Oh you guys. This is such a fun class at our homeschool co-op! Last week the girls earned their Fitness Fun patch, made their achievement necklaces (they earn two beads before earning their patch), and made neckerchief slides for their red bandanas.
We had our first solemn opening ceremony – complete with a color guard and a pledge of allegiance – learned our Sparrow Girls sign, recited the Promise & the Law (see below), and passed out their uniform bits (sash, neckerchief, and bead necklace).
They were so earnest and sweet and… well, calm, which was a very different experience after years in Cub Scouting!
Here’s Miss K, serious as a heart attack, trying on her uniform the day before:
When all the girls were outfitted, I could hear them whispering solemnly to each other, “We look so official.” I died, they were so cute.
Here’s a cruddy photo of all the patches they’ll earn, photographed on top of one of the 11 sashes I made:
Here’s the awesome flag stand my husband made for me… it could use a coat of paint I guess, but it works! You can’t tell in the photo, but he trimmed the Sparrow Girls flag down a bit so that the American flag is taller.
I whipped up the Sparrow Girls Flag with some wool felt and a hemmed rectangle of left-over sash fabric – one of the leaves is hiding my sad, messed up attempt at stitching bird legs:
Tomorrow we’ll be working on our Arts & Crafts patch by tooling some leather rounds. Can’t wait! I’ll leave you with some of our awesome Sparrow Girls stuff — the song is very short, I stole the tune from a sorority song from my days as a Lambda Delta Sigma, and the promise & law are heavily inspired by those found in my 1980s Brownie Scout handbook :)
Sparrow Girls Promise
Oh my honor, I will try
to serve God,
my country, my family,
and to live by the Sparrow Girls Law.
Sparrow Girls Law
I will do my best:
to be honest
to be fair
to help where I am needed
to be cheerful
to be friendly
to be kind
to show respect for myself and others
and to be a sister to every Sparrow Girl.
Sparrow Girls Song
As Sparrow Girls we gather, sisters we are true.
To fly the flag of Sparrow, in green, and brown and blue.
Sparrow Girls Areas of Achievement
To earn each patch, two sub-levels of achievement must be completed. They receive a bead for their necklace for each sub-level item.
Fitness Fun Patch
– Healthy Eating
– Physical Fitness
Arts & Crafts Patch
Make a Difference Patch
– Manners (tea party)
– Act of Service
Fun in Nature Patch
– Plant identification
Learning is Fun Patch
Fun & Games Patch
– Classic games
– Never Bored / Adventuring
Girl Power Patch
- Knife skills (Pocket knife safety)
- Shooting safety (Bow & arrow shooting / targets)