Celebrate Girl Scout Founder’s Day and Juliette Gordon Lowe-A Craft for All Levels

My sample project

Juliette Gordon Lowe founded of the Girl Scouts of America in 1912. Her birthday is on October 31st, and many troops do crafts and activities during the month of October to celebrate her life.

Our troop did not get to celebrate in October, but we did in January.

I took out a children’s biography of Ms. Lowe from the library and read it at home. I put sticky notes on the relevant parts that would be of interest to the girls, like her nickname being “Daisy” and how she became deaf in one ear (a freak accident involving a grain of rice on her wedding day). I also emailed all of the girls’ mothers to have them bring one empty toilet paper tube for the craft. (as leader, be sure to bring a few extra, just in case!)

I started the meeting by asking them if they knew anything about Ms. Lowe. No one did, so I read the portions of the book and showed them all of the pictures. After I was done, I passed out the American Sign Language chartand taught the girls how to sign the name “Daisy”. We did each letter and my volunteers helped the girls form the letters if any girl needed it.

Then I had the girls sign their own name.

For the craft, I was inspired by this idea. I purchased candy and red ribbon at 75% off during the after-Christmas sales. I used tissue paper instead of wrapping paper because it worked better on the paper roll and the girls could decorate it. All tissue paper and ribbon were cut before the meeting.

After each girl got her roll, the moms helped pass out equal amounts of candy to each girl and they placed them in the tube. Then they rolled the tissue paper on and the moms taped the sides down. The girls twisted the ends and tied the ribbon using two knots (bows were too hard).

The girls used Sharpies to decorate the outside.

You may want to tie this craft in with earning the red Daisy petal, Courageous and Strong.

Juniors and Senior scouts can use this idea for charity. They can do this craft in bulk to make party favors for a younger sister troop or to give as gifts for senior citizens.

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