Free Printable Passports for World Thinking Day

Girl Scout World Thinking Day is less than a month away! Now is the time to get some things ready for your troop meeting.

Free printable passports for Girl Scout World Thinking Day

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One item many leaders love to use are passports, especially if your troop is studying another country. Here are resource for free printable passports that you can use with your girls.

Cotton Ridge Homeschool

Activity Village

Travel.state.gov

Template.net (different templates)

Global Adventures


Low Cost Craft Classes at Michael’s Craft Stores This February

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Whether or not you are selling cookies, at this time of year, you may be feeling a little stressed or burnt out. If you cannot get the girls outside, their natural pent up energy just bubbles over. Sometimes a change of scenery is called for.

Just in time, Michael’s Craft Stores have weekend classes that are low cost and fit right in with Daisy Scouts.

If any of these interest you, make sure you get permission slips for the girls asap. Parents should hang around since these are not long in length. Or if you just have want to get together informally, send out an email or post on your troop Shutterfly page or Facebook group page that you will be there and their daughters are welcome to attend.
Inexpensive craft classes make for great Girl Scout meetings, especially during cookie season.                                  Photo from Pixabay 

Saturday February 11-Valentine’s Make Event
Buy blank cards and the rest of the Valentine card making supplies are free.
Sunday February 12-Teen Class
Do you have Juniors working on a Sewing badge? In this class, which costs about $5.00 for materials, kids will learn how to embroider an emoji button.
Saturday February 25-Family Spring Painting Event
 
Purchase a birdhouse or clay pot and the decorating supplies are free. The birdhouse can work for the Daisy Journey!
 
You can find more classes here at Michael’s!
 

 


7 Fun Facts About Girl Scout Cookies

Across the country, you will find them-in front of the supermarket, at the convenience store, in front of the post office, and even knocking on your door. Adorable little Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts with gap toothed smiles, tween age Juniors and Cadettes having fun, and even older Senior scouts who have years of sales experience will be asking the age old question,

Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?

Many will buy a box or two or Thin Mints and Samoas, while others will turn a deaf ear and keep their eyes peeled straight ahead. A few nasty people will complain to the girls about the price and how they used to cost fifty cents a box (as if the six year old has any control over pricing) and how they are being harassed.

Here are some fun facts to share with your troop as you go through cookie season.

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There is a lot more to cookie program than simply selling them. Badges are earned before and during the sales-badges the girls proudly wear on their uniform. Before the official cookie sales, troop leaders and their girls discuss their goals and what to do with the money they earn. Some troops want to use the money for a bunch of field trips, others to attend workshops, and older troops save money for longer trips that require travel by plane or train.

There are five key skills behind selling Girl Scout cookies:

  1. Goal Setting
  2. Decision Making
  3. Money Management
  4. People Skills
  5. Business Ethics

Leaders spend troop meeting time teaching girls how to sell, how to be polite to all customers (regardless of how they act towards them), and how to make correct change. The latest Girl Scout cookie craze is to “bling your booth”, i.e., making creative and eye catching displays that will get the attention of potential customers who walk by. Service units have contests to see who has the most colorful and unique booth.  These competitions spark a lot of creativity within a Council.

For those who cannot get enough of their yearly fix of Peanut Butter Patties and Do-si-dos, here are some fun facts about Girl Scout cookies that people look forward to eating year after year.

1. In the beginning, Girl Scouts used to bake their own cookies to sell.

Almost 100 years ago, Girl Scouts wanted to raise money for activities. In 1917, the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee Oklahoma created a community service project to bake and sell homemade cookies in their school cafeteria. Five years later, an official cookie recipe was printed in the Girl Scout magazine for all troops to use. This recipe can be found on the Girl Scouts of the USA website.  Making these to serve at your troop cookie meetings is a great way to launch your cookie sales!

2. Some Types of Cookies Have Two Names

In different parts of the country, you can find different names for the same cookies.

Samoas/Caramel deLites

Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs

Trefoils/Shortbread

Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwiches

The reason for the difference in names is that the cookies come from two different bakeries, which sell their cookies in different parts of the country. Councils decide which baker to use, either Little Brownie Bakers or ABC Bakers. [2]

3. There are mandatory Girl Scout cookies that must be produced and sold each year.

Over the years, there have been many different kinds of cookie flavors introduced to the public. Some have stayed and some have disappeared, but three flavors must be produced and sold. They are Thin Mints, peanut butter sandwiches and shortbreads.

4. Girl Scout cookies are certified kosher.

This means that Jews who observe the dietary laws of kashrut can also enjoy their fair share of cookies, too!

5. Troop leaders decide two months in advance how many cookies to order.

At this leader meeting, the decision on how many of each box to buy for an initial order is taken. Orders are based on percentages and popularity, with Thin Mints being the top seller.

Any boxes the troop orders belongs to the troop-no give backs. They have to sell them or they have to eat the profits.

6. Many Councils have programs that collect cookies for military personnel overseas, called “The Gift of Caring”. 

Other councils have called it “Operation Cookie Drop“. Either way, this is a fantastic way to give back to those who protect and serve while raising funds for individual troops.

Leaders must contact their Council’s cookie coordinator to find out the specifics for their local program.

If your Council is participating, this is a great selling tool for customers who do not want to buy a box for themselves. They can purchase one or more for the soldiers!

7. The Girl Scouts of the USA do not publicly recognize which troop sold the most cookies and which scout sold the most.

It is not a competition. Local Councils, like mine, do recognize the top cookie seller at the last leader meeting of the year.

Leaders cannot set minimum requirements for selling cookies, and whatever money is raised by the troop is divided equally among the girls. It does not matter If one girl sold 20 boxes and one sold 200. The money belongs to the troop, not the individual child.

The next time you see those adorable youngsters selling Girl Scout cookies, know that they are not just doing it for the incentives offered by their local Council or for a big trip to go horseback riding or to Europe. Girls are learning a lot about life.

What are you going to teach them when you walk on by?

References

Facts About Girl Scout Cookies 

The History of Girl Scout Cookies 

15 Cool Facts About Girl Scout Cookies 

The Best Retired Girl Scout Cookies 


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.

Available at S&S Worldwide

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.

Easy Girl Scout Valentine’s Day Crafts Using Doillies

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While I know that Valentine’s Day is next month, an organized leader is planning and staying ahead of the game…especially during cookie season!

Need a quick and easy Valentine's Day craft for kids? Use heart shaped doillies!

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Here are some fun craft ideas that use heart shaped doillies.

Use these heart shaped doillies for an inexpensive Valentine's Day craft.

Available on Amazon

At Momtastic, she has a tutorial for an easy pop-up card.

At Joe Seoul Man, there is an easy butterfly craft that uses two heart doillies glued to a thin mini candy bar (Twix, Kit Kats) and there are hearts on top like these easy peel and stick foam ones.

Valentine's Day foam hearts for a multitude of crafts.

Available on Amazon

At I Heart Arts N Crafts, there is a hot air balloon card that would be fun to make!

Inner Child Fun had a great idea that used doilies and scratch off hearts like these.

Scratch off hearts for Valentine's Day crafts for your class party or Girl Scout troop.

Available on Amazon

Finally, at No Time for Flash Cards, this painting craft will create a beautiful piece of art.

What will your troop be doing for Valentine’s Day?