HIBBING — Summer has just begun and already the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines are looking forward to establishing a Daisy Scout Troop in Hibbing for next school year.
A Daisy Launch Party was held Wednesday night in Bennett Park’s North Pavilion. It was there that a small group of girls who’ll be entering Kindergarten and First Grade in the fall gathered to learn more about the scouting organization.
Led by Girl Scout Program Specialist Betsy Nichols, of Duluth, the girls talked about the characteristics of the animals they mentioned and slowly began to open up to each other with their ideas about what makes the animals courageous.
“I will do my best to be courageous and strong, is part of the Girl Scout Law,” Nichols reminded the girls as they drew pictures of the animals they were talking about.
Nichols and Recruitment Specialist Becky Dean, of Bemidji, took turns teaching the girls different things about animals and nature throughout the evening. Dean shared a collection of bird’s nests that varied in size and materials.
“Tonight we’ll be talking about respecting nature, singing songs and making an edible campfire,” Dean said when showing off a blue tunic with colorful patches that form a colorful daisy. “Our youngest scouts are called Daisy scouts after our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, who’s nickname was Daisy.” By the end of the evening all girls in attendance earned a Launch Badge that they can sew to their tunics when they formally enroll in Girl Scouts.
“Daisies are girls in grades Kindergarten and first,” Dean said. The girls move up in rank every two to three years, progressing from Daisies to Brownies to Juniors to Cadets to Seniors and finally Ambassadors in grades 11-12.
In addition to forming new friendships with other girls of the same age, girls enrolled in Daisy scouts earn petals and badges for learning all the parts of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, help to make a difference in their community through a leadership journey, explore nature and the outdoors and, of course, sell cookies.
“The money the girls earn through their cookie sales is called “Cookie Dough” and can go towards some travel opportunities,” Dean said as she pointed to a map in the GS Program guide. The map highlights destinations across the country and around the world to places like Ely, Chicago, Nashville, and Iceland, Switzerland and Italy, and Australia and New Zealand. “Cookie Dough expires after a year, but there are ways to roll it over to pay for big trips like these,” Dean said.
“Tonight, we’re really hoping to find leaders to help get our troop off and running when school starts,” Dean said. “Our year officially starts on October 1 and runs through September 30. Registration for a full year is $25, but if girls register now, they’ll pay $35 and they’ll be registered through September 30, 2020.” Dean continued, “We help to train leaders and follow up with them throughout the year. We really try to get family involved and welcome other family members to come and share their work experiences with the troops.”
‘Once you join Girl Scouts, you become part of the sisterhood of Girl Scouts and we’ll be sisters,” Nichols told the girls.
To register your daughter in girl scouts, visit girlscouts.org. “Summer camps are in full swing right now,” Dean said.
The Girl Scouts organization was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. According to the Girl Scouts Website, Low “wanted [girls] to explore new possibilities and the wonders of the world around them—and she wanted them to do it together. The first Girl Scouts blazed trails and redefined what was possible for girls everywhere.”
Today the organization is comprised of 2.5 million girls and adults that “believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to change the world,” reads the website.