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Pumpkin patch turns paintfest

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Annually we take our girls on a field trip to the pumpkin patch.  However, this year is the VERY FIRST time in all the years we’ve done so that the weather did NOT cooperate.  We’ve had gorgeous Fall weather then entire month of October and we wake up on meeting day and it is torrential downpour.  NOT GOOD!  Needless to say, we scrambled for a back up plan (since we also had nothing else planned for the day!)  To the rescue were two co-leaders who are fortunately stay-at-home moms with a little bit of extra time during the day….and an abundance of resourcefulness!!

The girls came to our meeting space immediately following the school bell to discover a “pumpkin patch” in the back of a leader’s car!  50 pumpkins to choose from and decorate!

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They appeared to have a blast and every design was unique, just like our girls!

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It was ALMOST as messy as mucky mud would have been but much better for the sanity of leaders!!

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Juniors AMUSE – Panel Discussion

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Our Juniors recently had a successful panel discussion to fulfill one requirement of their AMUSE Journey.  We invited four powerful ladies to our troop meeting so they could share with us the many different roles that they play in their lives.

To Prep for the panel discussion, the girls spent a meeting coming up with questions to ask the ladies.

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-What are the roles that you play in your life today – at your job, in your family, as a volunteer?
-What role did you take on at some point in your life that you never really expected to have? What did you learn from it? Where did it lead you next?
-Did you ever have to give up on a role you wanted and try something else?
-Has anything stopped you from playing any of your roles?
-Have you ever had to confront a stereotype?  If so, what happened?
-Are there women who paved the way for you in your roles? Who are they, and what have you learned form them?
-What Stereotypes do you think girls my age face in the world today?
-What can we do about stereotypes?
-What other roles do you hope to try at some point?
-What did you want to be when you were my age?

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The panelists were Brenda Watson; a Business owner, race car driver and mother, Delaney Clements; a student, cancer survivor, and cancer awareness advocate, Brianna Brodak; a Gym owner, fitness instructor, wife, and mother), and Christen Coburn; an Accountant, Yoga and fitness instructor, and wife.

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The girls asked some great questions and were very respectful.  We are very thankful to our panelists for taking the time out of their busy schedules to work with our girls!
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FIRST meeting of 2015-16!!!

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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!

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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 🙂

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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!!!

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Juniors DETECTIVES

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Another in our Girl Led series of badgework is DETECTIVE.

Requirements for earning the Detective Junior Badge– Step 1: Practice the power of observation. Step 2: Communicate in code. Step 3: Fingerprint for fun. Step 4: Try out detective science. Step 5: Follow the clues to solve a real mystery.

This badge was led by three girls, Juniors A.H, O.S and E.Y.  In her own words, A.H tells us what they did!

For the detective group we did many activities including fingerprints, Morse code and a clue scavenger hunt.  We had a lot of fun while learning about detective work.

In the first group, we did fingerprints with flour and tape.

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Next we all had to guess whose name was on the card written in Morse code.

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In another group we hid clues around a room about a person and everyone had to guess who it was. For the very end we made mystery stories.

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We learned many new things that day!

 

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Brownie INVENTORs

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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.

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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!!

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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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

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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!

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

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Well….and this!  Sassy!

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We finally found them a job….unpacking lights.

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Let the FUN begin!

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

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More photos to come from during the actual event!

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

We like, we like to party!!!

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Sometimes a party is what a gal needs!

At a couple of recent troop meetings we have had some occasions to celebrate.  This first was at our last meeting in October, which fell the day before, Girl Scout Founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday.  We usually mark this important date in Girl Scout history with a cupcake decorating party and this year was no exception.  It was a day filled with a ton of Halloween activities during and after school, so we didn’t meet with our Daisies that day.  Therefore, the “celebration” was only marked by our Brownies and Juniors this year, but was still a great time had by all.

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Some of these are pure works of art!

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Speaking of art…..Additionally, so that ALL we were doing wasn’t just eating sugar, we started working on our troop auction projects by testing different kinds of paints on different types of paper.  These swatches will later be used in a couple of projects we plan to add to the auction our school does every year for fundraising.  But….even on their own these turned out really pretty!

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But….don’t think just because they didn’t get to celebrate JGL’s bday, the Daisies would be without some party fun….As recently mentioned our Daisies completed their Take Action Project by planting tulip bulbs in the school garden. The girls have now earned the Amazing Daisy Award by making the world a better place and living the Girl Scout Law. To reward the girls and commemorate earning the final award of our journey, they celebrated with a garden party! The meeting was super fun, with the girls decorating their own garden party princess hats, snacking on sweet treats, playing games, and taking home goodie bags.

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Daisies – Work to “Make the World a Better Place”

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At a recent meeting, our Daisies continued reading about the Amazing Daisy in their journey book, and discussing how each of the flower friends matches up with a line in the Girl Scout Law. The girls used this discussion to review their Take Action Project.  They have been planning to ‘Make The World A Better Place’ by planting tulip bulbs in the school garden (planted a couple of years ago by then-Daisies in our troop and now maintained by the whole troop on different occasions). This project-garden works especially well with the Daisy journeys.

The group talked about how their bulbs will bloom in spring to make the garden more beautiful for everyone at school to enjoy. With the leaders, they discussed how the girls are living the Girl Scout Law with their project. The girls then split into two groups to plant and water their bulbs, earning the Golden Honey Bee Award.

Each Daisy had a chance to decide which flower friend in the story she most wants to be like, and color a picture of that flower. While one group worked outside (on the coldest day we have had yet this year…Brrrrr!), one group colored.  Then they switched.

To end their meeting, they talked about how the girls would like to celebrate completing their planting project- and the Daisies chose a Garden Party!  We now can’t wait for SPRING!!!

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