Thursday, March 29, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday, Girl Scouts!

Our girls are nearing the end of their second year as Daisy Girl Scouts.  They are getting excited to bridge to Brownies in late May.  (Check back for a post describing our exciting bridging event).  They completed the two required bridging steps earlier this month.  The first step is to "Pass it On."  The girls in our troop shared their experiences as Daisy Girl Scouts with younger girls who may one day wish to be a Daisy.  The second step is to "Look Ahead."  The girls in our troop arranged time to spend with Brownies who described to us what it is like to participate in Girl Scouts at the next level. 

Our troop hosted an Ice Cream Social earlier this month in order to fulfill these bridging requirements.  We also saw this occasion as the perfect opportunity to celebrate the momentous 100th birthday of Girls Scouts.  The decision was made to invite a couple of Brownies from a sister troop in our elementary school to the Ice Cream Social.  It just so happened that one of the Brownies is a sister of one of the girls in our troop.  She brought two  friends from her Brownie troop to the party.  We then extended the invitation to five younger sisters related to girls in our troop who will be entering Kindergarten and may wish to join a Daisy troop next year.  The girls in our troop made Ice Cream Social invitations using recycled cookie boxes.  (This link provides other cute suggestions for how to use those empty boxes).  We cut out the front and back sides of boxes we had saved from cookie sales last year.  The girls used markers to decorate the invitation and to list the details for our party.  We shuffled the invitations and the girls delivered the invitations to the younger sisters.  This activity counted toward earning their GREEN petal (use resources wisely).  

Parent chaperones were recruited to attend the party.  We have an incredibly supportive and involved group of parents.  All mothers of the younger children offered to stay to lend a helping hand.  We had 6 adults and 18 girls--quite a full house!  

We began our meeting as usual, starting by reciting the Girl Scout Promise and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Then we went around the room, allowing each girl to share her favorite ice cream flavor with the others in the group.  It will never cease to amaze me how kids gravitate toward neon blue ice cream.  As a mother, I cringe on the rare occasion I give my kids free reign at the never fails they pick Superman or Blue Moon Cookie Dough.  I think back to when I was younger, and I loved the blue bubblegum ice cream.  Gross, but I digress.  After everyone had the chance to share, the Daisy troop performed a "skit."  I passed out an index card to each girl.  The index card stated the color of a petal and listed what our troop had done to earn that petal.  (Stay tuned as future posts will describe these activities in detail).  The younger girls had the chance to ask the Daisies questions before they lined up to make their ice cream sundaes.  The parent chaperones helped each of the younger girls with the vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles, and cherries.  We ushered the younger girls into another room to eat while the Brownies explained each of the badges on their uniforms to the Daisies.  They also described how much fun they have had camping since our girls have not yet tackled spending the night away from home as a group.  Once all the questions had been answered, the rest of the girls gobbled up the sweet treat.  The Brownies were split up between the tables with the Daisies so the conversation could continue.

Just before the meeting adjourned, we ended with our usual friendship squeeze.  As the girls were leaving, the Brownies and Daisies were handed an Ice Cream Social fun patch that our troop had voted upon in the fall.  The Brownies and the younger sisters all received a friendship pin the Daisies had made during a previous meeting.  The event was a success!  The Daisy troop earned their final petal (VIOLET--be a sister to every Girl Scout) for hosting this party and socializing with other Girl Scouts.  I would love to hear stories about how other troops celebrated the 100th birthday of Girl Scouts.  I do hope you visit this blog again as I will explore how our troop spent the last two years earning their petals and serving their community.

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