Using Resources Wisely – Cookie Cases – Re-Blogged

 

Look at all those boxes!   Surely there is something clever we can do with those…..

 

WP_20140304_006This year as you know we added two Daisies to our troop, we started to work on Journey books at our meetings but after two meetings and two leaders trying to work with three groups…well, it just wasn’t working.   So I sat down and looked at all the other earned patches and petals that the girls could work on together.

So for our first unified meeting we worked on the Junior Drawing, Brownie Painting and Daisy Using Resources wisely patches.

What we did was use all but one end of the cookie boxes talk about using resources wisely!  I used a box cutter of course

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I was careful but still ended up tossing a couple of the ends because I cut wrong, good thing I had a ton!

So basically you are are tossing out the two small side on one end and keeping all the rest…..for what you ask?

Sketch Books and Easels! 

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I went ahead and pre-poked the holes in the books and paper for the sketch books and made kits for each girl with a sharpened pencil too.

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 Pretty easy to assemble just make sure the writing is on the inside cover so the outside cover can be decorated.

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Then for the easel …. I found that the tagalongs and dosidos were the best for this one. I used the bulk of the box for this again with the writing on the inside.  Simply attach the boxes on the top so that they stand up.  I used duck tape to keep it together and heavy plastic sheets recycled from reports I get everyday.  Normally tossed in the recycle bin I justs kept mine.  Here it is in stages…..First duck taped closed….second glued the plastic sheet on the box so the paint wouldn’t run through to the cardboard and third with the clip holding the watercolor paper on to the easel.

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It took a few hours getting 12 together and of course making sure it worked LOL!  I got each girl her own water color paints (97 cents each at walmart), and brushes.  

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All set to take to the meeting…..Our project was this taking the part of of the law that states “Be  a sister to every girl scout” sketch something that shows this action and then paint it.

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I mixed the girls up too, split up the three groups to sit with each other and if they went to the same school, they didn’t sit together.  It’s a constant struggle with girls to make sure every one of them get along, I try not to stand in from of them lecturing instead trying to incorporate this principle in our meetings.

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It was a great meeting, I took 5 pictures of the above and still couldn’t get them all to smile at once LOL! maybe next meeting will be photography???

Re_Blogged 3/2/15  Original Blog Date 2/14

Troop 1391 Sports Night

Every summer our troop meets at a local park since we normally meet at a school and don’t have access when school is out. Not to mention who wants cooped up in a school when it is SUMMER!  So for our first meeting I just wanted the girls to have fun putting lots of thought into it I decided we would be as active as we could. (Unfortunately only 4 girls showed up to this meeting but it was still fun (-: )

We began with 

Jump Rope ten times then the Long Jump: Run until they get to the hula hoop then jump as far as they can Ms. Erin will then use a ribbon to measure.

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 I never saw it coming but all the girls kept falling luckily no one was hurt and they all laughed it off, my little pea falls all the time so it wasn’t new to her but boy she she love seeing the other girls do the same as her!

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 Who won??

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Simple Running with a partner from tree to tree three times  

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 Hula Hoop who can do hoop the longest best out of three chances

hulaTen jumping jacks then roll down the hill and run back up

rollingRing Toss best out of 3 chances

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 They loved this and I loved getting them so active so we decided this is how we will always have our first meeting after summer break! 

bowlingBasketball free throws from different angles

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 Snacks: Water bottles, apples, oranges and gold fish crackers although it was so hot that day the water bottles were used in a more fun way (-:  Since we were short half our troop we were done way early so the girls just let loose!

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 Here’s a print out of our activities if you want to have it, it was simple, clean and the girls had a lot of fun!

 Sports Night Activities 

 

Using Resources Wisely (CDs)/End of the Cookie Season Party

At the end of every cookie season it has been a tradition in out Troop to have an end of the cookie season party.  We go year round so we don’t have an end of the year party.  Because of this I try to make it extra special.  This year I made each girl a CD scrapbook.

Supplies are as follows:  

Paper Cutter

Exacto knife

Glue Dots and Strips

Glue Runner

Old CDs

Scrapbook Paper

Stickers

Crop-o-dile Hole Punch

Scissors

Book Rings (cheaper in the office section than the craft section)

Ribbon

And small wallet size pictures 

 

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 I used my Creative Memories Circle cutters for the paper to cover the CDs, you can easily use your exacto knife too cut around the CD after you attached the scrap paper.

 

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Once I get all the paper on I punch the hole.  making sure each one is the same measurement from the edge. If they aren’t it looks really weird when the CDs don’t line up.

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I made three different versions Daisy, Brownie and Junior so as you can imagine it was a mess!

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Once done with adding the pictures and bling attach together with the book ring and add ribbon.

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TADA!

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 I also made small bags for each Scout used fabric markers to put their name on them and ironed on a wordle mix with all the girls names.  Since we had camp coming up as a reminder I made s’more baggies with the details of our trip and sealed with an owl that I found at Micheal’s.  Added their badges and more candy and was ready to give to the girls !

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 We had pizza, chips, juice boxes and cookies of course (-:

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We had the girls write on paper what they were happy for with all the intentions of making a “happy” video with them dancing around carrying their signs……that didn’t quite work out.  They were happy for so much you wouldn’t be able to see the writing on the paper!  (not to mention of couple of older wallflowers LOL)

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PIZZA!  

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 All my happy girls (-: 

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PS….here are out TOP sellers Miss Alexis (Brownie) was #1 an Miss Phoebe (Daisy) was #2 by only 8 boxes (-: ~!  

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Using Resources Wisely – Cookie Cases

 

Look at all those boxes!   Surely there is something clever we can do with those…..

 

WP_20140304_006This year as you know we added two Daisies to our troop, we started to work on Journey books at our meetings but after two meetings and two leaders trying to work with three groups…well, it just wasn’t working.   So I sat down and looked at all the other earned patches and petals that the girls could work on together.

So for our first unified meeting we worked on the Junior Drawing, Brownie Painting and Daisy Using Resources wisely patches.

What we did was use all but one end of the cookie boxes talk about using resources wisely!  I used a box cutter of course

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I was careful but still ended up tossing a couple of the ends because I cut wrong, good thing I had a ton!

So basically you are are tossing out the two small side on one end and keeping all the rest…..for what you ask?

Sketch Books and Easels! 

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I went ahead and pre-poked the holes in the books and paper for the sketch books and made kits for each girl with a sharpened pencil too.

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 Pretty easy to assemble just make sure the writing is on the inside cover so the outside cover can be decorated.

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Then for the easel …. I found that the tagalongs and dosidos were the best for this one. I used the bulk of the box for this again with the writing on the inside.  Simply attach the boxes on the top so that they stand up.  I used duck tape to keep it together and heavy plastic sheets recycled from reports I get everyday.  Normally tossed in the recycle bin I justs kept mine.  Here it is in stages…..First duck taped closed….second glued the plastic sheet on the box so the paint wouldn’t run through to the cardboard and third with the clip holding the watercolor paper on to the easel.

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It took a few hours getting 12 together and of course making sure it worked LOL!  I got each girl her own water color paints (97 cents each at walmart), and brushes.  

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All set to take to the meeting…..Our project was this taking the part of of the law that states “Be  a sister to every girl scout” sketch something that shows this action and then paint it.

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I mixed the girls up too, split up the three groups to sit with each other and if they went to the same school, they didn’t sit together.  It’s a constant struggle with girls to make sure every one of them get along, I try not to stand in from of them lecturing instead trying to incorporate this principle in our meetings.

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It was a great meeting, I took 5 pictures of the above and still couldn’t get them all to smile at once LOL! maybe next meeting will be photography???

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 GORP Cermony

This summer our troop will be getting ready for camp, and I plan on doing  something camp oriented at every meeting until we go.  This meeting we did the Gorp Ceremony so they could learn about this tasty trail mix and have a meaningful ceremony too. Total cost for the below was $88.74 yes I could have gotten the less expensive versions but it was our first one so I splurged on the girls.  Next time I will be more frugal (-:

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I had each girl come up, sanitize their hands and take an ingredient…..

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The awesome thing is I have 14 scouts and there are 14 ingredients it was perfect! ( although my co-leader did step in the night of our meeting as one was a no show)  Once they all had something they stood in a circle with me and a trash bag in the middle….now as a side note always use a very strong trash bag I had no idea it would get so heavy (-:

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with each line I read the Scout would add her ingredient into the bag…(oops fuzzy pic!)

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I had a bunch of Moms at our meeting that night once I put the heavy bag on the picnic table, they took over and mixed it. (I think they were excited to eat it too) 

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We gave it to the girls in cups while they did a craft and even shared with a Boy Scout Troop that was there making terrariums.  Although a side note I am still a little salty about the boys not saying thank you…..ANYWHO

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Here is the script for the ceremony it was very fun!

Girl Scout Gorp Ceremony

This ceremony can be used as you create some very special gorp with your girls
before heading off on an outdoor adventure.

Today we will build a nifty snack to nourish our bodies. It symbolizes how the
many ways of Girl Scouting nourishes our spirits.

We have a Promise and a Law. On our honor, we will to do our best to be fair
and square.
So we will begin with CHEX.

Girl Scouts come in all colors, from all races around the world. Every Girl Scout is
a sister no matter where she is from, no matter the language she speaks, no
matter the color of her skin. God loves variety, and Girl Scouts are the colors of
the rainbow.
So we will contribute M & Ms.

Some of us are tall, and some of us are small. When we get together, size
doesn’t matter at all.
So we will add PRETZEL THINS AND MINI MARSHMALLOWS.

Sometimes we are nutty. We love to joke and play. We’d love to put a Girl Scout
smile into everyone’s day.
So we will toss in NUTS. (Or shredded coconut or corn nuts in case of nut
allergies).

Sometimes we are quiet and thoughtful. We have special gifts of love and caring
to give in service to those who need our help.
So we will sprinkle in TEDDY GRAMS.

When we get together, we seem to make circles. We may sit in circles, play circle
games, and make a Friendship Circle. You could say that we are well rounded.
So we will roll in CHEERIOS.

When we are busy planning a project, or doing a craft, we pop with enthusiasm
until we’re done.
So we will pop in POPCORN.

Girl Scouts respect all living things. The earth is our home, and we want to keep
it safe for everyone.
So we will release GOLDFISH & ANIMAL CRACKERS to the mix.

Girl Scouts are “chips off the old block”. Girl Scouting began in 1912. Since then
we all have been part of an old tradition, and are proud to be part of the future.
So we will drop in CHIPS.

We get a kick out of learning new things, helping others, singing, and being
together with our friends.
So we will kick in KIX.

Young Girl Scouts may be hard to resist because they are fresh, sweet and new.
But the older scout maybe more fun, because she has more experience.
So we will put in RAISINS.

Girls who come to Girl Scouts bloom. They are like little seeds we water and
warmly shine on to grow up strong.
So we will finish with scattering these SUNFLOWER SEEDS.

So we can see that when we mix together the many ways of Girl Scouts we end
up with something truly special!

Here is the PDF if you want to print it out I found it on Google !
http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/documents/GorpRecipe.pdf

I am so excited about our meetings aimed at camp I will be sure to post more when I can (-:

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

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!!

Our Troop’s Journey Through Our First Cookie Sale pt 2 BLING YOUR BOOTH!

So we got our cookies and delivered them, it was quite a task but we weren’t finished yet!

Now on to the booth sales….Abby took a few girls to the first one at the local Kroger.  They did pretty well! Then I got to take a few girls to the second spot, not the greatest spot but we did pretty well too!

The night before our neighbor (also a brownie) spent the night and helped make a sign ….they were super proud (-:

So I got my crafty leader thinking cap on how will I hold this sign up??? Coffee cans with sand (we had that is our garage along with couple rods from an old project) YES! So I called my two neighbors (also  brownie moms) and got the containers..but not cans hmmmm how can we cover these up???  BOXES I just happened to have them in my car and  they were the perfect size!

NOW how can we jazz  this up??  flowers the girls said so that is what we did.  We added flowers to the boxes along with a thank you and donation info….

then printed out the varieties of cookies (nice way to advertise!)put them onto leaves glued them to the paper covered rods added a flower pin wheel and wallah  A GARDEN COOKIE BOOTH!

All this was last-minute and made with everything we had on hand it was awesome!

Oh and we made a sign for the girls to hold when cars went by too (-:

The next weekend the whole troop participated in the sale (except one who was out of town  )-: )  We still  had our blinged signs but we needed  MORE…  So  as  my family sat and ate dinner  I thought to myself again what can we do different this time?? and out of the corner of  my  eye  I see  all the empty boxes the cookies  came  in….SO glittered up menu boards! 

We punched holes in the corners to add ribbon that matched the boxes and glitter.

 Each girl could wear a different cookie! and we made signs for  some  to  wear  that said DRIVE – UP SERVICE this was our Faith’s  idea and  it worked a  lot of people drove to the curb  and we sold the cookies to them without getting out of their car they loved  that (-: 

I can  not tell you  how exciting this was we even had my Mom the honorary Grandma Scout at card table testing out some crafts we wanted the girls to do. 

She had a ball and  the girls loved helping her  when we  didn’t have business.  I  also  made  snacks for all the girls because working that  hard makes a scout hungry! (thanks to http://pinterest.com/momof2peas/ for this  idea!) (I used glitter paint for more BLING!)

All in all our girls had a blast from making the booth to yelling about how great girl scout cookies are to the passerbyers …. although they did have jobs too! they took turns tallying the cookie sales and restocked when needed. After all it is a girl led activity (-:

Oh and did I mention they handed out crayons and coloring pages to the littles?? yep two boxes of 64 crayons put 2 in a snack bag and a free printable of a girl scout cookie booth!

Troop 1391 these girls are the best!

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think or better yet did you bling your booth??? leave a link!

Joseppi’s Pizza To The Rescue!

What happens when you forget to pick up the key to the building you are having your girl scout meeting at??  You frantically call around and try to find a new spot!

On this specific night before the meeting my Co-Leader Abby called a few places and was happy to report Joseppi’s pizza on Hoover Rd would open early just for us to meet there.  How cool are they?

 

So of course the first order of business after the beginning ceremonies would be to make Joseppi’s thank you cards(-:

The  girls were actually pretty excited  to have the meeting at a pizza shop because everyone knows if you go to a pizza shop there is going to be pizza!

The girls had so much fun and we were able to have our badges presented for our yarn crafts we did a few weeks before.

(I took  a picture of the  girls getting the badges but WOW  they were bad LOL)

Before we left the girls got a picture with the guys that saved the day!

So thank you again Joseppi’s Pizza!! and for those of you that want to show them some love you can order online if you’re in the area!

http://www.joseppispizza.com/11/