Updated for 2017 New Daisy Leader-Tips for Running a Successful Troop Book

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Back in 2012, I decided to sit down and write a book for brand new Daisy leaders. While I had many articles on this topic across the internet on my own blogs and other websites, there was still a lot of information that I had not covered, especially in the area of starting your troop.

Since it’s publication back in June 2012, it has had only one update, and that was back in 2013. A lot has changed in scouting since then, and I have also changed as well. My troop, which consists of four 9th graders, are now Girl Scout Seniors. We have had big changes within our ranks, and the girls are so much more mature and able to do more than when I first became a leader.

The Daisy program has expanded to include three earned badges, which will make their debut this fall. Facebook groups have popped up to help out leaders of all levels. Other leaders have created blogs to share what they do with their troop. I started this blog in 2014 to help Daisy leaders, as your concerns are unique. I want to give other leaders a helping hand. It is possible to lead as long as I have. 

Updated Girl Scout Daisy Leader Book A guide at your side with new chapters and augmented chapters to help you start your troop off on the right foot
In this 2017 update, I have added three new chapters and expanded the original twelve to include more ideas on how to earn the petals. There is an updated resource guide in the back. And while there is a chapter devoted to the Journeys program, there are no lesson plans or links on how to do those in the book. I am a firm believer that year one for Daisy leaders should be focused on petals, the way the program used to be run. As new troop leaders, you have enough on your plate planning, organizing and running meetings to meet the smaller goal of earning a petal at each meeting. Journeys are more intensive. Give yourself some slack and wait a year to do one if you are so inclined.
If you are new to being a leader and want to learn more, this easy to read guide at your side will help you take the necessary steps to becoming the best leader you can be.

First Girl Scout Meeting Ideas Back to Troop Make Your Own Troop SWAP and Crafts

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It’s August, and if you are a planner like me you are already thinking about what you are going to do for Back to Troop. Since this coincides with Back to School for those who do not meet over the summer, you are going to want to make your first meeting a simple one as you ease back into the school year routine.

easy Girl Scout Back to Troop ideas for all levels

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One thing that every leader should do at their first meeting of the year is to have the girls plan out what they want to do. Depending on the level you lead, that means different things. New Girl Scout Daisies will have little input, while Girl Scout Seniors should be running a lot of the show with you as their guide.

Troops should look over the badge choices and see what they would like to earn. If you are doing a Journey this year, the girls may want to select one of the new ones, which should only take six meetings. Girls should also select some service projects to do throughout the year.

After the girls have selected and voted on what they want to do this scouting year, it is time for a craft that promotes sisterhood. Depending on the level you lead, here are some ideas for you.

You can make a troop SWAP.

Safety pins to make a troop SWAP for your first back to troop meeting

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Single Number Beads for SWAPS

Individual Number Beads Available from S&S Worldwide

Individual number beads are unique to your troop, so you do not have to buy an enormous package and have a bunch of beads left over.

Make a Troop Necklace, Bracelet or Keychain

individual beads for projects all year long

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Younger Daisy and Brownie girl scouts can make necklace or bracelet that says “Troop _______” or “Sisters” or “Girl Scouts”. You can buy individual letters for this and not waste your resources and have leftover letters you do not need.

Decorate Cookies

I love to bake and I actually find it theraputic. If you are like me, you can bake Girl Scout trefoil shaped cookies ahead of time to bring to the meeting.

This trefoil shaped Girl Scout cookie cutter can be used for years for all kinds of meetings and occasions.

Trefoil Cookie Cutter from Amazon

Bring in tubs of white frosting and green sugar and sprinkles. Girls can decorate their cookies and eat them as a treat.

What are you doing for your first Girl Scout meeting of the year?

Top 10 Tips for Starting a Daisy Girl Scout Troop

Are you thinking about becoming a Girl Scout leader for your daughter who is in kindergarten or in first grade? While you may be nervous at the start, it is truly a great experience. I ought to know…this fall I will be starting my 10th year as my daughter’s Girl Scout leader. Her troop was founded in the fall of 2008 and it has been, overall, wonderful experience.

Top 10 Tips for Starting a Daisy Girl Scout Troop from an experienced leader

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I have a blog devoted entirely to Daisy Girl Scout leaders. There I share many ideas for getting started and how to hit the ground running.

If you are still on the fence about becoming a leader, you can look into what it is all about before you make your decision. Check out your local Council’s website and see if you can get started now with your paperwork and training schedule. Ask questions…lots of questions! You can join one of the many Facebook groups devoted to Girl Scouts.

You can check out and read my article Top 10 Tips for Starting a Daisy Girl Scout Troop and see how to get started.

Mission Sisterhood Senior Journey Take Action Project in a Day

In my last Mission:Sisterhood Senior Journey postI shared with you my lesson plans from start to finish and how well it all went. The girls did the groundwork for their Take Action Project, because I knew that planning it while the topic was still fresh in their minds would make starting the second meeting much easier. Instead of starting from scratch, they were picking up where they had left off.

Mission Sisterhood Take Action Project in a Day-how my troop accomplished their goal

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Once again I picked up each girl and brought them to my house. They needed to add words to the Friendship Rocks they had painted and then get to work on their video.

Mission Sisterhood Journey in a Day Friendship Rocks craft

Photo from Hannah Gold

This picture are the rocks my daughter painted and will give to someone in the future.

When they were done painting, I asked them what they needed anything for the video, got the materials for them, and then the three girls went into my basement to get to work.

I checked in on them about every 45 minutes just to see their progress. It helped to keep them on task that I would not let them go swimming until the video was done. I found it interesting that the girls chose not to be on camera, but to create a video with text and drawings. Two of the three, including my daughter, were camera shy. The third did not care if she was on camera or not, so it all worked out.

They continued working, took a lunch break, and then worked some more. It took longer than they had anticipated, but about an hour after lunch it was finished.

I was blown away by what they had created.

They each had a friendship story to tell and shared it. Here is their final project.

I am not sure if a larger troop could have done this in one or two days, but it worked for my group of three. As I said in my previous Mission:Sisterhood post, if I had planned this as a sleepover, it would have been done in a single day.

Overall, this was a very positive experience for my troop. They said they wanted to do another Journey in a Day next summer. While doing the planning was time consuming for me, I was able to enjoy it because I was off from work for the summer. This kind of intense work is not possible during the school year, either for me or for my girls.

Have you done any Journeys in a Day? What has worked for you?

Summer Craft Idea-Make a New Troop Shirt Big Half Price Sale at Michael’s Craft Stores

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Today only, Michael’s Craft Stores have their tee shirts for half price-only $2.00 each! This is the perfect time to create your own troop shirt for field trips and fall meetings.

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