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

Update Re-Blog of the Girl Scout Cookie Lanyards with 2015 Varieties

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 (-: !

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!

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Troop 1391’s Summer Weekend at Camp Wakatomika

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This past summer (2014) Troop 1391 had their first full weekend at camp and it was a blast rain and all these girls had fun!

Getting ready for our first full weekend I made fire starters, tested out the crafts we made t-shirt bags so I used mine as the charades game holder! We made dog tags and sharpie tie die t-shirts too.  We also made bug jars and had bug catchers and little magnifying glasses to look at but not keep the bugs (-:

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 Our first night we watched movies and had popcorn while each of the girls arrived.  Some of the girls went on a hike while it was day light too.  And of course they played a mean game of charades!

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The next day though they all went out Ms Lisa and Ms Erin took them during the day and then Ms Lisa and I took them for their night hike!

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 Our Juniors made a perfect fire for hot dogs smores and more!

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Our Daisies and Brownies made solar pizza!

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Pretty proud of these scouts!

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 These were awesome!

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 Of course we did crafts through out the weekend I send these kids home with a ton of stuff!

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 On day three our Daisies were getting a bit tired LOL (that’s the littlest pea right there getting too hot to move) SO…..

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 We brought out the water balloons and water blasters!

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 That cooled them off!FotorCreatedA little group shot by the cabin before the parents picked them up (-:

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Here is our camp menu  CAMP MENU   and a letter for the parents on  What To bring    Now what we did with the walking tacos….we made it like a to go lunch in case parents came early it wouldn’t keep them from getting on the road.

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My whole troop cleaned the cabin and it sparkled I really believe we were the first ones there in quite some time because it was not in good shape either.  I am proud of my girls for taking the time to clean it up and make it wonderful for the next troop.

After the troop left; the peas and I stayed and clean the fire pit up (this was almost 2 hours of hard work but we did it!), when we got there it was in horrible condition looks like the last people to use it never cleaned it out and it sat all winter.   The youngest pea cleaned out all the chunks of wood laying around and the oldest pea helped me move the old ashes.  Remember as a Scout you must leave things better than they were when you got there.

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 One last shot of the peas and we were on our way home ! Hot sweaty messes ready to fight for the shower LOL!   We can not wait until next year!

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Here is a list of things I needed to make our weekend a success it may help you too!

NEEDED FOOD-CRAFT SUPPLIES FOR CAMP

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!

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/