One of the greatest challenges in leading a troop is effectively managing the behavior of the girls. This article for troop leaders discusses the typical behaviors of Girl Scout Brownies (grades 2-3).
Energy Levels and Sociability
Girls at the Brownie age level have lots of energy and need to run, walk, and play outside. These girls are social and enjoy working in groups, so help them team up in small or large groups for projects and activities. Brownies also love to act in plays, create music, and dance—your troop may want to create their own play, or even tell a story through dance or creative movement!
Fine Motor Skills
Brownies are continuing to develop their fine motor skills and can tie shoes, use basic tools, and even begin to sew. Girls at this age may need some assistance using scissors or threading needles, but you can encourage them to express themselves and their creativity by making things with their hands.
Brownies are concrete thinkers and focused on the here and now. You can do more than just read to the girls—try asking questions to gauge their understanding, or allow them to role-play.
Brownies are becoming comfortable with basic number concepts, time, money, and distance. This means offering support only when needed. Allow the girls to set schedules for meetings or performances, and count out the money needed for activities.
Brownies know how to follow rules, listen well, and appreciate the recognition of a job well done. Be sure to acknowledge when the girls have listened or followed directions well as this will increase their motivation for listening and following rules next time.
Girls at this age do need clear directions and structure; they like knowing what to expect. Try only offering one direction at a time. You can also have the girls create the schedule and flow of your meetings, and share it right from the start of the year.
Brownies want to help others and appreciate being given individual responsibilities for a task. Let your Brownies lead by letting them help with and direct activities whenever possible. Allow the girls to make decisions about individual roles and responsibilities as a group.
For more on letting your Brownie troop grow in their leadership abilities, see our article, Letting Girls Take the Lead.
Summary of Resources
- Letting Girls Take the Lead – An article for troop leaders that outlines how to incorporate girl-led into their troop.