Category Archives: Art to Wear

2214 Daisies ❤️ Bracelets

While participating in today’s meeting & Investiture our Troop Leader had a fun craft for the girls – daisy bracelets!

 Last week the girls colored the daisies and over the weekend Mrs D. worked her magic to prep their their art for wrist wear. 

Today, the girls received their artwork back along with beads and pipe cleaner to create their masterpieces.

 
You can see the sweetly colored daisy 🌸 


And our hardworking artists enjoying the sun created their masterpieces. 


Our end product was done just in time for group photos and Investiture. What a great day to be a Daisy ♥️

Troop 2214 Summer

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WOW!  Where does the time go?  We blink and an entire summer has passed us by.  We are getting ready to start our new troop year so thought today was as good a day as any to get back into the groove with the blog, too!

In year’s past we have done an all-troop family camping trip.  It is a HUGE endeavor, with a ton of prep and expense.  After a not-as-good-as-usual cookie sale, we were less on funds when Summer came than we had ever been in the past.  After much discussion we opted to try a GIRL ONLY Day Camp this year and held it in our Girl Scout Council’s backyard area.  Anticipating the same activities, short of sleeping in a tent, it turned out to be a pretty good compromise.

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Our camping trips are always jam-packed with badge earning activities and even though we didn’t sleep away, this year was no different.

On our camping trips we always do learned skills; knife safety, knots and fire starting.  This year, as our older girls have been doing this for years and years (and are at that age where eye-rolling comes standard!), we had the oldest girls teach knife safety and knot tying.  It was a great opportunity to shake things up a bit and get the girls working on their leadership and teaching skills.  We also showed the girls how to safely start a camp fire using matches and with steel wool and a 9-volt battery!  Which, of course, they thought was really cool!

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This year we taught the girls how to use a compass, too!

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After illustrating “magnetism” with a pin floating on water, we gave them actual compasses to follow some basic instructions around the yard. They worked in teams and did really well!

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What’s a day camp without some games?  Being in the back yard made it really easy for us to do some fun games, with water and pool noodles!  It was a fun way to break up the day and have the girls work on teamwork!

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Additionally, we always make an art to wear project; usually a tshirt and a piece of jewelry.  So, keeping with tradition we did just that, making a tshirt with a stencil, bleach and water (don’t worry we were safe with masks and gloves!) and a bracelet.  This year we also used some of our knot skills to make water bottle carriers with the girls getting to decorate their own water bottles.

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Meal prep is always an important task, and even in the back yard we were able to teach the girls how to make easy snacks and do some campfire cooking.  They had edible bird nests for snack, made pizzaritos (a burrito stuffed with pizza fillings instead of beans!) on the campfire for lunch and they did some dutch-oven cooking by making corn bread for dinner to go with the chili the leaders made.

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It was a REALLY hot Summer day, so we moved inside during the peak of the heat to learn about how to read food labels, satisfying more badge earning requirements, and work on our bracelets in an air-conditioned room!

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Before dinner, towards the end of the day, we had a lesson in Leave No Trace.  It was a great way to teach the girls a valuable lesson AND get them to pick up the trash from the day, leaving the back yard better than we found it!

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To end the day, because we weren’t able to fit a bridging ceremony in our busy schedule earlier in the summer, we also did a troop bridging ceremony.  This is always a really special event for us.  Being a HUGE multi-level troop, we are able to do all required activities and the ceremony “in house”.  Using the bridge in the council backyard was special, too!

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These smiling faces, and the lifetime bonds these girls are building are what keep us going!!

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All in all, a great (and exhausting) day…topped off with cupcakes!!

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Juniors craft with purpose

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After a few weeks off for the holidays the Junior leadership decided something fun was in order to get the girls back into the groove of Girl Scouts.  A quick craft was just the ticket!

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The girls made slip-proof socks.  They used puffy fabric paint, to paint cute designs on the bottom of plain white athletic socks.  When it dried, it mimicked the sticky dots on the bottom of slipper socks.  They then donated their socks to Mantey Heights Rehabilitation & Care Center, which is a local senior living facility.

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This is Barb, she LOVED her socks!!

We leaders were joking around after the Juniors completed this project that a craft that is also a philanthropic endeavor should have a name.  We’ve dubbed it “Craftanthropy” .

Juniors do an AGENT OF CHANGE Craft

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The Agent of Change is the Junior’s “It’s Your World – Change It” journey.  This journey is filled with fun and friendship. The girls will move from a deeper understanding of themselves to exploring how powerful they are as a team, to realizing the added strength they gain by reaching out in the wider community to take action with its members. Agent of Change offers girls a chance to earn three awards and record progress throughout the journey in their own ”Award Tracker.”

  • To earn The Power of One Award, girls will discover all the ways their own strengths and powers help them create change in the world
  • To earn The Power of Team Award, girls will make a team decision and write their team hopes for a Take Action Project that reaches into a community network to solve a problem together with community members
  • To earn The Power of Community Award, girls take action on their plan, reach out, join others and get them involved, and start something that snowballs into a change in their world.

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The girls had been hankering for a craft so it was decided a group activity of “friendship pins” would work out well.  Each girl made one pin for each of their troop sisters.  Their work as individuals was an example of how they are each “powerful” as ONE.  When an issue arose, most often with a bead’s opening being too small for the safety pin, the girls rallied together to dig through the dishes of beads to find beads that were more accommodating, illustrating how they are “powerful” as a TEAM.  When they had completed 12 pins each, each girl gave one pin to each of the other girls so every girl had 12 friendship pins they could hook together and wear on their uniforms.  This is a constant reminder that they are part of a Girl Scout Troop “community” and there is plenty of “power” in that!

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Great job girls!

Art to Wear….soooo cute!

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Every year we make an “Art to Wear” project during our family camping trip. We always do a piece of jewelry and a super cute t-shirt.

Jewelry this year was a bracelet made with hemp thread and washers.
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T-shirts, we try to get more creative and pick something we think the girls will actually wear.
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This year, the design we did required the shirts be washed before they would “show” the design as we had a magic/disappearing ink sort of thing going on. So, we asked all the parents to forward a photo of their daughter in the t-shirt.

With everyone’s crazy schedules we did manage to get a few and we have to admit…they all turned out WAY CUTE!
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Bridget B Bridget M

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We had so many super fun photos from this year’s camping trip that we decided to do a “series” of blogs so we could share everything! Keep on the lookout over the coming days.

This little one is a future member of our troop (leader’s daughter) wearing the “test” design made by Leader VG.
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AND……This is how we did it!
http://allourdays.com/2013/07/glue-batik-kids-art-project-2.html