Middle school is a crucial age for young girls. It’s a time when they’re more self-aware than ever, constantly viewing themselves through the eyes of their peers. It’s also the age when girls develop the most insecurities as they begin to deal with bullying behavior from their peers. That’s why we introduced Be a Friend First (BFF), an initiative designed to complement the aMAZE! Journey. It gives middle school girls valuable skills they can use to develop healthy relationships, prevent bullying behavior, and become peacemakers in their schools and communities.
Troop 1067 from Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council developed a Take Action project based on BFF. With their “9 Ways to be a Great Friend” chart, they sent a positive message about friendship to rising sixth-graders. The aim of this project was to diminish bullying concerns, and it aligned perfectly with the BFF mission, which is to explore issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques. Without a doubt, Troop 1067’s Take Action project will help prepare girls to foster healthy relationships as they enter sixth grade. Bravo, girls!
Learn more about how your troop can integrate BFF into their projects.