Service Unit 886 held its first Brownie Lock-In this past February. Although the Girl Scouts had so much fun hanging out with new and old friends, this wasn’t a typical lock-in. They completed the entire It’s Your Story, Tell It! A World of Girls Leadership Journey!
After an opening ceremony, the girls participated in five Journey activities to help them Discover and Connect to girls across the world. They played the games Banyoka and Cencio Mollo from other countries and listened to a story that held clues about a little girl’s actions and how those actions made the world better.
The girls talked about circles and learned about other girls who are part of the circles in their lives. Finally, girls participated in relay races to build stories together.
Girls carried around a passport to track their progress through the Journey. To end the evening’s festivities, the girls returned to their sleeping areas for a movie and lights out. True lock-in style!
Saturday morning began bright and early with breakfast and girls began the Take Action part of their Journey. Working with their troops, girls talked about making positive changes in the world around them. Each troop had a plan to positively change the behaviors of others. After discussion, each team chose a change they wanted to make and worked to begin that change. At the final ceremony Saturday morning, each troop presented their change and how they would present this to others.
Over the course of one lock-in, Girl Scout Brownies completed a Journey, a Girl Scout Cadette earned her LiA award and a Girl Scout Senior earned her ViT award as well! These older Girl Scouts took the lead in preparing and presenting various parts of the Journey.
Girls met new friends, experienced their first Girl Scout overnight, and gained an understanding of how Journeys fit into the world of girls.