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MDGIRL08 Posts: 89
7/29/08 1:40 P

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I finally got official word from my council(GSCNC) that we ARE going to be allowed to register 1st graders as brownies this year and this year ONLY. From what they said, it's a council by council thing, so I don't know what other councils are doing. I am going to invite the 2 new 1st graders into our troop and leave it to their parents what they want to do. The one little girl I'm sure will just be happy to be with her friend(already in our troop). The other girl I met her mother at my job and mentioned brownies and she said she was looking for a troop(they just moved here), so I have no clue what that mom will do. So it looks like we're up to 4 girls, possibly 5.
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7/29/08 11:27 A

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You don't have to keep the same level. It's just going to be a little more complicated than it was when a leader had a troop of girls all in one grade and just moved through the levels with them. I've always had multiple grade troops (and often multiple level troops). We have some leaders who plan to stay within a level while their daughters move on and others who will move up with their daughter while another leader takes over the troop. It's really all personal preference.

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7/29/08 10:01 A

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Wow, I hadn't heard anything about keeping the same level, troop and the girls just moving on to another leader. I have been with my troop for 6 years, and will be with them for the next 6 till they graduate. My troop is 7th and 8th grade girls, but we just get through those years where they are 2 levels.

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MDGIRL08 Posts: 89
7/29/08 9:17 A

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I do plan to bridge to juniors with my daughter next year and will continue to do so, fyi. We'll be moving so I don't plan to keep a troop in this area after this year. I know alot of leaders keep multiple troops after their kids move on, but I don't have time for that(have a full time job and another child to think about). While my daughter can handle another leader, I enjoy spending the time with her that the meetings/activities provide.
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7/28/08 8:40 P

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One thing to think about with the new grade level changes is that the idea is to move away from single grade troops. Troops should have a mix of both grades. That way, a girl starts in a level her first year as the newbie and the in her second year of that level she is the experienced "mentor" for the younger girls. It will be a change for leaders (who should now be thinking as 'facilitators') who are used to just moving through the levels with their girls because each year, half the troop will be moving on to the next level and a new group will be coming in.
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MDGIRL08 Posts: 89
7/28/08 7:52 P

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Actually my daughter goes to a different school than all the others because council would never get back to me about the troop at her schooL(didn't know there was one till after) and then I was asked to START a troop for 5 girls from another school(it's fine with me). I will have the 2 girls take a letter into their class and ask the teacher to pass it out, that's a great idea! I actually got an email back from my council and I had emailed the wrong person, so they were forwarding my question on to the correct person, so I'll let you know what they say officially. Like I said, I go for Journey training on Saturday, so if I don't hear for sure by then, i'll ask at training.
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7/28/08 12:55 P

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One thing you might do when school starts, is to send a letter to the girls in your daughter's class, telling them about the troop and inviting them to join. Hopefully her teacher would pass it out for you. I do this each year, and usually get new girls each time. I don't really need new girls, I just do it as a way to make new girls to her class feel welcome.

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MDGIRL08 Posts: 89
7/26/08 1:55 P

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Ok, that's what I thought, but I didn't want to tell the mom the wrong thing :(. Too bad, Zoe and the other little girl will both be disappointed.
Guess we're back to 4 if the second new girl joins.
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7/25/08 8:49 P

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The new grade levels are in effect as of this September so a girl going into 1st grade will be a Daisy.

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MDGIRL08 Posts: 89
7/25/08 5:01 P

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I have a question since you said the groups are being phased in. One of the girls in my troop has a friend going into 1st grade that wants to be a brownie, can she join our troop since officially daisies don't start being K-1 till next year? or no? I emailed my council but haven't heard back from them yet, I just don't want to tell them mom the wrong thing. Please let me know if you know how this will work.
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PS the other three girls are going into 2nd and third


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7/25/08 12:00 P

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Your girls can continue using the old guidelines for the Silver award until the new ones come out. The phase in for all the new programs is until 2010 I think. For Bronze, Silver and Gold there is a "grandfather" period for girls who are already in the middle of earning them.

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MDGIRL08 Posts: 89
7/21/08 1:59 P

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My daughter was in a pilot program for preK daisies and I think most of the girls were too young at that age. I do think 3 years is good for the older girls, especially those that want to work on the Silver and Gold. Am I correct in assuming Seniors and Ambasadors(sp?) can both earn the Gold? Or perhaps they'll allow Seniors who've started their silver to finish it the first year? I go to journey training on 8/2, so I guess I'll find out more.
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Are there any council events that the girls could earn badges that would relate to the GS Law? That would save planning it yourself. Let them do that work.

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7/21/08 12:02 P

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Welcome to the group. I have a troop of 7th and 8th grade girls. The biggest uh-oh for me was realizing that now my 8th grade girls have only one year to do their silver. Don't know how we will pull that off. I liked the 2 year programs for the older girls, but thought they should make Daisies pre-k and K, then do 3 years for Brownies and 3 years for Juniors as they were. I let national know my thoughts, but guess I was a minority.

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MDGIRL08 Posts: 89
7/21/08 9:28 A

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Thank you for the welcome everyone. Anyone planning to do anything different with the group changes(USA) this year? I'm disappoint that GSUSA is going to 2 year programs instead of 3, as I don't think the girls will get as much out of 2 years. Of course, my daughter will be one of the last 3 year brownies, but juniors in 2 years is going to be tough! I was a GS for 12 years as a girl(2nd-12th grade) and this is my 3rd year leading/co-leading(second leading).
Have a great day.
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Hey Melissa
Welcome to our awesome team. I am a Guide Guider from Durban South Africa. My youngest Emily is a 1st Year Brownie. Have a Sparktacular day, and good luck with your journey to a better you

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Welcome to the team! I just dropped my daughter off at camp today!

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hello from Indiana, I'm a brownie mom and leader. Welcome to SP!

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7/19/08 10:07 P

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Thanks. I'm anxious to get this year started, but so far my troop only has 3 girls because the other 2 girls decided not to come back. The SU placement lady said she'll get me some more, but I don't know what to do with 3 girls!
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MDGIRL08 Posts: 89
7/19/08 1:13 P

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Hi everyone. I am relatively new to sparkpeople and found this team. I'm Melissa, a brownie mom from Callaway, MD. My daughter, Mary, is entering her 5th year of GS, 3rd as a Brownie. She is excited to complete this year and go into juniors. I was her leader last year and will be again this year, so that'll be nice. I love spending the time with her without the rest of the family. She's gone to GS camp the last 2 summers and LOVES it.
Just thought I'd say hi and introduce us.
Melissa in MD
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