The My Great Day Try-it is part of the “It's Your Planet - Love It!” badge set introduced in 2011.
For the badges released in 2011, scouts must complete all of the activities listed to earn the badge.
Activity #1: Start Your Day RightEdit
If you have a regular routine to starting your meeting (and you really should!) this is the time to do it out of order. This will confuse the girls and be a great start to discussing why it is important to be organized. You may even want to throw in how you “forgot” to bring the craft materials for today’s project and see how they react.
Then start your meeting as you normally would.
Talk about why routines are important-from setting their alarm clock to setting out their clothes the next day (and checking the weather forecast to see what they need to be comfortable). It is very stressful to not know what to wear, time is ticking and the school bus is on it’s way!
Activity #2: Sort Out Your StuffEdit
Everything should have a place or a home so it can be found when you need it. While some people are naturally more organized, others can use a little more help in this department.
Activity #3: Make Homework a BreezeEdit
- Make a homework organizer with some cardboard boxes (such as cereal boxes), paper towel or toilet paper rolls, and duct tape.
This helps with doing homework. Ask the girls how they can be more organized when it is time to do their work. Do they need a break when they get home? A snack? Time to run outside before settling in?
You can have the girls create a desk organizer two different ways.
Organizer #1 Edit
- Cleaned out aluminum cans (one for each girl)
- White wrapping paper
You will want to save your aluminum cans from the recycling bucket and wash them out for this craft. I prefer to do things like this instead of asking the girls to bring it in so I know that I have what I need and I can prep the materials before the meeting. No surprises and the meeting is off to a great start!
Precut the wrapping paper so it is the correct size for the cans (cut extra pieces in case the girls make a mistake).
Give each girl a piece of wrapping paper to color and decorate. Then have them glue it to the can.
Organizer #2 Edit
- Acrylic organizer
- Foam plates
- Puffy paint
A second way to make an organizer is to purchase this acrylic one that has many compartments.
The girls can decorate them with puffy paints and bring them home on heavy foam plates.
Activity #4: Plan AheadEdit
Using a paper calendar may be old fashioned, but it makes sense to me! Seeing what you have planned each and every day is one way to stay organized and never worry about your battery dying like on your phone!
To make this easier, print out a calendar for the next month. Tell the girls that they are going to color code their activities. For example, if they have dance every Tuesday and Thursday, then in blue marker they should write “Dance” and the time.
If they have soccer, then use a red marker to write “Soccer”on those days.
Of course, use green marker to write in your Girl Scout meetings and trips!
Activity #5: Help Others Get OrganizedEdit
One way to help out at home is to make a family chore chart for dinner. Some jobs to include are:
- Dinner prep
- Setting the table
- Clearing the table
- Wiping down the table
- Washing the dishes
- Loading the dishwasher