In honor of Women’s History Month, superstar Daisy leader Chrissy has a fun activity to share with you all – the “Mighty Girl Minute.” It can work with all girls, from Daisies to Ambassadors – you can find women who align with the badges your girls are earning or keep it connected to the Promise and Law, like Chrissy did. Try adding this quick activity to the beginning of your meetings this month – or throughout the year!
It had been a busy day at work and I was having a hard time mentally preparing myself for the troop meeting that night. I had planned a new segment I dubbed “A Mighty Girl Minute” to incorporate into this year and I was second guessing myself, wondering if it was going to go over well with such a young troop. By the end of the troop meeting, I knew I had struck gold and had to plan out the segment for the rest of the year! Thankfully I had some help.
I can’t remember when I first heard the phrase, “If she can see it, she can be it,” but, however it happened, it resonated with me and still does. I created a Pinterest board with women whose legacies I wanted to introduce my daughters to when they were old enough, but that’s as far as the idea got (as so many Pinterest boards do). It sat there collecting digital dust until I stumbled upon “The Mighty Girl” Facebook page, and I was ecstatic. I didn’t have to recreate the proverbial wheel when this amazing collection was curated for me!
In the idea of having a “Mighty Girl Minute” with my Daisy troop, I wanted to associate each Daisy petal message with a “Mighty Girl” during that meeting. So, with a friend of mine, we wrote out ideas for each petal, bearing in mind diversity, current affairs, and historic figures, as well as the significance to the petal’s message. You can see our line-up below, but the possibilities for famous (s)heroes, local women, and Girl Scout alum, are absolutely endless!
- Promise Center: Juliette Gordon Low
- Honest and Fair: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Friendly and Helpful: Mary Jo Copeland
- Considerate and Caring: Jane Goodall
- Courageous and Strong: Amelia Earhart
- Responsible for What I Say and Do: Janee Harteau
- Respect Myself and Others: Michelle Obama
- Respect Authority: Simone Biles
- Use Resources Wisely: A local teacher!
- Make the World a Better Place: Anushka Naiknaware
- Be a Sister to Every Girls Scout: Sally Ride
With each Mighty Girl Minute (“MGM” for short), I will check out the local libraries for books related to them and read one to the girls, show them the others that are available at the library for check out, and try to answer any questions. If it is someone local who doesn’t have a book written about them (yet), I create a “Fact Sheet” with info on her for the girls to keep. On the days we have missed a MGM, they insist on two the following meeting!
It has been a huge success to put these inspirations in front of my Daisies, and I can’t want to keep it going into next year as Brownies. I just know the more I put in front of them, the more they believe in their own potential.
Chrissy Roering – Chrissy is a River Valleys troop leader from the Rum River Service Unit. She loves curating paths for her girls to explore (that wouldn’t be possible without Girl Scouts). Being a troop leader lets her explore things right along with them, and their youthful enthusiasm for learning is contagious and keeps her going as a second year Daisy troop leader. She has a knack for conversational tangents, idea-binging on Pinterest, and if it weren’t for Siri, she would lose her mind (and sense of direction) multiple times a day.