Are you planning your October Brownie Troop meeting? Here’s a meeting plan that incorporates Halloween, safety and fun all into one. Your troop will learn important tips for staying safe at Halloween and get to celebrate the season. Encourage your troop members to wear their costumes (with their Brownie vest, of course) to add extra fun to the meeting.
Start your meeting with the Girl Scout Promise and any old and new business for your troop. Have each girl introduce herself and talk about her Halloween costume. If members aren’t wearing their costumes, have them each explain what they are going to be for Halloween. If a girl doesn’t know what she’s going to be for Halloween yet, have the other Brownies suggest possible costumes for her.
Using handouts from the National Crime Prevention Center (www.ncpc.org), have a discussion with the Brownie Scouts about Halloween Safety. There is a Safety Quiz and Coloring Page available from this site at this link: http://www.ncpc.org/topics/by-audience/law-enforcement/teaching-children/handouts/mcgruffs-halloween-safety-quiz-and-coloring-page.pdf. You can have the girls color quietly for a few minutes and then take the quiz out loud, calling on various members to answer the quiz questions. You can also continue the conversation by asking further questions, reminding the children to talk to their parents about Halloween safety, and asking them to share the safety tips with their siblings and other friends. There are other coloring pages and games available at the site that you can also you in the meeting, or print out and send home with each Brownie. Check out more resources at http://www.ncpc.org/topics/halloween-safety.
For this meeting, your troop can earn the Brownie Try-It bade for Safety Sense. You can buy this badge online at http://store.girlscoutshop.org/brownietryits.html. We buy our badges beforehand and have a mom volunteer to iron them on during the meeting. That way, each Brownie goes home with a new badge after the meeting. This is always a highlight for our Troop members.
In addition to the safety lesson, we added some Halloween fun into the meeting. Using a Halloween Bingo kit we got from Target (www.target.com), we had each Brownie Scout decorate her Bingo card. We then played several rounds of Bingo and had the various members serve as the Bingo callers.
We also sent each Brownie home with a Halloween treat from the leaders. We took advantage of the $1 section at Target and created a small Halloween bucket for each Brownie. In the bucket, we included Halloween stickers, erasers, pencils, and a few pieces of candy. We focused on providing more non-candy items in the bucket given the children will get so much candy on the actual holiday.
End your meeting with the Friendship Squeeze!
What’s your troop doing to celebrate Halloween? Feel free to comment here and share your Brownie Scout meeting ideas!