Saturday, November 24, 2012

Daisies, Year 2, Meeting 9

Today we worked on the petal courageous and strong.  I love the story in the guidebook that goes with it.  The situation on the playground is something that most of our girls have encountered at some point in time.  It's also a good anti-bullying story.  After we read the passage, we had a discussion about what it meant to be courageous and strong, instances where we've had to be brave, and then launched into a brief manners discussion.  That perfectly lead into our extra special guest speaker!

We are very lucky in that we live in a town that has a military base.  There are veterans everywhere, literally. Last year, my husband came in to talk to the girls. This year his work schedule did not allow it.  However, my friend's did, so he happily came in.  It was very interesting needless to say!  He has two boys who are older than the girls, so trying to explain what he did was interesting.  All of the girls in our troop, except for one, have fathers in the military.  So while he was trying to figure out how to explain his job, we jumped into what does your daddy do, which killed some time.  The girls had some great questions (they always do!).  We had one question about have you ever seen a shark?  To, you push the boat?  It was quite amusing, but I think they learned a lot.  We tied all of this together by asking our guest, are you courageous and strong?  Being the modest man that he is, he didn't want to admit it, but to the girls, doing what he does, he very much is, as is all our brave men and women who are serving.

Our meeting was finished up by writing thank you notes to our lovely guest.  I met up with him later to pass them off and got a chance to read them.  These girls really have embraced the Girl Scouting spirit, and their notes exemplified this!  One cute note even said I love you!

We have more guests coming up, but we've haven't told the girls (shhh it's a surprise!).  After our first guest, I think it's safe to say they will do great with more.

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