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Senior Planning Guide

Use this guide to create a plan for your troop’s year.

All Troops Should

  • Meet at least 10 times per year
  • Complete a Leadership Journey
  • Complete at least one activity plan from each skill-building area
    • We recommend earning Financial Education badges before the Cookie Program
  • Participate in the Cookie Program
  • Attend or hold a spring celebration event
  • Participate in at least one summer activity

Contents: Girl Scout Skill-Building Areas

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Leadership

Award Earn this Award Shop + Resources
Girls Scouts Senior Mission: Sisterhood Journey

It’s Your Story — Tell it!

Mission: Sisterhood

When it comes to sisterhood, what you start can spiral outward and change the world. Through Mission: Sisterhood! you’ll see the stories of sisterhood all around you and you will grow as a leader by widening your networks and broadening your world.

Use the Mission: Sisterhood journey book.

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Take Action project

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Girls Scouts Senior Sow What Journey

It’s Your Planet — Love It!

Sow What?

Explore who you are and your core values, including the ways you care for others. When you’ve earned this award, you’ll know how to grasp an issue by the roots and organize a team to work together to sow the seeds of sustainable change.

Use the Sow What? journey book.

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Take Action project

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Girls Scouts Senior Girltopia Journey

It’s Your World — Change It!

GIRLtopia

As a Girl Scout Senior, you know the world is not perfect.
This journey is your chance to imagine a perfect world for girls. You’re invited to create your vision as an art project — in any medium you choose. Then you’ll take action to make your vision a reality. Leaders, after all, are visionaries!

Activity Plan 1

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Activity Plan 2

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Take Action project

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Girls Scouts Counselor-in-Training Awards

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) I + II

Mentor younger girls in a camp setting as you build skills toward being a camp counselor.

CIT events

Girls Scouts Gold Award

Girl Scout Gold Award

As part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, you are in an exceptional position to take action and make the world a better place. By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, you will join the ranks of generations of young women who make a difference both locally and globally. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts and therefore is a commitment you make and complete as an individual.

Complete Gold Award Packet and submit report.

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Science, Technology, Engineering + Math

Award Earn this Award Shop + Resources
Girls Scouts senior Textile Artist Badge

Textile Artist

Computers help you do so much. You can make amazing art, find incredible facts on the Internet and send fun cards to friends and family. Earn this badge and you’ll be a safe, secure Textile Artist!

Use the Sow What? activity set.

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Girls Scouts senior Website Designer Badge

Website Designer

By paying close attention during experiments, scientists learn new things. You don’t have to grow up to be a scientist. You’re a scientist every time you do an experi- ment! In this badge, find out where science has been hiding in your own home.

Use the GIRLtopia activity set.

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Girls Scouts Senior Science of Style Badge

Science of Style

Imagine farming silkworms to make raw silk, engineering a biodegradable fabric or using chemistry to develop a cover-up that hides and heals acne scars. Fashion and beauty are glamorous businesses, but it’s the science behind these industries that makes their products cutting edge and desirable. In this badge, use the science of style to imagine and create your own products.

Use the GIRLtopia activity set.

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Girls Scouts senior Room Makeover Badge

Room Makeover

Combine color, texture, glue and paint to develop some serious DIY flair! Look around for a room that inspires you (a bedroom, study nook, corner of a family room, etc.) and use this badge to discover the design concepts and fix-it tactics needed to turn a simple space into a creative statement.

Use the Sow What? activity set.

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Girls Scouts Senior Truth Seeker Badge

Truth Seeker

We’re often told that we live in the age of information. It is true that we’re surrounded by data, but not all information is created
equally. Some is misleading and some is downright wrong. It’s important to know how to uncover the truth in what we see and hear and to judge sources based on credibility, accuracy, logic, and support for their claims. In this badge, you’ll find out how to separate fact from fiction.

Use the Sow What? activity set.

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Girls Scouts Senior Game Visionary Badge

Game Visionary

This badge is your chance to build friendships and community networks by leading a series of fun, inventive and challenging games. Use your vision — of what’s surprising, fantastic, team-building, and most of all, fun! — to invent some unforgettable activities.

Use the Mission: Sisterhood activity set.

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Girls Scouts Senior Game Visionary Badge

Car Care

Driving is an exciting step toward independence, a chance to have fun going new places – and a big responsibility. In this badge, you’ll maser maintenance tips that keep a car in top form and driving skills that will help you rule the road safely.

Use the Sow What? activity set.

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Healthy Living + Creativity

Award Earn this Award Shop + Resources
Feeding the Need Patch

Feeding the Need

Join your sister Girl Scouts and take action against hunger in Minnesota. Learn about proper nutrition as you collect food to feed local children and families in need.

Activity Plan

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Share Your Donation

Girls Scouts Senior Collage Artist Badge

Collage Artist

No matter how you make your collage, there won’t be another one like it in the world. Everything, from the materials you choose to how the final piece is assembled, is up to you. Get ready to see the creative possibility in everyday objects. This badge is an opportunity to make art as unique as you.

Use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

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Girls Scouts Senior Cross-Training Badge

Cross-Training

Whether you’re a competitive athlete, new to exercise or want to improve your skills in surfing, hiking or even throwing a Frisbee, this badge will help you customize a cross-training fitness program that’s effective and fun! Cross-training incorporates a variety of cardio, strength and conditioning exercises into a routine that trains your whole body. Ready? Grab your sweatband and create a plan that’s perfect for your body, mind and goals.

Use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

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Girls Scouts senior Novelist Badge

Novelist

Share a meal with a historical figure, un-earth ancient treasures, spend the summer in outer space or dance your way around Spain. Writing a novel lets you dream the real world your way. As you write descriptions and dialogue, invent situations and make up feelings, you’ll experience the fun of a novelist’s career. And you’ll end up with something impressive to share in college admissions — a work of fiction you wrote yourself.

Use the GIRLtopia activity set.

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Girls Scouts Senior Locavore Badge

Locavore

A locavore is someone committed to eating locally grown, seasonal foods. The efforts of locavores can be important and delicious steps toward healthful eating, helping the environment and supporting local farmers.

Use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

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Girls Scouts Senior First Aid Badge

Senior First Aid

As a Girl Scout Senior, you’re on the go between home, school, clubs and activities. Wherever you are, you never know when you’ll find yourself in the middle of an emergency. Do you know what to do? In this badge, find out how to differentiate between minor and major injuries, provide emergency treatment in some life-threatening situations, and share important information about injuries and illness.

Use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

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Girls Scouts Senior Women's Health Badge

Women’s Health

Nothing is more important than good health. As women, we have unique health issues at every stage of our lives. How can you make the health decisions that are right for you, and what kinds of support are out there to guide you? Do this badge to find out! Identify health topics facing women in your community and across the globe and explore those that matter most to you.

Activity Plan 1

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Remaining steps in the GIRLtopia activity set.

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Girls Scouts Senior Troupe Performer Badge

Troupe Performer

Performance is a powerful way to make an impact on an audience and a perfect way to put your leadership into action. It’s also a fun way to sharpen your communication skills, learn to handle stress with grace, strengthen your teamwork skills, and grow relationships and networks. Get out there and show your stuff!

Use the GIRLtopia activity set.

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Outdoor Awareness + Environmental Stewardship

Award Earn this Award Shop + Resources
Girls Scouts Senior Sky Badge

Sky

The sky is a masterpiece. It graces us with living art, whether through a glorious sunset, shifting cloud formations or the stunning display of night stars. No wonder we take every opportunity to spend time outdoors. Our world is a stage, and the sky performs with beauty, wonder and mystery.

Use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

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Girls Scouts Senior Adventurer Badge

Adventurer

What kind of adventure speaks to you? In this badge, you’ll go on a multi-day high-adventure challenge. You could go rock climbing, spelunking, ice caving, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, biking, rafting — or a combination! Put your outdoor skills to the test (and gain some new ones) as you become a Girl Scout Senior Adventurer.

Use the Sow What? activity set.

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Girls Scouts Senior Traveler Badge

Traveler

Close your eyes and imagine the spoils of travel: different cultures, breathtaking vistas, exotic foods. You might picture zooming down a zip line in the Amazon, tasting a classic New York hot dog, or digging into local lore at the history museum next door. Whether you travel near or far in this badge, you’ll get the travel savvy to make the most of your adventures now and throughout your life.

Activity Plan 1

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Activity Plan 2

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Girls Scouts Senior Voice for Animals Badge

Voice for Animals

As pet owners, horseback riders and consumers of beauty products, clothing and animal food products, our relationships with animals play a big role in our lives. What are the specifics of the complex relationship between animals and humans? If you want to know more so that you can make informed choices and help others make them, too, this badge is for you.

Use the Mission: Sisterhood activity set.

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Financial Education

Award Earn this Award Shop + Resources
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Cookie Program

Participate in the largest girl-led business in the country and learn valuable life skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Earn fabulous awards while raising money for your troop’s activities and adventures.

Cookies information

Girls Scouts Senior My Portfolio Badge

My Portfolio

When you’ve earned this badge, you’ll be able to show college admissions officers and employers what you’ve learned from your cookie sales experience.

Use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

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Girls Scouts Senior Customer Loyalty Badge

Customer Loyalty

When you’ve earned this badge, you’ll know how to build your cookie business by increasing customer loyalty.

Use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

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Girls Scouts Senior Financing My Future Badge

Financing My Future

Money helps us buy things we need, like food and clothes. And money helps us buy things we want, like video games and movie tickets. Learn the difference between wants and needs in this badge.

Use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

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Girls Scouts Senior Buying Power Badge

Buying Power

When you’ve earned this badge, you’ll know how to research and budget for a big purchase for yourself or your family.

Use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

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Snacks + Magazines

Snacks + Magazines, our Fall Product Program, is a simple money-earning activity to earn funds for your troop activities and trips. Girls sell nuts, chocolates and magazines in the fall. Earn various rewards by participation level.

Snacks + Magazines information

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Global Citizenship + Girl Scout Sisterhood

Award Earn this Award Shop + Resources
Girls Scouts Senior Girl Scout Way Badge

Senior Girl Scout Way

As a Girl Scout Senior, you might feel like life is a balancing act. On one hand, you’re holding tight to the comforts of home and what’s familiar, and on the other, you’re excited to open yourself up to the possibilities in the larger world. In this badge, you’ll share the Girl Scout way in your environment and bring together generations of Girl Scouts.

Use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

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Girls Scouts Senior Social Innovator Badge

Social Innovator

Every family has stories. It’s good to share them so you know who helped make you who you are. Do this badge to find out more about the people you love and who love you.

Use the Mission: Sisterhood activity set.

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Girls Scouts Senior Business Etiquiette Badge

Business Etiquette

No matter what your career dreams — astronaut, CEO, neurobiologist, rock star or author — basic business manners will come in handy. From how you hold your shoulders when you ask for a raise to how you present your persona online, this badge will help you create your business image.

Use the Mission: Sisterhood activity set.

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Girls Scouts Senior Behind the Ballot Badge

Behind the Ballot

In a democracy like ours, voting isn’t just a right; it’s a responsibility. Voting is how you make your voice heard and make choices about how you think things should be done in government. In this badge, you’ll explore the importance of voting and find out about the electoral process in the United States and around the world.

Use the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

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Community Service + Volunteer

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Community Service Projects

River Valleys’ girls and volunteers donate over one million hours to the community each year. Join other Girl Scouts and make a difference by giving back to your community.

Take Action projects

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Celebrating Success

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Court of Awards Ceremony/Year-End Celebration

You have learned new skills, made new friends and become a better leader. It is time to celebrate you, your Girl Scout sisters and everything you accomplished this year! Hold/attend a troop or Service Unit Year-End Ceremony.

Use the Court of Awards Guide to plan your event.

Girls Scouts Bridge to Ambassador

Bridge to Girl Scout Ambassadors

Soar to Ambassador! Do you have a lot to give? Do you want your voice to be heard? Are you excited to get involved with people and causes you care about? Girl Scout Ambassadors is for you! Ambassador is the highest level a girl can attain in Girl Scouts. As a Girl Scout Senior, you began exploring the wider world. When you become an Ambassador, you’ll be ready to soar. Think of all your future holds and how being an Ambassador can set you on your way.

Bridging Ideas

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Summer Fun

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Girls Scouts Summer Action patch

Camp, Travel + Discovery Series

Girl Scouts does not stop when school is out. Join us this summer to camp, make new friends, have an adventure or explore your community with other girls.

Summer activities

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