US BROWNIES' MANNERS TRY-IT PATCH
NOTE: to earn a Try-It, a girl must complete four of the six activities. The patch for
"Manners" is a point-down triangle, white twill, red border, with hearts in the corners
and the word "PLEASE" in blue in the middle.
When you meet new people or when you're with your family and friends, good
manners show that you are considerate.
Pretend you are at a restaurant. Take turns being the server and the customer. Talk
about polite and impolite ways to act in a restaurant. You can have even more fun by
using sample menus from restaurants in the community and a place setting (plates, cups, and silverware) for each person.
*More to try*: Many cultures use tableware different from a knife and fork and
spoon. You could use chopsticks, a special spoon, or just your right hand. You also
might have different table settings or one large bowl for the family. Learn about some
other ways to eat.
Good manners can mean helping at home. Think of a job you could do that an adult
does now. Offer to do the job for one week. Could you keep doing this job?
RESPECT FOR OTHERS
Showing respect for others means treating them the way you want to be treated. The
Girl Scout Law states "I will do my best to respect myself and others." Repeat the Girl
Scout Law. Think of as many ways as you can to show respect for others. Talk about things you can do when people are not respectful to you and others. Create a song, skit, or group poem.
Practice the right way to use the telephone. In pairs, act out some conversations.
1.Someone in the house needs help.
2.Someone from your mother's workplace wants to leave a message.
3.Your grandmother calls you to chat.
Good manners include knowing how to introduce yourself and others. Introductions
are different in different cultures. Meeting someone new may be the first step in making a new friend.
Try the following activity on introductions at home and away from home.
1.Practice introducing yourself to others in your troop, at home, and in school. Include a smile, a handshake, and a friendly hello. Say something like, "Hi, my name is..."
2.Practice introducing other people. Introductions are made in a certain order. The common rule is that you say a woman's or an older person's name first, as well as the name of people with important positions or titles. For example, you would say, "Ms. Lewis, I'd like you to meet Alexis Smith. Alexis, this is Ms. Lewis." The following list contains ideas for practicing introductions:
1.A new girl in your troop
2.A friend to a parent
3.A girl to a boy
4.A person with a special title or degree, such as Father, Rabbi, Doctor, or Judge. Try
using a person's job title - for example, Hello, Dr. Jones, I am..."
Practice these greetings used in different parts of the world:
1.In Japan, a bow is a traditional greeting.
2.In Chile, a handshake and a kiss to the right cheek are customary.
3.In Fiji, a smile and an upward movement of the eyebrows are how people greet one
*More to Try*: Learn titles that are used in other languages and cultures. For instance, "Seņora" is the Spanish title for a married woman. In Japan, "San" Is used after someone's name to show respect for that person. In Turkey, an older woman calls a younger woman "Canim," which means "dear" or "beloved." In this country, Navajo people use the word "Hosteen," which means uncle, for older men they admire. Can you find some others?
Pretend you are a party host. What should a host do so that her guests have a good time? Pretend that you are a party guest. How is a good guest considerate?