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Daisy Girl Scouts
Daisy Girl Scouts
My daughter, Madison, is in Girls Scouts. Because she is in Kindergarten she is considered a Daisy. Let me tell you, there isn't much that is more amazing than a bunch of 5 and 6 year old girls trying to "make a difference" in this big world. They can't even comprehend how big the world actually is, but they are doing their best to find their place in it. That is where Girl Scouts comes in. I am fortunate enough to be a leader in this great organization. One of the objectives for the girls is to earn badges, as a leader sometimes it is difficult to come up with ideas to help them accomplish this. That is why I decided to create this Lens. I will discuss the different petal colors - each color represents part of the Girl Scout Law - and I will give you ideas for earning each petal. There is also a place where you can add ideas of your own.
Learning the Girl Scout Promise
* Make Flash Cards for the girls to take home and practice
* Make a bracelet using the Pony Beads and elastic. The bracelet should use the colors of the petals strung with white beads in between. We also included a printout of the Law so they knew what each colored bead represented.
* Have the girls recite the Promise at every meeting
The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law
Honest and Fair
* Bring in apples, or some sort of treat that can be divided up evenly between the girls
(M&Ms, Skittles, crackers, etc.). Let the girls divide the snacks up between themselves
by themselves. Talk about if the treats were divided fairly (and if they were not how they
can redivide to make it more even).
* Set up a treasure hunt and tell the girls they are only allowed to find a certain amount
of the treasures (3-5 works best). Once they find the designated number they have to
stop - or they can help the other girls find theirs.
* Make 2 puppets. One with a happy face and the other with a sad face. Then come up
with different scenarios that are fair/unfair or honest/dishonest. Have the girls tell you
which scenarios are fair/honest by putting up the happy puppets and unfair/dishonest
by putting up the sad puppets.
Friendly and Helpful
* If you want the girls to earn this badge one at a time you can have each girl be the "Daisy Helper" during a meeting. They can pass out snack, papers, and any other supplies.
* Print out small handprints and write "Helping Hands" on each one. Give them to the girls to take home and when they help out around the house they can leave their little handprint as a "calling card". You can also do this with little strips of paper that say "Daisy was Here".
* You can also ready the Brownie Story.
Considerate and Caring
* Adopt a Soldier Program (www.adoptaussoldier.org)
* Color a Smile Program (www.colorasmile.org)
Courageous and Strong
* Have the girls do simple exercises (Jumping Jacks, Jogging in place, touching toes, etc.)
* Talk about what they are afraid of and what they can do to make them not afraid.
* Go on a "Bear Hunt" You can look up the lyrics to the song. Snack for the day can be Teddy Graham Crackers. It is fun to make it a bear themed meeting.
Responsible for What I Say and Do
* Plant seeds and have the girls take them home and take care of them.
* Take a piece of paper (they can color a picture of themselves if they want) and crumple it up. Then have them try to flatten it out. They will see that they are not able to get rid of all the wrinkles - just like they can't take back mean things that they say even if they apologize.
* Play Telephone - it shows them how rumors start. Talk about how rumors can make people feel bad.
* Make Chore Charts for them to take home so they can help around the house.
Respect Myself and Others
* Read "I'm Gonna Like Me" by Jamie Lee Curtis
* Make "Girls are Great Mirrors". Take foam frames and glue them to a small mirror. They can decorate them with positive phrases.
* Have them sit in a "Compliment Chair". Each girl takes a turn sitting in a chair in front of the group and the other girls all say something positive about them. The troop leader can write down what all the girls say and give the paper with all of the compliments to that girl.
* They can draw pictures of themselves. Then they can take turns saying what is the same about all of them (2 eyes, 2 legs, 2 arms, etc) and then what is different about all of them (hair color, eye color, etc). Talk about how it is ok to be different.
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* Have an authority figure come talk to the troop (police, fireman, principal, etc)
* Talk about a police officer and what their job is. One of their responsibilities is to direct traffic. You can have them play Red Light, Green Light.
* Talk about different authority figures and color pictures of them.
Uses Resources Wisely
* Talk about recycling.
* Make a Milk Jug Bird Feeder
* Do a craft using only recycled materials.
* Collect Aluminum Cans. Take them to a recycling center and use the money from the cans for a troop activity.
* Have the girls bring a cup from home to use at each of the meetings instead of juice boxes or disposable cups.
Make the World a Better Place
* The Milk Jug Bird Feeder will work for this badge as well.
* Color A Smile Organization (www.colorasmile.org)
* Plant flowers or a tree
* Clean up a park
Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout
* Make SWAPS
* Make a "Family Tree" Print out a picture of a tree and have the girls glue paper apples to the tree. On each apple have the girls put the names of all the girls in their troop. They can put their apple at the top of the tree with a small leaf next to it.
* Become pen pals with another troop.
If you have any additional ideas please add them here. We can make this a place for leaders and parents to come to get great ideas about how our girls can earn their petals. Thank you!