Adventures in Girl Scouting

I’ve been lucky in the sense that my girl hasn’t had any allergies to deal with.  However, I have known so many friends whose kids have;  and the bravery it takes to send them out into the world every single day hoping that someone won’t do some silly small thing that can kill them, has earned them my respect and support.  Most people are pretty familiar with peanut allergies, and for what it’s worth, I

The Slime Report

This year one of my goals is to boost our money earning events.  I have a lot of girls whose families are unable to contribute financially to fund our more expensive adventures.  And there are *so many* adventures I want to take my girls on!  When you consider that there are amazing world centers in so many countries that Girl Scouts can stay at, plus the very cool Girl Scout destinations program… the opportunities are

Blood! Blood, blood, blood!

Well, that’s an alarming title isn’t it!  Not exactly what you expect to see when you’re nosing around something like a Girl Scout blog!  To be fair, it isn’t what I expected to see either. Disclaimer:  The girl in question is totally fine.  Spoiler:  She wound up with two stitches.   The reason I’m sharing this story is because I’m trying to use it as a learning experience;  learning from my mistakes, and what to expect

Staying Fit: Leading a Multilevel Troop to Earn a Badge

I am really excited about this meeting plan;  I think the girls are going to have a blast!  The big feature of the meeting is that I have a friend who is a yoga instructor who is going to come lead the girls on an hour long yoga-for-kids class!  So I’m building the meeting around that. I should also tell you that I have a multi-level troop;  we have two Brownies, 6 Juniors, and 2

Fun game idea for the girls

I’ve been so busy doing Girl Scout stuff that I’ve had no time lately to write about Girl Scout stuff! But I did want to share this idea because it was a huge, huge hit at our last meeting and I think it’s so versatile and the girls loved it! Last meeting we were working on our Detective badge (for our Juniors, Special Agent for our Cadette, and Senses for our Brownies) and one of

More spiders, because who doesn’t love spiders?

Hey now, stop shrieking.  Put down the blowtorch!  You do not need to take an ax to your computer screen.  It’s *just* spiders. Feel free to take a few minutes to laugh at Superwoman’s skit about being scared of spiders, here. OK, now take some deep breaths people!  How am I supposed to deprogram your girls from being terrified of spiders, if you are terrified of spiders? Really though you can be terrified, just keep

A Tale of Two Spiders

Warning!  Post contains spiders! I took my girls for our fall camping kickoff last week, a day after our first meeting of the year!  They were so, so excited, and so was I;  I managed to reserve a campsite that we all love at our local Girl Scout camp, the weather was supposed to be beautiful, and most of my girls have some camping experience now. However, once we arrived you would have thought we

Girl Scouts and Radical Inclusion

First I need to say that this is not an official Girl Scout blog;  I am just a person with her own opinion and feelings and thoughts about current events.  One of the things I love about Girl Scouts as an organization is that they believe in, encourage, and practice, radical inclusion.   That means that Girl Scouts is meant to be available to *every* girl, and every family.  Where there is an obstacle facing

Things I learned at Girl Scout Camp

I haven’t written in several weeks because I’ve been so busy with Girl Scout Camp!  I volunteered to be a unit leader at 2 different camps, and aside from the sheer exhaustion following the experience, I learned some definite lessons. During the overnight, you need more food than you think you need.   I found that the meals provided by organizers fell way short of myself and the capability of my little plague of locusts,

You know you’re a Girl Scout leader when…

There is a mysterious bag full of random recyclables, lids, and plastic straws, hidden somewhere in your kitchen. You have stashes of to-be-reused plastic zip bags on your desk.  Next to your purse, and also in your Girl Scout bin. If you had a penny for each time a parent told you they were “too busy” to do a thing (ANYthing… including respond with a YES or NO to a text), you’d be rich.  Not