My kindergartner has had a year of thrills so far.
After tagging along to elementary school since she was in the womb, she finally got to go this year as a bona fide student. She was ecstatic. And now? After tagging along to all her older sister’s Girl Scout meetings and field trips, she’s finally a Daisy scout. She’s so excited.
Since I already lead an older girl troop, I figured I might as well lead the Daisies, too. I kind of have an idea of the things that work now and the things to skip or tweak, so hopefully this time around will be even better than the first. Poor older kids, having to be my guinea pigs until I get things figured out.
And because I know how hard it is to come up with ideas for meetings, I thought it might be helpful to share what we did at our first Girl Scout Daisy meeting with you!
One of my biggest goals for scout meetings is to make them different from school. We meet right after school, and some of the kindergartners go full day, so the last thing they want to do is sit and do worksheets or color. I try to make sure we have a game, a snack, some songs — fun things that get them moving. We did do a little bit of sitting, but we try to keep it to a minimum.
We started our meeting with a snack that the girls helped me make. Since this is Girl Scouts, we made S’Mores Trail Mix. Very simple, no prep work ahead of time, and easy for the girls to help with.
S’Mores Trail Mix
- 2 c mini pretzels
- 1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 c mini marshmallows
- large mixing bowl
- measuring cups and spoons
Have the girls line up. Each girl takes a turn adding one scoop of the ingredients to the bowl and then stirring before the next girl’s turn. When your mix is finished, use a measuring cup to scoop trail mix into individual baggies or paper cups for the girls to have.
While the girls were helping with snack, I passed an email sign up sheet around to the parents. I’m going to set up a Sign Up Genius form for snacks and helpers at each meeting, and I’ll send parents an email with information on uniform costs and other information they need.
After snack, we got to know each other a little better. Not all the kids are in the same class, so we played an ice breaker to make some new friends.
Animal Sounds Ice Breaker:
Print out the animal pairs sheet here and cut out each animal. Each girl should get an animal, and one other girl should have its match — so if you have 10 girls, you need 5 animal pairs. Have the girls pick their animal from a bowl or other container, without showing anyone which animal they got. They then circulate making only their animal noise until they find the other kid making the same animal noise. When they find their buddy, have them sit down together. The game continues until everyone is buddied up.
*If you have an odd number of girls, or a very large troop, print the sheet twice and have groups of three instead of two.
Once the girls are buddied up, have them get to know each other by asking:
- their buddy’s name
- how many siblings they have
- their favorite food
- their very favorite thing to do
If you have time, you can go around and ask each person to tell what they learned about their new friend.
After our ice breaker, we made nametags. I cut trefoil shapes out of cardstock using this template before the meeting and punched holes through the top. The girls wrote their names and decorated their nametags with stickers, markers, and crayons. We then threaded lanyard through the top so they can wear them. I made sure to collect our nametags at the end and I’ll hand them out before each meeting.
Then we looked at the Girl Scout Daisy uniform, and at all the petals we plan to earn this year. We talked about the different colors, and talked in simple terms about what each means. Here’s a breakdown:
- light blue — honest and fair
- yellow — friendly and helpful
- spring green — considerate and caring
- red — courageous and strong
- orange — responsible for what I say and do
- purple — respect myself and others
- magenta — respect authority
- green — use resources wisely
- rose — make the world a better place
- violet — be a sister to every Girl Scout
And that was our first meeting! The girls seem pretty excited about the next one.
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