Go for the goal
Girl Scout Juniors learn the importance of setting goals along with identifying the strategies to achieve them.
- Small pieces of paper or sticky notes
- CD cases (two per girl)
- Goal tracker template
- Goal garden template (optional)
- Colored pencils, markers or crayons
- Ribbon (two feet per girl)
- Glue and tape
- Colorful construction paper or cardstock
- Print one goal garden template for each girl.
- Print two goal tracker templates for each girl.
- Cut ribbon into one 15-inch and two 4-inch pieces per girl.
- Trim the construction paper or card stock to fit into the cover of the CD case. Each girl will need two pieces.
- Save the colored paper “scraps” in different smaller sizes to use in decorating the goal hanger.
Jumping Jills activity
- Give each girl a small piece of paper or sticky note
- Invite girls to do jumping Jills (jumping Jacks) for 20 seconds and ask them to silently count how many they do.
- Time them, and then at the end of 20 seconds, instruct them to write down how many they did.
- Invite girls to share their numbers.
- Now give the girls a challenge: Cross out the number and increase it by two or even five more! This is your new goal.
- Time the girls again and see if they can reach their new goal the second time they do jumping jills. Ask them to write down how many they did and compare it to their goal.
- Talk about the activity
- What difference did a goal make?
- Did anyone go over her goal?
- How did you feel?
- If having a number goal helps you do more, what are some other goals you could set for yourself?
- Should we set some number goals for the Cookie Season? Why?
- For a little extra challenge and action, guide girls as they create a graph comparing how many jumping jills they did before and after setting a goal
- Suggest girls add their numbers together and try to reach a new team goal.
- Girls plan individual goals and then put strategies to their goals as they develop a solid plan to assure success in achieving their personal cookie season commitments.
- Guide girls in determining how much money they need to earn this cookie season to reach the group goals they voted on at a previous meeting.
- Ask the girls how they would go about determining how many packages they need to sell to reach their goal. Divide the amount of money needed by the amount earned per package.
- Using paper and pencil or calculators, the girls work as a team to calculate how many packages they need to sell as a team.
- The girls then decide on how many boxes each of them is going to sell to help the group reach this goal. Ask them to write this number down on a piece of paper, so that they can use it when making their goal hanger
- Have a strategic brainstorming session! Explain to girls that a strategy is a plan that you make to help you to achieve a goal. Ask girls to share some strategies that they plan to use to help reach their personal goals. Answers may include working two cookie booths per week, knocking on every door in the neighborhood, calling family friends and relatives and visiting my mom and dad’s offices.
- Give each girl a copy of the goal garden template, some writing and coloring supplies and some scissors. Invite them to write their goals inside their flowers.
- Write the team “fun and learning” goal inside the smiley face flower.
- Write the team “helping others” service goal inside the helping hands flower.
- Write their personal cookie package goal inside the cookie flower (the number of cookie packages a girl plans to sell to help her team reach their goals).
- Your more creative girls may want to use one of the blank colored paper squares to design their own goal garden, or goal art where they can write their goals.
- Invite the girls to cut out their goal hanger, goal trackers or goal flowers.
- Allow girls to select two colorful pieces of paper and ask girls to glue their flower garden to one piece of the colored paper.
- On the second piece of colored paper, suggest that girls write down a list of strategies that they plan to use to help them achieve their goals.
- Girls can now finish coloring and decorating the papers.
- Give each girl two CD cases and a set of ribbons.
- Show girls how to attach the ribbon to the back of the case with tape or glue and slide their finished creations into the covers of the CD cases.
- Allow girls to place their CD trackers inside the case (glue or tape one in the CD holder on the right side of the open case, and place the other one on the left side of the case).
- At home, the goal hanger becomes a great goal reminder and tracking device that also keeps families involved.
- Girls will want to share their goals with their family and talk with their family about things to do that will help them implement their strategies and reach their goals.
- Suggest girls hang their goal hangers on their bedroom door handle.
- Show girls how to use the trackers inside the CD to help them track and achieve their goals. Invite them to color in one section for each box of cookies that they sell. As they fill up rows of five, girls can count by fives to total up the number of packages they have sold towards their goal