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

Photo from Pixabay

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
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.