Friday, November 2, 2012

Meeting Number Four: Happy Birthday Juliette!

We had two girls as guests tonight - they decided to join our troop!
We are up to 13 girls now - yippee!
We are also now a very full troop - and I am telling the council that we are full.

This meeting was the day after Juliette Gordon Low's birthday (10/31) so we made it a festive occasion! It was more of a party than a traditional meeting.

I hit the local dollar store and got daisy balloons (enough so each girl would have one to take home) and they were hanging over our craft/snack tables. I LOVE our dollar store -- filled helium balloons for $1.00 instead of $7 at the local card or floral shop! I wanted it to be fun to walk into - what could be more fun than balloons?

Early Bird Activity: Still working on coloring the boxes for December's Senior Center Visit
Circle Time
·Review Daisy Wheel. Leader Helper sits on my right. This is the last meeting for the Daisy Wheel - it only had 8 petals and we are now at 13 girls. I have to make a kaper chart. {sigh}
·Theme of the day: Happy Birthday Juliette!
Old business first: We ran out of time last meeting and couldn't do the craft because of all the silliness. Don't get me wrong, we like fun, but it was NOT Girl Scout behavior and I shared with the girls that we can do a LOT in our meeting or we can wait for everyone to be ready to listen/participate. We are guests in a local church and need to respect the room as well as the other people in the building that are having their own meetings.

Then, we passed out any patches that were due, saw if anyone had earned any of their petals from the independent study packs (everyone clapped for them), passed out birthday cards/patches for anyone that had a birthday close. It seems like all my girls were born June-December, LOL!

We tested if they remembered their address and phone number - an assignment from the last meeting to earn their safety award. If yes, they were going to get their pin. They were SOOOOO close!! I am sure they will get it by the next meeting.
We talked about cookie booth expectations as it was our first year selling cookies and we have seven booths set up for November:
  • Wear our vests
  • Bring our smiles
  • Use our manners: Please and Thank you.
  • Customer's come first. (in case it gets slow and they were coloring, etc)

Then we did the Girl Scout Promise.


Parties come with games so we did this one. It had them all cracking up!

(An Action Story) As the story is read, players do the following actions when certain words are said. Practice the motion first so everyone understands. This is easier to play standing up.
"JULIETTE LOW" - Join hands with persons on right and left
"SCOUT’ OR SCOUTING"- Smile and salute
"WORLD" - Spin around once
“FUND” - Punch a button with one finger and say “cha-ching”

In 1912, Juliette Low became interested in scouting while visiting her friends, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, who lived in England and who started Boy Scouting and Girl Guiding in their part of the world.

When Juliette Low came back to America, she thought scouting was so wonderful that she decided to start the first Girl Scout Troop in her own home town of Savannah, Georgia. This she did on March 12, 1912 and this first little troop of eight girls was the first Girl Scout troop in this part of the world.

This first Girl Scout troop was so successful that Juliette Low wanted to see Girl Scout troops all over the world. She knew that Girl Scouting would help girls all over the world become friends and to help build world peace and good will.

Girl Scouting grew and grew until now you are not only a member of your own little troop, but also a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and the world Association of the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Juliette Low died in 1927 and her friends wanted to pay her a great tribute. They knew that her greatest dream was of world friendship and of world peace and that she hoped to accomplish this through Girl Scouting. So her friends started a memorial fund in her honor and called it the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund and each year all Girl Scouts in the United States contributed to this Fund which helps Girl Scouting all over the world.

Your contributions to this Fund will travel to all parts of the world and help Girl Scouts in many ways; maybe it will help to send older Girl Scouts from our country to Our Chalet in Switzerland, where Girl Scouts from all over the world get together to exchange ideas and to help build world peace.

We have no way of knowing how far our contribution may travel; we have no way of knowing what ways it may be returned to us in new friendships and world peace. But we do know that the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund is doing a lot of good. We do know that we are helping the fund to spread Girl Scouting around the world when we make our contribution to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund.
 (They loved it and we all were laughing)

Craft time!
As Juliette sold her treasured pearl necklace to start the Girl Scouts, we let them make their own with pearlish plastic beads and string. Each girl had 5 pearls and clear cord - the 5 pearls were for being able to start scouts when you are 5.

Gift time!
I picked up fun patches for each girl that had Juliette on it. They were wrapped up like little gifts.

Snack time!
We have been doing healthy snacks all year and this time, we made an exception: cupcakes. We sang "Happy Birthday" to Juliette before enjoying them with the juice boxes.

Circle time
Leader Helper passed out Juliette coloring sheets and then we did the friendship squeeze.

Clean Up helpers helped pack up cart... A LOT of girls helped clean up - it was super!
Take home: Their craft, a Juliette fun patch and coloring sheet

Next meeting - we will finish our Blue Bucket award, safety award and do a Thanksgiving craft!

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