Girl Scout Junior Leadership Development
The biggest change in our program from Brownies is the leadership rotation we've put in place for each girl to to plan and run a month's worth of activities.

We decided to do this, and the traditional path to the Girl Scout Bronze Award, because it seemed
to meet the needs of our girls better than the new Journeys. Once she's completed her month of leadership (along with a few other requirements including mentoring her successor) she is awarded the Girl Scout Junior Leader Torch.
Each month, a new girl is selected by the troop leaders to serve as the Junior Leader for the following month. We have a small candle-lighting ceremony (where she takes the Girl Scout spirit into her heart) and transfer the patrol leader cords to her vest (we have three patrols in our troop but opted to have one girl serve as the overall leader).
Angel does the primary leadership development, meeting with the Scout and her family. The Troop 10402 Junior Meeting Planner worksheet (at right) helps her plan out her meeting/outing/field trip and the activities she wants to complete. Angel or one of the other leaders helps the Junior Leader select a badge, activity, advancement, or something fun for her month, and coaching and mentoring her through the process. We try to have each girl lead three things - a meeting, an outing,and a weekend activity.
1) Plan activities at least 2 months in advance so we’re not scrambling and she can prepare
2) Each month we have a mentoring session with the incoming & outgoing girl leader.
3) A very short reflection after the first activity she leads. Don’t boil the ocean! Just get her thinking
4) Take whatever was discussed in the first reflection period, see if she’ll apply it, or keep doing what went well
5) Third reflection – get her thinking about what she’ll tell the next person
6) Next round of mentoring – outgoing girl reflects and shares her thoughts, incoming leader starts the cycle anew


 Girl Scout Junior Vest


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1. Junior Insignia Tab

2. World Trefoil Pin

3. Girl Scout Pin

4. Bronze Award Pin

5. Membership Numeral Guard

6A. Sign of the Rainbow

6B. Sign of the Sun

6C. Sign of the Star

6D. Sign of the World

7. Cookie Sale Activity Pin

8. Junior Journey Award Patch Set

9. Junior Badges

10. Junior Leadership Pin

11. Brownie Wings

12. Junior Aide Award

13. Bridge to Junior Girl Scouts

14. Safety Award Pin

15. Membership Star

16. Disc for Membership Star-green

17. Disc for Membership Star-yellow

18. Iron-On Troop Numerals

19. Troop Crest

20. Girl Scout Council Identification Set

21. Wavy American Flag Patch

22. Patrol Leader’s Cord

Girl Scout Junior badges (the circles, what used to be Try-Its) are worn in rows along the bottom of the vest.


Transferring Pins from your Brownie Vest

 Step 1

Get your Brownie vest. Take off the membership stars from underneath the troop numbers. You will have one star for each year you were in Girl Scouts. Don't forget the colored circles, blue for Daisies, green for Brownie! Next, remove the World Association pin (it's blue pin with a gold trefoil that looks like a clover leaf) from the brown insignia tab.

 Step 2

At your Bridging Ceremony you got a little card from Nick with a new membership star (this was for being a Third Grade Brownie Scout) and a gold Girl Scout Pin with an eagle. These may be still pinned to the card, and might be wherever you put your green Junior vest and your bridging certificate.

Go find them

 Step 3

Get your new green Junior vest. Put your membership stars under the troop numbers. Remember to pin the colored circles between the star and the vest. If you have a star with a blue Daisy circle, it should go on the outside of the row. Pin your World Association pin and your Girl Scout membership pin to the insignia tab on your vests. The blue and gold World Association tab goes on top.

You're done! Let Nick know if you are missing anything!


Tip: Badge Magic

Badge Magic is a cool “peel & stick” badge tape that you stick to the badge, and then iron on. It works MUCH better than other sewing shortcuts like fabric glue. You can remove the badges by heating them up with an iron again. It comes in precut sheets as well as one big sheet you can cut to match the badge (really good for those weird shaped ones on the back of your vest). You can order it online at www.badgemagic.com or buy it at the Girl Scout store in the Klein Bank Building (it's open Tuesdays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.) Nick also has some if you want to cut out a small piece and try it (it's about $6 for two sheets.)

Nick will bring some to our planning meeting on September 29th so if you have any badges falling off, bring them too, and we'll get them stuck back





Girls Scouts, Read This: About Your Vest and Insignia

Your vest tells a lot about you, who you are, and what you’ve done! At the top of the vest on the left is the US flag patch, followed by the Girl Scouts of America patch, and our Council patch. These identify you first as an American, then as a Girl Scout, then a member of our Council (Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.)

Next are our Troop numbers, 10402, and a special patch called the Troop Crest, which is like our symbol or mascot. We haven’t picked this out yet, but will, sometime in the fourth grade.

After the troop information, the next insignia tell others Scouts something about who you are. The stars pins under the troop number show your years in Scouting: Blue stars are for Daisy years, and Green for Brownies. Someday we'll also have Yellow for Juniors, White for Cadettes, and Red for Seniors.

In Troop 10402, everyone who was in the Troop in third grade bridged to Juniors, so a rainbow comes next to show we completed the six bridging requirements. Girls who were Brownies automatically receive wings, which are placed under the bridging patch. There is a space for the Junior Aide award. This is a leadership award you earn by helping younger scouts. The Bridging Rainbow, Junior Aide, and Brownie Wings all tell about your relationship with younger scouts. They show that you were once one yourself, and you now help them today. A torch-shaped pin shows you’ve held the torch of leadership and have earned the Junior Leadership Pin. There's also special pin called the Safety Award that goes under the membership stars that we haven't earned yet.

On the left hand side, you have a World Association Pin that shows you are a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. There are four Sign patches we can earn that show what strengths you have worked on for yourself: Sign of the Rainbow, Sign of the Sun, Sign of the Star, and Sign of the World. These are followed by cookie pins, which show the goals you achieved for yourself and your troop.

Finally, your Junior Badges go in rows along the bottom of your vest. You should start these on your right side, moving out from the middle. Once the first row is full, you should start on row on the left side to balance them out.

The back of the vest and sash are the only acceptable place for patches, which are generally given out for participation with no other requirements. It is not ok to place any patches on the vest that are not related to Girl Scout activities.

Remember: Your vest shows who you are and what you have done. Take care of it, treat it with respect, and always remember you represent all Girl Scouts everywhere when you wear it.