By Jennifer Moody, Albany Democrat-Herald
Girl Scouts use several books at each
level. For instance, Brownies have the Brownie Handbook, the
Brownie book of “Try It” badges and a “Journey” book for
Brownie-age girls, along with any supplemental material for the
Starting this fall, Scouts will have just
” book for their age group plus one other book, “The
Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting
,” which will encompass both the
handbook and the badges available for their level.
Girl Scout tokens include badges,
patches, pins, “Petals,” “Try Its,” “Interest Badges” and more.
Daisies will continue to earn “Petals.”
Other Scout levels will earn “badges” for new skills they acquire,
and “patches” for events they experience, such as a parade or a
special activity. The terms “Try It” and “Interest Badge” will no
longer be used.
When the new “Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting” books come out this
fall, they will contain the new or upgraded badges and requirements
available for each grade level. The new book will have a one-year
phase-in period, meaning current books and badges will still be
good through September 2012.
Even after September 2012, any badges that remain in stock at
Girl Scout stores will be available for purchase until the stock is
depleted. All badges already earned will retain their status.
Girl Scout leaders chose from a
smorgasbord of possible experiences.
In 2008, the national Girl Scout program
,” overarching themes covering a variety of
potential activities all fitting into the same theme, which Scouts
and their leaders can adapt for their own use.
Three journeys are available to pursue, each with activities
geared to the Scout’s age. They are: “It’s Your World — Change
, “It’s Your Planet — Love It!”
and the last, just released
this past December, “It’s Your Story — Tell It!
The “Journeys” program operates alongside traditional badges,
but are meant to be included in the overall Scout experience.
Currently, girls must follow the “Journey” path for Girl Scouts’
highest awards, including Silver and Gold.
Girl Scout activities were more
leader-centered and leader-driven.
The national Girl Scout program is
continuing to move to have Scouts take charge of their own
learning, particularly with the “Journeys” curriculum. Whereas
years ago a volunteer might have said, “Today we’re going to do
this,” volunteers are now encouraged to help the girls make their
own decisions about what they want to learn and the projects they
want to do to get there.
Courtesy of the Gazette Times, gazettetimes.com |