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

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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! 

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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???

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

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!

 

Awesome Possoms! Troop 1391 Goes Camping part 2

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.  ❤  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)