The troop really only started meeting at the beginning of February, and our leader had the girls doing various crafts and went over the promise for the first couple of weeks while she figured things out. Then there were a few weeks off for one reason or another, during which I became a volunteer and began training. The schedule was set for us to make troop shirts April 1, have one more meeting April 8, and then do the investiture April 15 before beginning the petals.
The leader, Nicci, and I met a couple of times to work out a few details and put together a game plan. She’s taken care of the paperwork, finding affordable first aid training for us, and organizing files for the girls. I volunteered to help out with session plans and that sort of thing.
After looking at the “Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden” journey book and leader guide, I realized that it’s really an introduction to girl scouting and the law, and I guess you could do the journey first and then earn each petal, basically have an introduction and then look more closely at each line. I figured, though, that the girls would want their petals for the vest before the journey patch, and it was already the plan to earn the daisy after investiture anyway. It looks easy enough to integrate the two, so that’s the plan.
Personally, I’d rather have the investiture before beginning the journey, but it was already scheduled for the 15, and one petal a week after that puts us finishing the last week of June, nice and even. It was too late to bring the investiture forward, and moving the rest back a week would irritate my obsessive sensibilities, not to mention leave us with an extra week before for which we’d have to find some random thing to fill it. So, next week we’ll be working on the promise center, making a popsicle stick door hanger with a line on each stick, and reading the “Welcome to the Garden” story.
- Troop Shirts
Our shirt making went ok. I had seen several examples of troop shirts online, but the really inspiring one was this one from Jennifer Jones on Pinterest. The idea of each shirt having the handprints of everyone in the troop really caught my attention, but I modified it a bit. Each girl (and three leaders) dipped the three fingers they use for the promise in one of the ten colors and printed that petal on all ten shirts, then we each made a fist, dipped the side in daisy blue and stamped the center on our own flowers. I didn’t get pictures like I wanted because it’s hard to use a camera while helping six-year-olds place paint covered fingers in the right places on the shirt. It was a tad chaotic because Nicci was conducting a parent meeting in the same room, and we were working one table for seven girls and two adults, each with a t-shirt. If I had it to do over, I would move production to the floor and had the kids hold their hands differently during application (with an open hand rather than letting them connect their thumbs and pinkies as they do when reciting the promise; there was just too much going on, they were all distracted, and I was haried, so I didn’t take the time to correct them even though I should have.)
As it is, we have lopsided flowers with finger-tip petals instead of full-length finger petals like a wanted, leaving quite a bit of space between the petals and the center, not to mention making it more difficult to get the circle to line up right. As you can see in the pictures, the shorter petals make it a little difficult to tell it’s a flower, but the girls seemed to like it ok. They weren’t ecstatic about it, and some tried to say they didn’t want certain colors, so we’ll see how it goes the first time we ask them to wear the shirts. (My daughter says she loves her, so that worked out, at least.)
Next time: think production through before beginning and cut chaos by moving the parent meeting to another room and having coloring pages or something for the girls who are waiting their turn or have already gone.