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Daisies kick off with “traditions”

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Daises are the youngest level in Girl Scouts. A Daisy troop is made up of girls in Kindergarten and First grade.  Because of their age, and often times nervousness, we usually start our troop year with some easy, fun activities.  In addition to SEEING it, because our troop is multi-level, we also like to build off Girl Scout traditions so the youngest girls quickly learn they are part of a VERY BIG WHOLE!

They learn the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law, recited at the beginning of every meeting and participate in our Friendship Circle at the end of every meeting.  This allows them to share what they enjoyed about the meeting and listen to what the bigger girls enjoyed as well.

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The girls are taught that everyone plays a part in the big picture.  We use a kaper chart of “helper” jobs.  This one is made with paper and magnets on an old cookie sheet (thank you, once again, Pinterest!!)

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They also personalize a Sit-Upon (so they can SIT…UPON…the ground!) made out of inexpensive, white vinyl tablecloth and fun duct tape all stuffed with recycled grocery sacks!  Have to teach them right away to USE RESOURCES WISELY.  This is always a favorite craft.  1. because it is fun, colorful and can fill the time but 2. we ALWAYS, ALWAYS have at least one adult who tells us “I still have MY sit-upon from when I was a Girl Scout!”.  THIS is why we keep “traditions” alive!

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Investiture 2015

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Investiture and Re-Dedication is a ceremony we do every year.  It is a time for us to get together with ALL our girls (from both troops) and celebrate the beginning of another troop year.  It is a time for older girls to share traditions with younger/new girls.

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Our ceremony includes a promise and recitation by leaders, readings by girls and some “unity” symbolism using ribbon and rope, where we add pieces of ribbon to a rope, year over year, showing the girls they continue to be part of something BIGGER!

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Always a lovely ceremony!  Check out our sister blog to see our BIG girls at work being Sisters to Every Girl Scout!

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FIRST meeting of 2015-16!!!

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Soooo…here we go!  We had our first meeting of the new year.  It went SUPER well and all the girls were amazing.  We’ve “officially” branched our Middle School sisters into a new troop.  Last year we had a new troop number for them, but they still met on the same day and time as this troop.  However, with Middle School schedules being what they are, especially with school sports, we were finding it more and more difficult to keep the girls active and participating after school on a week day so we’ve moved them to a different day and time.  You can follow them here to see what they were up to on their first SUPER FUN meeting of the troop year!

But, even with our 18 older sisters on a different day, our multi-level is still pretty huge, with 38 girls!  So, after some introductions of leaders, talking about troop rules and expectations and our opening of GS Promise, Law and Pledge of Allegiance we were off and running!  Each level goes off to work on age-appropriate activities.

Daisies started with a fun ice-breaker that doubled as a get-to-know-our-friends activity.  Each girl was given a set of single-colored beads (different color for each girl) on a pipe cleaner. They had to walk up to ALL their troop mates and introduce themselves.  When they did, they would give their “new” friend one of their beads and get a bead in return.  When they had talked with every girl, they had a bracelet with 16 colored beads!  Fun and the girls loved it.

Then the girls did a craft to help them learn the Girl Scout Promise (shown in photo above).  They traced and cut out their hands then glued it in the GS sign onto a piece of colored stock that also had the words to help them remember!  Very cute!

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Brownies started off with an icebreaker for the girls to get to know one another, and talked about being part of a Girl Scout sisterhood that stretches around the globe. The girls discussed the special Quest they will be going on together and the keys they will need to find to complete it. After reading chapter 1 of the Brownie Quest story, the girls broke into 3 groups for a team building activity to learn about working together. Leaders challenged the girls with a competition to see which team could build the tallest tower using only spaghetti and marshmallows. They were instantly engaged in this activity and quickly learned the value of teamwork 🙂

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We didn’t get any photos (darn) but our Juniors also did some icebreaker/get to know you activities to kick off the troop year.  Many of the girls commented, during our friendship circle at the end of meeting, that their favorite part of the meeting was when they had to guess who was who based on information given, anonymously, on slips of paper.  This is a great lesson in paying attention to our surroundings, and listening when our friends talk!

Off and running on another year of FRIENDSHIP!!!

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Troop 2214 Summer

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WOW!  Where does the time go?  We blink and an entire summer has passed us by.  We are getting ready to start our new troop year so thought today was as good a day as any to get back into the groove with the blog, too!

In year’s past we have done an all-troop family camping trip.  It is a HUGE endeavor, with a ton of prep and expense.  After a not-as-good-as-usual cookie sale, we were less on funds when Summer came than we had ever been in the past.  After much discussion we opted to try a GIRL ONLY Day Camp this year and held it in our Girl Scout Council’s backyard area.  Anticipating the same activities, short of sleeping in a tent, it turned out to be a pretty good compromise.

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Our camping trips are always jam-packed with badge earning activities and even though we didn’t sleep away, this year was no different.

On our camping trips we always do learned skills; knife safety, knots and fire starting.  This year, as our older girls have been doing this for years and years (and are at that age where eye-rolling comes standard!), we had the oldest girls teach knife safety and knot tying.  It was a great opportunity to shake things up a bit and get the girls working on their leadership and teaching skills.  We also showed the girls how to safely start a camp fire using matches and with steel wool and a 9-volt battery!  Which, of course, they thought was really cool!

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This year we taught the girls how to use a compass, too!

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After illustrating “magnetism” with a pin floating on water, we gave them actual compasses to follow some basic instructions around the yard. They worked in teams and did really well!

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What’s a day camp without some games?  Being in the back yard made it really easy for us to do some fun games, with water and pool noodles!  It was a fun way to break up the day and have the girls work on teamwork!

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Additionally, we always make an art to wear project; usually a tshirt and a piece of jewelry.  So, keeping with tradition we did just that, making a tshirt with a stencil, bleach and water (don’t worry we were safe with masks and gloves!) and a bracelet.  This year we also used some of our knot skills to make water bottle carriers with the girls getting to decorate their own water bottles.

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Meal prep is always an important task, and even in the back yard we were able to teach the girls how to make easy snacks and do some campfire cooking.  They had edible bird nests for snack, made pizzaritos (a burrito stuffed with pizza fillings instead of beans!) on the campfire for lunch and they did some dutch-oven cooking by making corn bread for dinner to go with the chili the leaders made.

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It was a REALLY hot Summer day, so we moved inside during the peak of the heat to learn about how to read food labels, satisfying more badge earning requirements, and work on our bracelets in an air-conditioned room!

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Before dinner, towards the end of the day, we had a lesson in Leave No Trace.  It was a great way to teach the girls a valuable lesson AND get them to pick up the trash from the day, leaving the back yard better than we found it!

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To end the day, because we weren’t able to fit a bridging ceremony in our busy schedule earlier in the summer, we also did a troop bridging ceremony.  This is always a really special event for us.  Being a HUGE multi-level troop, we are able to do all required activities and the ceremony “in house”.  Using the bridge in the council backyard was special, too!

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These smiling faces, and the lifetime bonds these girls are building are what keep us going!!

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All in all, a great (and exhausting) day…topped off with cupcakes!!

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Daisies earn the Respect Authority petal

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To earn the Respecting Authority petal, the Daisies toured the Grand Junction Police Department. Our tour guides were Linda with volunteer services, Officer Dave, and Kate Porras, the Police Information Coordinator (who is also a Troop 2214 mom!). gjpd8

GJPD rolled out the red carpet for the Girl Scouts, and did a great job of showing/explaining all of their different departments to the girls. A few highlights of the tour were exploring the inside of a squad car, with a demonstration of the lights and sirens, and seeing the 911 dispatch center. The girls met many police officers during their time at GJPD, including several who work in schools to protect students.

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At the end of our tour, the girls presented their Thank You cards (made at the last meeting) to Deputy Chief Mike Nordine and all the friendly and helpful tour guides. The girls learned a lot on this field trip, and enjoyed every minute of their tour.

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Thank you GJPD!!!

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Daisies get creative to Respect Authority!

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Recently, as part of the ‘Respect Authority’ petal, Daisies continued learning about the people in our community who have authority and how/why we should respect them. Through some brainstorming, the girls came up with different ways we can show respect to parents, teachers, friends AND ourselves.

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For a future meeting the girls will be taking a field trip to receive a tour of the police station.  Here the girls are making ‘Thank You’ cards to show our respect and appreciation for our local police department, this way they are ready to present them when they take their field trip!

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Daisies – Work to “Make the World a Better Place”

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At a recent meeting, our Daisies continued reading about the Amazing Daisy in their journey book, and discussing how each of the flower friends matches up with a line in the Girl Scout Law. The girls used this discussion to review their Take Action Project.  They have been planning to ‘Make The World A Better Place’ by planting tulip bulbs in the school garden (planted a couple of years ago by then-Daisies in our troop and now maintained by the whole troop on different occasions). This project-garden works especially well with the Daisy journeys.

The group talked about how their bulbs will bloom in spring to make the garden more beautiful for everyone at school to enjoy. With the leaders, they discussed how the girls are living the Girl Scout Law with their project. The girls then split into two groups to plant and water their bulbs, earning the Golden Honey Bee Award.

Each Daisy had a chance to decide which flower friend in the story she most wants to be like, and color a picture of that flower. While one group worked outside (on the coldest day we have had yet this year…Brrrrr!), one group colored.  Then they switched.

To end their meeting, they talked about how the girls would like to celebrate completing their planting project- and the Daisies chose a Garden Party!  We now can’t wait for SPRING!!!

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