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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

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

MONEY COUNTS LEAF

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Earning this financial literacy badge is very simple and can be completed in one to two meetings. It is a nice way to start them down the road of managing Troop finances.

HISTORY:

All girls know what it means to trade. What child has not gone trick-or-treating and said “I’ll trade you my 2 Tootsie Pops for your Butterfinger”?

Hands on activity:

1. Chooses a craft or snack, it really does not matter what as long as it requires a lot of items or skill sets. Explain to the girls what they are going to make and be sure to show all the items or skills they need. Then sit them down in front of “their” supplies. Each girl will have something they need, but missing something else. Tell them they must trade with each other until they have what they each need and everyone is happy. Someone may have all the glue, while another girl may be the only one who knows how to write yet. Once everyone has what they need, they have learned the ancient system of bartering.

2. The story of Jack and the Beanstalk deals with bartering, money, wants versus needs, as well as stealing and might be fun to read with your girls. Older girls could even act out the story for younger ones.

3 The girls might enjoy looking at library books showing ancient coins that have been discovered.

The Wampanoag Indian word for beads mad from whelk or clam shells was wampumpeag, from which the word wampum derived from. These rare shells were ground iNTO cylinder shaped beads and then drilled with a hole to allow them to be strung as a necklace or woven into clothing. In 1637 the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared it was legal tender. Purple beads were worth twice as much as the white ones.

4. This is an opportunity to have the girls make their own necklaces. Younger girls might use simple pony beads. Older girls can use thin wire to thread stones or wrap stones or shells and use as a pendant.

TODAY:

1. Supplies Needed: Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, Susan B Anthony, gold dollar, $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, magnifying glass, blindfold.

Spread the money on the table and discuss how they are similar and what makes them each different. For the coins you can show the name of various aspects.

Field – the blank background
Portrait – the face on the coin
Date – when the coin was produced
Mint Mark – under the date, identifies where the coin was produced.
Edge – the flat circumference of the coin. When coins were still made from precious metals, smooth-edged coins were less valuable as they allowed people to shave off metal. The ridges were designed to prevent that as it would become obvious when someone has attempted to do that. Today, different coins have smooth or ridged edges to assist the visually impaired to easily identify one coin from another.
Rim – the place where the field and edge meet.

Use the magnifying glass to closely examine the money. Hold bills up to the light and find which one has a bar in the paper and discuss why it is there. This is important for the girls to learn so that they accept only authentic currency. The blindfold is to see how many girls can recognize one coin or bill from another.

2. If you live in the right area you could get a tour of a mint. The rest of us can view a cartoon that shows the process.

NEEDS VS WANTS

I often hear “I need a coffee this morning” or “I need a new pair of shoes” As Christmas draws near it becomes “I want that!” SO what is the difference between a need and a want? We all NEED clothes, but do we need 3 winter coats? Do we NEED the $80 pair of jeans or would a $40 pair work just as well?

Hands on activity:
1.Have a place on the wall girls can come tape pictures. Give them magazines and newspaper ads to cut out pictures. Let them tape the picture to the side labeled NEED or WANT according to what they think it is. Discuss how they did. Now discuss what does the Troop NEED to do this year, versus what does it WANT to do this year.

WHERE DOES MONEY COME FROM

I had just told my son I did not have the money for something and his first response was “well, write a check!” Now his younger sisters would say “Use your debit card” but the problem is the same. They did not understand that money does not just magically appear to be handed over to the cashier.

Because every Troop is different, this will be a unique discussion for your group. Are you just starting out and have nothing in the bank account, or do you have a lot of money left over from cookie sales last spring. Do you charge dues, or does your Troop have a sponsor? Once the girls earn the money, where does it go?

Hands on activity:
1.Visit a local bank. The girls especially love the vault. You could ask which girls have a savings account and try to go to the bank most use. Another option is to see if parents would all be willing to allow their child to open a savings account on your visit.

If the girls are considering a fund RAISERS, this can help them decide what they want to do.

Hands on activity:

2.A producer make an a good or service for the consumer. For example, Girl Scouts make cookies for friends and family to buy. Use the attached sheet to see if they can draw a line from the producer, to the good or service they provide and finally, link that to the consumer who needs it.

PRODUCERS & CONSUMERS

3.If the girls are the producer, what good or service can they provide that people would be willing to pay for?

CAN YOU AFFORD TI?

Now comes the fun part, spending the money you just learned about. As a Troop the girls need to learn early that everything they do costs money. While they may not grasp the entire concept, they can understand having enough or not.

Hands on activity:

1 Bring in various items the girls can “purchase” Depending on your girls, this can be real or pretend. Tag everything with a price and give each girl the same amount of money. Allow them to peruse the store and decide what they can afford to buy. A real store might have fun pencils purchased at the Dollar Store, or even candy. A fake store could have a can of spinach, stuffed animals or even clothing. Girls can decide to pool their money for a big-ticket item they can share, such as a pizza, or cake. The point is to get them thinking about what they have to spend and the cost of items

2 Pull these concepts together, and decide what the Troop can afford to do this year. If you have already done a money earning activity, discuss what you have for funds and what the girls want to do. If you have not yet earned your money for the year, discuss how important it is to set personal goals as well as a Troop goal. You can also decide if you need/want to do another fund-raiser to make up the difference.

3. Make a piggy bank.

KIDS CAN PROVIDE SERVICE

Now the girls have the chance to provide service to others. Depending on what they want to do, it may or may not cost money. The important thing is to connect their skill and knowledge to someone who needs help. This can be a simple act of service or a larger Take Action Project. If they have done a Journey this is a good time to connect what funds the girls have to the service project they want to do. Make sure they remember to save money for that project when they plan their fun activities.

KIDS CAN HELP

FINANCIAL LITERACY BADGES

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Few things affect us so much, it is a 5 letter word and people hate to discuss it. The subject is very personal and for some who were never taught about it, quite embarrassing. It is money. Many kids today have no concept of where it comes from, much less how to manage it. This badge can start them on the process of learning so that when they have money of their own, they use it wisely and invest in their own future. You only need to do 5 activities to earn the badge, not every single suggestion.

HISTORY:

All girls know what it means to trade. What child has not gone trick-or-treating and said “I’ll trade you my 2 Tootsie Pops for your Butterfinger”?

Hands on activity:

1.Chooses a craft or snack, it really does not matter what as long as it requires a lot of items or skill sets. Explain to the girls what they are going to make and be sure to show all the items or skills they need. Then sit them down in front of “their” supplies. Each girl will have something they need, but missing something else. Tell them they must trade with each other until they have what they each need and everyone is happy. Someone may have all the glue, while another girl may be the only one who knows how to write yet. Once everyone has what they need, they have learned the ancient system of bartering.

2.The story of Jack and the Beanstalk deals with bartering, money, wants versus needs, as well as stealing and might be fun to read with your girls. Older girls could even act out the story for younger ones.

Currency has its roots in Chinese history as far back as 1,000 BC. The first real coin did not come until about 600 BC in modern-day Turkey. Leather money came about 100 BC and it was not until 800 AD that money first appeared.

Hands on activity:

3. The girls might enjoy looking at library books showing ancient coins that have been discovered.

4.The Wampanoag Indian word for beads mad from whelk or clam shells was wampumpeag, from which the word wampum derived from. These rare shells were ground into cylinder shaped beads and then drilled with a hole to allow them to be strung as a necklace or woven into clothing. In 1637 the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared it was legal tender. Purple beads were worth twice as much as the white ones. This is an opportunity to have the girls make their own necklaces. Younger girls might use simple pony beads. Older girls can use thin wire to thread stones or wrap stones or shells and use as a pendant.

Juniors and up might like using magazine paper to create their own beads.

TODAY:

While the colonies were still under English rule, colonists would use English, French and Spanish money. When the American Revolution began the new nation needed to create its own currency and [ass the Coinage Act of 1793 which established the US Mint. About half of those denominations that were first designed are still used today. For many years banks were allowed to print their own currency as well until President Jackson decided we needed a single currency so as to establish a better economy.

Hands on activity:

1.Supplies Needed: Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, Susan B Anthony, gold dollar, $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, magnifying glass, blindfold.
Spread the money on the table and discuss how they are similar and what makes them each different. For the coins you can show the name of various aspects.

Field – the blank background
Portrait – the face on the coin
Date – when the coin was produced
Mint Mark – under the date, identifies where the coin was produced.
Edge – the flat circumference of the coin. When coins were still made from precious metals, smooth-edged coins were less valuable as they allowed people to shave off metal. The ridges were designed to prevent that as it would become obvious when someone has attempted to do that. Today, different coins have smooth or ridged edges to assist the visually impaired to easily identify one coin from another.
Rim – the place where the field and edge meet.

Use the magnifying glass to closely examine the money. Hold bills up to the light and find which one has a bar in the paper and discuss why it is there. This is important for the girls to learn so that they accept only authentic currency. The blindfold is to see how many girls can recognize one coin or bill from another.

2. If you live in the right area you could get a tour of a mint. The rest of us can view a cartoon that shows the process.

NEEDS VS WANTS

I often hear “I need a coffee this morning” or “I need a new pair of shoes” As Christmas draws near it becomes “I want that!” SO what is the difference between a need and a want? We all NEED clothes, but do we need 3 winter coats? Do we NEED the $80 pair of jeans or would a $40 pair work just as well?

Hands on activity:
1.Have a place on the wall girls can come tape pictures. Give them magazines and newspaper ads to cut out pictures. Let them tape the picture to the side labeled NEED or WANT according to what they think it is. Discuss how they did. Now discuss what does the Troop NEED to do this year, versus what does it WANT to do this year.

2. Now that the girls have their wants listed, start looking at what it costs. For example, a Starbucks coffee will cost at least $3.50. some people have one every day, how much does that add up to in a year? $1,277.50!! What could the girls buy with that money? How could they use it to invest in their future instead?

WHERE DOES MONEY COME FROM

I had just told my son I did not have the money for something and his first response was “well, write a check!” Now his younger sisters would say “Use your debit card” but the problem is the same. They did not understand that money does not just magically appear to be handed over to the cashier.

Because every Troop is different, this will be a unique discussion for your group. Are you just starting out and have nothing in the bank account, or do you have a lot of money left over from cookie sales last spring. Do you charge dues, or does your Troop have a sponsor? Once the girls earn the money, where does it go?

Hands on activity:
1.Visit a local bank. The girls especially love the vault. You could ask which girls have a savings account and try to go to the bank most use. Another option is to see if parents would all be willing to allow their child to open a savings account on your visit.

2.Older girls can learn how to use a register, and even write a check.

3.Older girls should speak with the loan officer about credit cards, business loans, personal loans and home mortgages. At this age it is hard for them to truly grasp that a frivolous attitude with money can hurt them for years to come and the people who deal with that on a daily basis just seem to make it sink in better. They can also talk about being careful online to protect their money and credit.

4.Have a jar labeled BANK and one labeled WALLET, put skittles in each one. . Have them tell you things they want to buy and figure out how much it will cost. As they “shop” allow them to eat the candy, and they choose which jar to take the money from. For some girls it may help to swipe your debit card on the BANK jar before removing the candy. Eventually the girls will want to buy something and won’t have enough “money” left to do so.

5.Have the girls choose 3 items they can buy locally from a weekly ad. Then ask them to do some research and determine if it is better to buy locally or shop online.

If the girls are considering a fund RAISERS, this can help them decide what they want to do.

Hands on activity:

6.A producer make an a good or service for the consumer. For example, Girl Scouts make cookies for friends and family to buy. Use the attached sheet to see if they can draw a line from the producer, to the good or service they provide and finally, link that to the consumer who needs it.

PRODUCERS & CONSUMERS

7. If the girls are the producer, what good or service can they provide that people would be willing to pay for?

CAN YOU AFFORD TI?

Now comes the fun part, spending the money you just learned about. As a Troop the girls need to learn early that everything they do costs money. While they may not grasp the entire concept, they can understand having enough or not.

Hands on activity:

1. Bring in various items the girls can “purchase” Depending on your girls, this can be real or pretend. Tag everything with a price and give each girl the same amount of money. Allow them to peruse the store and decide what they can afford to buy. A real store might have fun pencils purchased at the Dollar Store, or even candy. A fake store could have a can of spinach, stuffed animals or even clothing. Girls can decide to pool their money for a big-ticket item they can share, such as a pizza, or cake. The point is to get them thinking about what they have to spend and the cost of items

2. Older girls can have a budget and be asked to look through a grocery ad and shop for a week’s worth of food. Again, they might decide to pool their money and split a package with someone else, or to be “room mates” and cook all their meals together.

3. A trip to a local thrift store gives practical experience in spending money. Each girl has $5 to spend and must put together an entire outfit for herself.

4. Pull these concepts together, and decide what the Troop can afford to do this year. If you have already done a money earning activity, discuss what you have for funds and what the girls want to do. If you have not yet earned your money for the year, discuss how important it is to set personal goals as well as a Troop goal. You can also decide if you need/want to do another fund-raiser to make up the difference.

5. Take the Troop to the store to shop for their next activity such as a craft or even a weekend camping trip.

6. Senior and Ambassador girls can make up their dream list. Put down the things they want to do or own someday. This could include college, trade school, trip to Paris, owning a fancy car or simply be a home owner. Then have them meet with a financial adviser to discuss what they can do to get there.

THE POWER OF COMPOUND INTEREST
WHEN WILL YOU BE A MILLIONAIRE CALCULATOR
START SAVING AT 25 YEARS OLD
CALCULATE SAVINGS UNTIL A MILLIONAIRE

7. Make a piggy bank.

KIDS CAN PROVIDE SERVICE

Now the girls have the chance to provide service to others. Depending on what they want to do, it may or may not cost money. The important thing is to connect their skill and knowledge to someone who needs help. This can be a simple act of service or a larger Take Action Project. If they have done a Journey this is a good time to connect what funds the girls have to the service project they want to do. Make sure they remember to save money for that project when they plan their fun activities.

KIDS CAN HELP

DAISY PETAL AWARDS CEREMONY

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Now that the girls have earned their Promise Center, how do you physically give them to the girls? Every Troop has their own policy on this. Some will wait every couple of months for an award ceremony. Others will hand them out the day they are earned. Some Troops attach them to a certificate, while others come up with a unique way to present them every time. It is always important that the girls understand why they are receiving the award and the ceremony below can help with that, as well as telling the parents why the girls earned them.

DAISY PETAL AWARDS CEREMONY

SUPPLIES:
Poster board
Cut outs of the Daisy Center and Petals
Tape

Leader:Today we celebrate what you did to earn (announce award . As we learn new things we help our Daisy Girl Scout Troop to grow. Every time we learn about one of the Girl Scout Laws, we grow up too, We are Daisy Scouts and we are growing up a bit every day. Let us say our Girl Scout Promise together.

Daisies: say Promise

Leader: I will place the Promise center in the center of the daisy and the girls will place the learning Petals they have earned around it. We will explain what each Petal we have earned stands for. (use the correct one from below)

BLUE: The Promise Center is blue. That is the color of our Daisy Girl Scout uniform. Girls with the help of an adult should be able to recite the Promise.

LIGHT BLUE PETAL: Honest and Fair. Light blue is a peaceful color, like people who tell the truth and treat each other fairly. Daisy Girl Scouts are honest and fair.

YELLOW: Friendly and Helpful. Yellow is a cheerful color, like a friendly smile or the warm sunshine around us.

LIGHT GREEN: Considerate and Caring. Light green stands for growing. We are growing up and learning how to be considerate and care for others.

RED: Courageous and Strong. Red stands for good healthy and healthy things, like apples. Red apples help us grow strong.

ORANGE: Responsible for what I say and do. Orange reminds us to be careful. What we say and do can hurt other people, or make them feel good.

PURPLE: Respect Myself and Others. Purple is a special color. Long ago only kings, queens and princesses could wear it. Purple reminds us to treat everyone with respect and expect everyone to treat us with respect. We are all special.

DARK PINK: Respect Authority: Dark pink is the color of excitement. Even when we want to rush in and do something, we must listen first, to our parents, teachers, leaders and other adults who know what is best for us.

GREEN: Use Resources Wisely. Green is the color of plants and money. We must take care of our plants and our money by saving them and using them wisely.

ROSE PINK: Make the world a better place. Rose is a happy color. The world can be a rosy place if we help protect it.

VIOLET: Be a sister to every Girl Scout. Violets are little flowers that remind us of friendship and sisterhood with the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world.

Adult: And now I give you (name the award) to wear proudly on your Daisy vest.

Daisy Song – tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Start

Daisy Girl Scouts lead the way,
See us work, and see us play.
We can dance and we can sing,
We can do most anything.
We have fun and help each day,
Daisy Girl Scouts are here to stay.

DAISY GIRL SCOUT: PROMISE CENTER

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While the older levels of Girl Scouts have specific criteria for earning awards, the Petals are very loose. The intent is to understand the concept and be able to put it into practice. The new leader guide is more specific than the old one, but you still have a lot of freedom in the way you present the program in order to make it work best for your girls. I have a multi-level Troop so do things a little different from if I had only Daisy girls. I hope that what I do helps you this year.

To help you and the girls get to know each other, name tags can help. These are set so the girls can color them. I suggest using only lighter colors so they will still be able to read names. If you think you will need them for several weeks, print on card stock and cover with clear contact paper. DAISY NAME TAGS

First thing every year we learn about Girl scouts. The girls learn about levels, color guard, the quiet sign, Girl Scout sign as well as the Promise and the Law. We do a color guard at the start of every meeting and the girls take turns doing jobs. Our first activity is an INVESTITURE that they help to plan. Not only does this reinforce what they are learning, it teaches their families as well.

As we create a poster board for their investiture ceremony, I reuse it for the year. All the Petals are covered in contact paper and I remove them after the ceremony. As each Petal and Leaf is earned this year, we will add it to the board. You can see where I have drawn the lines so the girls know where to place the Petals. I also added the new Leaf awards on the bottom. If you have a felt board that would work just as well.

Next, they need to understand what it is to make a promise. Use real life situations to help them understand. For example, promise that you will have cookies for them at the end of the meeting. Then when it comes time, say you did not bring them. Once they express their disappointment, pull out the cookies and while they eat, talk about the feelings they had when you did not keep your promise. Another example is about making a promise that you try hard to keep to the best of your ability. Have the girls promise to help clean up, but be sure to include something they cannot do on their own. This shows them that if they try their best that is all you can really ask.

Reinforcement is needed at this age and craft projects as well as songs and games help do that.

The water bottle was donated by a local small business. We used plastic lacing and pony beads to decorate the, using the colors of the Petals. It will be a constant reminder of the Girl Scout Law. I had beads with letters the girls used for initials, but you can also use a Sharpie to write on the beads. You can also use pony beads to make a necklace or bracelet the girls can wear.

A flower they can take home also works. This template does not have all the Petals but they get the idea. Or you can use white out and write the words to the Promise on the Petals. I have found that most Daisy girls have a hard time staying in the lines. So I lay out the crayons and let them color away. Then the adults cut out the Petals which the girls in turn glued onto construction paper. The girls cut those out. A paint stir stick was used as the stem.

petal and leaf templets

Girls can begin working on their coloring books as well.

There are many Girl Scouts songs that are good to learn such as On My Honor and When’er you Make a Promise.

Songs are a great way to learn the Law as well. SING THE LAW

Finally, if a girl misses activities you can ask her parents to help her understand the concepts at home with a simple letter to the parents.

When you are all done the girls can receive their Center pieces and a certificate.

I keep things from year to year but to stay organized I use a milk crate.

I often hear leaders ask what to do for girls who have already earned most or all of the Petals. Some say they just need to accept they are not going to receive an award like the rest of the girls. I think that is fine once or twice, but we are talking 5 and 6 year olds here and if they go months without receiving anything, they can get very upset and maybe even want to leave the Troop. My solution was beads. I purchased a bag at Wal Mart that had all the colors or the Petals in it. When a girl earns a Petal for the second time I give her a bead she can sew onto the back of her vest. She can sew them into the same of the flower, or anywhere she wants. My girls really like the tradition.

PICTURE BOOKS FOR DAISY PETALS

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When I first had a Daisy group, I brought books from home that explained the concept of each Petal. Most of the books i had purchased through Scholastic for my own kids over the years and should be easy to find. A couple are Newberry Award winners. Even today, I think the girls enjoy these picture books more than the stories written for the Petals and Journeys.

HONEST & FAIR – Lupe

Jamaica’s Find
The Truth – Berenstain Bears

FRIENDLY & HELPFUL – Sunny

Bear’s Bargain
Froggy’s Sleepover
Lend a Helping Hand – Berenstain Bears
I’m Helping – Little Critter

CONSIDERATE & CARING – Zinni

Clifford’s Good Deeds
Caring Contest – Care Bears

COURAGEOUS & STRONG – Tula

The Biggest Snowman
Corduroy Lost & Found
The Crocodile and the Dentist
Don’t Eat the Teacher
Froggy Learns to Swim
Stella Rae, the Brave

RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT I SAY AND DO – Mari

The Blame Game – Berenstain Bears
Horton Hatches an Egg

Horton Hears a Whoo

RESPECT MYSELF & OTHERS – Gloria

Bad Case of Stripes
Bear Shadow
Growing Vegetable Soup

RESPECT AUTHORITY – Gerri

Clifford the Firehouse Dog
Firefighters by Norma Simon
I was SO Mad – Little Critter

USE RESOURCES WISELY – Clover

Don’t Pollute – Berenstain Bears

MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE – Rosie

Clifford’s Riddles
Chimps Don’t wear Glasses
The Lorax

Okay, I know you are wondering about those first 2 books. But i think by making someone else smile, you ARE making the world a better place.

BE A SISTER TO EVERY GIRL SCOUT
– Vi

Star of the Sea – Rainbow Fish

Most Petals have stories that are for different attention levels so you can decide which ones your girls can sit through. It would not be odd for me to sum up a page rather than reading all the words to the younger girls. What I especially enjoy about using these classic books is that I can come up with so many crafts that tie in quite easily and cheaply. So that I can find the books quickly, I have them all in my milk crate for Daisy level.