Saturday, May 10, 2014

Daisy My Promise, My Faith Pin

The requirements for earning the Daisy My Promise, My Faith Pin seem to be written directly to the Daisy. However, most (dare I say, any...unless a similar topic just happened to have been covered the previous week during Sunday School) Daisies won't have a clue where to start. And getting it all to come together at this age without significant help, just isn't going to happen. Finding the three inspirational quotes alone would give a middle schooler fits. This award is definitely more of the parent/child project. Having Tessa complete it wasn't the hard was the eight hours I spent researching and planning it!

The resources listed below are the ones we used to fulfill the requirements of the Daisy My Promise, My Faith Pin. These requirements may also be found on page 20 of The Daisy Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.

My Promise, My Faith Pin

Girl Scouting and your faith have a lot in common! You can earn this pin once a year. Here's how:

1. Choose one line from the Girl Scout Law. Find a story, song, or poem from your faith with the same ideas. Talk with your family or friends about what the Law and the story, song, or poem have in common.
  • Selected "Responsible for What I Say and Do" from the Girl Scout Law.
  • Read "A Fishy Story" (pages 431-435) from The Action Bible by Doug Mauss.
  • Discussed Jonah's responsibility to obey God, the effects of his actions and words, and how the story relates to the chosen line from the Girl Scout Law.

2. Find a woman in your own or another faith community. Ask her how she tries to use that line of the Law in her life.

I chose to complete this requirement in an alternative way so I could control the quality of the lesson. Instead of finding a living woman within a faith community, I chose a female figure from history that I felt Tessa could relate to. Laura Ingalls Wilder seemed like a good fit for the Daisy level.
  • Read Winter Days in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. (This My First Little House... book uses excerpts from and summarizes the "Winter Days and Winter Nights" chapter from Little House in the Big Woods, which we had already read. I chose the much shorter picture book version for its brevity and illustrations. Read it for free at 
  • Discussed Laura's responsibilities as a child.

3. Gather three inspirational quotes by women that fit with that line of the Girl Scout Law. Put them where you can see them every day!

Tessa and I read the three quotes below together and then discussed who each woman is/was and what she meant by "responsibility" within her corresponding quote.
  • Quote 1: "When you meet chimps you meet individual personalities. When a baby chimp looks at you it's just like a human baby. We have a responsibility to them." - Jane Goodall
  • Quote 2: "I think you have a moral responsibility when you've been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently." - J. K. Rowling
  • Quote 3: "In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility." - Eleanor Roosevelt

4. Make something to remind you of what you've learned. It might be a drawing, painting, or poster. You could also make up a story or a skit.

I wanted something cute, quick and fun that could be completed with supplies we already had on hand. This little guy fit the bill. Surprisingly, not one of our versions of Jonah and the Whale actually features a whale, but we went with it anyway.
  • Fashioned a whale from an empty egg carton similar to the ones featured in "Whale Watching" by My Kid Craft blog. Tessa also drew a little paper Jonah on cardstock for the whale to "swallow" when she retells the story.

Tessa fashioned a mini whale from an empty egg carton. She colored it blue with a marker and then added wiggly eyes and colored chenille stems for a waterspout. She drew and cutout a matching mini Jonah too!
Tessa fashioned a mini whale from an empty egg carton. She colored it blue with a marker and then added wiggly eyes and colored chenille stems for a waterspout. She drew and cutout a matching mini Jonah too!

5. Keep the connection strong. Talk with your friends, family, or a group in your faith community about what you've learned about your faith and Girl Scouting. Ask them to help you live the Law and your faith. Maybe you can show them what you just made or perform your skit!
  • Tessa showed off her mini whale to her dad when he got home from work.
  • Shared Tessa's work for earning her Daisy My Promise, My Faith Pin with the world via this blog.

1 comment:

  1. Great idea! I'm doing this same idea for my Daisy Troop this year and again next year, already have a minister from my church lined up to talk to the girls. Thank you Tessa for sharing your faith!