Brownies: Quest and Home Scientist

Tonight we started Quest! Admittedly, I am doing it drastically differently from the books, but I’m still keeping the essence of the Journey intact. I put together a basic outline of what we’ll be doing.

Our meeting went like this:

Opening Circle
Intro to Quest / Circle of Caring / Discovering Values worksheet
Hula hoop game from pg 60 of the leader’s book
Home Scientist experiment (static electricity)
Discovering Me worksheet
Home Scientist experiment (kitchen chemist)
Closing Circle
Handed out Discovering Family worksheet to parents

questSession 1
I opened by telling the girls we were going to start a quest that will help us learn about our community, our place in our community, and what we  can do to help. We have three keys to earn before we can unlock the quest. Below, I’ve just pretended that I’m talking to the girls directly. It’s easier to type that way.

Community starts out small, with us, and gets bigger until it encompasses the whole world. I drew a small circle in the middle of a piece of paper and labeled it “me.” You are the first part of community, but you are also the smallest part since there is only one of you. How do you take care of yourself?

I drew a slightly larger circle around the first and labeled it “my family.” The next community you interact with is your family. It’s  still a small circle, but it’s larger than the first because there is more than one person in your family. How do you help/take care of your family?

The next community we have is our Girl  Scout community. I drew another circle around the other two and labeled it “girl scouts.” This circle is bigger because our Girl Scout family is larger than our family family. How have we helped other Girl Scouts? We sent care packages to Girl Scouts in Staten Island who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The next community is our town. I drew another circle around the other three and labeled it “my town/community.” Our town is a community because a bunch of people live there and help each other. You don’t have to know someone in your community in order to help them. What are some examples of how we can help our community? I also gave examples of the food drive the local Boy Scout Pack does each December, and how people donated money at our cookie booth so we could send cookies to deployed troops.

The last community is our world community. I drew the final circle around the rest and labeled it “world community.” This goes beyond our town, state, and country to every person who lives on earth. How can we help people who live in a different part of the world?

Tonight, we’re going to start small. We’re going to start with ourselves. Here is the Girl Scout Law. Laid out our GS Law strips and read them. You and a partner need to figure out which line of the law, or value, is important to you. Then you need to figure out why it’s important and how you show that value. Handed out the Discovering Values worksheet and had the girls pair up. Both myself and my assistant leader had to give prompts at times to the girls to help them fill the first four boxes out. Then the girls shared their values with the group and wrote down everyone’s answer. Then they wrote down one talent for every girl present (a whopping 4 girls tonight), and then they discussed and wrote down why they thought the GS Law is important. Figuring out what values are important to you will help us figure out what we want our Take Action Project to be. This will help give us ideas.

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To take a break from seatwork (the girls were getting very wiggly), we played the hula hoop game shown on page 60 of the leader’s book.  We stood in a circle, held hands, and passed a hula hoop around without letting it touch the ground or letting go of each others hands. It took a few tries to get a system down, but we got it, and the girls loved it. When we finished, I told them that his game shows how as a community we help one another.

After we did one of the science experiments, the girls did the Discovering Me worksheet. They did need some prompting, but figured it out mostly on their own. They got very giggly during this, particularly when they did the “I never (blank) because (blank)” prompt. When they were finished, we went around in a circle and shared our answers.

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At the end of the meeting, I handed out the Discovering Family worksheet to the parents so they could complete it at home as a family. I explained that part of our journey is to learn about what values are important to us and how those values can help our community. These sheets will help give the girls ideas for their final project.

Home ScientistHome Scientist Badge
We did the last three steps of this badge at our camp out in October, leaving only Step 1 (kitchen chemist) and Step 2 (static electricity) to be done tonight. We started with static electricity, using a comb to bend a stream of running water. I gave each girl a small, black comb to brush their hair with. Then they held it almost touching the stream of water. This was definitely a hit with the girls. They loved watching the water bend.

Our second experiment was the kitchen chemist. I had initially intended to have the girls make ice cream, but I would have had to buy most of the supplies. Instead, we made salad dressing since I had all of the ingredients on hand. I did modify the experiment slightly in that I gave each girl a baby food jar to put the ingredients in. Each girl put what amounted to 1/4 of the amounts called for in the recipe into her jar.

Before I let them mix the dressing, I explained about the varying densities of the mustard, vinegar, and olive oil. I also explained what an emulsion was. Then we put the lids on, and the girls shook the jars as hard as they could. Each one had to try a taste of her dressing (I passed around some baby carrots). The girls enjoyed the process, but not so much the tasting.

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