Daisy Girl Scouts: Earning the Considerate and Caring Petal
What are Daisy Girl Scouts
In 1912, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low gathered together 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, for a Girl Scout meeting. The Boy Scouts of America had been incorporated since 1910 and Robert Baden-Powell's book, Scouting for Boys, had been out since 1908. Juliette believed that all girls should be given the same opportunity as boys to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Girls were encourage to participate in community service, outdoor activities, and even camping. Today the Girl Scouts of America has over 3 million girls and adults as registered members.
Girls progress through program levels that are designed to provide age-appropriate activities that provide fun experiences for the development of the goals originally set forth by Juliette Low. Girl Scout Daisies are the youngest members, named after Juliette's nickname of "Daisy." Girl Scout Daisies are in Kindergarten and first grade. Throughout the year, the girls learn the Girl Scout Law by earning "petals" which represent the points of the law. The petals and other patches earned are worn on the Daisy uniform.
Zinni the Zinnia
Considerate and Caring: the Spring Green petal
Learning to be considerate and caring means learning to see things from another person's point of view. All actions have consequences either positive or negative. We show we are being considerate when we whisper around sleeping babies. We show we are caring when we hug a friend who is sad.
Everything we say or do provides us with an opportunity to be considerate and caring. There are also many opportunities to practice handling situations where someone is inconsiderate or uncaring. Girls need to learn positive ways to respond to these situations as well.
This is a wonderful petal for the girls to earn. It is the essence of Girl Scouting. Each act of caring helps make the world a better place. Even the youngest person is capable of showing they care for another, and bringing joy to other people.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.— Leo Buscaglia
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Stories are a wonderful way to introduce children to social skills. The stories show characters being considerate and caring, or being inconsiderate and uncaring, and how it affects those around them. The girls can discuss other options the characters could have chosen in those situations.
- Zinni the Zinnia - Join the Girl Scout Flower Friends as we learn the Girl Scout Law. Zinni show how girls can bring joy to others by being considerate and caring.
- Clifford - Norman Bridwell's stories about Clifford the big red dog and his owner, Emily Elizabeth teach stories about friendship, caring and love.
- Strawberry Shortcake - A group of Berry Sweet Friends who have adventures and share with each other in considerate and caring ways.
- Care Bears - These bears live in Care-a-lot, in the Kingdom of Caring.
- George and Martha One Fine Day by James Marshall - A group of stories, including one on how to choose words carefully.
- How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham - Each creature is special, no matter how small.
- A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C Stead - A zookeeper gets sick so his animals comfort and care for him.
- Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children by Carol McCloud an Katherine Martin - Even the smallest among us can perform considerate and caring acts of kindness.
- Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss - Horton takes care of a whole world of people so tiny that no one can see or hear them.
Friendship Song in Pooh's Heffalump Movie
- KindSpring - Have the girls create their own Smile cards. They can then do an anonymous act of kindness for someone; Leave a smile card behind to encourage them to pay-it-forward; and then share their story at the next meeting. It would be amazing to see the good the girls can do.
- Caring Words BeanBag Toss - The girls sit in a circle with one girl holding a beanbag. She says hello to another girl in the circle, says something nice about that girl, and tosses her the beanbag. Game continues until everyone has had at least one nice thing said about them.
- Role Playing - Give the girls scenarios, or let them create their own, and then they act out how to handle the situation.
Service projects are a great way to involve the whole family. Invite Mom, Dad and siblings to join in for the service project. Just make certain the girls are doing the project too, and not letting someone else do all the work for them.
Crafts and Service Projects
Any craft that will be given to another person to bring them joy works well for this petal. Tie crafts in with a service project and the girls will see they really can make a difference.
- Make Peanut Butter Dog Treats and donate them to the animal shelter.
- Make paper Zinnia's and give as gifts.
- Make and send cards to people serving in the military.
- GenerationOn has projects that kids can participate in.
The options are endless. Let the girls come up with ideas and follow their lead.
This really is my favorite petal. It gives the girls a chance to see that they can make a difference in this world of grown-ups. It is easy to tie in with seasonal holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine's Day.
Our girls made Christmas ornaments for the local senior center. They brought the ornaments with them when we went Christmas caroling at the home. They also collected food for animals, and brought their collections to the local ASPCA. They have been involved in toy drives, food drives, and gift drives, all to care for others who might be a little down on their luck.
The best part of this petal, is seeing the girls continue to look for ways to be considerate and caring, even when there is no petal to earn. It truly is what Girl Scouts are all about.