Girl Scout Special Days

 

October 31; Juliette Low's Birthday

Juliette Low,the founder of Girl Scouts in the United States, was born on October 31, 1860. Her birthday is celebrated by Girl Scout throughout the country.

Here are some ideas to celebrate her birthday taken from the Oct. '97 edition of the JGL Newsletter published by Bev Crim.

 

  • Read about her life from the handbook and have a cake (sing Happy Birthday to her)
  • Have a bring a friend party to honor her starting Girl Scouts.
  • Have Senior Citizens come in to tell you what it was like to live when Girl Scouts started in 1912. 
  • Find an adult that was a GS to share experiences.  Who knows they might have their vest still. 
  • Learn semaphone
  • Have a tea party for Brownies – the girls come dressed up (play or fancy), work on manners and let’s pretend try-its.  I used real china and they were served by the moms.  We had finger sandwiches, pink tea (lemonade), and other goodies.  802

February 22; Thinking Day

The joint birthday of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell Baden-Powell is February 22. Throughout the world, this day is known as Thinking Day, a day to reflect on our sister scouts/guides across the world. Celebrations vary but many are geared toward learning about our sisters across the world.

Here are some ways to celebrate as reported in the December 1997/Januaray 1998 edition of the JGL newsletter by Bev. Crim.

  1. Have a ceremony and give out World Trefoil Pins. REMEMBER: Just because you all have your World Trefoil Pins, doesn’t mean you can’t have a ceremony!
  2. Send postcards to other Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. (If you're online, e-mail Girl Guide/Scout leaders and ask for their address. Get enough addresses so that each girl can make one postcard to send.
  3. Have a program for parents or other girls about how Scouting/Guiding in different in other countries. Have each girl do something special from a different country.
  4. Teach girls songs, games, dances, language from other countries.
  5. Have an international feast for your families. Have each family prepare a recipe from a different country.
  6. Learn the promise and law of another country.
  7. Invite someone who has been to another country to come in a tell you about it.
  8. Find an exchange student to come and share things about his/her country.
  9. Make a display on "it's a small world" for the school or community.
  10. Trace your family tree and see how many countries you can "cover" from your combined family trees.

Thinking Day 2007

 

WHEN:  Saturday, February 17, 2007

WHERE:  Mt Auburn United Methodist Church

TIME:  12pm ~ 4pm

COST PER GIRL:  $3.00 (this includes the event & patch)

COST PER ADULT: $1.00 (only if you want a patch)

 

WHAT IS THINKING DAY?

 

It’s where your troop will pick a country, learn about girl scouting in that country and learn other interesting facts.  You will then set up booth at Thinking Day to teach other troops about your selected country.  You will be among 12~20 plus troops that will also have a country to tell about.

 

Each Troop will be divided into 2 groups.  The first group will go around (with an adult) to visit the other booths with 3-4 minutes allotted at each booth.  (This will be done in a clockwise manner)  The second group should stay with your booth to teach the other groups that will be visiting your booth about your country.  When the first group returns back to there booth they will trade places with the second group.  At that time, the second group will then visit the booths while the first group stays with your booth.

 

When groups are visiting your country, your girls will need to be able to tell them something about girl scouting in that country.  Have some kind of food item from that country that each girl will be able to taste (everyone’s food from last year was awesome).  You will need some kind of stamp, marking, sticker or hole punch to mark in each girls passport.  You also want to have SWAPS to give to each girl visiting.  You may go to the following website to get an idea to make SWAPS.

 

http://www.makingfriends.com/scout_crafts.htm

 

Or if you are ever at the showcase, they have clear boxes on the wall out in the hallway that are full of SWAPS.

 

The length of time this event will take depends on the number of troops that we have sign up.  The number of SWAPS you will need depends on the number of girls participating overall.  I will have those totals as soon as everyone has signed up by the January/February service meeting.

 

I hope that everyone will join us this year for Thinking Day!  Our troop is very excited to host this event for our 3rd consecutive year.  I need to know if there is any troop out there that would like to do this event next year, as our troop will not be able to do so.  If you have any questions please e-mail or call me.  I would enjoy a shadow or two!

I have taken some advice from other troops that have attended in previous years and have applied them to this year.

 

Thinking Day will begin at 12 NOON SHARP!!!  Please inform your girls that they should begin lining up @ 11:30 am to have their passport pictures taken.  You and 3 helpers may arrive 11am set up your booth.  After the girls have their passports in hand please have them stay with your booth until opening ceremonies.

 

Remember Daisy leaders there are older girl mentors available to help out with such events by filling out a request form.

 

There will be a drink table provided, but this will be part of the rotation.  We do not need 12 girls running up to the table at the same time from different troops then not knowing where to go.  Drinking fountains are available through out the building.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via e-mail at gstroop1084@aim.com. 

 

INTERNATIONAL FEST IN INDIANAPOLIS

NOVEMBER 1st SATURDAY usually

Troop 802 took an exciting, fun-filled journey around the world in approximately 5 hours.  At the Indiana State Fairgrounds Exposition Hall, we will use our “reporter skills” as we visited various countries like the Phillipines, Slavokia, Lativa, Germany, Iran, India, China, Sweden, Norway, Czech, Italy, and many, many more.  We saw lots of live cultural shows like belly dancing, Greek dancing, Chinese dancing, and German dancers.  It was a blast interacting with people with different backgrounds and we learned so much.  We tried a variety of ethnic foods in which some we liked and others we said “no thank you.”  We can’t forget shopping in the world market for bangles and other wonderful trinkets.   

 

Say "HI!" Around the World
No matter where you are in the world, don’t forget to say ‘hello’ with a smile!

Did you know you would have to know 2,796 languages

in order to say hello to the 5,720,000,000 people in the world? 

 

Let’s start practicing!

For each country listed, you will see the language they speak with the number of people in the world who speak it that you can say “hello” to now.  Then you will see the word for “hi” and how to pronounce it ().  You will also learn other words that we use that came from that country.

 

Norway:   Language = Norwegian; 9,000,000

God dag! (goo dagh) or Morn! (morhn) for an informal “hi”

Hvordan har du det?  (vhor-dan hahr doo den?) – How are you?

Other words from Sweden: slalom, troll, smorgasbord, nickel, ski

Sweden:   Language = Swedish; 9,000,000 speakers

God dag! (goo dagh)

Other words from Sweden: slalom, hoot, smorgasbord, nickel, ski

Hawaii, USA: Language = Hawaiian; 2,000

Aloha (ah-LOH-hah)

Other words: lei, hula, ukulele, lanai, luau

Germany:  Language = German; 118,000,000

Guten Tag! (GOOT-en tahk)

Other words from Germany: finger, parade, poodle, lamp, yodel, better, land, ring, wild, nest, kindergarten, hamburger

 

Say "HI!" Around the World

France:  Language = French; 122,000,000

Bon jour! (bohn-Zhoor)

Other words from France: beef, gentle, pastry, toast, pork, mortgage, grace, palace, trespass, tournament, poetry

Italy:  Language = Italian; 63,000,000

Buon giorno (bwohn-JOR-noh)

Other words from Italy: broccoli, opera, bandit, tempo, gala, torso, cameo, studio, vista, volcano, piano

Greece:  Language = Greek; 12,000,000

                            Kalimera (kah-lee-MEH-rah)

Other words from Greece: delta, amazon, hyphen, idea, scope, phone, polygraph, chaos

Israel:  Language = Jewish; 122,000,000

Shalom (sha-LOHM)

Other words from Israel: kosher, Amen, cherub, rabbi, ebony, kibbutz, sapphire, hallelujah

Russia:  Language = Russian; 294,000 000

                             Zdravstvuite (Zz-DRAST-vetyah)

Other words from Russia: czar, samovar, steppe, borscht, stroganoff

Czechoslovakia:  Language = Czech; 12,000,000

Nazdar (NAH-zdar)

Other words from Czechoslovakia: robot, polka

Spain:  Language = Spanish; 352,000,000

Hola (OH-lah)

Other words from Spain: lariat, mesa, tuna, rodeo, burro, desperado, sassafras, alligator

Japan:  Language = Japanese; 126,000,000

                             Konichiwa (koh-NEE-chec-wah)

Other words from Japan: samurai, kimono, tofu, haiku, kamikaze, tsunami, karate, Zen

Indonesia:  Language = Indonesian; 125,000,000

Selamat pagi (she-LA-maht-PAH-ga) or apa kabar (AH-pah-KAH-bar)

Other words from Indonesia: gecko, cockatoo, ketchup, bamboo, mango, and orangutan

China:  Language = Chinese; 885,000,000

                             Ni Hao (nee-ha-OW)

Other words from China: tea, kowtow, yen, wok, cash, tycoon, gingko

 

NORWAY & SWEDEN FOR THINKING DAY


Snakker de Norsk or Svenska?

(Do you speak Norwegian or Swedish?)

 

Let’s practice some words and use them on Thinking Day!

The English word is followed by the Norwegian then Swedish words with the pronunciation in ( ).  Have fun!

 

Hello = Hallo or Hej

Good day or hello = God dag! (goo dagh)

Good afternoon = God aften (goo ahtehn) or God middag

Good bye = ha det (hah deh) or hej da

Yes = Ja (ya)

No = Nei or Nej (Ny or Nya)

Please = vaer sa snill or vaer sa god Thank you = takk

Thank you very much = Tusen takk

You’re welcome = vaer sa god! (vaer soh goo)

How are you? = Hvordan har du det? (vhor-dan-hahr doo deh?)

        Hur star det till? Hur mar du?


My name is _____ = Jeg heter _____ (jai heh-tehr ______)


Friend = Venn or Van

Count from 1-10:

1.     En (ehn)

2.    To (too)

3.    Tre (treh)

4.    Fire (fee-reh)

5.    Fem (fehmm)

6.    Seks (sehks)

7.    Sju (shew)

8.    Atte (oht-the)

9.    Ni (nee)

10.        Ti (tee)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NORWAY & SWEDEN


By Brownie Troop 802 for THINKING DAY, 2005

 

Text Box: NORWAY (Kongeriket Norge)
•	Borders Sweden, Russia, & Finland 
•	Population:4.5 million people;Europe’s smallest
•	Minority = Sami’s or Laplanders
•	Government = King Harald V & Parliament 
•	Capitol = Oslo; other major cities = Bergen, Trondheim, & Stavanger
•	Language = Norwegian
•	Business = manufacturing foods, paper, metals, petrochemicals, transport equipment, electronics
•	Education = free through college; must attend from ages 7-16 years
•	Known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun” because the sun never sets from mid May to the end of June.  The sun doesn’t rise making “dark days” from end November to end of January.
•	Famous for:  Trolls, glaciers, fjords, Stave Churches, Vikings, bunaders, rosemaling (art), cheese slicer, paper clip, Hardanger (needlework), outdoor sports (skiing & ski jumping are National sports), & games of hide & seek, string games, & skipping rope came from here.
•	Food:  Lefsa (potato thin bread), laks (smoked salmon), reker (boiled shrimp), lutefisk (dried cod soaked in lye), pickled herring, gjetost (sweet brown goat cheese), marzipan (candy)
-	4-5 smaller meals & snacks with 1 hot meal
-	open-faced sandwiches are popular and are even eaten at breakfast
-	Food is very much the same as in Sweden
•	GIRL SCOUTS: 
1.	Norges speiderforbund – NSF (mixed boy & girl groups)
2.	Norges KFUK-Speidere for girls only
MOTTO:  Vaer beredt or be prepared
LEVELS: Harer (age 6-7), Brownie (age 6-9), Stifinner/guide (10-12), Vandre/guide (13-15),
Then ranger (age 16-24) 
Text Box: SWEDEN (Konungariket Sverige)
•	Borders Norway & Finland 
•	Population  = 8.9 million
•	Minority = Sami’s or Laplanders
•	Government = King Gustaf XVI & Parliament
•	Capitol = Stockholm; other major cities = Goteborg, Malmo, Uppsala & Norrkoping
•	Language = Swedish
•	Business = machinery/metal products, electrical equipment, aircraft, paper, farming 
•	Education = must attend from ages 7-16 years; options for High School/University
•	Known for the “Skargarden,” the garden of rocks.  There are 24,000 islands making up the Stockholm Archipelago.  The Land of the Midnight Sun also applies to Sweden.  
•	Famous for:  Vikings, Dala or Dalarna horses, outdoor sports (skiing-slalom are National sports), ABBA (band), Pippi Longstocking by Lindgren, gymnastics started here, Nobel Peace Prize, Volvos & Saabs, 
•	Money: Sweden uses Krona (Skr) & Norway uses Krone (Nkr).  Krone = crown.   
•	Food:  Swedish meatballs, fruktsoppa (fruit salad dessert), rice pudding, lussekatter (saffron cat buns for St. Lucia celebration at Christmas), seafood including matjes herring, Jansson’s frestelse (traditional potato dish on smorgasbords), cheeses, bread including lefsa, spettkaka (3 foot high apple cake), pepparkakor (gingersnaps)
•	GIRL SCOUTS: 3/5 types of guides are listed
1.	Svenska Scoutforbundet (SSF)
2.	KFUK-KFUMs Scoutforbunk
3.	Fralsningsarmens Scoutforbund (FA)
MOTTO: Var redo or be prepared
LEVELS: 
1st =Brownie/minorscouter/minor guide (7-9)
2nd =guide/ juniorscouter/girl scout age 10-15

Both countries are located in northwestern area of Europe called Scandinavia.  Each country extends above the Arctic Circle and they call this area the Lapland.  Vikings lived in these countries around 800-1100 AD.  It is believed that Leif Ericson, Norwegian Viking, discovered North American around 1000 AD or 500 years before Christopher Columbus.  Here are more facts that will tell you about these countries.

 

ITALY FOR THINKING DAY

o   MEETINGS LEADING UP TO THINKING DAY

JAN 10TH – INTRO TO ITALY BY JULIE, KATIE, AND MARISSA

345-400 Italian snack while talking about world hunger (Katie)

400-415 power point (Julie) – board / music

415-430 - BASIC FACTS / language in patrols (Marissa)

                   430–515 – Katie

                             Holidays / traditions – 15 min

                             Clothing in Italy / girl guides uniform, too 15 min

                             Game with ethnic backgrounds of Indpls 15 min

 

JAN 24TH – ALEXIS –

                   The history of Thinking Day     

                   World Friendship Fund

                   WAGGGS travel and website

                   Italian Craft

                   Italian game

                   Italian food -  We made pasta from scratch then ate it

                   Common roots – Baden Powell

 

FEB 14 – FINALIZE THE DISPLAY BOARD & GONDOLA

Your daughter’s 1-2 picture(s) of Italy from the list below

MARISSA – VENICE/ GONDOLA

KATIE B-    ROME

HEATHER – FLORENCE

MALLORY- SICILY OR NAPLES OR SARDINIA

MARY- FOOD – PROSCUITO/SOMETHING NOT PASTA

COURTNEY – ART BY MICHAELANGELO

ALLISON – GIRL GUIDE UNIFORM

KATIE P – ART BY LEONARDO DA VINCI

ALEXIS - ART BY ITALIAN ARTIST<

TAYLOR - PERSON FROM ITALY (MICHAELANGELO)

HANNAH RAY- PRODUCT FROM ITALY – BOCCE BOWLS (ITALY BOWLING) BUT NOT CARS OR CLOTHES

HANNAH ROM – ITALIAN FOOD – PASTA/OLIVES/GRAPES

ABBY SH – PRODUCT – CARS (FERRARI)

CAROLINE – PRODUCT – CLOTHING / FASHION

ABBY SPR – GLASS BLOWING

 

-      FOOD TASTING – full blown Italian meal

-      PRACTICE PLAN FOR FEB 17TH

 

FEB 17 – THINKING DAY WITH THE SERVICE UNIT

 

            DRESS AS:  GONDOLA DRIVERS – BLACK PANTS, WHITE SHIRTS

          & RED BANDANA AROUND THE NECK; ADD PROPS FOR

          VARIOUS CHARACTERS

GROUP #1 – work booth then tour      GROUP #2- tour then booth

                   Marissa                                              Abby SH

                   Hannah Rom                                        Katie P

                   Mary                                                  Taylor

                   Courtney                                            Katie B

Heather                                             Caroline

                   Alexis                                                          Hannah Ray

                   Mrs. A                                               Mary Jo

GREETER -  GREET, PASSPORT STAMP WHEN ARRIVING & SWAP WHEN LEAVING

            1_Heather                                            2   Abby SH

TOUR GUIDE- SHOW THEM TO THE GONDOLA, TALK ABOUT ITALY & WRAP IT UP

            1  Mary                                                 2   Taylor

CHEF - HANDS OUT FOOD (PIZZELLES) & TALKS AABOUT FOOD INCLUDING MAKING PASTA

            1  Hannah Rom                                      2   Katie B

ARTIST – TALKS ABOUT ART

            1 Courtney                                            2   Hannah Ray

GONDOLIER - TEACH LANGUAGE / TALK ABOUT PRODUCTS          

            1   Marissa                                            2    Katie P

GUITAR- TALK ABOUT PLACES

1  Alexis                                               2   Caroline

OUR ITALIAN PLAY TO TEACH OTHERS ABOUT ITALY:

GREETER– (stand at the door, passport stamps coming in / SWAPS leaving)

          Buon Giorro

          Come stai?

          Welcome to Italy

          Passports please -  (give passport stamp)

          (REPEAT THIS OVER AND OVER TO EACH GIRL)

(GO & HELP CHEF PREPARE)

 

 

TOUR GUIDE – (move the girls to the boat and have them sit down in it; 

wave the Italian flag and use the board to show pictures)

       Ciao!  You are in Venezia or Venice.  Come sit…come sit! (girls in boat)

          Come take a gondola ride and learn about Italy from Troop 802.

          Paparazzi - We need pictures of these lovely Girl Scouts!

          (.– ALL POSE FOR PICTURE  Move board from back to front)

          Italian history began in 700 BC in Rome.

          Let me show you – (point to board) This country is in the

                   Mediterranean and is shaped like a boot.

          It has so much to offer

          Let’s eat.   CHEF…FEED THESE GIRLS! (MOTION HAND IN AIR)

 

 

CHEF (wears chef’s hat and apron / pass out food & show pasta maker)

       These are pizzelles and they are special cookies in Italy.

Italians love eating 7 course meals very slowly.

They love olives, eggplant, breads, antipasto, salads & gelato. 

They really love pasta & we made our own using this machine.

          (show pasta maker)

Mangia!!  Mangia!! (put your finger tips to your lips, kiss while raising

          & opening your fingers)

 

 

ARTIST – (Carry palette, brush, wear hat;  point to the art on the board)

          There are many famous Italian artists.

Michael Angelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel on his back.  We tried this & it was hard. (pretend to  paint the ceiling with brush)

          Leonardo DaVinci painted the Mona Lisa

          Look at all this beautiful art 

GONDOLIER (stick for boat & “paddle,” teach language &  use the board to show products)   lean to the Girl Scouts and say

Siamo amici (see-ah-mo  ah-me-chee)   - how you say…we’re friends     

CAPISI (kay-pee-shay) /do you understand

Let me teach you Italian:

          Say:  CIAO! = hi   

GRAZIE – thank you

SCUSI -  excuse me

ARRIVEDERCI – means good bye

We are known for our fashion in Milan.

 We also are famous for leather, ceramics and cars like the Ferrari.

 

 

GUITAR – (mini guitar; pretend to play; show pictures on the board)

Rome is the capital and it has many ruins there.

          Vatican City is an independent country within Italy.

          Florence is a Renaissance town and is know for art and culture.

          Pisa has the famous leaning tower

Milan is known for the Duoma & fashion.

          Naples is known for these beautiful columns.

What is Venice known for?  Canals & gondolas

TOUR GUIDE – How was your trip?  Come visit Italy again!  ARRIVEDERCI

GREETER - ARRIVEDERCI   (GIVE SWAP)

ALL -           – Arrivederci!

 

 

GREECE FOR THINKING DAY

Ancient Greek Toga Party.  (weaving/headresses/AWESOME GREEK COOKIES, education/board making, agora crafts, swaps, food, Greek language, Greek music & dancing, mini Olympics.  tasted of the grape leaves, girls dressed in togas 

Ate at a local Greek restaurant: Saganoki - UM PAH!, Cheese pie, spinach pie, M _______, and gyros. 

 

 

WORRY BEADS:CRAFT

 

1. Pick 15 beads and floss color.

2. Cut the floss – wrap around the cookie box 1x + one side of the widest area

3. String only 14 beads in any pattern you choose

4. Tie the floss in a loop in 3 tight knots approximately 1-1 ½ from the last bead on each side.

5. On the loose strings, slide on the last bead and tie tightly with 3 knots then set aside

6. Using the same floss color, hold the end of it with your thumb against your first knuckle.  Now, wrap the floss around 5 times then cut.

7. Carefully remove the floss from your hand keeping it together.

8. Use the loose ends of the worry beads to tie tightly 3x around the middle of your looped floss.

9. Once tightly tied, hold the middle tightly and cut both looped ends for a tassel. 

10.   Fluff and you’re done.

 

No more worries.

 

TOGA PARTY

TROOP 802                JANUARY 16, 2006

Wear Togas

 

9-10:15 AM  Group 1:  work on thinking day board       (Jodie)     

                       Group 2:  Greek crafts:  (Julie, Kerry, &  ?)

a.      Headdress

b.     musical instrument

c.      weaving

d.     ?sewing if time

 

10:15-11:30 AM   Group 1:  Greek crafts

                                Group 2:  Thinking day board

 

11:30-12:30  GREEK FEAST

 

12:30 –1 PM    Greek Mini Olympics with Kerry

 

1-2 PM  GREEK AGORA  (Michele, Julie, Kerry, Mary Jo,

Elizabeth – at various stations)

a.      festival shaker

b.     finish weaving or sewing

c.      disk and pin

d.     snack

e.     alphabet / words

f.       message writing

 

2 PM  GREEK DANCING with Julie

 

2:30 pm  GREEK AGORA CONTINUES 

3 PM   Kaper jobs & close

 

We displayed all of our wears at Thinking Day while wearing our togas.  Girls had a blast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 12; Girl Scout Birthday

This is the day the first Girl Scout meeting was held in the United States; March 12, 1912. The first troop consisted of Juliette Low, two other adults and 18 girls. Juliette's niece, Daisy Gordon, was the first girl registered in America. the week containing Girl Scout birthday is known as Girl Scout Week. The Saturday and Sunday beginning the week of March 12 are designated as Girl Scout Sabbath and Girl Scout Sunday respectively.

Some "firsts" as reported in the Mar. 1998 edition of JGL Newsletter published by Bev Crim:

  1. March 12, 1912, the first Girl Guide company in theUnited States was organized
  2. The first camp was held in the summer of 1912
  3. In 1913, the name was changed to Girl Scouts.
  4. The first uniform was blue.
  5. The first Girl Scout Handbook was called "How Girls Can Help Their Country."

Some ideas for celebrating Girl Scout Week include:

 

  1. Have a birthday party (perhaps play "Pin the Petals on the Daisy")
  2. Attend your religious institution in uniform on Girl Scout Sabbath/Sunday
  3. Play Girl Scout Baseball (Games for Girl Scouts, 3rd Edition, pg.89) using Girl Scout Trivia.
  4. Provide service  (the following excerpt is taken from the Mar. 1998 edition of the JGL Newsletter)From the GIRL SCOUT HANDBOOK, Copyright 1953, 1955, there is an article on page 45 about Girl Scout Week. It says that the days of the week which includes March 12 are called the Seven Service Days. It says that during this week, troops should make a special effort to show their community what they are doing.
  • Sunday: Girl Scout Sunday
  • Monday: Homemaking Day
  • Tuesday: Citizenship Day
  • Wednesday: Health and Safety Day
  • Thursday: International Friendship Day
  • Friday: Arts and Crafts Day
  • Saturday: Out-of-Doors Day