As a Girl Scout, you are challenged to be the best possible person you can be. This involves knowing yourself, relating to others, developing values, contributing to your community, and knowing about Girl Scouting. These five areas form the basis of the Cadette Girl Scout Challenge. You complete the Challenge by doing activities from each area or section. The sections may be done in any order, though following in sequence is recommended. You may work by yourself or with others and on several sections at one time. Discuss each section and the "Wrap-Up" questions with your leader or other adult advisor.
SECTION 1: KNOWING MYSELF BETTER
Challenge: Select one of the following activities,
or design one of your own, that helps you learn more about yourself.
*select and complete two activities from Chapter 3.
*make a list of qualities you value in a friend. Check off the qualities you own. Of the other qualities, choose one or two you would like to have. Over a three to four week period, work at making these qualities your own.
*try something new: an activity, sport, instrument, way of cooking, etc...Seek out someone who could help you learn the new skill. Spend at least five hours learning this skill.
*try two or more activities from the Fashion/Fitness/Makeup interest project to enhance your appearance.
SECTION TWO: RELATING
TO OTHERS BETTER
Challenge: Do one of the activities below, or design your own "relating" activity.
*select and complete two activities from Chapter 4.
*plan and carry out an outing or party for a family, hospital patients, senior citizens, or a group in your community.
*plan and carry out a co-ed event, such as a day of sports or backpacking, a debate, or a party. Include boys on the planning committee.
SECTION THREE: DEVELOPING
VALUES FOR LIVING
Challenge: Do at least one of the following activities.
*read the section "Your Values" in Chapter 3. Do the activity on exploring your attitudes, values, and interests on page 56, and the value rank activity on page 57.
*read the sections on prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination in Chapter 3. Complete the activity on page 59.
*take an active part in planning and carrying out a Girl Scout's Own ceremony (see page 19). It should demonstrate the ways the Girl Scout Promise and Law can help you serve God and your country and become a good citizen.
SECTION FOUR: CONTRIBUTING
TO MY COMMUNITY
Challenge: Select one activity from the following list, or plan an activity of your own.
*organize a children's sports day, assist at a community fair, or become involved with the work of a well known organization (for example, the Special Olympics).
*become a literacy or library volunteer, help conduct programs for immigrants, assist with voting campaigns, organize anti drug efforts, or educate community members about childhood immunizations.
*serve as an audiovisual assistant in your school, troop, council, or religious organization.
*become a volunteer math or science tutor.
*teach arts and crafts to children, senior citizens, or hospital patients
*demonstrate water safety for children, help repair and maintain your council's small craft, or assist in a water conservation project.
SECTION FIVE: KNOWING
ABOUT GIRL SCOUTING
Challenge: Select one of the following activities or design one of your own that shows you have knowledge of Girl Scouting, its purpose, and its history.
*read about Juliette Low in Chapter 1. Talk about her life to the girls in your troop or another audience, possibly a group of younger girls.
*design an activity that will help others learn more about Girl Scouting and WAGGGS.
*prepare a booklet or presentation for younger girls that describes at least two countries, other than the United States, in which there are members of the World Association. Trefoil Round the World is a useful reference book about Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding.
*write a biography, poem or songs, a short story, or a play about Girl Scouting.
*accompany a Girl Scout council staff member, camp staff person, or volunteer for a few hours to explore career possibilities in Girl Scouting.
*learn about ways to volunteer in Girl Scouting or volunteer to work at your Girl Scout council office.
*assist in your council's efforts to attract new members to Girl Scouting.
When you have completed all five sections of the Cadette Girl Scout Challenge, ask yourself the following questions. Then discuss your thoughts and ideas with your leader or troop or group.
*What did you learn about yourself?
*How did your challenge work affect others?
*How did you apply your talents?
*How do your accomplishments relate to the ideals of Girl Scouting?
*How would you improve what you did?
*How will the things you learned help you in the future?
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