I was a Girl Scout for a good portion of my childhood. Beginning with Brownies and finishing with Seniors.
Filled my sash with badges.
Sold hundreds of boxes cookies.
Attended Girl Scout Camp every summer.
Learned to care and ride for horses.
Used my Girl Scout pocket knife to whittle pieces of wood.
Made a camp fire in the rain.
Camped under the stars.
Sang endless campfire songs.
Ate a lot of s’mores.
Nurtured long term friendships.
Girl Scouts had a positive impact on my life, emphasizing the importance of character, honesty, and being a good friend and family member.
Now it was my daughter’s turn, as she was invited to join a Daisy troop with her school friends.
It’s a large troop of sixteen little girls with plenty of eager moms.
Our first meeting was loud. Boisterous. The girls were EXCITED.
Ava and I walked in and we were welcomed by a sea of blue vests adorned with the basic badges and our troop number. It was tough wrangling this many six-year olds, but our host managed to get everybody on the right track.
Our goal was to earn the Promise Petal, a Money Leaf (fiscal activity), and Card Making patch.
First order of business was to learn the quiet sign. Hand up in the air. Giggles abounded until everyone figured out it meant it was time quiet down.
A necessary tool with such a large troop.
Girl Scouts is all about tradition, but they’ve done an amazing job combining tradition with current day messaging.
We practiced the Girl Scout hand sign and handshake. Right hand, three fingers. Plenty of hand switching occured as the girls tried to figure how to use the right hand for the sign while shaking with a left hand. The noise escalated again with little girl giggles as they practiced.
It is a mixed group of old friend and new, so it seemed appropriate as our next activity was to sing, “Make New Friends,” and learn the Girl Scout promise.
Next we moved onto snack time and holiday card making. Our troop made cards to send overseas to our service men and women. A lesson in gratitude for those who serve.
Each girl took her time and designed her card carefully. Heartfelt words like, “I wish you could come home,” and “Thank you for protecting our country” were stenciled in six-year-old handwriting. Cards full of smiles and warmth, marked with genuine thankfulness.
Ava took her time and made a very detailed and beautiful card.
Mia had come along and she made a card too. It was a pre-made card with a snowman waving an American flag. She drew all kinds of pictures and even traced her hand. Every inch of the card was used. I wrote a note on her behalf and signed it, “Mia – age 4.” It was extra cute because she had put the card upside-down, so all the pictures were opposite of the greeting card inscription on the inside. I hope it brings smiles to whomever receives her card.
Finally, the girls spent time on an activity about money. They learned about the different kinds of money and how to count it. What is worth more a dime or a quarter? How many dollars are in a five dollar bill? Eager hands raised high as questions were asked.
The girls closed out their first meeting in a friendship circle singing “Make New Friends” and learned the secret hand squeeze. Arms crossed right over left, holding hands. I watched carefully as the squeeze passed from hand to hand. Each girl was excited to both receive and send it. They twisted and twirled out in finale.
Promise Center earned, I attached the center of the flower to Ava’s vest when we got home. She can’t wait to earn the rest of the petals!