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Brownies #3

Brownies is going to be different from Daisies in that there is not enough time to get everything done! Admittedly, I probably was a bit ambitious in my outline of what I wanted to do tonight, but I would rather have too much than too little, and that is how I felt with Daisies (needing to have snack-time in order to fill time).

Tonight we had a new Brownie. She will be the last one – so six girls – since that will put my troop total at 14 girls. And because another mother is in the process of starting up another Brownie troop in town. I don’t want to take any girls away from her. And I don’t want any more girls than I already have. Anywho…

We started with the GS Promise and our GS Law Puzzle.  I told them that once they get the hang of it, I’ll see how quickly they can put the pieces in order to win a prize.  That went over well.

Then we moved on to Badge choice and further Troop Crest voting. I told the girls the Top Five Badges for the year and they were excited. I think we’ll try to sneak some of Home Scientist in at our campout. Mentos/Coke geysers and film canister rockets sound like fun.

The Troop Crest choices were narrowed down to two: Arrow and Waterfall. They each had two votes (sorry Unicorns!). We’ll do our final vote at our next meeting.

We reviewed troop rules and consequences. They also agree to keep it as is from last year, though they giggled over the rule about keeping clothes/uniforms/shoes on at all times.

On to the fun stuff! Kapers! After a little bit of dissention (but no helpful alternatives) the girls decided upon:

  • GS Promise Leader
  • Craft Helper
  • Line Leader (we use several different rooms throughout any given meeting)
  • Badge Reader (this duty entails telling everyone what badge(s) we’ll be working on, and then reads the directions for completing individual steps before we start them)
  • Closing Song (you get to the choose song we sing for our Closing Circle)
  • Friendship Squeeze Starter

Once the kapers were settled, the girls had to decorate their name cards for the charts: brownies!

I think it’s pretty neat. I’m sure someone else can take this idea and make it better. I had initially wanted to have the brownies sitting on a picture of a 3-tiered cake stand, but I couldn’t get it to work without making it huge.

I wrote the girls’ names on the sides of the brownies, half of their names on each side. I also drew the lines to mark the sides/tops so they didn’t look like funky brown cardstock diamonds. The girls decorated the tops with glitter, glitter glue, and sequins. They are some neat looking brownies!

For the plates, I cut out ovals from some paisley cardstock. My assistant leader did the silver accents and wrote the kapers down.

After they finished their brownies, I had them write thank-you cards for the women who did our nature center trip last weekend. I’ll drop the cards off next week.

From there, the girls divided into their campout cooking groups to start brainstorming what they want to cook. There is one mom per group who is in charge (not in the same group as her daughter).

We ran out of time to start on the Meet My Customers Badge (cookie-selling). We’ll start it next time. That and the Snacks Badge.  We start our pre-sales of cookies this Saturday. Oh boy. Let the craziness begin.

Daisies 9/27/12

Tonight’s meeting went much better than last week’s. Much better. Even though the girls were a bit rowdy and had some listening issues, none of it was really out of hand – maybe only marginally more than what is acceptable for a bunch of six year olds.

After opening circle, I went over the GS Law again with the girls. First with our Daisy Board, reading the Law to them. Then I passed around a cup with the individual lines in it and had each girl in turn take one, and tell me what she thought that line meant. Some of the girls needed help reading the lines, but then some of the words are not at a first grade reading level. I did have to remind them not to talk out of turn multiple times, but at least it was because they wanted to contribute versus just randomly talking. Bean was the last one to go, and she coincidentally pulled out Responsible For What I Say and Do. We talked about that briefly, and took a break before launching into the subject du jour, the Orange Petal.

I found the game Daisy Islands while searching the web. Basically, it’s musical chairs, but with different sized pieces of fabric (or foam, or whatever) on the floor. Each time the music stops, one is taken away. However, instead of one girl being “out”, they had to keep squeezing more girls onto less pieces of fabric until they all had to cram on to one dish towel. They LOVED IT! And they all (for the most part) did well. Going on the history of my girls and games, this was one was a winner all around. I think we will use it at future meetings to break them up as needed.

Next the girls sat down again and my mom helper passed out Mari coloring pages. While they colored, I gave them examples of being responsible for what you and do. A few of them chimed in, and we had to steer the conversation away from the naughty words one isn’t supposed to say since they seemed to want to try to one up each other on the words. It was nipped in the bud fairly quickly.

Once they finished coloring, I told them to crumple the pictures up in a tight little ball. A few of them were hesitant, and one I had to coax her to do it by promising that I would give her a new Mari coloring sheet after the meeting. Once they crumpled it, I made them try to smooth it out as best they could. This lead into the crumpled paper story of how you can never take back a mean word once it has been said, no matter how much you apologize and try to make it right.

Next up were troop rules. We set them last year, but I wanted to revisit them as a reminder and see if the girls wanted to change them at all. They all voted to keep them the same. It will be hard enough for them to remember to follow those four rules. I couldn’t imagine trying to get them to follow more.

Consequences mostly stayed the same. The big change is on #3 – I call your parent to pick you up instead of sitting out the remainder of the meeting. That got the girls’ attention. We’ll see how many times it takes getting to #3 to curb behavior. Though even my one girl only made it to #1 with a strong threat of #2.  I think I may have stumbled on her currency – snacks and crafts. While this should have been painfully obvious to me before, it wasn’t. I made sure to say multiple times that if the five minute time out happens during a game or a craft or snack that you will miss out. If I can keep this girl at a buzz versus a scream, I will be very happy.

I had meant to introduce my Behavior Daisy, but it got skipped. We’ll go over it at our next meeting. The idea is that every time the troop gets rowdy and doesn’t knock it off, a petal is removed from the daisy. If all of the petals are removed during a given meeting, the meeting is over no ifs, ands, or buts.

My ultimate plan is to glue the yellow center on red poster board, then attach the petals with the stick-um velcro squares.

Our final topic for the evening was kapers. We didn’t have a lot of time left, so the only thing we did was to make kaper markers. I have the girls a blank daisy to color. Then I gave them a center to write their names on. I forgot to bring the glue sticks, so I’ll have to glue them on tonight.

I am either going to punch a hole in one petal to hang it from a hook on our kaper chart, or I’m going to use the stick-um velcro square. I do want to change up what our kapers are this year. We have half as many girls, so I don’t need to stretch it out to accommodate 14 girls. The most I’ll take this year at Daisy level is eight, so my goal is to hit eight kapers. Line Leader is going to be added this year since the girls were bickering a bit about who was it tonight (we use two rooms at the church).

So off the top of my head:
Line Leader
Craft Helper
Snack Helper
Promise Leader
Closing Ceremony Chooser (there has to be a better way to phrase this)

I’m sure the girls will help me round it out when we talk about it at our next meeting. I want the chart prepped and ready to go, so once they decide on the kapers, I can pop them on the board and away we go!

1st Feb Daisy Meeting

Thursday’s Daisy meeting was a bit off. I forgot my outline (and consequently completely bombed the first part of the meeting), and only 9 of 14 girls were there. Although, given that they were a bit hyper, this was probably a good thing.

I started out by going over the Kaper Chart (it was the center of much attention while we were waiting to start) that I should have made last November, but better late than never. There are 14 jobs for 14 girls – that took some planning, and even then two of the girls are Alternates. So the jobs are:

Alternates (2)
Clean-Up Checkers (2)
Craft Helpers (2)
Friendship Squeeze Starter
Promise Leader
Hand Raiser (GS quiet sign – this took some explaining)
Leader’s Helper
Snack Helpers (2)
Song Leader
Triangle Ringer

Given that five girls were missing (including both craft helpers), the one alternate who was there was plenty busy. I co-opted some of the other girls as helpers too. That’s not a problem since they all love helping.

After our Opening Circle, I launched into Vi’s Story. Well…my attempt of it at least. I had a nice little paraphrase/interactive version of it on my outline.  After flubbing the first several lines, I just dropped it and talked about the postcards. I like the idea of receiving postcards from flowers across the world, but it would be so much better if we really received postcards. I put a call out for help in my military network and my former-cruise line-employee network, and came out with a variety of postcards – Japan, Hawaii, UAE, and Australia. One of the moms received some postcards from Nevada and Arizona. Big mistake #2 (after forgetting my outline on my computer desk) was putting all of the postcards in the middle of our circle. The girls started grabbing at them and pretty much stopped listening. I was able to get through two cards, but after that it was a lost battle. On a side, one of the Kindergarteners guessed that the card with a pagoda on it was China – right continent, wrong country, but very good guess for a 5 year old.

At giving up on the postcard idea, we went to the next room to practice the Safety Award. The girls were split into three groups of three. Again, this didn’t last long before they were just too antsy to focus (maybe 5 minutes at most). My group of three was able to get through their addresses/phone numbers and the Heimlich maneuver before they lost it. So I lined the girls up in front of the tumbling mat and hand them s/d/r for me several times to get their wiggles out. While several of the moms and the two craft helpers got the craft set up, I played Simon Says with the rest of the girls. When we went to the craft room, one girl correctly pointed out that I forgot to say “Simon Says” before telling everyone it was craft time. Touché, young Daisy.

The crafts of the evening were Valentine’s Day cards – three per girl – one for their pen pal, two for the pediatric unit of a local cancer research hospital.  Some of the girls really got into making the cards. Some were very creative (as in drawing an outline of their hand and cutting it out of the card). I need to go through the cards to check out the “givability” of some of them. Some of the parents were kind enough to put the ones obviously labeled for pen pals in one paper bag, and ones obviously labeled for the hospital in another. They also bagged up any unused, but still usable, card-making supplies.

During snack-time, the girls exchanged Valentine’s they brought for their troop-mates. After we closed the meeting, I met with the moms there and went over the Spring Product Sale information (nuts and magazines). It’s not a mandatory thing, but it would be nice if each girl sold at least one “share” so they could get the corresponding patch. The “share” program gives nuts/magazines to military personnel overseas. I will give the remaining parents the information at our meeting this coming Thursday.

Adding – one more Daisy earned her Safety Award tonight. This puts the troop at 5 of 14 girls.

And one more aside…Here is the prop I made to help the girls with the GS Law. it’s a foam core board w/three segments so it can stand on its own. The stickers came from the back of the Girl Guide. I put each petal in contact paper for my poor man’s lamination. Each petal/center is stuck to the board with a small piece of velcro. The girls love this board.