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8/6/08 9:29 P

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Our Journey launch went really well last Saturday. I facilitated the Brownie Quest and the group was excited to take it back to their girls. I could almost see the lightbulbs clicking on over their heads when we discussed the difference between service projects and "taking action". It was great!
The reading level is so that most girls can read and understand each level, how they work on each session will differ according to abilities, cultural differences etc.
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8/5/08 9:16 P

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The training was interesting and the books(brownie) looked ok, although the older girls might be bored even at the brownie level. My daughter(going into 3rd) reads on a 5th grade level and would find it WAY too easy from what I read. What I plan to do is buy the adult book and one copy of girl book and let my girls decide whether or not they want to work on it or just stick with the try-its. The trainers say you can take 1+ year to do it, so the third graders may not even get it done before they bridge(so far, my daughter's the only one going into 3rd).
I'll be curious to see what the girls decide. The training didn't really cover anything in depth, it was more of an overview of the books and how to apply them to the current program.
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8/5/08 1:54 P

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What did you think about the training?

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8/4/08 7:09 P

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I do NOT know why our Council is so far behind on these Journeys! They are not doing the Journey Launch Party until SEPTEMBER 13. Isn't that ridiculous!?!?!?!? I am going to have them in the mail about a month before that.... so waiting until September is just silly :(

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8/1/08 8:21 P

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The Junior level Journey, Agent of Change is all about working together to get things done. The Cadette level Journey,AMAZE is all about relationships and how to navigate those middle school years. The Senior Journey is creating a GIRLtopia, the girls own vision of the world. The Ambassador Journey, Your Voice, Your World is all about advocacy, standing up and speaking out and really making a difference. There will be girls and adults who won't like the Journeys. They are more involved, take some time and I think will be more meaningful in the end than simply following steps outlined and earning a badge.

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8/1/08 2:14 P

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Just one clarification on my - it is the Cadette level. The feedback that I have heard from our council was that the Daisy journey was great, the Brownie OK, and the older ones not as good. Just hearsay on that one. I am sure like anything else that it will take a while to refine.

One day at a time . . .


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7/31/08 7:46 P

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We're rolling out the Journey's to our leaders on Saturday as well. Since I was one of the participants in the Spring Conferences National conducted, I'll be facilitating a "deep dive" into the Brownie Journey. All of the participants will also get their Leadership Essentials certification that day too. If your girls complete the Journey, since it's geared to cover around 8 meetings or sessions, you'll still have plenty of time to do all the other cool things (like try-its and trips and all that) that your girls want to do. I think the thing I like most about the Journeys is that it will me a more consistent experience for girls, no matter where they are from. And, with the Journeys you are sure to be heading the girls towards that ultimate goal of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
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7/31/08 5:12 P

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I am taking Journey training on Saturday and am interested to see what they're about. Books will be available for sale, and I plan to buy one and then to offer them to the girls when we start meeting in September. Not sure what we'll do this year, as only 3 girls are returning, we have 2 new ones and are hoping to get 5 more girls, who'll probably be new. We'll probably stick mostly with Try-its, but I'll let the girls vote on activities as usual.
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7/31/08 4:01 P

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I bought the new Cadette journey book and advisor book yesterday. I have only looked the first section, but I was disappointed. I thought it a bit lame. The first activity was to take a beach ball and write open-ended sentances for the girls to pass around an answer (like "what you don't know about me"). Just seemed a bit juvinile for my 7th and 8th graders who are trying so hard to be grown up.

One day at a time . . .


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7/31/08 1:19 P

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We just had our Service Team Conference and they talked about Journeys. I came away with the understanding that this first set of books is just the beginning and that they are hoping to add to it each year. We were also told that these were just another option and could be used in conjunction with the current badgebooks. I am a council trainer and we are having a trainers retreat in a couple of weeks. I am guessing that the focus will be on incorporating Journeys into the new leader trainings. I am really looking forward to the retreat and learning about the new material.

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7/2/08 8:30 P

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Mandykayee, the smocks are not going. Daisy's now have a choice between the smock and the vest.

I also like the fact that Journeys bring more organization to Girl Scouts. One new leader mentioned that Journeys make it easier to plan meetings.

I encourage each leader to take the class (even if you decide that this year you will not use it).

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7/2/08 7:24 P

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Each "Journey" will be related to Discover, Connect or Take Action and there will be a Journey for each level based on the theme. The first Journey is "It's your World, Change it!" and is related to Take Action. Think of them like a sort of 'canned program' that you can use for 8-10 meetings (a wonderful thing especially for new leaders who don't know what to do at first) The Journey books are bright and colorful and are meant to be a keepsake for each girl (yes, each girl should have her own Journey Book) The badges and try-its are not going away, although some may be added or dropped depending on how they relate to the girls of today. Girls can earn them in addition to or in conjunction with the Journey's. The wonderful thing about Journeys is that a girl from Vermont can talk to a girl from Minnesota or a girl from Nevada and they'll all be experiencing the same Journey. There's an even greater commonality to the program.
Yes, uniforms are changing because girls are changing and what they will or will not wear isn't what it used to be. In my area, middle school and older girls hardley ever wear uniforms because they hate them. They will wear the Studio 2B stuff though because it's more relevant to who they are.
If I sound like I'm excited about the new programs, it's because I am! I'm excited to share them with my Service Unit, I'm excited to train them and I'm excited to take the Journey with my girls.

Tammy in VT
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7/2/08 1:42 P

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I haven't heard about the Journey's, what is it? I thought the Try-It's, Badges and Ip's were the same, but I did see the Journey's books in the new catalog.

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7/2/08 12:04 P

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So the cute little Daisy smocks are gone too? My girls have loved their uniforms at every stage and don't like these. I guess they are the minority.
From the pre-publicity I thought journeys were something that would continue all through years on a same theme. For example, if a girl was into writing, there would be a series of tryits, badges, IPs etc that would devlope that interest with a big award when you completed the journey. I thought that was a good idea as it would promote older girls staying.
The feedback I got from the ladies that went was more like this was a loosly organized badge - more like an interest patch with the idea being the girls developed the criteria???

One day at a time . . .


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I have not seen them or had training on them. I have heard so much mixed reviews. I am going to keep an open mind. I highly doubt that any of my girls will do them anyway. I have very few girls and all they do is fun stuff. So it won't be an issue for me. But I am curious to see it. I will have my daughter look at it too.

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I took the Journey class on Saturday. I am liking the changes. My understanding is that you can still earn try-its in addition to the Journey.

As far as the adult uniform, green is not my color but I love the blue. The other uniform change the affects me would be the Daisy; now they will have the option of tunic or vest.

I want to get to a healthy weight and stay there forever. I don't have to make huge changes all at once, just small ones consistently.


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7/2/08 9:48 A

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Has anyone been to the training for the new Journeys? I was out of town for ours, but was in the GS shop yesterday, and the feedback from the ladies there was that badges, IPs, tryits are better.
I also hate the uniforms going. My daughter wanted me to buy her every single piece of the Cadette - on 75% off sale at our local shop. I also picked up the adult green suit. I am just not seeing blue as the new GS color.

One day at a time . . .


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