Girl Scout Crafts

Written by Pete Nicholls
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The Girl Scouts (Girl Guides in Canada and the UK) are well known for helping girls aged 4 through 17 to develop their full potential. Girls are also gradually taught survival skills appropriate to their age group. Pre-Kindergarten, Brownies, Juniors, and Girl Scouts all have special programs and dedicated leaders.

In addition to learning skills forever useful indoors and outdoors, such as knot tying, girl scouts today learn about everything from homemaking to computer science and space exploration. Reef knots and sheepshanks will always have their place in a girl scout's world, but they learn many other skills, including crafts. Emotional and social needs and interests are strongly considered, along with the developmental level of the girls.

Younger girl scouts have their own paper dolls that teach them how to take care of themselves, and about other cultures, for example. They learn how to weave hair scrunchies and make beaded ponytail holders. They then progress into macramé projects, tie dying tee shirts, and recycling blue jeans to make purses, book covers (complete with pockets) and padded sit-upons.

Girl Scout Crafts Are Creative and Useful

Girl scouts learn to make musical instruments, spinners and wind chimes. Girl scouts learn how to put together a first aid kit, and how to decorate a water bottle and use it, so they'll always stay hydrated. They make Feel Better yarn bugs and take them to sick children, or create cards and patriotic flag pins for veterans in hospitals. Another time, they'll deliver potpourri or baby slipper planters they've made for nursing home residents. They learn to share, to be responsible, and to recognize and show gratitude for those who display courage in the community on an everyday basis. All these principles are learned and demonstrated through the creativity and sheer fun of crafts.

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