My experience as a first time Girl Scout Troop Leader and whatever else strikes my fancy.
Stop being motivated by your “haters”. It is negative fuel that always burns out quickly. The best empowerment & inspiration comes from YOU and it runs eternally when you find it.
Who do you want to give your energy to? The people who support you or the people who don’t? Do you want to be fueled by hate or fueled by love, positivity & inspiration?
"Stop trying to prove your "haters" wrong and prove your supporters right. The more you focus on your support the less you’ll see the hate"
If your looking to legalize drugs be careful what you wish for. I do drug testing for a living and I have seen first hand the consequences of drug use. I’ve met some very scary people who when not on drugs are super nice. I’ve met children whose lives have been ripped apart by drugs. And I’ve seen people who have suffered serious injuries caused by others while on drugs. I have also seen the economic disadvantage drug use creates in my own community.
To earn the Zinni petal we read and discussed Zinni’s story from the Blue Book. After discussing the story the Daisies got an opportunity to practice being considerate and caring while decorating cookie sweatshirts.
On the Little Brownie Bakers website www.littlebrowniebakers.com one of the cookie season activities is to make a T-Shirt with the girls goals on it. So after discussing with the troop leaders and asking the parents at the Parent Cookie Meeting we decided sweatshirts would be the way to go since even during cookie booth time in March it may be colder. As an aside the parents agreed to pay $5 to help offset the cost of the sweatshirts. So here is how I pulled it together.
I found the sweatshirts at Wal-Mart they were $5.47/sweatshirt. I chose navy blue because it was the only color I could get in the volume and sizes needed (I did have to shop the boys department to get enough sweatshirts for a 12 girl troop). I originally bought puffy paint because I was gonna paint a daisy on the back and then write the girls goals on the front….the more I contemplated this the more I realized this would be a ton of work for me and not much for the girls to do. I also bought a generic brand bedazzler and extra dazzles. While surfing Pinterest I came across an adorable cookie goal coloring page (http://missyballance.typepad.com/crafty_carnival/2011/01/free-printables-for-girl-scout-troops-to-use-for-cookie-sales.html) and I thought why not put it on iron on transfer paper. After discussing with my crafty friend she thought Sharpie permanent marker would work for the girls to color their shirts, and I thought dazzles and puffy paint would be the perfect final touches. I also decided to add something to the back of the sweatshirts again on the Little Brownie Baker website I found cookie clip art. I printed all of this on Avery iron on transfer paper for dark fabric. I also purchased iron on letters (originally I was going to put the girls names on their sweatshirts however I wasn’t sure which size would be best for each girl and ultimately my daughter whose sweatshirt was the experiment was the only one that received the extra treatment).
So I tried the iron on and Sharpie in advance to ensure the shirt would be washable…it was. I did not however try the dazzles or puffy paint in advance…disaster. The puffy paint peeled off in the washer and dryer and the dazzles didn’t hook very well on the thickness of the sweatshirt. I had to redo by hand all of Emily’s dazzles and peeled the last bits of puffy paint off.
So to incorporate the shirt project to earning the Zinni petal we only had a limited number of supplies (Sharpies, one bedazzler, and puffy paint) this tied in nicely with Zinni’s story so the girls had to work out the best way to share the supplies. We broke into 3 groups one getting dazzled, one getting puffy paint, and one coloring with markers we then rotated through (timed based on when the dazzles for the group got done). Once all the shirts were done and drying I found a cute team building activity on Pinterest http://greatsolutions.blogspot.co.uk/2005/03/suspend-as-many-marshmallows-in-air-as.html. I modified it a bit for the age group of girls I have. I gave them some skewers, and longer length of string. I also gave them 15 minutes instead of 2 minutes.
5’ length of string (I gave them extra)
1 bag of large marshmallows
10 rubber bands
I gave them 5 bamboo skewers
You have two minutes (I gave the girls 15 minutes and one lifeline) to devise a method to hold as many marshmallows as possible above ground level. Team members may not be in direct contact with any of the marshmallows during the final scoring process. Scoring begins at the end of the two minute (15 minute) building time. You will receive up to ten points each for creativity, cooperation and communication. You will also earn one bonus point for each successfully suspended marshmallow. (We didn’t do points or scoring since I wanted all the girls to work together on this). I did however give a prize for success. I won’t share pics of the girls since I don’t have permission to use them in my blog.
I gave each of the girls 2 cookie pencils and a couple of cookie stickers. I also wanted the girls to have the badges including the new troop badge they had earned so far but with a limited number of meetings I didn’t know when we would get a chance to do a badge ceremony so this is what I came up with instead based on this cute Pinterest idea http://scrappinmassmom.blogspot.com/2012/06/girl-scouts-june-update.html.
I used recycled soup cans, wrapped them in dollar store wrapping paper filled them with dollar store flower foam cubes and dollar store shredded paper. I then hot glued dollar store craft foam hearts on leftover bamboo skewers. I attempted to hot glue badges to the foam…Bad, Bad, Bad idea…I ended up using scotch tape as the hot glue melted the adhesive of the badges. I used the SUPER DUPER CUTE Martha Stewart Jar labels from Staples to write the girls names on to place on their individual badge can. Then when each girl left troop meeting they were able to take their badge cans with them. Thus concluding the meeting. I should point out that at this meeting I acquired another girl putting me at 13 girls total. Also, I’m almost caught back up to the troop meetings after being such a slacker. Stay tuned for the meeting that will go down in the books or Blogs as “Boring”. :-(