Teach young girls the importance of caring for others and sharing with them by earning the Caring and Sharing Try-It. Girls will be able to share things about themselves with others and learn new things about their friends. They can also learn about how to care for others in certain situations and what it really means to be a good neighbor. In today’s society, this can be a very important characteristic that they acquire through these activities that will hopefully lead to a lifetime of caring and sharing with others.
To earn this Try-It, girls must complete four activities. This can be easily done as a troop in one meeting or several preparatory meetings. Keep in mind your own time constraints and troop size when determining how many meetings these activities will take to complete.
1. My Favorite Things
This is a fun activity for the girls to think about their favorite things and then to be able to share them with their troop members. Make sure parents are aware of the requirements of this step so that the girls are able to complete it correctly.
Ahead of time, make out a list of things that might be favorites. You could include color, food, book, movie, animal, song, hobby, etc. It is really easy to make some cards with each girl’s name on one side and the word for the favorite thing on the other side near the top. Then all they have to do is fill out under the title what is their favorite thing in that category.
At the meeting, give the girls some time to figure out what their favorite things are in the given categories. Make sure they write them down and help them with spelling if needed. You might want to give them advance notice of this so they have time to think about it. Let them know at the meeting before so it won’t take so long to think of things to write. Or they can write them down one meeting and then finish at the next meeting.
After the girls have completed their cards, ask one girl to name a favorite of any of the categories. Then ask the others if they have the same favorite. Go around the room and ask each girl to name a different type of favorite. Then have the girls trade their stack of cards with another person. Or you can just pass them around the circle. Each girl should take home another girl’s list and decide to pick out a favorite and try it out. Of course, the favorite they pick should be a book or a movie or TV show and one they have not tried before. (This is where the parents come into play. They can help make sure they try a new book or movie.)
Give the girls a couple weeks to work on this and then inform them when they should have it done. At a future meeting, ask the girls what they tried and whose favorite it was. Then see if they liked it or not. Explain to them that by trying new things you can find out more about a person and possibly find a new favorite thing.
2. Secret Pals
Depending on troop size and participation levels, you can do this as whole troop or as individual girls. If you decide to do it as a troop, think of a few people in the community and have the girls vote on who they would like to help. They can make cards, send little gifts or fruit, or whatever they choose in secret for this person. If desired, you can do this for any given time period and then later on tell the person it was your troop. You don’t have to tell them who it was either. The girls will not know the person appreciated it because that person will not know who to thank but you can explain to them that they are going to appreciate it.
Individually, you can have the girls draw names out of a hat and choose a fellow troop member to do something special for. This would be great around a holiday time where you may exchange gifts.
3. Troop Scrapbook
Start a troop scrapbook with the girls. Make a page for each girl. Let them design their page with whatever they want. Get some pictures of each girl to put on their page. Give them some ideas of things to put in there like pictures of their favorite activities, favorite Girl Scout songs, etc. Tell them to take their time and make a great page. Maybe, if they wish, they can add new pages each year. You can also add pictures of troop outings, projects, etc. Each year get out the book and look through it with the girls.
4. Act it Out
Again, depending on troop size, you can divide the girls up or leave it as a whole group for this activity.
Ahead of time make some cards that have situations on them. You can include some of the following:
– Your best friend is crying.
– Your sibling is sick.
– A classmate forgot their lunch.
– A neighbor has been in an accident.
– Your parent has a big project to finish for work.
Pick one or two people to draw a card and act out the situation in front of the group. This will teach them how they can be kind and giving to others. After each act, ask the audience what they would have done differently, if anything. Ask the actors why they did what they did.
5. Community Service
Depending on where you live, this may be easy or hard to accomplish. This is also a little difficult for younger girls. However, if there is something going on in your community that maybe the girls are able to participate in, set something up to where they can help out and care for others.
Some ideas for this age group may be:
– Wipe tables down at a soup kitchen.
– Help sort clothes or food at a pantry.
– Help weed the community garden.
There are so many ways to share your life with others and so many ways to care for other people. This is what Girl Scouting is all about and is definitely a Try-It that should be earned.