Winter Camping is On! | Winter 2016 Preview
Girl Scout Camp Winona in Maryland this January 2016 for an overnight Core Camping experience.The Daisy & Brownie Core Camp is a one-night camping event for troops (grades K-3). Troops will participate in activities like games, songs and arts & crafts. Girls from all over the council will join together for this exciting, fun-filled weekend. Kapers such as flag ceremonies, Girl Scout’s Own, latrine cleaning and campsite care will be shared by attending troops. Girls and adults will sleep in winterized buildings and may share a site with other troops from around the council. Meals will be provided. Roughly 135 scouts and 35 adults will be attending. We can't wait!
Monthly Preview | November 2015
The troop sent out an ACTIVITY SURVEY and date notification to all Brownie parents via google forms (11/9) with the winter core camping dates in January and upcoming GO SEEs through May 2016. We hope that helps with family planning and Girl Scout logistics.
We will complete the various steps of the Journey World of Girls this fall and into early winter. But we are going to preview to the girls at the November meeting a new idea. We are going to introduce a new level of leadership and girl-leg participation in the Girl Scout meetings with the girls presenting part of the meeting content in teams.
We are going to have them DEBATE and VOTE on what badges we do this spring. Additionally, we will assign teams to work together to PRESENT and PLAN a portion of the BADGE REQUIREMENTS by planning and executing the craft activity and physical activity at the meetings. We will choose from: Dancer, Household Elf, Hiker, Pets, Making Games, Inventor, My Great Day, Making Friends, and Outdoor Adventurer (starting at the November meeting). An introduction and overview to each of the nine badges and will be presented to each girl before they decide which four to complete. (We are going have all Brownie scouts complete the First Aid legacy badge in December at the meeting. It isn't one to miss!)
Monthly Meeting | October 2015
This was an exciting time for many of the scouts because we awarded their summer independent badge work and completed the group work to earn the Girl Scout Way badge. They earned an impressive number of badges and their projects were amazing. Many made posters or Troop inspired artwork, a few wrote a song or Brownie rap, a duo created a board game, and we another created a Brownie journal. (See a few examples below.)
It was wonderful to see how each girl had her very own idea of how to express herself and complete the requirements of a task. Here is the impressive tally of newly earned badges by our 17 Scouts: Bugs 9, Beach Awareness 15, Painting 12, Senses 9, My Family Story 7, and the Girl Scout Way 15 (with 2 scouts only needing to complete one more requirement to finish as well). What a great start to the year!
The girls selected a few traditional Girl Scout camp songs in our Circle Time and realized that we all knew a different version of "Little Rabbit Foofoo" which made for a fun sing-a-long. We will incorporate a lot of song into this entire year of Girl Scouts.
In keeping with our World of Girl Journey, we played a game from Australia called "Down" that had everyone laughing. It sounded simple, but was harder than it looked. You start off with a tennis ball and throw the ball continuously back and forth until somebody drops the ball when someone drops the ball you say "Down on one knee" then say the same person drops it a second time then you say "Down on two knees" then if the same person drops the ball again you say "Down on one elbow"and again you say "down on two elbows" and then chin and then you're out but remember you have to stay in the position you're in to catch the ball and throw the ball. (See collage above.)
We also made this year's meeting Kaper Chart (regular jobs assignments) with the girls deciding on the jobs required and personnel needed to fulfill the jobs. The girls all selected their own fossils at the Skyline Caverns and we will use them this year on the Kaper Chart to mark their assignments. Watching them brainstorm the project, identify the problems (jobs), and debate/come up with solutions on the white board is a great first step toward leadership -- and the girls running the meetings on their own (with adult oversight).
For October Homework – Scouts choose one of the following:
Teal Pumpkin Project | October 2015
Teal Pumpkin Project™ – a wonderful public awareness campaign that raises awareness of food allergies and promotes a safer, happier Halloween by encouraging households to make non-food treats available so that trick-or-treaters who need to avoid candy – due to food allergies or other reasons – can fully participate. Households can show they are participating by placing a teal pumpkin in front of their home. Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project. This year, promises to be an even bigger movement! Visit tealpumpkinproject.org to join 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Scouts distributed fliers about the project to all teachers and hope that many in our community will consider supporting this campaign. #tealpumpkinproject #GlebeRocks #GSCNC
Water, Water Everywhere | October 2015
The remnants of Hurricane Joaquin didn't dampen our outing to the Washington Sanitary Sewer Commission (WSSC) on October 3rd to learn about our local watershed. Due 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:
| 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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Located 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.
On 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
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
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) to 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 Space Flight Center. This 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:
| August 2015
Painting Badge and Summer Social
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
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.