How to Earn the Green Daisy Petal With This Fun Craft

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My daughter’s finished project

Typically, each meeting that I have with my troop is planned around earning a Daisy petal. Since our schedule this year has us only meeting once at the end of February, I did not want my Daisies to miss any Valentine’s Day fun! I decided to incorporated the two.

This activity helps the girls earn the green Daisy petal “Use Resources Wisely”.  If you give the craft to others, for example, a senior citizen home, then it can also be used to earn the rose petal (Make the World a Better Place) and earn the spring green Daisy petal (Considerate and Caring).

I adapted Class Act Apple for Valentine’s Day. Brownie troops can do more of the work themselves. Juniors can adapt this craft using fabric to earn a sewing patch. Or, just for fun, this can be made no sew with the use of a hot glue gun (adult supervision needed).

Just a note-I always make a sample craft. By doing this, you can avoid mistakes and mishaps. For example, I was planning on using Elmer’s wet glue, but it just did not stick to the paper bag well enough. It kept sliding the hearts around.

I did the prep work at home. I cut enough paper bags into heart shapes, and labeled the hearts on the inside so they would match up properly. I had my seven year old twins use a foam paint brush and some tempera paint to paint one of the hearts red. Two coats was enough. When they were dry, I matched up the two ends and paperclipped them together.

I bought floral wire and cut strands about 16 inches long. I also purchased heart stickers at Staples for this craft.

At the meeting, we talked about the meaning of Valentine’s Day. I then read them the story, Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse.

Mama, Do You Love Me?
Mama, Do You Love Me?

Inside, I had my co-leader and three other moms (yes, lucky me, I have plenty of volunteers most meetings!) heating up the hot glue guns. (Ask in advance for the girls to bring them in with glue sticks) Once the story was done, we brainstormed ideas to write on the heart. The we passed out the hearts, the stickers, and black Sharpie markers.

The girls put their names on the back and starting writing and decorating. When they were done, they went up to one of the moms who hot glued the sides about 2/3 of the way. Then the girls went back to the table, stuffed the hearts with fiberfill, and then returned to have them hot glued shut.

Once they were glued shut, I punched holes on each side and showed the girls how to twist the wire to make it not stick out.

With the extra time, we made Valentine’s Day cards.

Note-this can also be done for a Mother’s Day craft as well.

Recycling to Earn More Than One Daisy Petal at One Meeting

Photo by Hannah Gold

One of the things I love about being a Girl Scout Leader is planning.  I am a teacher, and it is something that just comes naturally to me.

When you are a teacher, you have to make more with less. When I taught elementary school, I always spent money out-of-pocket for educational tools I wanted and needed. As a preschool teacher, I made crafts out of household things normally thrown away-paper-towel rolls, margarine tubs, newspaper, and other assorted items.

How to earn three Daisy petals with one Pringles can is a an easy craft-easy to make and easy on your dues budget. The petals earned are: orange (Responsible for what I say and do), rose (Make the world a better place) and green (Use resources wisely).

This craft can be adapted for Brownies and Juniors for something on a more age appropriate level.

Girl Scout Leader Meetings…Should I Stay or Should I Go?

One of the responsibilities of being a troop leader is attending the monthly Leader Meetings. If you have a co-leader, you can take turns attending if getting out is a hassle.

Some months, all I was able to do was pick up the contents of my folder and leave. I felt badly, but my kids are not the kind to sit quietly through an adult meeting (and some of the adults attending are not able to sit quietly, either!)

Last night, our meeting was really informative and hope it is structured that way more often.

After discussing the cookie sale, we broke into “levels” discussion groups-Daisy, Brownie, Junior. Much like the cross-town grade level meetings I attended as an elementary school teacher, I learned so much from our discussion. I was surrounded by women who had the same questions as I did, who needed ideas like I do, who had ideas that worked for them.

If your Leader Meetings are not giving you the information you need, perhaps suggesting levels discussions at every other meeting to your local council would be beneficial. Havng one person in charge of your level, who can coordinate the information shared, will help all of us be more successful leaders.

Your Very First Daisy Girl Scout Meeting

One of the things that makes leaders nervous is the actual meeting. As the leader, you are walking a fine line between parent and teacher. If you are the troop leader for your daughter, chances are that you know several of the girls in your troop already. The meeting is formal, but not as formal as a classroom setting. It is also not a play date, but it also has to be fun.

You cannot have chaos, either. Control is key to making your meeting fun for all and manageable for you as the leader.

This article will help you with your very first Daisy Girl Scout meeting!

I Am Ready to Help You!

After months of thinking about it, I have finally decided to write a blog about my Girl Scout Leader experience.

In October 2008, our local Girl Scout Council had a “Round-Up” at our school. Seated at a table with a few other kindergarten moms, all were interested in having their daughters become scoutsbut no one wanted to be the leader! After some discussion, I made the decision to be the leader, as long as everyone else agreed to help out (which lucky for me, everyone did!)

From that point on, I learned everything on my own. It wasn’t easy going, which is why I want to help others who have chosen to be their daughter’s leader.