Spring Break Sightings |
We had one of the scouts, Lily B., visit Savannah over spring break -- and guess where she went? She went to the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low (the founder of Girl Scouts). The Savannah’s first National Historic Landmark, the setting for a remarkable family story woven through the history of the city, state and nation.
A National Historic Landmark, the Wayne-Gordon House, completed in 1821, is an outstanding example of Regency architecture. Saved from demolition by the Girl Scouts, the house has been returned to its 1886 glory. Authentically furnished with family pieces and 19th-century decorative art, the room arrangements and collections interpret the lifestyle of a fascinating Savannah family.The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is owned and operated by Girls Scouts of the USA as a National Girl Scout Program Center and an historic house museum for the general public to perpetuate the spirit and vision of the founder, Juliette Gordon Low, in an inspiring environment and to provide unique learning opportunities and to further the values of Girl Scouting. Read about her life and the house here: http://www.juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org/
April 1-June 30 2015
Early Bird Membership Renewal |
Very soon it will be time once again to complete the early bird renewal for the next school year in Girl Scouting. By completing this administrative task early, the leaders can assist and do the task online for each girl already in the troop. This makes the entire process much easier and for the leaders. (Paperwork, you know, isn't our favorite part of leading a Girl Scout troop.).
Please think about your family schedule and decide if your daughter will be continuing with our troop for the upcoming school year. We plan to continue with the Brownie program and will focus on completing the current Journey ("It’s Your World – Change It!
Brownie Quest")and will finish the third and final Journey ("It's Your Story - Tell It! A World of Girls"). Cost to the national organization will again be $15 per year. The supply fee to our troop will be announced soon, but is likely to stay about the same as in previous years. Please privately let a leader know if these costs are a hardship as we will work with families to make sure that cost is not a barrier to participation in Girl Scouting. More information soon...
Rollerama @ TJ |
next Girl Scout Journey called "It’s Your World – Change It!
Brownie Quest" this spring, summer, and fall.
Upcoming Family Roller Skating Night |
Girl Scouts and their families are encouraged to meet-up on Saturday, March 28, 2015 for an evening of Family Skating from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the
Thomas Jefferson Community Center (
3501 2nd Street South, Arlington, VA 22204 - click here for map).
Please note this is not a drop off event. Scouts must have a responsible adult accompany them during the skating.
Entry admission is $2.00 per person. Skate rental is $3.00 per person.
A live D.J., $1.00 moon bounces, and the TJ Café will be open. We strongly suggest you bring your own bottle of water.
We are encouraging the girls to participate if possible. The next Girl Scout Journey called "It’s Your World – Change It!
Brownie Quest" will focus on healthy living, fair trade, food education, and exercise as a lifestyle -- not just for the scout but for the whole family.
Please RSVP to a leader so we know who will be there!
156% of Cookie Goal |
Thanks to all of the girls and parent volunteers who made our first cookie season a success!
The girls did a great job being assertive and approaching potential customers with a smile to ask for their business. We saw some great math skills in action as they calculated the cost, counted money and made change.
Our goal was to sell 300 boxes of cookies (based on the sales data at our two booth locations last year). We had to get 168 more boxes from a cookie cupboard early Saturday morning to sell a grand total of 468 boxes sold! A huge thank you to the Safeway store (2500 Harrison Street, Arlington - Store Manager Mr. Rivera Williams) and WMATA's Ballston Metro for granting permission of the Girl Scouts to set up cookie booths.
Thirteen of the boxes that we sold will go to the Troop 4 Troops program. In addition to the $336.96 we generated in proceeds from the sale of the cookies, we also received $80 in donations for a total of $416.98 earned for the troop.
Excellent work, girls! We hope you had as much fun as we did at the booth!
2014-2015 Cookie Parents Kim & Kerry
Cookie Booth Bling | March 2015
Egypt Table at Multi-Cultural Night for 2015 Thinking Day |
Multi-Cultural Night event on Feb. 20. Though activities at our monthly meeting where we talked about trade, through the game "Bunnies and Hawks" trading game, in last month's independent homework assignment, the girls learned a lot about Egypt. They learned about their exports, what the country needed to import, how boys and girls get educated, if there are Girl Scouts in Egypt, famous landmarks, and individual rights of citizens (voting). Their homework work was placed onto posters so that each girl who completed the assignment had their work on display. They passed out information on the ancient game MEHEN (link here) as well as a Sphinx-themed maze (link here). One scout went above and beyond offering to make a pyramid diorama for the display. We also had a hieroglyphics display that students could use to write using the pictographs of the ancient kingdoms. (A link to a similar hieroglyphics document here.) And, we had an interactive app running on a MacBook made by the University of Chicago that showed kids the steps required for mummification.
, but it requires flash and does not work well on tablets. The scouts will be given their patch for 2015 Thinking Day at the next meeting. Now, on to our troop's first cookie adventure...
The Next Journey: Brownie Quest Begins |
It’s Your World – Change It!
Brownie Quest." We will focus on healthy living, fair trade, food education, and exercise as a lifestyle.
The program requires that we pursue the Brownie Quest agenda from several different angles:
Bunnies and Hawks |
We are introducing the concept of "Fair Trade" to the girls as part of the requirements for 2015 World Thinking Day. To that end, the scouts will play the "Bunnies and Hawks" game.
This year the theme for Thinking Day is girls worldwide say "we can create peace through partnerships."
This theme is based on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 8: to develop a global partnership for development. This goal is about all countries, rich and poor, working with one another to support the MDGs — and the MDGs are themselves a global partnership. In order for poorer countries to reach the other seven goals, more-prosperous countries must provide more effective aid, sustainable debt relief, and fair trade rules.
The instructions for "Bunnies and Hawks" are simple. Have the troop break up into two groups. One group will represent the richer countries (the hawks) and the other is going to represent the poorer countries (the bunnies). Give the bunnies their products and 6 beads. Give each of the hawks their products and 15 beads. Now it's time to trade! Remember bunnies need to hop and hawks fly! Each group will need to buy what they need from the other group, and each product is marked with the price. After 5–10 minutes, we come back together and talk through the following questions: Did you get everything you needed? Was trading hard or easy? What do you think would have made it easier for the bunnies?
We hope to explain the concept of debt relief and fair trade — and share a few facts with them. Did you know…?
More information on 2015 World Thinking Day can be found here: http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/global/world_thinking_day/brownies_wtd.asp
Museum of African Art and the FS Galleries |
This month our troop had the pleasure of a Sunday afternoon field trip to the Museum of African Art and the Freer and Sackler Galleries (Museum of Asian Art) -- all parts of the wonderful Smithsonian Museum system. We emphasized looking at art from Africa as our troop will be sponsoring a booth on Egypt at the local school "Multi-Cultural Night" that will also serve as our "2015 Thinking Day" project.
An overcast sky won't damped their spirits. The Museum of African Art just celebrated its 50th anniversary and the girls enjoyed seeing the collection. We also toured the special collection of 20th century African-American art (and briefly seeing a part of the Freer and Sackler galleries). We looked at 12th century Tibetan deities; primitive dolls made of bone, beads, and wood; handmade jewelry of gold; painted gourds; traditional African clothing updated with a modern soccer ball print; watched a short documentary on a desert fortress under siege during a civil war; and much more. More museum info available here: http://africa.si.edu/ and http://www.asia.si.edu/.
It's Cookie Booth Time!!! | Winter
adult for our troop's cookie booth slots. This will be our first time participating in the Girl Scout cookie booth arena. We are not having our scouts go door-to-door doing individual sales. If this year goes well and we have good participation by the troop and their families, maybe next year we will.
The purpose is to help the girls develop self-confidence by working on sales pitches, talking with the public, running the booth, doing the math transactions for purchases, and representing Girl Scouts.
A link to the cookie booth signup is here. A huge thanks to our Cookie Parents Kim and Kerry for assisting with this herculean task.
Camp Registration and Open House Dates
Make this her best summer ever! Camp brochures were mailed to all members with listings of our sleep-away, day and evening camp programs. More information is available on the GSCNC.org website.
Camp Winona & Camp Coles Trip: January 28
Camp May Flather & Camp Potomac Woods: January 30
Day & Evening Camps: February 11
Monthly Meeting Recap|
This month's meeting was joyous and could be heard bouncing off the halls of the school. We had a moment to talk about our December/January homework in circle time -- the project was to complete one or more random act of kindness with no expectation of a reward. The seemed to like the idea of putting the ideal into action.
We also presented the girls with four choices for a country to sponsor at the school's Multi-Cultural Night. Our troop will also do activities to make the event apply Girl Scout Thinking Day also celebrated annually in February. All present were presented with four countries in Africa as choices: South Africa, Madagascar, Morocco, and Egypt. After three rounds of voting, Egypt was the clear and convincing winner with the great majority of votes. مرحبا بكم في مصر -- or Welcome to Egypt!
We also listened to music from all four areas of Africa and did a little map reading to talk about what the countries had in common. Several questions came up about the globe, latitudes, and plate tectonics. We have a curious group of students in this troop. We also looked at examples of masks were from each of the countries and gave the girls opportunities to guess origins. They also then made African-inspired masks after looking at several examples.
At the end of the meeting, we awarded the first Brownie Journey, "It's Your Planet: Love it! - Wonders of Water (WOW!)," along with a fun patch to all scouts that participated in the Lock-In. A link to the homework for the month is here in case the sheets sent home are lost. We will need them to make the display for Multi-Cultural Night/ Girl Scout Thinking Day.
Freedom Aquatic Center Lock-In | January 2015
So the troop had 15 of 16 scouts attend the overnight lock-in with swi
roop 6406 from a neighboring service unit for allowing us to attend. We had a ball.
mming, minute-to-win-it games, crafts, and free time in the gymnasium on January 10-11. It was the first overnight away from family for some of our girls and the leaders were really proud of everyone. They were up until the wee hours of the night closing out the evening by singing songs and telling stories in their sleeping bags on the racquet ball court that served as our campsite. A huge thank you to T
Freedom Lock-In Around the Corner| January 2015
At the last meeting, the Troop worked on swaps for the January overnight. We are glad to report that more than 100 are ready to trade with the other Girl Scout Troops at the Lock-In. We made aquarium fish swimming with rocks and a note on the back reminding recipients to conserve water because only 1% of the water on Earth is drinkable.
Bottled Water Drive Nets 100 Gallons| December 2014
As a way of putting the words of the Girl Scout law into action and working on a service project concerning water, the girls collected bottles of water for the A-SPAN Emergency Winter Shelter by asking our neighbors and their families for help. The collection for bottled of water ended on Dec. 19 with nearly 100 gallons of water donated by the scouts and our community. Thank you for being so supportive of their service project.
Water Conservation Poster | December 2014
Monthly Meeting Recap| December 2014
We had Circle Time and talked about selling cookies for the first time in 2015, about their water conservation homework, and about our next overnight, the Lock-In at Freedom Aquatic Center right after the new year.
Because we had just seen the Nutcracker as a Troop over the weekend, we listened to music from the Nutcracker and played musical chairs before making little aquariums (complete with glittery fish) as SWAPS for the January overnight. We are excited! It looks as though nearly everyone is planning to come. The troop leaders continued with our annual holiday tradition of giving a small token to all of the girls and this year we selected batik bandannas to add to their growing collection -- a collection they need for camping and for when we attend events in public.
We also want to make sure we note our appreciation for the month's parent volunteers, Sarah and Kim, and our special guest volunteer Melissa, aunt of Natasha (and sister of leader Colleen) for helping us with our SWAPS creation and assembly.
Water Bottles Piling Up| December 2014
The Scouts want to thank our Glebe School Community and the neighborhood at large for supporting our Bottled Water Collection drive as part of our "It's Your Planet: Love it! -
Wonders of Water (WOW!) Journey" service project.
Wanted: Water| December 2014
The Girl Scouts have begun their water service project with the launch of their water bottle collection for the A-SPAN Emergency Winter Shelter. Thank you to Glebe Principal Jamie Borg for allowing us to have the Glebe lobby as one of the collection sites. See the flyer below. We are collecting until Dec. 19. for the EWS.
Monthly Meeting Recap| November 2014
After collecting permission slips and materials for the Nutcracker GO SEE event, we jumped into the Pledge of Allegiance and Circle Time. We revisited our conversation from last month about why animals and people need water (drinking, bathing, etc.,). We also had a vibrant discussion about how some people in our community (and world) don’t have access to clean water and what challenges that might present. After considering several options, the girls voted to have a bottled water drive for the A-SPAN (Arlington Street People's Network) Emergency WinterShelter that opened Nov.1. The EWS opened every day at 4:00 pm and provides a warm place to stay, a hot dinner meal, access to laundry facilities, and a place to receive mail. We will explore options to collect water bottles between now and the end of January to aid those in our community in need. We also played a great (and slightly frustrating game) in which the girls played the roles of water in our environment. They had to roll special dice cubes to move through the water cycle. the game, and the grid that we made about water on Earth reminded them that 97% of the planet's water is salt water, 2% is fresh water but frozen in icebergs and glaciers, and only 1% is available for all other needs (including agriculture, human consumption, and domestic animals and wildlife). Their homework this month is listed below. We are asking the girls to create a sign with ways that they can save water by reducing the water they use each week.
November Homework for Next Meeting
As part of the troop’s unit on water, we’re exploring how scouts and their families can conserve water in daily life.
November Homework Assignment:
Example: Save water in the bathroom
Ideas for sign: turn off water when brushing teeth, hang up towels (to create less laundry), take shorter showers (10 minutes or less), turn off water when not in use for washing hands and face, etc.
Nutcracker Go SEE Event | Coming in December 2014
We are planning to go to see the Ballet Nova production of "The Nutcracker" on December 7, 2014. Contact leaders for details.
Movie Night Highlight | November 2014
Movie Night Under the Stars Announced | November 10, 2014
Brownies Salute Veterans at Honor Flight
| November 1, 2014
Honor Flight at Reagan National Airport. The DCA fire trucks honored the flight with a water cannon salute over the airplane as it taxied to the gate. Veterans from WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam were all represented on the flight. One particular gentleman was 100 and left quite an impression on the girls.
The Girl Scouts gave out their handmade cards to each vet, shook hands with many, and waved American flags. (That etiquette badge paid off!)
It was a great experience, even for the shy ones, to practice their interpersonal skills. The vets were very welcoming and appreciative, and the airport staff and Honor Flight network made the logistics easy. The scouts and vets heard live jazz standards by a quintet from Rockville, Maryland called BlueJazzGroup. They even met four pageant queens (who let them try on their tiaras) who were also there to honor the veterans. We met a 3rd grade Brownie Troop from Woodbridge who joined in the fun. A huge thanks to the parents who got scouts to the event -- even though many had other places they needed to be that am with sports and other competing extracurricular. We appreciate your time and commitment to our scouting program for the girls.
Monthly Meeting Recap | October 2014
We began work on our "It's Your Planet: Love it! - Wonders of Water (WOW!) Journey" with an exploration of how we LOVE Water -- and use water (for life, for recreation, for play, and for industry). We did a hands-on science experiment that allowed each of the girls to form a hypothesis and make a prediction about eggs floating in regular tap water vs. salt water. We made edible rainbow necklaces and talked about the role that rain and the water cycle plays in our everyday life that we take for granted.
The fun badges that were earned over the summer were passed out and each girl was congratulated on her accomplishments.
We also reminded the girls that our next GO SEE would be the morning of November 1 to greet an Honor Flight of veterans arriving at DCA (Reagan National Airport). This is a really great opportunity for our scouts to honor veterans for their service -- just before Veterans' Day! We'll send out more information closer to this date - we hope your scout can join us. Here’s a link if you’d like to learn more about this program in the meantime: http://honorflightdca.com/first-time-here/
October Homework: Scouts should use their super brains and grownups to find out the answer to the following four questions about water. Links to answers are included.
Thanks and we'll see you in November!
Early October 2014 Update
September Homework: With all the excitement at our first monthly meeting, we forgot to pass out the homework. Please ask your girls to think about something new they want to learn or do in Brownies (go camping, meet a new friend, learn more about XX, etc.) and be prepared to share at the next meeting!
Volunteer Activities: Please see the link, Brownies 2014-2015 Potluck, for volunteer opportunities this school year. We'd still love to have at least one parent volunteer at each meeting. December, February, March and May meetings are still open.
Honor Flight Go See: Please remember to save-the-date for our first go-see on Saturday, November 1 from approximately 8:30am - 11am to greet Honor Flight veterans arriving at DCA. This is a really great opportunity for our scouts to honor veterans for their service - just before Veterans' Day! We'll send out more information closer to this date - we hope your scout can join us. Click here to learn more about the program in the meantime.
Thanks to Cookie Parents: Thanks to Kim Peretti and Kerry MacKay for volunteering to help out with cookie sales this year. We have space if another parent would like to lighten the load. Please remember that much of the cookie parent task is to help organize the troop's sale efforts - collecting money, entering orders, signing up for booth sales (from a list the service unit provides) -- and is largely computer based. Moms, Dads, grandparents, and other scout relatives are all eligible to help. Click here to sign up!
Thanks and we'll see you in October!
Monthly Meeting Recap | September 2014:
Summer Activity Packet and New Year Kick-Off
A huge congratulations to our Troop for tackling the Summer Activity packet. We have a huge number of girls that completed all of the activities and have earned a pile of fun patches that they can proudly display on their new Brownie sash or vest. 14 of our 16 Scouts turned in their materials.
A thanks to Colleen for being our parent volunteer at the meeting!
We will award the fun patches at the next scout meeting. Here is a preview to the right.
We also talked about the power of their voice and voting -- that although a "squeeky wheel" gets attention during a rousing debate, our troop aspired to a collaborative dialogue where the opinions and thoughts of quieter scouts has just as much weight as the more outwardly vocal girls.
WOW! Wonders of Water - part of the "It's Your Planet—Love It!" series at multiple Girl Scouting levels.
The leaders will put our heads together and will work to incorporate the program into our monthly meetings and have our GO SEEs be meaningful reinforcement of things we have already done or contribute expanding their understanding of the program underway.
The WOW! journey presents Brownies the opportunity to earn four awards. Girls begin with small, personal acts and then move out to purposeful teamwork that engages the larger community and influences its members in significant ways.
LOVE Water - This first award encourages girls to become aware of the many ways they use and enjoy water. As they begin to understand the science of water and its importance in the world, they will also make a personal commitment to protect it.
SAVE Water - The second award is earned when the Brownies team up and speak up as advocates to protect water or keep it clean in their community. Girls start thinking as a team about what they will do for water. By making an effort that moves beyond themselves, the girls begin to realize the impact that group efforts can produce.
SHARE Water - Girls earn the third award as they create an even bigger ripple by sharing their efforts for water with others, educating and inspiring them to join in, and asking them to commit to a water promise.
WOW! - Girls culminate their journey by earning the WOW! Award, a grand finale that symbolizes the powerful change they've brought to their community. They earn the award by showing proof of their SHARE Water efforts, and by describing how their efforts relate to the Girl Scout Law and how they have had an impact as leaders.
September 2014 Event: Fall Encampment
A huge thanks to the adult volunteers from Service Unit 60-04 for putting together such a great 2014 Fall Encampment for the Girl Scouts of this service unit. Our troop is part of this service unit and it also includes Girl Scout Troops from the upper northwest portion of Arlington, including East Falls Church.
13 of 16 scouts participated a 2 day and night during which they in a flag retirement ceremony, learned new campfire songs, had a scavenger hunt, took a yoga class lead by older Girl Scouts, sang a school song at the Saturday night talent show, painted troll rocks, participated in field games, took nature walks, and engineered building an igloo out of recycled materials.
August 2014 Event: Creeking at Long Branch Nature Center
We met at Long Branch Nature Center (625 S Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204) on August 2 to go creeking, work on SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) for the Fall Encampment, and do a little stream clean up -- to leave our shared public park in better shape than before we came. it was the first introduction of the "Leave No Trace" form of camping. Event details and supplies here.
May 2014 Recap: And So It Ends, And So It Begins...
Bridging to Brownies: The girl scouts bridged from Daisy Scouts to Brownie Scouts on June 9 in a ceremony held in the Glebe Courtyard.
The girls talked about each petal they earned over the last two years and were reminded of the actions and activities they completed to earn each award.
We also tracked down Principal Jamie Borg to give her the friendship bracelets we made in May.
Vice Principal Ingrid Clarke-Marshall.
All 15 girls are returning to the troop next fall and we are adding a new scout: welcome Lily Grace to 4467!
More pictures of the 2014 Bridging ceremony taken by Sarah C. are featured on the 2013-2014 archive here. Thanks to her for snapping the event.
Tips for getting ready for fall and having your uniform ready are here.
We will have an informal get together this summer sometime. Details will be forthcoming.
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.