Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Daisies, Year 2, Meeting 4

I'm about to do something very naughty.... I'm about to do an obscene amount of bragging about my scouts. So, I would just like to apologize right now, but in my defense, I am just so immensely proud of them right now!

We started out our meeting by reading chapter 1 of Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden and doing the all about me activities in the journey book in the pages before the chapter. It wasn't anything immensely special, but it gave the girls a chance to get in the swing of things.

Now, here comes the part where I brag (you've been warned!).

Our troop is so lucky in that we get meet at one of the awesome schools in our county.  We are extremely lucky because the principle of the school is allowing the girls to use the school grounds for their take action project.  Last year after our adventures earning the Global Action Badge the girls were inspired and asked if they could plant their own garden.  Being the smart Daisies that they are, the consensus was they wanted to turn it into their take action project.  Today, we went outside and surveyed the area of the school ground where we were given permission to use. On one side, there was a lovely rose garden that an organization had planted.  Behind a brick wall, we found a section that had been marked off as a garden around, but was filled with weeds.  I don't want to spoil it, but it reminds me of a chapter we will be reading shortly in our journey!

Being first graders, they did need some help.  We showed them how to use the tape measure, and helped them mark off the area with some paint stirrers and orange rope (we did this so the principle can give the final ok on our area as well).  We had a quick science lesson about what kind of climate we live in, the type of dirt in our area (yes, this affects plants here, big time!) and what is a weed..  After that, we all talked about what kinds of fruits and vegetables we like to eat.  Then came a quick lesson on herbs and a discussion about flowers.  All of the girls went home with an assignment.  From the list they came up with, they have to find out if it is possible for us to grow these things here in south east Georgia.  They also need to find out if these items need sun, shade, or both.  Each girl went home with one flower, one vegetable and one fruit to research.  Here's the best part- every single item they came up with was something they all wanted to eat and learn about.  The girls are researching broccoli, summer squash, cherries, strawberries, tulips, marigolds and more!  Some of the suggestions they came up with were not what you would stereotype a 6 year old as liking.  I was beyond impressed!

Now I really am going to do some hard core bragging.... we went back inside and had our snack a little early. When the girls were finished, we wrote letters to our local Lowe's asking if they would donate some of the materials we needed.  I asked them a blanket question- what do we need?  Those brilliant girls came up with some of the best answers right off the bat!  They came up with seeds, dirt, shovels, gloves, mulch and more that I can't remember right now.  They each hand wrote a letter that we will be sending to them.  If that's not the epitome of awesome, then I don't know what is!  Oh yeah, copies of these letters are totally going in the scrapbook!

Next week will be a momentous occasion!  The girls will be having their investiture and rededication ceremony. In the down time we'll have during that meeting, we're going to sit down and plan out the second half of the year.  We'll also take a moment to practice what we'll be doing during the ceremony.  I only hope that I'll be able to get enough photos!

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