Easy Girl Scout Service Project to Help Sick Children

Your Troop Can be Considerate and Caring

In my opinion, one of the most important aspects of leading a Girl Scout troop is teaching the girls about those who are in need. Service projects do not always have to be enormous undertakings…sometimes something simple will do.

Troops of all ages can participate in the Sending Smiles service project. Started by two sisters and their cousins who wanted to make a difference, it has grown over the years.

asy Girl Scout service project for all levels

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First, find an organization that wants your postcards. There are suggestions on the website that you can find here. You order the postcards you need. The girls can write jokes, draw pictures, place stickers on the postcards…anything you all can agree upon. This is a great opportunity to earn the orange Daisy petal, Considerate and Caring.

Here is how you can get your postcards. If you want your troop to have a fun patch, then hit the “donate” button- in purpose put “patches” They are $2.50 each.

Valentine’s Day Craft for a Community Service Project and to Earn Daisy Petals

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Valentine’s Day is a day to show your love and appreciation of others. While it focuses on romantic love for adults, for children, it is all about the special people in their lives. Parents, grandparents, siblings and even a special teacher are the adults that make a child’s world safe and secure.

This holiday can also be a time to do a service project for those who may not have a special someone in their lives or are far away from those whom they love.

Valentine's Day craft kit that makes 12 bears. Give out to those in nursing homes or send overseas to those in the service for a meaningful craft and meeting.

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This is a stuffed red bear is a highly rated craft kit from the reviews available on the site. It comes with enough materials to make 12 bears at a very reasonable price. The kit include stuffing, hook-and-loop closure on back, ribbon, and instructions. The finished project measures 4-1/2″ x 5″.

This can help Daisy Girl Scouts earn the Rose Daisy petal, Make the World a Better Place or the Light Green Daisy petal, Considerate and Caring.

You can make also make cards to add to the stuffed bear gift.

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.”

Two other meeting ideas that can help you earn multiple Daisy petals are these:

During Girl Scout cookie season, there are a lot of leftover cartons. Before you break them down to recycle, turn these into a community service project. How to Earn Four Daisy Petals With One Girl Scout Cookie Carton shows you how.

During Earth Day, you can plant Daisy seeds and earn three Daisy petals. Read How to Earn Three Daisy Petals With One Two Liter Bottle to learn how.

Books to Help You Earn Daisy Petals

As a teacher, my favorite time of the day is story time.  I love to be theatrical and use different voices and expressions as I read aloud (that’s my inner high school thespian coming out!)  I also know that kids absorb so much more from story books than they do when you lecture at them or when you use workbook pages.

When I was a Daisy leader, many times I would begin my earning petal meetings with a story that related to the topic.  I would talk about the petal we were going to earn and ask the girls what they thought it meant.  After a short discussion, I would take out a book and have the girls sit on the carpet while I read it to them.  Of course, I would stop at important points and ask them about how this related to Girl Scouts.

There are many books that can help you earn Daisy petals.

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Books are the perfect springboard/opening activity for the beginning of your meeting.  You can also use a book at the end of your meeting for closure (finishing it up), as it is a calming activity. The choice is yours!   You can also tie in your craft and activity based on the book you have chosen.
I have compiled a list of books that relate to every Daisy petal.  You can read about it here!