KA Hanna led a Girl Scout troop for 10 years, served as Activity Consultant for her Service Unit and believes in the power of the Thin Mint.
What Is a Daisy Days Event?
Service Units plan a Daisy-centric event sometime during the Girl Scout year. It can be a "fun" event as opposed to a "learning" event held early in the year, or it may be held later in the scouting year so that a bridging Daisy can earn her first Brownie badge. It is always an event to celebrate a girl's commitment to Girl Scouts.
How to Plan a Daisy Days Girl Scout Event
Are you planning a "Daisy Days" Girl Scout event for your Service Unit? Here are some tried and true ideas to help jump-start your planning. Older girl troops can easily execute any of these ideas with minimal help from adults. Junior troops, with assistance, can also successfully execute a Daisy Days program, but they will need significant adult assistance to ensure that the event runs smoothly.
Even older Brownie girls can help out by taking on a short rotation. This works especially well when the Daisy Days program is about learning what a Brownie scout is, so that a Daisy may 'bridge' to Brownies.
Ideas for Daisy Days
1. Princess Daisy Day
A program space is transformed into a princess wonderland as Daisy girls are invited to make cone-style princess hats, hear a story about a princess, and have a princess-style high tea. This works best with staggered start-times, so that girls can do the activities in order (as opposed to in rotation.) So, the first group begins at 9am, the second at 9:30am, and the third at 10am.
You can go longer if you have more troops participating. You can also have two (or more) stations for each activity, so that two groups (or more) can go at the same time.
2. Camp Daisy
Daisy Girl Scouts go to camp for a half-day of crafts, a hike, a snack, and a game. Troops may share a sack lunch at camp that they bring before headed home. This is a good way to show Daisy Girl Scouts and their parents what Girl Scout camp is like without having the sleep-over. Junior Girl Scouts and up can assist by running the opening flag ceremony and a quick Scout's Own at the end.
3. Storyteller's Daisy Day
Make a craft , hear a story told by a storyteller (or a creative older troop), and have a snack. This event can also be done outdoors, incorporating a short walk or hike to a campsite or clearing where the girls gather to meet the storyteller. Make it fun by setting up a large decorated tent or shade structure where the girls can sit and listen to the storyteller.
Animal stories such as "Bear Snores On," "The Rainforest Grew All Around," or even "The Lorax" are popular with the Daisy girls. "The Lorax" is fun for older girls to act out while one reads the story, and the message is a good one.
4. Running of the Daisies!
An active 90 or so minutes of outdoor fun for girls. This can be done in rotations of about 20–25 minutes, with about 5 minutes of travel time. Try some activities like the following:
- A relay race type of game where girls fill a backpack with camping clothes.
- A Kim's game timed event to try to find as many bits of colorful pipe-cleaner pieces in a cleared area.
- A hop-skip-jump relay race wearing "old-tyme" clothing from Juliette Lowe's day.
- A hula-hoop contest.
- A red-light-green-light game.
Be sure to have a snack and water rotation so the girls don't get hungry or dehydrated.
5. Brownie-For-a-Day Daisy Day
Bridging Daisy Girl Scouts earn their first Brownie badge in a 90-minute to two-hour session. Try the Hiker badge or Outdoor Adventurer badge at your Program Center or on a local hiking trail:
- Look for animal habitats (ant hills, bird nests, gopher holes).
- Try to dart as fast as a hummingbird, chatter like a crow, or dance like a bee.
- Learn how to leave no trace in the outdoors.
- Make gorp (see recipes below) and pack it for a short trail hike.
Another fun one is the Snacks badge:
- Make a food pyramid game where girls run in relay fashion to build their pyramid to match an example pyramid.
- Make a healthy smoothie with yogurt and fruit.
- Have a craft to make a "healthy snacking" chart for each girl.
- Play a shopping game: show girls healthy snacks (one savory and one sweet,) and help them "shop" for all the ingredients needed to make it. Provide a recipe card as a take-home for the girls.
- Alternatively, make savory gorp and sweet gorp (see recipes below) to taste-test.
Older girls can run this event by leading the rotations and helping the younger girls.
Easy Sweet Gorp Recipe
1 Cup each of:
- Mini marshmallows
- Dried cranberries (you can substitute M&Ms if desired)
- Chex cereal
- Cheerios cereal
- Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
Mix together in a very large bowl. Divide up into individual snack-size zipper baggies. Makes a nice mix for a quick snack on the trail!
Easy Savory Gorp Recipe
1 Cup each of:
- Mini pretzels (salted or unsalted works)
- Smoke-flavored peanuts (you can substitute regular peanuts)
- Dried cranberries (can substitute raisins)
- Honey-mustard pretzel pieces
- Chex cereal
- Cheerios cereal
Mix together in a very large bowl. Divide up into individual snack-size zipper baggies.
© 2011 KA Hanna