Using a Community Service Project to Earn Daisy Petals and Badges

Box made for girls in homeless shelter. It included toiletries and other things a little girl would enjoy.
Box made for girls in homeless shelter. It included toiletries and other things a little girl would enjoy. Photo by Hannah Gold.

This is a community service project that my Daisy troop did last year, and one that we are going to do again this spring.  It covered five petals in all!  They are:

Purple-Respect Myself and Others

Rose-Make the World a Better Place 

Spring Green-Considerate and Caring

Yellow Friendly and Helpful

Green-Use Resources Wisely

This community service project can easily be done with older scouts and they can earn corresponding badges.  They also can do more of the work at the meeting themselves.

My synagogue, along with thirty area churches, is involved an Interfaith Hospitality Outreach to help others in need.  Every March, we are asked to “Adopt a Box” and put in items in shoeboxes that are needed for people living in shelters.

I emailed my parents two weeks ahead of our meeting and attached the flyer telling what was needed.  I asked that they buy items for a young girl, as the girls can relate to that.  I also asked the to go above and beyond the list of basics (shampoo, soap, etc).  These were little girls who now lived in a shelter, and they had nothing.  I gave them some options, such as hair barrettes, a small stuffed animal, a sweet smelling lip balm, or any other small item that a homeless child might no longer have.  In my email I also encouraged them to take the girls with them when selecting items for the box.

At home, the parents covered a shoebox and lid with a brown paper bag.  They put the items in and had the girls bring them to the meeting. I bought stickers for an added special touch.

At our meeting, we showed each other what we put in the box and discussed why we were doing it.  We put who is was for on the lid, (a young girl).  Then the girls used markers and stickers to decorate.  They felt good about helping others, and so did I.

Calling All Volunteers! Getting Parents and Other Troops to Help


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For me, being a Girl Scout leader is a job that keeps my creative juices flowing, as well as keep my teaching skills well honed. Unlike teaching, where I was alone in a room with up to 28 children, I have a terrific co-leader and many parent volunteers.

A friend of mine, who is also a leader, asked how I get parents to volunteer.
First of all, when I signed up for this job, it was under the condition that my troop moms would be available to help. Fortunately for me, I had many helpers.

This year, my troop grew from seven to twelve girls. With so many first graders, I feel it necessary to have another mom or two besides my co-leader.

For each meeting, I simply ASK for volunteers! In my first email to everyone, I gave a list of dates and asked for volunteers. This is helpful for parents who work full-time, but who also want to help. They clear a date a month or two in advance, and have reserved their spot.

I also ask for help in each and every email I send to parents. If I do not get any response, I ask again!

Older troops wanting to earn badges for helping younger scouts are also a tremendous help. Contact your local council and see if they can give you the phone number of a Junior troop leader who is willing to have her girls volunteer. The younger scouts love the attention from the older girls, and the older girls get a real confidence boost by helping the younger scouts. It’s a win-win situation!

How to Earn the Respect Authority Daisy Petal (Magenta)

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Respecting authority is important for all children. There are many members of our local community who can help the girls earn this petal.

My troop asked our principal to come speak to us. Since we meet after-school, this was easy for her to do. She read the girls the book “The Principal From the Black Lagoon” and they did an activity with her based on it. She then took the girls on a tour of her office! Being in kindergarten at the time, they were very impressed. It looked big, spacious, and it was a place that they knew they did not want to go to when they were older!

At the end of the tour we took a photo that they put into their Girl Scout scrapbook.

The Principal from the Black Lagoon
The Principal from the Black Lagoon

When my older daughter was a Girl Scout, she went on afield trip to the police station. This is a good idea to do instead of a regular meeting. Just be sure to get all of your paperwork done for your field trip well in advance and to get your troop permission number.

Celebrate Girl Scout Founder’s Day and Juliette Gordon Low-A Craft for All Levels

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My sample project by Hannah Gold

Juliette Gordon Low founded of the Girl Scouts of America in 1912. Her birthday is on October 31st, and many troops do crafts and activities during the month of October to celebrate her life.

Our troop did not get to celebrate in October, but we did in January.

I got a children’s biography of Ms. Low and read it at home. I put sticky notes on the relevant parts that would be of interest to the girls, like her nickname being “Daisy” and how she became deaf in one ear (a freak accident involving a grain of rice on her wedding day). I also emailed all of the girls’ mothers to have them bring one empty toilet paper tube for the craft. (as leader, be sure to bring a few extra, just in case!)

I started the meeting by asking them if they knew anything about Ms. Lowe. No one did, so I read the portions of the book and showed them all of the pictures. After I was done, I passed out the American Sign Language chart and taught the girls how to sign the name “Daisy”. We did each letter and my volunteers helped the girls form the letters if any girl needed it.

Then I had the girls sign their own name.

For the craft, I was inspired by this idea. I purchased candy and red ribbon at 75% off during the after-Christmas sales. I used tissue paper instead of wrapping paper because it worked better on the paper roll and the girls could decorate it. All tissue paper and ribbon were cut before the meeting.

After each girl got her roll, the moms helped pass out equal amounts of candy to each girl and they placed them in the tube. Then they rolled the tissue paper on and the moms taped the sides down. The girls twisted the ends and tied the ribbon using two knots (bows were too hard).

The girls used Sharpies to decorate the outside.

You may want to tie this craft in with earning the red Daisy petal, Courageous and Strong.

Juniors and Senior scouts can use this idea for charity. They can do this craft in bulk to make party favors for a younger sister troop or to give as gifts for senior citizens.