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.

What Should You Charge for Girl Scout Troop Dues?

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At the beginning of the year, your co-leader and you need to discuss how much to collect in dues.

Here are some factors to consider:

    • How many girls are in your troop?
    • Are you buying all of the patches and pins, or are the parents?
    • How many meetings will you be having?
    • Will you be participating in the mandatory (if you want to do other fundraisers) Girl Scout fundraisers-QSP and cookies?  If so, to what degree?
    • Are you planning on having any other fundraisers?
    • Are you planning on taking any field trips?
    • Do you have a budget for crafts?
    • Are there any girls with financial hardships that may need reduced dues?
    • Are you willing to absorb some of the costs of craft items yourself? (Read this post about what leaders do.)
  • Are you going to ask the girls to bring their own pencil box of arts and crafts supplies, or will the dues provide that?
  • Will you ask parents to volunteer some items you need?

Each troop has different needs.  I ask my parents to contribute $30.00 and I use my teaching skills to come up with crafts that have a minimal cost.  The field trips we take are free ones,and there are plenty in the community to be found if you lookand ask.

After deciding what you will be asking for, go to the Girl Scout website and run off a copy of the Dues Report.  This will help you keep track of who has given you the money.

How much do you charge for Girl Scout dues?