Brownies did an ‘All About Me’ art project to earn the Discovering Me Key in their journey. The Brownies did a wonderful job decorating their self portraits. Each girl chose words, stickers and decorations to make their project unique and reflect their own talents/qualities and personality.
In addition to being super cute, it is really important that we always represent ourselves in the best possible ways. That being said, there are several times during our troop year where we require girls to be in “full uniform”. For us, that is their vest/tunic/sash with, at a minimum, a white shirt and khaki bottoms. The girls go to private school, where uniforms are required, so it isn’t usually a BIG ask to have them wear their Girl Scout uniforms on special occasion; most commonly, for us, are ceremonies and award presentations.
Additionally, we take troop photos…for this blog as well as for our official Thank You cards and the uniformity is always really nice!
How beautiful are these girls?!?!
But….THESE are definitely who we know and LOVE, love, LOVE!!
Investiture and Re-Dedication is a ceremony we do every year. It is a time for us to get together with ALL our girls (from both troops) and celebrate the beginning of another troop year. It is a time for older girls to share traditions with younger/new girls.
Our ceremony includes a promise and recitation by leaders, readings by girls and some “unity” symbolism using ribbon and rope, where we add pieces of ribbon to a rope, year over year, showing the girls they continue to be part of something BIGGER!
Always a lovely ceremony! Check out our sister blog to see our BIG girls at work being Sisters to Every Girl Scout!
Soooo…here we go! We had our first meeting of the new year. It went SUPER well and all the girls were amazing. We’ve “officially” branched our Middle School sisters into a new troop. Last year we had a new troop number for them, but they still met on the same day and time as this troop. However, with Middle School schedules being what they are, especially with school sports, we were finding it more and more difficult to keep the girls active and participating after school on a week day so we’ve moved them to a different day and time. You can follow them here to see what they were up to on their first SUPER FUN meeting of the troop year!
But, even with our 18 older sisters on a different day, our multi-level is still pretty huge, with 38 girls! So, after some introductions of leaders, talking about troop rules and expectations and our opening of GS Promise, Law and Pledge of Allegiance we were off and running! Each level goes off to work on age-appropriate activities.
Daisies started with a fun ice-breaker that doubled as a get-to-know-our-friends activity. Each girl was given a set of single-colored beads (different color for each girl) on a pipe cleaner. They had to walk up to ALL their troop mates and introduce themselves. When they did, they would give their “new” friend one of their beads and get a bead in return. When they had talked with every girl, they had a bracelet with 16 colored beads! Fun and the girls loved it.
Then the girls did a craft to help them learn the Girl Scout Promise (shown in photo above). They traced and cut out their hands then glued it in the GS sign onto a piece of colored stock that also had the words to help them remember! Very cute!
Brownies started off with an icebreaker for the girls to get to know one another, and talked about being part of a Girl Scout sisterhood that stretches around the globe. The girls discussed the special Quest they will be going on together and the keys they will need to find to complete it. After reading chapter 1 of the Brownie Quest story, the girls broke into 3 groups for a team building activity to learn about working together. Leaders challenged the girls with a competition to see which team could build the tallest tower using only spaghetti and marshmallows. They were instantly engaged in this activity and quickly learned the value of teamwork 🙂
We didn’t get any photos (darn) but our Juniors also did some icebreaker/get to know you activities to kick off the troop year. Many of the girls commented, during our friendship circle at the end of meeting, that their favorite part of the meeting was when they had to guess who was who based on information given, anonymously, on slips of paper. This is a great lesson in paying attention to our surroundings, and listening when our friends talk!
Off and running on another year of FRIENDSHIP!!!
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.
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!
This year we taught the girls how to use a compass, too!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
These smiling faces, and the lifetime bonds these girls are building are what keep us going!!
All in all, a great (and exhausting) day…topped off with cupcakes!!
Sometimes you just have to get out of your meeting space and the Brownie Celebrating Community badge is the perfect excuse.
In this badge, girls get to find out what their communities do to celebrate all the people in them. Communities often celebrate what makes them special with ceremonies or parades. They might also celebrate by building statues or museums. So…..off to a museum they went!
In our town we have a museum dedicated to preserving, and educating about, the history of our town and our part of the state. According to it’s website, Museum of Western Colorado is the largest multi-disciplinary museum between Salt Lake City and Denver. Over the past forty years it has grown to include three major museum facilities, three active outdoor paleontology sites, an educational center and a respected research library. The museum offers a multitude of programs featuring dinosaur expeditions, extensive educational programming and historic and cultural trips and tours, ranging from local to international. One of the facilities is the Museum of the West, offers a thousand years of history, which is where our Brownies went to learn about our community!
The girls learned about our community starting with the Native Americans. They were able to gaze upon an ancient cup and ladle from the Anasazi and study Ute and Fremont Rock Art.
They sat in a one-room schoolhouse and learned what it was like to live in Grand Junction as a young child.
The Brownies loved to learn about traveling across the Rockies in a covered wagon. They got to “ride” in a stagecoach, “fly” a 1958 Cessna from Walker Field (our local airport). They got to see real firearms that outlaws used, and visit the Pastime saloon to experience western Americana at its best.
All-in-all a great time and a wonderful peek into the past of their community.
Brownies have started working on the Inventor badge. They started badge work by inventing their own yogurt dip. The girls were each given a scoop of yogurt which they then were able to add different spices and seasonings to create their own yogurt dip invention. The girls utilized many different spices, however the favorites were cinnamon, pumpkin and sugar. Each yogurt dip was very different despite using similar ingredients.
Next the girls were given sheets of paper with multiple circles and told to create something out of each circle. We had many smiley faces, but there were also some really creative snowmen, suns, and aliens.
The girls finished the meeting by dividing into groups and brainstorming how they are going to create their own trash picker up utilizing items provided. Stay tuned for a future blog to see how these turn out!!