As a Senior, one of the legacy badges that I, Patches, recently earned is the Collage Artist Badge. Through online research, I explored different styles of collages and collages of different time periods. I then created my own collages! Have a look:
This is the collage I created for Step 2, Choice 1, and the technique I used is called cubomania. I made the collage by printing out a picture I had taken at the beach, cutting the picture into small squares, and gluing the squares back together in a random pattern. It was fun to choose where to place each square and I love how the finished collage turned out!
This is the collage I made for Step 3, Choice 1. I used materials in only one color - green! I chose the color green for Girl Scouts, and I enjoyed finding materials around the house that are green. I also cut a few things out of magazines.
This is my collage for Step 4, Choice 3. For this collage, I found many common objects and glued them onto a piece of paper. I also cut out some logos from carboard boxes such as Eggo waffles and Nexcare bandages. I was pleased with how it turned out and it does remind me of things that I see and use everyday!
I had so much fun making collages for the Collage Artist badge and hope you will too if you earn this badge! If your troop is considering earning the Collage Artist badge, it is a great indoor activity for winter time camping trip or a Saturday get-together. It is very rewarding to use your creativity and to see what masterpieces you can create!
One of the badges you can earn as a Cadette is "First Aid." In the new Cadette Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, the First Aid badge is a Legacy badge that comes with the badge book. The first step of this badge is to understand how to care for young children. One of the choices for that step is take a babysitting class. Many girls start babysitting when they are around the age of a Cadette. It is important to learn how to help a hurt or sick child and how to deal with emergencies. A babysitting class including first aid will help you in those situations!
Although I (Kitty) have younger siblings and babysit for them, I wasn't really prepared for emergencies and what to do with other people's children. My Cadette troop recently attended a Red Cross babysitting class that was very helpful!
During the class, we were taught the appropriate clothing to wear while babysitting, how to discipline children, how to answer the door or phone when the parent is not home, and how to react when there is an emergency. Then, we learned about first aid. We talked about and practiced the Heimlich maneuver, CPR, and calling 911 for help. These skills are important, and after this class, Cadettes are better prepared for using first aid with younger children. I highly recommend this class!
Is your Junior Troop earning the Social Butterfly Badge? This badge reminds us that it is important to have good manners - including table manners. One of the choices for Step #2 is to practice setting the table. Setting the table is a very valuable skill that Girl Scouts will use the rest of their lives. That is why it is so important to learn it as a Junior!
We found a great resource for this activity at marthastewart.com - it is a set of all of the table items that you can print out to practice setting the table with your troop! The set includes a dinner plate, napkin, cup of water, salad fork, dinner fork, dessert fork, knife, spoon, dessert spoon, and dessert plate. This is a great activity to help Juniors learn about where each item is placed on the table. Once everyone in your troop has practiced together, Juniors can practice setting the table at home with real plates and utensils!
One of the Brownie Legacy Badges in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting is called Fair Play. It includes many activities about following the rules, playing sports, and being part of a team. For Step 1, choice 1, Brownies teach rules of a game to family or friends. As Program Aides at our sister's Brownie troop meeting, we joined the girls in playing games such as Mother May I? and Red Light, Green Light.
We went outside to play the games and the girls had fun running in the field and trying to win. With families being so busy, this badgework is a great opportunity for girls to play group games that are not as common in neighborhoods today. These games could be played during a meeting, a weekend outing, or on a camping trip.
The United Nations has declared October 11 to be the International Day of the Girl! Check out the WAGGGS website for great resources such as a fact sheet, activity guide, and more. Click here for the link to the The World We Want For Girls website - look at the inspiring pictures and postcards being posted from girls and young women all around the world.
Thanks to Girl Scout and Girl Guide leaders around the world who volunteer every day to make this world a better place for girls!!!
A fun Girl Scout tradition that your Daisy troop can easily learn is the friendship squeeze! Girl Scouts of all age levels love to do the friendship squeeze, so get them started on this Girl Scout favorite now! Follow the steps below to complete the friendship squeeze.
Make a friendship circle with the girls in your troop. Cross one arm over the other and take the hand of the Daisy next to you. One Girl Scout in the friendship circle can start the squeeze by squeezing the hand of the Daisy next to her. The Daisy who received the friendship squeeze then passes it on by squeezing the hand of the Daisy on her other side. The friendship squeeze passes around the circle and it is fun to watch it go around! This is an activity that your Daisy troop will love and can do throughout Girl Scouting! It also makes a nice closing to meetings.
Looking for a Halloween costume? You might like this vintage Girl Scout Style:
Last year, our sister was a Brownie for Halloween! She wore the Brownie uniform from the 1960's - a light brown dress with a collar, buttons, and a pocket in the front. Sewn onto the dress at the top of the pocket was a patch that says, "Girl Scouts USA." To complete the vintage look, she posed for pictures with an old Brownie carrying case.
We did not have a vintage Brownie Beanie, so she wore her contemporary one. It still looked very cute and she remembered to perform the old Girl Scout Salute.
Our sister loved trick-or-treating as a Brownie and all of the neighbors loved her costume too! This Halloween, you could be a Girl Scout from another time period, whether you are a Brownie, a Junior, or any other age level or rank. You could even dress up like a Girl Scout Mariner or a Girl Scout from the first troop in Savannah!
Have fun dressing up and incorporating a little Girl Scout Spirit into your Halloween plans!
Wondering how to date a uniform? Here's a great website that allows you to figure out the years the uniform was worn just by looking at the tag on the inside of the uniform! You can also look in the Girl Scout Collector's Guide: A History of Uniforms, Insignia, Publications, and Memorabilia. It just so happens to be on sale right now if you would like to purchase a copy. Check it out on the GSUSA Website!
After looking at the tag on the vintage Brownie uniform, we determined that the tag was sewn in Girl Scout garments from the mid-1950s to 1968. We then consulted the Collector's Guide and learned that this particular dress was introduced in 1961.
It's the first Tuesday of the month - that means it's Camp Time Tuesday!
Ever since we were both Brownies, we have loved practicing knots! Our first lessons came with the Brownie Try-It "Ready, Set, Go Camping." Here is Patches and her troop during their second year of Brownies working on the "Knowing Your Knots" component of the camping try-it.
If knots are new to you, here are some basics. First, you need to buy enough rope for each girl in your troop to have a piece. You also want the leaders and any other adult volunteers accompanying your troop to have a piece as well. We bought rope for our troops at Lowe's. We purchased the rope featured on the left side of the picture below. We like the thickness of this variety as well as its feel - the nylon helps little fingers untie the knots pretty easily.
Tell the store employee how many pieces of rope you need and how long you want each piece to be. At Lowe's, the employee will thread it through a silver tool to measure your order. As your order is being measured, the cutter tool in the metal box is heating up.
Next, the employee will cut each piece to your specifications by holding the rope against the metal bar. Our ropes are around 34 inches long.
The metal bar heats up to sear the rope into individual pieces. As each tip of rope burns, it seals in the fibers to keep them from fraying.
This is what the ends of your rope will look like.
Once all of your rope is cut, you have the option to paint one tip of each piece of rope with finger nail polish or a different kind of permanent paint. The paint on one end of the piece of rope will help girls distinguish between the two ends and will make knot tying much easier. Daisies and Brownies can still get confused when talking about right and left, so the colored tip is a big help with this!
We used Girl Scout green fingernail polish!
After the paint dries, it will be time to tie some knots!
If your troop has never tied knots before, the most basic knot to learn, and perhaps the most famous, is the square knot. This is a simple and fun knot that can be taught by this rhyme:
Right over left and left over right
Makes the knot neat and tidy and tight
Step 1: Have the girls hold the green tips in their right hands.
Step 2: "Right over left" or "green over plain."
Step 3: Pass the green tip through the circle and pull back up.
Step 4: "Left over right" or "green over plain." Pull the green tip through the circle and back up.
With funds from the Girl Scout Cookie Sale, our sister's troop bought art supplies to honor Juliette Gordon Low's artistic ability. As Program Aides, we enjoyed helping set up this scavenger hunt! We bought art supplies like crayons, colored pencils, erasers, markers, and paint brushes. We also took with us a number of paint stir sticks to mark the boundaries of the scavenger hunt. On a fall camping trip, we hid the items in the grass. Each girl had a paper bag and hunted for one of each type of art supply. In the end, they each collected all five of the different items. This kept the scavenger hunt "honest and fair."
The girls loved finding the art supplies in the field! After the scavenger hunt, we donated the art supplies to a local children's charity. It was a great way to remember Juliette Gordon Low on her birthday, and our sister's troop loved completing this fun service project!