New Leadership Pathways
Questions about Program Levels and GSSJC’s Way of Work
GSSJC’s “Transition Period” for implementing the new GSUSA grade-level Program-level groupings is the 2008 – 2009 Girl Scout Membership Year. This transition year begins on October 1, 2008, and ends on September 30, 2009. In most cases, “sooner is better”, as it will make it easier for girls to take advantage of the resources that have been carefully designed with them in mind.
1st grade Girl Scout Daisies -- 1st graders who are new to Girl Scouting will be able to enjoy exploring the currently-available Girl Scout Daisy program materials as well as the newest GSUSA Daisy-level resource entitled “Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden”. Experienced Daisies may earn some of the easier try-its during this transition year. GSSJC will be flexible during this transition about girls wearing these recognitions on their uniforms. Troops are encouraged to ask the girls where they would like to have their try-it’s placed and to follow the girls’ lead. They may move their try-it’s to their Brownie vests or sashes when they bridge.
For the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards--girls should follow the existing GSUSA guidelines for earning these awards with the following exceptions:
- Bronze Award--Girls currently working on the Bronze Award who will be entering the 6th grade in Fall 2008 will have until September 30, 2009 to finish all parts of the Bronze Award. They may not, however, work simultaneously on the Bronze Award and Silver Award. If a girl completes her Bronze Award during this transition year, she may then begin work on the Silver Award.
- GSSJC strongly recommends that girls who will be entering the 6th grade in Fall 2008 and who have not begun work on any parts of the Bronze Award start working on the Silver Award. If 6th grade girls choose to work on the Bronze Award they will be allowed to do so this year only. Although difficult, it is not impossible for a girl to complete the Bronze Award (start to finish) within a year. GSSJC discourages this approach, as it will then give girls only two years to earn their Silver Awards.
- Silver Award--Girls currently working on the Silver Award who will be entering the 9th grade in Fall 2008 will have until September 30, 2009 to finish all parts of the Silver Award. They may not, however, work simultaneously on the Silver Award and Gold Award. If a girl completes her Silver Award during this transition year, she may then begin work on the Gold Award.
- Girls who will be entering the 9th grade in Fall 2008 and have not begun work on any parts of the Silver Award should begin work on the Gold Award. If 9th grade girls choose to work on the Silver Award they will be allowed to do so this year only. Completing the requirements and Silver Award project will be extremely challenging; but not impossible for a highly motivated girl to accomplish (start to finish) within a year. GSSJC discourages this approach, since it will then gives girls only three years to earn their Gold Awards.
Remember, ask the girls. Empower them to help make these decisions that will affect their Girl Scout Leadership experience.
Email or call the following members of the GSSJC Spring Conference Delegation: