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Water, Water Everywhere | October 2015

The remnants of Hurricane Joaquin didn't damped our outing to the Washington Sanitary Sewer Commission (WSSC) on October 3rd to learn about our local watershed. D
ue to the weather, WSSC moved their event completely indoors instead of on the dam and around the actual water treatment facilities. Although that was a change, the WSSC staff were ready and waiting with fun, hands-on things to do at their headquarters in Laurel, MD.

We need to thank the WSSC for putting on such a great community event and for WSSC staffer Theresa for her enthusiasm and patience. Here is a link to their activities for kids.

We also want to give a shout out to the two Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop #3302 in Beltsville, MD for their leadership. Way to be a sister to every scout!

This is what we did at our WSSC fieldtrip:
  • Enviroscape: This 15 minute hands-on demonstration serves as a way for scouts to discuss pollution and the impacts it can have on waterways. This is a sit down activity where scouts will sit around a table.
  • Incredible Journey: This 30 minute interactive game allows participants to move through the journey water takes as it moves through our built environment. This activity will have scouts moving through a large open space as they pretend to be drops of water.
  • Water Wise: This 15 minute matching activity helps participants learn about the amount of water used to perform various daily activities and how water use in the US compares to that of communities around the world. This is a sit down activity where scouts will sit on the ground, they will be given a short text to read.
  • Bucket Brigade: This 15 minute relay game allows participants to visualize the amount of water they use in one day and how much work it can be to move water from a source to where they want to use it. This relay involves scouts carrying 1-gallon buckets of water for a few yards.
  • SAVE Project Brainstorm:
    During this 30 minute brainstorm scouts will think about everything they learned during the morning. They will decide on an issue they want to explore in more detail for their SAVE project. Scouts will then be matched with others in their group who have a similar interest.
  • SHARE Brainstorm: During this 30 minute brainstorm scouts will work to complete the “Advocates for Water” worksheet to help them think about their audience and the best way they can communicate their SAVE message.
For the scouts that have not completed the Wonders of Water Journey, this was a great GO SEE (fieldtrip) that will make completing the badge requirements in the next few months a snap.

 | September 2015

We had the opportunity for 12 of the scouts to attend NASA Goddard's Space Flight Center at the end of the month.

We learned about:
  • patience while waiting in the (Disney-World-long) bus line
  • an exemplar demonstrating the phases of the moon (right before the supermoon and lunar eclipse)
  • the infrared spectrum is fun
  • saw a moon rock
  • watched rocketry demonstration while we had a picnic
  • got up-close to the space environment simulator
  • touched insulation designed for outer space
  • looked at how a Fresnel prism bends images
  • participated in demonstration of a blue laser bending with a stream of water (internal reflection)
  • and a lot more...

There were some disappointed girls that we didn't get the the space shuttle themed bounce house. Maybe next time. There was just too much science to get our hands on that the bounce house didn't stand a chance. We didn't make it to Flight Control or so many other things that were there for the exploring. If you can go as a family to Goddard during one of their open house events, we strongly encourage you to make the time.

We all agreed that we only scratched the surface at Goddard and think we should explore going back sometime in the future when the crowds aren't as big.

We can't wait to give the girls the posters from NASA about women who work in the field. With a little inspiration (and perspiration), one of these girls will end up on a journey to Mars...

Monthly Meeting Rewind
 | September 2015

2015 September kickoff meeting
The girls had a wonderful high-energy meeting in September. During circle time they all took turns talking about their favorite memory from the overnight encampment at Camp Paddy. S'mores, learning campfire songs, a pajama hike, exploring the stream at the bottom of the hill, foil dinners, and a late night fashion show received many votes from the scouts. 

They also said as a way of showing their appreciation for the campgrounds, they discussed and then voted to use a portion of their encampment fees as a donation the Camp Paddy beyond the rental costs. We played a variation of "Toss the Yarn" and talked about how actions/choices have obvious as well as hidden ripple effects.
beach awareness animals
The leaders collected the summertime independent badge work that the scouts had the option to complete. We offered badges on bugs, research on your family tree, painting, beach awareness, and senses.
egg carton animal model

We also worked on the Girl Scout Way badge at the campout, did part of the badge at the meeting, and assigned one portion as independent work to have completed before the October monthly meeting. 
The care and work exhibited in their projects is amazing. Here is a link to the handout -- just in case your scout misplaces it before the meeting. 

HBTY Juliette Gordon Low
We also celebrated the birthday of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low complete with cupcakes and candles. 

And, lastly the girls also affixed their names to the gemstones and rocks they selected at the Skyline Cavern trip because we are going to use them on the 2015-2016 kaper chart for monthly meetings. 

It is going to be amazing.

Next up: a GO SEE to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center this weekend. More soon!

Caves in the News and Skyline Caverns | S

skyline cavern logoLocated in Front Royal, Virginia, Skyline Caverns is the closest natural wonder to the Nation's Capital. The guided tour we received (from our long-suffering guide Anthony) was as impressive as it was educational. 

The cave system is naturally around 54 degrees year-round. The girls saw stalactites and stalagmites, underground rivers, and Anthodites (read more on them here (http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2009/11/anthodites-in-skyline-caverns.html) as one of the only places on Earth where these rare mineral formations are displayed.

anthociteOn our one-hour tour underground, we saw the splendor of The Capital Dome, Rainbow Trails, Painted Desert, Wishing Well, Grotto of Nativity, Cathedral Hall, Shrine, Fairyland Lake, Anthodite Clusters, Chandelier and much, much more. Unique to Virginia caverns, Skyline Caverns are home to three underground streams and 37-foot Rainbow Waterfall.

This was the very first cave experience for nearly all of the girls and this experience was very timely. The very week we went on our trip, scientists from the Rising Star Expedition in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (COHWHS), some 40 km north Johannesburg, South Africa, have made amazing discoveries about the 1,500 fossils that have been identified as belonging to a previously unknown early human relative. Scouts and their families can follow along on this amazing discovery at the National Geographic blog (http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/blog/rising-star-expedition/?order=asc) or the can watch the PBS program NOVA NEXT "Becoming Human (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/ancient/new-ancient-hominid-skeleton-found-in-south-africa/). Maybe this will inspire a whole new passion on one of our scouts!

The girls may enjoy sharing this short video clip of the Skyline Cavern with their family: http://www.skylinecaverns.com/virtualtour.html

Welcome Banner is a Hit| September 2015
2015 Welcome to Glebe mural banner

As the students arrived, many stopped with their family and friends to take a picture with the mural banner of many hands that the Troop made as part of the painting badge. The School Vice Principal gave us a nice compliment as well on her Twitter account. Way to go girls! You helped build community by giving of yourselves.

Wet and Wild Water Stewards| Just Announced For October 2015

As an outgrowth from a suggestion at our summer parents' meeting, we decided to arrange a GO SEE for our troop at the Washington Suburban Sanitary 
Commission (WSSCto get up close and personal about the water we use every day. The girls will see parts of this facility not ordinarily open the the general public. We worked a lot with water over the last year completing the "WOW! Wonders of Water" Journey (collecting water bottles, recycling, learning about conservation here and worldwide) so this is a great fit for reinforcement.

On Saturday, October 3, our scouts will move through seven engaging stations designed to help them develop a love for water, understand ways to advocate for saving sources of drinking water, and brainstorm how to share what they have learned with their community. Girls will leave the day as leaders and advocates for their local water source. 

This event at the WSCC (Brighton Dam Recreation Area- 2 Brighton Dam Rd, Brookeville, MD. 20833) will hold the event rain or shine and much of the hands-on tour will take place outdoors so scouts are asked to dress in sturdy walking shoes and in layers. (If there is severe weather, the rain date for this event is Sunday October 4th.)

Scouts will be completing many but not all of the requirements of the WOW journey, so hopefully our three new scouts can attend and will earn this requirement with our support.

It's Outta This World| Just Announced - Late September 2015

NASA Goddard
Our Troop will join Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital and the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland for the ultimate Girl Scout experience at Explore Goddard! on Saturday, September 26 from 10 AM-3 PM (program hours 11 AM-2 PM) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterThis will be an amazing activity for the scouts and we hope everyone can make the time to attend.

Goddard, located in nearby Greenbelt, Md, will open its doors for this free fun-filled day of activities, hands-on demonstrations, exhibits, entertainment and food. Girl Scouts from GSCNC, GSCM, and their families will enjoy the Girl Scout Experience with a special area, activities, and a patch designed just for Girl Scouts! Explore NASA missions. Engage NASA scientists and engineers. Experience the extraordinary at NASA Goddard! There will be light refreshments, activities, and fun patch. 

We will leave from Glebe around 10 AM for a fun day exploring a NASA facility and hands-on learning about science. We will need a volunteer driver or two, depending on the attendance of the troop. RSVP and permission forms coming soon. 

Fall Camping - Coming Soon| September 2015

Although the service unit encampment was canceled, we are still going CAMPING this fall over the same weekend. Here's the scoop:

1. Day/time: Saturday, September 12 (7:30am) - Sunday, September 13 (noon-ish)

2. Location: meet at Mt. Olivet parking lot. Camping location is Camp Paddy Run.

3. Planned activities: We'll start with a stop off at Skyline Caverns, eat bagged lunches, then continue onto the camp. There are other fun activities near the campground that we may explore. Details forthcoming!

4. Cost: we believe all the activities above, camping cost, plus cost of additional food, can be covered by the fee you already paid for encampment.

5. Volunteers: since we're no longer capped on adult participants, we'd love any and all parents that are interested in joining to help out. With the gear we'll need to camp, we really need additional parent drivers and would love for parents to stay overnight as well if possible. If you've already paid the Encampment fee, all your costs should be covered.

6. Action needed - Brownie scout participants: to make this come together, we need the following as soon as possible: confirmation that your scout is able to participate (we can refund $ to anyone who's unable to come), attached permission slip. Please confirm participation by Friday, 8/21 if possible. Permission slips may be scanned and returned to us by email.

7. Action needed - Parent volunteers: if you'd like to join us (we'd love if you could!), we need the following: parent girl scout registration (cost is $15, but ensures you're covered by our council's insurance on the trip), completed parent health form (may be provided in a sealed envelope - used only in case of an emergency), driver form (also attached) if you plan to drive anyone other than your daughter (leaders can plan to drive the girls and other volunteers can just drive gear if that helps)

Thanks for your flexibility while we try pulling together this new plan. Please let the leaders know if you have questions!

Here are the three forms we need:

1) Scout Multiple Activity Permission Slip
2) Adult Membership Form
3) Adult Health Form

Painting Badge and Summer Social
 | August 2015

The troop worked on the painting badge in August at our Summer Social. We completed several of the badge requirements for the legacy badge. 

The information was included in our summer activity packet and is located on our website here

We had dinner and worked on requirements, along with a bubble machine and pop music. We also had a visitor in the form of a katydid grasshopper.

We worked on a mural to welcome students back to school that will hang at Glebe on the first day of school in September. Yeah!

Another Year Ends, Another Adventure Begins | Summer 2015

Don't forget to work on your Summer Packet to earn badges for independent work with your family over summer break.
Upcoming Events
  • 2015-2016 Meeting Dates Added to Calendar 
    - In 2015-2016, the meetings will will be held generally on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Please always check the Google Calendar.
Thank you to our Girl Scout Parents and Families.
Parent Volunteers @ Monthly Meetings, GO SEEs, and Cookie Parent Duties
We'd still love to have at least one parent volunteer at each meeting. Also, when we schedule GO SEEs, this is where we will ask for volunteers.

Sign up HERE.

A Note to Girl Scout Families: 
A hearty and heartfelt thank you to our scout parents and families for your support of our program. 

Our efforts to run this Girl Scout Troop for our daughters and yours could not be done without your willing spirits and busy hands.

Click here for a PDF archive of 2014-2015 activities for Troop 4467 (third year).

Click here for a PDF archive of 2013-2014 activities for Troop 4467 (second year)