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

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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

By North Charleston from North Charleston, SC, United States [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


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.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Daisy Petal Earrings for Girls

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Do you have a Daisy Scout in your life that has pierced ears? The here is a wonderful gift that she can proudly wear to meetings. 


Gift for Daisy Girl Scouts-1.31 CT. T.W. Children's Multi Color Flower Cubic Zirconia Earrings In Sterling Silver


These earrings are 1.31 Total Weight multi-color flowers in Cubic Zirconia in Sterling Silver. They are the perfect size for little ears and will match a variety of outfits. You can buy them at Target or Kohl's.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Daisy Girl Scout Troop Gift Idea Mouse Scouts

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If you are a troop leader in need of a gift for your troop, here is another great idea that does not cost a lot when the price is split with your co-leader. It is a book from the series Mouse Scouts.

Written by Sarah Dillard, these books share the adventures of a Mouse Scout troop as they earn badges and learn lessons.  Here are the titles in the series.



This Mouse Scout book will make a great gift for your Daisy Scouts



Mouse Scouts is a book series that is perfect for Daisy Girl Scouts and makes a great gift



Mouse Scouts is a great series of books for Daisy Scouts and leaders can give this as a gift for the holiday season




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cyber Sale on Zazzle 65% off Girl Scout Stickers Today Only Great for Scrapbooking and Crafts

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If you are a Girl Scout leader who scrapbooks with her troop, here is a once a year deal that cannot be missed. Zazzle has sheets of Girl Scout stickers for 65% off! That is way less than half price!

Here are just some of the selections from which to choose. There are many more available. You can also order many of them in different shapes like stars or hearts, not just the circle you see on this page. Please read each description carefully for the size of the sticker and how many come per sheet, as each one is different.



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.

Monday, September 25, 2017

More Easy Girl Scout Founder's Day Crafts for Daisy Scouts

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Whether this is your first year as a leader or your second, Founder's Day kind of sneaks up on you with the busy-ness of back to school and back to troop. If you are into Halloween, your mind gets focused on that and the next thing you know, it is almost time for this important Girl Scout holiday and you have a meeting to plan!


Easy Flower Pot Founder's Day Craft for Daisy Scouts

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Here are two easy craft kits that your troop can use to celebrate Girl Scout Founder's Day. A Daisy can give the item away to be Considerate and Caring or Friendly and Helpful. It can also be given as part of the Birthday in a Bag service project, like a little gift, or just given away as a gift itself.


Decorate Paper Mache flower pots and fill with candy or travel sized items for an easy Girl Scout Founder's Day Craft

Pictured above is a set of 12 durable paper mache flower pots that can be decorated with markers, paint, buttons, ribbon, stickers and rhinestones. They are 4" high and the top has an opening of 3.15" in diameter. If you use a liner, you can plant seeds in this. For a service project, you can fill these with wrapped candies or travel size lotion, soap and hair products. I bet if you ask around, parents, grandparents and friends probably have these in their homes from previous hotel stays.


Paint a ceramic flower pot for Girl Scout Founder's Day


If you are looking for something to paint, then this set of 12 ceramic flower pots will work. They are smaller than the paper mache pots and measure 2-7/8" in height x 2-3/4" in diameter. These would only fit some small candy or you can plant daisy seeds in soil. 

Both of these crafts are easy to do and will make your Founder's Day meeting go more smoothly.




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
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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.