Friday, October 15, 2021

Host a Girl Scout Friendsgiving and Earn Three Daisy Petals

While we may be in the weeks before Halloween and Girl Scout Founder's Day, it isn't too early to think about thinking about and planning your November meetings.

Girl Scout Daisy Friendsgiving Meeting Ideas
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With Thanksgiving only a month away, this is a good time to think about having a Girl Scout Friendsgiving meeting with your troop. You can these earn up to three Daisy petals while during this meeting

Green Daisy Petal-Use Resources Wisely

Rose Daisy Petal-Make the World a Better Place

Yellow Daisy Petal-Friendly and Helpful

Because every Council has different Covid safety rules about where your can meet and the activities you can do, you might have to tweak some of the ideas here. 

Hosting a Girl Scout Friendsgiving

If you are planning to serve food, you will have to consider the following:
  • Does it need to be individually packaged?
  • Do girls in your troop have dietary restrictions due to allergies or religious beliefs?
  • What will you be serving? Bite sized items or a complete meal?
Whatever you decide to do food-wise, a SignUp Genius is my favorite way to get help, stay organized, and keep everyone in the loop. You can also ask for paper goods and beverages as well on your sign up.

Girl Scout Friendsgiving Crafts for Daisies

Girl Scout Daisy Friendsgiving Meeting Ideas
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Earn the Green Daisy Petal

In order to earn the Green Daisy petal, Use Resources Wisely, you can do a toilet paper tube turkey craft. There are many ways to create one. Here are some images and sites for you to use. 

Earn the Rose Daisy Petal

During your meeting, girls can make Thanksgiving cards to be distributed to a senior citizen facility.

Earn the Yellow Daisy Petal

If you are able to serve Thanksgiving fare, ask families to bring a traditional favorite food that is on their holiday table. Girls can help their parent prepare the dish (helpful) and then share it with the troop (friendly). The girls can also have a chance to speak and explain a bit about the dish that is being served.

Another way for your troop to earn the yellow Daisy petal is to make an edible cornicopia. Get enough supplies for them to make two-one to eat and one to share with someone in their family.

The girls can help clean up, which is helpful, and another way to earn the yellow petal.

What are you doing with your Daisy troop this November?

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

10 Tips for Recruiting Girl Scouts

You are full of enthusiasm to start leading a new troop of Girl Scout Daisies. When you check your roster, there are only two other girls listed besides your daughter. How can you recruit more girls?

Here are 10 tips to help increase your ranks.

1. First of all, relax. Back to school is a busy time for everyone, and parents are working out the logistics of work and activities. Plus, not everyone is gung ho to start a kindergartener on a new activitiy when their chld is adjusting to a new school. You may see your numbers increase as the school year progresses and word gets out that there is a troop available.

10 Tips for Recruiting Girls to Your Girl Scout Troop

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My troop started out with six in kindergarten and we went to twelve by first grade (my maximum number). 

2. Ask the school if they can send around a flyer to knidergarten and/or first grade classes advertising your troop. In all my years as a parent and a teacher, this was something my local Service Unit did every fall. If yours does not, ask if they will.

3. If your school has a parent run Facebook group for each grade level, you can share in that space that you are starting a new troop. No such group? Start one!

4. Do you pick up your child at school? If you are permitted to congregate in the open space, you can talk to other parents about your troop. They may not know one exists so close by.

5. Have your daughter talk about Girl Scouts with her friends. Invite them to a meeting (check you Council rules about bringing a friend).

10 Tips for Recruiting Girls to Your Girl Scout Troop

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6. Post in a local parent Facebook or Nextdoor page about your troop. Remember to include the meeting time and place so people who respond know when and where the meetings take place.

7. Call your Council and make sure your troop is listed in the Service catalog. 

8. Have the parents of girls in your troop reach out to their friends with girls the same age who are eligible to join.

9. Contact your Service Unit Manager and ask for her gudiance. 

10. If you have any local MOMs groups or Parents of Twins groups, see if you can send a flyer or speak at their meeting.

I hope these 10 tips for recruiting Girl Scouts to your troop.

What have you done to add more girls?

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Over 25 Easy Girl Scout Founder’s Day Ideas

On October 31st each year, Girl Scout Founder’s Day is celebrated by troops around the country. Here are some fun and easy ideas for you to do with your troop.

There are three holidays on the Girl Scout calendar each year. Depending on how you look at it, Girl Scout Founder’s Day is either the last one (if you go by the Gregorian calendar) or the first one if you go by the scouting calendar (the new scouting year begins on October 1st).

Either way, this is a fun meeting to have with your troop, no matter what level they are.

25+ Girl Scout Founder's Day Activiites

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Who is Juliette Gordon Low?

Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low is the fearless leader who founded the Girl Scouts of the USA and was born on October 31, 1860.

For a full article full of facts that you can share with your troop, you can read all about Ms. Low here on the GSUSA website.

Easy Girl Scout Founder’s Day Meeting Plans for All Levels

Since starting my Girl Scout leader blog in January of 2010, I have written many blog posts on how my troop celebrated Girl Scout Founder’s Day. I also wrote posts with many other ideas on how you can celebrate with your troop.

In September, I went through each Girl Scout Founder’s Day blog post and updated them. All told, there are over 25 different ways your troop can celebrate during their meeting.

Check out each article and find the plans that will work for your troop!

A Quick and Easy Service Project for World Food Day and Founder’s Day

Celebrating Girl Scout Founder’s Day During a Pandemic (I was hoping not to ever use this one again, but with the Delta variant, some girls cannot meet in person again this year.)

10 Easy to Organize Girl Scout Founder’s Day Meeting Ideas

Friday Freebie Girl Scout Founder’s Day Girl Craft for Daisies and Brownies

Easy Girl Scout Founder’s Day Community Service Project for October 31st

11 Easy Girl Scout Founder’s Day Meeting Ideas

Girl Scout Founder’s Day Ceremonies

How My Junior Troop Celebrate Founder’s Day by Doing the Birthday in a Bag Service Project

Easy Girl Scout Founder’s Day Craft

Girl Scout Founder’s Day Activities for All Levels of Scouts

Easy Girl Scout Founder’s Day Craft

Girl Scout Founder's Day Activities for Daisy Scouts

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What is your troop planning to do for Girl Scout Founder’s Day?