In the Girl Scouts, friendships can be made that last a lifetime. The youngest scouts are called Junior Girl Scouts. These are girls in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. It is an important time in a girl's life, and scouting can help build self esteem, leadership ability and teamwork skills. Some games are meant to help build skills, but others are played simply to blow off steam with friends.
For Balloon Ball, one balloon is needed. Separate the girls into two groups, with each group facing each other in a line. They should be close enough to the players across from them that their toes are touching. The leader throws the balloon into the air. As it floats down, the girls hit it. With their two lines serving as a "net", each line tries to knock the balloon to the floor behind the other team.
Do As I Say, Not As I Do
For this game, a leader is chosen to stand in front of the girls, or the troop leader can do it herself. The leader tells the girls to do as they say, not as they do. The leader instructs the girls to do an action, such as "rub the top of your head," while the leader acts out a different action, like jumping up and down. Any girl who does the wrong action is out. The game is won by the last girl standing.
In Fruit Basket, one chair for each girl is placed in a circle. As the girls sit, they are assigned the name of a fruit, alternating between four fruits, such as apples, bananas, peaches and pears. As a fruit name is called, all the girls with that name must jump up and switch places with another girl. More than one fruit can be called at once. Or the leader can call "Fruit Basket," and all the girls must get up and find another seat.
For an Unature Hike, each girl will need a sheet of paper, a pencil and a garbage bag. The game also involves twice as many items as there are girls. The items must not be part of the natural landscape (e.g., a paper plate). The items are set along the trail by the scout leader in a subtle way, so they don't immediately stand out. The girls, in teams of two, must walk the trail and write down everything they see that does not belong there. The leader then takes the group through the trail and points out the litter items. The girls pick them up and place them in their bags.
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