End of Year Court of Awards

So, I have a really good excuse for this post being so late, as opposed to all those other times I just failed to write up the meeting. I had a baby on June 4, and our end of year meeting was on the 1, so there you go.

It was a simple affair, really, held in our usual meeting place. We had a veggie dip platter to finish up our snacks badge, made baking soda air fresheners to finish up our household elf badge, and then we had our court of awards.

I used a very simple idea I gathered from the Pinterest conglomerate: a ribbon with the badges attached.

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Each girl had a ribbon with all their earned awards. The journey patches are on one side, the skill badges on the other, and the “fun patches” are on the name badge itself. I also printed out little brownie elves to decorate the name badge a bit. (As you can see, my daughter earned a few council’s own badges as well, which are worn on the back with the fun patches, so her name tag is particularly crowded.) This not only prevented the patches from climbing up around the girls’ necks, but was a handy way of letting moms know where they go on the uniform once they get home without requiring a print out.

Now, not every girl made it to every meeting, so some of them were missing requirements for this badge or that, so I made up personalized badge requirement sheets that only have the steps they missed included. That way, they can finish up over the summer if they so desire.

And that’s it for our year. There are a few personal achievements I might take my daughter through over the summer, like the “My Promise My Faith” pin, or the Brownie Safety pin. It depends on what she wants to do. I’m telling you, nothing has helped me conquer my tendency to be a tad over-controlling concerning my daughter’s choices than Girl Scouts.

The End of Year Awards Ceremony

Well, I completed most of my objectives. My kindergarten Daisies completed two journeys, and my daughter, my only first grader, completed the third. My kindergarten Daisies earned their first financial literacy leaf: money counts, and my completed the other. She also earned her first aid pin and one my promise, my faith pin. Everyone earned all their petals as well as the global action badge. We didn’t form in time for World Thinking Day or cookie sales. Not bad for a troop that formed in February, if I do say so. The only thing I didn’t get done my daughter’s second my promise, my faith pin. (I know, one promise-faith pin/financial leaf a  year, but she was a Daisy last year, they just didn’t have a troop for her and didn’t want to multi-level a troop for one kid, I guess, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything for her to fit them in.)

It was such a nice day, even in a Texan August, that we decided to have the ceremony outside. We started the awards ceremony with the presentation my daughter needed to do in order to complete the promise-faith pin.

My Promise, My Faith

My Promise, My Faith

She had chosen “Make the World a Better Place” as the line of the law to explore, and she decided that the fruit of the spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 teach us how our faith makes us people who want to make the world a better place, and, at the very least, better people make a better world. She talked to her children’s pastor about it, and I found as many quotes from women on the subject as I could, so she could pick out the ones she liked. She chose:

“You have two hands: one for helping yourself and one for helping others.” -Audrey Hepburn

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; it is all that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

and

“Do not wait for leaders. Do it yourself; person to person.” -Mother Teresa

She made a poster for each quote, the Bible verses, and fifth one for the who concept. (I used stencils for the letters for her except for the fifth one, and she colored/decorated them.)

After her presentation, I gave her the awards she had earned independently, and kind of told the other girls about them since they will probably be earning them this year.

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After that, our leader presented all the girls with the badges they had earned together.

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Then it was time for my baby to bridge. She had attended a recruitment rally in the spring that followed a presentation the community had made at our local public preschool, and then she accepted an invitation from a bridging troop of third grade Brownies in May. Our community has a neat little bridge we were able to use.

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It was a simple ceremony, like most of what we’ve done, but she loved it.

Bridging to Brownies

Bridging to Brownies

Now we’re in hiatus until our start of year community meeting and rally. Hopefully I’ll get some sweet, dedicated second graders to join my little girl in Brownies. If not, multi-troop meetings it is. There’s another tiny Brownie troop, three third graders, that would join my second grader and two first graders if none of us get any more, or if we each only get one or two. Wouldn’t be terrible, since we plan and doing a significant amount of activities together anyway. We just have to wait and see.

Back-log 5: Our Garden Party – from June 28

To celebrate the completion of the “Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden” journey and the girls having earned all their petals, we had a garden party at a local play park. The girls got to play for a little bit while we set up and chatted (at this point is was just us leaders and one other couple), and then we called to the table. One girl finished her last picture to earn the “respect myself” petal, and another made her paper chain links. Once everyone was truly all caught up and done, we had a short little ceremony that was little more than me telling them I was proud of them. It wasn’t near as organized as our investiture and should have been a bit more than it was. Two girls had their petals already ironed on their vests and I presented them that way, the third received the petal patch packet. Only one of the girls had the daisy petal added to the journey patch already, and I had left my daughter’s at home, so it wasn’t a fancy or elaborate deal at all, but the girls liked it and they got to snack on a fruit tray we’d brought and play on a playground, so they were happy.

I also sent home their completed daisy flower garden murals. Just a reminder, I found the idea and most of the instructions for that wonderful project over at the OCD Girl Scout Leaders blog.

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my amazing daisy flower garden mock up

my daughter's amazing daisy garden mural

my daughter’s amazing daisy flower garden mural

Sorry for all the back logs, but summer is a busy time, and, frankly, I’m fortunate enough to get everything else done. This blogging thing really is so much easier to do on a regular basis than it is to catch up with…

Daisy Investiture

Our investiture went much more smoothly than I expected, and the girls really enjoyed it. I had found a few ideas on pinterest and modified them to make them our own.

First of all, our leader put together a wonderful snack table:

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Second, I had found numerous examples of decoration that involved some form of a cut out daisy on the floor, used as a runway, and it is apparently popular for a troop to create a daisy, either before or during the investiture, with a girl’s name on each petal of a daisy and the leaders’ names on leaves. I loved both of those ideas, but I decided to tweak the latter just a bit and combine the former with another idea I found and fell in love with.

the setup

I used a blue dot for the daisy center to represent the daisy promise, but also so that I could use it in a later photo op and avoid having to use two pieces of cardstock, because I’m thrifty like that. The poster is the base of my take on the troop flower. I decided I really liked that idea, but what I liked better was making the girls into a daisy garden. You can kind of see the watering can in the corner, made to look like the one in the Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden journey. Our leader and I signed the watering can to represent our roles in helping the girls grow, and the troop numbers (we have kindergartners as well as first graders) are written across the grass at the bottom.

receiving the waggs and daisy membership pins

Our leader called each girl’s name, and when she came forward, she was pinned with the yellow daisy tab (pre-pinned with the WAGGS and daisy membership pins.) The WAGGS pin is upside down, and the girls can have a parent spin it over once she has completed three “good turns” without being prompted.
placing her flower in our daisy garden

 

Then she was handed her daisy (I had all the girls write their names on a pre-made daisy as they came in and had glue dots already on the back; our leader just had to expose the dots before handing the girl the daisy). She got to place the daisy in the garden anywhere she wanted as long as it didn’t cover another girls flower. I trimmed the stems to fit afterward.receiving the promise center for her flower chart and hair clipthe daisy clip

After placing her daisy in the garden, our leader presented the girl with a handmade daisy hair clip she had made, and the paper version of the daisy promise center badge. (I’ll explain that in a minute.)presenting a daisy scout!Finally, I presented “Daisy Scout ___” to the audience of family members. There was also a troop presentation after the last girl.

Since we’re immediately going to begin earning the petals and have been working on the promise for about a month while we got everything else smoothed out, and because we had just asked the parents to buy membership pins and journey books/patches because we’re doing Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden while we earn the petals, I decided it would be a good idea to have some way the girls could keep track of petals they’d earned so far while still waiting until the end and presenting the patches all at once. After all, they’ll get the back ground garden patch next week and the bee and the watering can during, I kind of wanted to find a way to keep getting the patches a special occasion rather than an every week closer. I didn’t want them getting used to that and wondering what happened once we moved on.

So, I came up with the flower chart. It has the promise across the bottom, which they “signed” at the investiture, and as they earn each piece, they get the colored petals to place on the outline beneath.

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My mock-up convinced me it would work, but I had some tweaking to do on the version I ended up giving the girls. To begin with, I actually looked at the law and got the first line right, and I placed it on the left rather than just above the light blue petal, hoping it makes enough sense to read it in a spiral rather than starting with Violet. Also, rather than doing hand lettering for everything, and to make the flower outline easier, I used a translucent clipboard as a light table, placing a table lamp on the floor to shine up through it as I traced the promise (for the font) and the flower outlines. The lines of the law were small enough that I did hand lettering. They were all made on large paper I had on hand, not standard 8 1/2 x 11. Not sure the exact measurements. Perhaps 11 x 14?

2014-4 girl scout law petals - flower chartAfter the investiture, each girl placed her promise center on her chart.
signing the promise on their flower chartsplacing the promise center on the flower chartWith all ceremony completed, I gathered the girls for one last photo op.what a beautiful daisy!

This idea was taken from a blog I found through pinterest, also with an example another version of the flower runway. The girls got a real kick out of this picture.

And, finally, it was snack time. While the girls enjoyed the delicious cupcakes provided by our leader, I even had time to finish reading the Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden story from last week. It amazed me how smoothly things ran.

*The charts, the flowers, and the garden background/watering can altogether took me the Sound of Music and 2 episodes of Gilmore Girls to complete. The daisies were all cut from Colorbok card stock using scrapbook cropping templates to get the circle centers and oval petals, but the flower chart petals were all cut by hand from random stash card stock because I didn’t have a template that provided a narrow enough oval.

*A special thanks must be made to my wonderful husband who commandeered my camera and insisted on taking the pictures. As a result I not only have the whole thing documented, but there is photographic proof that I was involved.