New Interest Projects - Fun & Exciting for Teen Girl Scouts!
HERE THEY ARE!
These new Interest Projects (IPs) are available online only and are free for you to download or print:
In the Pink http://www.studio2b.org/lounge/gs_stuff_pink.asp
Join the fight against breast cancer by thinking “pink”.
Uncovering the Evidence http://www.studio2b.org/lounge/gs_stuff/ip_evidence.asp
This is CSI – One Cool Science investigation of the forensic kind!
Make the most of your TV watching by becoming an expert at it.
Clothes may be store bought, but fashion is what YOU make it!
MORE Interest Projects to come in the near future: BXtreme, Global Girls, Home Is Where the Heart Is, On Your Own, G.O.Girl! These are supposed to be online during November/December 2005. Check the website for Studio 2B for more info – http://www.studio2b.org
It's All About YOUR Voices and Choices
The awards for the new IPs are the product of your feedback—some of them were designed by girls and all of them incorporate contemporary elements you asked for. Two of the IPs ("In the Pink" and "Home Is Where the Heart Is") offer a choice between a patch, a charm, or a pin.
All of the new IPs offer the choice of either a patch or a certificate (suitable for framing or a portfolio). Your accomplishments can be recognized with a certificate as a stand-alone award or as an additional award. The certificate is designed so it can be awarded not just for the new IPs—but for any IP earned.
Wear It Proudly
No matter which type of award you choose to earn, wear, or display, be proud of it—it symbolizes all you have learned, accomplished, and shared. The awards are available for purchase from your local Girl Scout council shop, the online Girl Scout shop or from National Equipment Services (800-221-6707).
In some very significant ways, these IPs are different from those offered in the Interest Projects for Girls book. In addition to fresh topics, the IPs' activity structure, category names, requirements, and awards are new! All the changes can be traced to something you, your sister Girl Scouts, or an adult volunteer/staff person suggested.
The LEARN, DO, SHARE Model
In the feedback we received, an overwhelming number of you mentioned the need to update the structure of IP activities and the requirements for earning them.
When asked to create an IP of their own, girls consistently used words like "learn," "try," "do," "share," and "teach" in the activities they proposed (like the one pictured here from a focus group).
To reflect the ideas suggested by girls like you, the four activity categories (Technology, Skill Builders, Service Projects, and Career Exploration) have been merged into three:
LEARN: Acquire new skills while building your knowledge of a specific topic.
DO: Practice your newfound skills and knowledge. Many of these activities engage you in exploring a career path that might potentially interest or benefit you in the future.
SHARE: Really shine by demonstrating your new skills and knowledge in a leadership role. Many of these activities ask you to develop and plan a sharing project in your community.
There are six steps, described below, for completing each of the new IPs:
1. BUILD: Build a skill foundation by doing the IP's REQUIRED activity (each IP has one REQUIRED activity separate from the LEARN, DO, SHARE activities).
2. LEARN: Do ONE activity of your choice from the LEARN category.
3. DO: Do ONE activity of your choice from the DO category.
4. SHARE: Do ONE activity of your choice from the SHARE category.
5. DESIGN and DO an activity of YOUR OWN (based on a SMART goal you'll plan with the help of an adult advisor). Designing a goal and activity of YOUR OWN is a great way to build and flex your leadership skills! See How do I design a SMART goal? Separate page.
6. REFLECT: Prepare a short REFLECTION describing what part(s) of the Promise and Law relates to what you did while earning the IP. Think about how this IP has given you skills or greater understanding to help you live out that part(s) of the Promise and Law in your own life and then prepare a REFLECTION that best expresses your experiences and personality, such as a:
1-2 paragraph description
If you'd like, use the MY REFLECTION form (see attached) for recording your REFLECTION and what part of the Promise and Law applies to it. You may want to keep forms in a binder you design to create a journal of your experiences and personal growth. Of course, you always have the option of creating your own format for recording your own REFLECTION.
Many of the activities work hand-in-hand so you build on skills first learned in the REQUIRED and LEARN categories. You can then use those skills or knowledge to accomplish one of the DO or SHARE activities as well as YOUR OWN goal. As you plan which activities you'll do, keep these connections in mind.
The graphic of a chicken nugget appears in a few places within the new IP content as a friendly reminder against "double-dipping." One of the BGFG Committee members (Allison, age 15) came up with the idea of having a "Chicken Nugget" warning alongside activities where you might be tempted to "double-dip." Remember, you can only count an activity once toward completing an IP and you must do six different activities in order to earn the IPA.
You, your sister Girl Scouts, or an adult volunteer/staff person suggested these changes to IPs—and they also had some recommendations for updating the current structure of the IPs found in Interest Projects for Girls 11-17. See What Happens with the Other IPs on the website so they can be modeled like new IPs: do 2 Skill Builders, do 2 activities of your choice from the 4 categories (different categories), design and do one goal of your own (Smart Goal), and prepare a short Reflection.
SMART GOAL: Build and Flex Leadership Skills: Design a Goal of YOUR OWN
Earning one of these 10 new IPs requires you to exercise the freedom to design a goal of YOUR OWN. While your own imagination is the best resource, you're free to use activities you find in other sources, too.
Before starting work on it, discuss your goal with your adult advisor. They'll be able to coach you on creating a goal that is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) by:
In addition to our suggestions, there are many other resources in your library or on the Web that can help you with writing SMART goals.
1. Write one paragraph or so explaining what the goal of YOUR OWN activity is. When writing the goal, take time to consider questions like:
2. Once you've written the explanation, list the steps you'll take to achieve this goal.
3. Review what you've written with your adult advisor before beginning work on YOUR OWN goal's activity. Discuss how the chosen steps will enable you to reach your goal.
#5: MY OWN SMART GOAL
IP Name_________________ Girl Name___________________________________
I expect to LEARN…….DO…….SHARE (circle one):
I want to come away from this experience with:
Signed: (Girl)__________________________ Date___________
Part(s) of the Promise and Law that relates to what I did in this IP:
Signed: (Girl)__________________________ Date___________