Looking Ahead to Badges, Journey | December 2016
At the November monthly meeting, the scouts were given the opportunity to discuss and vote (by secret ballot) their top two choices for badges we would work on in meetings this winter and spring. Although the top four vote getting badges were close, the winner are: "Living Like Laura" (here) and "Simple Meals" (here). The badge "Living Like Laura" badge is a special badge created by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. The "Simple Meals" is a standard Junior badge from GSUSA.
The "Get Moving" requirements focus on energy (ranging from how you use your body's energy to energy production and conservation)series that is part of the "It's Your Planet: Love It" series. Read an overview about it here. And, this is a breakdown of the entire Journey here. The leaders are working on our game plan to tackle all of the steps required to earn the Journey. Now that the scouts are at the Junior level, the Journey requirements are greater in number and more in-depth than at previous scouting levels.
As is always the case, scouts are always welcome to pursue additional badges via independent work so long as they work through each required step (most badges have five) and bring the leaders evidence/proof of the completion. A simple web search for Junior badges will yield many possibilities. A list of the GSUSA Junior badges that a scout might want to consider attempting follows. Winter break is a great time to work on Girl Scout badges. So are snow days!
Merriment and Mirth: Holiday Caroling at Sunrise Living | December 2016
At the last monthly meeting and over the last month, the scouts made festive holiday greeting cards and assembled bags of sweet treats for the residents that they hand-delivered them to the residents of the facility at the end of their singing program.
They sang two mini-concerts: one for residents on the memory floor (those men and women affected by dementia) and a second set to other residents on the main floor. Both groups were smiling and very appreciative of the girls efforts to spread holiday goodwill and cheer in the air with their neighbors.
It delighted many of the residents that the girls were neighbors and that they attended nearby Glebe and McKinley Elementary Schools. Many of the residents are from the immediate neighborhood and they were pleased at the connection to the greater community.
They sang "Let It Snow," "Jingle Bells," "Dreidel," "Winter Wonderland," and other songs that decked the halls.
Exploring the National Museum of African American History and Culture GO SEE | November 2016
National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
It was worth it to have group tickets so that many of the lines were not as long as we feared when considering this option.
Although much of our time was spent in the twentieth century collections on the upper floors, we did all have the opportunity to explore the history on the three below ground levels. The museum takes you on a walking tour through history by starting three levels below the street grade and going back to the earliest days/ It does not shy away from the ugliness of slavery and works very hard to present context for every item on display. The items are visually quite powerful and there is a lot of narration in corridors and side rooms with short video segments. It is truly a multimedia experience. (And we hear the food is amazing, but we didn't even make it there...)
We urge all of the scouts that attended to go back again with their families and explore more. We only scratched the surface and there is much more to learn about this shared part of our American story. We can guarantee that it gave all of the scouts something new to think about.
If You Missed It: National Museum of African American History and Culture GO SEE | November 2016
If you missed the GO SEE on Nov. 6, here is a link (with an answer key) to a scavenger hunt we worked on at the museum. Scouts can hunt for these items in the collection and do a virtual hunt (or parents can save it for a snow day and scouts can work on their online research skills): https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/collection.
Monthly Meeting, Housekeeping, and Journey Kick-Off | October 2016
hat people liked best about Fall campout and what we could change next time; (2) we talked in Circle Time about our September geocaching, and (3) previewed the upcoming GO SEE to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp2B67OO3fc]
We read short biographies about powerful, trailblazing African American women as a tie in to our upcoming NMAAHC field trip by writing short Twitter-style tweets about why these women should be known and remembered. We used oatmeal cookies to make birthday smores and sang "Happy Birthday" to GS founder Juliette Gordon Low.
We kicked off the first Journey as Juniors, the "Get Moving! Journey" (read a little background about this Journey here) that emphasizes energy. We learned about and played a traditional Call-and-Response African American Clapping Game [http://www.folkways.si.edu/african-american-lets-sing-play-clapping-games/childrens-ragtime/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian] that helped with the Journey requirements and also tied in to the NMAAHC event.
The scouts were told about the energy audit that they would complete as part of the Journey requirements. Attached here as well. This is due a the November meeting.
We listened to a 19393 recording of a song "This Little Light of Mine" that came up through the African American experience and sang it as a troop -- another song for our ever-growing song book. [http://memory.loc.gov/afc/afcss39/264/2648b1.mp3] This song was also used in the twentieth century Civil Rights movement.
We also awarded the badges that were completed as independent work over the summer (see below) in a short badge ceremony preceding the Friendship Circle and a flag retirement ceremony.
Tents All-Around Us | October 2016
Despite questionable weather (it was a downpour when we drove to our campsite Hylton Hollow at Girl Scout Camp Coles), 17 of the 20 girls in our troop (along with some much appreciated parent volunteers) spent the day and overnight enjoying nature and working on our camping skills. As for animals, we assured them that the bumps and skittering at night were only squirrels and racoons. And, we saw magical spider webs (at least one wolf spider), observed a walking stick (not on someone's head this year), and listened to bullfrogs sing after the sun went down.
Whew. Tired and happy just thinking about that. The chorus of girls said they could not wait for spring to go again!
Geocaching at Potomac Overlook Park | September 2016
We learned a little about using a compass -- not just a smart phone -- and practiced by playing a game where we made and labeled a 100 foot compass with 16 scouts noting all of the Cardinal directions, followed directions using a compass, and then broke up into groups to search for the two caches.
We used the app called "Geocaching" made by Groundspeak, Inc. in case any scout families are interested in continuing the geocaching adventure.
Here is a link to the entire badge and remaining requirements. Good luck and find those caches!
Warning: Tent Camping Ahead | Fall 2016
The troop is planning now for a weekend of tent camping, s'mores-making, fireside chatting, box-oven crafting, song-singing, knot-tying, and hike-taking Next month. This not-to-miss extravaganza will be held at Girl Scout Camp Coles in Stafford, VA.
Junior Troop Growing at Glebe | September 2016
We can't wait to see what this next year has in store for our troop. Although one girl has left us to grow her soccer passion on a travel team, the remaining girls are preparing to have new girls join the troop. We will be growing to twenty 4th graders and we are gaining two more adults to co-lead the troop. A huge thanks to the parents/family whi have decided to become adult members/volunteers to lend a hand with our troop. We appreciate the assist -- especially with this many girls to shepherd.
Another Year Ends, Another Adventure Begins | Summer 2016
Brownies to Juniors Fly-Up Ceremony and All-Glebe Campfire | June 2016
A multi-troop picnic, exploration of Lacey Woods, games made up on the spot, a camp fire, s'mores, songs and skits, and Girl Scouts of all ages (Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors) from the different troops at Glebe made it happen. A truly magical evening!