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Old 06-10-2012, 09:24 PM   #631
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Oooooh. I am so envious of the EPCOT attendees as well as the Rock the Mall attendees!! Was it super hot? We have our 100th celebration on Saturday at Lambeau Field - can't wait!!
Yes, it was hot!! We were lucky and got there early enough to get a spot in a grove of trees with a view of the videotron, too. So it was actually quite pleasant where we were.

But as soon as you were out in the sun for any length of time, it became quite hot.

Also, they didn't have a lot of water fountains set up and it took forever for people to fill their water bottles up. Very poor planning on that part.

But everything else went really smooth. Was exciting to see that many girl scouts and realize how big GS really is.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:05 PM   #632
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I can only imagine...250,000 attendees, I heard? I would have had such chills during the Promise!
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:10 AM   #633
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New Brownie Leader

Hi! My oldest daughter has been with GS for ther last 2 years as a Daisy. This spring I became the Asistant Troop Leader when ours left, plus I was also the Cookie Mom. This year my oldest ages up to Brownies, as does half of her troop. When no one stepped forward to lead I assumed the role. So far I have the time/date/location for meetings and some returning girls. What I still need to do is lesson plan for meetings. I was wondering if you ladies (and gentlemen?) know of any good boards/websites for ideas that correspond with the information in the Brownie binder, or for suggestions on where to begin?

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Old 09-08-2012, 12:52 PM   #634
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Hi! My oldest daughter has been with GS for ther last 2 years as a Daisy. This spring I became the Asistant Troop Leader when ours left, plus I was also the Cookie Mom. This year my oldest ages up to Brownies, as does half of her troop. When no one stepped forward to lead I assumed the role. So far I have the time/date/location for meetings and some returning girls. What I still need to do is lesson plan for meetings. I was wondering if you ladies (and gentlemen?) know of any good boards/websites for ideas that correspond with the information in the Brownie binder, or for suggestions on where to begin?

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Hi This is also my first year as brownie leader. did 2 years as a daisy leader, my second daughter will be joining daisy but won't be a leader for her since one is time consuming enough. I found this website pretty good -http://homepages.uc.edu/~daviser/cgi...ie?action=list most of the ideas are from the old patches but can be incorporated to the new badges. Didn't find any other sights that talk about ideas for the new badges.

I started looking at the badges and have already incorporated through Feb. Here is what I put together - as you can tell several 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.
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2-Nov First Aid Badge (Have mini first aid kits to give to the girls)
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:07 PM   #635
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I added a new thread for Brownies http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2989317 so we can ask questions and share our ideas over there. Hopefully we all will still pop in to help any new daisy leaders out there.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:06 PM   #636
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Daisey 2012!

New leader here! We have 7 first graders and are getting a late start.
Big question about how much to charge for dues? Read through alot of this thread and lots of variations. Wouldlove any help or suggestions.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:55 PM   #637
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We charged $15 for dues for my 3rd grade Brownies as well as my brand-new Kindergarten Daisies. We use that to cover copying, craft supplies, and possible field trips until cookie money comes in (in January). Parents in my troops are responsible for uniforms & any books/binders they may want. Hope that helps!
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:56 PM   #638
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New leader here! We have 7 first graders and are getting a late start.
Big question about how much to charge for dues? Read through alot of this thread and lots of variations. Wouldlove any help or suggestions.
Depends on what you are including.

To make it easier on everyone, I always purchased all the uniforms, official patches, fun patches, pins, books, supplies, etc and then added that all up to determine the dues. Don't forget to include any training you are required to do (1st aid, etc) and any SU fees (ours is $20). We didn't include any field trips. We also didn't sell any cookies the first year so dues were higher.

I think we charged about $85 the first year (but about $45 of that was just the uniform/patches/books) and $45 the 2nd year b/c we didn't have to purchase as many patches/pins, etc.

Each troop is different. It's best to go through what you think your costs will be for the year, in addition to the pins/patches/books, etc and then give yourself a buffer of $5 or so on top of that.

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Old 09-14-2012, 01:48 AM   #639
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Big question about how much to charge for dues? Read through alot of this thread and lots of variations. Wouldlove any help or suggestions.
This is our 3rd year in GS and we have charged $40 in dues every year. This goes for crafts, any supplies used for our meetings, fun patches. We also did pay for some less expensive events but the more expensive one the parents had to pay. The parents bought the uniforms and book before hand. Our first year we did do cookie sales but only did pre-orders. The second year we did both sales and with those funds we bought all the girls their brownie uniforms and patches.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:58 AM   #640
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dues and ideas

thanks that helps alot. the co-leader and I are meeting monday to plan the year. I like the idea of doing first semester dues until cookie money. thanks

would LOVE any and all ideas and suggestions for activities etc. I am working my way through the whole thread, and have googled and read every daisy website until I am cross eyed!!!! We were sort of warned it might be hard to get all the petals in one year, but after reading some of the thread, it doesn't seem like it will be a stretch. Am I missing something??

We are very lucky we have 7 girls and all the parents have said they would help. They are so glad someone else stepped up to lead, they are kissing our feet!
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:40 PM   #641
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Hi everyone! I am a first time Daisy Leader this year. Our troop has 17 girls in it! So far we have had one meeting and the girls earned their Promise Center. Next month we are doing out first petal. I wanted to ask, how frequently do you guys meet? We are doing once a month and I feel like there is so much to cover and not enough time. I want to do as much as possible, maybe I am being too ambitious??? My co-leader wants to focus on petals and keeping things simple and local, but I kindda want to dive in head first and give it our all, KWIM?

Any leaders do things with just their own daughter? There are a few activites that look like lots of fun that I want to take advantage of but my co-leader doesn't want to, would it be bad if I just did them with my daughter? My other thought was offering it to the troop but not making it required, like saying hey this is going on on this date and this location and costs this, you are welcom to join us. What would you guys recommend?

I was checking out Pinterest and I saw TONS of ideas for the SWAPS. Do any of you particiate in that? What would be a good way to do that? Maybe at the Camporee?

I also wanted to do something with Flat Juliette. Have any other troops done that and what did you do for it?
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:24 PM   #642
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I'm not a leader but here's my thoughts- my dd troop meets twice a month. I guess once is ok too. I understand you wanting to do extra. Dd troop did petals and one journey and the leader skimped on the requirements/opportunities, IMO. DD and I spent extra time and earned Thinking Day, Financial leaves, and Global Action patches. We had fun doing it but if I found out the leader did it and didn't give others the option I'd feel upset, KWIM? Either set it up as an extra optional meeting or send home info like a lesson plan for girls to do with their families.
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HI! I am a GS leader and a Trainer for leaders in my local area (Northern Virginia) so I thought I would respond.

My troop is Bronwies/Juniors now but I have been with them since Daisies. We have always had 2 meetings each month- 1.5hrs each. We did the Daisy petals the first year and did a Daisy Journey in the 2nd year.

During those 2 years, we also did a bunch of other activities, outings, service projects, and events. We did a nature hike, toured the local grocery store, marched in town parades, planted flowers at the elementary school, watched a holiday dance show, etc. We also attended some of the events that were being hosted by our Girl Scout Council like a Movie Night, a Singalong, and a Campout.

Some of these things were troop events that we planned on our own and I encouraged the whole group to attend. Others were hosted by other people so I offered it as an optional activity where parents were expected to stay with their children. If most of the girls weren't interested or weren't able to attend, I did go with my daughter if she wanted to.

If your co-leader doesn't want to go overboard, it's probably because she is afraid to take on too much. What I suggest to the new leaders I train, is trying to get a "Troop Committee" organized so the parents can help to make the troop a success.

Send an e-mail to the parents asking them to help and be VERY specific about what you need. Say: "We are looking for parents to help plan the following events..." Every summer, I send out a list of possible field trips and ask parents to do the research and help organize them. If a few parents can plan outings for you, the troop can do more without the leaders being overwhelmed.

You really don't need to go far or do anything fancy for Daisies to have a great time. You can probably get tours at your local Fire Station, Police Station, Animal Shelter, Grocery Store, Ice Cream Parlor, Library, etc.

I would also suggest that you try to find an older girl troop to work with. The Daisies LOVE having older girls (even Brownies) come teach them songs and games! It's a super-easy meeting for you to plan and the older girls can fulfill badge requirements or service requirements by working with young kids.

As for swaps, we usually make them to trade whenever we do something where a bunch of other girl scouts will be there like Camporee, Council Singalong, World Thinking Day Celebration, etc. We also use swaps as "thanks yous" when another troop does something nice for us like when the older girls came to teach the girls about Girl Scout history.

I have heard of troops that did the Flat Juliet project and loved it- but all were older than Daisies. They colored their own Juliettes, wrote letters to go with her, and mailed her to friends and relatives far away. I think it might be best to wait until the girls are at least be able to read the letters that come when Juliet travels someplace new.

OK- I know I just wrote a novel- sorry!
Hope it helps!
Feel free to PM me if you want more ideas!

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Here are my thoughts:

I lead a 3rd grade Brownie troop as well as a brand new K Daisy troop. My 3rd graders meet every other week for 1-1/2 hours. Right now, my Daisies are meeting once a month for 1 hour. We are jumping in nice and slow; getting the girls used to what it's all about as they get used to being in school full-time. We have been working on the Promise & will have our Investiture next month. After that we'll start petal work. After the holidays we will meet 2x a month & try to complete a petal at each meeting, if it's feasible. World Thinking Day is being worked in as well as cookie sales & leaves. We are busy!!

As for outside events, I pass along every one to parents & let them decide if they want to go. With our Daisies the parents are responsible for paying for the admission since our troop is still poor Brownies have one event "sponsored" a month from troop funds (up to $5 per girl). I have no problem with my girls going to events that I can't attend. I'm happy they can (and want to) go on their own! Anything I want to do with my daughters I pass along to the troop. I don't want the "why didn't we get to do this?" backlash!!

We've done SWAPS twice. I don't really see the big deal about them.

Haven't done Flat Juliette yet with either troop.
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I have a Brownie troop and we meet weekly for 1 hour. I co-lead DDs Daisy troop last year and they met as frequently as we do. I understand wanting to do more activities, we would see other troops at regional events whose vests were full of patches, while we had none. This year with the new age level my co-leader and I have decided to focus on one of the Brownie Journey's and then discover the try-its. As a parent I would have been upset to find out that our leaders daughter was earning badges that the rest of us couldn't. This is why I inform parents of upcoming events that they can participate in individually that offer patches or events that we can do as a troop outside of meetings to earn patches. I'm also thinking about sending a few activities home as part of their journey patches so that the process can be sped up, leaving no-one feeling like it's taking forever to earn.

As for SWAPS in the past we've made a few at meetings, and plenty at cookie rallies and other regional events. Tomorrow is our investiture ceremony and we'll be making SWAPS then.
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