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Old 09-08-2012, 12:04 PM   #1
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Hi Since a lot has bridged to Brownies this year and we don't have a thread yet, thought a new one would be good for us to have. Hopefully all of us will still pop in the Daisy thread to help answer any questions that they might have.

This year I have 6 girls and we will be joining our meetings with another brownie troop who are in there 2nd year so we will have 11 total in our meetings. We decided to do this since my co-leader has 2 girls one in my troop and the other in the other troop. Of course we are still short some volunteers but this year I am incorporating the parents to volunteer to lead one meeting. I did this in my 1st year daisy troop which worked out well and should have done it for the second year too.

We will be having 2 meetings a month plus any service unit activities. For our meetings so far, I put this agenda together. Some of the badges coincides with what GS event is coming up like Cookie sales in Jan - to meet my customers, etc. We will also being doing the Water Journey book near the end of the year. Haven't gotten the book to look it over to see if we can also incorporate the skill building badges to the journey awards (if anyone knows off hand I would love to know)

5-Oct Celebrating Community - doing a parade the next day.
19-Oct Investiture ???or do the SU one
2-Nov First Aid Badge (Have mini first aid kits to give to the girls)
16-Nov Safety Award Pin
7-Dec Philanthropist Badge
4-Jan Meet My Customers
18-Jan Give Back Badge
1-Feb Thinking Day Project
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
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We will be doing the post card exchange again - this will be our 3rd year and the girls have lots of fun and perfect for thinking day. They have started their sign up for this year
http://www.mythinkingday.com/
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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thanks for starting up the new Brownie thread! We have our first Brownie meeting on Wednesday and I am excited (now) to start the new year. I definitely enjoyed having the summer off.
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:05 PM   #4
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Ok, about our troop. We have the same 6 girls from last year and we are not adding any more girls. I am a troop co-leader, along with my good friend. Both of our daughters are in the troop and they are best friends.

We meet 2x/month in the evenings and nearly all the moms come to our meetings. We are having each mom take over one meeting to do the assigned badge (Painting, Girl Scout Way, Meet My Customers, Money Manager) and my co-leader and I will do the rest. I think we are saving 3 for next year. I will encourage the girls to do the Make Your Own Patch each year, but it is not required.

At the end of the year, we'll go to a local restaurant with families and each girl will give a brief presentation of their Make Your Own Patch to everyone.

At this time we are not doing a Journey but hope to pick one for next year.

Our first year of Daisies we made a Daisy Rag Doll. This year we are making a Brownie Elf doll to be her friend and my co-worker who sews made the girls messenger bags with the fabric that they picked out. My daughter chose Rapunzel and Tiana fabrics -- go Disney!!

Right now we have 3 unplanned meetings which we'll use to help finish badges or plan Princess party or Game Nights, etc.
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:58 PM   #5
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Marshay - Yes summer was a nice break!

We haven't done a Make Your Own Patch - I think that is a wonderful idea on them presenting it too. I think I will have to incorporate it into our agenda
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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Thanks for starting the new thread. I love getting the good ideas that everyone has. I had 4 of the 5 girls from last year reregister and so far have added 2 new girls. There is a roundup next week, so I wonder if any more girls will sign up.

I am good friends with my coleader and both of our girls do cheer also. So with that taking up a lot of time, it is hard to fit the gs stuff in. We have a Brownie skills day coming up that at least 4 girls are going to. I invited the two new ones, one cannot go and I have not heard from the other. We will have our first meeting in three weeks, since I am leaving for Disney Friday

I do not like how you have to average 20 nuts per girls to get the extra cookie money. All you had to do before was participate.

Have you see the Browine shirts at Old Navy? They are super cute!
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:00 AM   #7
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This year we are making a Brownie Elf doll to be her friend
Is there a pattern or kit for the Brownie Elf doll?

Oh and, how cute is she? Love the new elf
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:10 PM   #8
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I don't understand how your nut sale affects cookie money. In my council, they are separate.
The water journey is fun
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:41 PM   #9
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My daughter just graduated to Brownie this year, and I am the new co-leader. We are going to Disney in a couple weeks, does anyone know if there are any badges or anything she can work on while we are there? We havent had our first meeting yet so I dont really know how the badge thing works. Thanks!
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:44 PM   #10
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My daughter just graduated to Brownie this year, and I am the new co-leader. We are going to Disney in a couple weeks, does anyone know if there are any badges or anything she can work on while we are there? We havent had our first meeting yet so I dont really know how the badge thing works. Thanks!
Well if nothing else, there is a Make Your Own badge that she can earn. If you have the book, you can read the "rules" associated with it. (maybe you can also find on-line).

But that gives me a GREAT idea -- thanks so much!

We are going in January 2013 and I can have her pick a topic about Disney, research it ahead of time, go to Disney and "do it/see it, etc" and then when she gets back she can design her badge for it.

How cool!!!
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:13 PM   #11
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Subbing! We have our 1st meeting on Monday...so excited to get back into it! We have 22 girls...holy cats. 15 returners from last year.
We have so much planned!! We've finished the Legacy badges and are working on skill builders for the first half of the year. My Family Story, My Best Self, Making Friends, and a MYO anti-bullying are in the first three months capped by investiture. Then Philanthropist and money badges during Christmas & cookie sales. Brownie Quest after that, then Bridging preparation. Whew!!
I think in our council, you have the opportunity to earn an extra amount per cookie box sold if your troop averages a certain amount of nuts sold per girl. We're skipping that - cookies are enough for us!!
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:23 PM   #12
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Subbing! We have our 1st meeting on Monday...so excited to get back into it! We have 22 girls...holy cats. 15 returners from last year.
We have so much planned!! We've finished the Legacy badges and are working on skill builders for the first half of the year. My Family Story, My Best Self, Making Friends, and a MYO anti-bullying are in the first three months capped by investiture. Then Philanthropist and money badges during Christmas & cookie sales. Brownie Quest after that, then Bridging preparation. Whew!!
I think in our council, you have the opportunity to earn an extra amount per cookie box sold if your troop averages a certain amount of nuts sold per girl. We're skipping that - cookies are enough for us!!
Wow Jen!! That sure is a lot of badges!!
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:06 PM   #13
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So far our meetings have been going well. We gave 17 girls on our troop! A huge increase from the 3 Daisy's we started with last year. Our last two meetings have been covering the GS promise and apples. We went apple picking last weekend and even pressed cider. I then brought in cider fit everyone to taste so even those who couldn't attend could sample what we made.

Our investiture is coming up in a few weeks. Are there any special activities that you have done in preparation?

Also any advice for the brownie Quest journey?

Someone mentioned operation snowflake, what's that?
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:28 PM   #14
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we finished the Celebrating Community badge last week. It was fun. We learned about our state. I passed out several pieces of paper to each girl with what represent our state - i.e. our flag, flower, song etc. The girls guessed what it is our tried to describe it. Then the person who had that piece of paper read out load what it was and gave further detail.

We also sang our state song, practiced marching around, and they drew pictures of what would represent themselves. Then next day we went and had fun participating in the Salmon Parade.

This week I found out how many more new girls wanted to join so I will be getting 5 more girls for a total of 10. One thing I am surprised is that our state does not like to mix the age troops. Don't know why but the sister troop we have our meetings don't have to many girls and one girl decided not to come back so they only have 4 which are 3rd grade brownies and we are 2nd graders but they did not give them any new girls for their troop. And I know that they actually had a total of 15 new 2nd graders to place into a troop. I just think it's odd that our state doesn't like to mix the troops

We will be attending our investiture / rededictation in a couple of weeks too that our service unit is putting on. The only thing I will need to prepare is have their membership pins, certificates, and a brief speech at the beginning.

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:17 PM   #15
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I'm glad I found this thread. More ideas are always needed.

I have a combined Daisy/Brownie troop. We have 12 total girls - 5 Daisy and 7 Brownie. We have a very ambitious year planned so I am hoping we can get to it all.

We want to complete all petals and all journeys for the Daisies and two journeys and the associated skill badges for the Bronwies.

Our first meeting concentrated on the Girl Scout Law and Promise. We have also done a field trip to the Fire Station. We are on Fall Break right now, so no meetings, but we do have a trip to our local food bank planned. When we get back from break we are going to continue our work on the Brownie Quest journey, Dancer badge, and my Best Self badge. After we do all of the dance badge requirements we are going to have a dance show for all the families. We are tying all of the Daisy stuff in with this as well. That's our plan through Thanksgiving. We are hoping to have through December planned in the next couple of weeks.

Does anyone have any ideas for Take Action projects? This is where we are having the most trouble.
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