While I do not believe the older girls need a certificate for every badge, I do think that the Daisy girls really enjoy being able to place it on their fridge at home. Creating my own was not going to happen, but I found the ones below on a board. They come as is, I just work around the place that says (girls name). I don’t know who the original designer was, that information was not posted so I cannot give credit. I hope you find these helpful in your coming year with the Daisys. Remember, that the girls do not have a set number of requirements to earn a Petal. The most important thing is that they understand the concept and can put it into practice. That means that some Petals will be harder for them to earn than others.
Being friendly to each other at meetings just makes Girl Scouts more fun. Being helpful means that you are not doing all the work. This Petal can be implemented in every meeting as girls get to know each other and interact in games and craft time. They will use those skills when they sell cookies and do service projects for other people.
Not only should they be a sister to every Girl Scout in their Troop, but those who are in the same service unit or Council. Getting together with other girls, or sending letters to Troops who live far away can also encourage this spirit. On yahoo there is even a postcard exchange every year leading up to Thinking Day.
The holidays are a great opportunity to show how considerate and caring the girls can be. Service shows caring and being thankful for what they receive shows consideration. Have a tea party and teach the girls proper manners. Girls love music and this CD is a great way for them to learn manners for your party.
RED Courage is being afraid and forging ahead anyways. What takes courage for 1 girl may be second hand to another. Find a variety of things the girls can do so that you tailor this Petal to each individual. If you have picky eaters, try a cheese platter at your next meeting. Shy girls can be challenged by saying thank you to a guest speaker. Being strong is about physical, emotional and metal strength. Learning how to keep your body healthy, knowing how to handle relationships and doing well in school are all important in an overall healthy lifestyle.
How can a little girl make the world a better place? One step at a time. Doing all the other Petals teaches the girls they are not alone in the world and that others must be considered as well. Learning to give service, planting a garden, picking up litter and sometimes just giving love and friendship all make the world they live in a better place for everyone else.
At this age the girls are really learning how to take better care of themselves. Not only in personal hygiene like brushing their teeth, but exercise and healthy food. They are also experiencing at school the concept that others have personal space and property. It is not uncommon for girls this age to forget that they need to treat others the same way they want to be treated. Respecting themselves and others is one Petal that may take a few months to really get down.
Give your girls tasks to do at the meeting, we call them KAPERS. Every Troop will have different jobs they need done, the important thing is that all girls are given a turn and expected to do them well. You can also send home a chore chart. Make it simple, ask the parents to come up with 3 things their daughter can/must do at home and sign when the jobs are done. Another option is to send home a Friend Bag. We use a Brownie Elf doll, but you can use whatever doll or stuffed animal you want. Place it in a reusable bag with a notebook. The girl spends the week with her new friend and writes or draws about what they did in the notebook. She must bring it back the next meeting so someone else has a turn. Girls can also volunteer to bring items to a meeting such as snacks or something needed for crafts. There are many opportunities for girls to be responsible for what they say and do.
Respecting authority comes pretty easy at this age, most have not yet learned to have an attitude with adults. Let them get to know those in authority beyond their family and school. Visits to the fire station and police department can be fun and the girls realize that those people are there to help them when they are in trouble.
Adults have a difficult time agreeing on what is honest and fair, ao how can we expect 5 and 6 year olds to get it? We have to break it down into small parts of every day life. For example, hand out a snack and don’t give 1 girl any of it. (It is usually best if you warn her in advance but tell her to act surprised or hurt) Fair is not always giving everybody the same thing, but giving everyone the same chance, so be sure to talk about it when you play a game that has winners and losers.
Learn to recycle items into crafts is a great way to re resourceful. It is never too early for the girls to learn about money and how much what they need and want costs. Don’t get too bogged down with specifics, but they certainly need to know when their account is too low to pay for a game of bowling. What can they come up with that would be free, like a hike in the park, or flying kits.
This form is the simplest for keeping track of which Petals a girl has earned. You can either have the girls color in the Petals as you go, or you can write the names in. With the new financial leaves I just drew 4 on
So what if you have a girl who already earned a Petal, or even all of them? You have 2 choices, let it go unrecognized when the other girls receive theirs, or reward her for her extra effort in living the Law. I use pony beads with my girls. I have a beads in the same colors as the Petals and will give one of those for the back of their uniform. If they earn all of them, mom can even sew them in the same of another flower. Or they can trip the bottom of her apron. Since they are unofficial they should not be placed on the front. I believe that while missing 1 Petal is not a big deal, if a girl goes the entire year without receiving an award, it can be disheartening on a little 5 or 6 year old. Ultimately you know your girls and need to decide what is best for them, and don’t let anyone else dissuade you from that course.