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Junior Program Ideas

Program Ideas and Adaptations for Juniors

This year, your Juniors will discover new passions, level up their skills, and maybe even make their mark in their community by starting their Girl Scout Bronze Award! Encourage them to go the distance with these fun and easy badges, Journeys, and activities, adapted for both virtual and safe in-person meetings. We’ll be adding content throughout the year, so bookmark this page and check back often!

How to use these resources:
Democracy for Juniors Badge

Juniors will learn more about how their government works—from their own town or city to the whole country.

PURPOSE:

When girls have earned this badge, they’ll know more about local and state government, as well as the three branches of the federal government.

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Find out about local government
2. Find out about state government
3. Find out about our country’s legislative branch
4. Find out about our country’s executive branch
5. Find out about our country’s judicial branch

PLAN YOUR MEETING:

  • Video demonstration: Watch a volunteer lead Step 4 of this badge. 
 
  • Leading an engaging Junior meeting: Recommendations for facilitating group conversations, handling supplies, and organizing your meeting  
  • Digital ice breakers and games
  • Virtual meeting agenda (PDF): Use this resource to help you adapt the meeting plans found in the Volunteer Toolkit
  • Step-by-step planner: Sign in to the Volunteer Toolkit to find instructions for meeting 1  and meeting 2  of this badge, including materials lists, scripts, meeting aids, and more. 
Animal Habitats Badge

Juniors will find out more about where animals live, how they play, and how humans can help them.  

PURPOSE:

When girls have earned this badge, they’ll know more about wild animals and how to protect their homes. 

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Find out about wild animals
2. Investigate an animal habitat
3. Create an animal house
4. Explore endangered habitats
5. Help protect animal habitats

PLAN YOUR MEETING:
Automotive Design Badge

Juniors will discover how to create vehicles by sketching and sculpting a model.

PURPOSE:

When girls have earned this badge, they’ll know about innovation and market research. They’ll also know how to create criteria and sketch and sculpt a vehicle. 

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Explore mobility across time
2. Conduct automotive market research
3. Create your vehicle’s design criteria
4. Sketch a vehicle to meet your criteria
5. Sculpt and share your vehicle

PLAN YOUR MEETING:

  • Video demonstration: Watch a volunteer lead Steps 2–5 of this badge.
 
Business Jumpstart Badge

Juniors learn that everyone has the ability to come up with an idea—it’s what you do to bring it to life that makes you an entrepreneur!

PURPOSE: 

When girls have earned this badge, they’ll have come up with an idea, gotten feedback on it, and pitched it to others—just like an entrepreneur!

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Create a prototype that solves a problem  
2. Get feedback  
3. Revise your prototype  
4. Come up with a pitch  
5. Pitch your idea to an audience 

PLAN YOUR MEETING​:

  • Video demonstration: Watch a volunteer lead Step 1 of this badge

 
Cookie CEO Badge

Juniors find out that when they sell Girl Scout Cookies, they’re already running their own business!

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Create a prototype that solves a problem  
2. Get feedback  
3. Revise your prototype  
4. Come up with a pitch  
5. Pitch your idea to an audience 

PLAN YOUR MEETING​:

  • Video demonstration: Watch a volunteer lead Step 1 of this badge.

 
Savvy Shopper Badge

Juniors explore the difference between needs and wants and learn how to save for both.

PURPOSE: 

When girls have earned this badge, they’ll know the difference between what they need and what they want—and they’ll be able to wisely save money for both.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Explore your needs and wants
  2. Look into why you want what you want
  3. Find out what makes people happy (or not!) with what they buy
  4. Learn how to decide what to buy 
  5. Make a plan to buy something you need or want 

PLAN YOUR MEETING​:

  • Video demonstration: Watch a volunteer lead Step 2 of this badge

 

Find even more adapted activities in the Volunteer Toolkit—just look for the “Virtual” icon! Browse Award and Badge Explorer to see all of the badges, Journeys, and awards that will excite your Juniors!

Coming February 2021

  • World Thinking Day
  • Eco Camper
  • Outdoor Journey Take Action
  • Camper
  • Travel
  • Think Like A Scientist Journey

Looking for more troop leader training tools and planning resources to navigate the virtual space? Check out the Troop Leader Blueprint.