Here is an Activity to Help Your Daisy Girl Scout Troop Earn the Blue Promise Center
One the first things you will do as a Girl Scout leader is to help your troop earn the Daisy Girl Scout blue promise center. During your first year of Daisies, you will be doing activities with your girls so they can earn every petal for their uniform.
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When working on earning the blue promise center, or any other Daisy petal, you must always remember that you are working with girls who are between five and seven years old. They are in kindergarten and in first grade, and most of them will not be able to sit still for long periods of time, nor can most of them read. Whatever activities you choose to do should be engaging and extremely concrete and hands on.
Before you hold your meeting, you should get the following materials:
- Pony beads in every color of the Daisy petals
- The book A Promise is a Promise by Robert Munsch
- Elastic for the bracelet cut and knotted at one end
- Bowls to hold the beads
- Daisy coloring page
How to Run the Meeting
Earning the Daisy blue promise center should come right after your very first Daisy Girl Scout meeting. After saying the Pledge of Allegiance and saying the Promise and Law, have your troop sit on the carpet in a circle. Ask them what a “promise” is. After soliciting a few answers, then ask them how it makes them feel when someone breaks a promise to them.
Tie what they say into what they, as Daisy Girl Scouts, choose to 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.
They are promising to live by the Girl Scout Law, which always follows the promise:
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Tell the girls that each week, they will be doing activities that tie into one or more of these laws. As soon as they complete an activity, they will earn a Daisy petal, and at the end of the year, they will have the entire flower sewn onto their vest or tunic.
In order to earn the petals, they must first earn the blue Daisy promise center, and that is what they will be doing today.
Next, read the book A Promise is a Promise by Robert Munsch. He is a beloved author of children’s books and the girls are almost all likely to be familiar with him.
When the story is over, have the girls go to the table and help them bead their bracelets. Make sure they use each color of the Daisy petal, so it is complete. They can make patterns or string them on randomly.
Early finishers can do a Daisy coloring sheet so the others can finish their bracelets without being disturbed.
When I led my Daisy troop, I bought the petal set like this one for every girl from the dues I collected and gave each parent the set. I told them what to iron on at the end of each meeting. By doing it this way, you are no longer responsible for this task. If a petal is lost, a parent needs to purchase a new one on her own time and on her own dime.
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Once you have earned the Daisy blue promise center, you can earn the petals in any order that you choose.