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.
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.
Here is an easy and inexpensive seasonal craft that you can make with your Daisy or Brownie troop. My daughter actually did this as a craft during her class Spring Party. It is inexpensive and simple! Depending on what season you do this, you can select different foam shapes. Fall can have leaves and pumpkins, winter snowmen and snowflakes (it can say “Happy Holidays”), and spring flowers and insects!
1. At home, you need to cut the yarn into 24 inch long strands, one for each girl. On the non-marble side, glue the yarn across one inch from the top. Fold the top of the paper over and glue the sides down. This is how the project will hang.
2. Spell out the name of the season and place in a snack size baggie for each girl.
At the Meeting
You can read a seasonal book to the girls to start off the meeting. Hand each girl a prepped piece of construction paper and the baggie of letters. They can put the foam shapes any place they want.
You can also do this for a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day craft!
I am a member of the Twittermoms group “Girl Scout Leader Moms” . We are a small and helpful group who share ideas for scouts leaders on every level.
A recent posting by the group’s creator got me thinking and I wanted to share what I came up with.
Nancy, the creator of the group, wanted to recycle the Girl Scout cookie cartons she had and asked for ideas. I came up with two.
The first was to have the girls make houses for their stuffed animals. My 7.5 year old twins have been doing this for years at home with our cartons. They cut windows and doors, make furniture out of playdough, paper, or any other materials that we have on hand, and make wallpaper and carpet to give it a more homey look.
The second idea was to decorate the outside of the boxes and to collect items for an animal shelter or a food bank. It made the presentation of the donations much prettier.
Nancy decided to collect recyclable items (empty paper tubes, plastic bottles) to donate to the local arts center for their summer program.
Your scout troop can earn Daisy petals and patches for these ideas!
Last year my troop did this terrific craft I found at scoutingweb.com to earn three petals-Green (Use Resources Wisely), Yellow (Friendly and Helpful), and Rose (Make the World a Better Place).
You will need:
one plastic 2 liter bottle cut in half
package of daisy seeds
water and watering can (can use a cup)
stickers to decorate
Before the meeting, you need to email the girls’ parents and have them bring in a 2-liter soda bottle that has been cut in half. As always, bring an extra or two in case one of the girls forgets.
At the start of the meeting, we talked about the petals we were going to earn and what they meant. I then read one of my favorite children’s books, Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney. This story ties in directly with all three petals. Your co-leader can be setting up the potting station and the coloring station.
After you read and discuss the story, have each girl take her 2 liter bottle out. Help the girls fill them with soil and show them how to plant the seeds. Lightly water the soil. The girls can decorate the bottle with stickers.