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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.


On Daisy’s Birthday, Five Girl Scout Accomplishments to Make Her Proud

October 26, 2015


By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

“There was nobody like her.”  – Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book

On the last day of October, 155 years ago, a girl was born who would change the world.  Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon came into the world amid the turmoil and strife of the Civil War.   And little was expected of her beyond the typical notions of becoming a lady of her time.

However, due to her own determination and to circumstances beyond her control, she reinvented herself in mid-life and became the Daisy Gordon Low that we know and love.  She founded a movement that “supplied the education and understanding necessary to provide useful information and more opportunities for young women with an emphasis on fun and room for civic duty,” according to biographer Stacey Cordery.

There’s no doubt that if Daisy were here today, she would be pleased and proud to see the many accomplishments of the organization she built out of her carriage house in Savannah, Georgia 103 years ago.  Here are our top five favorites:

Daisy Girl Scouts

The youngest Girl Scout grade level that bears her nickname was introduced in the 1980s. We think she’d love to see these little ones learning and living the parts of the Girl Scout Law, taking field trips, learning to sell cookies, and even making up their own cookie sale jingles!

Girl Scouts Outdoors

An avid outdoorswoman, Daisy would no doubt marvel at the traditions of outdoor experience and education we continue to uphold in Girl Scouting. She always valued what girls wanted, and would have wholeheartedly endorsed the Girls’ Choice campaign that resulted in these five new badges!


In Daisy’s day, world travel was long, difficult and expensive, yet she traveled extensively to visit relatives, oversee her interests, and further the expansion of the Girl Scout Movement. Today, Girl Scout Destinations makes world travel accessible for our girls, and troops make pilgrimages to our Girl Scout World Centers in England, Switzerland, Mexico and India!  Our troops also travel locally for all sorts of amazing adventures, from exploring cultural events in major cities to camping and whitewater rafting, just to name a few!

National Young Women of Distinction

When the Golden Eaglet was introduced in Daisy’s day, the award was emblematic of a girl’s hard work to master many different skills as well as provide service in her community. Today, the award has evolved into the Girl Scout Gold Award, which not only represents local impact, but also projects that have the potential to reach around the world.  The National Young Women of Distinction represent an elite group of Gold Award recipients recognized each year.  Their projects have made an exceptional difference in the lives of others, well beyond the original vision of our Founder!

Last, but not least…59 million alumnae!

Our amazing alumnae include Supreme Court justices, astronauts, CEOs, artists and more.  All our alumnae, regardless of fame or fortune, are remarkable women who inspire others to try new things, master new skills and look for ways to make the world a better place.  Does it get any better than that?

As we mark our Founder’s Birthday, consider how her life has inspired yours. What’s your favorite fact about our Daisy?  Share your thoughts in the comments!


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