Keep working on Thinking Day activities. Have an imaginary trip around the world and play songs or games or have food from different parts of the world. Make Thinking Day paper chains to count down to Thinking Day. On each chain, write one good deed or nice thing they should do that day for someone.
Celebrate Lunar New Year. Especially easy if you or a parent in the troop is Asian. Do some origami or calligraphy. Sample foods, learn about customs, try chopsticks, etc.
Have a ‘loud singing’ contest - especially good for a rainy day when everybody feels cooped up.
Spend time going over personal safety - calling 911, fires, strangers, how not to get lost, what to do if you get lost etc. There are a few patch programs that help with teaching these topics and keeping information age-appropriate.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day. There are lots of crafts, foods, etc. to try. Have the girls bring Valentines for each other, or have them write positive notes about each girl in the troop to exchange. Or, have a Valentine, cookie, sticker or ??? exchange.
Discuss the fact that our founder, Juliette Gordon Lowe, was deaf. Learn the alphabet in sign language. Learn how to say your name. See if you can have a person visit who knows sign language. Perhaps they could teach you to sign a favorite song or the Girl Scout Promise.
In February, the French people have a lemon festival in the town of Mentone. A parade of lemon-filled wagons in the lemon parade travels through streets lined with lemon, orange, grapefruit and tangerine decorations. Make a lemon meringue pie, lemonade or?
Have a Father/Daughter dessert night, or perhaps even a decorated cake contest, with Dads and daughters creating their cakes together before the meeting.
Hold a coat or blanket drive in your community to benefit a homeless shelter.
Learn how to jump rope. Play Double Dutch.
Plan a Mother-Daughter Tea. Role-play introductions and practice table setting. Play a table setting relay race. At the Tea, have mothers and daughters bring baby pictures. Pass the pictures around and let everyone guess the identities. Let the girls act as hostess to their mothers. Play a game like Bingo.
Attending the Thinking Day event is a must! This is a great chance for the girls to participate and know that they are part of a larger organization than just their own troop.
Celebrate Lincoln’s birthday with building log cabins or making old-fashioned vegetable or stone soup.
Celebrate Washington’s birthday - anything with cherries seems to work. Or, get a copy of the children’s book “George Washington’s Breakfast,” and make the food from the book. Or, talk about the Presidents in general. How many have there been? What are the requirements for becoming President?
Make silhouettes of the girls heads by shining a light past their profile and tracing onto a piece of black construction paper. Mount on a circular piece of paper. How do the girls think they would look on a coin?
In February, the Vietnamese people celebrate Tet, a seven day festival. A symbolic farewell is bid to “kitchen gods” who are supposed to ascend to heaven to report on members of the family. Firecrackers are set off to mark the departure of kitchen gods. There is a ceremony to welcome the return of ancestral spirits at midnight, then bid farewell three days later. A leafy branch covered with fruit and flowers symbolizes a prosperous year to come. Perhaps you could find some way to celebrate this festival, especially if you or someone you know is Vietnamese and could help you.
Much of the world celebrates Shrove Tuesday or Carnival, or Fat Tuesday. This is the last day before Lent for Christians, a period of forty days of quiet and self-examination, as well as fasting. In South America, there are parades, tricks and revelry, masks and games, and feasting. In Denmark, there are Shrovetide buns. In England, there is Pancake Day. In the Netherlands, they eat bread filled with sausage.
Make plaster masks. Put cold cream on faces and cover with ‘Faster Plaster’ a product available at craft stores like Michaels. It is gauze with plaster that you wrap. Put cotton balls over eyes and straws in mouth to breathe. Have the girls work in partners. Or, cut half-masks out of ‘Fun Foam’ and decorate with feathers, sequins, etc.
Have a Teddy Bear’s picnic. Let all the girls bring their favorite bear, dress up, and have a tea party. It might be fun to have a troop bear who could visit the homes of the girls in turn, with a journal to tell about his adventures. After he’s been to all the homes in the troop, perhaps you could send him on some adventures with other troops, and even mail him away to different places.
First Aid. Teach some simple First Aid skills such as what to do for a nosebleed or a knocked out tooth. There are many books and programs that cater to different age groups.
Sew dunk bags. These could be made out of open-weave dish rags or heavy duty lace curtain material, or any kind of heavy (not tulle) netting material you can find. Sew two pieces of fabric together around three sides. Sew a casing around the top, and insert a drawstring. Practice proper dishwashing techniques for camping.
Play the Feelings Game. Start the discussion by relating an incident where someone’s feelings were hurt because of something said. Ask the girls to name some feelings. As they name them, write them down on strips of paper (e.g. happy, sad, scared, proud, mad.) Have the girls take turns taking a strip and acting it out without words or sounds. Discuss how you can tell how a person feels by looking at her.
Assemble Autograph Books. Let the girls gather autographs from the other troop members. Instruct the girls that they need to write a note to each girl with at least three things that they admire about that person.
Make jewelry. String beads, make bread dough beads, use friendly plastic, shrink art, knotted friendship bracelets or anklets or ??? There are many local bead and crafts shops that can help you come up with appropriate projects, or even check out jewelry making kits in toy stores.
Have a weather relay race - each group has a set of boots, jacket, hat, gloves, scarf. First in line puts on all items, runs to the designated spot and back, takes off items and gives them to the next girl, etc.
Have a pet sharing day. Ask the girls to bring their pet to the meeting (if appropriate.) Discuss proper care and feeding of a pet. Or, visit a pet shelter. Or, ask a vet to come and visit. Learn about first aid for pets. Collect used rugs and towels to donate to an animal shelter.
Make pet rocks. Have the girls find rocks and decorate them with wiggly eyes, felt, fur or hair. Cut out feet from fun foam.