Monday, September 26, 2016

Girl Scout Meeting #3

All levels came together for our third meeting. We did an Investiture/Rededication Ceremony. It was the first time our troop held this event. My first year as leader was a mess. I didn't really know what I was doing and barely scraped by. Second year I was heavily pregnant and went on maternity leave for a few weeks. Third years the charm!

Because we are a multi level troop I broke the ceremony into parts. We didn't have snack or dance party this meeting because we had a pizza party at the end!

Daisy Flower Ring Ceremony
I looked on Pinterest - because, duh - for daisy investiture ideas. Honestly, I couldn't find a lot for that level. I did however see a neat idea for a daisy flower ring. It goes to a dead link so I kind of made it up to fit our troop. I took a hula hoop and taped faux flowers to it. The girls took turns stepping through the flower ring. I then handed them certificates!

Brownie Pond Ceremony
Now, there's a ton on Pinterest for a brownie investiture! I decided to do the brownie pond. This one is just a photo with no link. I started by reading "The Brownie Story". The girls enjoyed listening but seemed to get bored about half way through. Finley, my two year old, decided to get everyone's attention. We were all sitting in a circle and she stood in the middle and loudly started singing, "We Are The Champions" by Queen. The girls, and parents, thought it was hilarious! It took several minutes to settle everyone back down. When I started reading again, they were paying attention. 
Girls too turns walking around the "pond" while the group chanted the rhyme. We have fourteen brownies, so this took a little bit of time! We had originally planned on holding a junior candle ceremony too, but I couldn't find flameless candles in time. Totally my failure. We have two juniors so they just did the brownie pond too. 

I invited the parents to attend but kept the event informal. We meet right after school so it's difficult for some parents to get there after work. We had pizza and drinks! 

The end of our last meeting was a bit chaotic with collecting dues, handing out papers, and parents turning in forms. We started a new system that seems to be working so far. I'll take photos and explain more about it in a few weeks. I want to make sure its successful.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday Threads

Welcome to the first addition of Thursday Threads! Each week I will post my outfits! I'm currently using a capsule wardrobe. I just started my fall capsule and hope to try new outfits!

*Don't mind the children, pets, dirty mirror, or junk in the photo. This is real life :)*

Linked to The Pleated Poppy

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Girl Scout Meeting #2

We split apart into level groups for this meeting. The daisies focused on learning the girl scout promise and what it means to be a girl scout. The brownies and juniors were combined today. We started The Brownie Quest and Agent Of Change journey series. The journeys seem to be better structured for these levels. I'm not a fan of the daisy journeys. 

Snack/Dance Party
Brownie Circle
I actually completely forgot about the brownie circle for this meeting. Our snack time was a bit off so it kind of threw me.

At this point we split into our separate groups


Girl Scout Promise Activity
The girls cut out a hand print and glued it into the right position for the girl scout sign. They also cout out the promise and glued it too.

Flower Activity
They were to color a daisy flower that had all the petal named

Letter Writing Activity
We asked the girls to write a letter to themselves about their first week or year as a girl scout. 

Coloring Book
Each daisy has a coloring book. It has a page for each petal friend. They will end each meeting with the coloring book.


Brownie - Design A Patch Step 1 & 2
We started the meeting by brainstorming on a skill we could learn. The girls shouted out a lot of really great ideas. Some of my favorites were tree tapping and Latin. They narrowed it down and decided to learn how to speak in a foreign language. They couldn't decide which language though. I think they'll probably be tasked with picking whichever language they'd like and then learning ten words.

Ball Toss
The girls stood in a circle and tossed the ball. If the ball was thrown to you, you were to say a special skill that is unique to you. My Co-Leader wrote down each girl and skill on a star. 

Brownie Quest - Agent of Change
Discovering Me page 49 and 13
This didn't go as well as I'd have hoped. The girls had a hard time understanding what to do. I don't think they really grasped the concept. Hopefully it'll work out better next time.

I scattered individual lines of the girl scout law. The girls were supposed to put them in order. They didn't like this activity very much. I wouldn't do it again.

Brownie Quest - Agent of Change 
Discovering Values page 50 and 27
Again, the girls didn't quite grasp what they were supposed to do. I'm worried that the journeys will get a bit boring and tedious. Hopefully I can keep it fun.

Friendship Circle
We didn't get around to doing this again. I really hope we can get to it at the next meeting.

The girls were sent home with the "Making A Family Star" activity. 

This meeting wasn't the best. We're going to tweak a few things in hopes that it goes better next week! Next week we will have an Investiture Ceremony. This will be the first time we've held one!

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