Help!!!! I am a new Daisy leader

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Registered: 05-25-2003
Help!!!! I am a new Daisy leader
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Sun, 05-25-2003 - 2:52pm
I just signed my youngest upto be a daisy. My oldest is a brownie and never was a daisy. I decided to be a leader since they needed leaders and I am a pre-school teacher and am comfortable working with 4 and 5 year olds. My problem is I know nothing about daisies. I will have noproblem doing crafts with them, but what else should they be doing? I just want it to be fun for them. Any advise
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Sun, 05-25-2003 - 3:18pm
WELCOME! It's so exciting that you decided to become a Daisy Leader!! The basics of a Daisy year is to teach the girls the girl scout law. This is done by earning "petals" of a Daisy Flower. Each petal represents one line from the law. So, sometimes there will be a craft and sometimes a lesson. To me (I'm a soon to be 2nd year Brownie leader who did Daisies last year) I found Daisies a bit more challenging then Brownies because the "how to do it" isn't spelled out as well as it is with "Try-its". However, you are fortunate that you're starting early and you've found this board. This board gave me SO many great ideas!!

Of course you'll have some training to go thru. But if you want a head start you could go to the GS council office and purchase the Daisy books and see what is in store for you. One thing I found in the Handbook was that the recomendations for the petals involved a lot of talking. Well...I'm not into talking and the girls aren't into talking. So, I came up with a lot of visuals. If they could see something or do something I felt it stuck with them better.

We also did outings. Very simple things that got the girls used to going somewhere without mom.

You'll also need to start looking for that VERY important co-leader!

Good luck, stick around, and ask lots of questions. We always love sharing ideas and pointing you to stuff we've found online :)

Hugs and Congrats ! Margaret

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 7:27pm
Woo Hoo! Welcome to the fold! Daisies are really fun, because you don't have the pressure of product sales, camping, etc., that you do with the older girls. Also, the girls will LOVE you no matter what you do. It's a great period of time to ease them into GS, giving them time to learn the promise and law, and get used to the routine of a meeting, working with others, listening to directions, and so on.

My dd's were Daisies before the petal program came in, so I'm not too familiar with it. It does seem it gives you great leeway to interpret the promise/law as you see fit. Try to break up the activities so that you are not always doing a craft or talking. Work in field trips, books, service projects, and games to explain the parts of the Law. Of course, not everything is about the petals; do some stuff that's just plain fun, like celebrating the holidays and teaching the girls about GS history and traditions.

The Daisy year is also the best time to set up your parent committee - don't try to do everything by yourself. You can have positions like treasurer, field trip "mom", first aider, registrar, craft "mom", and the all important Co-Leader. Make up a Troop Handbook, including rules and regs for your troop (consequences of misbehavior, do parents stay at meeting, what uniform pieces do you want the girls to wear, making up petal work if they miss a meeting, and on and on). Figure out what dues you will charge, and what the money will cover (petals, field trips?). Get your craft box ready - ask for donations from the parents (either actual "stuff" or money to buy supplies). Fill your box with construction paper, glue, scissors, tape, crayons, markers, and anything else you think you might need.

Try to get your training over this summer, so you won't have to do it in the fall. Get your handbook done, make up your flyers, start collecting ideas for crafts and games. Read the Daisy and leader books, including Safety Wise. Do you already have a meeting place? If not, start looking now. What time and day will you meet? How often - one a week, twice monthly? You will find tons of GS info on the net, so do a few searches now and then, and you'll pick up lots of ideas. Most of all, keep coming to this board, because we ALL geniuses here - ROFLOL!

Anywho, I'm sure you'll do a great job, considering you are so used to working with the Daisy age group. You'll develop your own style and become confident quickly. Just remember to keep it loose and have fun!

Good luck!

Homey

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Wed, 10-22-2003 - 12:28pm
Daisies love to get rewards for their efforts so definitely go for the Daisy petals. Aside from crafts, I would recommend learning some games and songs. If it is warm where you are, take them outside to explore nature and their surrondings. There is a wonderful Daisy Coloring Book online. You can find it at scoutingweb.com. Also, if you don't have time to prepare for crafts, you find some easy pre-cut, pre-packaged inexpensive crafts at orientaltrading.com

- jennifer & tyler (3/18/03)

- jen Mom to Tyler (3/18/03) and Sarah (7/28/05)