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Adult - Daisy Flower Garden
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    HOW TO GUIDE GIRL SCOUT DAISIES THROUGH WELCOME TO THE DAISY FLOWER GARDEN IT’S YOUR WORLD — CHANGE IT! A LEADERSHIP JOURNEY

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    Awards in the Daisy Garden AWARDS IN THE DAISY GARDEN Like all Girl Scout journeys, this one focuses on the leadership philosophy of girls discovering (themselves and their values), connecting (caring and teaming), and taking action (to improve their communities and the world). For Girl Scout Daisies, the best way to experience this leadership philosophy is by practicing the Girl Scout Law. So the journey’s three awards, which tie directly to the garden theme, recognize girls’ progress in applying the Law to their lives. Watering Can Award This first award represents girls being “responsible for what I say and do.” Girls earn the award by caring for their mini-garden and beginning to understand how the Promise and Law play out in their daily lives. The watering can, a source of nourishment in a garden, also serves as a dual symbol: The girls nurture their mini-garden while they nurture themselves by learning the Promise and Law. (Session 3 is an ideal time for girls to earn this award.) 10

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    Golden Honey Bee Award This second award represents taking action—in a big or small way—to make the world a better place. The award is named for Honey, the bee who leads the girls of the garden story to Amazing Daisy and the Daisy Flower Garden. Girls earn the award as they complete a planting or growing project in their community (probably around Session 5). AWARDS IN THE DAISY GARDEN Amazing Daisy Award This final award represents knowing—and living—the Promise and Law, just like Amazing Daisy. (Girls receive it at a closing garden party celebration as they say the Promise and Law.) The first two awards show the girls their progress and accomplishment along the journey, which culminates in the more important end goal: making the Promise to live by the Law. The sequence noted here for awards is just a suggestion. The experience you tailor with girls and their families will drive the awards sequence for your group of Daisies. 11

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    Sample Sessions at a Glance SAMPLE SESSIONS AT A GLANCE SESSION 1 Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden SESSION 2 Buzzing Toward Girl Scout Values Girls meet one another, hear about the Girl Scout Promise, sample the Daisy story, plant their minigarden, and play Daisy Circle, Garden-Style. Girls say hello in Spanish, recite the Girl Scout Promise, greet each other with the Girl Scout sign, water their mini-garden, and enjoy a “garden scamper”—all the while discovering how Girl Scout values are part of their daily lives. SESSION 3 Greetings and Friendships Girls say hello in French, deepen their understanding of the Girl Scout Law—particularly “being responsible for what I say and do”—maintain their mini-garden, and play an “imitating nature” game. Their achievements earn them the Watering Can Award. WHAT IF A GIRL MISSES A SESSION? Find a way for her to do something similar to what she missed so she can still move forward with her sister Daisies and earn her awards. If she misses a Garden Story Time and Discussion, for example, perhaps she can read the chapter with a family member or older friend. If she misses the team’s planting or growing project time, she can take the lead in a follow-up step, such as talking with her team members and sharing what they learned. 12

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    SESSION 4 Good Thoughts, Good Deeds, Garden Needs SESSION 5 Doing and Growing Girls say hello in Dutch and Persian/Farsi, maintain their mini-garden, brainstorm a larger planting/growing project, and play What’s in the Bag—all the while deepening their understanding of how Girl Scout values play out in their lives and their community. Girls say hello in Japanese, maintain their mini-garden, plant/grow (according to their Take Action Project), and take part in an active Secret Garden Time. Girls who carry out their Take Action Project to make the world a better place earn the Golden Honey Bee Award. SAMPLE SESSIONS AT A GLANCE SESSION 6 Celebrating the Law with a Garden Party Girls say hello in a language of their choice, reflect on their Take Action Project, and say and explain the meaning of the Girl Scout Law. For their achievements, girls are awarded the Amazing Daisy Award and rewarded with a garden party. When girls miss a team meeting, your goal is to assist them in finding ways to have the same learning and growing opportunity—and to understand how they can contribute to the group. Girls may not have the exact same experience but they can each take away new insights, connections, and a sense of accomplishment. 13

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    “The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but always grows and grows to an enduring and ever-increasing source of happiness.” SAMPLE SESSION 3 —Gertrude Jekyll, garden designer and author, 1843–1932, from Wood and Garden 54

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    SAMPLE SESSION 3 Greetings and Friendship SAMPLE SESSION 3 AT A GLANCE Goal: Girls deepen their understanding of the Girl Scout Law, particularly the fifth value, “being responsible for what I say and do.” • Opening Ceremony: Hello Around the World (France and Parts of Africa), Girl Scout Sign and Promise • Girl Scout Handshake • Mini-Garden Watering Time • Garden Story Time • Reviewing the Girl Scout Law • Imitating Nature • Snack (optional) • Closing Ceremony: Earning the Watering Can Award GREETINGS AND FRIENDSHIP MATERIALS • Girls’ book and this guide • Poster board with Girl Scout Promise (from Session 1) or Promise written on whiteboard/chalkboard • Small, lightweight watering can and water • Snack (optional) • The girls’ mini-garden 55

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    Imitating Nature SAMPLE SESSION 3 GREETINGS AND FRIENDSHIP While the girls are still in their Daisy Circle, talk to them about how natural objects appear in the outdoors. Ask the girls to name some natural objects that they have seen outdoors. Then, going around the Daisy Circle, ask each girl to tell something about a natural object—grass, rocks, or trees, for example. If they have trouble talking about a natural object, gently prompt them with questions like: “How about grass? Is grass hard or soft? What color is grass?” Then, once you have gone around the circle, explain that you are going to name a natural object, and you want all the girls to pretend to be that object. • Explain that when you name an object, you’d like the girls to position their bodies just like that object, and to move about like that object. • Name various natural objects, one after the other, such as a tree, a rock, a blade of grass, a soft cloud, the warm sun, a butterfly, an ant, a worm, a bird, or any other object of your choice. Aim to keep the choices related to the area where the girls live (if they live in the Southwest, for example, you might ask them to pretend to be a cactus). • If you think the girls are up for the challenge, ask them to take turns pretending to be an object—instead of acting as a group—and have the other girls guess what each girl is pretending to be. Closing Ceremony: Earning the Watering Can Award Explain to girls that being responsible for their mini-garden and deepening their understanding of the Girl Scout Law has earned them their first leadership award, the Daisy Watering Can. To celebrate, consider a festive ceremony of songs, poems, and/or garden skits—perhaps in conjunction with the session’s mini-garden watering time. Aim for songs that reflect the Girl Scout Law, such as “I Will Do My Best” by NancyJean Tripp and Sue Stitt: I Will Do My Best I will do my best to be honest. I will do my best to be fair. I will do my best through my words and my deeds to show how much I really care. Chorus: I’m just one girl in this great wide world, I can’t go on every quest. But I will do all I can do, and I will do my best. I will do my best to be a sister, to each and every Girl Scout; to observe, conserve, and preserve the natural wonders all about. Chorus I will do my best to be wherever, I am needed to be. To live by the Law and my Promise but most of all to always be me. Chorus 60

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