Have an Investiture Ceremony and invite the parents. If you find yourself putting it off because it is too complicated, it is too complicated! A few pointers and Girl Scout lore: Girls shouldn’t wear their uniforms until they are invested . Girls should attend four meetings before they are invested (or this could be her fourth meeting). Pin the pin on upside down. When the girl does her first “good turn”, then it can be turned right-side up. After the ceremony, the girls could serve refreshments to their families (a good turn!) and invite their siblings to play some Girl Scout games they have learned.

Make pine-cone turkeys.

Have a food drive, or cook food for someone in need.

Make edible collages. Smear honey on a paper plate, then add food items such as cereal, raisins, peanuts, coconut, etc. to make pictures. Enjoy and eat!

Have an overnighter.  Decorate pillow cases with fabric markers and let the girls autograph each other’s pillow case and outline a handprint. Get glow-in-the-dark necklaces to play with at bedtime and to serve as nightlights. Be sure to let the girls cook their own food! Or, make shadow puppets to play with after dark by using stencils to trace shapes onto heavy construction paper and tape onto Popsicle sticks.

Make cranberry relish with an old fashioned food grinder and the recipe on the back of the package of whole cranberries. Put in baby food jars and perhaps decorate with a ribbon and a circle of fall -print cloth to give as gifts to families for Thanksgiving dinner.

Visit an elder-care home, or a convalescent or children’s hospital. Or, deliver groceries to someone in need.

Have a kidnap breakfast. Arrange ahead of time to have the families keep the girls in bed or at least in their pajamas, but don’t tell the girls! You arrive (in your pajamas) at the homes of the girls and wake them up. As you have picked up more girls bring the crowd with you into the bedrooms. Go to a restaurant or someone’s home for breakfast. They’ll never forget this one!

Do some Native American activities. Make corn bread, make macaroni bead necklaces (to color macaroni, soak in isopropyl alcohol with a few drops of food coloring for a few minutes. If you want vivid colors, use the coloring used for cake decorating.), make scary masks from grocery bags (Native Americans made scary masks to ward off illness or evil spirits.)

Make tree decorations for the birds. String Fruit Loops or Cheerios, cut-up fruit, and popcorn.  Or, make ornaments by spreading old bread with lard and cutting out with cookie cutters. Tint the lard if you wish. Or make suet bags with squares cut from plastic onion bags tied with yarn. Mix a spoonful of suet with bird seed.

Make a troop quilt. Have each girl decorate a square with fabric pens and hopefully participate in sewing the squares together. Remember to leave a few squares empty for future troop members.

Make a “Good Turn Mouse”. Cut out a small heart shape of felt. Glue a piece of yarn on one edge. Fold felt in half and glue in n place. Add wiggly eyes or cut eyes from felt. Talk about the fact that a good turn is something that you see that needs to be done and that nobody has told you to do. It usually doesn’t include regular chores like making your bed, etc. Send the mice home with the girls along with this poem: This saucy creature is a mouse. Most mothers won’t let one in the house. See, it has a long tail, Each Scout can have one without fail. Take it home until next week, and for Good Turns, you must seek. For every Good Turn that you do, Tie a knot in the yarn...make quite a few. Remember why each knot you tied, and how much to help you really tried. Bring back the yarn and take your turn, To tell us all, so we can learn Just what you did to help at home, a ready helper you have grown!

Learn about Kaper Charts and use them at your meetings.

Sing some Thanksgiving Songs:
Mr. Turkey
(sung to If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands)
Gobble-gobble, Gobble-gobble says the bird,
Gobble-gobble, Gobble-gobble says the bird,
Mr. Turkey gobble-gobbles
and his feet go wobble-wobble
Gobble-gobble, Gobble-gobble says the bird,
Turkey, Turkey (sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Turkey, turkey, look at you,
Please be careful what you do.
Thanksgiving Day is almost here,
We eat turkey every year.
Go and hide out in the woods,
We’ll eat pizza, like we should!

The Pilgrims are Coming
(sung to the tune of When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again)
The Pilgrims are coming to celebrate,
Hurrah, Hurrah!
The Pilgrims are coming to celebrate
Thanksgiving Day.
The Pilgrims are coming so don’t be late, We’ll eat and dance to celebrate.
And we’ll all be glad so,
Hurry and don’t be late.

The Turkey Ran Away
(Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
The turkey ran away,
before Thanksgiving Day
He said, “they’ll make a roast of me
if I decide to stay.”

Make the famous turkey card: Outline the girls’ hand and let them cut it out. Decorate the thumb like the head-add turkey wattle and beak. Use markers to add color to the fingers for feathers and add eyes and legs. Include poem inside card:
This isn’t just a turkey, as anyone can see.
I made it with my hand,
which is a part of me!
It comes with lots of love
Especially to say -
I hope you have a
Very Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Find out about boats and ships (especially the Mayflower). Sing a few sea chanteys.

Bring a pet to visit at an elder care home, or plant some bulbs at a park or other public place, or at a convalescent hospital.

Learn how to make baskets or do weaving.

Take part in a community Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, if appropriate.