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Heading Here if Needed. Snapshot of the Journey Line two here. SNAPSHOT OF THE JOURNEY SESSION 1 Getting Ready for the Road SESSION 2 The Road Trip Begins The Daisies begin to express their feelings and start to understand and experience the joys of travel, especially outdoors in nature. The Daisies continue to explore what makes them unique as they start to consider the feelings of their sister Daisies and expand their knowledge of shapes in nature. SESSION 3 You, Me, How Different We Can Be The Daisies continue to explore their feelings and how they might differ from one girl to another. They also explore the range of colors in nature and earn their Blue Bucket Award. SESSION 4 Living the Law, and So Many Seeds The Daisies explore living the Girl Scout Law through favorite flower friends and expand their knowledge of seeds and how they travel as a step to understanding how vegetation can vary around the world. The girls also try their hand at origami. SESSION 5 Special Skills, and Textures, Too The Daisies continue to explore their similarities and differences as they consider the skills they contribute to their Daisy group and gain an understanding of the diversity of shapes in nature. 10
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SESSION 6 We Have Skills and So Do Plants SESSION 7 In the Land of Milk and Cheese The Daisies make use of their special skills and begin to understand the special skills of plants, too. The girls also have an option to paint with natural colors made from fruits, vegetables, and other natural items, and they earn their Firefly Award. The girls take the flowers friends story to a personal level by learning about how foods can affect how they feel and by tasting foods from their region. They also take a walk in nature to explore textures. SNAPSHOT OF THE JOURNEY SESSION 8 When the Flowers Meet the Trees The Daisies choose a project idea, practice talking about it, and create visual tools for their project. They also have an option to make bark rubbings. SESSION 9 Protecting a Natural Treasure The Daisies team up to protect a natural treasure of Earth and hear the final chapter of the flower friends’ road trip story. SESSION 10 On the Road to New Adventures The Daisies celebrate all they’ve learned and done along the journey! The girls also earn the Clover Award. 11
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Heading Here if Needed. Awards Along the Journey Line two here. AWARDS ALONG THE JOURNEY Daisies have the opportunity to earn three prestigious leadership awards as they seek new challenges on this Between Earth and Sky journey. The steps to the awards, which are woven directly into the Sample Sessions, have the girls consider their feelings and skills and then take into account the feelings and skills of those around them. The girls then move on to engage their larger community. You might think of the Daisies’ award steps as a series of collections: First they collect words and deeds— ways of talking and acting. Then they collect useful skills and ways of doing. And then they move out into their community to “do.” You might spark the excitement of this award series by presenting the Between Earth and Sky background patch to all the Daisies at their first session. Or choose another time. There’s no set way to present it. You might even pass it out at a Daisy Friends and Family gathering that you hold before the journey starts. Here are the three awards and the steps the Daisies will take to earn them: A BUCKET FOR WORDS The Blue Bucket Award is named for the blue bucket seats of flower friend Lupe’s petal-power car. Just as Lupe and her friends get what they need from their bucket seats, the real Daisies dip into their bucket for leadership words that help them tackle an array of situations. The Blue Bucket Award This first award encourages girls to become aware of their feelings and the feelings of those around them. It also encourages them to develop good relationship skills: for negotiating and compromising to resolve conflicts, and for being considerate and caring to others. To earn the award, the girls: • tell one another about their feelings and the feelings of those around them. • take part in role-playing activities that encourage them to resolve conflicts, negotiate, and be considerate to others. 14 The steps to this award are built into the suggested activities in Sample Sessions 1, 2, and 3. A good time for girls to earn the award is at the end of Session 3.
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The Firefly Award This second award is earned as the Daisies recognize and develop their skills and then choose a skill they will educate and inspire others about. By making an effort that moves beyond themselves, the girls begin to realize the impact that they can have on others around them. To earn the award, the girls: • Think about and talk about their own skills and those of their sister Daisies. • Choose a skill that they can teach others, either at home or in their community. • Steps to this award are built into the suggested activities in Sample Sessions 4, 5, and 6. A good time for the girls to earn this award is at the end of Session 6. THE SKILL OF LIGHT Fireflies give a magical glitter to summer nights, thanks to their ability to create light. Fireflies Lucy and Ace light the way for the flower friends on this journey, so they’re the perfect symbol for this deed- and skill-based award. Fireflies are actually beetles, by the way. And lots of them are a good thing! Throughout the world, fireflies are a symbol of environmental health. IF A GIRL MISSES AN AWARD STEP . . . AWARDS ALONG THE JOURNEY The Clover Award Girls earn this third award as they team up to protect a natural treasure in their region. The award is named for flower friend Clover, who helps preserve the natural habitat of Alaska by convincing her cousin White Sweetclover to leave the state so that its natural vegetation can flourish. To earn the award, the girls: • learn about and commit to protecting a natural treasure in their region. • educate and inspire others in their community to join with them to protect the local treasure, too. (Suggestions for Clover projects are on pages 82–83.) Girls plan and carry out their project throughout Sessions 7–9. A good time for the girls to earn the award is at the journey’s closing celebration. Find a way for her to do something similar to what she missed so she can still earn the award with her group. Your goal is to guide her to have the same learning and growing opportunity—and to understand how she can contribute to the team. You might ask all the Daisies to brainstorm about how girls who miss steps can get back on track with the journey. Girls may not experience activities in exactly the same way, but they can each take away new insights, connections, and a sense of accomplishment. 15
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SAMPLE SESSION 4 SAMPLE SESSION 4 Living the Law, and So Many Seeds LIVING THE LAW, AND SO MANY SEEDS NAMES AND WHERE THEY COME FROM In this Session, the girls will hear the first part of Chapter 2, where fireflies Lucy and Ace are on headlight duty. You might like to know that Lucy and Ace are named for luciferin and luciferase, the two substances that help fireflies produce light. Luciferin and luciferase are “big words,” but little girls might find them funny, too. They’re a good entry point to talking with the girls about their own names, what they mean, and why they were given them. If you have time to do this during today’s gathering, great. If not, save the idea for another time. AT A GLANCE Goal: The girls explore living the Girl Scout Law through favorite flower friends and expand their knowledge of seeds and how they travel as a step to understanding how vegetation can vary around the world. • Opening Ceremony: Have a Good Trip (Chinese) and Living the Law (Just Like a Flower Friend) • Story Time • Science Time: So Many Seeds MATERIALS • Opening Ceremony: crayons or markers to decorate luggage tags/ bookmarks • A Walk in Nature to See Seeds • Making Butterflies • Closing Ceremony: How I “Lived” My Favorite Flower’s Line of the Law • Looking Ahead to Session 5 • Making Butterflies: paper cut in squares (recycled wrapping paper can work well), enough to have 2 or 3 squares for each girl PREPARE AHEAD • Talk with any assistants about what they’ll do before and during the session. • Locate and invite a gardener or farmer to take part in the gathering by showing the girls a variety of seeds, especially seeds from your region. 62
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SAMPLE SESSION 4 • Practice making an origami butterfly so you can almost do it without thinking when you teach it to the girls. Advise any assistants or visitors to do the same. (Or substitute a craft activity you or a guest want to share with the girls that will also represent a beautiful outdoor critter that flies about Between Earth and Sky. Teen Girl Scouts may have lots of ideas that will go with this journey!) AS GIRLS ARRIVE Invite them to try the hidden pictures activity on page 21 of their book, where they have to find objects hidden amid all the shapes and colors. How many things can they find? Opening Ceremony: Have a Good Trip (Chinese) Have the girls gather in a Daisy Circle. Let them know that today they will say “Have a great trip” to one another in Chinese, a language known by Gloria, the morning glory, who will soon appear in “A Road Trip to Remember.” LIVING THE LAW, AND SO MANY SEEDS In Chinese, “Have a good trip” is Yi lu shun feng! Going around the circle, ask each girl to say Yi lu shun feng! to the girl to her left. Once the girls have completed the circle, have them all say it together. Then invite them to add it to their luggage tag/bookmark! Then invite all the girls to join together to say . . . On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law. 63
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SAMPLE SESSION 4 Making Butterflies Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Some of its creations, like the butterfly described below, are definitely simple enough for young girls to make. The butterfly is also a good critter for this journey—it’s a traveler between earth and sky. So these paper butterflies will make a nice keepsake—a reminder of the beautiful things found in nature. LIVING THE LAW, AND SO MANY SEEDS Keep in mind that the girls may not listen to the exact origami directions. They may just go off on their own and create their own folded paper creation. That’s part of the fun or origami! How to Make a Butterfly in Four Folds Start with a square of paper that’s at least 6 inches by 6 inches. If the paper has a pattern, put the pattern side down. Fold the paper in half along the diagonal to create a triangle. Then fold the triangle in half to create a smaller triangle. 66 Then fold one corner up to make one butterfly wing. Then fold the second wing up. Open the butterfly and you’re done! Press gently on the “body” to make the wings flap!