A Beading Craft to Earn Two Petals and Help an Older Troop-Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout

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A simple and inexpensive craft to do with your young Daisy troop is to string beads to make a bracelet or necklace.  If you want to, you can earn the honest and fair blue petal and give the girls equal and unequal amounts of beads.

You can have an older Junior or older group join the girls like I did.  This gave the older girls a chance to earn a badge, and our girls not only earned the “be a sister to every girl scout petal”, they got to work with older girls whom they looked up to.  As a thank you, the girls can give the older girls their bracelet!


Free Girl Scout Field Trips

Sometimes it is nice change of pace to not have an official meeting with your troop, but to take a field trip instead.

If money is an issue for your troop, there are many free places to visit!

A field trip requires advanced planning.  Assign one of your co-leaders to do this, or perhaps a parent wants to volunteer to do this for you, since it only requires a few phone calls.

Once you have decided to take a trip, you need figure out when you are going to go.  If it is at all possible, take the trip during the regular meeting time.  Parents have already blocked out this time slot on their schedules.  If that is not possible, plan the trip out at least one-two months in advance, because other arrangements may need to be made for work and childcare of siblings.

The Girl Scouts many rules for taking field trips.  Make sure you get your trip approval number from your Council contact, have all the permission slips signed, and have a person assigned to hold the emergency phone number slips.

And remember to bring a camera and have a GREAT time!

Earning the Light Blue Petal-Honest and Fair

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A cute book to start off your meeting!


Your Daisy Scouts are young, and for children who are this age, being “fair” is of great importance.

One activity I did with my girls to earn this petal was to take a pile of clip-art paper apples I had printed, placed them in the middle of the table, and I asked them how I could divide them fairly.  We spoke about what would be fair and unfair and what that meant.

The girls strategized how to do it, and they figured it out.  Then I took away a few apples to make the number uneven and repeated the activity.  Their reactions were interesting.

You can talk about “Honest Abe” Lincoln or George Washington and the story of the cherry tree.  Ask the girls why it is important to be honest.  What happens when you lie?  What happens when trust is broken?

Here are some other activities for you to try with your girls to earn the light blue Daisy petal, honest and fair.

How to Earn the Yellow Daisy Petal Friendly and Helpful


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The yellow Daisy petal is to be “friendly and helpful”.  This is one of those petals that your girls earn each and every time you have a meeting. Girls need to be helpful during each meeting, as one day they will be taking over and making them more girl led. Friendly is self-explanatory…they need to get along if they are going to be together for years!

I also wrote an article that gives you step by step instructions for how to earn the yellow Daisy petal.  You can read it here.

How to Earn the Red Daisy Petal-Courageous and Strong

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The red Daisy Scout Petal stands for “Courageous and Strong”.  Here is an activity to help your girls earn that petal.

 

This book can be read as a springboard for the activity.

Before the meeting, fill one storage container for each girl with the same food-wet spaghetti, jello, pudding, yogurt, whipped cream-anything you can think of. Place these containers in brown bags and do not let the girls see what is inside! Make sure none of your girls have food allergies and bring plenty of wipes if a sink is not available!

At the meeting, ask your girls what it means to be “courageous”.  Do they know what courage means?  It means to try something overcome your fear.  Ask the girls about a time when they tried something new or that they were afraid of, like riding a two-wheeler, learning to swim, going to a new school or even trying brussel sprouts!

While you are doing the questioning, ask your co-leader or volunteer to carefully uncover the containers.

 
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Divide the girls into groups and have them put their hand in the container-if they are courageous enough!  Discuss how they felt before and after the activity, especially when they found out it was only cold spaghetti!

Once the girls have cleaned up, you can talk about the importance of eating right and exercising to stay strong.  Talk about some healthy foods they could eat. Play some music and exercise or play freeze dance.  If you are able, go outside and do this!  Fresh air also makes you strong.