Today is Our First Junior Girl Scout Meeting of the Year!

I am very excited for our very first Junior Girl Scout meeting of the year.  It has been a long time since we have gotten together as a group, and I am looking forward to a very different kind of year.

First of all, we are adding two new girls to our troop.  One is a child who is my daughter’s friend and was in a different troop, but decided to transfer to ours.  Another is a girl who has been waiting to be placed in a troop for four years!  I would have gladly taken her had I known, as she is friends with the one girl who does not attend our school.

First on the schedule is introducing the new girl to all of us and welcoming the other girl to our troop.  Then we are going to have a little Welcome/Rededication ceremony.  I know that some troops like to invite parents to these things, but honestly, it will take about five minutes and then we are getting down to business.  I am using the ceremony called “I Am a Girl Scout” from the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey website.  You can find this ceremony as well as many others right here.

We ARE NOT using candles!  That is not safe and we are also in a school building.

Each girl will read a part and at the end, I will have a pinning ceremony to give five of my girls their Five Year pin.

Then we will talk about the Bronze Award and what it is,as well as the Journey.  We will be doing the Amuse Journey, and I will share it with you as we go along.

Last, I have this cute keychain craft for the girls to do.  My daughter helped me do all of the prep work.  This is how we did it:

I had pony beads at home, but not enough green ones, so I purchased those as well as cord. I cut the cord into 12 inch pieces, double knotted the end, and placed tape at the other end for easy lacing (just like a shoelace aglet).

I downloaded one of these and cut it out.
I downloaded one of these and cut it out.

I used green Jewish Star shaped foams that I had on hand and had my daughter trace a trefoil that I printed off the internet.  After she traced them, she cut them in a smaller shapes so the girls can finish cutting them tomorrow.  She then punched a hole in one end.  In Sharpie, the girls will write our troop number.

trefoil 2

I decided the pattern should be:

1 white bead

5 green beads

Girl Scout law colors

1 white bead

5 green beads

They will then tie the beaded cord to a clip that I bought at the craft store.

To make my life easier, I put all of the Girl Scout law beads in a piece of plastic wrap, taped it up, so each girl will have her own set.  My own personal Girl Scout craft kit!

This is how the keychain looks when completed.  I hope the girls want to put these on their backpacks!
This is how the keychain looks when completed. I hope the girls want to put these on their backpacks!

If time permits, I have elastic that the girls can bead and make Junior bracelets.

I will let you know how it goes!

For other first meeting ideas, here is my post about last year’s first Junior meeting!

Need Some Ready Made Swaps and Crafts? Mini Me Crafts to the Rescue!

Earlier this summer, I was looking for new Girl Scout crafts to share with my fellow leaders.   I came across this delightful site, Mini Me Crafts.

Mini Me Crafts was created by Elizabeth Chick in 2010.  A veteran science teacher, mom, and Girl Scout leader, she ran into problems while trying to get materials for her various projects.  She was spending lots of time and her own personal money for items, and knew there had to be a better and easier way to fulfill her needs.

Her solution, Mini Me Crafts, came to her in a dream. It is named “Mini Me” because her daughter, Samantha, is a mini version of her!

I emailed Elizabeth and asked if she could send me a Swap kit to review on this blog.

She responded to my request by sending me several different kits for my 9.5 year old daughter to try.

The following review is based on my own personal experiences with Mini Me Crafts.  I have not been reimbursed for this review, nor are any of the links affiliate links.  I want to support my fellow Girl Scout leaders and mompreneurs.

Photos of the crafts are copyrighted by me and may not be used without written permission.

Because Elizabeth sent so many wonderful things, I am going to split the review into two different posts.

When my daughter and I opened the box, the first thing we saw was this adorable Girl Scout Swap bag!

It is well crafted and a pretty way for your girls to store their Swaps or anything else for that matter!  For $3.00, it would make an adorable stocking stuffer or holiday gift for your girls!

The first thing my daughter wanted to make was the Juliette Low Pearl Necklace kit.  

This kit comes with everything you need to make a necklace and a box to store it in. It is a great way to celebrate Founder’s Day on October 31st!

My daughter, who is going into fourth grade, had no problem putting it together.  Daisy leaders who wish to do this will need extra hands for beading and tying.  The box is well made and all pieces come with stickies. We just needed a bit of extra glue to keep the daisy on top.  My daughter really enjoyed making this!


In my next post, I will review the Swap kits Elizabeth sent me!
If you are curious, visit Mini Me Crafts Swaps pages!