End of the Year: Bridging and Ceremonies

Can you feel it? Summer is in the air. The school year is winding down and it won't be long before our days and nights will include BBQs, swimming and sunshine. But before that, we have end of the year celebrations--graduations, bridging and awards ceremonies. I am super happy to be kept busy with custom orders. You all have the greatest ideas and I'm lucky enough to help you execute your vision. It keeps me inspired.

A New Freebie!

Back when I was a leader scouring the internet for resources, there were certain items that came up when you searched "Girl Scouts." Nine years later, these resources still pop up on Google. Some of them are OLD. Some so old, they look like they were photocopied from a ditto made in the early 80s (remember dittos?!). While there is nothing wrong with that, I always love the idea of making things new and pretty. So please accept this freebie, on behalf of my itchy design finger getting bored.

Download the trefoil here as a pdf or jpg.


Time Capsules

If you are between bridging years, or your girls are at an age where they are looking for an end of the year activity to spice things up, why not try a time capsule? One leader had this very idea. She got small cardboard mailing tubes and had each of the girls decorate the outside. Then they filled out a questionnaire. Into the tube it goes and voila! a time capsule. Three to five years down the line, the girls will open their tubes and read about their aspirations and interests from half a decade ago.


Ideas for the container:



My 6th grade teacher had us do a similar exercise. We wrote a letter to ourselves and included drawings of our dreams, hopes and aspirations, as well as likes and hobbies. Around the time I graduated high school, mine showed up in the mail. I still have it and cherish it. I later found that teacher on Facebook and let her know how much that meant to me. We talk often and she's is such an amazing woman, I was so fortunate to have her as a teacher. Here is a sneak peak at the iamstrawjenberry time capsule kit:

Laminate and use as the outer tag for the capsule.

Check out the time capsule kit in the iamstrawjenberry etsy store.


Daisy Year Completion Certificates

Another custom order has led to a new product in the store.  These are Daisy year completion certificates. The awesome thing about these certs is you can *customize* the design to include which petals and leaves the girls have earned! Here are some samples:



The certs are available for order in the etsy store.

Camp Shirt Design

I've made a new t-shirt design for 2018. Complete with free customizing of troop number and city or council name. You can choose single color or 3-color for screen printing. Custom designs are available too. Simply email me your ideas and I will make a one-of-a-kind design for your camp.



Check out the listing here.

Looking back on the troop year

A glorious troop leader reached out to me asking for a bridging questionnaire for the girls to fill out in preparation of their bridging story. This led to the following design:


This is an instant download that can be printed endlessly, each year of bridging. You can have the girls fill it out to use as talking points for the bridging ceremonies, or to put into a troop time capsule component. You can even frame it and give it out as a bridging gift. Go to the listing on etsy.

Last but not least, I am in the process of developing Daisy badge completion certificates. These will be supplemental to the Daisy petal and leaf certs. Stay tuned!

xoxo

iamgirlscouts is now iamstrawjenberry! Introducing Brownie Badge Certificates!


This blog is five years old! Five years ago I transitioned from a Girl Scout leader to a Representative, to a National Delegate to a blogger and so much more. Last week, I was surprised but not shocked that I got an email from Etsy saying that GSUSA was requesting that I change my shop name. My shop is several years "younger" than my blog. Initially, when I chose my blog name I wanted it to signify that we are all Girl Scouts. I am. You are. She is.

And although I wasn't asked to change my *blog* name, just my shop name, I understand it may be coming too. I'm a graphic designer by day (and night) so eventually I'll offer more designs in my store than just Girl Scout products. So I've decided to embrace the change and extend it to the blog and Facebook page as well.  The shop has already been renamed. I'll be transitioning the Blog and Facebook over in the coming months.




Girl Scout Brownie Badge and Journey Certificates 



And just in time for the new name is a new product! Thank you to Erin L. for suggesting the idea. If you guys tell me you want something, I'll make it. I'm very happy to debut a full set of Brownie Badge earning certificates. These are available in my shop via instant download. You simply print a set out for each girl and give them a certificate for every badge they earn and journey level they complete! Includes ALL NEW badges and journeys.

47 certificates total including:

  • (32) Thirty-two Skill-Building Badges;
  • (1) NEW Take Action badge;
  • (3) Three NEW Robotics Badges;
  • (3) Three older Journeys: It's Your Planet--Love It!, It's Your Story--Tell It! and It's Your World--Change It!;
  • (4) Four all NEW Journeys: Engineering, Computer Science, Outdoor and Outdoor STEM;
  • (3) Three NEW "Think Like A..." badges;
  • (1) One blank certificate for other awards like the Summit Award.


Once printed you can customize the certificates with each girl's name, date and troop leader. Each certificate features the Brownie elf.  Feel free to contact me if you want the certificates personalized.

Thank you for your support today and always. Over the last few months I've received three donations from very special people who visited the blog. I am so thankful for donations, as they keep up the site and allow me to make and provide freebies.

Lastly, I've got some cookie goodness coming for you all.  I've compiled and collected things over the past cookie season and I can't wait to share them with everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful cookie season. Now that it's spring, I'm sure you'll be planning lots of trips and campouts. Let me know if you need anything to help you lead this season and beyond.

xoxo

Gift Tags Updated for 2018! Any Cookie Needs? Trackers Updated!

Some housekeeping first: A huge thank you to Elishia, Daisy leader for Troop #839 in sunny Florida and Etsy user Dawn for bringing my attention to mistakes on the new Daisy and Junior Trackers. I've corrected the mistakes and the new trackers are on the Resources page of the blog.

2018 gift tags are here and available in my etsy store--just in time for cookie season! 



{ 2018 Gift Tags - traditional design colors }


{ 2018 Gift Tags - iamgirlscouts color version}

Speaking of cookie season, is there anything you guys need? There are some items available in the iamgirlscouts Leader Planner. Let me know in the poll below:


What resources do you need for cookie season?




Happy Cookie Season!
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