There are many ways that your Girl Scout troop can earn the spring green Daisy petal, considerate and caring. One of the things that we as Girl Scout leaders need to foster in our girls is empathy for others. Much of the Girl Scout Law consists of how we treat other people and how we treat our planet. Kindergarten and first grade Daisy Girl Scouts have a natural empathy for others in distress and want to help in any way that they can.
The following activity can also be tied into earning three other Daisy petals:
Green-Use Resources Wisely
Yellow-Friendly and Helpful
Rose-Make the World a Better Place
Before your meeting, you will need to find a local charity that needs what you will be collecting and have a contact person with whom you will be communication. Many times, synagogues and churches work with organizations in the community that can use your assistance.
Once you have selected the charity that will be receiving your Girl Scout troop donation, you will need to email the parents about bringing in a shoebox for the next meeting. You will also ask them to fill the box with a few items that are needed for the project.
For example, when I did this activity with my Daisy troop, we were creating boxes for little girls who lived in a homeless shelter that was run by a local organization. I asked the parents to bring their daughters to the store and help pick out a toothbrush, toothpaste, a hair brush, soap and something pretty for the girl’s hair. I encouraged them to include a surprise treat, like a nail polish or a small stuffed animal to make the box more special.
Have the parents wrap the shoebox in brown paper so the girls will be able to decorate it.
At our meeting, we talked about what being considerate and caring meant. After some discussion, we talked about our project for the day and why we were making boxes of simple items for other little girls.
I brought markers, stickers and crayons for the girls to decorate. They had a great time making it look special. We also talked about the items they chose to bring and why each one was important.
At the end of the meeting, I had them do the coloring page about earning the considerate and caring Daisy Girl Scout petal. This project is a great way to do a community service project with your young troop.