Do you ever hear that your kids are bored? They need something to do after their school work is finished. Well, tell them to start a hobby. Now that simple statement may not be that easy to achieve without discovering things they enjoy first. Maybe some girls already have a hobby and don’t even know it. Earning the Brownie Hobbies Try-It will show the girls that their favorite pastimes can become a fun hobby.
To earn any Brownie Try-It, girls must complete four activities. Because of the way the activities are broken down in the book, it is easy to combine everything into one complete project without even knowing you have completed four separate activities.
This can be done individually or as a troop. Doing this as a troop will involve brainstorming and then separate for each girl based on their favorite pastimes. Because this is about hobbies and since each girl is different, you can start this in a troop form, but it is best to leave it up to each girl individually to choose their own hobby. Make sure parents are aware of the intentions with this Try-It in case the girl is interested in something new that may involve money.
The first thing to do is to explain to the girls what a hobby is and how people choose their hobbies. Tell them about one of your hobbies to give them an idea. Have each girl write down things they enjoy doing. This list can range from swimming to sewing to collecting rocks. When they have made a list of maybe 5-10 things, let them choose their absolute favorite or one they want to focus on more. There is a checklist in the Try-It book they can use to decide if this hobby would be best for them. They can use the checklist on each item they wrote in their list and then take it home and discuss it with their parents to see which one would be the best for them to choose based on the results of the checklist.
After narrowing down their list to one or two items, select the most favorite item and start from there. Let the girls know that people can have more than one hobby, but to be good at something they should work on only one at a time at first. Depending on the type of hobby, whether it is collecting things, playing a sport, or making things, tell the girls they need to work on their hobby.
If they are collecting things, show them how to organize their collection. Maybe they can make a binder with a list of all their items in the binder or make labels for each item. If they wish, they can start categorizing them into groups and adding date found, location found, etc. for each item. If they are just starting off and collecting something small, maybe they only need a shoebox. Let them think about what they will do with their collection when it grows.
If their hobby is playing a sport or an instrument, make sure to tell them they need to practice. Have them keep a log of all the times they practice their hobby and stick with it. Once they become good in their activity, tell them to teach a family member or friend some part of their activity.
If their hobby is making some type of craft, they also need to practice this. Again, they can make a list of when they do their hobby. Give them the idea to create something as a gift for someone. They can also make projects and display or use them in their home. One of my hobbies as a child was to make things with plastic canvas. I made a lot of display type items such as haunted houses and tissue box holders. One year for Christmas, I figured out something each person on my list would like and I made them all something from my craft. This is a great idea to get them going.
Finally, if all the girls in the troop are working on this Try-It, give them a few months and see if they would like to have a show and tell meeting where everyone can show off their hobby to the other girls. They can teach the troop their sport, show off their collection, or display some hand crafted items. Most importantly at this show and tell meeting is for you to also bring your hobby with you. I believe girls at this age appreciate when their troop leaders participate in activities, and when you show off your hobby, they can see that everyone and any age can have a hobby starting out when they are young.
One final note with this Try-It, there are more four requirements here. Therefore, you do not have to do all of these things to earn this Try-It. The girls should brainstorm, pick their favorite pastimes, complete the survey, and work on their hobby. The Try-It will have been earned at this point, however, the show and tell meeting is a fun recap for all the girls if you can do it.
GSUSA, Try-Its for Brownie Girl Scouts, 2000.