Sample U.S. Brownie Meeting
sent in by Cathy Corfey, GSUSA
In our town, most of our younger Girls Scouts, Junior and below, meet right after school on school property. Brownie meetings can run anywhere from 1 hour to 1.5 hours. Because the meetings are right after school, the children are usually hungry and in need of a snack. Although we have some multi-age troops, many of our troops are of the same age or grade level. Please note this troop only has 14 First Grade Girls. Other troops maybe larger and run their programs differently.
The girls’ individual names rotate through the jobs on the Kaper Chart on a weekly basis. At this level, the girls are not yet broken down into patrols as it is thought that they are too young. . This troop has selected these four jobs: Clean-up, Snack, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Special Helper
Opening Ceremony – Recite the Pledge of Allegiance, Girl Scout Promise and Law. This is usually done in a circle with either one of the girls or the leader holding the flag. It is lead by the girl on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies job (3 min.).
Snack – The girls usually have snack. The girl who brought in the Brownie Tin serves the others. The Brownie Tin is a container that holds the snack. This rotates on a weekly basis – alphabetically. Drinks are served by their Leader or a Program Aide. This is to avoid spillage. The others in the patrol hand out napkins and cups. They also help clean up. (10 min.)
Bathroom Break and clean-up – each girl clears her own place. The table is wiped down while they are in the restroom. (5-10 min.)
These can include anything from working on a part or parts of a Try-it,
learning new songs, making crafts, going on a field trip, and planning
future activities. This is usually done as a whole group. The Special
Helper can help get ready for any activities that need supplies to
be handed out etc. (30-60 min. depending on length of meeting).
Closing Ceremonies - Friendship Circle and Friendship Squeeze. (3 min.)
*Program Aides are
Cadette level Girl Scouts who have special training that enables them
to assist Leaders with younger level girls (Daisies, Brownies, and