Tuesday, April 13, 2021

How to Earn Rosie, the Rose Daisy Petal, Make the World a Better Place While Being Socially Distant

Troops are once again able to meet in person. Here is how to earn Rosie, the Rose Daisy petal, while being socially distant and celebrate Earth Day and spring.

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It has been quite a year. Zoom fatigued set in long ago, and Daisy leaders, in my opinion, have been hit the hardest. As a first grade teacher myself, I know firsthand the difficulties of maintaining a young child's attention over a computer screen. Preparing for activities takes longer and you wonder if you are making a difference and what is "sticking". From my 34 years as an educator, I know that this has been the most challenging year in my decades in the classroom.

How to Earn the Rose Daisy Petal Outdoors

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I was so excited to go back to school and be with my kids in person! Daisy leaders, many Councils are now permitting socially distant troop meeting and I know that you are excited to go back to being with your girls.

Here is a socially distant meeting plan for earning Rosie, the Rose Daisy petal, make the world a better place.

How to Earn the Rose Daisy Petal and Remain Socially Distant

One of the best ways for the girls to stay dry and not be on top of one another is to have them sit on a plastic table cover 6 feet apart. You can reuse this by writing the name of each girl in Sharpie. This way you are using resources wisely and saving precious troop funds.

This pack of table covers is easy on your troop bank account and comes in a 12 pack. It costs the same as The Dollar Store.

How to Earn the Rose Daisy Petal Socially Distant 

Materials for Earning the Rose Daisy Petal 

Miss Rumphius Book (one of my all time favorites)

Miss Rumphius to Earn the Rose Daisy Petal

Seed Ball Matrix

This makes over 100 1/2 inch seed balls. You can make larger ones. 

Make Seed Bombs to Earn the Rose Daisy Petal

Seed Ball Clay Powder

Earn the Rose Daisy Petal by making seed balls

Lupine Seeds

This is a package of 500 lupine seeds. Miss Rumphius would approve!

Lupine seeds to earn the Rose Daisy petal

Cellophane Bags 

The extra bags can be used for crafts or service projects for a future meeting. This is a package of 50 bags.

Earn the Rose Daisy petal by making seed balls

Disposable Gloves (for girls who may not want to touch the dirt)

This is a package of 50.

Keep hands clean with these disposable gloves for kids

Hand Sanitizing Wipes 

Dinner Size Foam Plates 


Pre-Meeting Prep Work

Make individual plastic bags of seed bomb clay and powder mixture for each girl, as they should not be sharing anything. Place seeds in a separate sandwich sized baggie. You can find an easy seed bomb recipe here.

Make kits for each girl containing a plate, plastic gloves, soil/clay mixture and seeds. Type out directions on how to use them and place in each kit.

Make a few seed balls for the girls to see. An example is best for all learners, especially visual ones.

Meeting Plan for Earning Rosie, the Rose Daisy Petal, Make the World a Better Place

After doing the Pledge of Allegiance, Girl Scout Pledge, and Girl Scout Law, ask the girls what kinds of things they can do to make the world a better place. You can be specific and ask what they can do make the EARTH a better place.

How to Earn the Rose Daisy Petal Outdoors

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Discuss the answers and then read Miss Rumphius, aka, the Lupine Lady. If you want to ask questions about the book, here is a great list to guide you. Please remember to not overdo it!

Demonstrate to each girl how to make a seed ball. 

Pass out individual kits. After the gloves are on, have the girls make seed balls and when all are made, place them in the cellophane bag and staple them shut with the planting directions.

If you have time, do some non-contact relay races or other game to get the wiggles out. Freeze dance, Simon Says (or Juliette Says), or charades are fun and easy games for your troop to play.

What are you doing to earn the Rosie, the Rose Daisy petal?

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Ultimate 2021 Guide for Bridging from Girl Scout Daisy to Girl Scout Brownie

Bridging from Daisies to Brownies is an important Girl Scout milestone. This year more than ever, it needs to be recognized in a safe and big way.

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Daisy leaders, take a bow. You not only survived learning how to lead a troop, this past year, you did it during a worldwide pandemic. Planning a Daisy to Brownie bridging ceremony is going to be a walk in the park compared to what you have been through this past year.

The 2021 Guide for Girl Scout Daisy to Brownie Bridging Ceremony

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For many of you, this is your first Girl Scout bridging ceremony to plan. Planning one during a pandemic is going to be different than one planned during normal times. There are safety guidelines that need to be met and some are Council specific. Check with your local Council for guidelines and read this Girl Scout Bridging 2021 Guide on my main Girl Scout blog to see how you can start planning with safety in mind.

A Word About Buying Uniforms

I have never been a fan of leaders buying uniforms for their troops unless the troop is in a disadvantaged socio-economic area and this is the only way for the girls to afford a uniform. Over the years I have said this many times, parents need to have skin in the game. They buy cleats and other equipment for sports and shoes and leotards for dance and cheer. Why do Girl Scout leaders feel the need for the troop to pay for uniforms?

In my troop, I had one Daisy bridge and not sign up in the fall. Her parents bought her the vest and badges, so my troop was not out of the funds. Over the years, my troop of twelve has slimmed down to two. Never have I paid for any part of a uniform during a bridging year. We would have been out the funds if the troop did pay. People do not value free.

It is also more work for you to get the correct sizes (and that means contacting and contacting and contacting some parents) so they can be ordered. While you can buy most of your Girl Scout Brownie uniform online at Boscov's, it is one more thing for you to do. 

I had my parents buy the vest/sash, flag, numerals and Council ID set. They gave it to me prior to the bridging ceremony.

Girl Scout Daisy to Brownie Bridging Ceremony Resources for Leaders

Here are some useful links to help guide plan your Daisy to Brownie Bridging ceremony.

There are two steps that Daisy Scouts need to do before bridging to Brownies. Both steps are fairly easy to complete. Start reaching out to sister troops now so you can fulfill these requirements.

Girl Scout Bridging Guide from North-Central Alabama

Here is a guide for leaders no matter where you reside.

This one is a bit long, but you can condense it to make it work for your troop.

Scroll to page 15 to find the Daisy to Brownie guide. 

Check out the images to find a poem that you want to read.

This post has been updated and all links are viable as of April 2021. Make sure to print one copy and then take it to Staples or Office Max to run off. Save your receipt to get reimbursed. There is no sense using up all of your own ink!

It is nice to give a little gift to your girls. I gave mine a box of Brownie Mix. This label did not exist then, but if it did, I would have used it!

You can also go onto YouTube and see what others have done so you can be inspired. Remember to look at how long each video is...then reassure yourself that you've got this!

Girl Scout Bridging Decorating Ideas

I am a big believer in the adage "less is more". You do not have to go crazy with the rainbow theme. A few select pieces are all you will need to create the perfect atmosphere. 

Rainbow Table Covering

One simple table covering sets the tone for you tablescape. Because we are in a pandemic, food will not be eaten. You can make pretty goody bags with rainbow goodies for each girl and place them on the table. See this blog post for ideas.

Girl Scout Bridging Table Cover

Planning this year is easier, as there is no menu to plan. Eating in large groups is not safe at this time. 

The most important part about planning the Girl Scout Daisy to Brownie bridging ceremony is the actual ceremony. Keep is short, simple and relevant. Everyone will appreciate the effort you put in.

What are you planning to do for your Girl Scout Daisy to Brownie bridging ceremony?

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Girl Scout Daisy Vinyl Car Decals

Girl Scout Daisy vinyl car decals are a fun way to show your daughter is involved with scouting.

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Whenever I stpped at a traffic light or stuck in traffic, I like to look at the cars around me. You can tell a lot by what kind of bumper stickers or decals the person has on his or her car. Do they like rock music? Are they a dog or a cat lover? How many people are in their family?

Now you can share your daughter's involvement with Girl Scouts with Girl Scout Daisy vinyl car decals. These are discontinued and hard to find, and I was able to find them! 

Girl Scout Daisy Car decal

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You can find these decals and other Girl Scout levels, as well as Troop Moms and Dads, in my Etsy shop! Visit it here.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Girl Scout Week 2021 Activities

Even though many of us are celebrating virtually, your troop can celebrate Girl Scout Week 2021.

One year ago, Girl Scout Week was celebrated in troops across the country just like it always was. Now, in March 2021, it is a bit different.

When is Girl Scout Week 2021?

Girl Scout Sunday (Christian)—Sunday, March 7, 2021
Girl Scout Jummah (Muslim)—Friday, March 12, 2021
Girl Scout Sabbath/Shabbat (Jewish) Friday/Saturday, March 12–13, 2021

Girl Scout Week is an Optional Activity

This year, Girl Scout Week 2021 takes place from March 7th through March 13th.

When a troop celebrates Girl Scout Week, most of the activities are individual. The exception to that is when a girl goes to her place of worship to celebrate to participate in the service. This year, those dates are:

Girl Scout Sunday (Christian)—Sunday, March 7, 2021
Girl Scout Jummah (Muslim)—Friday, March 12, 2021
Girl Scout Sabbath/Shabbat (Jewish) Friday/Saturday, March 12–13, 2021

While it is fun for your girls to celebrate Girl Scout Week, it is an optional activity and always has been. This is because this is an individual thing to do not, not a troop activity led by a leader. The girls in your troop need family support in order to accomplish the daily activity, especially when they are younger.

If a girl opts out of doing this, no need for you to stress. I had girls not participate and they did not get their Girl Scout Week patch from our Council. No lost sleep here.

How to Celebrate Girl Scout Week 2021

Every year around this time, I do research to find you the latest activities that the GSUSA and Councils across the country have put out. This year, there is nothing new, with the exception of the the Girl Scouts Overseas, who have put together a virtual program that you can pay for.

Girl Scout Week 2021 Resources and Activities

I have read through and edited older blog posts so that you have resources at your hand to give to your troop. Just a reminder...ignore the dates on the calendars. It is the list of activities that count.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Free World Thinking Day 2021 Resources for Leaders

Discover free Girl Scout World Thinking Day 2021 resources leaders to make planning your meeting easier.

Girl Scouts have three holidays on the calendar. The second one of the scouting year is called World Thinking Day. It celebrates the sisterhood of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world in over 150 countries!

If you would like to celebrate this holiday with your troop, I have a guide of free resources for you to use, as well as an easy World Thinking Day meeting plan for Girl Scout Daisies.

This year, theme World Thinking Day theme is Peacebuilding.

World Thinking Day 2021 Resources for Leaders

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You can find all of the information you need to plan your meeting on my main Girl Scout blog post, Free World Thinking Day 2021 Resources for Leaders.