Hey, GSACPC! Summer is a time to make memories with new friends and your current Girl Scout Sisters! As you get ready for the new school year, we encourage you to try some new activities, learn something, and get together with your troop/group at least once a month!
Here are some ideas to try (that also offer a cool reprieve from summer temps):
Get Ahead with Summer Badge Work
For those troops who choose not to pause their Girl Scout experience until fall, approach every potential activity with a Girl Scout mindset, and you are bound to find a way to earn a badge! You can use Badge Explorer to find badge ideas for all levels.
Beat the Heat Activity
Consider a fun day at a roller-skating rink or indoor ice-skating rink. Have your girls been to the bowling alley or watched a movie at the drive-in theatre lately? There are a variety of venues and attractions to visit indoors!
Experience Local Museums and Art Exhibits
Have you heard about Wonderspaces, an immersive art museum with rotating installations? Museums are a cool place to enjoy a day of fun exploration and learning. Some of our program partners, such as the i.d.e.a. Museum (Arizona Museum for Youth), Arizona Science Center, and the Musical Instrument Museum, have some great Girl Scout Badge activity opportunities as well.
Learn a New Skill
Learning a new skill is in the “threadwork” of Girl Scouting. For example, sewing is a life skill that all Girl Scouts can learn, and then they can be responsible for sewing their badges and patches on their uniforms! Teaching skills like this can be simple, with plenty of online resources like these sewing practice sheets.
For those who don’t want to pick up their needle, complete a service project. Idea: make environmentally friendly reusable bags and have the girls make or collect items to donate to a shelter! Girls can create DIY positivity notes or host a drive to collect personal care items – the ways to give back are endless!
Host monthly wellness-inspired virtual or in-person get-togethers! Check the Activities Calendar for upcoming events or host your own. You can do yoga or another exercise online or in an outdoor space, or even learn some mindfulness techniques together.
Other skills are fun to learn outdoors. Have you tried Kick-the-Can-Ice Cream or DIY chalk with your troop? Both activities guarantee instant fun during and once the activity is complete!
Water Fun & Games
During the Phoenix summer, what could be better than exploring and playing with water? Do your girls want to spend a day having fun at Hurricane Harbor? Perhaps a field trip to Arizona Falls where girls can learn about the transformation of a historic waterfall into a hydroelectric plant would be the choice for your troop? Girls can enjoy interacting and reflecting on the three waterfalls, and all the wonders water brings. Make plans to visit or take a virtual tour.
If you are looking for a creative water activity idea for a troop meeting rather than a field trip, look no further! Try making this glowing rainbow water, or maybe the girls would like to make their very own waterfall wall out of recycled materials!
Who doesn’t love games? Add a little water to ‘em and just wait for the laughter and cheers! Check out these water game ideas, and see how you can connect them to water-themed badges and Journeys!