Thursday, January 11, 2018

Easy Valentine's Day Crafts and Ideas for Girl Scout Meetings

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Now that you are in full leader mode after not seeing your girls over the winter break, it is time to start planning ahead. If you are selling cookies, then you are knee deep in those activities, earning financial literacy leaves and focusing on troop goals. However, these are still little girls and they need to have a break from all of the cookie talk (and if the truth be told, you as a leader can use a break yourself).

Easy Valentine's Day Crafts and Ideas for Girl Scout Meetings

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If you are still working on earning Daisy petals, then you can earn any of the following by doing a Valentine's Day craft:

Yellow-Friendly and Helpful
Light Green-Considerate and Caring
Rose-Make the World a Better Place

Many children love to do crafts, and you can make your life easier by not going Pinterest crazy finding the perfect one, but simply by using a Valentine's Day craft kit that is prepackaged and ready to use. 

Here are some that are easy for the girls to do and are easy on your budget.


Valentine's Day Craft Kits



Easy Valentine's Day Crafts and Ideas for Girl Scout Daisies-make a beaded necklace with this craft that come with 12 kits individually packaged


This Valentine Bug Beaded Necklace Craft Kit comes with 12 individually packaged necklaces for the girls to make. The little critters and vibrant colors remind the girls that spring is around the corner!


Easy Valentine's Day Crafts and Ideas for Girl Scout Daisies-Conversation Hearts photo frame comes with 12 individually packaged kits
Available on Amazon


Nothing says Valentine's Day like Conversation Hearts. These sweet treats are a decades old classic! This craft kit comes with 12 individually packaged kits for your girls to use. 



Easy Valentine's Day Girl Scout crafts Magic Color Scratch Hearts includes 24 Pieces


These Magic Color Scratch Off Hearts comes with 24 to a package. It includes the tool. These can be gift tags to cookies your troop decorates or just a fun craft to do.


Conversation Heart peel and stick foam sticker for easy Valentine's Day crafts


If you are making Valentine's Day cards for the troops or for a local nursing home of senior citizen center, this bucket of peel and stick conversation hearts has 285 for your girls to use.


Easy Valentine's Day crafts for Girl Scouts-instead of traditional cards, have the girls write and put stickers and gems on this large foam heart


Instead of making traditional cards, use these large foam shaped hearts as a card. Girl can decorate with stickers and peel and stick rhinestones and write a message inside with a marker.

Easy Valentine's Day crafts for Girl Scouts-make your own Valentine craft kit



This  Design It Yourself Foam Valentine Craft Kit  comes with 24 foam hearts, 832 foam stickers, Hearts (5" - 6") and stickers that are shapes and letters.


Valentine's Day Baking Crafts

Baking is simply edible crafting. After your troop is done making their Valentine's Day craft, they can decorate cookies to eat. Don't worry-no baking is involved! Simply buy the large box of plain sugar cookies every grocery store bakery sells and some white icing in a tub.

Give each girl a paper plate and a plastic knife. Set out paper bowls of the following decorations and let the girls go to town! Be sure to take pictures of the girls and their creations.

There are many options for cookie decorating. Here are just a few.


Decorate cookies during a meeting with these Edible Cake and Cookie Confetti Sprinkles

Dress My Cupcake Decorating Edible Cake and Cookie Confetti Sprinkles Available on Amazon



Decorate cookies during a troop meeting with these Wilton heart shaped sprinkles

Monday, January 8, 2018

Rainbow Bridging Necklace for Daisy Scouts

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I know that you are busy with cookie season and bridging is not on the brain right now, but as I was shopping online I came across the adorable Silver Plated Multi-Color Crystal Rainbow necklace from Boscov's.  The chain is 18 inches long. This necklace is 75% off right now will cost even less with the ever present coupon code.

This silver plated crystal rainbow makes a lovely gift for your Girl Scouts who are bridging!
On Sale at a Deep Discount

While shopping at Boscov's, you can also check out their awesome Girl Scout department for all of your book, badge and uniform needs!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

American Girl Doll of the Year 2018 Luciana Vega is STEM Centered

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One of the things that has always made American Girl Dolls unique is how the company pairs books with the dolls. Each character doll has a story unique to her ethnicity and period of history. Children who read about a certain doll are also learning, in an indirect way, the customs and cultures of others and what was gong on during a certain era in American history. The American Girl Doll of the year for 2018 is Luciana Vega. She dreams of becoming an astronaut for NASA and being the first person to land on Mars. Her adventures at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama will be chronicled in a book series.


American Girl Doll of the Year 2018 Luciana Vega will have three books in her serie     



Book 1 Available on Amazon
This book introduces Luciana and her story.


American Girl Doll Luciana book 2


In this book, Luciana is at Space Camp.

Book three is not yet available, but stay tuned for when it is!




The Luciana doll is now available on eBay!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Calendar of Meetings for Second Year Daisy Scouts from January to May

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With school once again in session, it is time to plan and prepare for the next season of Daisy meetings that will prepare your troop to bridge to Brownie Girl Scouts in just a few short months.


Second Year Girl Scout Daisy Meeting Plans from January to May

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As a leader who has never been fond of the Journeys program, you will not find any plans for them here. With cookie season, World Thinking Day, Girl Scout Week, field trips and bridging, not to mention any community service you have planned, there really is no need to add in a Journey.


January

Your Ninth Second Year Girl Scout Daisy Meeting

Earn the Girl Scout Daisy Talk It Up Leaf

If you did not sell Girl Scout cookies last year and want to take a gentle plunge into the world of selling them, then now is the time to get things started. Many Councils have sales during the winter months, so if this is the case for you, the time for cookie selling preparation is now.


How to Earn the Daisy Girl Scout Talk It Up Leaf-A Complete Meeting Plan

Photo by By Dsafdy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons and altered by the author in Canva


The first thing you need to understand about selling cookies with Girl Scout Daisies is that they have a limited attention span and all sales are dependent upon parental participation. Over the years I have spent a lot of time writing blog posts about this, but a leader needs to accept the reality that if a girl does not sell cookies, either individually or at a booth, it is TOTALLY OUT OF HER CONTROL. Let it go, and she can help with cookie selling prep to make her feel like she is part of the troop team. You will not change the minds of non-committed parents, and troop money is troop money

Meeting Prep

Before your meeting, you will need to know how much per box of cookies your troop will be earning so that you can create a visual for the girls for your next meeting.

Ask the girls what kinds of trips and activities they would like to do. Write down these ideas and tell them that at your next meeting, you will share how many boxes THE TROOP needs to sell in order to make these activities happen. You will make a visual on a chart. 

For example, if a trip to Build-a-Bear costs $20.00 per girl, and each box sold earns 50 cents, and you have six girls in your troop, then the troop needs to sell 240 boxes so that the trip can take place (40 boxes per girl). Of course, these costs are made up, but your chart should have the Build-a-Bear Logo the number 240 next to a picture of a box of cookies. Do your chart from cheapest idea to most expensive.

On another chart, make a bar with the different goals labeled and pictured. At each meeting, tally up what the girls have sold AS A TROOP. They can see that the more they sell, the bigger the trip...and there may even be money to do more than one adventure! Whatever you do, comparing girls is wrong and please do not do it. Keep charts solely for the purpose of TROOP GOALS.

You can read how to earn the Girl Scout Daisy Talk It Up Leaf in this blog post with a detailed meeting plan.

January

Your Tenth Second Year Girl Scout Daisy Meeting

Earn the Girl Scout Daisy Making Choices Leaf

The Girl Scout Daisy financial literacy leaves tie in together nicely, so if there is some overlap, that is fine. Repetition is a good way for kids to learn and it certainly helps!

During this meeting, if you have time, have the girls make posters and signs for their cookie booth.


How to Earn the Daisy Girl Scout Making Choices Leaf An Easy Meeting Plan

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Go over any cookie sale updates that you have. If a goal has already been met, celebrate with a special treat. It can be food, a fun patch, or a special sticker or pencil from the Girl Scout Shop.


February 

Your Eleventh Second Year Girl Scout Daisy Meeting

Earn the Girl Scout Daisy Money Counts Leaf


How to Earn the Daisy Girl Scout Count It Up Leaf Complete Meeting Plans

Photo from Pixabay

With two financial literacy leaves down, there is only one more to go. Start your eleventh meeting with a cookie selling update and cheer on your girls as they reach their goals.


February

Your Twelfth Second Year Girl Scout Daisy Meeting

Celebrate World Thinking Day (February 22nd)

As a Girl Scout, World Thinking Day is a holiday that comes once a year and is an easy one to insert into your long term planning. Since this may be your first cookie selling season, you do not need to go overboard with planning.




I created a very basic and simple five step meeting plan for your Daisy troop to help you plan your day. You can find World Thinking Day plans here.


March

Your Thirteenth Second Year Girl Scout Daisy Meeting

Girl Scout Week

Right after World Thinking Day is another Girl Scout holiday, Girl Scout Week. Celebrated during the week where March 12th falls, this is a fantastic opportunity for girls to use some of their earned cookie profits to help others. The very first Girl Scout meeting took place on March 12, 1912, and every year this is remembered by doing things for others.


How Girl Scout Daisies Can Celebrate Girl Scout Week

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Here are some ideas for you to incorporate Girl Scout Week into your meeting this month. The images have lots of information without being overwhelming. Make sure you do something at your meeting that can be checked off on your list.

March

Your Fourteenth Second Year Girl Scout Daisy Meeting

Go on a Field Trip

This is the time to go on a field trip since the weather is getting nicer and spring fever is starting. Since you will not have all of your cookie money, try to take an inexpensive or free field trip. The police station, the firehouse, or a local business like an ice cream store or supermarket may be able to take your troop on a tour. 

April
Your Fifteenth Second Year Girl Scout Daisy Meeting 

It's Time to Think About Bridging

If your calendar is like mine, then April is a month where we have always had one meeting due to Spring Break. With this being your second year as Daisy leader, it is time to start planning your bridging ceremony and have the girls as involved as possible.


Daisy to Brownie Girl Scout Bridging Guide for Leaders-Planning Made Easy


I have always been of the opinion that bridging should be at the last meeting of the year. This time slot has been carved out for the girls and the parents as well. If you meet after school and have parents who work outside the home, giving them a heads up about bridging one month in advance will permit them to clear their work calendars so they can attend. 

At this meeting, talk about what bridging is and have them make the invitations to send home.

I wrote a complete guide to Daisy to Brownie Bridging here, which will help you plan it all out. 

May

Your Sixteenth Second Year Girl Scout Daisy Meeting

Bridging Practice

This is the big time ladies! The bulk of your meeting time should be devoted to practicing the ceremony and songs in the order that they will be done.

May

Your Seventeenth Second Year Girl Scout Daisy Meeting

Bridging Ceremony

This is the time to enjoy all that you have accomplished. The ceremony will be adorable and the celebration afterwards will be your reward for all of the hard work you have done.
Now that your second year of leading a Daisy troop is over, it is time to think about leading your troop of Brownie Girl Scouts. My website How to Earn Brownie Try Its is ready and waiting to help you with meeting plans for every badge.



How to Earn Brownie Badges website-meeting plans for every badge

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Daisy Girl Scout Ornaments are a Wonderful Keepsake

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Girl Scout Trefoil ornament


Are you looking for a special gift for the Daisy Girl Scout in your life? Then here are some wonderful Daisy Girl Scout ornaments for you to give your special scout.