Earning the Brownie Girl Scout Around the World Try It badge is one way that the girls can learn about other cultures and about each other. Girl Scouting exist not just in the United States, but around the world. In other countries, Girl Scouts are also called Girl Guides, Bluebirds, and Little Wings, to name just a few.
Of the four required activities, two can be done at home. In fact, this is a great patch to earn at end the year. Because one of the activities involves bringing food to the meeting, it will have to be cooked at home under parental supervision.
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Another time that you can do this patch is in February for World Thinking Day. This is a special Girl Scout day that involves doing crafts from other countries so the girls can think about other Girl Scouts and show their appreciation for them.
The first at home activity can be found on page eight of the Brownie Try It Handbook. It is entitled “What Do They Call…”. With adult supervision, the girls can do an internet search of what Girl Scouts are called in other countries. If it is done correctly, the Brownie Scout can answer the secret code!
The other at home activity involves the girls bringing in a treat that represents their cultural background. In order to make this happen, invite the parents via email that you will be hosting an International Day feast. Ask them to cook something with their daughter to bring in to the feast. Have them email the recipe to you so you can print up a mini cookbook to give out to everyone. Make sure that you ask the parents to also bring in a serving utensil!
As the leader, you can be in charge of bringing in the paper goods and silverware.
At the meeting, you can teach the children international games to play. Many can be found in the Games for Girl Scout book. Here are some games for them to try:
Chinese Jump Rope
This classic game is one that I played as a child back in the 1970’s. Using an elastic band, two girls hold the rope at their ankles. The other girl jumps, in, out, side to side, on, in and out of the rope. Then the rope goes higher on the girls’ legs and the jumper repeats the pattern of jumping until she misses the rope.
This is Israel’s version of jacks. Use five colored stones. One is the tossing stone (like the ball in jacks). Pick up one stone at a time, then two, then three, etc.
This game is called Cinco Marias in Brazil.
This is the Brazilian version of hopscotch. Instead of writing numbers in the squares, the days of the week are written inside.
Earning the Brownie Girl Scout Around the World Try It patch is an opportunity for your girls to learn more about each other and about scouts in other countries.