Daisy, Brownie, new Journey oh my!
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|Sun, 09-14-2008 - 11:11am|
Hello all, I have not been here in quite some time. I'm hoping someone can help answer a few questions I can't seem to get answers to here.
Here is my troop situation. I had a troop of 8 kinder age Daisy girls last year. All but 1 is returning and they all made it into 1st Grade. :) Most of them completed all but 2 of their petals. Some of these girls went to our Day Camp this summer and finished up their petals. I had 7 kinder and 1 first grader because there is a set of step sisters in my troop.
This year I'm combining with the other Daisy troop from last year. Their leader is military and will be leaving mid year, so we want to make sure the girls have a place to go (we are very short of leaders, parents don't want to help and usually try to "drop and run"). Along with these girls, I've agreed to take on some siblings, so I now have 15 girls ranging in age from Kinder to 2nd grade. I may end up with a few more, I will stop at 20 girls total, but it is so hard to say no!
I need to bridge my 2nd grader, she actually did Daisy's last year and she is more than ready to be a Brownie. My dilemma is what to do about the 1st grade girls. I've looked at the new journey books for Daisy. I sure do wish i would have had it last year, it would have been a big help and a lot of fun for my girls! I still don't see how it can be a 2 year program, but we shall see. I have 4 new Daisy's that will begin the new journey. I'm going to ask one of their parents to take the lead on the Daisy girls to help me out, otherwise I don't see how I can do both Daisy and Brownie projects at the same meeting. Ideally I would like to work with another parent to plan meetings where they do as many activities together, but when working on the journey, we split the hut in half and go from there.
Ok, here is my major question, what do we do as far as the Brownie try-it's? Are they to be done in addition to the new Journey? Do you not do them? I don't see how the Journey will be enough to keep them going for 2 or 3 years! If I bridge my Daisy's early (which they have told me I can do since this is a transition year and all) I need to keep them busy for 3 years. Are they going to take away all the try-it's next year?
I have not had my Brownie training yet and I don't know when we'll get it since hurricane Ike messed up our plans. There are so many new things this year, nut sales, cookies, being able to do over night's and such, I'm just feeling overwhelmed. I have some great parents that are willing to help, I just need to get them the information!
Ok, I'm going to finish printing off stuff for today's meeting. I know the girls will have fun, some Brownie's from another troop are coming to play games with them while I talk to the parents. :)
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