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4/22/08 1:43 P

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We also use a talking stick. There is a wand in the classroom that has a pointed finger on the end - this is the stick for this year. Last year we used a toy from McDonald's. . The point is it does not matter what you use but how you use it. The girls voted to add this to their rules last year as some girls were really talking out of turn and I think it frustrated a lot of them.

When the girl is done with the stick, other girls who want to talk raise their hands and they just pass it along. . It works really well!

Go Team Golden Phoenix!

~ Wendy from gorgeous Seattle!


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4/22/08 1:41 P

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I also have always had 10 - 12 girls. At the beginning of every year, my girls pick ideas for what they want as their Kapers, we vote and then they make their chart. I use a big Poster Board, they make a "doll" to represent themselves and then I use a wipe off laminated paper. It gets cut up and placed under or next to each girl's doll and then the chores move every meeting. Everything is glued on.

We meet every two weeks in a classroom. . we do not do snack. (The girl's found it took too much time - they eliminated it after Daisy's.)

Here are what they are doing this year:

-Set up (get chairs in circle, Kaper chart hung)
-Clean up (2 - put chairs away, look for loose paper pencils, etc to put away)
-Girl Scout Promise (she leads it)
-Girl Scout Law (she leads it)
-Flag (she leads it and gets all girls attention)
-Song (at closing, she picks song and we all sing it)
-Closing (she picks something to reflect on - we are Juniors now and this is part of a traditional close for juniors instead of the friendship squeeze - we still hold hands - just not crossed -- as Brownies we used to have Friendship Squeeze and this was the girl who got to start the squeeze off)
-Helper for the Day (2 of these - she passes out supplies, does Kaper duties if girls are missing, overall help)

But in the end, the troop is the girl's. . Give them some ideas, let them vote for what they want and let them "own" the Kaper chart. It does not need to be perfect!

Go Team Golden Phoenix!

~ Wendy from gorgeous Seattle!


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2/19/08 7:49 A

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we choose a stuff animal that our leader won at a Roller Skating event, the girls named it "Brownie". So when we sat in our ring last week, only the girl holding "Brownie" could talk.
What i liked about it, every girl had the same opportunity to share. We have some High energy girls and I find that i am always answering their questions,etc and i miss talking to the more quiet girls.

Don't just count your years, make your years count. ~Ernest Meyers


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2/19/08 4:31 A

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Ok You have me now Ann What is a "talking stick" please explain. We have to make a "secret" sign in PowWow if we want to talk, it is the Salute but the girls put their hand into the middle of the circle. The talking stick sounds like fun

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2/18/08 8:13 P

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these are great ideas.
We've only begun to use the Brownie Ring with a "talking" stick.
We have the girl who brought snacks lead the pledge and promise.

Don't just count your years, make your years count. ~Ernest Meyers


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2/18/08 7:20 A

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My Kaper charts were always pretty simple since we generally have 10 girls or less in the troop. I just used a CD with felt on one side and the kapers written on the shiny side; Snack, clean-up, helpers (handing out papers supplies etc.), and closing. Then I had clothespins with the girls names that I would just move around the circle each week.

Tammy (Vermont)

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2/18/08 12:12 A

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We have jobs for:
Flag - leads the pledge
Promise - leads the promise
Supplies help - helps pass out things, etc.
Supplies cleanup - 2 girls, extra help cleaning up
Snack help
Snack cleanup
After cleanup - stays after to get all the final details cleaned up
Game Guide - gets to pick a game that meeting
Songleader - gets to pick a song at closing circle
Floater - wherever extra help is needed
VIP - leads the meeting "business" at the beginning. She starts the meeting by doing "round and round and round about. Take the hand of a Brownie scout." until everyone is in a chain then they make a circle. Then she goes by the kaper chart to know what's next: the pledge of allegiance, GS promise, and a song. At the end of the meeting, she starts the friendship squeeze.

I used to have dues and attendance, but we changed the way we do dues and I can't remember why I dropped attendance (I keep it myself, though).

As for the cleanup jobs, that doesn't mean the others get out of cleaning up their own mess. It just means they do a little extra, like the snack cleanup will go around with the trashcan and everyone else puts their trash in. Or the supplies cleanup might be the one to climb under the table to get scraps.

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2/17/08 10:16 P

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ok I think I'm officially driving myself crazy!! haha

I'm trying to come up with a Kaper Chart to use at our meetings. I am drawing a blank.

If anyone has any ideas please let me know.

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