First Meeting/Family Meeting
Late September 2012
Goal: For the girls to meet, get comfortable with us and my house and the structure of the meetings. For the moms to learn the basic structure of what we’re doing, ask questions, fill out paperwork and pay dues ;)
(Forgive me if these first two sessions don’t fully live up to my OCD promise. I didn’t start my typed meeting itineraries until Meeting three.)
Girls: I took the girls into the craft room (yes, I have a craft room to indulge my craft
Name Tag Craft: (Takes 15-20 minutes for a five year old if you let them spell their own name and peal their own stickers.)
1. Foam Circles about three inches in diameter in several colors (I cut them out of foam sheets). I cut more circles than the number of girls in case they mess up and so even the last girl their gets to choose a color. (I’ve learned to make sure there is a lot of pink and purple).
2. Daisy sticker with troop number on it
3. Foam letters
4. Foam flower stickers
5. Foam markers
|I wasn't taking pictures of everything back in September so I don't have a finished product, but these are the supplies we used.|
Moms: Got to go with my co-leader into the living room to complete paperwork.
Paperwork is her OCD. She’s an expert on the stuff. Thank God, `cause I hate it and the Girl Scouts love it!
I made pretty folders to hold all of the fun paperwork:
1. Registration forms for both mom and daughter. We required both to be registered in our troop so the moms could come to field trips and events. We (my co-leader) put them in the system ourselves so we knew they’d end up in the right place. Registration fees were included in Dues.
2. Health Forms for Mother and Daughter- same reason as above
3. Permission slips for meetings (`cause the Girl Scouts love their freaking paperwork)
4. Know my Daughter” Form- recommend it for a new troop
5. Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law
6. Info for our first Field Trip
We also had:
7. A Contact Sheet
8. A list of the rules and expectations of our troop
(Do you believe that we’re OCD yet? We were not leaders before, we were not Girl Scouts before, and this is my oldest daughter. We’re just nuts.)
|Oh and we even made special clipboards for them: (actually my daughter made this one)|
1. Taught Girls the Quiet Hand- They did it well the first meeting, but soon they were so comfortable we had to be more creative to get the quiet. We use things like “Catch a bubble in your mouth,” and “One, Two, Three, Eyes on me.” Works better with this age because remember what everyone says about Daisies… herding cats. I still recommend teaching them the quiet sign right from the beginning.
If you don’t know what the quiet sign is… per official GS glossary: “Raising the right hand over the head to signal for attention and quiet at any Girl Scout gathering. When the hand goes up, mouths go quiet, and everyone joins in giving the quiet sign.
2. Girl Scout Promise: Just read it to them this time
I'm a Daisy Girl Scout
(Tune of I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little Daisy (hands together, at side of face, head tilted)
dressed in blue (hands pick up hem of uniform smock)
I am a Girl Scout (make 3 fingered sign)
you are too (point to neighbor)
When I go to meetings (hands out, palms up)
I sing and shout (hands cup around mouth)
I love being a Daisy Girl Scout (point to heart)
4. Here We `Round the Daisy Circle- we used this for the first couple meetings until the girls got used to us and talking in a group. It goes like this:
Take a bunch of fake daisies and pass it around the circle while singing:
“Here we go `round the
Daisy Circle, the Daisy Circle, the Daisy Circle
Here we go `round the
Daisy Circle, we have such fun at meetings”
Where the flowers land is whose turn it is to speak. In this first meeting the girls had to say their name, their school and their grade (it’s a mixed troop). You keep going until everyone has had a turn.
|Flowers we use. Many lost from frequent use.|
This can take a while. The girl’s loved it, but we had to stop and just go around the circle half way through the year.
5. We had the girl’s try on vests (we had bought one small and one extra small) to see what size they were. Yes, we bought and ironed and pinned the girls starting vests. `Cause we’re OCD and didn’t trust the mom’s to have them all ri-I mean the same. Cost was included in dues.
6. We let them look at the journey books and Daisy Handbooks and gave them the option of buying them. 5/8 girl’s got the Handbook. In the end, we decided all the girls needed the journey books and I still believe that. In fact, I wish I’d made them all get the Handbooks. I wasted a lot of ink on color photocopying.
|Daisy Handbook. $22.50 at the Girl Scout Store|
|Journey Book $7 at the Girl Sout Store|
Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey
If you’ve ever read this journey you’ll have noticed that it’s an introduction to the Garden where all the Flower Stories from the Handbook take place. So, the way we structured this year was to weave the petals and the journey together over the course of the year. Mostly we concentrated on the journey at the beginning and then took it back up in early Spring.