First off, I am so proud of our scouts for keeping this super duper top secret project a secret! This was our Mother's Day project, hence why we kept it a secret. You'll never guess how much this project cost. Seriously, try! If guessed less than $5, you win!
Beans, rice, or something else to put in the bottom of the bottles
These vases were also the perfect opportunity to work in a lesson on being considerate and caring. We read a passage from the guide book and related this to every day life. We talked about simple thing we can do to be considerate and caring, such as using manners and going out of our way to be nice to people. The girls had way better ideas than we did about being considerate and caring. Can I just say, again, these girls are SMART and are going to set the world on fire!
For today's meeting (6), we dove back into the Global Action badge before we finished off our Mother's Day gifts. For our next point, we honed in on "empowering women." How do you bring such an adult topic down to a five and six year old's level? Simple! Tell them about famous ladies who were girl scouts, such as our very own Juliette Gordon Low and Anna Maria Chavez. We also mentioned Katie Couric, Venus Williams, Nancy Lopez, Dakota Fanning, Rachel Ray, Sandra Day O'Conner and several others. In case you didn't notice, each of those women has a very different job.
We got so lucky today and had some guest speaker's volunteer to come in. Sadly, two of them had to cancel (a minister and a welder), but we still had one very awesome guest speaker. Our speaker happens to be a teacher to a few of the girls. To set up our guest speaker, we asked the girls what they wanted to do when they grew up, and what they think they had to do to become that. We even tied it in- the teacher would teach the gardener how to plant and care for wheat. The gardener would grow the wheat, harvest it, and sell it to the chef. The chef would make flour out of the wheat and then make bread. The news caster would interview the chef who made the bread, and then bring her all the way back to our teacher. I guess you could call it our own circle of life lesson, but when we put it into action like that, the girls got the two biggest points- you can do anything you want, as long as you stay in school, and of course work hard.
Our speaker was so kind and told the girls what she did to become a teacher. She told the girls about going to college and the classes she took as well as the training she had to take. This interested girls. Most of them thought you went to college, and then you got a job. They really understood better when I told them what I had to do. I'm a chef. I did not sit in a classroom and memorize recipes. I first cooked in a classroom before I had to cook for fellow students. Then I worked in two different kitchen settings (front and back of the house) before I went to another country to practice my skills before graduating. Our teacher had to observe other teachers and practice teaching before she could do it, just like I had to practice cooking before I could do it. Needless to say, our girls thoroughly enjoyed this portion of our badge too (by the way, our cute kiddos gave a vase with flowers to their teacher as a thank you).
We finished off our meeting by throwing in some beans to our vases and placing our flowers in them. After that, we made some invitations to our awards ceremony next week. All in all, it was a fairly low key meeting, but fun. We also got a chance to work parts of the Girl Scout law into what our scouts want to do, ie: being a welder is friendly and helpful and being a gardener makes the world a better place. I can't wait to do this badge next year with new activities, it was so much fun!