First day project: Friend Tree. Everyone puts their thumb print on the tree then teacher later frames it and hangs it as a reminder that we are all friends. I could even use it at open house and let the parents join us since we're all a team.
We're doing the Brownie Quest journey and I decided to tie in the badges. Our 1st is Letterboxer, and the 1st key in the Journey is Discover. So, I made up this puzzle (answers are Map, Compass, Friends, and Persistence) which answer what they need for Letterboxing, but also what they need to Discover about themselves to do anything (begin with the end in mind, know what's right, have a support system, and work hard).