Get Organized with a Girl Scout Binder

Photo by Hannah Gold

One way that I stay organized at the beginning of each scouting year is to put all of my paperwork into my Girl Scout binder.  I bought tabs and divided it into sections:

  • Leader meeting notes and other Leader information
  • Dues Summary Report
  • Blanket Permission Forms
  • Girl’s Health History
  • Try-It Record Sheet
  • Copies of extra papers from projects I have done with the girls (for reference)
  • Miscellaneous papers

Being organized prevents stress because everything I need is in it’s place and in alphabetical order.  My binder goes on every field trip and is with me at every meeting.

If you do not have a binder, I highly recommend it!


A Daisy Girl Scout Poem for Your Girls

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If you are gearing up for your first Daisy Girl Scout meeting, here is a poem that is sure to be fun to memorize throughout the year.  You can also use this poem as the basis for a craft to do with your girls.
Here is a Daisy Girl Scout poem for leaders to print out and have girls decorate for an easy first meeting craft.
Photo from Pixabay
My friend sent this to me via email, so I do not know whom to give credit.
A Poem for Daisy Troops
I AM A DAISY,
I AM A FLOWER.
I AM A YOUNG GIRL WITH SO MUCH POWER.
I WILL GIVE MY HAND TO MY FRIENDS IN NEED,
I WILL ALWAYS STRIVE TO SUCCEED.
I LOVE TO LEARN, I LOVE TO WRITE,
I LOVE TO SHARE AND I NEVER FIGHT.
I WILL ALWAYS SHOW THE BEST OF ME.
I WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST I CAN BE.
I AM A DAISY, WHICH GIVES ME POWER.
I AM A DAISY, I AM A FLOWER.
You can take each line or couplet and write it on a piece of paper or a large piece of posterboard.  In teams of two or three, have the girls talk about the verse and then make an illustration to go with it.  Bind it and now you have a Daisy book! You can also use all kinds of Daisy or flower stickers to help decorate your colorful book.
All kinds of Daisy stickers for Daisy crafts!
You may also want to take pictures and glue the to each page, too.  Read at each meeting until the girls know it by heart.
Save this and over the years bring it out at your meetings and let the girls see how much they have grown!

Bridging Ceremony

I just wanted to share with all of you what a great time my girls and their parents had at our bridging ceremony.  It was thrilling to see how excited they all were!  Some of the girls got dressed up in skirts, parents brought cameras and camcorders, and there were even some grandparents and aunties attending.  One of the moms even brought in HER Brownie bridging pictures from long ago.  The girls thought the beanie and jumper were a hoot!
Eleven of my twelve girls chose to continue their Girl Scout journey.  I told the mother of the twelfth girl that if she changed her mind and wanted to rejoin in the fall, by all means, she could.
For those of you who are also changing levels, there is a required workshop to attend before you can meet in the fall.  Be sure to check you local website for times and dates, as these workshops will fill up fast.
Have a great summer!  I will be posting occasionally as I get ready for being a Brownie troop leader!

Girl Scout Meetings…When Should You Meet?

Photo from jorisamonen on pixabay.com
Photo from jorisamonen on pixabay.com

One of the things you need to discuss with your co-leader is when you are going to hold your troop meetings.  Depending on what you decide, this can enlarge your troop numbers or decrease it.

First of all, the day and time you pick has to work for both of your schedules.  That sounds obvious, but you need to think of the entire school year, not just what you are committed to in the fall.  Will a spring sport for one of your children make the meeting time you selected difficult to commit to?

Next, you need to consider if you should meet after school or in the evening.  That decision one depends upon your work schedule or if you are a mother at home.  Do you have a flexible work schedule?  Do you have someone to care for your younger or older children?  Do you want your other children at the meeting?  Do they have activities you need to factor in?

Meeting after school permits all girls want to be Girl Scouts the ability to participate, even those who are in after school care.  After school meetings also make it easier for parents who work full-time or single parents to give their daughter an activity that does not require them to run around after work.  This is a double bonus if there are other children who have to be go out at night.

Evenings are better for older scouts.  They can get their homework done while they are fresh and look forward to a fun evening ahead.  Evening meetings can also free up volunteers for you, especially if many of your scouts have parents working outside the home.

If you meet in your home versus in a public meeting area, then there are different adult rations that need to be met.  Do you have enough registered volunteers to meet the requirement?

Either one you choose, the bottom line is to make it work for you.  After all, if you are stressed out about a meeting and not enjoying it, the girls will pick up on this.  That is certainly something you do not want to happen.

The Perpetual Girl Scout Scrapbook

Photo by Hannah Gold

My co-leader is an avid photographer.  We had toyed with the idea of having the girls do a scrapbook last year, but it never came to fruition.  This year, with the girls being one year older, I set out on a mission to do this, but inexpensively.

I take no credit for the idea.  A wonderful salesperson at my local Michael’s Craft Store suggested this way to do it.  Even with sales, a traditional scrapbook was simply out of our budget.

Read my article on how my troop did it.