Two Peas, Friends and Enchanted Apples

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I miss summer it has been one heck of a winter in Ohio….not that I am complaining but it made me want to blog about summer! So here it is (-:  

For the last two years my friend Jennifer has invited us to apple pick with her family at Fruit-Full Acres in Marysville, OH.  The girls and I love it here the owners Beckie and Thomas Congrove are always so helpful and so kid friendly.

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Their trees are pruned as such that little hands can pick the apples easily, this is why Jen always goes here not to mention the apples are the best! 

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They encourage you to try the apples just make sure you dispose of them properly  in buckets they have at the end of every row of trees to keep down the bees! 

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These two may have filled a bucket themselves EEK 

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While our littlest pickers enjoyed that part WAY too much our oldest girls were helping the Moms find just the right ones to make all things apple when we got home!

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Pyper had plans BIG apple plans she loves to cook and bake so this was pretty cool for her to get her own ingredients.

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What a lucky boy with all those girls around LOL!  SO off we went home first up would be apple pie filling YUM! 

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We took buckets in the car and transferred our bushel bags into them so they wouldn’t bounce all over the car. Easier to clean too! 

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We cut the apples, and filled the jars 

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then started the process  I looked at over 30 recipes all different so I decided to take from each and do my own…..

I used approx 8-9 pounds of apples we mixed Jonathan and MacIntosh about 40 medium sized (some were eaten as they were cut gotta love those little peas) 
I did not boil them half the recipes showed to boil half didn’t I like simple so I DID NOT boil the apples.

I ended up with 7 Quart jars full 

For the syrup (or whatever they call it LOL) this is where I got creative…

 9½ cups water; 4½ cups sugar; 1 cup cornstarch (most call for Clear Jel I admit they were out at the store so I had to do the starch I hear Clear Jel is a lot better!);  1 teaspoon salt; 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon;  ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg;  3 tablespoons lemon juice and here is what NO one had and I understand its because we added most on the spices individually but I added MORE ….

 

I love it it’s right next to the pumpkin pie spice and I had to try it….later I looked on Pinterest and saw where you can make your own and I will this year!

Put all the filling ingredients together in a large pot and simmer until thick 

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Once it has thickened you pour the mixture into the jars to the top if you have a funnel that will make it easier and less messy then place the lids on….make sure the sides are clear of any of the mixture or they may not seal correctly.

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Once the jars are filled start the canning process (that guy in the back was looking up the apple butter recipe!) 

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Since I do not have a canner, I simply get the largest pot I own and fill with water making sure at least two inches of the jars are immersed.  Bring to boil for at least 20-30 minutes you may or may not hear the tops pop.  Once the time is over wipe the jars clean they will be hot! place on a towel overnight you may hear the popping once they start to cool down.  Leave over night to cool down properly and if they “popped” you can store up to a year in a cool dry spot.

Next we made Apple Butter and Apple Sauce (more on that in the next post)  ….. this years apple recipes turned out amazing! I was so happy with the result we are currently down to 4 apple pie fillings from this first batch we ended up making about 14 jars, gave some away and ate some too! 

Troop 1391′s Investiture, Bridging and Re-Dedication Ceremony 2013

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If you are a regular reader of my blog you know just how disappointed I was with the program part of our ceremony last year, therefore this year I was on a mission.  I searched Pinterest for ideas and saw the color scheme My Co-Leader and I love! Then the hard part LOL  I sat and thought about everything….Our Troop has three levels and we have new girls I saw nothing that appealed to us in a traditional ceremony.  Therefore, we had a Scout’s own or Leader’s own either way you look at it, it embodied everything our Troop is.

THE PROGRAM

When I scripted the program I really wanted to showcase each of the levels and what they had accomplished so far. So for the Junior’s and their Road to the Bronze I had them read an excerpt from their Anti-Bullying Campaign speech. ( I will blog more about that soon!)  Our Brownie’s would showcase their  WOW Journey by telling their families how they have saved on water and showed pictures of how they would save water.  I would introduce the Juniors having worked with them on this journey and Ms. Erin would introduce the Brownies as she worked with them. Our new Daisies were super good waiting (-:

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Next, I had Ms Erin call the girls to Re-Dedicate, I called the girls to Bridge (My 4th grade Pea included!) and as much as I wanted to call over the new Scouts I had Ms Erin do it, my youngest Pea was among the three and I would have lost it…that being said I will admit I read through a script a million times that I wrote for the whole program, and I still read it off the paper.   NERVES!

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Once this was done, we called over the girls who where Re-Dedicating, gave them their patches and had them move over to the Friendship Circle, the same with the girls who Bridged and finally the girls who Invested.

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Since I had a new Co-Leader this she Invested too, the Leaders then joined the circle and sang the whole Make New Friends song not the short one we do in the meetings!

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Then we had the girls read out loud what they loved most about Girl Scouts I had them write this out along with a picture of themselves in uniform at one of the meetings.  I taped them together so they could show the picture while they read, after the were done they took the picture to their family, gave hugs and came back.

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To finish up the program we had some announcements then we recited the law and the pledge all together instead of individually when we invested etc…. The Program went really well! We were so busy with planning for camp that we literally had one meeting to get the girls with the program, where to stand, when to speak etc, etc.  But the way I planned it if they listened to what we said they would be perfect, I literally put instruction to them into what I was saying to the families. ( I stuttered and almost cried but they all got it LOL)

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THE DECORATIONS

I used a lot of the print outs from http://www.birdsparty.com/ she was nice enough to create a pink and green Girl Scout theme that my co-leader and I fell in love with!

We used all green, pink and white table clothes to match then I used Bird’s creations to make photo blocks (from Oriental Trading Co) I used her print out for two sides, used the same pink, green and white card stock and printed out our girls names and the occasion for the other two sides, added ribbon and that is what was used as center pieces.  I had taken pictures when the weather was nice and we were meeting at the park, (our Daisies got their own since they were not in the troop yet) so we added those and that was the take home gift.

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We put their patches that they had earned in little organza bags and used tags from Bird too!  We placed them in my girls Easter baskets that just happened to match!

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Now the most time spent on the decorations….I made posters to showcase almost everything we had done in 2013 for all the families to see.  I will be honest I did not sleep at all the night the night before the ceremony,  I made a ton of  posters and it took forever so you may want to start more than a day ahead of time (-: ! Here is just a few we were so lucky that the place had so many windows we put one poster in each one!  We even had our posters from the Booth sales we had to showcase the one we did win the Bling Your Booth Contest after all!

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We also made our own bridge I used the same flower pots from last years and put foam in them I spray painted dowell rods pink (in a snow storm yes that is dedication!) and I dyed rope with jello to make it pink, used card stock to make grass and constructed it at the party center.

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I loved Bird’s Law and Promise print out as like others before I framed them for our table up front where us Leaders stood for the program.

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Last but not least I made the programs Program you can open it here if you would like to change things around and make it your own (: Just copy them onto two sided paper, or print out as two sided and fold in half add a ribbon if you like make it fancy!

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My Co-Leader loved the photo booth I did last year and wanted to do it again. So she got the cutest polka dot material and we used the removable hooks and put it on the closet door.  I brought last years props, and she made brand new ones for the girls.  It’s always fun! (our bat is an homage to our camp out)!

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THE FOOD

We had asked that our parents bring two dozen cookies, we had a sign up sheet to ensure we didn’t get nothing but chocolate chip LOL !  We made sure the ceremony was not at lunch time we made it at 2:30 so that the girls would have already eaten. 

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I even tried to make one of those big cookies! (this was taken before the parents got there we had plenty (:

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Here is just a few more pictures of where we had it, The Eagle Pavilion at Rotary Lake it was snowy and beautiful!

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2013/2014 TROOP 1391

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Thank you Bird’s Party for your printables they were gorgeous!

Now to start thinking about 2014!

 

Girl Scout Walk About – Lanyards!

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Updated with printable cookie descriptions and price template.

Cookie lANYARD

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It’s cookie season as you know, and we are getting ready for a lot of cookie sale opportunities!   With all of our booth ideas running through our heads we are also getting ready for Walk About Week.  For those that don’t know that is when we go door to door as a troop.  First thing I made for the girls is a lanyard to make it easier and faster when some one asks what kind and how much.

Here is a short tutorial on how I made ours….

5 yards of thick cos grain ribbon made 18 lanyards, it could make more or less depending on how long you make yours.

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I had gotten a bag of these at a yard sale for a dollar I like using these for the lanyard clip than the two-part way you see a lot online.  Lace this through the ribbon first.

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Then sew…

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Reindeer Chow Now a Family Tradition

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This year the whole Riley gang got in on the making of Reindeer Chow!  The peas are a little older and insisted on helping and that got Dad of 2 Peas to help (:  That little pea is killing me with her faces they only get better LOL!IMAG2412

We gave the girls each a bowl to put the dry ingredients in, while I melted the peanut butter chips

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Daddy helped with the cereal

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And then he mixed in the melted chips (way too hot for little hands) ! and spread it out to dry.

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Meanwhile the girls are doing it all over again getting ready for the white chocolate (-:

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Yeah!! that was so much fun let’s get a picture…..DANG IT PHOEBE.

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Let’s try again….GUYS!

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Thank you good enough fuzzy and all (PHOEBE!)….sheesh.

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Here is a printable version on Reindeer Chow for all that have asked for the recipe

REINDEER CHOW FROM MOM OF 2 PEAS

and for the original post with pictures of each stuff visit my old post here

http://momof2peas.com/2011/12/08/its-that-time-of-year-again-reindeer-chow/

Enjoy!!

Awesome Possoms! Troop 1391 Goes Camping part 2

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See that fire starter? I made it…we all learned how at our Camp’s Spring Expo and my Troop Camp training.  I didn’t get a chance to have the girls make any but will next time for sure they are super easy.  Toilet paper roll filled with dryer lint, closed the ends and poured old candle wax all over it, tied a piece of twine around it so it had a wick and done.  I made about a dozen in less than 30 minutes.

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I got there first since we really didn’t have a whole lot of time I wanted to start the fire and be ready to make hot dogs when they all got there.  We went over the rules at our meetings, a few girls forgot as soon as they got there.  No Running at Camp! (those would be the girls in pink who are MY daughters so proud LOL).  Once a gentle reminder was given they remembered and there was no running at camp (-:  

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While we waited for everyone to arrive we made good old GORP for the hungry Daisy girls. It wasn’t long before our GORP was gone so next time we will double it. To keep the cost down we had a list of what girls are to bring here is our list and it worked out pretty great I would only cut back on the s’mores if you don’t have a lot of girls. 

 FOOD LIST and   CAMP OUT MENU . 

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We had our Juniors and second year Brownies make the hot dogs for everyone they were perfect!

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I was impressed with all the girls and how they hung out at the camp fire, no worries with these ones they kept on eye on the Daisies and followed all the camp fire rules.

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Once the Leaders got in there the girls were already eating  s’mores because who doesn’t make s’mores at camp!

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It had gotten dark pretty quick the troop arrived at 4:00 but because it was overcast and November that only gave us an hour of daylight. 

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Since it was a cabin and not tent we didn’t wash our dishes the old camp way we went ahead and did them in the kitchen.   My daughter volunteered funny how at camp it’s fun but not at home!

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We planned on hiking the next day so we made out very own walking sticks we brought all our left over duck tap from making the buckets and bought large dowel rods at Lowes.  They were about $4.00 a piece but perfect. The whole time we were making these we kept hearing sounds from the corner where all the cots were.  I figured it was just a mouse it was squeeky and annoying but we are in the woods so mice happen that is why we have all our things in the buckets right? Bugs and rodents.  We didn’t announce it and kept it between us adults the girls were too loud, talking and laughing to even notice.

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None of the girls had trouble or needed much help only cutting the duck tape.  They loved it! Each made their own design and were told after every hike with or without the troop to write the date and where they hiked on the stick.  A great way to get families involved in getting out there.   Still Squeek Squeek….

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I am very grateful for my co-leader and Troop Mom for coming along they were such a huge help.

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There’s those proud Girl Scouts with their perfect walking sticks! 

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Since we were stuck inside most the time we were prepared! We made the old fashioned sandpaper and crayon tshirts and they were crafty!

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I can say these were the best ideas for our first overnight in a cabin couldn’t do this in a tent!

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I made sure to bring every broken crayon I had because after this they would be broken you really have to push down hard for it to work.

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But the outcome is awesome! (unless like me you accidentally made a 3 backwards maybe no one will notice LOL)

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Lucky for us we had basic first aid training ! We only had one injury remember when I stated in the beginning of the post no running at camp?  Well….my little Daisy done went and forgot and fell getting a cut on her hand.  Our other Daisy Kylee went immediately to her first aid kit, wiped it with a cleaning pad and put a band aid on it.  <3  Later Ms. Melissa had to add the gauze jut to keep the band aid on and to make it look WAY worse than it was LOL~

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Have I mentioned our mascot went too?  Our Brownie Kiara made her, her own tent out of duck tape (-: she even brought her a pillow and sleeping bag.

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Once it was 10:00 I put on the Disney Movie Den Brother, just to settle the girls down.  They all used their jar lanterns so all we heard for the next thirty or so minutes was clanging and falling jars BUT none broke so yeah!

wpid-IMAG1125.jpgAfter about an hour it was lights out we left a small light on in the kitchen so they could find their way to the bathroom…because that happened about 50 times usually the same girl LOL Once it was dark and quiet…..remember that mouse we kept hearing.  It stopped and FLEW out that was no mouse my friend but a friendly BAT.  I jumped up and turned on lights it just flew around for a minute and then to the fireplace.  My Co-Leader used this as a learning opportunity to get the girls calmed down you can imagine the screaming.   She quickly Googled bats and got them involved in guessing what kind it was and what they actually eat.  After squashing the Vampire Bat theory all was well (-: 

 

While Ms Erin was talking to the girls I looked over and I thought my Troop Mom would die.  We didn’t see it again for a few minutes so we left one light on and the girls went back to sleep.  Well all but one girl My Troop Mom was on bat patrol all night LOL did not sleep a wink I kept looking over at her;  if I heard a noise and at one point sat up only to almost get sideswiped by the bat.  She looked at me and said “he is back and he brought a friend a BIG friend” They eventually left again but Ms Melissa did not sleep until she went home!

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In the morning I got up and started the breakfast.  It was pouring rain. DANG.

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We ate eggs, sausage, toast and fruit.  Grapes as you can see (-:

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We took a group shot while we waited for it to slow down outside, we really wanted to use our walking sticks.

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Even though it was wet outside it wasn’t very chilly that was nice!

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We walked probably a half hour before we had to get all cleaned up and packed to go.

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but not before some photo ops (Leaders Daughters minus one)  COME ON! 

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They loved the woods but it was SO muddy, I felt guilty putting them in their parents cars .  But I guess that’s camp! 

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A quick walk back to the cabin.

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Where we waited on the parents to pick up.  This is my favorite picture for some reason (-:

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Last minute clean up with Ms Erin and Pyper.

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And the ride home! Some little Daisy had way too much fun!~ 

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We had a blast for our first overnight and can not wait for Spring when we will be going a little farther than Camp Ken Jockety and staying for a whole weekend.  We can not wait!  

Just in case you need a template or some ideas here is what I sent home in packets along with the food list to the parents.   I also sent info on where we were staying and how to get to the cabin, where to park etc etc.

Before our Troop camp out

PACKING LIST

Keeping Cost Down

(this is where you can change the names to your girls and just cut them in strip to put in your packets the  list referenced at the top of the post is for you to keep track)  

Awesome Possoms! Troop 1391 Goes to Camp part 1

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Our troop was so excited to go camping we had worked up to our overnight in a cabin (next a whole weekend!).  We had prepared all summer long.  We have our summer meetings outdoors so we just made all our meetings camp related, our crafts were all geared towards camp, camp songs and we talked about the Leave No Trace principals. (that last part miiiight have been lost on most the girls but we are working on it!)

At our first meeting we sought out just where we would go Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland has several camp sites you can check them all out on the website http://gsoh.org/camps/camp-sites/ .  We decided on our first try we would go to the one closest to home just in case anyone needed mommy or daddy.

Our first craftish item that the girls made  were sit upons but a much easier way….with duck tape and reusable bags from JoAnne Fabrics.

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 We stuffed them with paper and some cushion made them as flat as could be and duck taped all around the edges cutting where the straps were and making them easier to carry.

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The we went all Duck Tape crazy and made our camp buckets my Troop Mom and I saved kitty litter buckets and I bleached them all out.  I made a flyer to get the parents involved because A. Duck Tape can get expensive and B. After we made the sit upons I knew the girls would need A LOT to finish a bucket.  Therefore, we made it a family project and darn if they didn’t have some cute buckets!  (My own Daisy refused Mom and Dad’s help and it was just as cute (-: )

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Here’s mine (- : I love sheep !

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For our next meeting we went to the Jackson Township Firehouse and had first aid training (this was before my Daisies started I don’t think they could sit through it)  The firemen were amazing they even researched the way the Girl Scouts teach first aid to make sure they didn’t deviate from anything the girls may learn later.

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They were very involved…

Fotor1123234049Our Troop Mom was able to set all this up for us and even had the hospital she works with (and her personally) donate enough for each girl to make their own first aid kits. (Ms Erin donated the boxes thank you!!) After all this we gave the girls a first aid test at the next meeting (4 weeks after the training) to see what they remembered. They did great! and after all this got the first aid patch (-:

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Now knowing that my little ones would have a little trouble sleeping without a night-light we made our own lanterns….with glue, glitter and small jelly jars we used ribbon tied onto the lid added a 48 hour flameless candle and DONE.

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I would give it up to 24 hours to dry to before putting in the flameless candle (-:

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The next few meeting we worked on the No Trace Principles

( http://www.girlscouts.org/for_adults/volunteering/articles/leave_no_trace.asp )

and what they wanted to do when they got there.  Every one wanted to hike so the rest was up to me …. luckily I live for planning LOL~!

Stay Tuned for Part 2 (-: Happy Scouting!

Troop 1391′s First Bridging Ceremony

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I had planned for months and was so excited for our Bridging Ceremony.  We had rented out a hall at one of our local parks and I did soooo much research on Bridging, Re-Dedication and Investiture Ceremonies.  Not to mention I racked my brain with fun things to do for the girls and their families.  My co-leader had just had a baby girl and I needed to make this as easy for her as possible so I jumped in.

I kept seeing where the rainbow was the thing to do for a bridging ceremony that’s all it took…..everything rainbow!!

I knew from the get go I would need something at the tables to occupy the younger siblings most my girls had them LOL!  I used Oriental Trading company for a lot of the decorations and what nots.  Lets just say I am glad I didn’t trade in the Edge for my Sonata back then or this couldn’t have happened.

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I found rainbow crayons and I made little rainbow crayon holders and printed out free girl scout coloring pages from anywhere I could. I just Googled free girl scout coloring pages and BOOM there they were.

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I also made for the tables lollipop flowers in a pot I used more felt and ribbon and SO wish I got better pictures!

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Added grass

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then the lollipops!

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Now since this was our first investiture, re-dedication and bridging ceremony I will add this to my post ….. full disclosure I was clueless how to do the actual ceremony part.  I read every blog, book and article on what other troops did.  That’s when I saw that we could do a Scouts own for this and well I won’t sugar coat it it was awful…..we had the brownies fly up to junior and walk over this bridge we borrowed from our service unit and sang the friendship song.  We called names out and pinned the re-dedication girls handed out patches and well…..took pictures and it literally lasted one hour and 15 minutes and that was with the families eating and talking.  It was horrible.  I blame myself and this year that will not happen, simple decorations and food more on the ceremony.  But I did do a kick butt job on the decorations and take home goodies (-: !

Here are a few shots of the short and just plain not put together ceremony…I even made these for the girls to hold….it made no sense what so ever Oh I can not wait to redeem myself this year LOL

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I had them all read a line from a poem that part worked out pretty well! (the socks with that dress on my daughter NOT so much)

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Here is the poem :

I Am A Girl Scout
I am sunshine...the sparkle of merriment in the eyes of my youth.
I am a doorway out of the commonplace into a new, exciting experience.
I am a purpose-for-life, which will make the later years of the girls I love rewarding.
I am noise... and a silence with warmth in it.
I am laughter...and a quiet revolution, which seeks the comfort of a listener.
I am energy and a touch of living service.
I am youth and the slowly emerging habits that make matured experience worthy
I am the today and tomorrow that is being shaped.
I am habits, ideals, ways of living, confirmed attitudes in the souls of youth.
I am the giver of gifts that fall not away, that time will not quench, that riches will not deceive.
I am a home to which a heart can unfold.
I am a force that holds you near to each other no matter how different people are.
I am a spirit that forever sings within your heart.
I am love - deep, sincere, devoted love.
I am part of you - for though your feet may pass my door, in my memory you will live eternally.

I am a Girl Scout.

(Author Unknown)

Now back to what I did do well !

I wanted a photo booth so I made all the props and My co-leader at the time Abby hung all the streamers on the wall for a back drop. I didn’t get a good angle HECK I didn’t get any pictures but this and one other.  I had my now co-leaders husband act as photographer and I begged but only got a few from the parents.

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My little ginger headed Brownie was quite fond of the mustache (-:

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I also bought from oriental trading these key chains all the kids who came could make for their parents my daughters was a little less of a rainbow and more like a colorful chain LOL ~

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My neighbors husband who had a daughter in the troop at the time made the cake I saw one on pinterest I loved and this cake genius made it even as his step daughter was too sick to be there!   (as for the had been in the troop yes this is a late post and sadly 4 of the girls dropped out and yes I have taken it hard )-:  but we have more coming!)

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And because we are Girl Scouts when we realized we didn;t have a knife to cut the cake our GS Mom Jennifer used dental floss!

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The parents all signed up to bring the food which was great or we would have just had cake at this point we spend the troop funds on the rental of the center so we needed to save for anything else we wanted to do this year (like  COSI).

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I covered big cans in felt and added a rainbow touch for the forks and spoons to be held

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And I knew that I wanted the girls to have a rainbow colored candy bar so I tried my best! Not as awesome as the ones I have seen but as long as they got the candy I don’t think the girls even noticed.

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I even had little bags printed up for them to take their loot! (- ;

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My now co-leader Erin made this awesome poster that the girls all signed too!

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The girls had fun I do believe and our next one is just around the corner so planning begins…….NOW!

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