Thursday, March 5, 2009

IT's YOUR WORLD - CHANGE IT! --- Facts on the New Girl Scout Leadership Journeys

Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) has unveiled a series of Leadership Journeys for Girl Scouts. Each Journey is a coordinated series of activities grouped around a single theme and delivered over a period of time.
**Each journey is tied to some of Girl Scouts' 15 national outcomes for girls, as defined in the Girl Scout Leadership Model.
**These outcomes are integral to the three leadership keys - Discover, Connect & Take Action.
** GSUSA unveiled one leadership journey for each grade level.
** These initial journeys invite girls to explore a specific leadership theme for their level.
** Subsequent journeys will layer on more multidisciplinary content, like science and technology, healthy living, and the outdoors.
** This first series of journeys, It's Your World—Change It!, is summarized below.
Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden -- In this journey for kindergartners and first-graders, a favorite pastime—gardening— meets the Girl Scout Law. The result is a storybook world of flowers and little girls who, together, do great things. Girl Scout Daisies will especially enjoy meeting the colorful, global characters who teach them to live the Girl Scout Law. The adult "how-to" guide offers Garden Story Time tips, key ideas for garden projects, and all the Girl Scout history and traditions needed for an adventure starring Amazing Daisy, a new flower friend for Girl Scout Daisies.
Brownie Quest: Follow the Trails... of the ELF Adventure and the Three Keys -- What are the most important keys for a Girl Scout to own? This quest, which has second- and third-graders traveling along two colorful trails—one they can enjoy on their own and one they explore with their Girl Scout group—answers that question in a very special way. On this quest, Girl Scout Brownies will meet three new friends and a bright and shining elf—in a brand new Brownie story meant to inspire their own Take Action projects. The accompanying adult guide offers all the tips needed to create and maintain a sense of fun and mystery along the entire quest. Instructions for a Brownie Brainstorm, Brownie Team Trade, and other activities ensure a quality and fun time for the girls.
Agent of ChangePower: In this journey, there's a whole spiral of it waiting for Girl Scout Juniors. This powerful journey is filled with ceremonies and circles, real-life heroines, and special new characters, including the fashion-savvy spider named Dez. Along the way, girls learn how their own power combines into team power and then moves out to become community power (kind of like how Dez weaves her web from the inside out). The journey's centerpiece is a comic story of girl heroines who will inspire the real-life Girl Scout Juniors as they take action to improve their own community.
aMAZE: The Twists and Turns of Getting AlongLife is a maze of relationships, and this journey has Girl Scout Cadettes maneuvering through all its twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and even peace. The adult guide offers tips for talking about relationship issues with girls, and pointers for understanding Girl Scout Cadettes' development and creating a safe, welcoming space.
GIRLtopia: Toward an Ideal World for Girls -- Girl Scout Seniors know the world is not ideal. This journey is their chance to imagine a perfect world—for girls. They're invited to create their vision as an art project—in any medium of their choice. Then they'll take action to make their vision a reality. Leaders, after all, are visionaries!
Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy -- How often have you seen something that really needed to be changed and wondered, "Why isn't someone doing something about that?" This journey gives Girl Scout Ambassadors a way to be that someone—an advocate with the power to start the first flutter of real and lasting change. While creating their own "butterfly effect," they'll gain an array of skills—such as networking, planning, and learning to speak up for what they believe—that will benefit them as they prepare for life beyond high school.

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