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Transitioning to

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What's New?
Transitioning to Juniors is a key step in progression for girls. Keep in mind that once girls are Cadettes, you will only be serving as a mentor and girls will take on a leadership role in the troop. The Junior grade level is your opportunity to prepare the girls (and yourself) for these new roles.
Do You Ever Wonder WHY?!
At times, we all wonder why girls are acting a certain way or why their behaviors are different than the year before. There are many factors behind these questions. Here is an activity that will help you to understand WHY and how to incorporate that into your activities.
Patrols
The Patrol System is the most versatile of the systems of government. The troop is divided into smaller units called patrols. The ideal patrol size
is about 4-6 girls. Each Patrol elects a Patrol Leader responsible for running their patrol meetings. An Assistant Patrol Leader is also a good idea in the event that the Patrol Leader cannot make a meeting. All troop
business can be handled in these patrols. Attendance and dues can be recorded by the patrols. For any given outing, chores may be divided up with each patrol responsible for its own task. In order for the troop to run smoothly and as a group, Patrol Leaders should come together periodically (at least once a month) to discuss troop issues and make group decisions. This is called the "Court of Honor". Each patrol gives their input to the Patrol Leader who presents their viewpoint at the Court of Honor. Also included in the Court of Honor are any other troop officers such as Secretary and Treasurer. The Patrol System can be very successful, but only if the girls are given skills with which to succeed.

Court of Honor
Generally consisting of the Troop Officers and the Patrol Leaders, the Court of Honor meets on a regular basis to plan troop activities. Monthly meetings can be used to plan events to occur the following month. A long meeting once or twice a year can be used for long-term planning of troop events and planning the troop yearly calendar. If you have a troop Moderator or President, this person generally presides over the Court of Honor meetings.
Emotional Characteristics
9 Year Olds / Grade 4
Is more responsible and independent.
Emotions change quickly.
Wants things to be "right".
Appreciates her family, but tends to get angry with family members.
Enjoys humor.
Has passionate feelings for certain activities.
10-11 Year Olds / Grade 5
Listens to reason.
Is easygoing.
Stays away from responsibility.
Tends to be humorous and happy.
Social Characteristics
9 Year Olds / Grade 4
Is beginning to have smooth relationships with family members.
Is self-centered.
Is affectionate at times.
Participates in organized activities.
10-11 Year Olds / Grade 5
Feels close to family members.
Does not like to be criticized.
Is very talkative.
Has intense friendships and is possessive about friends.
Is very secretive.
Wants to belong to a club or organization.
Physical Characteristics
9 Year Olds / Grade 4
Has a real problem with self-consciousness if development is too quick.
Has a high level of physical activity.
Tends to play until exhausted.
Displays variation in physical skills.
10-11 Year Olds / Grade 5
Begins to physically change.
May have frequent nightmares.
Is not concerned about neatness.
May have stomachaches, headaches, and bite nails to relieve tension.
Intellectual Characteristics
9 Year Olds / Grade 4
Can make up her mind easily.
Uses language as a means to exchange ideas.
Applies logical thought to different situations.
10-11 Year Olds / Grade 5
Is very articulate.
Begins to like and respect teachers.
Is influenced by radio and television.
Is interested in a variety of reading materials.
Girls = Leaders
Transitioning to
Juniors
Now that you have this insight into girls ages 9-11, apply this information when working with your troop. Remember, the girls are ready to take on more than you realize and (as long as safety is not at risk) it's ok to let them make mistakes!
Helpful Links
Where to place insignia - https://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/for_volunteers/where_to_place/junior/
What Juniors Do - https://www.girlscouts.org/program/national_program_portfolio/what_juniors_do.pdf
Bronze Award - http://www.gsofsi.org/prg_awards.html
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