How to Earn Multiple Daisy Petals With One Easy Craft
Spending time with your kindergarten and first grade Daisy troop is a learning experience for all. By earning Daisy petals at each meeting, you are building a foundation for all of the scouting years ahead.
You can create your own community service project with one Girl Scout cookie carton. If you do this project, you can earn four petals:
Yellow-Friendly and Helpful
Green-Use Resources Wisely
Spring Green-Considerate and Caring
As the leader, you need to research some places that can use items to be donated. This will determine what goes inside the boxes. Some ideas are:
Animal shelter-Old towels, paper towels, pet food
Food bank-Canned and boxed goods
Woman's shelter-Children's clothes, toys, personal care items
Preschool or library programs-Items that they recycle to use as crafts, such as paper towel tubes, empty water bottles, cleaned out margarine tubes
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Once you have selected an organization, you will need to send out an email to parents letting them know in advance about the upcoming project. This will give them time to let them save the items you are collecting, as well as letting others now about the troop project and see if they are willing to participate.
The next thing you need to determine is will each girl make her own carton or will two girls make a carton. That will determine how much you need to collect. I have twelve children in my troop; there is a big difference filling six boxes as opposed to twelve!
The materials you will need for this project depends on how you wish to decorate the boxes. If you choose to paint them, then this turns into a two meeting project, as the paint has to dry before you can decorate it. Be sure you have a place to store the wet boxes!
You can cover the outside with plain white wrapping paper for the girls to decorate with pictures and stickers. Or the girls can glue scraps of paper to the boxes for a collage effect. The ways to do this are only limited by your imagination!
The box should have some kind of recognition of the organization you are assisting and what you are collecting.
Bulletin board letters like these can be used as tracers or used themselves to decorate the outside of the box.
At your meeting, discuss with the girls why you are doing this project and ask for ideas from them on how they can help. This part gives them ownership and makes them feel more responsible, a big part of being a Girl Scout.
After the boxes have been decorated, take them home and at the next meeting, the girls can fill them up with the items they have saved. An alternative to this is to leave them in your home and have the girls come by and drop items off.
Arrange for a time that some or all of the girls can help deliver the boxes of donations. By doing this step, the girls can see with their own eyes how their actions are helping others.
For leaders who are short on time for earning Daisy petals, earning multiple petals in one meeting is a way to accomplish your troop goals.