Information for Daisy Leaders

Congratulations on starting Girl Scouts with your daughter!  Please remember the Scarsdale-Edgemont Girl Scouts Committee (SEGS) is here to help you as you get your troop started and plan your year.

Tips for starting a new troop

– Have a meeting with all the parents before you have your first troop meeting.  Explain what Daisies and Girl Scouting is about – about helping girls gain courage and confidence, and having fun!  Ask for volunteers – for a rotating snack parent, a treasurer, chaperones/drivers for any trips you are planning. Ask parents to come and share their expertise or knowledge with the girls.

– Ask for annual dues.  This will cover most troop activities for the year, the cost of the girls’ uniforms and badges, a first aid kit and any other supplies or materials you need.  Most troops ask for $150-200 for the year.

– Plan the dates when you are going to meet, and decide where to meet (at your elementary school, straight after school, in the Girl Scout House on Wayside Lane, in a leader’s basement).  See below for a Suggested Year Plan.

– Get a completed medical history form for each girl.  Useful to know about any allergies and essential to take with you on any trips.

Plan your year

Daisies earn petals (badges) as they learn about Girl Scouts and the world around them.  There are also Daisy Journeys – a GSUSA curriculum – you can do with your troop.
For a great overview and planning guide, check out this Suggested Year Plan.

Paperwork

Every girl and leader needs to be registered with GSUSA.  This ensures you are covered by the GSUSA Insurance.  It is a good idea to register any parent who is driving the girls, handling money etc.  Registration costs $15 and can be done online at www.gshh.org.
SEGS distributes a directory of all leaders and troops in the fall of each year.

Other resources:

The SEGS Committee
Contacts at Council, Pat Elwell @ pelwell@girlscoutshh.org is the Field Manager responsible for SEGS who can help with registration
Visit this site to reserve the Girl Scout House for meetings or a special event.

Training

Every leader needs to take both the Community Orientation course, and a Volunteer Essentials Course before they can be registered as leaders and be issued a troop number. One leader for each troop must have First Aid/CPR, or be a medical professional. At least one leader must have Overnight Indoor Training (OIT) to go on any overnight.

Ideas for your first troop meeting

– Explain what Girl Scouts is all about.  Teach the girls the Girl Scout Promise and salute.
– Have a snack and drink
– Do a craft activity.  Have the girls decorate a cut out mini figure of themselves to use on a caper chart – a list of tasks and who is responsible for each. If you laminate them, they can be used for years!  Or decorate a stick with each girls’ name written on one side – great for drawing straws when you need to chose from a group.

Good places to go on your first trip:

– The Scarsdale Library Pond Nature Preserve
– Greenburgh Nature Center, Dromore Rd. off Central Ave., Scarsdale. A woodland preserve with pond, orchard, maple sugaring site. Manor House with live animal museum, hands-on discovery room.
– Weinberg Nature Center, 455 Mamaroneck Rd., Scarsdale. Educational programs for scouts, including Native – – American workshops available.
– Stew Leonards
– Danny’s Cycles on Central Avenue
– The Scarsdale Fire Department

Remember you need to take a completed Parent Permission Form for every girl attending the trip with you ON EVERY TRIP.  Click here to see the required adult-to-girl ratios for meetings and trips at each level of scouting.

BK Mungia maintains the Community Log for any troop not meeting at its usual meeting spot, so please report field trips and other event-related travel to BK at 914-472-4053 or email with a full list of girls, leaders and adult volunteers attending, as well as the back home point of contact.