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Red Petal – Courageous & Strong


I am in the process of doing this Petal with my Daisies right now. I introduced the Petal with a discussion about what courageous and strong mean, then we read The Terrible Plop and talked what the various characters did and how they behaved (I try to always start a Petal off with a picture book as I do not like the stories in the Girl’s Guide).

The next step in earning the Petal was teaching the girls how to schoolyard jump rope. I did this with my older daughter’s troop and was surprised that none of them had ever done it before. Jump rope, yes…but not the schoolyard style where two people turn the rope while a third person jumps. Running and jumping into a spinning rope is kind of scary if you’ve never done it before.

However, that is not how I started the girls. I demonstrated how to do it, but for round one, the girls just jumped while the rope was slowly swung back and forth. Most of them were not able to get the rhythm down to jump over the rope, even with guidance – make sure to stay on the X on the floor, face one of the moms turning the rope, watch the rope so you know when to jump. Round two was optional. This time the rope was swung in a full circle and the girls had to run and jump into it. (Note: we did this at a second meeting, and more girls were successful in getting a jumping rhythm.)

The rest of this Petal will be earned by playing with slime (equal parts Elmer’s school glue to liquid starch –  white vinegar will get the slime out of everything from hair to clothes to carpet), and a visit from a K-9 Officer who will give a demonstration and talk to the girls about being courageous and strong (the same officer did this with my older daughter’s troop as well).

**I tied this Petal in with the 3 Cheers for Animals Journey when I did it with my older daughter’s troop several years ago.**

The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky
Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
Sheila Rae the Brave by Kevin Henkes
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen
Peep: A Little Book About Taking a Leap by Maria van Lieshout

There are many other books out there that would work for C&S. If you want to focus on strong women, take a look at the book selection on A Mighty Girl (here is a link to their top 100 picture books).

*Learn to jump rope (schoolyard style)
*Relay races
*Superheroes (look at the activity plan from GS River Valleys)
*Do a show-and-tell focused on courageous and strong women
*Create a skit and perform it for their families
*Play with slime (or maybe do a variation on the Halloween touch boxes with peeled grapes and cold spaghetti noodles)

Field Trips/Meeting Visitors
Dance studio
Martial arts studio
Indoor rock climbing
K-9 Officer demonstration
Police / Firefighters / EMT / Military


Daisies: Red Petal


I did not use the new guide whatsoever for this Petal. I find the story manufactured and what amounts to an adult’s pipe dream of how playground bullying is successfully resolved.

What We Did (conveniently linked for more details)
*Local K9 officer came to a meeting and talked to the girls about his job
–> Read Officer Buckle and Gloria
*Learned how to do school-yard jump-roping
*Played an action relay
*Played a “spin around in a circle while your forehead is pressed against a baseball bat” relay
*Made animal flip books using animals the girls thought are strong/courageous

Other Ideas
*Set up an obstacle course for the girls to run through
*Invite a dance teacher to give the girls a lesson (or visit a dance studio)
*Invite a martial arts teacher to give the girls a lesson (or visit their school)
*Set up an anti-bullying session with a martial arts school
*Take a self-defense class
*Take a field trip to a gymnastics school
*Take a field trip to an indoor rock climbing studio
*Do a show-and-tell focused on courageous women
*Create a skit and perform it for the girls’ families
*Have the girls pretend to be superheroes, what would their powers be?, what would they do? See the GSRV guide.
*Try a new/exotic food
*Invite a firefighter/EMT/military member to a meeting to speak to the girls
*Go camping (-lite)
*Have a fashion show or an pet show (using stuffed animals)
*Play Emotion Charades (girls have to act out an emotion in front of the troop w/o talking)

Journey Tie-Ins
3 Cheers for Animals!

Picture Book Possibilities
*I have read some, but not all, of the books below. Please preview before using.
Mirette on the High Wire
The Paper Bag Princess
Harriet and the Roller Coaster
Sheila Rae, the Brave
Brave Irene
The Princess Knight
The Tale of Sir Dragon: Dealing with Bullies for Kids
A Bad Case of the Stripes
Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent
Brave Charlotte
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers