Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Daisy: Safety Award Pin

Daisies don't have a First Aid badge, so to speak, but they do have a safety award pin they can earn. It's a cute little blue cross with a trefoil in it. That's pretty spectacular, so earn it for those sweet little faces. 

Now... I'm all about learning through fun. They retain it better and there is less whining... win-win. 

We turned this into an obstacle course. I asked parents beforehand to make sure everyone knew their phone number. it was needed for station 1.

The girls stood in a single line and took turns going through the stations. When the first girl was done with station 1, she went to 2, and the 2nd girl in line started her adventure.

Station 1. Know what to do if you get lost

I had each of the girls write down their phone number before we began. Then I scrambled them up in a pile and laid them out flat on a table at station 1. They had to tell us one thing they would do that would be helpful (crying is not helpful, but definitely a result of being lost) and find their phone number.

Station 2. Know what to do if someone is choking

We brought in stuffed animals and demonstrated the Heimlich on the stuffed animal. I decided that was safer than possibly having a few cracked ribs... girls are rough. Don't let their sweet little faces fool you!

When the girls reached station 2, they needed to name 1 thing that would be easy to choke on, demonstrate the international sign for choking, and save the stuffed moose. 

Station 3. Know how to stop, drop, and roll

We talked about WHY they would do this and WHERE it would be safe (not inside the burning building... get outside... don't choose a pile of dry leaves...). 

They had to stop, drop, and roll their way across the finish line. 

If you have time, let them divide up into teams and race against one another or just go through it multiple times. Practice helps the memory, too. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

mYOUsic Patch Program

UPDATE 1/11/17: This patch is now sold out and I do not plan to reorder. If you want to know about new patch programs and more information about availability as time goes one, please sign up for the BCG Patches Newsletter. http://www.bcgpatches.com/newsletter.html

I have been excited about this day for over a month now! Seriously stupid excited!!!

My awesome, talented, amazing step-daughter helped design this patch program. She is a major rock star in my world and totally jams out on the guitar... for real... you should see the video of her singing a song she wrote... music and lyrics... crazy talented... and after 1 year of guitar lessons... ONE YEAR!!!!

Anyway, the mYOUsic will help Discover different types of music from various decades with this mYOUsicPatch Program. Through this patch program, you’ll discover how to put YOU into the world of music. Whether you are already passionate about music or just want to find the perfect genre, this program will help you have fun while exploring the world of music.

Patch is geared to tween/teen, but I think it would work for any age or gender. Sample activities are rewriting your fave song, watch a musical, talk to someone in the biz, listen to a variety of genres and decades of music. :)

Order Patch Here (not taking orders off comments): http://www.bcgpatches.com/store/p22/mYOUsicPatch

Download Guide Here: http://www.bcgpatches.com/store/p18/mYOUsicGuide

and if you want to listen to my amazing talented step-daughter... check out the video... she wrote the lyrics and music... don't judge her videographer.. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Daisy Petal: Vi - Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout

Read Vi's Story & Talk About It

The title says it all. I read the story. We answered the questions... it was a little sad, because this was the last story I read to the Daisy's. The end of the petals. Also the end of my leadership for this group of girls. Their parents take over and move with them to Brownies. 

Make a mural

This is where I take liberties... I have 1st grade Daisies. They are really good at sharing, but seriously? You want me to have them work on one project and then what? Cut it apart? Ugh. So, I put together sheets for the girls to make paper doll chains that have the girls holding hands and the space between looks like hearts. We talked about Friendship circles and how we need to be friends and help one another. It was cool. And no one left in tears over not having the piece of the mural they wanted. Win! Sheet to download below.

Practice being a sister

We invited Brownies to our meeting. The Brownies told my Daisy's about what they have done as Brownie Girl Scouts and all the fun they've had. The Brownies taught them the Brownie Smile Song. We made SWAPs together that was about Juliette's pearls. Huge success. SWAP resource tags below with instructions.


Juliette's Pearls SWAP 

small jewelry bags (2x3)
pearls (get the fake beads, it's okay)
safety pin

  1. Print and cut apart SWAP sheet
  2. Put one of the sheets into a jewelry bag
  3. Drop in 3 pearls. One for each part of the promise
  4. Seal baggie and attach safety pin.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sisters For Life!

From the very beginning of the Girl Scout journey, we tell our girls that we are sisters. 

I have a biological sister. I have a sister-in-law. I love both of them immensely. When I'm at my worst, I call my "chissy".  I spill my guts and I know she won't judge me... I don't talk to her enough and I do need to work on that. 

But, I also have this whole other family... a ton of sisters who are the most inspiring and amazing group of women I have even been involved with. I have gained so many friends... real friends... the kind that send you cookies when you move into a new home, flowers because they see the time you put in, gift cards for a bench in memory of your Dad, and words of encouragement every time you see them... REAL friends... the kind that take time out of their lives to attend your Dad's funeral more than an hour away from where they live... yeah... that kind of friend... I can't even begin to express the gratitude I have for their friendship. 

So, a few weeks ago I found myself "doing the math". I have been a volunteer for 6 years. I had been toying with the idea of purchasing a Lifetime Membership for a few years now. It's a lot of money to drop at one time. I know... believe me, I know... but it means I never again have to register to work with Girl Scouts... yes, I do have to keep up the background check and the trainings to work with girls... but I don't have to fill out the form or complete the online member registration each year. It also gives me the flexibility to take a few years off at some point in my lifetime, though see notes above about the friendships and I don't see that happening for a while. It also gives me hope to know that somewhere down the line, if the girl has a girl or if a friend's girl has a girl... I can quickly pick right back up where I left and continue on with Girl Scouts. 

So, I'm very excited to belong to the sisterhood as a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts. I also think they need more bling, because I'd totally be down with that!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Camp On!

All my little Girl Scout friends are laughing hysterically right now... admission of non-camper right here. It's not that I don't understand the importance or value the experience... I've had the experience... I'm a been there, done that girl. I also live in Missouri with bugs and humidity. Cabin camping? I'm in! Tent camping? Ehhhhhh... 

But, if you want to pretend you camp or if you do camp and you want a cutte little project to work on, check on the new Camp On Cross Stitch chart at BCG Patches. :)