On January 20th, I ran a Journey in a day workshop for the Daisy Journey, 3 Cheers for Animals!. I had previously tried to plan something through Council, which turned out to be a complete bust, so my Membership Manager did all of the major legwork for me while I hashed out the details. For the most part, I copied what I did with my girls last year in terms of format and activities.
We set the event to go from 10am-3pm. We ended up not starting until 10:30 because of snow, and because we only had 15 girls (a nice number for a trial run of this), the event ended around 1:30. If I had been able to get a service animal, or K9 officer or SPCA rep it would have gone on a little longer. I think when we do this again, we’ll cap the event at around 25 girls. Any more than that and trying to keep order while rotating through baking biscuits would be tough. I also hope that any leaders and parents who come in the future will be as willing and gracious about helping as the ones this time around were
Everything I did with the girls are suggestions and ideas. I’ll probably modify some of the things we did for the next time. Honestly, the main point of this Journey is for girls to learn how to care for animals and keep them safe, to share what they learned with others, and complete a service project to help the animals. And it can be any kind of animals. I chose pets since the girls can relate to them easily. It could be animals in a zoo or aquarium. It could be local wild animals (this would be fun especially if there is a wild animal rescue group in your area). It could centered around your girls’ favorite animals. How you teach the intent of the Journey is limited only by your imagination and the resources available to you.
**I am tentatively doing a Journey in a day for Earth & Sky once Spring is up and blooming.**
What we did:
This is going to be abbreviated because of all of the photos. If you have questions about specifics, please ask.
*Opening Circle / Intro to the Journey
*Read Children Make Terrible Pets
*Talk About Pet Care/Safety – brainstormed ways we care for our pets and keep them safe.
*Made Pet Puppets
(split the girls into two groups)
*Bake Dog Biscuits
*Make Pet Masks – I had intended for the girls to dance with their masks on, but it didn’t work out that way.
*Go For a Walk
*Play Pet Bingo
*Draw Pages For the Pet Care/Safety Book – I took the pages the girls colored to a printer to have a copy made for each participating troop. My MM will mail the copies out for the troops to give to a local veterinarian or rescue/humane society group.