help set up tables
lead flag salute
lead the pledge
lead the girl scout promise
attendance (use smilie stickers)
dues (we collect $1 each mtg.)
pass out paper(s)
collect paperwork (permissions slips, badge work sheets)
choose a song
choose a game
pass out snack
clean-up after snack (2)
lead good-bye game
help take down tables
friendship squeeze starter
lead an activity
Clean Up Clean
Clean up Captain
bring a book
"A Job for Everybody"
Troop 563, Rolling Hills Council
I put all the different
jobs on a felt piece of material. We had a job for each girl. We have 10
girls so we had Meeting Starter, she rang a triangle to get order in the
troop, flag holder, pledge starter, promise starter, picture taker,
attendance taker, song starter, squeeze starter and 2 bridge leaders. I had
each of the girls bring in a picture and we put it on a foam daisy since all
of the girls couldn't read yet. Each week I just rotated the daisy's around
the chart. The girls loved this they always came into the meeting and went
to the chart to see their job. I didn't have a clean up because I felt they
should all clean up and whoever was signed up for snack did the snack.
"Take a slip"
Troop 271, Utah
We put all the jobs
that needed doing for that specific meeting on a slip of paper and put the
slips of paper in a big bowl next to the Roll/Sign-in sheet. As the girls
came to the meeting, she would pick a slip of paper from the bowl and write
her name on the sign-in sheet and the kaper next to her name. She kept the
slip of paper in her pocket so that if she forgot what her job was, she
could pull it out and look at it. The leaders could look at the sign-in
sheet and see that everyone had a job to do.
Troop 115, Milwaukee, WI
Our troop has 11
Daisies, so I needed to figure out how to fit them all. So what I did was
made a sunflower, with the petals being the tasks, and bumble bees, bees
them! I attached them with velcro. so that way they can be removed and each
one can take a turn. I also wanted something that we could use for many
years. You need black beans for the center and yellow and orange florescent
paper as the petals. I then glued them to a foam board with an sky
background. The girls love it!! I pull their names out of a bag and let them
pick there job for the day. No more arguing and frustration.
"The Ever Useful
Troop 390, Middle Creek
We use a coffee can
with the kapers listed around the outside of the can. Each girl put her name
on a craft stick then glued them to the clip clothes pins. Then we attach
the pin to the top of the can lined up with the kaper.
"Spin That Wheel!"
Troop 1121, Orange County, CA
We use a paper plate and clothes pin with each girls name on it. We then
rotate the girls name to whatever job she will be responsible for.
Troop 248, Morris Area
I found Post-it Notes
in the shape of Daisies and printed one with each girl's name on it. I
laminated these and put a velcro dot on the back. For the chart, I printed
the jobs (enough for each girl in the troop) onto green construction paper
strips to serve as the "stems" of the flowers and glued them to a large
piece of foam board. I added "grass" made of construction paper to make a
Daisy garden. I put the matching velcro dot at the top of each stem so the
names could be changed each week. I ask one of the parent's helping out to
pick one name out of a bag - this girl gets the "Set up Kaper Chart" job.
Her job is to pick the rest of the names and put them on the chart. The last
job is "Clean up Kaper Chart" and the girl with that job takes all the names
off the chart and puts them back in the bag for the next meeting. Works
"Mickey to the Rescue!"
Troop 63, Falls Village
I went to my local hardware store and picked up
Disney paint chips (mickey ears) and cut them out, printed each girls name
on a different color and glued them to clothes pins. Then I made a large
circle (aprox.9 inches) out of a cereal box and put white paper on the
"ugly" side. Write Troop # in middle of circle and in a smaller circle
around troop # write kapers. Just leave enough room for a clothes pin to fit
in the space!
"Safety in Numbers!"
Troop 67, Lone Star
We have a basic chart with dates down the side and
jobs on top. We have cards taped to a whiteboard that we can move around and
change each month. We use four jobs - attendance/dues, opening, supplies,
and closing. We rotate duties each week, but instead of having just one girl
listed - we have our girls divided into groups - and have 3 or 4 girls for
each job. If there are several supplies that I need help with - several
girls can help - or if someone is not there - I still have someone to help.
"Keeping it Simple!"
Linda, JGS 834, Heart of Missouri
We just use a basic chart: Jobs down one side,
blank for name of girl on the other. Girls get to pick their jobs -they
differ each week because we have different activities each week. We have
friendship squeeze prepicked.
"It, Already It"
Sue, Troop 81,
GS of Bergen County
I cut shapes out of decorated paper and glued magnets on the back. I
start them all off in the "it" bag and at the beginning of each meeting,
depending on what needs to be done that time, I pull names out of bag and
write job with chalk on the blackboard and put up magnet shapes. At end of
meeting all names go into the "already it" bag and start all over again once
"it" bag depleted.
"Do It, Next, Done-It"
Julie D., Troop 231, GS-Columbia River Council
We have used two types of kaper charts; one that failed, and one that
works for us.
Our troop started with a more formal kaper chart,
with a job each meeting for each girl, that rotated on a pre-set schedule.
Jobs included opening flag ceremony, closing flag, clean up after snack,
pass out materials, clean up after the meeting, etc. This didn't work
all that well because some meetings (as an example) there were LOTS of
things to pass out, and the girl felt like it was her "right" to pass them
ALL out, which took too long. Other meetings there was nothing to pass
out, or no flag because of a field trip, so the girl felt she was
"cheated". In addition, since clean-up was an item, the other girls felt
like they didn't have to do ANY clean-up; the girl that dumped all of the
beads over the table and the floor announced she would not help pick up
because that was not her kaper.
Worked: We went to a very simple kaper chart.
We have 3 cups:
There are 4 jobs:
We have 4 sets of popsicle sticks (ours have a different shape
glue-gunned on the end, but they could be different colors or
whatever). Each set of popsicle sticks has one girl's name on each stick.
All of the sticks started in the "Do-it" cup. The Snack is pre-determined by
the date that the parent signed up for the week, but the girl gets to pass
out her snack. So the snackers name is put in the "Next" cup. A Song,
Picture, and Leader's Choice stick are randomly drawn and put in the "Next"
cup. Every time we need or want a song, it is the Song girl's job to pick a
song. After that, her stick is put in the "Done-It" cup, and a new girl's
name is drawn. Having the "Next" cup helped the new girl have time to
come up with a song. The Picture girl takes 2 pictures per meeting, anytime
she chooses. The Leader's Choice is for anything else that needs to be done:
pass out stuff, collect trash, be the helper, etc. It's potluck. Some
meetings we use a lot of Leader's Choice girls, and sometimes we don't have
any. But nobody feels picked on or favored. When all of one type of
stick make it to the "Done-It" cup, they all get put back in the
"Do-It" cup, and we start over. (And everyone cleans up their own mess!)
"Do It, Done-It"
Liz R., Troop 81,
GS-Columbia River Council
I took Julie's idea and simplified it for my
tired brain and for our Daisy Troop! We only had 2 cans, "Do It" and
"Done It". Each girl had a clothespin that she decorated. All
pins start out in the "Do It" can. I draw a pin out and that person
will draw a pin for the first job that we leaders need. The person who is
drawn, draws for the next job. Her pin goes into the "Done It"
can, etc. When all pins have been selected, they get dumped back in
the "Do It" can and we start over! The girls absolutely loved it!!
Doing it this way minimized the disappointment when having set jobs that you
didn't always need at each meeting - more flexibility!
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