5 Fun Activities To Help Your Girls Earn The Friendly and Helpful Petal

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If your looking for ideas to make your meeting more fun while teaching your girls how to be friendly and helpful, you have come to the right place. Using some of these activities below to help your girls understand the best gift for being friendly is your smile and the best way to be helpful is to always do what you are asked at home, school and in your troop, without being asked twice.

I recommend the following activities that will reinforce being friendly and helpful:

  • Practice with activities
  • Be creative with a craft
  • Get moving with a game
  • Put into action with a service project or real life experience.
  • Optionally: If I have a song that related, sing that as well.

Below are a few ideas to get you started.

Friendly and Helpful Activity Booklet

Do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use the Friendly and Helpful Activity booklet and take your girls on a garden adventure helping a family of fairies on a mission to teach the world how to live by very important values. Using the leader booklet and the girl’s activity booklet your girls will complete lots of activities to help their fairy friends plant flowers, water gardens, and learn how to put important values to live by into action.

With step-by-step activities planned for you all you have to do is gather the supplies listed, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more about the activities included and get yours today!

Other Fun Activities To Try

Role Play Being Friendly and Helpful

A way to practice being friendly and helpful is to role play scenarios of people being friendly and helpful.  Let the girls come up with their own scenarios as well, below are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Helping someone who is in a wheel chair
  • Comforting someone who has just lost their pet
  • Your friend drops her books how can you help her?
  • Role play different ways you can be helpful at home
  • How can you be helpful at school, helping your teacher.
  • New girl just started at school, how can you be friendly and helpful?
  • Your grandpa has groceries that need carried in from car
  • Your mom is planting a garden in backyard how can you help?

Pinterest Finds you will love too

Great idea found on Pinterest making a helping hand flower bouquet

One of my all time favorite sites to visit is Using Resources Wisely. She is another amazing resource for you all to be sure to follow.  She shared 10 great ideas to help you earn the Friendly and Helpful Petal. Check them out here

Kaper Chart For Girls

What is a Kaper chart? A “kaper chart” is a tradition for dividing up troop responsibilities. A kaper chart indicates all the jobs available and who is responsible for each one. 

This is a great way for your girls to practice and be friendly and helpful. As part of your petal work have girls make the chart. Here is a unique kaper chart with a monkey theme. Directions to make Kaper Chart.   If you want other ideas, also check out my Kaper Chart Pinterest board with over 250 ideas.

Girl Song

Take My Hand and Join the Fun
Tune: London Bridge
motion: girls hold hands move in circle, then sing again go other direction
Take my hand and join the fun,
Join the fun, join the fun,
Take my hand and join the fun,
I’m a (**say what you are)

Add a SWAP craft to your meeting

If you want to add a SWAP craft to your meeting while learning about being friendly and helpful. This kit is from one of my favorite websites for scouting resources Makingfriends.com. It comes with everything you need to make 30 swaps. Click here to get yours.


What Do You Stand For? Character Building Card Game

I found this on amazon a while back and let me tell you its a great way to get your girls talking, it has amazing scenarios to work through, there are many cards that will fit into any value you want to teach your girls. So make sure to pick out the ones you want for the specific value you are working on. Get yours here.

What do we do after your girls complete the activities?

Well of course give them the badge to display proudly on their vest, they earned it!  Additionally If you are like many leaders we want to award our girls when they complete something even beyond just the patch. One great way to show achievement is with a certificate. Don’t worry you don’t have to make them, I found a resource that has done all the work for you and all you have to do is print them and customize the certificates with each girl’s name, badge or award earned, date, and troop leader.  Editable certificates perfect for awarding girls after earning a badge.

Values To Live By: Garden Fairy Fun Patches 

You are going to love these cute adorable fun patches to put on the back of your girl’s vest. I partnered with a amazing company Advantage Emblems and they are producing and shipping the patches. You can buy them individually or as a complete set.

Teach your girls about integrity and values

This book was wrote by my sister – Who was a Girl Scout as a girl and a Leader for many years before starting a family of her own.

This beautifully illustrated book empowers kids to be nice and kind human beings.  ‘The Adventures To Me ’ is an endearing story of a little elephant on a journey to becoming the best version of “me”.

Equipped with nothing other than a colorful scooter, a backpack, and a map, the little elephant starts their “Adventures to Me”.  Along the way, meets new friends of all different backgrounds as encounters challenges, has to make choices, and learns lessons along the way.

The road to discovering the best version of “me” is paved with lessons about confidence, truthfulness, resilience and strength, respect, kindness, responsibility, accepting differences, using what you have, dreaming big, setting goals, and looking ahead towards the future with a positive mindset.

For the little elephant, the journey of life is full of a wealth of possibilities –– ready to embark on a beautiful journey alongside our elephant friend?

Learn about the choices we all make to be good people and explore the great “Adventures To Me”!

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My name is Jodi Carlson, I am a mom, wife, & web designer and come with 25 years of GS experience. I am now sharing my experiences and helping other Girl leaders be great and successful and shape today’s girls to be the leaders of tomorrow. I was blessed with a Son in March of 2015 and stepped down as a full time girl leader, but missed planning and volunteering, so I decided after 25 years I have so many ideas to inspire girls and help leaders so I choose to build this blog and it has grown into a resource beyond GS, I am reaching girl leaders in many organizations.