Welcome to the Daisy Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting! The main focus of this book for our first and second year girls is the Daisy Petal Patch. Unlike the badge work for older girls, there are not a whole heck of a lot of guidelines for the petal patches.
1. Read Rosie's story and discuss it
Rosie's story is in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. Rosie the Rose is the ninth petal of ten that you will learn about in this guide. Rosie's petal is about learning what it means to use resources wisely. If you don't have the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, you can hear it read here by Troop #5007.
Other appropriate books to enjoy and discuss in lieu of Rosie's story:
Only One You, by Linda Kranz
The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown
The Lorax, by Dr. Suess
2. Act out Rosie's story
This step is pretty self explanatory - just assign each girl their own part, and help them come up with a quick skit of this story. This step is really about comprehension, so as long as they get the gist of it, it's all good. If you have a large troop, splitting them up into groups, and assigning parts of the story to act out will work well.
3. Practice making the world a better place
For my girls, this part of the patch was really about service to our community and friends. We talked a lot about what it means to make the world a better place, in an open forum discussion. The questions I asked were:
1. What does 'make the world a better place mean?'
2. Our health and future can be preserved by making the world a better place. Who is responsible for protecting our future?
3. What are some things your family/school/church do to better the community?
4. What is something out troop can do to better the community?
My girls chose to clean up a neighborhood by their school. We met with the girls and parents, handed out trash bags, and spread out to pick up any litter or trash we found. This was an activity that really made an impact for our girls - even today, over a year later, my girl picks up trash off the ground, stating girl scouts make the earth a better place.
We had a great time with this - not many things cuter than 5 and 6 year olds learning about girl scouts! Tell me how your Rosie the Rose earning went!