Monthly Archives: December 2014

Media Detectives – The Image Myth

Our troop has been working through Free Being Me as our self-esteem project this year.  The program is great because it comes with age appropriate curriculum so the same thoughts, ideas and lessons can be taught to all the girls in our multi-level troop, but in ways that are easy to understand depending on the age of the girls.

We have paired our Juniors up with their Cadette sisters, from troop 10065, and the discussions have been truly amazing.

Most recently the girls were “media detectives”.  They were asked to pick a photo out of a magazine, one they felt typified the image myth.  The “myth” being that perfection is attainable and that everyone SHOULD look this way.  Then they were asked to answer a few questions about the photos they chose.  A few really stood out.

media2

The image myth is fake because…
“Her face looks perfect and the skin is smooth and flawless.  The makeup is perfect and so are the eyelashes.”

It’s not worth trying to look like this Image Myth because…
“I hate makeup, for one, and I know this isn’t me.  I like hunting and school, I don’t want to look perfect.”

WOW!  It is more and more impressive to the leadership of our troop that each and every week we realize just how much these girls GET IT!  Not only are they perceptive about the world around them, but they really truly know who they are and they are very proud to be just that!

media3

The image myth is fake because…
“It is all fake!  Everything you see in magazines are photo-shopped. Nobody ever will be that perfect, EVER!”

It’s not worth trying to look like this Image Myth because…
“The time and money needed to try to be half way into the Image Myth is ridiculous!  No matter how you try, people will never think you are perfect”.

Not only is this Girl Scout not buying it….she also (if you look closely at her photo) noted, “What have we done to our youth?” AND drew clothing on the drawing implying she felt it was probably a bit over the top.

If you haven’t ever looked into the Free Being Me program, co-sponsored by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS) and Dove, you are missing a golden opportunity to make an amazing impact on the self-esteem and positive body image of young girls.  Go take a look, you won’t regret it!

2014 Parade of Lights

parade3

We completely lucked out on the weather this year.  After last year’s sub-zero temperatures, the upper 30s feels like Summer!  This year’s parade theme was “Let it Snow” and our float centered around an igloo made of recycled gallon milk jugs!

The float carried, in addition to that amazingly fun igloo, 38 girls and our 8 sister Cadettes walked behind handing out candy to the HUNDREDS of little kids on Main Street.

parade11

parade1

parade2

parade8

parade7  parade9  parade12

Way to Use Resources Wisely girls!!! The float turned out really great!!

parade4
Those are some super cute Girl Scout Leaders!!

Also a super special thanks to troop dads Dave P., Gerald G., David S. and friend Darin M. without whom this float would never have been as awesome!

Prep for a Parade

This coming weekend is our town’s local Parade of Lights.  It’s a festive time on Main Street and a great family event.  For the last few years we have entered a float.

Float building is a group effort, managed by Co-Leader H.  Troop leaders, their daughters and some super-hubbies all take part.  We took the building of the float inside the barn this year, to try to keep warm!

The dads piece together our base.  We have used the same basic construction year to year, to save on the cost.  We have tried every which way to label the pieces to make it easier to put back together each time but it is always a gigantic puzzle!

IMG_0285IMG_1541

This is what our kids are doing while they wait for their turn! 🙂

IMG_0288

Well….and this!  Sassy!

IMG_1545

We finally found them a job….unpacking lights.

IMG_0294

IMG_0295

Let the FUN begin!

IMG_0286 IMG_0292

IMG_0287

 

IMG_0293 IMG_1546

In true Girl Scout fashion, the girls are “Using Resources Wisely”  for the building of this float.

IMG_0296 IMG_0298 IMG_0299 IMG_0300 IMG_0301 IMG_0303 IMG_0304 IMG_0305 IMG_0306 IMG_0307 IMG_0310 IMG_0311 IMG_0312 IMG_0313 IMG_0314 IMG_0315  IMG_0321  IMG_1549 IMG_1550

More photos to come from during the actual event!

IMG_0318

Thanks H….your design is really cute and we can’t wait to see the finished product at the Parade this weekend!