Make new friends and keep the old. That is how the saying goes. In Girl Scouting, there is always a chance to make a new friend and spend time with your old friends. You can do many fun things with your friends that you both enjoy. That is probably the reason friends are friends in the first place because of things you have in common. Earning the Friends are Fun Try-It will allow girls to do fun things with their friends and even get a chance to meet new friends. Of course, friends usually do things together to have fun so what makes this so different than everyday play? Well, these activities are crafts and creations the girls can do together to create a bond between them. Also, there is opportunities to make new friends which some girls may find hard to do at first.
To earn this Try-It, girls must complete four activities. Because this is about friends, it is best done in a troop. Some of the girls may not be friends or know each other well so this is a perfect opportunity to get the troop closer. Of course, if you as a troop do something regularly or different than what is listed here, count that as one of the requirements and only complete three more. You can make this be a whole meeting session or break it down into using craft time from each meeting for this. It is a little more fun to do it all at once, but choose the way in which you have time for.
1. Friendship bracelets
There are many ways to make a friendship bracelet. You can just use embroidery floss and create a small one or even use beads to make a little bigger one. Ask the girls how they want to make them. They may decide to make all the same color as a troop bracelet or do a BFF type of thing and trade with each other. The most important thing to remember is to make sure if they trade within the group, it needs to be fair and everyone gets another person’s bracelet. You don’t want anyone’s feelings getting hurt with this project. Another option they might choose would be to each make one and give to a friend outside of Girl Scouts.
2. Secret Code
Have the girls choose a way to make a secret code. The code can be made from letters or symbols or a combination. As long as they all know the key, they can create the code however they like. Use a poster board to write the key on once they decide on the code. Then have the girls each create a short message about friendship using the code. They can pass their message to another girl for everyone to solve a different person’s code.
This is a fun way to have a “secret language” between friends. Encourage them to do this outside of the troop with their friends to make up their own codes.
3, Paper Designs
Create some troop stationary. Get some stamp sets and have the girls design their own stationary to use to write letters to their friends. They can create a common design or create their own. Make sure they leave enough room on the paper to actually write something. You can even provide envelopes that they can design in the same way.
4. Flower Power
The chrysanthemum represents friendship. Get some chrysanthemum seeds and pots and have the girls plant some seeds for their friend. If desired, it is a great idea to also decorate the container before the soil and seeds are placed in the pot. Make sure the girls know why this flower was chosen. Otherwise, they might have wanted a different type of flower.
5. New Friends
Encourage the girls to set out and find new friends at school or anywhere outside of the troop. If they see a lonely girl at recess, they can go play with her. While this seems relatively simple, it is sometimes a daunting task for young girls who may be shy. Coach them on what to say and how to invite a new girl to play or even attend a troop meeting. Make sure to praise the girls who have done this afterward so they feel sense of accomplishment in this trying task. You never know, that lonely girl might become their friend for life!
No matter which activities you choose to complete this Try-It, let the girls know that good friends will be friends forever. They need to be nice to their friends in order to keep their friends. Give them examples in your own life of some of your best friendships so they can see how even in adulthood, friendships are important.