Be a Friend First

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

nypennOctober is National Bullying Awareness Month. Each day more than 160,000 students stay home from school because of their fear of being bullied. Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways can help with resources and activities to increase awareness about this community problem.

At the Daisy age level troops can work on the friendly and helpful petal talking about ways they can be a good friend to others. Have girls take a 5 day kindness challenge and see what kinds of things they come up with as ways to be more kind to others.

Brownie Girl Scouts can create posters to display in their community and school about bullying. They can also work on the Making Friends badge.

We also have the BFF Booklet for older Girl Scouts. The BFF booklet goes with the Cadette level Amaze Journey and offers activities specifically focused on bullying prevention. Girls can earn the interact, diplomat, and peacemaker awards during this journey.

Girl Scouts can offer girls lots of great resources on dealing with bullying both through activities, badges, and the emotionally safe space created by being involved in a troop with peers and positive adult role models.

For more information on program resources available visit the council website at http://www.gsnypenn.org

 

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