Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Our First Meeting!

Despite all my best-laid plans to have the first meeting go smoothly, it was a bit of a disaster! I forgot something at home and thought I could swing by, pick it up, and still get to the meeting on time. Instead, I ended up being 15 minutes late (Sorry parents!). Because of that, we had to skip some of our planned activities. I'll post what we had planned, then what we did. Hopefully your first meeting goes better than mine!

pre-meeting: nametags/decorate journals
    Nametags: Paper Daisy cards: http://pinterest.com/pin/72057662758108532/ 
We had to skip this entirely!
opening: pass out bookmarks. teach promise, law, pledge
We taught the Girl Scout Promise, and skipped the others till next time!

We sang both of these songs while I looked for the mailbox ...

circle: introduce mailbox. name game (activity + name 3x). what does it mean to make a promise? go over rules (http://www.swtblessings.com/2011/07/school-printables.html )
We have a troop mailbox -- each girl has a folder, where they will keep their journals and can give us any paperwork we need. The name game we played was fairly simple -- each girl says her name and something she likes to do, along with an action for the activity. Then, everyone else repeats her name three times while doing the action. We skipped over the rest!


Instead of making our kaper chart, we decorated journals. I brought out all our leftover craft supplies -- foam hearts, construction paper, magazines, puzzle pieces. The girls had a great time!
game: Daisy to Daisy and/or The Wind Blows
We played The Wind Blows. All our girls were great about jumping right in with ideas. My favorite was "The wind blows for everyone with parents"!

closing: Introduce friendship squeeze; give out info cards needed for Safety Award; fave thing about meeting
We introduced the friendship squeeze and gave out index cards with blank spaces for address, home phone number, and parent's cell phone. The parents will fill out the cards for the next meeting, where the girls will copy it down and put it in their notebooks.

How did your first meeting go? 


  1. just stumbled upon your blog...lots of great ideas, thanks for sharing. Can you tell me more about the journals that the girls write in each meeting... I'm thinking about starting a "scrapbook" of sorts with my daisies and was looking for additional ideas. thanks.

  2. I was wondering about the journals too. I LOVE your blog. It is a great resource!

    1. Sure! We buy each of the girls a notebook and let them decorate the cover with magazine pictures, construction paper, etc. Last year, we had questions to ask each meeting -- e.g., "What's your favorite kind of ice cream?" "What's your best day ever?" and the girls would write or draw a picture to answer. This year, we're doing things slightly differently, where we have printoffs that the girls paste into their journals. I need to update for the last couple meetings so you can see what I mean! Thanks for visiting!