Planning Daisy Girl Scout activities can be overwhelming to a brand new leader. There are Daisy petals to earn, community service projects and field trips to plan, and even a few fun seasonal crafts to throw in the mix.
Where should a new Daisy Girl Scout leader start? How much planning to do largely depends on how often you meet. An optimum meeting time is every other week. This way you have time to plan in between meetings and you do not have the stress of figuring out what to do each week. You will need certain basic items to get ready, and this article on Girl Scout Leader Essentials: What You Need to Bring to Every Meeting will help you get organized in going in the right direction.
I have been a Girl Scout leaders since 2008-my troop is now entering ninth grade and their tenth year of scouting! This guide should help new Daisy Girl Scout leaders plan for the year and make it all seem less overwhelming to you. Just take a deep breath and remember that your girls are only five and six years old…they are going to love just about everything you do!
Earning Girl Scout Daisy Petals
The Heart of the Daisy Girl Scout Program
There are ten Daisy petals to earn:
Daisy Blue Center-Promise
Light Blue-Honest & Fair
Yellow-Friendly & Helpful
Spring Green-Considerate & Caring
Red-Courageous & Strong
Orange-Responsible for What I Say and Do
Purple-Respect Myself & Others
Green-Use Resources Wisely
Rose-Make the World a Better Place
Violet-Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout
It makes sense to earn the blue Promise Center first, as that is the center of the flower. Plan an activity that shows the importance of making and keeping a promise.
IMPORTANT NOTE:You can earn Daisy petals in any order you wish. If you are short on time, you can earn multiple Daisy petals during one meeting. Although there are Service Units that frown upon doing more than one petal at meetings, many of the ideas overlap. If you are a first grade Daisy troop and are short on time, it is perfectly okay to do this, as the point of Daisy Scouts is to introduce the girls to scouting.
I wrote this book as a guide to getting ready to create your troop and updated it in August 2017. I am a firm believer in first year leaders not doing the Journeys program, and so this book is all about earning petals, getting off on the right foot with your co-leader, recruiting parent volunteers, and trying to keep your first few meetings fun and manageable. How you launch your troop sets the tone for your leadership.
Another Way to Have a Meeting
Going on a field trip is a fun way to have a troop meeting. If it is possible, plan the trip at the same time you usually hold your regularly scheduled meetings. Parents have already carved that specific time frame out of their schedules.
Contact your Service Unit Daisy Girl Scout coordinator. She can walk you through the steps to taking a field trip, show you where to get the necessary forms and what information she needs to give you a trip approval number.
Field trips are not only a fun change of pace, they can also help your troop earn Daisy petals. For example:
To earn the magenta Daisy petal, Respect Authority, you can visit the police station or the fire station.
To earn the yellow Daisy petal, Friendly and Helpful, you can visit an animal shelter and walk the dogs. You can also bring items the shelter is in need of.
To earn the spring green Daisy petal, Considerate and Caring, you can visit a senior citizen complex and play Bingo, sing songs, or do arts and crafts with the residents.
Community Service Projects
Kids Love to Help Others!
Even the youngest Daisy Girl Scout can participate in a community service project to help make the world a better place. Young children may be egocentric, but they also are compassionate. Ask them how they want to help and who they want to help and plan a project around that idea. The troop can earn the rose Daisy petal and show the girls that little people can make a big difference!
Sometimes you want to be a bit more creative with your community service projects. After all, Daisy Girl Scouts are young and while they may have big ideas on how they want to help make the world a better place, it is you as the leader that has to take those ideas and put them into action.
This book has many inspiring ideas that can be adapted for younger girls who wish to make the community they live in a better one for all of it’s citizens.
Easy on Your Pocketbook and on You
Sometimes a meeting can be centered just on doing a fun craft. You can buy supplies for the craft, or if you want to earn a Daisy petal while crafting, then create a project using recycled materials. This helps the girls earn the green Daisy petal, Use Resources Wisely.
Another fun Girl Scout craft that will not take up a lot of time are Girl Scout Swaps. These have been a scouting tradition for over fifty years. Girls exchange little handmade crafts with girls from other troops in an effort to promote sisterhood. They are keepsakes from their years in scouting.
Inexpensive Girl Scout Craft Materials
The following items are very basic materials that you can use in multiple ways. They are an investment for your troop. Keep your receipts so you can be reimbursed for your purchases.
Foam Flower Stickers for crafts and can be used for the Daisy Welcome to the Flower Garden Journey.
Need More Help?
Resources for Daisy Leaders
In January 2014, I launched a brand new website just for Daisy Girl Scout leaders and there are 4-6 new posts a month. You can read it here.
I also have a Girl Scout leader blog that I started in January 2010. On this blog, I write all about my experiences as a leader and have resources throughout. Just type what you need in the “Search” box and articles with that topic will appear. There are plenty of articles devoted to Daisy Scouts! You can read it here.
I also have over a dozen Pinterest boards devoted to Daisy Scouts. There are ones for each petal, for crafts, for Journeys and for general Girl Scout information.
My article 10 Tips for Starting Your Daisy Troop is a guide for you to use as you get organized for your first year as a leader.
I also developed this checklist for brand new leaders to help you get off on the right foot and this Daisy leader resource list to help you as well. There are links to your first eight Daisy meetings and your second eight meetings, giving new leaders an outline for what to do so they are not scrambling before every meeting.
Thank you for volunteering to give your daughter and other girls a chance to begin the sisterhood of Girl Scouting.
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