Thursday, October 25, 2018

Earn Daisy Petals With Easy Girl Scout Beading Crafts

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Updated October 2019

Girl Scout beading projects make for easy meetings, especially during the busy upcoming holiday season.  There are many beading crafts available online or in craft stores.
Earn Daisy Petals With Easy Girl Scout Beading Crafts

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This Girl Scout Law beading craft is perfect for Daisies. Be sure to have a few volunteers on hand to help the girls.


Pony Beads

Beading activities for Girl Scouts

Heart Beads


Before the meeting, separate the beads into sandwich bags, one set for each girl. Included in each bag should be the pony beads, the heart beads, and the elastic already cut and knotted. Decide in advance if you are making bracelets or necklaces. 

As the girls bead, have them pick up a color that you call. For example, you can say "Everyone, please hold up a red bead. What does it stand for? Can you give me an example of this?"
For Brownies and Juniors, this craft is a great ice breaker for the first meeting of the year.  Or they could make this necklace as part of being a sister to every Girl Scout when working with a younger Daisy troop.
If your troop is able to do fundraisers, they can make bead bracelets and sell them at craft fairs or to people they know. It is inexpensive to buy beads in bulk packages.  Girls can also make bracelets and necklaces as holiday gifts for friends and family.
Girl Scout Swaps are also fun for girls to do and share with other Girl Scouts. Beads can be used for an assortment of easy to make Swaps.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Girl Scout Daisy Leader Uniform Ideas

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Updated November 2019

Another topic of conversation that frequently comes up in the beginning of the scouting year is what kind of uniform a Girl Scout leader should wear, if she wears one at all. To be honest, I have never worn anything that resembles a uniform. When my girls were younger, I typically came straight from work, with a short pit stop to grab a cup of coffee from home. Wearing anything nice to preschool is just not something I did, as our motto is "dress for mess".  I did not dress sloppy, but nothing nice, like silk pants or a blouse, like I would wear to my elementary school teacher job back in the day.

Easy Girl Scout Leader Uniform Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

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Also, cost is another factor in deciding whether or not you want to purchase anything official from the Girl Scout Shop. The items for adult leaders are quite expensive, at least from my vantage point. During most of my years as a leader, money was incredibly tight for my family. Spending fifty dollars on a navy cardigan was not happening, especially when I could purchase something similar for much less money. If you are looking for something "scouty" to wear on your Girl Scout outings and at your meetings, you might like some of these tee shirts. 

*Please note that these shirts are all customizable! You can change the colors and the wording, as well as the fonts to suit your style. You can even change the style of the shirt and add your troop number. 

*Zazzle frequently has coupon codes to reduce the cost of your shirts.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Create Your Own Free Girl Scout Bingo Cards

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For those of you who have perused through this blog, you might have seen me mention that I am a teacher and have been once since 1987. Teachers spend a lot of their own money out of pocket, and we make do with as many donated and recycled materials as possible. Being an expert in this area made me stretch those dues my troop collected, as we did not sell cookies. 

Create Your Own Free Girl Scout Bingo Cards

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For new leaders and those who need to stretch you dollars as far as possible, I have found a great site for you. You can make your own Bingo cards here at My Free Bingo Cards.

For Daisy leaders, you can make Bingo cards for the Girl Scout Law. You can also make cards for Cookie Season if you decide to sell them.

I have made several different sets for my Hebrew School classes. I run them off on colored cardstock and store them in a plastic Ziplock bag. I have Bingo chips that I use as markers so the cards can be used again and again. You can make the cards as easy or as difficult as you want. Make sure you run off the calling page and the words that you have used.

You can play this game as a time filler with one child or as teams (sisterhood!). You do not have to give out a prize...I do not. It is just a fun thing to do during a meeting!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to Earn The Daisy Girl Scout Blue Promise Center

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One the first things you will do as a Girl Scout leader is to help your troop earn the Daisy Girl Scout blue promise center. During your first year of Daisies, you will be doing activities with your girls so they can earn every petal for their uniform.

How to Earn The Daisy Girl Scout Blue Promise Center-A Step by Step Guide

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When working on earning the blue promise center, or any other Daisy petal, you must always remember that you are working with girls who are between five and seven years old. They are in kindergarten and in first grade, and most of them will not be able to sit still for long periods of time, nor can most of them read. Whatever activities you choose to do should be engaging and extremely concrete and hands on.

Before you hold your meeting, you should get the following materials:

  • Pony beads in every color of the Daisy petals
  • The book A Promise is a Promise by Robert Munsch
How to Earn the Girl Scout Daisy Blue Promise Center

How to Run the Meeting 

Earning the Daisy blue promise center should come right after your very first Daisy Girl Scout meeting. After saying the Pledge of Allegiance and saying the Girl Scout Promise and Law, have your troop sit on the carpet in a circle. Ask them what a “promise” is. After soliciting a few answers, then ask them how it makes them feel when someone breaks a promise to them.
Tie what they say into what they, as Daisy Girl Scouts, choose to promise:
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
They are promising to live by the Girl Scout Law, which always follows the promise:
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Tell the girls that each week, they will be doing activities that tie into one or more of these laws. As soon as they complete an activity, they will earn a Daisy petal, and at the end of the year, they will have the entire flower sewn onto their vest or tunic.
In order to earn the petals, they must first earn the blue Daisy promise center, and that is what they will be doing today
Next, read the book A Promise is a Promise by Robert Munsch. He is a beloved author of children’s books and the girls are almost all likely to be familiar with him.
When the story is over, have the girls go to the table and help them bead their bracelets. Make sure they use each color of the Daisy petal, so it is complete. They can make patterns or string them on randomly. 
Early finishers can do a Daisy coloring sheet so the others can finish their bracelets without being disturbed.
Girl Scout Daisy Petal Set

Save a trip to the Girl Scout Shop!
These petals and many other Girl Scout Daisy items are 

When I led my Daisy troop, I bought the petal set like this one for every girl from the dues I collected and gave each parent the set. I told them what to iron on at the end of each meeting. By doing it this way, you are no longer responsible for this task. If a petal is lost, a parent needs to purchase a new one on her own time and on her own dime.
Once you have earned the Daisy blue promise center, you can earn the petals in any order that you choose.

What have you done to earn the Girl Scout Daisy blue Promise Center?