Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Where is your passion?

The world is full of people doing things they feel they have to do... they are obligated to do... maybe you are one of them. I know I'm one of them at times. 

Many of us may not have the choice to quit our job or not do laundry. So, make sure you when it comes to where you spend your leisure time and your volunteer time, it is something that brings smiles and joy.

This past year, I have been able to step down a bit from Troop Leadership with my older girls. I'm blessed with a co-leader who encouraged them (or maybe she just told them) to plan their own meetings, be responsible for their own things, and figure out what they want to do. She has also, for the most part, taken over organizing and getting everything together for those meetings. I still round up supplies, offer advice, remind them about events, and work on the ongoing communication struggle. I also do record-keeping of who has earned what and service hours and such.... for the most part I do administrative stuff. 

With the Daisy's, their meetings are simple. I don't want to downplay the importance of Daisy leaders and I don't want to scare anyone off from continuing, but seriously... Daisy meetings are simple! They don't require as much work or thought. You can get by on a pretty low budget, too. 

So, I've been able to free myself up to think about where I see myself in 5 years. This is the last year with the Daisy's. Their parents are taking over. Five years is my timeline, because the Cadette troop will graduate in 5 years and where does that leave me? Where do I feel I can be of best use and... more importantly... what do I WANT to do?

That's the cool thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts. There are so many choices. You don't have to be a Troop Leader or Assistant Leader. You don't have to be the Cookie Mom. Though, all those roles are desperately needed!! You can volunteer at a Service Unit level, Regional level, Council level. You can organize events, plan series, help out with administration, or simply choose an event or 2 each year that you want to do. Think about it. If you could do ANYTHING... what would it be? 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

WAGGGS Ceremony

Did you know there is a WAGGGS ceremony? I didn't know this with my first troop, though they already had their pins and stuff when I "inherited" them.

Anyway, my sweet little Daisy's are going to get their WAGGGS pin this month (February), because it's Thinking Day month. It ties in beautifully.

Unfortunately, I have NO idea where I found this ceremony... if it's yours, please tell me and I'll update to give credit. Also, don't take offense, because I sort of tweaked it a little.

So, I'm a terrible leader (no... I'm busy.) and totally forgot it was THIS meeting, so we will be building ours out of paper and piecing it together. IF I have time, I may make a felt one sometime to have for future ceremonies, because I think this would be nice to do each year with your troop for a reminder.

I have 10 girls in this troop... so one girl was "in charge" of making sure we had a horseshoe shape the entire time. 2 others led the GS Promise with the Trefoil shape we added, so we could count the 3 parts and another led it again at the end of the ceremony. It worked out pretty well. With girls this age, you can't leave anyone out or feelings are hurt. 

WAGGGs Pin Ceremony

To start:
All participants stand in a horseshoe. Somewhere, have a table or felt board available for the construction of the pin as the ceremony proceeds.

Leader: The horseshoe formation symbolizes the open friendship circle. In the open end of the horseshoe stand our sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. If they were actually here, our horseshoe would become a completed circle, having no beginning or end.

[Then come a series of questions and answers, which you can divide up in any practical way. We had the people who asked the questions come forward to place the part of the pin they asked about on the felt board while someone else read the answer.]

What is the world pin?

It is the pin of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. We are going to construct such a pin. As we do, let us consider very carefully the reason for its color and design. Then we will know how deep a feeling of international friendship it can inspire in it.

What does the gold circle around the edge stand for?

The gold band surrounding our pin symbolizes the sun that shines on children all over the world.

Why is the world pin blue?

The blue background symbolizes the sky above us, all over the world.

Why do we have a trefoil in the World pin?

The gold trefoil is the sign of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding around the world. The 3 parts of the trefoil stand for the 3 parts of the Promise.

Let’s say the Girl Scout Promise together and count the three parts.

There are 2 stars on the World pin. What does the left star stand for?

The star on the left, the same side as our heart, stands for the pledge that all Girl Scouts and Girl Guides try, on their honor, to keep: the Promise.

What does the other star stand for?

The right star, on the side of a helping hand, stands for the Girl Guide and Girl Scout code of conduct--the GG/GS Law.

What does the pointer in the middle stand for?

We place a compass needle in the center, to serve as a guide pointing towards the right way in life.

What does the base of the trefoil mean?
At the base of the trefoil we place the flame. Its burning represents love for humanity and international friendship.

Join me ending our ceremony by saying the Girl Scout Promise.



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Daisy: Gerri - Respect Authority

Moving on with our petals!

Petals have 3 parts to earn, if you didn't know that already. Our flower friend this time is Gerri the Geranium. Gerri helps the girls learn to Respect Authority. I love that the story focuses on the "non-traditional" types of authority that most of us would think of...  This is a good one and one that I know a lot of adults that could use a refresher... but I digress. 

1st Step: Enjoy Gerri’s Story

Gerri's story is in the book. If you want to take a short cut, you can show the video a troop put together. 

2nd: Talk to someone in authority

Following the lead of the story, I chose to have one of my Daisy Mom's lead this discussion. She is a Middle School Math teacher and sports coach, so I asked her to talk about the classroom rules she asks her students to follow and why it's important for students to respect teachers.

Make sure you build in time for questions and contrast. Remember to explain to the girls that each classroom is different and it's important to know what your teacher expects.

Last: Show respect

In order to tie in our story, guest speaker, and showing respect, the girls made Brown Sugar Hand Scrub to give as a thank you gift for their teachers. 

I found cheap little food storage containers at the Dollar Tree and it's Valentine's time, so they had little bags the containers fit in perfectly. I chose NOT to use glass, because 1st graders are taking these to school and I would hate for them to drop and break and have shattered glass to deal with. YIKES! I thought the bag would be a good idea, because then they aren't just carrying a container... presentation is everything. 

In addition to the scrub, I had the girls draw a picture or color a picture for their teacher. I use the Respect Authority coloring sheet from MakingFriends, because it was perfect and gave their teachers insight about how awesome Girl Scouts can be for their students. 

Here is the recipe I used for the scrub and some labels I made for the top of the containers.

Brown Sugar Scrub

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla

Stir it together really well and store in an airtight container.

If you have the girls wash and DRY their hands, they could use their hands to mix it. I had the girls stir it up in the containers we were giving, because then everyone was responsible for their own. I did help on the measuring part. 

Since we used plastic containers, no concern of putting it right in the shower. 

To finish off our container, we used a cute label and piece of ribbon. Simple, yet perfect.  

A recap of what is "in the bag":

  • Brown Sugar Scrub
  • coloring page from the girls
  • recipe card from me along with a note of thanks, in case they want to make more. 
  • of course, you could add some candy or chapstick or drink mixes or gift cards for Starbucks.... but, I was trying to keep this relatively cheap.