Flat Stacie Project for Girl Scouts/Girl Guides
by Kathie Woika
Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley
Each girl makes a paper doll- for the Girl Scouts/Girl Guides it will be Flat Stacie. They each begin a journal about Stacie, and write a letter to whomever is receiving their Stacie. Then these will be sent to another troop. You will be provided with an address. Once they are sent, Flat Stacie is treated like a guest, and the journal is completed. Flat Stacie would attend meetings, special events, community service activities- anything the troop does. When Stacie and her journal are returned, also included would be pictures of her with the troop she visited, activities they did, postcards of the cities, landmarks, parks, famous monuments (anything to teach the girls about the area Flat Stacie visited). Maybe that council has a special council patch, pin, t-shirt, etc. that would be included. If anyone would like a pen pal, either e-mail or snail mail, that information would be sent. While your Flat Stacies are out visiting, you'll have some visitors to your troop.
You wouldn't believe the great time the girls have when their Flat Stacies come home!
Here is some basic information and ideas about the Flat Stacie Project.
Start the project:
You can read them the story Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown, or tell them what happened (while sleeping one night, Stacie's bulletin board fell on her. When she woke up, she was very surprised! Her parents tried to think positively about this change, and told her she could go visit anyone she wanted to, because itÃs very cheap to mail her). Or have the girls begin their journals with their own stories of how Stacie got flattened. Or both- it's a fun book!
Next, have the girls make their doll. I have enclosed templates, or have the girls make their own doll. Cardstock is a good weight- not too heavy or thick for mailing, but sturdier than paper. If you are going to use the templates, you can either print it on paper, then glue to cardstock, or just make a copy onto cardstock. Put your name and address on the back of the doll. This is to be sure your doll and journal come home. Next, have them make a journal. Again, put your name and address inside the front cover. I would recommend that the journals not be any bigger than folding a sheet of notebook paper in half, to help keep the postage down. cardstock or construction paper is a good weight for the covers - have the girls decorate it.
Next, the girls should start their journal. It should be written from Stacie's point of view. They can begin with a story of how Stacie got flattened. If they want to become pen pals, make sure it's OK with each interested girls' parents, then let the leader you are exchanging with know, so she can see if any of her girls are interested. The next step is to mail the doll and journal to their new temporary homes!
When you receive:
You will receive a Stacie and her journal from the troop you have been connected with. She is a guest at your meetings, and for the girls to take home. Make a big deal out of it! Have fun! Take pictures! Have the girls involve their doll in whatever your troop is doing, and whatever family activities they are doing at home. Use your imagination! The sky's the limit! Each girl should write in the journals. They can also talk about families, weather, location (nearest big city), population (how many schools in your town/city), what's special to your location (favourite local activities, sports, hobbies, sites of interest, industries), what they like best about where they live, what they would change, what's important to them, what projects your troop is working on, read any good books lately? When you receive them, try to e-mail the leader they came from so she knows Stacie arrived at her destination. Estimate a return date as well. Try to e-mail again when you've actually sent her back, so leaders can be on the lookout for her. The girls will be unbelievably excited when they hear that their Stacie is on her way home! In the journals or with them, you can include pictures, postcards, patches, local maps, SWAPS, anything you and your girls can come up with! Anything specifically from your area that the girl you're sending back to would have no other way of getting is great! Keep the doll for about 2 meetings, so depending on how often you meet, you would have the doll for 2-4 weeks. If you want them longer, just let the sending leader know, so the girls aren't worried about their doll.
Activities to tie in:
Have maps showing where Stacie has gone, & where the doll you received came from.
Make clothes to send back with the visiting Stacie, or 1 set to send and 1 to keep.
Have plays with the dolls- take pictures.
Make up games; game boards- send back, take pictures.
Make houses, cars, bikes- use in plays and games; send back, take pictures.
Whatever your girls are interested in, anything special or different in your area- do it! Send it! Use your imagination! We want girls to learn about scouting in other places as well as a little history, geography, and social studies! It's a great way to learn!