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EASTER MEMORY GAME

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The ham leftovers are in the fridge, dyed eggs are peeled, a chocolate bunny is missing it’s ears and the plastic eggs are back in storage.  But wait! Keep those eggs out a little bit longer this year and have some family fun.

Start by splitting all the eggs in half. Depending on the ages and abilities of those playing you can lay out 130 or just 10. They can be organized by color or all mixed up.

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Under each half put an item. Make sure you always have a matching pair. It can be a paper clip, rubber band, coins, Fruit Loops, jelly beans or anything else you can come up with. Those who find a set get to eat what they find.

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A benefit for little ones is the eggs are easier to pick up than the traditional cards. Also the color of the egg helps them to remember which egg had what under it.

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Even teenagers have fun when candy is involved.

Have fun!

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SOW WHAT JOURNEY

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Once again, I follow the LEARN – SEE – DO model for the Journey. We learned about food, saw how it works in our community and did something about it.

OPTION 1

LEARN
We began with pulling out store ads and discussion the prices of food items and where they come from.
How did transporting food add to its cost?
How did processing detract from the nutritional content?
What items do we need to be processed and transported to be enjoyed in our area?
What is companion planting?
Can yo do container planting if you don’t have a garden plot?
Next we discussed gardens and why people have them. Some do it for enjoyment, others for health reasons and still others to save money. So why don’t more people grow them?
You might like this video someone pieced together for the Sow What Journey.
I cannot emphasize this enough, do not just take the word of what you find online when ti comes to modern farming. Recently movies have been made that are interesting, but you always need to gather your own facts. The best way to do this is to visit a farm for yourself. Visit a food warehouse or production plant. See for yourself what modern food techniques are being used.

SEE
Rent a community garden plot for the summer and grow their own garden.
Contact the local Cooperative Extension office and requested an expert gardener come speak to the girls. She can answer any questions and gave them a lot of advice for their first garden.
The girls will learn a lot over the next several months about responsibility (weeding and watering when it was their turn) as well as the frustration of a late summer, early frost and pests.
They could pick whatever was ripe on the day they worked and prepare it in some way for their family.

DO
The end of the summer resulted in a family bbq where the girls prepared food from the garden and talked to the families about the benefits of gardening.
Donate their harvest to the local food bank or a needy family.
Harvest the seeds and share them with others for next year.

OPTION 2

Another direction is to discuss how we need a variety of foods. Because food is easily transported, Americans have a tendency to eat the same foods all the time. Growing season exist so that we eat a large variety of foods at different times of the year.

LEARN
What kids of foods have the girls never tried?
Visit local restaurants with authentic cuisine from other countries.
Have dinner parties to try making their own recipe.
Have an Iron Chef competition.
Learn about the new food guidelines and caloric intake recommendations.
Keep a food journal and discover if you are eating as well as you thought you were. What can you easily do to change your diet?n This site not only allows you to track your food, it monitors calories, nutrition, fat as well as exercise. You set up your program the way you want.
How does activity effect our overall health and our diet?
Have fun with food and try a progressive dinner. Will a local bakery allow you to come in to learn how to bake or decorate cakes?
How do food allergies affect everyone. This includes those without allergies that are limited in what they can bring to school.
Learn alternative ways to make a food that will cater to people with gluten allergies.
What careers are there i the food industry? Careers such as chef, line cook, rancher, farmer, agronomist, teacher, writer, food critic, food taster, food developer, television and photography.
What are common injuries in the kitchen and how do you treat them?
Are there local or state laws that affect privately owned gardens? For example, last year in the news a woman who used the front yard as a garden was told by her city she had to remove it.
What foods work best for hiking, camping or just a long trip?
What are good snacks to make when babysitting?
The Blue Ocean institute offers a brochure that lists seafood that is sustainable. You can email to request the brochure.
I cannot emphasize this enough, do not just take the word of what you find online when ti comes to modern farming. Recently movies have been made that are interesting, but you always need to gather your own facts. The best way to do this is to visit a farm for yourself. Visit a food warehouse or production plant. See for yourself what modern food techniques are being used.

SEE
How hard is it to find a variety of foods in your area?
When areas are hit with a natural disaster, how do they set up a food chain again? Does your local food bank serve fresh food?
What is gleaning and is there a local group you can go out with?
Encourage the next SU Thnking Day have Troops bring foods from the countries they talk about.
Is there a Meals on Wheels program in your area you can volunteer with?
Does your food have an emergency kit with adequate food for the entire family?
Is there a cooking club you can try out?

DO
If you don’t have one of the groups mentioned above, see if you can help get one started. If they already exist, what can yo do to help promote them?
Can you get local stores to stock a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables?
What about getting your own family to change their eating habits and promote the results via the local newspaper.
Create a cookbook and sell it.

AWARDS
All badges require 5 activities and ones related to the Journey can be applied based on how the girls do them. Below are suggestions of other awards activities can be applied to for all levels, not just your Seniors.

DAISY
Courageous and Strong
Responsible for what I Say and Do
Use Resources Wisely
Making Choices
Flower Garden Journey
Between Earth and Sky Journey

BROWNIE
Snacks
First Aid
Computer Expert
My Best Self
Household Elf
Product Designer
Wonder of Wow Journey

JUNIOR
Simple Meals
First Aid
Staying Fit
Gardener
Camper
Independence
Savvy Shopper
Agent of Change Journey

CADETTE
New Cuisines
First Aid
Eating for Beauty
Book Artist
Trailblazing
Babysitter
Night Owl
Netiquette
Comparison Shopping
Media Journey

SENIOR
Behind the Ballot
Locavore
First Aid
Traveler
Women’s Health

AMBASSADOR
Photographer
Public Policy
Dinner Party
First Aid
Water
Your Voice, Your World Journey

ANIMAL BADGES

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ANIMAL  BADGES

I think most girls enjoy animals so this legacy series is very popular to earn. It can be done easily in a multi-level Troop or just on an individual basis at home. Below are some suggestions for earning the various badges.

CRAFTS
Masks or PetPuppetHeads to perform a skit
Glowing firefly from a pop bottle
Coloring Pages

DISCUSSION
Exotic pets are growing in popularity, but should people have them?
How does an animal get into a movie or tv show?
How does one become a service animal?
What are the laws in your state regarding service animals?
What animals are service animals and for whom?
How do you treat a service animal when you see one?
Who has a pet and how do you care for them?
What myths are there about various animals?
What invasive species have been released into your area? What has been the affect on native species?
What is your state animal? (pick just about any animal here because some states have a lot of state species.)
Learn to identify animal tracks
What are common injuries from pets or wild animals? What first aid would you use to treat them?
How do you prevent injuries from wild animals?
Do you have a local pest control board, and what do they do? For example, in my area they spray for mosquitoes every spring because they can become a major health problem around the lake areas due to their number.
What can you do at home to prevent pets and wild animals from making it THEIR new home?
How does the weather effect wild animals? How have natural disasters effected pet owners?
If you have a pet, does your family emergency kit include items they will need?
If there is an emergency, do you have a plan for your family pet?
How have people effected the habitats of local animals?
What animals are extinct or endangered?

FIELD TRIPS
Vet clinics
Zoo
Circus
Preserve
Animal rescue center
Farms
Local fair
Dog show
Pet store
Senior center / Assisted living facility / nursing
Aquarium – some places allow sleepovers.
Visit an airport, how do they deal with birds or other animals around the runway.
A natural history museum. Or even small local museums sometimes have animal exhibits.
Swim with dolphins.
Go snorkeling
GO fishing
Go on a hike and what animals do you see? Try one at night too.
Western University of Veterinary Medicine in Ramona California.

GAMES
Charades with animals
Freeze tag with animals
Crab walk races
Animal Songs

GUEST SPEAKERS
Someone who has a service animal for vets for MS National Association
Some,one from animal control
Someone from a pest service
National Audubon Society – they can put you in touch with someone from your area.

MOVIES
Madagascar 3 – Discuss animal control, zoos, and circus and why they exist and if they are a good thing.
Dreamer – Horse racing, connection to animals
Quill Service animals
Flicka –
Finding Nemo – Sea life in general and the coral reef
Willie the Sparrow – Empathy and wild birds
Free Willie – Facilities like Seaworld
Lassie – Animal intelligence and connection to people
Benji – Homeless animals

SERVICE
Educate others on service animals.
Educate others on what you have learned about caring for animals and myths about animals?
Have an animal adoption day.
Raise food or other needs for a local shelter. Remember, you cannot raise money for another organization.
Visit a nursing home or senior center a pet for the residents.
The Great Backyard Bird Count – the next one is Feb. 15-18, 2013
Make bat boxes
Make butterfly boxes
Plant a butterfly garden
Make a bird house
Make a hummingbird feeder
Make a bird feeder. Could be something permanent or just birdseed on a pine-cone.
Is there a nearby area that had a disaster that could use help caring for their animals which have lost a home or need food?

The Costa Humane Society put together this 40 page PDF that has a lot of really great ideas.

AWARDS

All current badges require 5 activities to earn them If the girls do more than those 5 they can apply them to other badges. You cannot apply the same activity to 2 badges. However, I feel that a true Journey includes earning badges so I do apply an activity done towards a badge to the Journey as well because we do far more than those 5 to finish a Journey. Below are the awards the activities above could be applied to depending on how it is done.

DAISY

Friendly and Helpful Peta
Considerate and Caring Petal
Respect Myself and Others Petal
Make the World a Better Place Petal
Count it Up Leaf
Making Choices Leaf
Three Cheers for Animals Journey

BROWNIES

First Aid
Bugs
Household Elf
Hiker
Pets
Give Back
Philanthropist
Quest Journey
Wow Journey

JUNIORS
First Aid
Gardner
Animal Habitats

CADETTES

First Aid
Trailblazing
Night Owl
Think Big
Sow What Journey
Breath Journey

SENIORS
First Aid
Truth Seeker
voice for Animals

AMBASSADORS

Public Policy
Firs Aid
Water

WEATHER PROGRAM

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WEATHER PROGRAM

PREDICTING THE WEATHER

Many today consider the old sayings about how the weather will be as myth. Consider for a moment, how long we have had modern weather predicting devices. Before farmers had the weather channel, they had to figure out when to plant and when to harvest. Sailors needed to know if they were headed for a storm. Travelers needed to know when to look for shelter. They did it by looking towards the sky for natural signs which are a result of scientific factors like atmospheric pressure and the moisture content.

LOW AIR PRESSURE – When the atmospheric pressure is decreasing bad weather is headed your way. Using an altimeter while staying at the same contour allows you to see if it is changing. If you don’t’ have one handy watch the insects and birds. If they are flying low to the ground it is a good sign the pressure is dropping.

STILL AIR – When air has been still for a long time, a frontal system may be bringing bad weather. If you have even been outside before a snow storm, you will know what I mean. It just seems a bit TOO calm.

CARONA – When there is a ring around the sun or moon bad weather should arrive within 12 to 24 hours. The ring is a result of tiny ice particles high in a cirrus cloud that are bending the light to form the ring.

OLD SAYINGS – Expressions were used to teach people how to predict the weather. We all remember nursery rhymes for the same reason.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor’s take warning. This is a pretty accurate prediction as long as the prevailing winds are westerly.

Another old saying which deals with low pressure regions goes like this.
When the wind is blowing in the North
No fisherman should set forth,
When the wind is blowing in the East,
‘Tis not fit for man nor beast,
When the wind is blowing in the South
It brings the food over the fish’s mouth,
When the wind is blowing in the West,
That is when the fishing’s best!

While a high pressure area might say
No weather is ill, if the wind be still.

A carona is explained by
When halo rings the moon or sun, rain’s approaching on the run

While a seagull sitting on the sand indicates windy seas.
Moisture causes wood to swell resulting in the following problem.
When windows won’t open, and the salt clogs the shaker,
The weather will favour the umbrella maker!

Did you know cows prefer to have the wind blowing int heir face? Knowing the direction of the wind predicts storms.
A cow with its tail to the West makes the weather best,
A cow with its tail to the East makes the weather least

For air to be cool enough in the summer to produce fog the next day should be clear.
A summer fog for fair,
A winter fog for rain.
A fact most everywhere,
In valley or on plain.

This saying is true in the summer months, but not int he winter.
When sounds travel far and wide,
A stormy day will betide.

And some sayings are pure myths.
If clouds move against the wind, rain will follow. or
Cats and dogs eat grass before a rain.

Modern studies have shown a correlation to our bodies and the weather so don’t discount your Great Aunt Bea when she says her back says a storm is coming.
A coming storm your shooting corns presage,
And aches will throb, your hollow tooth will rage.

CLOUDS

CIRRUS CIRROCUMULUS – Whispy clouds that are high in the sky often occur in good weather. As they gather together and thicken bad weather is coming witin 24 to 48 hours.

CUMULONIMBUS – when whispy cumulus clouds darken as they grow vertically forming an anvil shape rain is likely to occur. You can often see these clouds in the distance in flat land areas.

CUMULUS – thin and white, they look like cotton balls. When there has been little vertical growth, fair weather can be expected.

STRATUS CLOUDS – Shallow, long and gray, clouds bring drizzly gray weather and are usually close to ground. This is bad weather for hikers and campers as the rain usually sticks around for several days.

CRAFT

1. Use cotton balls to form various clouds on a piece of paper. Integrate it into regular craft projects such as a hand print Mayflower.
2. Make a rain gauge.

GAME

1 Place a ping pong ball on the table or floor. Girls must blow through a straw to get the ball to cross the finish line.
2. Blow up a balloon and place it on the ground. Girls must use a fan to push it across the finish line. TO make it even harder, create a course the balloon must follow.

SCIENCE

1. Forecast the weather by sight.
2. Boil water and then pour into a jar and close the lid tight. You will see condensation forming on the jar similar to the way water evaporates to form clouds.
3. Use a microscope to look at snowflakes.
4. Create layers of substrate. (dirt, sand and rock layers in a 2 liter bottle) Sprinkle a little water on the topsoil and see what happens. Slowly increase the amount of water until the soil cannot absorb it anymore and you have a flood. How long does it take to finally be absorbed? What does this tell you about flooding?
5. Keep a weather log: Read the newspaper for/watch weather channel a week. Was either one accurate? With what you have learned about watching for the weather, predict what you think will happen and what does happen. Which method was the most accurate?
6. Use an altimeter. Don’t have one? There is an app for it.
7. Get various fabrics wet and see how long it takes each of them to dry.
8. Cover your hand with a fabric and grab a piece of ice. Does your hand get cold or wet?
9. Have a clothing judging contest. Lay various fabrics on the table and girls have to write down the name of the fabric, what it is good and bad for and what items of clothing ti should be used for.
10. Bring in a bunch of clothes and have the girls figure out what to wear for a given weather scenario. Do a fashion show at the end.
11. Create your own lightning by making static electricity.
12. Make a tornado from soda bottles, you only need to buy a connector.
13. make lightning.
14. Make a barometer.
15. Make a cloud.
16. What can air pressure do?
17. Show conduction.
18. Make convection currents.
19. Show the water cycle.
20. What does lower air pressure do by sucking an egg into a bottle.

FIELD TRIP
1. Visit a local television station and talk to the meteorologist or have her come to a meeting.
2. If it is a cloudy day, lay outside and see what shapes you can find in the clouds.
3. After a good thunderstorm, go outside and use your senses. What do you see, smell and hear?
4. Enjoy the weather! Go skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, have a snowman contest, go swimming or fishing.
5. Go fly a kits.

EMERGENCY

1. What would you do in a weather emergency?
2. What common injuries occur due to bad weather? How would you treat them?

EFFECTS
1. How does the weather affect people where you live? How has it recently affected others around the country? Can you do a service project for them?
2. How does the weather effect insects, animals and plants? For example, a cold winter means fewer mosquitoes in the spring but it also means animals may be hungry and come into the suburbs looking for food. What animals sense when an earthquake is coming?
3. How do you prevent frostbite? This chart not only provides temperatures based on windchill, it tells you how long it takes to develop frostbite.
4. How do you dress for different types of weather?
5. How much water should you have when it is hot?
6. How does weather effect needy families and the homeless?
7. Know what CLOTHES you need to be wearing.

SERVICE
1. Do a coat drive.
2. Do a blanket/sock/shoe/coat drive for the homeless.
3. Work in a soup kitchen.
4. Help Girl Scouts in an area where there was a weather emergency such as a flood.

BADGES
These are possible badges that activities regarding weather could be applied to. Which one works best for you will depend on the activity you decide to do.

DAISY
Friendly and Helpful
Responsible for What I say and Do
Three Cheers for Animals Journey

BROWNIES:
First Aid
Bugs
Home Scientist
Senses
Hiker
Pets
Quest Journey
WOW Journey
Safety Award

JUNIORS:
First Aid
Flowers
Gardner
Animal Habitats
Camper
Get Moving Journey
Safety Award

CADETTES:
First Aid
Good Sportsmanship
Trees
Trail Blazing
Babysitting
Safety Award

SENIORS:
Cross Training
First Aid
Sky
Adventurer
Traveler
Voice for Animals
Sow What Journey
Safety Award

AMBASSADORS:
Coaching
First Aid
Water
Safety Award

DAISY JOURNEY: THREE CHEERS FOR ANIMALS

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Girls learn about different animals, how caring for animals links with caring for themselves, make a lot of crafts inspired by nature but showing diversity among individuals, and do a take-action project that educates the community about an animal related issue.

Speaking purely for my girls, I found that i have to change an awful lot of the Journeys to make them something my girls enjoy doing. Add in that we are a multilevel Troop and I have to tweak them even more. I find that doing activities the other levels can use for badges make sit even out pretty smoothly. If you too have a more than 1 level, at the bottom I will make notes of the badges that go well with this Journey.

I condensed the entire idea of the Journey into a 3 step process. LEARN-SEE-DO The first step is to learn about animals. The second step is to see what is going on with animals in your local area. The final step is to do something for or with animals in your area. This is your take Action project.

LEARNBirdbath Award – Daisies learn to care for animals and for themselves

Movies can be a fun family night and still be working towards your Journey awards. For example, Black Beauty can deal with animal treatment, while Dreamer connects people to animals. Madagascar 3 can lead into a discussion of zoos versus a circus and wildlife preserves.

Animal masks are a great way to play out a story or things the girls have learned about animals. If the girls create or find a skit they enjoy, let them play it for their parents at the next award ceremony. You can use paper plates and simply offer a bunch of items such as yarn, paper and glue and let the girls go crazy. or if your girls prefer an organized craft there are a few sites that offer some great ideas. A dancing bee mask ANIMAL MASKS

Maybe the girls would prefer to make puppets. You can do the classic style of putting images on a paper bag, using an old sock or even coloring a picture and glue it to a paint stir stick.

The AUDUBON SOCIETYy might have a local chapter that could come speak to the Troop.

Nothing beats visiting with real animals. There are lots of places to see them no matter where you live, you just have to plan ahead. Farms, shelters, circus, preserves and vet clinics are all obvious choices. But do you have an animal that passes through your area at a certain time of year? For example, the Monarch Butterfly has an established migrating route, as do whales and eagles. Visiting the local fair the girls can learn a lot from the 4H and FFA kids who are showing their animals. If it is too late for that, contact your local FFA or 4H office and see if a local member will invite them to their farm. Speaking of farms, don’t get bogged down with the idea of a simple dairy farm. Ask about cattle ranchers, sheep ranches and even a llama farm. The local aquarium can not only office a lot of information, many offer overnight programs where the girls sleep with the fish. Find out if someone who trains or uses a service animal will come to a meeting.

Local Library – National Geographic Explorer or Zoobooks and Micawber or Cat Rules and Dogs Drool flip book

SEERed Robin Award – Daisies use their new knowledge and creativity to teach others how to care for animals

Some of your girls probably already have pets of their own. Do a show and tell and have them describe their animal and what they do to take care of it. If your meeting place allows, bring the actual pet. If not, photographs can suffice.

After visiting the local dairy, try your hand at making butter or homemade ice cream.

What kind of injuries might you get from these animals and how would you treat them? How would you treat an injured animal?

How do we take care of ourselves in the same ways we take care of animals? horses need shoes, hair needs to be brushed, skin needs to be washed and doctors must be visited. The Crocodile and the Dentist deals with the fears the girls may have of visiting a dentist themselves. What would happen if the girls don’t take care of their teeth? What happens when they don’t take care of their pet’s basic needs?

Bees are absolutely needed for us to survive, are there any local bee keepers they can talk with? What about a local honey plant? Make a snack using honey.Use the opportunity to talk about first aid for bee stings and bug bites. Make a bee from a mustard bottle and coat hanger.

Garden Bee

What kind of wild animals might you see in your area, on a hike or camping? How should you react to them? How would you treat an injury from one? Teach the girls how to identify various animal tracks.

DOTula Award – Daisies gain courage and confidence in teaching others about animal care

At this age it is hard for girls to see what service they can do for animals in their area. As you go through the first 2 steps, be talking to the girls about things they see wrong, would like to change or simply to help with. Then when you are ready to discuss a project, they have something familiar to discuss rather than it suddenly being thrust upon them.

Volunteer at the local animals shelter. Or collect donations of food for them. Hold a pet adoption fair. Arrange for a local 4H dog club to hold a training lesson for the Service Unit. February is dental month for pets, create posters to place around town reminding them to take care of their cat or dog. Volunteer to walk dogs for local senior citizens. Bring in an approved service animal to the local nursing home and plan a day for the residents. Put on a petting zoo at the nearest animal store like PetCo. What kind of seeds can they plant to attract butterflies?

If you have done ay great TAPs for this Journey, please share and inspire others.

Keep in mind that many of your activities can be centered around animals and games are no exception. For example, play freeze tag but you must freeze as an animal. Charades are fun, again making the girls act out an animal. the classic game of memory has an animal version. or play BINGO using animal pictures.

Create a bird feeder. or make an edible nest. Save the netted apple bags and stuff them with items birds can use to build a nest in the string and hang them for a tree in your backyard. Participate in THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT.

POSSIBLE BADGE OPPORTUNITIES – Depending on activities you do and how.

DAISY
Friendly & Helpful Petal
Responsible for What I say and Do Petal
Respect Myself and Others Petal
Use Resources Wisely Petal
Make the World a Better Place Petal

BROWNIE
Bugs
Pets
First Aid

JUNIOR
First Aid
Animal Habitats

CADETTE
First Aid
Animal Helpers
LIA

SENIOR
First Aid
Voice for Animals

AMBASSADOR
First Aid

TYING KNOTS PROGRAM

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If you are going to work on outdoor skills, knots are a great place to start. You can do them any time of the year, or use them when you have to fill in 10 minutes of a meeting. Girls at any level can begin learning knots, and the more they do outdoors, the more they will use them. For our knot program, I purchased cheap rope at the Dollar Store and cut it into lengths 2 to 3 feet long. Burning the ends with a lighter to prevent unraveling. I wanted something that was not going to be rough on the girls’ hands and did not want to spend a lot of rope that was just going to be cut into bits. Because it is so cheap I will let girls take a length home to practice. I also keep chopsticks to use for lashing practice.

There are so many resources online to learn how to tie knots. A google search can find loads of examples, just keep looking till one makes sense to you.

This site also offers apps for your phone so you can download and actually show the girls at a meeting, or they can download onto their own phones.

At meetings the girls work in pairs, allowing them to help each other I find makes it go much faster. I also think 1 night at a time is best so they don’t become confused. It also ensures that they really know it. We do talk about how each knot is used and specifically which ones we will use when camping. I use a CHECKLIST of the knots my girls learn. Once a girl has mastered the knots at her level, she receives a rocker for her vest. I purchase them through Joycrest.

Once the girls have some basic knots down, have a little fun with it. Plus you can use them for various badge requirements

Learn how to make a PARACORD BRACELET for emergencies.

Make a KNOT PERSON, there are differing versions depending on the knots you know how to make.

Make swaps from the different knots you have learned.

Make a knot board with all the knots they learned and give it to the Service Unit so other Troops can learn them as well.

Everyone should know how to TIE A NECKTIE and here are a few videos for various ones.

HANDKERCHIEF DOLLS are an easy, old-fashioned toy.

If you are going to fish, knots are needed for TYING THE LURES.

If you are feeling really industrious try MACRAME.

GAMES

TIE & RUN
Supplies: 15 feet of rope for each team

Everyone is holding onto the rope and at no time can it touch the ground. Only 1 person may let go of the rope at a time. On the signal, the first person ties an overhand knot i the rope by where she is standing. This continues for every player in line. The first team to tie all their knots wins.

SQUARE KNOT RELAY
Supplies: Each player must have 1 yard of rope.

Girls forma circle. Form more than 1 for a competition. On the signal, each player in each circle will hold the rope behind her back. She will tie the RIGHT end of her rope to the LEFT end of the rope being held by the person next to her, using a SQUARE KNOT. When all the ropes are joined forming a complete circle, each person leans her weight on the knot she tied. If it is tied correctly the knot will. If not the girl will fall and they must repair the rope.

ALL KNOTS RELAY
Supplies:2 or more pieces of rope 14″ long. 2 or more bowls/bags with the names of the knots the girls have learned.

The girls form a line and the first person will run up and grab a slip of paper and proceeds to try and tie that knot. If successful according to the judge the paper is thrown away. If unsuccessful it goes back in the bowl for another person. Make sure the knots are not tight or they will be difficult to untie.

SKILL TEST
Supplies: A 12″ piece of rope for each girl.

Place lengths of rope in front of each girl, and they must put their hands behind their back. Call out a knot and the girls see who can do the knot the fastest and correctly.

Ultimately the goal is to have learned useful sills and have fun at the same time. So progress at the speed your girls are ready for and have fun.

FLAG CEREMONIES

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While the vast majority of American students recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school, that is as far as their understanding and appreciation for the American Flag goes. Preparing for a flag ceremony educates children and the actual ceremony itself connects what they have learned to their own life. When planning a ceremony, don’t feel you have to stick to just your Troop and their families. Invite veterans as well as current military members to join you. Ask your local city Council if they would like you to hold one at a meeting. If their school has an assembly, offer the services of the girls who attend. Once the girls become familiar with the process it can be a take action project to collect and properly dispose of worn out flags.

AMERICA CEREMONY

BASIC FLAG ETIQUETTE

CEREMONIES WORKSHEET

COLOR GUARD CALLS

FINAL TRIBUTE CEREMONY

FLAG CEREMONY

FLAG BURNING CEREMONY

FLAG BURNING 2

FREEDOM CEREMONY

Girls love to put songs into just about any ceremony.

COLORING PAGES are a good introduction of the subject for younger girls.

The VFW has an educational website.

The Betsy Ross house is interesting.

For even more details visit this site dedicated to the US Flag.

The ceremony outlines above are just a place to get started. After you have the basic idea down, ask the girls what they would like to do and go for it.

MAKERS OF THE FLAG by Franklin Klane

I am what you make me, nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself. My stars and my stripes are your dreams and your labors. they are bright with cheer, brilliant with courage, firm with faith, because you have made them so out of your hearts. For you are the makers of the flag and its well that you glory in the making.