This month we are sharing with you the Daisy Promise Center and the Brownie Girl Scout Way badge!
Daisy Promise Center
When earning the Promise Center, girls will learn about Girl Scout Traditions, Petals, and the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Check out the sample activities, snack time discussion, and field trip ideas below.
Activity Girl Scout Traditions + Daisy Flower Friends Time
Materials Needed: Daisy Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting (page 6-7, 12)
- Read Juliette Gordon Low’s short story “How Girl Scouts Got Started” from page 12 in the Daisy Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. After reading, tell the girls that they’ll now learn the Girl Scout Promise.
- Say: “This is how Girl Scouts treats one another and everyone else. At every meeting, we’ll recite the Girl Scout Promise.”
- Talk about how it’s tradition to do the Girl Scout Sign (holding up the right hand in three fingers with no gaps) when reciting the Girl Scout Promise. The three fingers represent the three parts of the promise.
- Demonstrate the Girl Scout Sign and ask the girls to try it. While holding the Girl Scout Sign, read the lines of the promise one at a time, asking the girls to repeat and line back to you.
The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God* and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
- After practicing a couple of times, try saying the entire promise together as a group while holding the Girl Scout Sign. Be sure to do this slowly so the girls can easily follow. One at a time, ask the girls to share with the group what the promise means to them or one thing they can do to live out the promise.
- Tell the girls the last line of the promise refers to the Girl Scout Law. Explain that each flower friend teaches us one line of the Girl Scout Law, and we will learn about a new one each meeting. Flower friends are located on page 6-7 of the Daisy Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
While enjoying a snack, here are some things for girls to talk about:
- What are some things you are excited about in joining Girl Scouts?
- What was your favorite activity we did today? Why?
- What are some activities you’d like to do in Girl Scouts this year?
- Can anyone remember and say everyone’s names from the name game we played earlier?
- Can anyone remember and recite the Girl Scout Promise?
Field Trip Ideas:
- Go to Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Council and learn all about Girl Scout history. Learn all about the history of Middle Tennessee Girl Scouts on a fun, interactive museum tour! Contact CRobinson@gsmidtn.org for more details.
- Go to one of our three camp properties, Camp Holloway, Camp Piedmont, or Camp Sycamore Hills, to learn more about Girl Scouts.
Become sister pen pals with a L.E.A.D. or Troop 6000 Girl Scout troop! Reach out to your regional executive for more information.
Ladybug Picnic – February 29, 2020 (Link to calendar)
Daisy Adventure Day – August 15, 2020 (Link to calendar)
Brownie – Girl Scout Way badge
When earning the Girl Scout Way badge, Brownies will learn how to practice and share the Girl Scout Way.
Activity: Clean up!
- Explain to the girls the importance of leaving a place better than you found it. That could mean picking up trash, putting away supplies, or placing tables and chairs in the correct spot. As a group, brainstorm different ways they can keep their meeting space clean. Write their ideas down a large piece of paper.
- For many years, Girl Scouts all around the world have cleaned up their meeting spaces each time they gather together. Teach the girls this song to sing at clean-up time. Explain that they will sing this at the end of the meeting while cleaning up.
Brownie Tidying-Up Song (To the tune of “London Bridge”)
Weave the magic in and out, in and out, in and out.
Weave the magic in and out, for we are Brownies.
We have tidied everything, everything, everything.
We have tidied everything, for we are Brownies.
Activity: Make a Sit-Upon!
Materials Needed: Squares of waterproof material, yarn, tape; foam padding or newspaper; hole punch; permanent markers
- Explain to the girls that a sit-upon is a piece of material that girls(and adults!) use at events to sit on; it’s a Girl Scout tradition. Over the years, many Girl Scouts have made sit-upons to use when the ground is damp or dirty. Today, they get to make their very own sit-upon!
- Give each girl a piece of material and have her fold each section in half, so they have a 15” x 15” sit-upon. Stuff folded newspaper inside, or use squares of foam padding that you have precut to 13” x 13” sections.
- Use a hole punch to punch holes all the way around the folded square, about 1” apart and ½” from the edge. This can be done prior to the meeting or, depending on the age and abilities of the girls, you can have them punch the holes.
- Use yarn or string to sew all around. Girls can use an overlay stitch or a straight stitch if they prefer. You may need to put a piece of tape on the end of your string to make it easier to insert through the holes.
- Have each girl write her name on her sit-upon using a permanent marker.
- While enjoying a healthy snack, here are a few questions to ask the girls:
- What are some of your favorite Girl Scout traditions?
- What are some of your favorite Girl Scout songs?
- How do you keep your bedroom tidy?
- Is it easier to tidy up at Girl Scouts or at home? Why?
- After enjoying a snack, clean up your Girl Scout meeting space. Help the girls by singing the Brownie Tidying Up song they learned in Activity #1.
Take a trip to the library or Girl Scout museum (Nashville service center) and learn more about Girl Scout traditions.
Girl Scout Day on the Hill – March 17, 2020
Organize a needs donation event for a homeless shelter. Supply a list of specific needs then host the day and time of donation drop-off.