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    HOW TO GUIDE GIRL SCOUT JUNIORS THROUGH aMUSE IT’S YOUR STORY — TELL IT! A LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

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    3 Leadership Awards 3 LEADERSHIP AWARDS IF A GIRL MISSES AN AWARD STEP . . . Find a way for her to do something similar to what she missed so she can still earn the award with her group. Your goal is to guide her to have the same learning and growing opportunity—and to understand how she can contribute to the team. You might ask all the Juniors to brainstorm about how girls who miss steps can get back on track with the journey. Girls may not experience activities in exactly the same way, but they can each take away new insights, connections, and a sense of accomplishment. On this journey, the Juniors have the opportunity to earn three Girl Scout Leadership awards, all of which build foundational leadership skills critical to moving up the Girl Scout ladder of leadership and becoming lifelong leaders. Reach Out! What it means for Juniors: They understand the many roles women and girls play in the world around them and the leadership skills used to play them. How Juniors: earn it: They keep a Casting Call Log and do an interview or a panel discussion (Sessions 1–4) When Juniors: receive it: Session 4 Speak Out! What it means for Juniors: They are aware of how stereotypes could hold themselves and others back from trying on roles, and they Take Action to help stop stereotypes. How Juniors: earn it: They complete three Speak Out! activities, and team up to choose a stereotype and create and tell a story to help stop it (Sessions 5-8). When Juniors receive it: Session 8 Try Out! What it means for Juniors: They have the courage and confidence to try out new roles. How Juniors: earn it: They keep a Role Call Log and choose and complete two other Try Out! activities (Sessions 9-10). When Juniors: receive it: Final Celebration 12

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    THE SAMPLE SESSION PLANS JOURNEY SNAPSHOT SESSION 1 Casting Call SESSION 2 Girls Can Be Anything! SESSION 3 Callbacks SESSION 4 Tell Us Your Story SESSION 5 A Gathering of Storytellers SESSIONS 6 & 7 Our Muse, Your Project SESSION 8 Showtime! SESSION 9 Who I Am Now SESSION 10 Who I Might Be FINAL CELEBRATION Celebrating Me/ Celebrating Us The Juniors start thinking about all the roles available in the world for women and girls. They choose roles they’d like for themselves, play a game of charades of active roles for women, and make a Team Prop Box. The Juniors explore the many roles available to them and start to learn about stereotypes. They use a Casting Call Log to see what all the women around them are up to. They sketch how they picture various roles, and role-play stereotypical gender roles they might see in their lives. The Juniors reach out to women in their community to explore all the roles available to them. The girls add to their Casting Call Log, and plan to meet with some of the women from their log to learn more about what they do. The Juniors learn more about the roles women play in real life and in the media. The girls talk to the women they invited and explore ads for messages about roles girls and boys are asked to play. They earn their Reach Out! award. The Juniors team up to create an inspiring story about stereotypes that sends others a call to action for stopping stereotyping. They decide who can benefit most from hearing their story, and they choose a creative way to tell it. The Juniors get busy turning their story into their chosen form of creative expression. The girls choose and practice the roles they will play when they present their story to educate and inspire an audience. The Juniors take the spotlight and tell their story. The girls ask their audience to pledge to join them in stopping stereotypes. The Juniors earn their Speak Out! award. The Juniors explore what beauty means to them, how they see it themselves, and how it informs their story. The girls use their imaginations to create self-portraits, and host an Arty Party to exhibit of their art work. The Juniors explore how having healthy bodies supports them in taking on roles, and how they can support and appreciate their bodies. The girls hold a dance party and plan their final celebration. The Juniors celebrate their roles and accomplishments along the journey and gain the courage to continue trying on new roles throughout life. They earn their Try Out! award.

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    Singers, spies, princesses, friendly witches, adventurers… All kinds of exciting roles fill TV shows, movies, books, video games, and the Internet. They’re in TV commercials and ads, too—on billboards, on the sides of buses, in magazines, and on the Web. Roles for girls are everywhere! Maybe you know about a girl named Ella, who had a spell cast upon her and had to do everything she was told. Or maybe you’ve read about the very logical, very brilliant Hermione Granger who’s friends with Harry Potter. Or how about that girl named Fern who rescues a pig named Wilbur who makes friends with an intelligent spider named Charlotte who…well, you probably know the rest. These are fictional characters—you know that, too. They all have a role to play. 1 CASTING CALL Acting out different roles kicks the journey off with a confidence boost! A ROUSING BEGINNING SAMPLE SESSION 1 Casting Call Activities in this session launch the journey’s two intertwining themes: trying on roles and the power of stories. You might set up this first gathering as a special journey kickoff where artists from the community share their work with the girls. You might also invite your Friends and Family Network. Then everyone can start the journey together in a creative and exciting way! AT A GLANCE Goal: The Juniors have fun getting to know all the roles available in the world for women and girls. • Opening Ceremony: Flurry of Roles • Artists’ Presentations (if local artists are invited) • Take the Stage • Inside the Prop Box MATERIALS • Customizing the Journey • aMUSE-ing Snacks: Sandwich “Role”-Ups • Closing Ceremony: Roles and More Roles! • Opening Ceremony: Flurry of Roles: pre-prepared sticky notes (see “Roles to Use” sidebar on opposite page) • Artists’ Presentations (if artists invited): art stations, as needed • Take the Stage: hat or bag, preprepared slips of paper (see page 31) • Inside the Prop Box: large box, art supplies (magazines, craft paper, fabric, beads, yarns, acrylic or any quick-drying paint, craft glue, markers) • aMUSE-ing Snacks: see page 32 Look around you at all the roles played by people you see or talk to every day. Look at all the fictional roles around you, too. Imagine what it would be like to switch places with any one of them and do what they do. That’s what actors and storytellers do—and you can, too! PREPARE AHEAD • For the Opening Ceremony, write the suggested roles (see page 29) on sticky notes and then place the notes on a wall or table where the girls can grab them. Make enough notes so each girl can have one of each role. Pages 10–11, girls’ book • For “Take the Stage,” write the suggested “active” roles (see page 31) on slips of paper and then place them in a bag, hat, or other container. • If artists are attending, have each one set up her “creation station” so the girls can view the art and then try creating something in that style or medium. Also call on your Network for art supplies and snack ingredients. 28

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    1 Opening Ceremony: Flurry of Roles Gather the girls around the table (or wall) with the sticky notes and explain that each note names one of the many roles girls and women can play in life. Say: • When I call “Start!” you all have exactly one minute to grab some roles and stick them on yourselves and one another. • Place only those roles you think are truly a good fit for yourself or whomever else you’re placing them on. • When I call “Time!” your minute is up. When the minute ends, bring the girls together, asking them not to remove any of their sticky notes. Then give them a moment or two to look at all the roles stuck to them. If some sticky notes are on their backs or elsewhere where they can’t be seen, have other girls move them to where they’ll be visible. Then ask: ROLES TO USE (ADD YOUR OWN!) athlete, pilot, lawyer, veterinarian, news reporter, princess-in-training, artist, dancer, scientist, insect expert, ice skater, songwriter, astronaut, cartoonist, artist, surgeon, dolphin trainer, world traveler, writer, skydiver, businesswoman, friend, inventor, actor, leader of a band, chef, fashion stylist, game creator, coach CASTING CALL What do you think about the roles you chose for yourself? The roles other girls chose for you? What about the roles you gave other girls? Which roles do you think are the best fit for you? Which aren’t a good fit at all? Why? Which roles weren’t chosen by anyone? ne? Why do you think that is? Are they roles you never imagined trying? Why? Because you’re a girl? Because you’re a fourth-grader or a fifth-grader? 29

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    SANDWICH “ROLE”-UPS WHAT YOU NEED: • lavash bread, flour tortillas, or whole loaves of bread with the crusts removed and the bread sliced horizontally. • yogurt cheese or hummus, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, turkey, or roasted red peppers, and shredded lettuce or an interesting leafy green such as arugula. Invite the girls to enjoy a fun snack of “role”-ups— sandwiches rolled with assorted fillings. DIRECTIONS Spread yogurt cheese or hummus on the bread or tortillas, top with desired fillings (see list at left), roll up tightly, and cover with plastic wrap. Slice the rolls like a jelly roll when ready to serve. You and your Network can prepare the “role”-ups in advance, or each girl can play the role of chef and assemble her own. 1 CASTING CALL Closing Ceremony: Roles and More Roles! Gather the girls in a circle and ask them to take turns naming one of the many roles they already have in life and one new role they’d like to try. Then have the girls end with a friendship squeeze. Looking Ahead to Session 2 Before the Juniors head out, ask them to be on the lookout for all of the roles they see girls and women take on all around them—those who help them out, teach them, give them rides, listen to them, and inspire them. You might say: We’ll share some of the roles we’ve seen next time we get together and get started on earning the first award in the journey. So, be sure to bring your books with you. NEW ROLES, NEW FOODS The aMUSE-ing snacks along the journey may be new to the girls. So point out to them that just as it’s fun to try new roles, it’s can also be fun to try interesting new foods. Who knows? They may even find a favorite new fruit or vegetable—and a novel way to enjoy it! Also let the girls know that next time, they’ll make a fun snack together (see page 39, but don’t spoil the surprise by saying too much!), and ask whether they prefer to make it using pesto or tomato sauce, a puree made from berries or mango, or another colorful sauce they all like. (Remember that some pesto sauces contain nuts, so check for allergies before offering it as a choice.) Reach out to your Network for the desired snack ingredients, including rice crackers. Also contact your Network to gather a range of props to start off the Juniors’ Team Prop Box. You’ll want enough items so all the girls have several to choose from for the next session’s closing ceremony (see suggestions on previous page). 33

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