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Gratitude Grows in Girl Scouts

November 20, 2015


Giving Thanks for Girl Scouts

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

As Thanksgiving nears, there is much to be grateful for – in addition to the pumpkin pie! Research has shown that that the regular practice of gratitude helps children (and adults too!) slow down and be more present, think about what they appreciate, and learn what matters to them.

Help your Girl Scouts grow gratitude this year! And to get you started, here are two simple craft activities that will get your girls thinking about what they are thankful for during the holiday season and beyond!

1. “Grow” a Thanksgiving Tree.

Help your troop show their friends and families what they are thankful for this holiday season.


What you need: Twigs with several small branches; leaf templates; colored construction paper (orange, red, yellow, and green); scissors; large paper or Styrofoam cups; twist ties, pipe cleaners, or ribbon; modeling clay or small pebbles; pens or markers; hole punches

What to do: If possible, take a nature walk with your troop before you plan to build the Thanksgiving Trees. Gather straight twigs that have at least three branches (up to 12 inches tall). Invite girls to decorate their cups using markers or construction paper and glue. Fill each cup with enough clay/pebbles to support the twig. Have girls “plant” their Thanksgiving Trees by sticking the twigs into the cups.

Trace the leaf templates on the colored construction paper and cut them out. Pass around hole punches so the girls can punch holes at one end of each leaf. Ask girls to write one thing on each leaf for which they are grateful. Have them fasten the leaves to the trees with twist ties, pipe cleaners, or ribbon.

2. Create a gratitude jar.

You can begin this activity by decorating a jar together as a fun craft activity. Glass or plastic jars both work! Then choose a particular troop meeting or meetings, to talk about giving thanks and adding to the gratitude jar.

Gratitude Jar


What you need: One medium or large jar for troop; or multiple smaller jars for each girl. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – have girls bring in their own jar; scrap paper; pens and pencils. Optional items to decorate jar: ribbon or twine, scissors, tags, foam letters, stickers, beads, glue, markers, etc.

What to do: Decorate jar if desired. Cut out scrapbook paper into strips. Have girls write down things they are thankful for on strips of paper, fold, and place in the jar. Items can be read aloud before being placed in the jar, read out load by a leader, or saved for a later time. Hearing what troop friends are thankful for can also help shape a girl’s understanding of gratitude.

Most of all, be creative and have fun giving thanks with Girl Scouts!

What are you thankful for this year? How do you plan to celebrate and give thanks with your troop?


Daisy Journey Spotlight: Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden

November 16, 2015

GS Journey

By Tara Rappleye, Program Director

Girl Scout Daisy Troop #4593 isn’t letting the wet autumn weather keep them from working on their Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey. After attending the Flower Garden Friendships event at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, troop co-leader Lisa B. was inspired to approach the Journey in a different way.

During the event this past October, Troop #4584 was fully engaged as they made their own garden to take home, explored the arboretum’s garden, and learned about flowers. In addition to staying engaged with many hands-on activities, the girls also completed the Watering Can award of It’s Your World-Change It! Journey. The girls just loved it.

After noticing her girls’ enjoyment of the hands-on activities, it dawned on Lisa that winter isn’t prime time to grow a flower garden. But that didn’t stop her – Lisa decided to go back to the basics…SOIL.  Lisa led her troop on a journey about the different types of soil and what elements contribute to healthy soil. With the knowledge of soil under their tunics, these Girl Scout Daisies decided it was time to make their own.

Yes, that’s right.  Their own SOIL.

GS Journey

A huge part making healthy soil is composting. And a huge (well maybe not physically) part of composting is WORMS.  The troop decided each girl would undertake her own compost bin with worms at her home – thanks for the awesome support, troop parents! After one incident of a sibling being put in a bin followed by a conversation on what should and should not go in a bin, Daisy Troop #4584 was ready for worms.

In early November, Lisa gathered the girls together to distribute their composting worms. She plopped the bucket of worms on the table and let the girls learn and explore. The girls were encouraged to pick out their own 12 worms and play with them a little. The girls showed their compassion as they helped pick out worms for their friends who weren’t quite fans of the little critters.

The girls now are waiting patiently for composting process to start in their bin. In the meantime many are enjoying their new pets, some of which live inside and others in the garage. Once the girls’ soil has composted, they plan use the soil to plant herbs for a take action project. They will harvest the herbs to share as a gift to those living in a retirement home in the area.

Lisa has loved watching the girls get their hands dirty as they learn to care for their planet. Even though the girls aren’t taking care of a garden, they are working to create healthy soil for spring planting all while caring for creatures of the garden.

If your Girl Scouts want to grow their own flowers, Lisa said she would encourage other Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ troops to wait until spring to start this Journey. However, Lisa and her Troop are LOVING the wiggly way their Journey has taken them.


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