Monday, November 28, 2016

Daisy Girl Scout Christmas Ornaments Are a Memorable Gift

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Chances are if you are a Daisy Girl Scout leader, then your daughter or granddaughter is in the troop. With the holiday season fast approaching, you may be considering what you can give her that is related to her first or second year as a Daisy Scout.

If you celebrate Christmas and put a tree up every year, then here are some wonderful Daisy Girl Scout ornaments for you to choose from. They are available on Amazon and you can also find these and more on eBay.


This Daisy Girl Scout Christmas Ornament makes a wonderful memory for your tree.


Daisy Girl Scout Christmas ornament for the girl who loves to paint and craft.

Zazzle has a huge collection of Daisy Girl Scout ornaments. They come with all skin hues and hair colors, and can be personalized with names and the girl's troop number. Here are just a few of the dozens of choices.



Saturday, November 26, 2016

Black Friday Weekend Sale Girl Scout Ornaments 65% Off on Zazzle

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I love to shop, and as my dear friend who can spend any amount on anything she says, "Quality at a discount!" This weekend only, Zazzle has Girl Scout ornaments (and any other kind of ornament) on sale for 65% off! 

Here are some of the dozens of Girl Scout ornament designs you can have for your daughter, granddaughter or favorite scout in your life! These are available in many levels of scouts, in different hair colors and different skin tones. They can all be personalized and are available in shapes other than the ones featured here.

Monday, November 21, 2016

How to Earn the Daisy Girl Scout Talk It Up Leaf

The final leaf that your Daisy Girl Scouts can earn is called Talk It Up. At this point, the girls are starting their cookie sales and you will be tracking your progress to reach the goals that you made with the Count It Up leaf. Armed with knowledge about the different types of cookies, what money looks like and knowing what things cost, the girls are ready for the big time!

Here is how your girls can earn the Daisy Girl Scout Talk It Up leaf.


How to Earn the Daisy Girl Scout Talk It Up Leaf

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


Step 1 Decide How to Use Your Cookie Money

Ask girls if they know what saving money means and discuss why it is important to save. If the girls want to go on a big trip with their earnings, then it cannot all be spent on other things during the rest of the scouting year.

At the end of the sale, make a chart like the one in the Daisy binder and have the girls see the numbers.

Step 2 Talk About How to Use Cookie Money to Help Others

Life isn't always about us. It also has to be about others...that is the crux of the Girl Scout Promise. Friendly and Helpful, Considerate and Caring, Respect Myself and Others... it is what scouts do.

After you have decided on where you want a portion of the money to go, have the girls create a poster to share at your booth. If it an animal shelter, you can print out pictures animals and the organization's logo.

Step 3 Inspire Your Customers

Some girls do not mind talking to strangers while others can do it easily. It is a good idea to role play different cookie scenarios with them so they do not get upset if someone says, "No, thank you" or asks them how the money they raise is used.


Monday, November 14, 2016

How to Earn the Daisy Girl Scout Count It Up Leaf

The third Daisy leaf in the quartet the girls can earn is called Count It Up. This can be done at the start of cookie selling season. Although I am not a fan of first year leaders selling cookies, if you are going to, start by reading this blog post on 10 Girl Scout Cookie Selling Tips for New Leaders.

Here is how your troop can earn the Daisy Girl Scout Count It Up Leaf.


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

Photo by Hannah Gold

Step 1 Find Out What Cookies Cost

Depending on where you live, Girl Scout cookies cost $4.00 or $5.00 a box. How many one dollar bills is that? If someone gives you a $5.00 bill, how much change should s/he get back?

Step 2 Learn About the Different Kinds of Cookies

Here is an opportunity for a taste testing party (of course, if there are allergies, you will either have to skip this or make sure that child/children does not eat something she shouldn't).  This also does not mean that you have to open one of every flavor, maybe one or two of the classics and one of the newest flavor to join the cookie family.


How to Earn the Daisy Girl Scout Count It Up Leaf-Complete Meeting Plan
Photo Collage by Hannah Gold

On my Girl Scout Cookie Selling Ideas Pinterest board, there are a few games that you can make (if you want) to help the girls learn about the cookies they will be selling. 

Step 3 Set Sales Goals

Materials
  • Posterboard
  • Markers
Before the meeting, make a large thermometer on a piece of posterboard and entitle it "Troop 12345's Cookie Goals". This is a TROOP GOAL POSTER and not to be an individual girl poster. Cookie season brings out the worst in leaders. Troop money is troop money and if you do not believe me, it is written on page 21 in the official Girl Scouts Blue Book.

Cookie selling is voluntary and I wrote about it in depth in this blog post on my main Girl Scout leader site and in this post on my Daisy blog.

Talk to your girls about how many boxes they want to sell as a troop. Are they realistic? Young children really do not have a strong concept of numbers that are large, or even small for that matter. It is hard for them to visualize the difference between 100 and 1000. You may want to bring in some kind of visual, like a bag of beans or math chips, to demonstrate the difference.

You may want to make incremental goals with a small reward as you go up the chart. For example, at the 100 box mark you may want to give them a special sticker or a small, edible treat. While not necessary, it does give little girls a reward for the work they are doing.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thanksgiving Craft Kits for Daisy Scouts

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Easy Thanksgiving Craft ideas for busy Girl Scout leaders
Photo from Pixabay


Are you looking for something fun and easy to do during the busy holiday season? Then look no further...here are some fun Thanksgiving craft kits that will have you avoiding spending hours on Pinterest to find a craft to do.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

How to Earn the Daisy Girl Scout Making Choices Leaf

If you are a parent, then you know the challenges of taking your child out to a store. It does not matter what kind of store it is, almost always, children will find something that they want. Then there is the inevitable conversation about why she cannot have the newly coveted item. And all you hope for is to leave the store without a scene.

It does get a bit better when your child is older because they have a clearer understanding of needs versus wants. My kids still ask for things, and if they truly want it, they have to figure out a way to earn all or part of the money for the item in question if I do not feel it is a need.

The Daisy Girl Scout Making Choices leaf is all about teaching the girls about needs versus wants.


How to Earn the Daisy Girl Scout Making Choices Leaf

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Step 1 Find Out the Difference Between Needs Versus Wants

Materials

Pictures cut out of magazines or printed off the internet of needs (houses, food, clothing) and wants (toys, a swimming pool, a television). They should be large in size so the girls can see it easily.

Sit the girls in a circle and ask what they think they need to live. How is that different from things they want? (you need a house, you do not need a Barbie car).

Show each picture. Have the girls stand up if it is a want and stay seated if it is a need. Ask why they made the choices they did.

Step 2 Try Setting a Goal and Saving for What You Want

Materials
  • Goal chart (search for one that you like online)
  • Crayons or markers
This step ties in with the third step of the Money Counts leaf. Once you find out what the item you want costs, then you have to figure out a way to earn the money to buy it.

Ask the girls to think about one thing they want to buy but have not earned the money for it yet.  Talk about ways to achieve that goal. Can they do chores around the house or save money from birthdays or holidays?

Have the girls color around the goal chart and write the name of what they want at the top. At home they can find out how much the item costs and then start working towards that goal.

Step 3 Help Others With What They Need and Want

Ask the girls to imagine what they feel like when they are hungry. Is it a good feeling?  How do they feel if they are wearing shoes that are too small-can they run and play like they do if they are wearing shoes that fit?

Talk about children who may be lacking in the basics that the girls take for granted. How can they help?

List their ideas and vote on one to work on. Inform the parents that for the next meeting you will collecting items for the organization the girls want to donate to. Remember to contact them prior to the meeting so they do not forget.