Monday, September 18, 2017

The Perpetual Girl Scout Scrapbook

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Create a Girl Scout Scrapbook That Will Be a Memory for Years to Come

To preserve your troop's memories of their years in scouting together, you can have them create a perpetual Girl Scout scrapbook.

Photo by Hannah Gold

If you are going to do this activity, your co-leader and you need to decide early in the school year so you can take pictures at every meeting (or else you will have nothing to put in the scrapbook!) These are the pictures we took at each meeting:

-The girls working at the tables as a group
-One group shot at the end with all of the girls holding the craft
-Individual shots of each girl 

By doing this, you can take advantage of photo printing sales online or in camera stores.

By deciding early in the year that you will be making a scrapbook, you can get the stickers you need while they are in season.
Buying the Materials Cheaply
The cost of doing a scrapbook is prohibitive if you use what is sold in craft stores. For our scrapbooks, we used Avery Clear View binders.
For this activity, you will also need scissors, glue sticks, and markers. Fancy edging scissors are not necessary for the scrapbook, but if your Girl Scouts want to use them, ask parents if they have any you can borrow.

We also asked for donations of stickers and invested in some themed ones, like Daisies and holidays. The holiday stickers are always on sale right before and right after the holiday is over. Stock up when you see them!

Stickers for Girl Scout scrpabooking

Prep Work Before the Meeting
Using the Cheri Liney font, a cover was made for our Girl Scout scrapbook. The girls colored them in any way they wanted. Leaving a space at the bottom permits the girls to glue an individual photo or a troop photo. Always run off a few extra, in case one of the girls makes a mistake.
The troop photographer needs to be in charge of organizing the photos. This task is made simple if she does it on an ongoing basis and not all at one time, when it can become an overwhelming job. Each girls' photos need to be put into a plastic bag with her name on it for distribution at the troop meeting.
The stickers need to be cut and clipped together for each girl so everyone gets the same amount. I put them into a plastic bag with for each girl.
If you are doing this craft with Daisies or first year Brownies, I strongly suggest you have a few volunteers to help out. Young girls are apt to cut too much from the photos or put way too many stickers on one page, leaving very few for the other pages.
At the Meeting
Have the girls create their own cover and slide it into the front of their scrapbook.
The next steps depend on the age of your troop. While older girls can be given all of the materials at once and left to their own devices, Daisies and Brownies need to do this one step at a time. That way they are glued and inserted into the binder/scrapbook.

How to Start a Girl Scout Scrapbook
Photo from Pixabay

For example, we had the girls take out the field trip pictures and put them on the autumn themed paper we purchased. We did the same thing for the Halloween dance pictures. Since we are Daisies, we did one page at a time. For meetings that had no paper theme, we had the girls use white copy paper and draw the motif. For our Saint Patrick's Day craft, the girls drew clovers, rainbows and leprechauns and glued their pictures around them.
If you are saving all of the photos for the end of the year, it will take at least two meetings to finish your Girl Scout scrapbook. An easier way to do it is every two to three months, make the meeting a scrapbook meeting.
Once the perpetual scrapbooks are completed for the year, have the girls put them away until fall. Purchase new plastic inserts for the papers and at a late fall meeting, have a scrapbook craft time. Over the course of a few years, the girls will have a keepsake of their time as a Girl Scout.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Free Girl Scout Rewards Program Now at JoAnn Fabrics

Joann Fabric now has a Girl Scout Reward Program! 

JOANN is partnering with Girl Scouts to help inspire and unleash the power of G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl. In addition to offering a space for Girl Scouts in their stores, the company is going to donate to the Girl Scouts of the USA 2.5% of the purchase price on  all eligible 

Free Girl Scout Rewards Program at Joann Fabrics. Leaders get 15% off all eligible purchases.

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But wait, there's more! 

Once you get your card via email, you can print it out and save 15% on your total eligible purchases, whether you are shopping online at Joann's  or going to the store to buy your troop supplies (and you can shop online and pick your purchase up at the store as well! How great is that?) 

Hold on, JOANN's is not done yet! 

You can still use a coupon on your single item purchase with the 15%! (total purchase coupons cannot be combined with the 15% discount). This program will be in effect until August 31, 2020! Once you are registered, download the JOANN app with the same email you use to apply for the Girl Scout Rewards card. If you already have the app, sign out and then log back in. Your rewards card should be under the "My Coupons" tab. Leaders of all levels should sign up for this card, as there is nothing to lose and everything to gain! I've already signed up for mine! 

To find out more about the Girl Scout Rewards Program at JOANN's, go to this page on their website to find out more.    

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Girl Scout Meetings Four Easy Steps for Success for New Leaders

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Girl Scout meetings are simple to run if you follow these four easy steps to success. You've gone through the training, your paperwork is completed, now it is time to actually meet with your girls! Before a sense of panic sets in and you begin to wonder why you did this to yourself, take a deep breath. The key to a successful and smooth running troop meeting is all about preparation. 
Here are guideline for running your meetings.  

Step One Be Prepared

The first easy step for a successful Girl Scout meeting is to be prepared. Any good teacher knows that when you work with children, especially young children, it is best to establish a routine. All scouts, especially the youngest kindergarten and first grade Daisies, thrive when they know what to expect. Your meeting routine should look something like this:
  • Have the girls put their coats and bags in the same place every time you meet
  • Say the Pledge of Allegiance, the Girl Scout Promise, and the Girl Scout Law
  • Do a short circle time (group discussion) to discuss the badge or petal you will be earning
  • Craft time
  • Friendship circle and closing song

Second Step to a Successful Girl Scout Meeting- Earning Badges and Petals

The second step to a successful troop meeting is to figure out what you want to do for the year. 
There is no special order for earning petals and badges. With your co-leader, you can create an outline for what you would like to do for the next few meetings or for the entire year.
For the new leader, select an easy craft and do all of the prep work at home. This step is essential, because you need to know if it is going to work. For example, I had a great Valentine's Day craft planned. As I glued the hearts together with wet glue, the paper kept slipping and I could not finish the craft as I had planned. I took out my hot glue gun, and voila! It worked! Imagine trying to do this with twelve first grade girls who were making Valentine's for their parents and THEN realizing it didn't work.
I was able to recruit additional volunteers to use the hot glue guns so we could finish all the girls projects during the meeting.

Step Three-Purchasing Your Materials for Daisy Girl Scout Activities and Crafts

Next on the Girl Scout meeting success list is to buy everything you need in advance.  I know this is common sense, but for many people, disorganization leads to stress, which makes meetings less enjoyable.
Whenever possible, use your troop checkbook for all purchases, along with your troop's Tax ID number, you will save on sales tax. If you do not have the checkbook, save your receipts so your troop treasurer can reimburse you.
In a space in your house, assign a tote or craft organizer (I own two of the one pictured below) to store the materials you purchased. The extras will be used for future crafts.
Craft cart to store Girl Scout craft materials

Step Four Ask for Help

The larger your troop, the more hands you need

Younger troops will most definitely need more help than two leaders can provide. The fourth and final step for running successful Girl Scout meetings is to send out an email to your parents and ask if anyone is willing to come and assist. Of course, they will need to be registered with your Council and background checked.

Parents always need advance notice. Those who work full-time can clear their calendars, while those with younger children need to have arrangements made for their care, unless you want them at your meeting, too. Just know that once you permit younger children to attend, it will be very difficult to uninvite them late. You can read about tagalongs in this blog post.

One more item...a Girl Scout leader tote! Keep all of the things you need for every meeting in one bag. Put whatever else you need for the next meeting in a bag next to it.

If you take these four steps for successful Girl Scout meetings, not only will your time together run smoothly, you'll be looking forward to the next time you meet!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Make A Kaper Chart for Back to Troop

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Having a Kaper Chart is one thing that leaders use to assign jobs to girls and begin their journey to owning their meetings. By the time girls are Cadettes, they should not just be selecting which badges they wish to earn, but also leading their troopmates at the meeting in which they are earning it.

But don't worry...your little Daisy Scouts are not there yet!

Easy Kaper Chart Ideas for Girl Scout Daisies

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Young children love to help and take turns doing different jobs. In this blog post, I discussed the benefits of having a Kaper Chart and what kinds of jobs you can assign each girl.

Last year, I shared with leaders a list of resources that can be used for Kaper Charts.  You can read it here.

Your co-leader and you will have to decide how often to rotate jobs. There is no right or wrong way to do it.

Materials to Make a Kaper Chart

You do not have to get all Pinteresty with this. A few simple flourishes on white posterboard or on a trifold is a good base to get started.

One of the easiest and versatile things to use are library pockets. These are a staple item for teachers since they are so functional. All you need is for each girl to decorate an index card that has her name on it and that is her name card for the kaper chart for the year.

Another fun accent that is inexpensive and will save you time are another teacher staple, bulletin board letters.

Girl Scout Kaper Chart materials-colorful bulletin board letters that are inexpensive and easy to use

You have your letters and troop numbers, you might want to add a few personal accents.

First, there are flower cut outs. The girls can write their name on these and you can place them around the border of the chart.

Daisy Girl Scout Kaper Chart decorations

These retro looking cutouts can also be laid out around the border to make it more colorful. You can write each girls name on it as well.

These blank daisy shaped cut outs can be used for many things, including your troop Kaper Chart.

Paper cut out Daisy shapes are perfect for Kaper Charts and other Daisy crafts

These are just a few things you can use for your Girl Scout Daisy Kaper Chart.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Your Very First Daisy Girl Scout Meeting

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The time is fast approaching for your very first Daisy Girl Scout Meeting. Before you let the feeling of panic set in, take a deep breath and get yourself prepared.

Do Your Paperwork and Get the Training

Before you schedule your very first Girl Scout Daisy meeting, you need to have all of your paperwork completed and handed in. Many Councils now offer online training that you can do at your convenience. 

Check that you have all of the girls' forms and that you have been scheduled for a specific meeting place and time. If you have not been assigned a meeting place, you may not get together with your girls. Contact the Service Unit team member in charge of this task and get a printout of your meeting schedule. My troop always met in the art room of the elementary school where most of the girls went, so the school secretary and custodians also had the schedule as well. Everyone needs to be on the same page so your space is not given to someone else at the time you will be meeting.

An easy plan for your very first Daisy Girl Scout meeting

Photo from Pixabay

All of the required new Leader Training workshops need to be taken before you have your first Daisy meeting. Keep any paperwork proving you have completed your training in your leader binder so you always know where it is. Failure to do these two things will lead to problems if, heaven forbid, a girl becomes injured while under your care. The Girl Scouts of the USA does have insurance, but only covers incidents if everything is done properly.

Meet the Parents

You will want to have parents attending the first troop meeting. This way your co-leader and you can share your goals and expectations with girls and their parents. You can also ask for volunteers, as they will be needed for busy crafts, as well as asking a parent to be the troop treasurer. Any volunteer at a meeting must be registered and background checked! Have any necessary paperwork and information ready to be handed out to parents who want to assist. No paperwork=no helping at meetings. It is that simple. 

Since many parents work or have other children who need to be watched, emailing the parents a few weeks in advance of your first Daisy meeting will help them clear their calendars. Advance notice is always very much appreciated and puts you in their good graces.

First Daisy Meeting 

You need to prepare a craft that the girls can do on their own during your very first Daisy meeting. This way you can speak to the parents without too many interruptions.

This article will give you a list of leader essentials that you will need for every meeting.

Here is what I did at my first troop meeting:

I bought a large piece of white poster board. In my favorite Cherry Liney font I typed up "Daisy Troop _____" (our troop number). I glued it in an arc and then glued a large blue circle for the center of the petal.
I cut and pasted a petal shape and printed it onto card stock (you can also do this free hand). I cut out enough for each girl and a few extra (always do that-young girls will make mistakes!).
While the parents and I spoke, each girl used magic markers to write her name and decorate the petal. It was easy to check on the girls, as they were at the next table.
When all of the girls were done, each glued her petal around the center. I brought this poster to each of our meetings throughout our first year. It can be converted to a Kaper Chart if you want and you can also add Daisy stickers.

Rolls of Daisy stickers for Girl Scout Daisy crafts

At the end of our very first Daisy Girl Scout meeting, we sang "Make New Friends", did the "Friendship Squeeze" and went home.  I wish I had brought my camera so we had a keepsake for our Girl Scout scrapbook.  Don't forget to bring yours and start documenting your troop's journey!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Updated for 2017 New Daisy Leader-Tips for Running a Successful Troop Book

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Back in 2012, I decided to sit down and write a book for brand new Daisy leaders. While I had many articles on this topic across the internet on my own blogs and other websites, there was still a lot of information that I had not covered, especially in the area of starting your troop.

Since it's publication back in June 2012, it has had only one update, and that was back in 2013. A lot has changed in scouting since then, and I have also changed as well. My troop, which consists of four 9th graders, are now Girl Scout Seniors. We have had big changes within our ranks, and the girls are so much more mature and able to do more than when I first became a leader.

The Daisy program has expanded to include three earned badges, which will make their debut this fall. Facebook groups have popped up to help out leaders of all levels. Other leaders have created blogs to share what they do with their troop. I started this blog in 2014 to help Daisy leaders, as your concerns are unique. I want to give other leaders a helping hand. It is possible to lead as long as I have. 

Updated  August 2017 New Daisy Leader startup guide with new chapters and expanded chapters to help start your troop on the right foot

In this 2017 update, I have added three new chapters and expanded the original twelve to include more ideas on how to earn the petals. There is an updated resource guide in the back. And while there is a chapter devoted to the Journeys program, there are no lesson plans or links on how to do those in the book. I am a firm believer that year one for Daisy leaders should be focused on petals, the way the program used to be run. As new troop leaders, you have enough on your plate planning, organizing and running meetings to meet the smaller goal of earning a petal at each meeting. Journeys are more intensive. Give yourself some slack and wait a year to do one if you are so inclined.

If you are new to being a leader and want to learn more, this easy to read guide at your side will help you take the necessary steps to becoming the best leader you can be.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Easy Girl Scout Craft for Founder's Day

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I know it is still August, but you should be planning your fall meetings by now if you are getting ready for Back to Troop. With the busy-ness of back to school shopping for your family, last minute summer getaways, and getting what you need for sports and other after school activities, time will surprisingly sneak up on you.

Wouldn't you feel ready for your fall troop meetings if you have already planned them out and have the supplies ready to go?

For me, that is a resounding "yes"! I always had my yearly calendar laid out and the supplies I needed for the first few meetings ready to go. Since I am a teacher, summer is my prep time and fall is my most busy time work-wise. Having my Girl Scout meetings and outings planned for September and October made it so much easier on me both mentally and physically.

Easy Girl Scout Founder's Day Craft for Daisy and Brownie Scouts

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One of the core values of celebrating Girl Scout Founder's Day is to do a service project. It does not have to be elaborate, especially if you are leading Daisy Scouts. It should be fun and meaningful, as that is what Juliette would have wanted. 

Here is a cute craft for your troop to do and then give to others.

Easy Girl Scout Craft for Founder's Day

This Velvet Bug Tote Bag comes with 12 easy to color totes and it also includes the fabric markers.The bags measure 6" x 4.5". Directions for the activity can be found on the sales page under the "Activity Ideas" tab and are easy to download. In fact, when you download the sheet before you order, you will find a $10 off coupon for your purchase of $39 or more.

The time to do this craft is about 30 minutes.

After the girls have colored the tote in, have them fill it with sucking candies, Hershey Kisses, trial size hand lotions or hand sanitizer that you have purchased, and a note or picture wishing the person a wonderful day. These totes can be donated to a senior citizen home.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Earn the Violet Daisy Petal Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout Create Sisterhood Jewelry

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A part of creating a brand new Daisy troop is to create a sisterhood among the girls. This is especially true if you have a group that comes from different area schools. You need something that unites them as a troop. That is where the earning the Violet Daisy petal, be a sister to every Girl Scout, comes in.

How to Earn the Violet Daisy Petal Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout

Doing a craft that everyone in the troop will have, and can wear or bring to every meeting identifies the girls in the troop when they are in school. It can be a part of their uniform!

Beading is an easy craft for girls to do. It promotes fine motor skills and most girls this age enjoy doing something like this. You can create a troop necklace, bracelet or keychain that every girl can go home with.


Letter Beads
Pony Beads

S&S Worldwide is great place to buy your beads because they sell each letter individually. No more leftover beads! You can create something that says "Troop _____" (add your number). 

Create a troop project with individual letter and number beads

Individual Number Beads for Girl Scout Beading Projects

Add a bag of pony beads to be used as spacers, put it on blue gimp  and you have an easy craft for your troop to do!

Girls can wear their troop jewelry any time and others will know that they are happy and proud to be a Girl Scout!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Why Games for Girl Scouts is a Book Every Leader Must Have

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Games for Girl Scouts is a book every leader must have.  In order to have successful meetings with your troop, you’ll have to be good at time management.  There will be occasions when you have ten or fifteen extra minutes left over at the end of your meeting.  Other times, you may want to play some games to help you earn a badge. For both of these occasions, this book will comes in handy.

Games for Girl Scouts is an investment for the leader. For only a few dollars, this book will become part of your Girl Scout leader bag of tricks. There is no need to spend hours searching the internet to find activities your girls when you have a short amount of time.  Everything you need is here.

Every Girl Scout Leader Needs Games for Girl Scouts-A Book That Will Grow With Your Troop.

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This book is for all levels and it will grow with you as your troop matures.  This simpler activities that you would play with Daisy Girl Scouts will evolve into the more complicated games that Juniors and older girls can do independently.

The book is divided into 10 different chapters:

Chapter 1 Getting Started (how to use the book)

Chapter 2 Getting to Know You Games (great for the beginning of the troop year or when a new girl joins)

Chapter 3 Quiet Games for Indoors or Outdoors 

Chapter 4 Active Games for Indoors and Outdoors 

Chapter 5 Relay Games

Chapter 6 To-and-Fro and Inbetween

Chapter 7 Simple Games to Make and Play

Chapter 8 Girl Scout Lore and Skills (traditions)

Chapter 9 Nature Awareness Games

Chapter 10 Wide Games and Special Events

Each chapter is divided into several subtopics.  Under each of these subtopics are many games from which to choose.  

Next to the name of each activity there are symbols. The symbols will tell you whether the activity can be played indoors or outdoors (or both), whether it is for a small group or a large group, and what age group it would be appropriate for.  There is even a symbol to tell you if the game is international in its origin.  International games are perfect to help celebrate World Thinking Day or earn badges and patches.

This is a must have book for Girl Scout leaders of all levels.

In this guide, you are told exactly what materials you need so you can easily prepare for your meeting.  Most of the things you will need are already around your house or are inexpensive to buy. Leaders are given clear and concise directions for each game.  In addition, there are drawings for games that need further illustration, and there is even music for those activities that involve scouting songs.

In the back of the book, there is a list of resources for leaders and for children.  The index is divided not only alphabetically, but also using the symbols of who the games are good for.

Games for Girl Scouts is a must-have book for all Girl Scout leaders.  The information and activities in this book will take you through all of your years as you manage your troop.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Craft Idea-Make a New Daisy Troop Shirt Big Half Price Sale at Michael's Craft Stores

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Today only, Michael's Craft Stores have their tee shirts for half price-only $2.00 each! This is the perfect time to create your own troop shirt for field trips and fall meetings.

You can find the shirts here in all colors and sizes.

Monday, July 17, 2017

10 Tips for Starting a Daisy Girl Scout Troop

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Are you a brand new Daisy Girl Scout leader getting ready for her very first troop meeting? Are you feeling a bit nervous about how you are going to handle and prepare for it?
Take a breath! Every single leader has been there before. Even I get butterflies when it is time for my first meeting of the year, because as the girls mature, I have to make sure that our meetings are as girl led as possible (which is hard for me!), as well as ensure that they are all “considerate and caring” as well as “friendly and helpful” to each other. Group dynamics change as girls get older.
As a veteran Girl Scout leader since 2008, I have been there and done that. Here is some advice taken from my own experience, to help you as you establish your very own troop.

10 Tips for Starting a Daisy Girl Scout Troop-A Resource for New Leaders

Picture Created by Hannah Gold in Picmonkey

And when you are done reading this, head over to my blog post, Daisy Meeting Ideas for September to December, which is a guide for your first eight meetings.

1. Relax

Your audience is only 5 or 6 years old. They are much easier to please than a room full of adults. These little girls are very excited to begin their Girl Scout experience, so just about anything you do is going to go over well.
Just be firm and consistent with the rules, and things should be fine.

2. Be Prepared

This motto is one that I live by as a teacher, a leader and as a mother. Even this week, as I prepared for my very first Senior Girl Scout meeting of the year, I made sure that I had extra activities planned in case things take a shorter amount of time than I anticipated.
Have a few Daisy Girl Scout coloring pages or games as back up. When they were younger, my troop loved to play Chinese jump rope, and it is always in my leader bag if we have a few extra minutes before our meeting ends. It also helps get their energy out if you have been sitting around too long, and it makes clean up go faster. The girls want to play!

Games for Girl Scouts should be in every Girl Scout leader's meeting bag
This book is filled with classic game for your troop and it is for all levels. There are games for small groups, large groups, indoor activities and outdoors. too. It is also a resource for international games as well.

3. Create a Kaper Chart

Little girls love to help, and a Girl Scout Kaper chart is a great way to have girls participate in their own meeting.  Give a girl a job or have two girls share one. It teaches them to be “responsible for what I day and do”.
While there are many wonderful Kaper Chart ideas on the internet, keep it simple for your first year. Think about where you want to invest your energy...making a chart that is used for a few minutes at each meeting or planning for each meeting. I love Pinterest...but it is not necessary to get carried away and spend hours and a lot of money on a Kaper Chart.
I have written several blog posts over the years about creating a simple Kaper Chart with inexpensive ready made items. You can find them here...just keep scrolling for each article.

4. Make Sure Each Meeting Has a Routine

School teachers know that routine is a way to give young children a sense of security and to help them stay on task. Young children need to know what to expect next. For example, each meeting should begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law.
Then you do your planned activities. Have a signal for the final five minutes before it is time to clean up. Close your meetings with the Make New Friends song and the Friendship Squeeze (you can find a video tutorial on each in this blog post).
There is no right or wrong way to have a meeting-do what works for your co-leader and you. Just be sure you keep to your schedule so you can complete the activities that you have planned.

5. Have Two Co-Leaders Instead of One

(and make sure your other parents are registered volunteers)
I have seen this time and again on the Girl Scout forums and Facebook groups that I read. There is occasional drama between leaders and co-leaders, and in the end, someone leaves. If you have at least two co-leaders, if someone decides this is not for her or you have some mama drama, your troop can still continue without disruption.
If you think getting parent permission forms on time is difficult, try finding another mom to step up and help you!
An extra co-leader right from the start also makes it easier to delegate tasks and leading meetings. One person can be in charge of field trips, another can be the treasurer, another in charge of buying the craft materials…why have it all of the planning responsibilities on your shoulders?
How to Launch Your Daisy Troop-Tips for new leaders

My book has chapters about how to get organized, launch your troop, and how to keep things going. There are also many useful resources for new leaders to use to help them get on their way to a fun filled year. 

6. Have Girls Bring Their Own Snack

Should Girl Scout meeting have snack time is an issue that comes up on leader forums at least once a month.
I have had different experiences with snack time. When my older daughter was a scout, her leaders requested that one girl bring it in for everybody, as they met directly after school. We had one parent who always forgot, and the leader had to bring it in for the girls. It really wasn’t fair to anybody involved.
That is why I decided that when my troop met after school, girls would bring their own snacks. That way, everyone gets to eat a treat that she likes and I do not have to worry about anybody’s food allergies. I did have a bag of pretzels or a granola bar in my bag because there is usually one child who forgets.
A note about food allergies…if you are meeting in a facility that is not your home, do not permit peanut products as snacks. Many schools and places of worship are peanut-free environments, and parents who have children with food allergies count on those places as being safe for their child.

7. Bring a Camera

My troop has been creating a perpetual Girl Scout scrapbook since their second year of Daisies. It is nice to have some photos of their time together as a troop. These can be shared on a private Shutterfly site or you can use them for your own scrapbooks.
If you decide to print the pictures, save your receipt so you can be reimbursed.

8. Network With Other Daisy Leaders

It is a good idea to attend your monthly Service Unit Meetings. Not only will you get the information you need about what is going on in your local council, you can talk to other leaders on your level. This is how I learned about a few free field trips in my area.
You can also ask Brownie leaders for assistance, as more than likely they were newbies just like you not that long ago. Ask your Service Unit to set time aside for networking at some of your meetings.

9. Don’t Do a Girl Scout Journey Your First Year

Many brand new Daisy leaders do not realize that they do not have to do a Girl Scout Journey until they are Juniors and want to earn the Bronze Award. Before 2008, Daisy Scouts was a one year program for kindergarteners. It was a year based on earning Daisy petals and getting familiar with the Girl Scout Law and Promise.
All that changed with the advent of the Journeys program. You can do it if you want, but my advice would be to wait until the second year and you have earned your Daisy petals. That way you are not trying to do both petals and Journeys at once. Focus on one aspect of the scouting program at a time.

10. You Do Not Have to Sell Cookies

Years ago, selling Girl Scout cookies was only for older girls-Daisies were not permitted to sell them. It gave new leaders a chance to breathe and to get to know how the other aspects of Girl Scout worked.
Now they can.
Selling cookies is an optional activity. I could not imagine selling them my very first year, on top of learning the ropes.
The tips for starting your Daisy Girl Scout troop are meant to help and guide you as you discover the joys of being a leader. Good luck!