Monthly Archives: February 2014

DAISIES – Responsible for What I Say and Do (Orange Petal)

Daisies worked towards the ORANGE – Responsible for What I Say and Do, petal.

The girls did some charades showing them being responsible. Each girl picked a slip of paper with a “chore” they had to act out and see if the other girls could guess which responsible activity they were acting.

Then, we did a little excercise by responding with a jump for hearing something that makes them happy and a sit-down when they heard something that made them feel hurt. Leaders would say something like, “I love you” or “Why’d you wear that?” and see if they understood whether or not the words (what they say) were nice or mean.

Then we made chore charts to keep at home…which all turned out SUPER cute! Each girl got to fill in 4 chores they work on at home. Chores included, clean my room, put away dishes, feed the dog, etc. A smaller version was sent home as homework so they could bring them back and show the leaders that they followed through on their action item to be RESPONSIBLE at home for the week.

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We’d like to call out Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys because their website is SOOOO comprehensive and helpful to Girl Scout Leaders! We use it as a resource for so much of what we do!

JUNIORS – Drawing

Juniors worked on their Drawing badge, during the third in our series of Girl Lead meetings. And in the spirit of “Girl Lead”, this blog post was submitted by one of the three Juniors who lead this badge work.

Our Drawing Badge was separated into two different meetings. The first part we went to the Art Center and did an art project with Mrs. Rachel. We learned about shading, medium, and perspective, and saw some really neat art work that inspired us.

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And the second part was lead by C. (me) , A., and L. We broke into three groups and each taught the girls something. I had them each draw a new cover for their favorite book or music album, they could also draw a cover for a book they are writing or an album that they are going to eventually make. A. taught them how to draw the Bronco’s logo. L. taught them how to draw a cartoon ant.

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We concluded our Drawing Badge by having an art show with the Brownies and Daisies as our audience.

“The girls are so creative and fun. I enjoyed learning new things as well. I had such a great time being a teacher. The girls are all so polite and patient . I got to know each and every one of them better. I can tell they read very often. All of them are little artists inside.” – Junior, C.

Good jobs done, all around, on the Girl Lead series. We are all looking forward to all the badgework coming up!

Thanks, also, to Mrs. Rachel at The Art Center – Western Colorado Center for the Arts.

COOKIE Media Stars – part deux

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With just about a week left of cookie sales in Colorado, our troop Media stars took to the airwaves to garner support for Girl Scouts everywhere! They touted booth sales and were proud to talk about being a part of the largest girl lead business in the world.

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If you haven’t gotten your cookies, from your favorite Colorado Girl Scout, you have until March 2nd to pick up a few boxes. Don’t forget they FREEZE well and if you really, truly, don’t want the extra calories, all girls will take donations for their local Hometown Heros!!

We sure are proud of these super stars and all the cookie sellers in our troop!

Special thanks to….

Dan Thomas at Mix 104.3
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Zane Mathews at KOOL 107.9…..
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and Tommy Rocker at 95 Rock, The Rock of Western Colorado!!
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THANKS to Zane Mathews for helping coordinate these interviews and to Townsquare Media in Grand Junction for your support of Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Listen to the interviews….


Thanks to troop dad G. for converting the audio files into “video” so we could post and share on this blog! πŸ™‚

JUNIORS – Product Designer

The second in our series of Girl Lead badgework was the Junior – Product Designer badge. This badge was coordinated by a team of three girls with one leader for supervision and guidance. This badge was fairly technical and took 2 meetings to complete.

To introduce the badge, the Juniors participated in a blind taste test of name brand and generic orange juice to determine if paying for the label is worth it. In the case of our orange juice, majority voted the name brand tasted better than the generic brand and paying extra for the product with the name brand label was worth it!!
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Juniors also welcomed a guest speaker. A dad from our school, M. Mayer, came to talk about the process of product development. He helped the girls define what a product is and then illustrated how the development of new products often arises from someone wanting to make a task easier, faster or cheaper than the current way it is being performed.
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On the second meeting, the Juniors became product designers! Water bottles were the product chosen to evaluate since the girls use them every day at school. In this meeting, the Juniors, led by the three member team of girl “leaders”, critiqued different styles, sizes and materials of water bottles and determined what features were good and which ones were less desirable. Each girl utilized a ranking scale to vote for their favorite to least favorite water bottle on display. They then brainstormed ways to make the bottles better.

To conclude the meeting, we had an Invention Fair, where each small group had an opportunity to create their own invention (or improve on an already existing product) and presented a short commercial to the group about their product.
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The Juniors learned that the sky is the limit when it comes to products that make our lives easier!

SPECIAL thanks to Matt Mayer for his time and expertise!

Brownies – DANCER badge earned

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Brownies earned the Dancer badge – practicing stretching, learning about how to move our bodies and rhythm. Connie Moore, a dance teacher at various locations and a professor at Colorado Mesa University, joined the Brownies to walk them through the wonderful world of dance. She helped the girls do really fun things with letters, math and dance! Students from CMU helped too, as part of their work in their kinesiology class.

They learned a dance to perform to Sara B. “Brave” and parts of our dance included elements from the music video. Then, the girls performed the dance for an audience, our sister Girl Scouts at our annual sleepover.

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The girls had a lot of fun and loved hearing how good they were as compared to college students! Thanks to Connie and her students for helping our Brownies earn this badge.

Annual SUPER FUN Sleepover

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It’s that time of year again! Our annual SUPER FUN sleepover. While this is a fun event for the girls, it is ever-so-much-more than JUST a slumber party. We take this time together to work on our My Promise-My Faith pin, with the entire troop.

The My Promise-My Faith pin is a “Special Opportunity Award” whereby a girl who earns this award has explored how Girl Scouting and faith offer similar ideas about how to act – and how Girl Scouting can tie into faith. The pin can be earned once a year, every year they are a scout. So….in addition to a fun time, it’s a get down to business kinda night!

We started our night with a pizza dinner. Then we went right into our activities. As much as you would think “over night” is a lot of time…when you have things to accomplish and 38 super excited girls having a “slumber party”, the time whizzes by!

To earn the pin, a member should ideally focus on a different line of the law to explore each year. This year our troop voted on “Make the World a Better Place”. We geared most of our activities around this.

The pin requires completion of 5 steps:
1. Choose a line from the Girl Scout Law – The suggestion is to find a story, song or poem from your faith with the same ideas. We actually decided on two games, where we could talk with each other about this, and all the lines of the law and how they can work into our faith. We had a troop Bingo game made and a special version of Jenga. On half the Jenga tiles were words from Girl Scouting and the Girl Scout Promise and Law. When a girl chose a tile with a word they either had to talk about what that word meant to them, act out a skit, or do the action already prescribed on the tile (such as sing a specific song).

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2. Find a woman in your own or another faith community– Ask her how she tries to use that line of the Law in her life. This year we were lucky enough to have been able to use the multi-purpose room at Monument Presbyterian Church. While working with one of the Trustees on preparing for our event, we were able to get in contact with a female member of their congregation who was willing to come and speak to our group about her faith and how it can tie into the Girl Scout Law. Ms. Margot was an AMAZING speaker! We were quite honored to have lucked out! She had a Henri Nouwen story that has great meaning to her and used it as an opportunity for the girls to see how we are all different colors in the world but together we form a single “unit”. She had a great demonstration with some fabric strips, where the girls all tied the strips together and in unity, it became a single piece of art…symbolizing how we unitely go into the world.

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Ms. Margot has done this activity with her ladies group several times, and brought examples of other ways to create art from small pieces becoming one (a mosaic)
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3. Gather three inspirational quotes – by women that fit with that line of the Girl Scout Law. Put them where you can see them every day! Our quotes were printed, laminated and make into magnets. We sat in groups and talked about the quotes, our interpretations of them.

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” – Mae C. Jemison, female astronaut

“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.” – Toni Morrison, female author and Nobel Laureate for Literature

“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again.” – Sojourner Truth, female abolitionist

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4. Make something to remind you of what you’ve learned. We made a canvas with the words “A Better World” on them. We placed lettered stickers on each canvas. Then the girls colored over and around the stickers. When they peeled the sticker away, the “negative” image was the words, standing out among their art.

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5. Make a commitment to live what you’ve learned – Through the entire evening, and our whole scouting year, we constantly reinforce that each girl live the Law. Firstly, they have to live the law to earn the right to be invited to the sleepover. Additionally, each week 3 girls earn a raffle ticket towards earning a monthly prize, for exemplifying the law. We also have available “pats on the back” (hand prints cut from construction paper) where any girl can write out a special message, calling attention, to a sister scout who has gone above and beyond to live the law, and deliver it to that sister during our Friendship Circle at every meeting.

So, in a short(ish) amount of time, with some good prep work (thank you Pinterest), this pin is very achievable. We have managed to find a different way to earn it each year, and each year it appears the girls have a great time of it.

But, there is also the SUPER FUN aspect of a sleepover, too…..

One other extra fun thing we did, since we had the means and time, was to watch the Girl Scout Cookie Wonderland Movie. This was in honor of last weekend being National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

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For breakfast we had homemade belguim waffles, fresh berries, bacon, yogurt and milk! YUMMY!!!
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It’s a crazy night, as you can only imagine organizing nearly 40 little girls can be. But, we alway have a really great time.
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Our troop is so very fortunate to have an AMAZING leadership TEAM and support from our community! SPECIAL thanks goes out to everyone who makes this, and all our events, possible. Especially the Trustess of MPC and Ms. Margot.

COOKIE Media Stars

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This morning a few of our troop’s Cookie Media Stars took to the air and were guests on the KREX Morning Show. They spent a couple of minutes talking to Cori Coffin, about the much loved Girl Scout cookies and a little about the starting of Booth Sales in Colorado. Our troop will have booths in several locations over the coming weeks.

This weekend is also National Girl Scout Weekend. Nationwide girls, leaders, volunteers, troops have been encouraged to set up parities/celebrations to get the conversation going about the lifelong skills learned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Did you know that selling cookies is the largest GIRL RUN business in the WORLD?!?!

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After their few minutes of fame, the girls got to tour the booth and see some of the directors and producers on the job.
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A 6:15am interview comes pretty early in the morning! SO….what better to do with the extra hour BEFORE school? HAVE A BIG BREAKFAST!
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GREAT JOB girls!!

You can view the video here:
http://www.krextv.com/story/girl-scout-cookie-booth-sales-start-20140207

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