Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Check out the August Troop Program Ideas!

Each month between issues of The Golden Link, GSSJC offers younger troops some fun program ideas for their troop meetings, camping weekends and more! Visit thegoldenlink.org for a new Troop Program Ideas six times a year in February, April, June, August, October and December.

The August 2014 Troop Program Ideas will be available soon, but today on the blog we're giving you a sneak peek at one of our favorite articles from it. Enjoy these four games for getting to know your new troop better!

You've joined Girl Scouts and have a whole new troop of girls to get to know - yay! How do you get started at your first troop meeting? Help girls get to know each other and learn everyone’s names with one of these fun and easy ice breaker games:

M&M Game 

Give each girl a mini package of M&Ms for a meeting snack, but before they eat their treat they must share a fact about themselves using the following color codes:

Red - Something about yesterday
Orange - Something you do well
Yellow - Something about your childhood
Green - Something you watch/listen to
Blue - Something you learned last week
Brown - Something you can’t live without

Name Chase 
This game is a modified version of Duck, Duck, Goose. Have the girls sit around in a circle facing each other. One girl is chosen to be “it” to start the game. The girl who is “it” stands up and walks around the outside of the circle tapping each girl on the head and saying their name, with prompting if necessary. At some point when she taps a child on the head, she will say the name of the group instead (Girl Scout Daisies, Girl Scout Brownies, etc.) The chosen girl must now jump up and chase “it” around the circle, trying to tag “it” before she can sit down in her place. If she succeeds, “it” takes another turn. If she fails, she takes over as “it.”

Getting to Know You 
Girls and adults stand in a circle. An adult starts off the game by throwing a beanbag or ball at someone in the circle and asking a question at the same time - such as “What’s your name?”, “Do you have a brother or sister?”, “What’s your favorite color?” and so on. The person who catches the beanbag/ball must answer the question and then throw it on and ask their own question.

Name Toss 
Arrange the group in a circle. One person starts off by saying the name of someone else in the circle, and tossing the ball to them. That person then in turn says the name of a different person and tosses the ball to someone else who has not yet received the ball. That continues until everyone in the circle has received the ball once. Generally, the objective is to pass the ball around the circle without dropping it. If the ball is dropped, the group restarts until completed without dropping. For an extra round of fun, reserve the order of the circle once the ball has been successfully passed to the whole circle, and see who was really paying attention to names!

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