Troop Leader Take Action Project Checklist
Here are some things to look at when you evaluate their project.
• Do the girls seem excited by this project? The most successful projects are ones that the girls care about, if they are lackluster, they may want to go in a different direction.
• Is their project feasible?
• Will this project work within the context of your troop and the girls schedule & lives?
• Does each girl have a clear role and voice within the project?
• Will their plans fit into your troop schedule?
• What is the time line for the project?
• When do the girls need to be done?
• When do you want them to start their Silver or Gold Award?
• If girls from different troops are working together, do you have contact information for the girls and their leaders?
• Have the girls told you clearly what they are expecting to do together after the session?
• Does this project meet the criteria for a Take Action Project rather than just community service?
• If you meet infrequently, make sure the girls have a good plan to work on projects remotely - do research on line, post info into Google docs, share resources.
What happens after the last session?
Their journey transitions into a partnership with you & the girls as you guide them through the completion of their Project. It is not a requirement that I “approve” their project at the end, but I am available of you have questions or need guidance.
How big the TAP should be ?
I like to answer that question with a question of my own
How well do you want them to be prepared to do their Silver or Gold?
If the girls just want to check off the journey off a checklist & learn "on the job" with their Silver & Gold, so be it, do the minimum. If you want the journey to help them build the skills to make a better Silver or Gold Project and important life & leadership skills hold them to a higher standard for their project. A good TAP should stretch them out of their comfort zone, address the root cause of a community issue & expand their network of contacts.