ceremony. 3. Have fun together. 4. Finding out about one another’s experiences, ideas, and all the other activities that fill each member’s twenty-four hour day. 5. Settling details about length and frequency of meetings, meeting places, mechanics of running the group, officers, patrols, committees, and so on. 6. Making plans for financing your troop. Consider budget building, agreeing on troop dues, raising extra money of necessary, handling and spending funds, keeping records. For recommended procedures, see Troop Financing in Dollars and Sense. 7. Sampling activities suggested in this handbook. 8. Visiting other Senior Girl Scouts or troops, or inviting them to your meetings. 9. Trying out questionnaires and checklists to determine popularity of ideas. 10. Attending any planned intertroop get-together to become familiar with Senior Girl Scouting in your town. During these first meetings you will decide what your major interest will be. You may wish to combine several of the program fields suggested in this handbook. If, for example, your troop decides to become efficient Program Aides, you may at the same time become a sports group enjoying some of the activities indicated in the Sports and Games section. If your dominant interest is watermanship or aviation, you may, in addition, study the art of social adequacy as suggested in activities under Parties, You as a Person, and International Friendship.

Program Skills
Arts and Crafts Bookbinding Carving Designing Drawing and Painting Photography Pottery Weaving Others Dancing Folk Dancing Modern Dancing Social Dancing Others Dramatics Acting Costume Design Directing Make-up Play Reading Storytelling Others Homemaking Cooking Entertaining Interior Decoration Needlecraft Others Music Appreciative Listening: Popular Appreciative Listening: Classical Chorus Orchestra or Band Piano Vocal Others Nature Birds Flowers Gardening Insects Minerals Stars Trees Others Out-of-Doors Camping Campcraft Exploring Hiking Outdoor Cooking Others Reading Biography Children’s Literature Fiction Foreign Language Study History Philosophy Poetry Travel Others Sports and Games Archery Badminton Boating Bridge Canoeing Checkers Chess Cycling Golf Horseback Riding Organized Games Swimming Table Tennis Tennis Winter Sports: Skating Winter Sports: Skiing Others Writing Creative Writing Feature Articles Reports Others

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