Girl Scout troops tend to have plenty of activities in their repertoire, but it's always good to have back up plans in case the girls want to do something different for a change. These could be new games or other activities. A spin on Jeopardy! and bingo will keep the young ladies entertained while a post card exchange program can get them excited to make a new long distance friend.
Girl Scout Bingo
Bingo is always a big hit with children. Put words that are symbolic and representative of Girl Scouting onto the board. This will not only remind the girls of why they're scouts, but help them with reading as well. Use words like "honesty," "loyalty," "law," "respect" and "scout." You can use regular bingo rules to govern how you want to play the game. Straight lines can win or you can get fancy with plus signs, X's or a square.
Girl Scout Jeopardy!
You can play this game just like the actual game show. Instead of handing out money, give points for correct answers. Have Girl Scout-related categories such as Juliette Low, promise and law, and outdoor skills. Give specific questions for each category such as "This is Juliette Low's birthday" under the Juliette Low category. The team with the most points after the board has been cleared wins.
Post Card Exchange
Find a group that you want to have your girls send postcards to and see if they will send cards back. You can contact another troop on your own from across the country, or even find a group in another continent to make an exchange. There's a website called MyThinkingDay.com which has a database that you can sign up on and find others who are looking for the same thing. Maybe your girls can find lifelong pen pals.
Sit the children in a circle and pick one child to start off the game with the prize; perhaps you can draw a name from a hat to keep it random. Now tell a story with the words "right" and "left" in it several times. Each time the child with the prize hears the word left or right she must pass the prize in that direction. An excerpt from a story that would keep it interesting is, "The girls would enter left, right through the front door and greet Mrs. Wright, they would head right down the stairs, turning left then right into Mrs. Wright's family room." At the end of the story the girl holding the prize wins it.
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