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Adult - aMAZE
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    HOW TO GUIDE GIRL SCOUT CADETTES THROUGH aMAZE! THE TWISTS AND TURNS OF GETTING ALONG IT’S YOUR WORLD — CHANGE IT! A LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

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    Awards Along the Journey AWARDS ALONG THE JOURNEY Interact Award While journeying through aMAZE, girls have the option of earning three prestigious Girl Scout awards. They can earn one, two, or all three—and they can work toward them as one big team, as mini teams, or individually. The Cadettes can also choose whether to enjoy one ceremony to celebrate earning all the awards or separate ceremonies to mark each award. 8 RECORD AND PASS FORWARD As the girls finish each challenge, they can use the Interact Challenges chart on pages 12–15 of their book to record their accomplishments and reflect on how “passing it forward” can advance peace in the world. This award signifies that girls can advance peace in the world around them—one interaction at a time. To earn it, girls must complete three of the nine challenges listed in the Interact Challenges chart on pages 12–15 of their book—though they can do as many challenges as they like! These challenges, based on topics the girls will explore on the journey, invite the Cadettes to try small—and positive—ways of interacting in their daily lives. For example, one challenge asks girls to invite a new friend to join their established circle. Another asks them to send note cards to acknowledge their friends’ admirable qualities.

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    Diplomat Award A diplomat “possesses skill or tact in dealing with others.” To earn the award, Cadettes demonstrate that they can pass their relationship skills on to others through a Take Action Project. For example, they might teach younger girls how to use “I-Statements” (a skill they will learn in aMAZE) or perform a skit about bullying followed by a discussion of how to cope with bullying. There are more ideas in the girls’ book and in this 7 STEPS TO TAKING ACTION To earn the Diplomat Award, it’s important for girls to choose and plan their project (as a team or individually) using the seven steps toward Taking Action detailed on page 114 of their book. These steps teach effective planning skills that the girls can use throughout their lives. AWARDS ALONG THE JOURNEY guide, too. Peacemaker Award Each chapter of the girls’ book (and each session when you meet) ends with a “For Your Peacemaker Kit” reflection. This invites the girls to consider how the relationship skills they are exploring could create more peace in the world. Specifically, girls are asked to collect relationship “tools” they can use and pass on to others. The girls earn the Peacemaker Award at the end of the journey by reviewing all the tools they’ve collected and making a commitment to use them throughout their lives. 9

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    Sample Sessions at a Glance SAMPLE SESSIONS AT A GLANCE SESSION 1 First Impressions in the Maze SESSION 2 Navigating Friendships Girls are introduced to the aMAZE journey and: • identify possible relationship obstacles in the “maze of life” • identify peers and adults who provide key support in their lives • make choices and decisions, including a team agreement for the journey • begin exploring the impact first impressions have on relationships Girls start their Peacemaker Kits to collect the relationship skills they practice along the journey, and: • understand how stereotypes impact relationships • identify the personal qualities they bring to and seek in healthy friendship circles SESSION 3 Cliques and Conflicts Girls identify different types of peer pressure and how it influences them, and: • practice strategies for managing peer pressure based on values • understand the exclusive and hurtful behaviors that can happen in cliques • use “I-Statements” as an important conflict resolution tool SESSION 4 Caution: Bullies Straight Ahead Girls identify characteristics of bullying behavior and relational aggression, and: • practice skills to address bullying behavior and relational aggression • gain greater understanding of girls’ roles as witnesses in bullying situations • set boundaries and develop strategies for building safe online relationships 10

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    SESSION 5 Let Peace Begin with You SESSION 6 Improving Relationships in the World Girls explore the Girl Scout definition of leadership and apply it to their lives, and: • understand how leaders use relationship skills to improve the world • create and plan a Take Action Project to increase the peace in their world Girls plan and carry out their Take Action Project, and: • continue to connect with each other practicing relationship skills individually and as team members SAMPLE SESSIONS AT A GLANCE SESSION 7 Toward Peace: Take Action! Girls complete their Take Action Project, and: • prepare for the closing ceremony and celebration SESSION 8 Pass It Forward Girls evaluate their Take Action Projects, and: • reflect on their aMAZE journey and their role as leaders who inspire peace through strong, positive relationships • celebrate their accomplishments 11

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    “Ours is a circle of friendships united by ideals.” — Juliette Gordon Low

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    SAMPLE SESSION 8 Pass It Forward SAMPLE SESSION 8 AT A GLANCE Goal: Girls reflect on their journey and their personal goals, and commit to expanding peace in their world by using the skills and strategies acquired through aMAZE. PASS IT FORWARD • Opening Ceremony • Journey Reflection • Personal Goals • Thank Yous • Careers • Awards • Closing Ceremony: Commitment to Peace MATERIALS • Peace Kits • Awards • Personal Goals (girls gave you during the first session) • Any other items needed based on the plans (candles, poems, etc) • Thank-you notes 83

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    Closing Ceremony: Commitment to Peace SAMPLES SESSION 8 PASS IT FORWARD Invite each girl to choose one note that she has placed in her Peacemaker Kit and share with the team why that is the most important thing she has gained on the journey through aMAZE. How will she use it to “increase the peace” in her life—and the world around her. You might also guide the girls to a discussion of Mohandas K. Gandhi, one of the world’s most influential peacemakers. Perhaps share this quote from Annie, a Girl Scout Senior from North Carolina: “The leader I admire most is Gandhi. Because he knew what his goals were and he was able to lead people through peace and avoid what everybody thought was inevitable, which was all this violence. That was the ultimate leadership.” Ask the girls how much they know of Gandhi and his views and actions. Depending on their answers, you might explain that Gandhi believed people should show forgiveness to one another and use positive actions to make up for any less-than-positive acts they have committed. One of Gandhi’s most quoted lines is: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Ask the girls to say one change they wish to see in the world. As peacemakers, how will they be this change? Next, ask all the girls to stand in a circle. Each, in turn, holds a meaningful symbol (peace sign charm, candle, pebble, olive branch) in her hand as she offers her commitment for peace to herself, and to her sister peacemakers: “I commit to being a peacemaker in the world by ______________ .” After the ceremony and celebration ends, take some time for yourself. Look back at the reflection on page 24–25. Have any of your answers changed since winding through aMAZE? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ How do you commit to being a peacemaker? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ 86

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