Juliette Girl Scout Guide Book

What is a Girl Scout Juliette and what can she do?
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Girl Scout Juliette’s are girls who, for whatever reason, are unable to join a troop. Some of these girls are on waiting lists, while others are older and no longer have an active troop. There are communities where there are no active troops or there are older girls who cannot make it to their troop’s meeting times due to other activities or homework.

If your daughter cannot find a troop, there is a downloadable Juliette Girl Scout guide for you to use. She can participate in many scouting activities, and this guide was put together so she still feels a part of the sisterhood of girls.

Has your daughter been or is she a Juliette? How has that worked for you?

Girl Scout Friday Freebie-Fit for a Princess

Girl Scouts can earn a free patch from the Fit for a Princess program. It is geared for Juniors and Cadettes.


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Happy Friday everyone! It is time for the Girl Scout Friday Freebie!

This week’s free program is for Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts in those challenging tween/early teen years. The emphasis is on eating right and getting the proper vitamins and minerals that a growing body needs. These nutritional needs can be met by eating beef.

You can find out about the Fit for a Princess program here.

Easy Girl Scout Founder’s Day Craft

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At the end of the month, Girl Scouts around the world will be celebrating Founder’s Day.  One way to do that is to do a service project for others, like Birthday in a Bag, which my troop did a few years ago (you can read how we did this here).

Use duct tape for an easy Girl Scout Founder's Day craft.

I found these great ideas to do the Birthday in a Bag and make plain gift bags look even better.

At A  Daily Pinch, the blogger has pictures of crafts she did using Duct Tape. These are simple, easy to prepare and the extra Duct Tape can be used for crafts throughout the year.

The two I am partial to are the cake and the candle taped to the bag. All you have to do before the meeting is prep the tape by cutting four strips and a flame or the candle, a flame, and a piece of string. You can make your own kits by putting each set in it’s own baggie or inside the gift bags you have had donated or purchased.

Here ais a fund duct tape craft for your troop to do for Girl Scout Founder's Day.

Amazon has this set of 10 rolls of duct tape on sale for half price. Normally, these are about five dollars a roll, and these are half of that.

Duct tape craft for Girl Scout Founder's Day.

This is another set of 10 that is available and on sale.

This decorated bag will brighten up your donation. It can also be done during the holiday season.

What are you dong for Girl Scout Founder’s Day?

A Quick and Easy Service Project for World Food Day on October 16

Here is a Girl Scout service project that is easy to do and will make an enormous difference in your community.

Here is a wonderful idea for your girls to help out the community and celebrate Girl Scout Founder’s Day. You can start planning now and be ready for your October meeting.

Back in May, I shared that our local Jewish Federation Food Bank had totally empty shelves. I had my girls take action and they each brought in a bag or two of food for us to donate.

Quick and Easy Girl Scout community service porject
Our donations…so proud of my girls! Photo by Hannah Gold. All rights reserved.

This did not require any big planning on my part-just two simple emails to the parents about what the plan was. All I had to do was deliver the food at a time that was convenient for me.

World Food Day is October 16th.  While hunger is a worldwide problem, we can help locally. When my troop were Juniors, we did the Birthday in a Bag program for the food bank located in our high school.

This is a simple and easy service project to kick off the year.


First Cadette Meeting of the Year-Things Are Changing

My daughter and I were very excited to attend the first Cadettte Girl Scout meeting of the year.  We were going to discuss the upcoming camping trip that the girls had been wanting to go on for years.

However, the was a seismic shift in our numbers.

In my post from June (which you can read here), I shared that while one girl had given notice that she was not continuing, others felt the same. After the leader sent an email out in early September to ask who was continuing, the numbers dropped drastically.

To make a long story short, our troop of 10 is now down to five. There are the three leaders daughters and two other girls who attend a different middle school, one of whom has been with me since Daisy Scouts.

While there may be some of you reading this who may think that this is a bad thing, I choose to look upon my small troop as a very positive occurrence.

While it is sad to see girls leave your troop, there are several upsides to having a smaller troop, especially when the girls are older.

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The Benefits of a Smaller Troop

There are many!

For older Girl Scouts, there are many benefits to having a small troop as opposed to a larger one. While it would have been wonderful to see my girls go all the way to high school, there are certain realities that one has to face as the girls get older.

First, the girls friendships change. My troop had come from a very small elementary school where there were only 18 girls in the entire grade out of over fifty students. Almost every girl had been in my troop at one time or another.

With such a small group of girls, drama existed, and some of it rather unpleasant. This spilled into the troop dynamics and to be quite honest, it was the last straw and that put me over the edge, leading to my decision to step down as the main leader. Besides having to do everything, I also had to handle everything. I had reached my limit.

Last year it was clear that certain girls were continuing to test the waters and see how our troop was going to change under new leadership and how they could juggle scouts with middle school and other activities.  There was a clear division between the girls, since our middle school divides the students into teams that never, ever cross paths. Best friends become strangers since the girls never see each other, not even at lunch. The two different teams were evident and no matter how we tried, they stuck with each other.

Banning cell phones did not go over well with some of the girls.

Sports and other activities oftentimes is the reason girls quit Girl Scouts.

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Girls were also AWOL due to dance and sports.  When they were in elementary school, we met directly after school, making it easy to stay with the troop. I am sure it is this way in your area as it is in mine, but children don’t just take a dance class, they are in competitive dance. Few kids stay with rec sports, they are on travel teams. There is no way that a once a month Girl Scout meeting can compete with this, and to be honest, the girls who left were no longer interested.

The biggest benefit to having a lean and mean smaller Cadette troop is that now we have a group who is truly dedicated to scouting. Yes, they have other activities, but Girl Scouts is near the top of the list, not at the bottom and seen as something they can miss. These girls want to be Girl Scouts. The biggest bonus-the parents are also devoted as well. Everyone attended the parent meeting we had Thursday night.

Decision making will be easier, as there will be no divide between cliques of girls. Five girls can agree on something much more easily than ten, and  this is even more important now that the things we do need to be more girl led. Compromise is easier with a smaller group. This is a very important life skill.

Taking trips will cost less, since there are fewer admissions to pay for. We can use two cars for trips instead of the three or four we used to need for field trips and service projects.

As you can see, I am looking at my smaller troop as a wonderful thing for my daughter and the four other girls.

Our Camping Trip

After talking about our troop numbers, the rest of the meeting was devoted to the upcoming camping trip. The leader is a bona fide camper, as is the other parent who is also camping trained. The girls are fortunate to have them as their guides for their first outdoor adventure.Having a campifre is a tradtions when Girl Scout camping.

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Originally, this trip was planned for an entire weekend. Because three of the girls are not seasoned campers, it was cut down to one. Since our numbers are small, they will be able to get a lot of one on one time with the archery instructors.

The leader then discussed what the girls would need to buy and bring, and then the menu was planned.  Lunch would be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, carrots and apples.

The girls wanted the true campfire, so dinner will be hot dogs and S’mores.

The five girls are delighted with the upcoming camping trip and cannot wait for their first outdoor adventure together!

Have you lost any girls this year? How are you handling it?

Is There a Point to the Girl Scout Journeys Program?

My blog is over five years old, and to date, the post that has received the most comments, is the one about Girl Scout Journeys (You can read about it here).

In the four years since that post came out, the opinion of the Journeys program still has not changed among leaders. When you think about it, many of the leaders who first complained about the program are, more than likely, not leading anymore. As the collective memory of what the old Girl Scout program used to be like starts to fade as new leaders join, it is interesting to note that the sentiment over the Journeys program still consistent.

Both leaders and the girls are not huge fans.

Is there a point to doing a Girl Scout Journey in a day?

What continues to be my issue with the Girl Scout Journeys program all these years?

It stems from my days as an elementary school teacher. Back in 1994, my school district piloted a new math program. Over the summer, my colleagues and I met to discuss it and make plans, and even with decades of collective teaching experience, we could not make sense of what we had to do.

When the school year started. others felt the same way, both in our school and across the district. My school was most vocal about the quality of the program and we were made the bad guys by doing so.

After the first year, test scores for math plummeted. We were told to “make the program work” and had to secretly weave the old program with the new, but not let anyone else in the district know. My colleagues and I spent hours and hours trying to fix something we knew was not right for our students.

Five years later, the district hired a consultant at a very significant cost, and the bottom line was that he determined that the program did not work (something we teachers had been saying from the beginning).

That is how I have felt with the Journeys program all these years.

When I first encountered it, I could not believe that this was for five and six year olds. It was so developmentally inappropriate!

Over the years, leaders have had to “fix” the program and reinvent each Journey to make it work for their troops (much like I had to do with my math program two decades ago). Bless the leaders in Girl Scout Facebook groups and in forums who have shared what they have done to help others. But why should unpaid volunteers need to fix a program?

I was, at least, a salaried employee who spent time making a program work, not an unpaid volunteer. If this program is so wonderful, why has it not been embraced enthusiastically since it was introduced in 2008? Why doesn’t Girl Scout leadership hear us?

Which leads me to my next point. 

The Journeys program is touted as one that builds leadership skills. It is supposed to be in depth so the girls can get something out of it. However, there are many  Councils that offer “Journey in a Day” programs.

If you can do a Journey in a day, why would you need to buy the books and spend months of meeting time doing one? 

After all these years, no matter what forum I read or Facebook group I venture into, no one has ever said, “Boy, I love the Journeys program!” Yes, there are some who feel it is not too bad if you tweak it a bit and there are some leaders who have done a phenomenal job making it work so their girls could love it.

But shouldn’t that have been the job of the Girl Scout organization that created the program?

How is it that a program that girls must done in order to achieve the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards be done in a single day? The old badge program was shoved aside in order for this one to take it’s place. If it is so significant, how is it that all you need is one day and you are good to go?

I am curious if any of you have done a Journey in a Day and if what you did “stuck” to your girls.

Girl Scout Friday Freebie SOS! Save Outdoor Sculpture Program

This free Girl Scout patch program from SOS! SAve Outdoor Sculpture is for all levels of scouts. It is perfect for a field trip or a summer meeting.

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Welcome to the second installment of the Girl Scout Friday Freebie! This new feature is for leaders to use with heir troops that are no cost to them. They can be done independently or as a part of a petal or badge that you are earning.

Today’s Girl Scout Freebie is the SOS! Save Outdoor Sculpture Program patch program. Every community has sculptures, and some are not in as good a shape as they once were. This free Girl Scout program will have your girls exploring the sculptures in your community. This would be a great patch to earn now, when the weather is still warm, or even for a summer meeting.

To find out more about the SOS! Save Our Sculpture Program and to read about the requirements, you can go to their site and then read about what each level needs to do to earn the patch.

Assigning Girl Scout Homework-You Don’t Have To!

Is it necessary to give girls asignements at home so they can complete their badge work?

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In the old Girl Scout program, all of the badge work were things the girls could do at a meeting or on a field trip. The new program has many of the badges requiring some kind of work outside of meeting time.

Obviously, whomever wrote the book was never the leader of very busy girls.

On a handful of occasions, I asked the girls to watch a short You Tube video or to have parents show a picture of something I sent them. Neither of these assignments took more than three minutes to do. Guess what?

I still had girls who did not do this. It could have been done on a phone while waiting at the orthodontist or in the car on the way to dance or soccer, but it was not deemed important.

Since watching the video was required for badge work, I had the girls watch it on my phone at the start of the meeting so we could move forward with the other activities I had planned.

I completely understand why leaders are less than pleased with the new program, as so many of the badges to earn have some kind of homework assignment attached to earning it. If you are reading this, you know as well as I do that these assignments will not be completed by everyone, leaving an empty space on the activity checklist.

And then you have to tell the girl she did not earn the badge and deal with the tears from the girl and the upset parent who will talk to you.

This is all avoidable!

I am a firm believer in doing what works best for the girls and for you. You can work around this requirement with some creative thinking and rework the activities so they can be done during your meeting time.

On my Earn Brownie Badges website,  I wrote detailed lesson plans for every badge, including the ones tied to the Journeys Program. If the activity required homework, I created a way for leaders to do the needed step without assigning any.

One of the things I have tried to stress to my readers all of these years is that you are volunteers and you should not do things that are going to get YOU stressed out. That includes circumventing situations that will create issues for you.  Assigning Girl Scout homework is not a good idea because there will be girls who do not complete the assignment. This will create the previously mentioned badge situation. Why do this to yourself?

Do you give your girls assignments to complete at home? Do they do them? What do you do if they do not?

More Books to Help You Earn Daisy Petals

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On my Daisy Girl Scout blog, I shared some wonderful children’s books that could help you start your meetings that involved earning a Daisy petal. As a teacher since 1987,  I can honestly say that I am enamored with books. I have to go to the bookstore alone (yes, I still visit mine!) so I can peruse the newer titles in children’s literature. While hand held devices are fine, I am simply old fashioned. I love the way a book feels in my hand!

While you do not want to be formulatic and begin every Daisy meeting with a book, it is a quiet way to introduce the concept you want to teach.

Here are some new titles for you to use to help your troop earn Daisy petals.

Books to Earn the Spring Green Daisy Petal Considerate and Caring

Read this funny book about a cake and a cyclops to earn the Daisy Spring Green petal, considerate and caring.

Good manners are very important for people of every age. When people forget to say even the simplest “thank you” we tend to get upset.  If you think cakes are sweet, then think again. In Rude Cakes, a cake is taken by a giant cyclops and is taught the value of having good manners.

Books to Earn the Yellow Daisy Petal, Friendly and Helpful

Earn the yellow Daisy petal, Friendly and Helpful, by reading this book that has an anti-bullying message.

Stick and Stone is a sweet book on how to lonely character find each other and help each other out. One day, a pine cone makes fun of Stone and Stick “sticks up” for this person (he is not bystander!). An unlikely union begins. One day. Stick gets blown away…will Stone help him out the way Stick helped him?

The ending is also important…Pine Cone apologizes for teasing Stone. This is another great message to teach young girls.

Books to Earn the Purple Daisy Petal, Respect Myself and Others

It is very important to learn to love ourselves for who we are. Not in a conceited kind of way, but in a way that promotes self respect. While no one is perfect, we were made just who we were supposed to be. There is no one else on this planet like you.

But, sometimes we wish we were smarter, thinner, richer, etc. We can try to make improvements to ourselves by eating right, exercising, and taking time to slow down and breathe, but it is inward where we all need to find peace and self-acceptance.

To earn the Purple daisy petal, read I Don't Want to Be a Frog. This book is about a frog who wants to be anything BUT a frog. A funny lesson in self-acceptance.

In this funny book, I Don’t Want to Be a Frog,  a young frog is upset because he wants to be anything BUT a frog. His father calmly explains why he cannot be a pig or a cat or a rabbit. Told with humor, children learn that being yourself is the most important thing to be.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today can be used to earn several different Daisy petals.

Treating others with kindness and respect, being considerate and caring, being responsible for what you say and do, and making the world a better place-Have You Filled a Bucket Today can be used for any and all of these Daisy petals.

Books to Earn the Light Blue Daisy Petal, Honest and Fair

What happens when we lie to another person? The one we lied to can no longer trust what we say. It is along road to earn back another human being’s trust.

Young children tell lies for many reasons. One of the most frequent fibs is the one where they deny that they did not do whatever s/he is accused of doing.

Ruhty does not always tell the truth. Read this book to  start your Daisy meeting to earn the light blue petal, honest and fair.

In Truthy Ruthy, we are introduced to Ruthy, who denies any wrongdoing when she is asked by her father who messed up the walls or who ate the candy.

Of course, she cannot get away with telling a lie! Her father devises a plan that will finally have Ruthy understand why it is important to tell the truth.

When kids lie, it builds and builds. Read this book to start your Daisy meeting that will have your troop earning the Honest and Fair petal.

One lie can lead to another..and another…and another. In Lying Up a Storm, children learn what happens when one person has to tell one lie on top of another, and it brews up like a storm inside of you.

Books to Earn the Red Daisy Petal, Courageous and Strong

It is hard to do something new, especially in front of others. We do not want to fail and we do not want to be laughed at, either. But what if we really, really ant to do it?

Giraffe has the courage to try to dance in front of others, even when they tell him he can't. Earn the red Daisy petal, Courageous and Strong, by reading this to the girls.In Giraffes Can’t Dance, leggy and knobby kneed Gerald is a giraffe who wants to dance at the jungle dance that is being held. When he does make an attempt, the other animals make fun of him. But when a wise cricket helps him and tells  him that he can dance, all he needs is to find a different song, Gerald knows what he has to do.

This book can also be used to earn the yellow Daisy petal, Friendly and Helpful.

This raindrop does not want to drop. He needs courage to leave his comfort zone of the cloud where he lives. Will he be able to drop? A great story for helping your girls earn the red Daisy petal, Courageous and Strong. When life is easy, we are comfortable. We do not want to make a change, even if it is good for us. Kids feel the same way…think about the first day of school or their first practice with a new team. In Don’t Be Afraid to Drop!, a raindrop learns the valuable lesson of having the courage to try something new.

Books to Help You Earn the Green Daisy Petal, Use Resources Wisely

For children today, the three “r”‘s are not just about reading, writing and arithmetic; they are about reduce, reuse and recycle. Not a new concept for those who grew up a century ago, but it is one that we teach our children at home and in schools.

A fun way to alunch your meeting to earn the green Daisy petal, Use Resources Wisely, is to read this Earth Day book featuring Biscuit.

There are so many wonderful crafts you can make from recycled products, it will be a fun and easy meeting for you to plan. You can launch it by reading Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration. This is an easy and enjoyable read for kindergarten and first grade girls who can do all of the activities that Biscuit does.

These are just some of the terrific books you can read to your troop to earn Daisy petals!

How to Earn More Than One Daisy Girl Scout Petal During One Troop Meeting

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Your Girl Scout troop can earn more than one Daisy petal during a single troop meeting.  This is important if you find yourself running short of time and have more petals to earn.

Here are some great ways to earn more than one Daisy petal  during a meeting.


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How to Earn Multiple Daisy Petals

There are many activities that you can do to earn more than one Daisy Girl Scout Petal during a single troop meeting. Because Daisy Girl Scouts are in kindergarten and first grade, many troop leaders decide to meet only once a month. Since there are ten Daisy petals and the Promise Center, you may not have enough meetings to finish your flower. If you are a first grade troop, then you only have one year to earn them all as opposed to two.

Be aware that there are some Service Units that do not believe that you should be doing more than one petal at a meeting. While each and every part of the Girl Scout Law needs and deserves it’s own learning activity, the truth is that some troops form late and in order to achieve their goal of earning every petal, they have to combine some of them in order to complete the Daisy.

Daisy Petal Combinations

Many of the Daisy Girl Scout petals are closely related to each other, making it easier to do an activity to earn the petals at the same time. For example, the yellow petal “Friendly and Helpful” can be tied in with the spring green petal “Considerate and Caring”. You can do a community service project like collecting canned goods for a food pantry or collecting old towels, paper towels, and pet toys for an animal shelter.

Other Daisy Girl Scout petals that you can earn at one troop meeting are:

Green “Use Resources Wisely” and Rose “Make the World a Better Place” You can use an old milk carton or soda bottle, make a planter and plant a flower. Transplant the flowers when they are too big for the container.

Orange “Responsible for What I Say and Do” and Purple “Respect Myself and Others” Make a chart of responsibilities for the girls to do at home. They are responsible for their chores and by doing them, they respect themselves and the members of their family.  Follow up at the next meeting to see how the chore chart is working.

Rose “Make the World a Better Place” and Violet “Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout” Being kind to others makes the world a nicer place to live in. Being respectful and considerate to all of the Daisy Scouts in your troop make meetings much pleasant for everyone.. You can do a “Secret Sister” activity in the weeks preceding your meeting. Let the big reveal be a part of the meeting and see if the girls guessed who their Secret Sister was.

There are many other ways to earn more than one Daisy Girl Scout petal during one troop meeting. Your co-leader and you can decide together how to do it.

This Book Can Be Used for Multiple Petal Activities

Reading a book is a great way to launch a meeting for your troop. Young children love stories, and you will hold their attention in a quiet manner by starting off this way.

This book can be used for a Daisy Girl Scout meeting about being considerate and caring and friendly and helpful.

This book can be used for a meeting where you plan on having your troop earn two or more petals.. Being polite and kind can be tied into these petals- “Being a sister to every Girl Scout”, “Friendly and Helpful”, “Considerate and Caring”, “Respect Myself and Others”,and “Responsible for What I Say and Do.”

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