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9/22/11 3:08 P

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We just bridged to Seniors and the girls chose to do the Sow What Journey. They had enough reflection and relationship stuff with the Looking in, Reaching Out Studio 2B we did last year. They were looking for something different.

I am using the guide found here - www.gsnetx.org/portals/0/doc/gsjourn
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- with my girls. Each girl is putting on one part. This way it is girl led and they are more hands on to the learning process. It will take us at least a year to complete. I really enjoy watching the girls lead and take the initiative to really go above and beyond.

Good luck with the Journey!

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8/10/11 11:36 A

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I am a GS leader and have both a Cadette and a Senior Troop. The 6 Cadettes are working on the Media Journey and Silver Award and the 18 (yes, I said eighteen) Seniors are now working on the Sow What? Journey and the Harvest Award, with 13 working on their Gold Award. I totally agree that it is up to you and your girls to make it an adequate challenge and a training for project planning. I even ask the girls plan the activites for the Journey requirements. We are meeting at different restaurants/markets an working on a Journey step at each one. We've had some flops of activites, but that's part of it. It's not my Journey it's theirs. Let them take more ownership - they'll have more fun.

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2/18/11 11:40 A

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What I've been telling people is that in order to do the Journey, you should make it what you feel is an adequate challenge. Yes, it could be as easy or as hard as you make it, but it should be training for project planning.

I still require my girls to get all the stuff they would have gotten as part of the "old way" even though it's not a requirement now. I think those things are still a very valid part of girl scouting. I encourage my girls to go above and beyond what the "basic" requirements are, which is kind of a good life lesson anyway.

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2/18/11 10:39 A

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I think that is a lot of the problems with Journeys is that they've left it so open to interpretation. It can be as hard or as easy as you want it.What my daughter did couldn't have been completed in a day event. How can that be adequate for a Gold prereq? I think they're shooting themselves in the foot with those requirements. We wanted to do it the old way, but they wouldn't let her.

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2/18/11 9:42 A

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I have been really fortunate that my daughter, and most of my 15 year old troop - are proud to be Girl Scouts. I did get some push back this year to wear cookie t-shirts instead of vests to the cookie booths - I thought that was fair. My girls don't really like the Journeys. They feel they are too wishy-washy. Some troop here offered a "earn a journey in a day". And now that has replaced ALL the work you did as pre-requisites for the goal. My girls like the accomplishment of achieving measurable steps along the way. We are doing the one Journey required for the steps, but in addition we are going to do all the requirements for the old gold so the girls really feel they earned something.

One day at a time . . .


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2/18/11 9:22 A

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My daughter is the same way, so I'm trying to make it more interesting for her and the older girls. We do older girl pizza and movie nights and we do older girl camping,

We're even going to go to Europe in 2014.

Anything to keep her having fun.

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2/18/11 8:51 A

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for me, I LOVE having her around to help with the Brownie troop so I'll sign her up as long as she's willing to do that!!! She hasn't done much of her own level stuff at all this year.

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2/18/11 8:41 A

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I know. I'm really active with the SU so we do quite a bit of stuff. She helps with different events. I just keep signing her up every spring for the next year.She'll bridge to adults if I have my way.

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2/18/11 8:37 A

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unfortunately that seems to be the way it's going with all scouts....not just the GS. The silly part is all the stuff we do in scouts IS the "cool" stuff. I just don't get it. And no one can tell you what makes it "uncool"

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2/17/11 10:07 P

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She wouldn't do that. Girl Scouts is not cool. The only reason she is doing the Gold is because enough people told her it would be good for scholarships. She did use GS on her job application. I was floored when she told me that. So I think it's finally sinking it that it does good things for you. She always has fun at our service unit camp outs. She just would never actually say it out loud. She's been dating this guy for a year and a half. He has no idea that she is a girl scout.

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2/17/11 5:25 P

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yeah, the Journeys really require multiple girls to make them good. have you thought about having her possibly work with other individual girls who are in your area? That helps with networking as well!

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2/17/11 4:04 P

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I am the leader. We only have two girls in our troop. She did the journey on her own. I think that made it a little harder because she didn't have a group to discuss things with. We talked about it together. The only reason she did it was because you have to as part of the Gold Award. She hated it. It's too much like homework. I liked it ok because you have more options in doing things. All she saw was the filling in the book. The other good thing was she got to claim the service hours that she did on the Journey for her school service award.

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2/17/11 1:52 P

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Did she like Girltopia? Are you the troop leader? How involved were you in the process?

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2/17/11 1:48 P

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My daughter just did the Girltopia Journey, she is going to start on her Gold Award soon. At least I hope it's soon.

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2/17/11 12:20 P

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If you have a chance to do the Amaze Journey, that's kind of my favorite. All my Cadettes love it, and I even use some of the stuff in the Journey at work.

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2/17/11 12:11 P

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I have seniors but we are working on the new Sisterhood Journey. They watched an old episode of Laverne & Shirley Tuesday night, then discussed friendships. They really giggled though it - I felt old, as they had never even heard of that show.

One day at a time . . .


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2/17/11 11:42 A

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Well, we're just learning what being "independent" means. She hasn't done much of anything yet other than help out with the Brownie Troop. Her former troop wasn't much into the Journeys so I don't know that she even knows they exist.

She is trying to earn her Silver. She started it last year with a troop that has dissolved. We have a meeting with the council lady next week to see what else she needs to get completed. It's quite the learning experience for us both!!!

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2/17/11 11:38 A

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are you using the journeys for your cadette? Is she going to get her Silver Award?

My troop wants to get their silver AND they want to go to Europe, which I'm hoping keeps them in the troop for another few years.

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Nope, not yet anyway..... right now I'm with a Brownie Troop & my daughter who is an independent Cadette. I may take up a Cadette troop next year.

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2/17/11 11:30 A

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My troop has two Seniors who are currently working on their first Journey, the "Sow What" Journey. I'm noticing that I can incorporate a lot of the SparkPeople stuff into the Journey. Is anyone else working with Seniors?

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