First, check with the leader and see if they are doing this to meet
badge requirements - if so there will be some specific things they
need you to talk about (don't have the age level book with me and
can't remember, but lots of career stuff usually).
Next, my daughter is 14 and has been making and selling jewelry for
3 years now - so that age CAN do most anything you want to do with
They love beading, and patterns, and weaving beads. Love chokers and
bracelets and long dangly earrings. Don't care if the beads/stones
are gemstones - just need to be pretty and colorful. They also love
wire wrapping, if you have a simple project they could do in the
time period. Copper is very "in", and it wraps pretty easily - I tend
to get mine at Lowe's Home Improvement stores :>. You could show them
how to use pliers to create bracelets with beads and wire. This age
(around here, anyway) isn't into the pearls as much as the colorful
stone beads and long dangly earrings. Earthtones are pretty big in
the stores right now, although many (but definitely not all!!) girls
like things in the pink/rose range.
Another option if you have the tools is to precut some sections of
silver, and let them hammer them, then drill a hole in them, then
put them on earstuds or whatever you have on hand. They love the
hammering and drilling, and they could even drill holes in the bottom
of the pieces and dangle beads. This would give them a "classier"
Good luck, and aren't you wonderful to do this with them!
Beth in SC who leads 2 Girl Scout troops in 2 different counties!