Friday, November 17, 2017

Personalized Gifts for Girl Scouts

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As a Daisy leader, what you do your first year will set a precedent for the rest of your years in leadership. Once you do something, it is hard to undo it without a ripple effect.

One of those things you need to decide whether or not you and your co-leader are going to do is give a holiday gift to your troop. If you decide that you will, then discuss your budget together so you are both on the same page. 

You should consider a non-denominational gift that the girls can all use and appreciate. Giving a child who does not celebrate Christmas an ornament is not appropriate.

So what kinds of gifts can you give your Daisy troop that will not break the bank and that everyone will enjoy receiving?

Personalized gifts for your Girl Scout troop that are easy on your time and budget


You can give the girls in your troop an inexpensive personalized gift that will be fun for them to have.

In my recent blog post on my main Girl Scout blog, I have posted a selection of gifts that young girls would love to have. You can read it here.

Need more personalized gifts for Girl Scouts? Here is a big selection for you to peruse.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Thanksgiving Craft Kits for Daisy Girl Scouts

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As you wrap up your Girl Scout Founder's Day celebrations and head into the busy holiday season, we enter a time where we focus on what we are thankful for. As the leader, you will want to be focusing on both the fun part of the season, as well as helping others who may not be as fortunate.


Easy Thanksgiving crafts for busy Girl Scout leaders

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Of course, you are also more than likely very busy with your own celebrations and preparations. One way to make your Thanksgiving meeting plans go more smoothly is with ready made Thanksgiving craft kits. Most of these are individually packaged and ready to use. Combine these with making cards for the holiday and reading a Thanksgiving story, you have an easy meeting with very little prep work necessary.

Here are some fun Thanksgiving craft kits for you to do with your troop.



Thanksgiving craft kits for Girl Scouts

Fun fall craft kit for Daisy Scouts



Thanksgiving craft kits for Girl Scouts makes meeting planning easy during this busy time of year


Monday, October 16, 2017

Office Depot Office Max Girl Scout Discount for Leaders

When you are starting your Girl Scout Daisy troop, your funds will be limited. Making crafts from recycled items, asking for donations and going on free field trips are how you juggle running a troop on a shoestring.


Girl Scout Freebie Office Depot Office Max Girl Scout Discount for Leaders

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There is a great discount available at Office Depot/Office Max stores that is just for Girl Scout leaders. Extra cheap copying and discounted items are a part of this free program. There are no strings attached and they will even laminate your discount card for free!

You can read about it here to find out how to make an account for your troop.

Monday, October 9, 2017

How to Earn the Purple Daisy Girl Scout Petal Respect Myself and Others

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Earning the purple Daisy Girl Scout petal, “respect myself and others” is a real life lesson for the girls in your troop. This part of the Girl Scout Law is important because in order to get along in life, you need to get along with others. It is also healthy for people to a have healthy self-esteem.
How to Earn the Purple Daisy Petal

This petal stands for “respect”, this is an abstract concept for kindergarten and first grade girls who are between the ages of five and seven. The girls will need a concrete lesson in order to earn this part of their Daisy. Because the girls are young and unable to write, having an extra volunteer or two will help this meeting go more smoothly.
The materials you will need for this Daisy Girl Scout activity are:


Read "I'm Gonna Like Me" to earn the Purple Daisy Petal


I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis
9 x 13 white construction paper
Crayons or markers
Glitter glue in assorted colors
Glittery stickers or peel and stick on rhinestones
You can start off your meeting by reading the book I’m Gonna Like Me. This book tells the tale of a little girl who likes herself. Laura Cornell’s delightful illustrations really hammer the point home.
After reading the book aloud, ask the girls to think about three things they like about themselves. Talk to them about the things they can do to keep liking themselves, like being clean, exercising, and eating healthy foods.
Then have them share those things. For the craft, you can use 9 x 13 paper and have them draw a full body picture of themselves. They can then dictate to you and your volunteers the three things they like about themselves that they shared earlier.


These glitter glue pens will add some razzle dazzle to your purple daisy petal craft


Once the dictation is done, have them use glittery glue to highlight their hair and glittery stickers and rhinestones to decorate their clothing.


Use peel and stick rhinestones for your craft to earn the purple Daisy petal

For the second part of the meeting, you will need to do a demonstration with your co-leader. Respecting others means protecting their feelings and being kind-acting towards them like you would want to be treated.
Have your co-leader say something to you that would not be kind. For example, she could say, “Your hair is a mess” or “I do not like the shirt you are wearing today”. In response, you act sad.
Ask the children what did your co-leader do that was disrespectful. Have a brief discussion.

Now re-enact the scene, but this time your co-leader acts kindly and says, ‘Gee, your hair look great today!” or “I love that new shirt you are wearing!” Talk with the girls about the difference between the two episodes. How would they want to be treated? You can also do another reenactment with each of you telling the other one thing they like about the person.
To close this activity, break the girls into pair or triads. Ask them to find one or two nice things to say about each other-not necessarily about their appearance, but how they like the way they tell a joke or share the craft materials. Your co-leader and you should mediate what is being said.
At the end of the meeting, hand out the healthy snack, making sure that the girls take the time to wash their hands.
Earning the purple Daisy Girl Scout petal, “Respect Myself and Others” is an important life lesson that you and your co-leader can impart to the girls.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Free Printable Daisy Girl Scout Petal Certificates

At some point during the scouting year, your troop will finish earning all of their Daisy petals. If you wish to have a mini celebration, then you can have a small ceremony (no parents need to be there, just do this during your meeting) and hand out this free Daisy Girl Scout printable from Jamie at My Fashionable Designs. Her site is full of Girl Scout free printables!


Free Daisy Girl Scout petal printables for leaders

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Need some more free Daisy Girl Scout petal printables? Jamie has more.

For each petal, you can print this set. Cut, insert petal in a snack bag with the girl's name on it. This is much easier to find in the girl's responsibility bag than a random petal. It also looks much nicer, too! If you want, you can take a picture of the girl holding her petal bag and use it for her Girl Scout scrapbook.

Don't want to use your own ink? Print off one copy and then take it to your favorite home office store to print out. Save the receipt and you will get reimbursed.