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Girl Scout Junior Meeting One

Focus:

Girls will get to know each other; use the last Girl Scout Law, "...to be a sister to every Girl Scout."

Materials Needed:

  • Paper bags (lunch size)
  • Construction paper
  • Buttons
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue
  • One orange per girl and adult
  • One large paper bag

Before Meeting:

  • Arrange the time and place of the meeting. 
  • Notify the girls.
  • Arrange snacks - leaders may furnish for 1st meeting 
  • Be familiar with activities you will be doing at the meeting
  • Purchase Girl Scout pins for Investiture/Rededication Ceremony.

Start-Up Paper Bag "Me" Puppets:

Girls can decorate paper bags to make puppets that represent themselves.  Clothing and accessories can reflect the individual girl (e.g., a puppet that has shorts, T-shirt, and a softball glove tells something about that girl's interests).

Opening:

Each puppet introduces its girl, telling the girls' name and some of her likes and dislikes.

Business:

Have a troop/group discussion about the following topics:

  1. Troop/group finances/dues. How much and how often will the dues be collected? How will the Kaper Chart work so girls will know who will collect dues? Who will count the money?
  2. Snacks - do they want one? Treat Bucket: (Treat Bucket: A durable, reusable, washable container that girls may bring the meeting snack in. Ice cream buckets work well.) Who will bring it to the next meeting? Are there special dietary needs to consider? Allergies? Likes? Dislikes? If served, sing a Grace.
  3. Introduce the Troop/group Kaper Chart and/or the "It" and "Other" can as the method to be used in deciding who does what job. Explain that the troop will be making the Kaper Chart and decorating the "It" and "Other" can at our next meeting.
  4. Uniforms are optional. The troop/group may decide that they would all like to wear the sash or vest and their pins, but remember to be sensitive to those who may not be able to afford the sash or vest. Financial assistance is available, but it takes a little time for the request to be processed.
  5. Discuss the Girl Scout Sign, Quiet Sign and Handshake. Girl Scout Sign: Girl Scouts use the Girl Scout sign when they say the Girl Scout Promise. Hold the three middle fingers of your right hand up as your thumb holds down your pinky finger.  Girl Scout Quiet Sign: Girl Scouts use this sign to let everyone know it is time to be quiet. Someone raises her right hand. Each person who sees this sign stops talking and raises her right hand until there is quiet.  

Girl Scout Handshake:

This is the way some Girl Scout friends greet each other. Shake hands with your left hand while making the Girl Scout sign with your right hand.

Activities:

Say the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law. 

Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be:
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong,
and responsible for what I say and do, 

And to
respect myself and others
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the work a better place,
and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Highlight the last Girl Scout Law with a discussion of differences and diversity. What is prejudice? How can your troop/group be more accepting? See the Junior Girl Scout Handbook, pages 74-75, for extra information and help. Do the following activity with the girls, and then eat the oranges for a snack.

The Orange Experience

Purpose: To help girls to see each person of a group as an individual. To  help girls understand that the ability to differentiate people is a responsibility of the viewer.

Equipment: One orange for each person and a large paper bag. 

The leader discusses what it means to stereotype people. "Girls, many times we lump people together, which so often is unfair. If I say all children are the same, would you agree? Do you know people feel that way? Each of us, young or old, whatever color, is unique. I want you to take part in an experiment with me. (Pass out oranges.) Make friends with the orange in front of you and introduce your friend to the rest of us. Before we can introduce our new friend, we must get to know him or her. Each of you please take one minute of complete silence and become well-acquainted with your friend." (Silent time follows.) 

"Now that we have had time to get to know our friends, let me introduce mine. Girls, please meet my friend, Sue. Sue is from California and doesn't know too many people here so she would like you to be her friend also. When she was young, she fell off an orange tree and has a little scar her by her mouth. It doesn't hurt her anymore and many people think it is a dimple. Sue is a real neat girl and I hope you will get a chance to get to know her as well as I do." Each child will be given a chance to introduce their "friend".  

Then the leader asks the girls to put their friend into the bag. Comment on the fact that the humanizing of their oranges resulted in their more careful handling.

"We were talking earlier about how we group people all together and think they are the same. Well, oranges were pretty much the same until we made them our friends.  

Now that we have taken the time to get to know our friends, do you think you can find your friend from the bunch of oranges?" (The leader then rolls the oranges out of the bag and invites girls to find their friend.) "The last orange left should be my friend, Sue." In case it is not, the leader says, "Someone has my friend," and usually the child unsure of their friend will exchange oranges with the leader. The culmination of the activity should reemphasize the purpose. "You see girls, even oranges that are so much alike have enough differences that we can find our friend. The trick is we have taken the time to get to know each orange. Now if you hear someone say, 'They're all alike' you'll know that this is not true...the reason being that the person saying it has not taken the time to get to know their 'friend'." 

Suggested Variations: Other items such as potatoes, fruits, and nuts may replace the orange. 

Expected Outcome: Girls will have a firmer foundation about stereotyping. 

Follow-up Activities: Each person in a group is identifiable and it is up to a person's viewing skill to differentiate the individuals. Eat the oranges!

Source: Rainbow Activities, 1977, Seattle Public School District No. 1, Creative Teaching Press, Inc., South El Monte, California.

Clean Up:

Explain the meeting space must always be left clean. Everyone takes part! Use the Kaper Chart to assign jobs. One of the kapers could be getting the troop box and leader's gear to her car.

Closing:

Tell about next week's plans; Make a Friendship Circle.(Friendship Circle: See the Junior Girl Scout Handbook, page 14. Girl Scouts stand in a circle. Each girl crosses her right hand over her left hand and holds hands with the girls standing next to her.) Sing "Make New Friends". Say the Girl Scout Promise again, and possibly say the Law again. Consult the Kaper Chart or draw from "It" box for girl to bring snacks for next meeting and send home the Treat Bucket .  (Snacks should be a Kaper on the Kaper chart for future meetings.)

Program Links:

  • Connections, Issues for Girl Scout booklet. 
  • Girl Scouting in the USA, pp. 6-7, Junior Girl Scout Badge Book
  • Celebrating People Badge, pp. 44-45, Junior Girl Scout Badge Book

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