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Girl Scouts


We are part of the Girls Scouts of Southern Illinois
Council website:
Our Active troops are:

 Germantown Daisy Troop #840 (Kindergarten)

-Leader TBA
-Daisy Scouts earn petals to place on their Daisy smock.

                                 Germantown Brownie Troop #440 (Grades 1-3)

-Leader Tammy Albers
-Brownie Scouts earn Try-Its to place on their vest or sash.


Germantown Junior Troop #442 (Grades 4-6)

-Leader Deb Beckmann
-Junior Scouts earn badges and the Sign of the Sun, sign of the World, Sign
of the Rainbow, and Sign of the Star to place on their vest or sash. 
-Special awards they can earn are the Junior Leadership Award, Junior Aide award, and the Bronze Award.

Germantown Cadette Troop #441 (Grades 7-9)

-Leader Rose Detmer
-Cadette Girl Scouts can earn the special Silver Award.
-Cafette Girl Scouts earn tan badges, service training bars, and the Cadette Girl
Scout Leadership Award

Senior Girl Scouts (Grades 10-12) (none presently in Germantown)

-Senior Girl Scouts can earn the special Gold Award.
-Senior Girl Scouts earn projects patches and pins, service training bars, and the
Ten Year Award.


The national annual membership fee for Girl Scouts is $10.  Financial Assistance
is available.  Adults may also register, and must be registered to attend camps
with their daughter.


Special Dates for Girl Scouts:

Thinking Day (February 22):  This is the birthday of both Robert, Lord Baden-Powell, who founded the Boy Scout movement in England, and his wife, Olave, Lady Baden Powell, who was the World Chief Guide of the Girl Guide/Girl Scout movement.  Girl Guides and Girl Scouts make a special effort to meet on Thinking Day to exchange greetings with their sisters in other countries.

Founder's Day/Juliette Low's Birthday (October 31):  This is the birthday of our
founder, Juliette Gordon Low.  Juliette was nicknamed "Daisy" hence the name
given to the youngest Girl Scouts.

USA Girl Scout's Birthday (March 12):  This is the birthday of Girl Scouts in the USA.  The week this falls in is usually called "Girl Scout Week" and troops make special
plans to celebrate this events.


Important Ceremonies in Girl Scouting

GIRL SCOUT FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE:  Girls stand in a circle.  Each girl crosses her right hand over her left.  Then she holds hands with the person standing on either side of her.

GIRL SCOUT FRIENDSHIP SQUEEZE:  The person in the friendship circle starts the friendship squeeze.  When you feel your hand squeezed, you put your right foot into the circle and then squeeze the hand on the other side of you.  Everyone is silent as the friendship squeeze is passed around the circle.  It stands for friendship with Girl Scouts everywhere.  Once everyone has felt the squeeze everyone says:  "Goodnight Girl Scouts!" and turns to the right under their right arms never letting go hands until you are facing out.

Girl Scout Handshake: Execute the Girl Scout Sign with the right hand and shake hands with the left

Bridging ceremonies mark a girl's move from one age-level of Girl Scouting to another.

Closing ceremonies finalize the meeting, with expectations for the next. This may be as simple as a hand squeeze around the circle, or a song.

Court of Awards is a time to recognize girls who have accomplished something during the Girl Scout year.

Flag ceremonies can be part of any activity that honors the American flag.

Fly-Up is a bridging ceremony for Brownie Girl Scouts who are bridging to Junior Girl Scouts. Girls receive the Girl Scout pin along with their Brownie Girl Scout wings.

Girl Scouts' Own is a girl-planned program that allows girls to explore their feelings around a topic, such as friendship or The Girl Scout Promise and Law using the spoken word, favorite songs, poetry, or other methods of expression. It is never a religious ceremony.

Investiture welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Brownie Girl Scout, or Daisy Girl Scout pin at this time.

Opening ceremonies start the troop meeting.

Rededication Ceremonies are an opportunity for girls and adults to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.


In addition to monthly meetings with your troop at which girls work on badge requirements, craft projects, and learn songs, Girl Scouts also participate in council-sponsored and service unit-sponsored events such as:

Brownie Fest
International Fest
Read to Lead
Junior Program Bazaar
Overnight Lock-ins
Troop camping and hiking at Girl Scout Camps
Last Blast of Summer
Camp Care Day
Girl Scout Week (early March)
Summer Day Camps
Summer Overnight Camps
....and much more!