We did the amaze journey so my girls could do their silver.. And of course they changed all the silver requirements and said the girls had to have their projects done by the end of the school year of 8th grade and my girls projects were s hedged for July and August times... So none of them earned their silver...
But we've gotten lucky and having to do two Journey's for them to get their gold.. We had an ambassador troop put on an amazing race theme all over Seattle for the girls to do the activities of Sow What.. And then my girls did Caroling for Cans.. Organizing our SU and getting over 585lbs of food to finish the community service part...
And for sisterhood.. We got lucky again and another SU was hosting the sisterhood activities in a weekend encampment.. So we infringed!! and my girls are going to host their own "friendship" encampment for our SU in April to finish that community service part.
Like Mandy said.. The biggest thing is to make them work for your troop. We did Amaze on our own and it took the full year.. And working with other older troops it's fun to get ideas for fundraising as my girls want to go to Switzerland summer 2014 (summer before their senior year)... Getting 12 of us there is going to be fun!
Go Team Golden Phoenix!
~ Wendy from gorgeous Seattle!
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That is what I tell others. Make the journey's work for your girls (or have e girls make the journey work for them). Part of the goal with the journey is to give more flexibility in meeting outcomes. Way to go!
I have a really great Ambassitor troop. They hate the journeys. They say the books are all about sitting around talking and not doing anything. So we take the journey theme, do a few activities that we like, and then find legacy IPs that fit the theme. For example, for senior "sisterhood", one of the IPs was "Women Thru Time". Of course the legacy IPs are almost gone, so don't know what to do next - we only have 1.5 years left so may concentrate on service projects and the like. I have had heard that some of the newer journeys are getting better - sure hope so as I haven't talked to anyone who likes them.
One day at a time . . .
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Our troop bought the books for the girls (we don't require them to have handbooks). Mostly I'd agree it's a waste, but some of the girls love to read and they love to have a book that's special from school. Not all girls are that way but atleast a handful of ours are.
~~ Kris ~~
I'd rather be camping!!!
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I don't buy the books (or the girls guides) for each girl either. I buy the leader and girl books for the journey and plan activities out of it. I know the books are intended to also be memory books, but that isn't of interest for my girls.
Personally, I hate the Journeys. However, I am doing one a year with each level, just so they get used to having to do them for their higher awards.
My advice, don't have the parents waste the money on girl books. Everything you need is in the Adult Guide. We have done the weekly meeting thing, mixed success. I honestly think they forget everything week by week, so we will not do that again.
This year, we are planning a Journey Campout. We have Brownies and Daisies, some of their activities will be the same, some different. If all goes well, the only thing we will not have done is the TAP. Planning will be done, TAP will be done later.
Happily married mother of three girls. Girl Scout parent volunteer
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." -Mother Teresa
So far our troop is working on 2 Journeys. One for the Silver Award requirement and one because we had half started it before I could really figure it out and they wanted to continue it. The girl books don't make sense to me in terms of leading an activity. The adult guide gives it a little bit more shape and I was able to see more of the "point a" and "point b" that they were aiming for. I'm still not a fan but we're moving along with the idea. We took a break with winter holidays, cookie stuff and then snow storms but we'll hopefully get back in to it in February and finish both before June.
My recommendation is to read the leader guide for the particular Journey which does give a "meeting 1, meeting 2" guideline which is awesome for my old brain.
Oh, and the Cadette journeys we are doing are Breathe and Amaze.
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