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Friday, August 5th, 2011
3:42 pm
Friday, March 4th, 2011
3:53 pm
I've started collecting and trading scout camp patches!
Please check out my page dedicated to this hobby, it would really make my day. I have a list of patches I currently own, as well as patches I am trading if anyone is interested. While I focus mostly on camp patches, I'd trade for council and event patches too. Take a look!
Monday, March 15th, 2010
10:49 am
troop numbers
I was wondering, are there multiple troops in the country with the same number or is each troop number an original-only one troop has it at any given point?

hope people are enjoying cookie season, ours just ended and it makes me sad =(
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
12:56 pm
Looking for a teddy bear host

I'm a Brownie Guider from the UK. As part of our centenary celebrations, we are sending a teddy bear around the world. I am looking for hosts willing to take care of browniebear100 for a few days and post about her travels on the community browniebear_combefore sending her on to the next hosts.

Anyone interested? If you can't host Brownie Bear, you can still follow her travels on LJ.
Friday, August 28th, 2009
11:56 pm
Gold Award gets lukewarm press
I'm visiting my parents in my old hometown. I leafed through the local paper, and was surprised to see two local girls earned their Gold Award this summer. When I was in high school, all the local troops had disbanded around junior high.
But my real shock came when I noted the story ran on Page 13 of the paper! In over 20 years of reading the town paper, I've never seen an Eagle Scout announcement that didn't run on page 1. I wrote a letter to the editor to point out the disparity.

I Googled the matter of Gold Award vs. Eagle Scout to see what I would find, and I came across this excellent essay in response to a Yahoo Question. I had to share it.
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
5:03 pm
Any great ideas for end of the year gifts to our most helpful moms? We are having our Ceremony on the 23rd, and I want to thank them for all their hard work.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
7:09 pm
My name is Ashley, I'm a 22 year old Girl Scout; and while every summer I try to work at a Scout camp (boy scouts or girl scouts) this year I got hired to a new position; I'll be the camp naturalist! I'm very excited for the job, however I'm looking for some resources for the camp's nature center.

I'm wondering if any of you know of any places I can go, or websites that have posters, teaching tools, booklets, or anything that emphasizes on nature, conservation, endangered species, going &quot;green,&quot; or anything like that; that might be giving away resources for free/promotion?
I know, a lot of places would like their stuff bought so they can make money too, and I intend on using some of the camp's small budget for resources, but I'd rather spend the money on things the girls can use and make, than things like posters (if that makes sense to you).

If no, any websites that are good resources for a camp naturalist would be loved too!

Thank you so much for your time, and I'm sorry if you see this more than once, it is cross-posted!
Saturday, December 13th, 2008
10:03 pm
Indoor games for Brownies?
Hi everybody!
I have a Brownie Girl Scout troop that meets once a week for an hour and a half. We meet on a weeknight in a church basement rec room, and the girls are usually full of energy. They sit at tables and do whatever badge or other work we're doing, but by the end of the meeting, I have difficulty keeping them from running around the room, which is a little dangerous. There are lots of tables and chairs in the room, and there are ceiling support poles in the way too. I wish we had access to a gym, but we don't, and it gets dark too early to go to the park.

Any ideas for things we can do? Mostly while we wait for moms and dads to come pick them up at the end of the meeting. That's when they tend to get boisterous. :)

I'm looking at the games in the Playing Around the World badge, and the similar games on page 130 of the Handbook. I'd love other ideas though!

Hm. We sing songs at the beginning of the meeting. Maybe we should move that to the end of the meeting.

Thank you!

Crossposted to gs_leaders
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
2:26 pm
Craft Ideas
Hey everyone! 

I'm new here, just getting started. I have a kindergarten Daisy troop.

I am looking for an ornament craft that they can do at our next meeting. I took each girls' picture and I would like to include that in the ornament.

Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! 

Sunday, October 19th, 2008
3:56 pm
Program Exclusion
First SORRY about the previous post... my computer did something wierd.

Has anyone been excluded from their council programs or trainings or whatever? I have and I am pretty sure I am not the first. If anyone has any stories please share. Excluding girls from programs is unprofessional and definately not the message of Girl Scouts.

3:51 pm
So... I guess its b
Thursday, June 26th, 2008
9:45 am
For her Bronze Award, my daughter planted a veggie garden with all produce going to our local soup kitchen. Today we take them her first harvest of peas - about 2 lbs before shelling. She also planted zucchini, and some of last year's heirloom Golden Girl tomatoes sprouted unexpectedly so they'll be getting lots more veggies in the near future.

For those interested, she completed Plants & Animals and Outdoor Creativity towards this. Idea came from the Outdoors in the City badge. ^_^

Current Mood: proud!
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
8:49 am
Girl Scout Gold Award requirements
I was having a debate the other day with a friend who had earned his Boy Scout Eagle Award. He was saying how the Girl Scout Gold Award didn't require as much and I didn't have enough evidence to win the debate. I did not earn my Gold Award, though I was still having fun my Senior years and that's what really matters to me. I graduated high school in 2004. I want to know what the requirements would have been, had I gone after it. I tried looking online, but in the few years it's been since I graduated high school, it appears that Studio 2B has taken its place in the requirements. I know I would have not had to do Studio 2B (and would be thankful, I don't think very highly of that program) and don't know if that's the only change or if there was more.

Can anyone help me? This is not so much about that debate with my friend anymore as much as it is for my own curious mind. I figure the requirements would be in the handbook (at least a slightly older copy) but I have no idea where I placed my book.

Just a personal spiel, I do have respect for those who go after the Gold Award. I never went after it because my troop was more into going on trips than earning recognitions. I don't exactly regret it, though there is a small part that does. I know the time it would take would be more than a year, if you add in the time to fulfill the pre-req's. We realized that catch too late. I did earn my silver but I know the Gold Award takes a lot more time. I can proudly say I am still a Girl Scout and because of my lifetime membership, will be until the day I die. Gotta love the graduating senior discount =)
Monday, June 16th, 2008
1:00 pm
Our troop is going to Great Wolf Lodge near Williamsburg,VA

as far as packing for the kids for one over night...
2 shirts, shorts, pants, socks, 2 pair underwear, swimsuit (indoor water park), towel (?), sleeping clothes, and tooth brush......am I missing anything??
Saturday, June 14th, 2008
9:12 pm
I have a junior scout and i was looking for some good scrapbooking materials to make her a memory book with her scout pictures she's taken in the past 2 years and maybe a good gift for her that was about scouts....she likes the horseback riding and the crafts we do the most out of anything so do you have any suggestions for gifts?
Friday, May 16th, 2008
9:56 am
So what do you guys think?


It's nice that she earned that money for her troop but is she setting her self up for failure if she doesn't meet that amount in the future? Also what about the little brownies that see that and think they can do it as well and only set themselves up for disappointment?

Your opinion?
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
5:42 am
Girl Scout Camp jobs...

Hey kids!!!

If you're finding yourself still looking for a camp job, Camp Amahami in Upstate New York might just be for you!!!

We are a Girl Scout camp, located about 45 minutes east of Binghamton. The majority of our summer is one week sessions, and we also have a 2 week session. We have "open programming" which is very rare in Girl Scout camping---it's more of the traditional resident camping model.

Currently we are looking for an aquatics director, lifeguards, an arts & crafts director, unit leaders, and unit assistants. Salaries are varied.

The summer runs from June 29 (staff week)-August 16th. Outside of a Mom&Me weekend that you must work, and the 24 hours off you will receive for the 2 week session, you have every weekend off.

If you're interested...please contact me at bloomerific@hotmail.com or via comment here. Thanks!

--Sally (Bloomer)
Monday, April 7th, 2008
8:14 am
not that we are safely passed the danger zone...
...we may discuss this freely.

10:06 PM 4/6/08 · As part of my dietary requirements this year I had to deprive myself of one of my favorite joys...girlscout cookies. I'm fairly hooked, at least during that special part of the year, and usually can't put them down until a whole tube of them are empty. Specifically the thin mints. Fortunately girlscout cookies really only come once a year...

...you ever notice there's no such thing as boyscout cookies?

A saving grace there. If I had to deal with these little treats more than one assault a year, I'd be rather round.

Okay, more round.

Avoiding buying them was beyond tricky. Went to the movies with God likes meRaven and they were outside waiting. A little disturbing that, two little girls dressed like cookies. With the number of sickos in the world I'm a little sketchy on the wisdom of advertising children as sweet food items. Don't care how effective it is for selling cookies...you're just asking for pedophiles that way.

So I'm a little paranoid.

Weird too.

Nobody's perfect.

Even though we got cookies I didn't have any and left them with her...which she wasn't happy about that because she needed to eat them then and was not wanting to do so for similar reasons to mine. Oh well, if I can sacrifice one snuggly friend to being in better shape I'm fairly sure God will forgive me.

If not, I can probably be in decent shape in the toasty place too.

Which leads nicely to my next avoidance. Outside of Mollie Stone's, grocery stores are one of their favorite stalking grounds, I was met with a swarm of the little monsters and their tempting treats. I played it off as I do with most things...silly. I took the pointing fingers of both hands and made a cross as to ward them away.

The girlscouts looked confused but, then, I suppose vampire films aren't their usual forte.

Their mothers nearly fell over laughing.

Came out with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cups...which probably was the only thing that saved me from a renewed assault to buy cookies.

Other than dodging Annie, one of the assistants where I work who has two girlscouts for daughters (she actually busts out this massive chart of sale items before the season starts to take our orders en masse) and they get us a bunch. It's hard to say no when she's right there everyday to support her daughters...

...but I persevered.

Might seem a lil' bit silly to go on about my strength of will avoiding girlscout cookis given I'm scarfing down Reese's Peanut Butter Cups like they're going outta style. Still, we all cope in our own little special ways.

Current Mood: silly
Saturday, March 29th, 2008
11:51 am
I wish I had asked for some advice with GS cookies. Like how to better organize cookies for "extras" when moms come to me and ask for more when they get additional orders. It was crazy for awhile, several times we lost count how many cookies we had out there.

During one of our meetings, one of the moms came to me with cookies that the buyer didn't come to pick them up. So she left the cookies with me. As we were doing an activity I noticed another mom poking around those boxes. Later I went over and 3 of the boxes we're gone. I have no proof it was that mom. And I have had issues with her before. All she is doing is hurting the girls from the troop. I thank god she's moving at the end of the year. But I need some type of system set up for next year. Ive had moms show up at my house early on the weekend to get more cookies. They call me at work. Late at night. I'm too damned nice to say atthing but I think I have to.
Monday, February 25th, 2008
3:39 pm
Brownie Troop - first year
Today I spent my lunch hour with Maine Senators and Legislatures/Representatives. Our troop was invited to Maine Senate Leader President(Beth Edmonds) to visit her office and to "debate cookies" to determine which cookie is the best. We tied (8 ways, as we have 8 cookies!) of course, but the girls had a great time. As it turns out many of the women we met had been Girl Scouts back in their days. Currently we have a representative who is a leader of 2 troops!

The girls had great fun and it was nice seeing the girls taking to the debate and standing up for the cookie they believe in!

For a change I wanted to post something positive! :)
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