Junior Girl Scouts (part 3 of 4)
David D. Miller +49 6221 404415 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Wed, 7 Oct 1992 18:21:33 CET
When planning your program for the next 3 months (You are planning that
far in advance, aren't you?), give each week a topic from the Girl Scout
Promise and Law. If you dedicate a whole meeting to being friendly
with one another, and another to trusting each other, then fairly soon
you should start seeing an improvement in behavior.
On the subject of Trust, one very good activity that you might want to
try involves each girl walking across the room with her eyes closed.
Before she hits the wall, the girl who walked across before has to
(physically) catch her. Of course, almost everyone will get the jitters
and stop on their own before reaching the catcher. Finish with a
discussion on what it's like to have to place your trust in others like
that - and what it's like to be the catcher who isn't trusted by the
walker. (Remember that in the case of a girl nasty enough to let a
friend slam into the wall, you can always shout stop. And if you are
the first catcher, you can set a suitable safe distance for stopping:
a good 2m from the wall.)
If you continue to have real problems with any of the girls:
o Make up a behavior contract, and get the girls to sign it. You can
either do this with the whole Troop - just as an exercise as part
of the normal program - or you can do it for individual girls. As
part of the contract, include a clause on what happens when the
behavior problems don't improve. This could include the girl leaving
the Troop altogether.
o Arrange for the parents of the troublesome girls to attend meetings
as assistant leaders. Either the problems will evaporate, or you will
find that the parents are as bad as the girls.
o Go and see your NTCC, or the Junior Consultant in your Neighborhood.
These people just occasionally have brilliant ideas for dealing with
David D. Miller
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