Awesome Possoms! Troop 1391 Goes to Camp part 1

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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DIY Girl Scout Idea Book

I made this book for easy reference to all my Girl Scout Ideas. It’s similar to my Garden Journal and I even made one last year for all my Christmas ideas.

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Just like the others it just takes some scrapbook paper and a composition book.  I have even thought about having my troop make smash books this way.  Super cheap and lots of fun!

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For this one I put a post it note on the inside page along with an envelope for all my receipts and as you know if you are involved in any troop you will have LOTS of receipts!

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As you all know I absolutely love pinterest so I printed out my boards and taped the things I absolutely want the girls to try inside the pages.

I added tabs for each of the topics I have random ideas for and I just write them in when I think of it.

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On the last page, the Girl Scout Promise nad the Girl Scout Law along with another envelope because I needed it !

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And last but not least I added a green ribbon to close the book  (see first pic above) so my pages don’t get all messy…I hate messy pages (- : and a book mark too!

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Super easy and fast to make I use it ALL the time let me know if you make one too!

Girl Scout Walk About – Lanyards!

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 the ribbon together.  I sewed it three times across because the girls will pull on them I am sure.

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I printed out the cookie variety and the price cheat sheet and stuck them to a green paper to match the ribbon.

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Once I cut them out I laminated them and cut the out again with my helper…

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 (who was really watching Bo on the Go)

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Punched a hole with the handy dandy crop-o-dile

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And hooked the to the lanyards!

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This is not an original idea I saw it on pinterest and I would mention the blog it came from but there wasn’t an attached author! But if you would like to see that one here is the pin link (-:  http://pinterest.com/pin/64035625923800679/

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I will keep update my blog with whatever we do for this cookie season we are so excited this year ~!

(note I got the year on the cheat sheet wrong oops! and not a single scout noticed LOL)

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I did not have a template for the cheat sheets but have gotten several request so here you go! Just print out and resize if needed (-: Let me know how they turned out!

Cookie Price Cheat  and  2015 cookie varieties LBB or just the Super Six which will be a little more rectangle than square (-:

Here are the super six from the bakers website in two different looks

I put them on Word so that you can right click as resize as needed I made the 5×5 inch with the card stock border if that helps at all (-:

Thank you to everyone who has made such nice comments!  Our troop went to our council Cookie Rally and they had them there for the passports I loved it (-: !

Smores Cups

After a month break on the evening of our first Monday night Girl Scout meeting I realized something……we didn’t have a plan!

I had a ten minute ride home from work to think.  My co-leader works on the Journey books and I do crafts and whatnots. Not to mention snacks.  Now, I am not one to only hand out a bag of chips and call it a day and by now our girls expect more and I don’t blame them it’s me we are talking about!  So I grabbed some beads and stretchy string and the girls could make bracelets.

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The catch was you thad to give it to the girl on your right.  Yeah I though that will work instant friendship bracelets.  Now snack … Phoebe and I ran to Kroger and grabbed …honey graham cereal, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips.  Then clear plastic cups; I had twine at home. 

So voila ! smores in a cup I used a hole punch and twine for a handle, easy, fast and the girls loved it!

Some even wanted smore…heehee

Troop 1391’s Community Garden

Saturday May 5th our troop met with Franlin County Treasurer Ed Leonard and Grove ity Mayor Ike Stage to plant a Community Garden. We met early to divide up the seeds to plant. While we waited for all the girls the Mayor explained how to plant the seeds.

Once it was time the girls started to dig, the Mayor walked them through each step…..then

He dug up a toad!!! We all saw it as good luck for our garden (-:

After all the belly laughs and screams about Mr. Toad the girls got back to work, Treasurer Leonard helped the girls plant green beans.

The girls were watching to see if Mayor Stage could undig another toad!

Treasurer Leonard getting a chuckle out of Maria, he would point to where she should dig and instead she was dropping the seeds in the place he pushed in LOL !

We stopped for a bit and let the girls recieve thier Community Service badges from our special guest.  They were so excited (-:

A quick picture before we set them loose….

Once we let our guest go to thier other obligation for the day we let the girls finish they had a blast but nothing was in any order whatsoever we just made sure we had everything marked!

 

Look at me girls BE PROUD we are doing this for the Mid Ohio Food Bank!

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Snack time I made sure we had apples and plenty of water.  I handed out garden journals for the girls to keep track of the garden and to be handed in later.  I gave plenty of info aboput the garden and food bank not to mention a schedule to follow for weeding and watering.

Grandma Scout finally got out of the car! She was cold (-: She told the girls all about her Grandma Ellis’s farm in Georgia from when she was growing up.

Abby told the girls all about the compost pile when they were looking foe a trash can.  Nope she said throw them in the pile!

One last picture I wish all our girls could have been there!  I hope tyhe girls learn a lot from our garden the food will help a lot of families from going hungry.

http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/commissioners/community-gardens/

Our Troops Journey Through Our First Cookie Sale Pt 3 – PARTY ON GARTH

We made it the cookie sale was over and our girls did great (with the exception of one family who has YET to turn in their money and simply disappeared)! The rest of the girls well they very much  deserved  an  End of the  Cookie Sale Party.  So  again  this crafty leader wanted so badly to give these girls a great day! With this being the 100 year anniversary of the Girl Scouts I wanted to do something with the anniversary Savannah Smiles lemon cookie boxes.  SO I made notebooks and bookmarks. (and yes I did this before all the pinterest ones came out! LOL)

The most time consuming was cutting all the boxes.  I used my cropodile to punch all the holes and I did reinforce the back of the book marks with a thick green plastic so they would last a little longer.

Now this I did see on pinterest (love that website)  I bought girl scout stickers from Micheal’s and simply added them to these large green paperclips then some stickle glitter glue and done ready to be used as a picture holder.

Whallah! easy peasy and no glass frame to break.

The girls needed something to carry everything in right? So I bought totes at the Flower Factory and iron ons off of Etsy that I printed out myself and ironed on the totes with the girls names.  Then bought fabric markers for the girls to all sign each others bags (-:

I was so excited when Saturday came we ordered pizza, had juice boxes and snacks now the picture here is fuzzy but they began the party listening to Kids Bop and dancing their tushes off!

While we waited for the pizza to arrive the girls made a flower pot craft and we spoke about our community garden we were doing next!

PIZZA from Joseppi’s of course (-: since they saved us that one Saturday they won us over for life (see previous post about the shop)!

We then had the girls stand in line while we filled up the bags with all the goodies!

I made the notebooks, book marks and little photo holders with the picture, I bought cookie sale pencils, and bubbles…….but the girls favorite part THREE patches! Pizza Party, First Cookie Sale and Booth Sale Patch (-:

Here’s our girls ! (missing a few that day )-: )

On their way out I had a little display with a reminder about our Community Garden Project on  seed packets and where the garden was located.

That way they could plant a little Cilantro for Mommy and Daddy too!

OH and one more thing who was the top seller??? that would be Pyper the oldest pea!! and nope it wasn’t rigged I wasn’t in charge of the cookie sale my co-leader was (-: I ma one proud Girl Scout Mom!!