Bullying: It has been called a national epidemic and a public health issue and it’s getting worse. Girl Scout leaders, volunteers, and parents are in a great position to help girls learn how to have healthy relationships. This skill can have an impact on a girl for the rest of her life. Girl Scouts is in a unique position to connect the values of the Girl Scout Law such as being honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, and respect self and others to issues of bullying.
The Girl Scout research Institute study, “Feeling Safe: What Girls Say” revealed that girls, when asked what worried them the most, reported their number one concern was being teased or made fun of. The reality of bullying has been brought home in the reflections made by Girl Scout volunteers and staff who have heard girls talk about their experiences with teasing and bullying.
Girl Scout Daisies and Girl Scout Brownies
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast developed the initiative “When Words Hurt” for K-3 grade Girl Scout Leaders.
NEW - Take out boxes are now available at all Four Resource Centers. These kits have materials to complete the first few activities in the booklets. You will be able to use these at troop meetings, camping trips, etc. Participation patches are also available in the Resource Centers for the Girl Scout Daisy and the Girl Scout Brownie and cost $1.25 each. If you cannot wait to get started, download the following leader's guides:
Girl Scout Juniors
Girl Scout Juniors know that gossip and rumors just don’t happen in the movies; they happen in real life, too. The event “How Girls Hurt, How Girls Help” was created for girls in 4th and 5th grades to talk about what they see happening and learn strategies to stop the behavior, whether you are the target, aggressor, or bystander.
We now also have "When Friends Are Not Friends". This leader's guide has activities to do in the troop setting.
NEW - Take out boxes are available at all four Resource Centers. These kits have materials to complete the first few activities in the booklets. You will be able to use these at troop meetings, camping trips, etc. Participation patches are available in the Resource Centers for the Girl Scout Junior and cost $1.25 each. If you cannot wait to get started, download the following leader's guide:
Girl Scout Cadettes
From the Leadership Journey Series- It’s Your World – Change It, the aMAZE: The Twists and Turns of Getting Along helps girls get tips and learn strategies for creating healthy, long lasting friendships.
Page 75 – Caution: Bullies Straight Ahead
Page 96 – Surfing Through Cyber Relationships
Books available for check out in your local Resource Center
Blubber by Judy Blume
Bullying Is Anyone Listening? (book is also given out at the When Words Hurt training)
My Secret Bully by Abigail Marble
Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill
Stop Picking on Me: A First Look At Bullying by Pat Thomas, Lesley Harker
The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School – How Parents and Teachers Can Help
Break the Cycle of Violence by Barbara Coloroso
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Misfits by James Howe