Tracie has been in scouting for over 10 years. Scouting values are important to her and her family, and she enjoys being with her children.
What Are Daisy Petals?
Girl Scouts is a youth group for girls that helps them. The focus is on engaging the girls in activities that promote positive character development, a love of the outdoors, an understanding of what it means to be a good citizen, and opportunities to be of service to others. The Girl Scout Law helps remind the girls of how they should act everyday.
Daisies are the youngest members of the Girl Scouts. The girls are in grades Kindergarten and First Grade. Daisy petals help the girls learn the parts of the girl scout law. Each petal involves the girls in stories, activities, songs, crafts, and anything else they are interested in that will engage them and help them understand each facet of the law. The girls wear the petals on their vest or tunic. Once they have earned all the petals, they will have the full Daisy on their uniform.
Girls will have opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the law as they grow with Girl Scouts. Daisy girl scouts are introduced to the concepts through fun activities, and are reminded of them often throughout the year. Earning a petal is fun, not a test or a chore.
This article is a collection of ideas for you to use with your troop. It is by no means a complete list, and I welcome your additional ideas. Girl Scouts is about learning from each other...so please share your ideas.
Respect Authority: the Magenta Petal
I am old school when it comes to respect. I believe respect should be shown for everyone. Each person, from pauper to prince, deserves to be treated with respect. I do not believe that respect needs to be earned. I do believe you can lose respect for someone. However, you must have respect for someone before you can lose it.
The Respect Authority petal is followed by the Respect Myself and Others petal. The girls will be learning how to show respect to everyone. The people who tend to fall under the "Authority" description are parents, teachers, coaches, police officers, fire fighters, etc. When girls know how to demonstrate respect to these authority figures, they are more likely to learn from them and develop a positive working relationship with them.
At the Daisy level, the girls should have experiences that help them to:
- Identify their own feelings and the feelings of others
- Discuss how their actions and words might make someone else feel
- Identify authority figures and what they do
- Tell someone when their own feelings have been hurt
- Practice good manners
- Ask for help
Do not use the girls as role models of who demonstrates a respect of authority and who does not. Rather, use stories, role playing, characters from movies and television, etc. This will help the girls focus on the topic of respect and will help develop their overall confidence.
Tips for Reading
You don't have to read every story verbatim. Highlight the parts of the story that are the focus for the petal, or that the girls are highly interested in. Consider having someone else read the story, so that you can focus on guiding questions. And don't be afraid to interact with the story. Let the girls act out a part of the story before moving on to the next part. Just have fun!
- Gerri's Story - Girl Scouts has a flower friends story for each petal, available in the Daisy Girl's Guide to Scouting. Gerri the Geranium helps girls understand Respect Authority.
- Officer Buckle & Gloria by Peggy Rathmann - The students don't respect Officer Buckle's safety lessons until he gets Gloria the dog to help.
- The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter - Nutkin doesn't respect Mr. Brown (an owl) and he loses his tale because of it.
- What If Everybody Did That by Ellen Javernick - a fun way to look at the consequences of thoughtless behavior.
- The Way I Feel by Janan Cain - Helps children discover ways to use their words to express how they feel.
- The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners by Stan & Jan Berenstain - Mama Bear helps the family learn to use their manners instead of being so rude.
Gerri's Story by Troop 5007
- Simon Says - Play variations of this game where "Simon" wears hats of different authority figures. Only do what is said if Simon is wearing the hat.
- Mother, May I - One player is "mother" and stands at one end of the play area with her back to the "children." The children take turns asking "Mother, may I ____?" and make movement suggestions such as "take five hops forward." Mother replies with either "Yes, you may" or "No, you may not do that, but you may ____instead." The first child to reach mother wins, and gets to be mother for the next game.
- Red Light, Green Light - One person is the Leader. When the leader says "green light" the other players move forward. When the leader says "red light" the other players stop. Anyone who doesn't stop goes back to the beginning. The first person to reach the leader gets to be the leader for the next game.
- Follow the Leader - One person is the leader. For a set time, (one minute) everyone does whatever the leader does. They can be as silly as they like.
- Role Playing - Some examples would be a crossing guard helping students cross the street; a teacher talking to a student about talking while the teacher is talking; a parent talking to their daughter about cleaning her room. Let the girls come up with their own scenarios too.
- Paper Doll Puppets - Making Friends has free printable paper dolls for many different careers. Let the girls decide which authority figure they would like to make.
- Plant or repot geraniums to give to a parent, teacher, coach, etc.
- Make a chart listing What Does Respect Look Like, and What Does Respect Sound Like
K9 Officer Visit
- Visit the Police Station
- Visit the Fire Department
- We had a K9 officer and his dog come to our troop meeting. He read Officer Buckle and Gloria, then taught the girls what he and his dog did.
- Ask a teacher, principal, police officer, firefighter, doctor, etc. to come talk to the troop about their job and how people depend on them.
- Plan an event to thank police officers or other authority figures for the work they do. Thank you cards, cookie bake, ice cream social, or any other ideas you may have.
The best way to teach the girls to respect authority (and everyone else) is to demonstrate respect yourself. Here are some quotes about respect to think about...
- "One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." - Bryant H. McGill
- "Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized." - Albert Einstein
- "Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners." - Laurence Sterne
- "Be a reflection of what you'd like to see in others! If you want love, give love; if you want honesty, give honesty; if you want respect, give respect. You get in return, what you give." - unknown
Tracie Bruno (author) from Delaware on March 11, 2015:
Thank you for your comments. I do indeed understand what you are saying. My son has been active in scouts since he was in first grade. My husband and I have been active in Boy Scouts, and now Girl Scouts, because we truly believe in being a good example for our children. Being so involved provides us with many opportunities to discuss many things with our children, including how to react when someone treats us in a less than respectful way. We have been blessed with our little lion cubs, and hope they carry on the lessons we have tried to teach them.
Tracie Bruno (author) from Delaware on March 11, 2015:
Thank you. I appreciate your feedback.
Ghaelach on January 21, 2015:
I realize this hub is mainly for the girls. But it grabbed my attention with just one word "Scout." It suddenly took me back 50 odd years ago to when I was a member of the Boy Scouts (and Cubs). A wonderful few years. As you so rightly say one thing that is taught in the movement is "Respect." Learning respect is not hard and makes life a lot easier as you grow up. Unfortunately some adults have lost or forgotten the meaning of repect. Respect for me, must be earned on both sides of the life scale. Meaning that a child can only learn the true meaning of the word when they are shown how adults inturpret the word respect. In the animal kingdom the meaning of respect is, if I dare say, drilled into the young animals very early on in their young lives. A lion cub soon learns that the Lion King is the boss and must respect him so.
Not the best of examples, but I hope you understand what I'm saying.
Take care and have a nice day.
Trudy Cooper from Hampshire, UK on January 21, 2015:
Very interesting hub and thoughtful too.