Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Girl Scout Daisy Start Up Kit for New Leaders

Are you a brand new Girl Scout Daisy leader or know someone who is? My Girl Scout Daisy Start Up Kit is just what she needs to get ready for her first meeting.

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Summer time has always been a down time for me with my real world jobs and an up time for my onine writing. I am fortuante enough to work in a profession that is family friendly. It is also writer friendly as well. With my older daughter grown and flown and my younger two busy with jobs, college, and cosemtology school, I have more quiet time to myself. I especially enjoy my mornings writing in my shady backyard, or when the weather is not cooperative, writing in my sunroom.

This quiet time has given me the opportunity to work on my newest venture, my Teachers Pay Teachers store, Leadership Made Simple.

Girl Scout Daisy Leader Start Up Kit
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Starting Something New

I felt like a brand new blogger all over again as I learned the ropes of Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT). When I launched my Girl Scout Leader blog in January of 2010, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. It was only over time that I learned. And when I migrated the blog from Blogger to Wordpress, it was once again starting over.

This past December, I started watching one YouTube video after another on how TpT works, taking notes in my sprial notebook, and then trying out what I saw on my laptop over and over again. Trust me, it was frustrating, especially the technical aspects of Google Slides and learning how to "flatten" a product. As a preschool teacher, technology is not a part of my classroom. In my role as a Hebrew School teacher, we had limited technology use before Covid hit. It wasn't until March 2020 that we were forced to be experts.

Girl Scout Daisy Leader Start Up Kit

Because leaders were meeting virtually, I developed a "Would You Rather" game that they could use that way. In addition, I created a free World Thinking Day Planner for their personal use and a Word Search that could be put in meeting bags with other materials.

I cannot tell you how long it took me to figuure all of that out.

I am incredibly grateful to all of the TpT YouTubers who taught me how to open up my shop, create a product, and then upload it. Without them, there would be no shop!

The Genesis of the Girl Scout Daisy Start Up Kit

We all get comfortable doing things we know how to do. I have been teaching since 1987, and I can walk into any classroom and teach a lesson. It is second nature to me. I led my daughter's troop for 13 years, so if I was going to start a new Kindergarten Daisy troop this fall, I could do it.

Girl Scout Daisy Leader Start Up Kit

And as I just decribed in the previous paragraphs, I needed to learn a whole new skill set to start my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I had plenty of help from other Teacher/Authors who have videos and blog posts and materials on TpT for me to download. By no means am I am expert yet! There is still so much to learn and I am happy to master each aspect of TpT one product at a time.

Being a TpT newbie taught me how important it is to have a hand up and step-by-step guides to get started, especially to someone who had not taught with all of this new technology. It made me think about all the new leaders who will be joining the ranks this summer and fall. What is out there to guide them?

The Girl Scout Daisy Start Up Kit is Born

It took me a long time to create the Girl Scout Daisy Starter Kit, and not just beacause of the technology! I would create, edit, and then add more content. I would put it aside for a few days, and look at it again with fresh eyes and a refreshed brain. I added more content. Finally it was finished!

What is in the Girl Scout Daisy Start Up Kit?

This Girl Scout Daisy Leader Start Up Kit has everything you need to prepare for your first meeting with your troop. There are 17 pages to help you get everything together before you meet with your girls.

Girl Scout Daisy Leader Start Up Kit-Name Tags

Included in this kit:

Preparation Before Your First Meeting Materials

First Daisy Meeting Checklist

Meeting With Your Co-Leader Checklist

10 Essential New Leader Tips

An Easy to Follow Meeting Routine

PLUS

A start to finish plan for your very first Girl Scout Daisy meeting that includes:

Name tags

Three Getting to Know You Games

Two craft choices

Craft templates

Materials list

BONUS Coloring Page

You can purchase your own Girl Scout Daisy Start Up Kit here.

TpT is having their sitewide Back to School sale next week. Follow me, make a Wish List, and get ready to buy at a discount!

What do you wish you had or you knew as a new Daisy leader?

Sunday, May 30, 2021

30 Fun Ideas for an Olympic Themed Daisy Meeting

This summer we will finally have a return to normalcy. Included in this return are the summer Olympics that will be hosted in Tokyo, Japan. Delayed due to the pandemic, these athletes have had to train longer and harder that their counterparts from previous years.

Whether you are winding down for the summer or have plans for outdoor gatherings, I wrote a post on my main Girl Scout blog that can help you celebrate the summer games.

30 Girl Scout Olympics Meeting Ideas

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Come on over and read "30 Fun Ideas for an Olympic Themed Girl Scout Meeting". You will find 30 ideas-outdoor games, snacks and more-related to the Olympics.


Friday, May 7, 2021

Where to Find Adorable First Year Daisy Certificates

It is the end of scouting season for many Girl Scout Daisy leaders. For those who are completing year one, here is a first year Daisy certificate that you can hand out at your end of the year celebration.


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Congratulations on completing your first year as a Daisy leader! And what a time to start your leadership role-during a world-wide pandemic!

You made it and so did your troop. While some of you are deciding to meet over the summer, I chose not to do that. I carried the load by myself all year, and my teacher brain and school calendar dictated that summer time is my time to rejuvinate. The only time my troop ever met in the summer was when they were Girl Scout Seniors who needed to complete a journey.

This is a non-bridging year for your troop. If you are planning a last Court of Awards or a simple fun last meeting of the year (that is what I did-a field trip or an easy craft and food), you can give your girls a certificate that shows they complete their first year of Girl Scout Daisies.


Where to FInd Adorable First Year Daisy Certificates

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The certificate can be put in their Girl Scout scrapbook or hung in their room.


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Are you having an end of the year celebration?


Friday, April 16, 2021

7 Places to Find Free Printable Girl Scout Daisy Bridging Certificates

It's that time of year when your Girl Scout Daisy troop is soon going to bridge to Girl Scout Brownies! It is an exciting time for all of you. To commemorate this auspicious occasion, here are seven places where you can find free printable Girl Scout Bridging Certificates.

For those of you who are starting to plan your Girl Scout Daisy Bridging Ceremony, you may be considering giving the girls something as they cross over the "bridge". Many leaders like to give girls some kind of certificate, which makes the event look so much more grown up and official. 

7 Cute and Free Printable Girl Scout Daisy to Brownie Bridging Certificates

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There are several free online Girl Scout bridging certificates that you can pring. If you do not want to use your own ink, print one original and take it to your local Staples or Office Max to print. Save the receipt so you can be reimbursed.

You can find free printable Girl Scout bridging certificates at these websites:

Free Printable Certificates

Service Unit 701 Files

Girl Scout Printables

Mighty Girls Rock (must join her Facebook group to print)

My Fashionable Designs

Girl Scouts Carolina Peaks to Piedmont (you can prit one, white out or cover their council name, and just leave "Girl Scouts" on your certificate.)

Teachers Pay Teachers

Are you planning on giving out free printable Girl Scout bridging certificates to your troop?

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 

Stapler

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?