I want to go to Survivor, but I don't want to be voted off any island. What happens there?
Signed,Concerned about Surviving
Our Survivor camp sessions aren't about competition -- they are about learning fun outdoor skills. Like putting up a tent, cooking over a campfire, chasing squirrels through the woods...squirrels...um, what was the question?
Your Camping Friend,
Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors from Troops
9065, 9261 and 9305 travelled to Atlanta, GA on March 16th to enjoy Medieval
Times Scout Day. But that wasn't the only reason they travelled to Atlanta.
After Medieval Times the group had planned a visit to one of the local Ronald
McDonald Houses. The three troops collected pop can tabs and items from the
RMHC wishlist and created several baskets to donate to the organization. As
part of their Care to Share donation, the troops also donated 2 cases of
Upon arrival at the house, the group was greeted by Ms. Mary Beth. Ms. Mary Beth provided information and a tour of the facility. She also provided the group a special meeting with a very special person, an 8-year-old girl named LaMiya. LaMiya, her mother and baby sister were residents. Ms. Mary Beth said she told LaMiya of our visit and that she couldn't wait to meet us, but we were not aware of meeting LaMiya. After hearing her story, there was not one dry eye in the group. We were moved by LaMiya's big smile and the brightness of her big brown eyes. Tracey Brown, Co-leader of Troop 9065 said this was her 3rd trip she had arranged to a RMHC and had never met a resident before, so this was quite a nice surprise to everyone.
The troop was not aware of LaMiya's birthday was the next day, March 17th and wanted to give her a special birthday gift. After quick thinking, the troop came up with a solution, Jennifer Asiatico, Co-leader of Troop 9065 had purchased a crown from Medieval Times and that would be her special birthday gift. The group sang Happy Birthday to LaMiya and presented her with her special crown to make her princess for her special day. LaMiya was so very happy and she shared a story about her boyfriend and she even danced for us to a Justin Bieber song. When she finished her dance, it was time for us to leave. LaMiya made sure she hugged everyone in the group as we said our good-byes. Before we loaded into our vehicles, we gathered together and Tracey Brown, stated this is what Girl Scouts is all about and makes it so worthwhile. As the group drove away, LaMiya came outside to wave a last good-bye.
What a great idea to combine a fun event with community service! Your quick thinking gave LaMiya a birthday she will always remember!
I have never slept in a tent before. What are tents like at night?
Dear Indoor Girl,
Tents are the greatest! They are just like dog houses, only bigger. You are cozy inside a tent, but get to hear all the cool night sounds, like the soft wind and the owl hoots. And your counselors are near, so they can pet you if you start chasing squirrels in your dreams.
Your Camping Friend,
I think it would be fun to go to Camp Scoutshire's Got Talent or Kamp Kiwanis' Got Talent camp sessions, but I don't want to be judged or made fun of. What happens there?
Signed, ATeensy Bit Nervous
Our Got Talent! camp sessions aren't about competition or judging - they are about having fun while learning about being on stage, and then you get to show your parents what you learned! There are even voice lessons! I learned how to project my bark so I sound really big, and how to look pitiful so I get lots of pets and treats.
Allyson, Annabelle, Angelina, Brennan, Claire, Erica, Hope, Josie, Kate, Katy, Madison, and Tyler, all of Troop 9327, love animals! Under the guidance of their Troop Leader, Lisa Harden, the Junior Scouts chose this project as their Bronze Award project. The Brownie Scouts completed some parts of it as the Take Action Project for their Journey and to earn their Brownie Pets badge. But mostly, they did this project to help the animals.
In a joint interview, the girls shared all the details. Read on for their great ideas and activities.
What did you do? We went to orientation and were trained as Montgomery Humane Shelter Junior Volunteers club members. The first time we all volunteered at the Shelter we walked dogs, washed puppies, cleaned pet cages and litter boxes, and rolled newspaper. The second time we all volunteered we made vaccination kits for cats and rolled newspaper. We also volunteered in small groups and walked dogs. In meetings, we sewed cat toys in the shape of mice, baked dog treats, made fleece tied beds, made dog chew toys out of strips from old t-shirts, and make disposable litter boxes. We also made a poster explaining volunteering and what the shelter needs for donations. Some of our troop presented the poster at our school's honor society meeting. We paid for our supplies from our cookie sale proceeds. We also donated shredded paper, dog food, and other supplies.
When did this take place? We started this project in October of 2012 and finished in March of 2013.
Where did this happen? We volunteered at the Montgomery Humane Shelter, we made things at our regular Girl Scout meeting place, we baked dog treats in a kitchen, and we raised cookie proceeds at a booth sale.
Your Favorite Part of this Project?
We really liked making things for the animals, walking and bathing dogs, playing with cats, and making vaccination kits.
Congratulations to the girls of Troop 9327 -- you are truly Girl Scouts who make the world a better place!
I have never been to overnight camp. Will I miss my family too much to have a good time?
Don't Know if this is Such a Good Idea
I remember when I was a puppy and my mom would go away to nap or take a walk. I really missed her and even whimpered a little. My puppy littermates told me what to do! They said to think about my favorite parts of my day, and to tell MYSELF the happy story I would get to tell my MOM when I saw her again. It helped a lot!
Your Camping Friend,
I will be going to Mermaids with a friend who is a better swimmer than I am. I'm afraid I can't keep up! What should I do?
Don't Worry. Soon after you get to camp, the counselors will see how well you swim, so you can have fun learning with other girls who are about the same as you. At Mermaids or Swimmerettes, you will become a better swimmer and learn new strokes
Your Camping Friend,
I want to come to camp, but I am afraid I won't know anyone or make any friends. What should I do?
A Little Shy
I know you will meet lots of new girls at camp. Some of them will be your friends, if you are friendly to them. The camp counselors try hard to help everyone get over their first shyness so they have a good time. My best advice is to do what I do -- jump up and down, wag your tail, and lick their nose! No one can resist the power of the nose lick!
Your Camping Friend,
Lisa and Sophie, of Troop 7098, earned their Silver Awards. Their project was making and installing 40 plant posts that will be used to identify plants at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve in Auburn. We are extremely proud of these two girls who designed, got the material donations, built and installed the posts, which are a wonderful addition to the facility.
We interviewed Lisa and Sophie about their project:
How did you come up with your idea?
Sophie: I told Lisa about working at the summer camp they do there every year and we both thought it would be fun to do a project there, so we contacted Mrs. Jen Lolly and started our project.
Lisa:I started eliminating things I didn't want to do and I came across the Forest Ecology Preserve.
Were you intimidated by the scale of the project?
Sophie: A little bit. At first you do not think that 50 hours of work is that much, but after working for what seems like a very long time and you relieze that you have only added up to 10 hours it starts to get intimidating.
Lisa:A little bit. I knew I had the rest of the year. We broke it up into different steps and just went through them one at a time.
How did you keep up the momentum for the project?
Sophie: Just the thought of what it would be when we are done :)
Were you ever discouraged?
Sophie: Just a tiny bit towards the end. When we still had a lot of hours to fill in and not much time to do so.
Lisa:A little bit at the end because we had to start thinking of deadlines.
What did you do to overcome that?
Sophie: We started working longer and harder
Lisa:I just remembered that it was almost over.
How will people benefit from this?
Sophie: People will be able to identify plants easier, maybe to the point to where they are as familiar with the plants as with the McDonalds sign!
Lisa: People will benefit from these because they will have the information right then and there without having to do much more then look at the sign.
How did you feel after you finished?
Sophie: It felt great that we had done such a huge project that the community would benefit from.
Lisa: It felt like a job well done and I could take a break.
Thanks, Lisa and Sophie, for sharing your process with us!
Do you have a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award story that you would like to share? We especially want to hear what girls have to say about their award process. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to feature it on our Girl Blog!
Want to learn more about girls' award experience, or meet potential community partners? Attend the Leadership Celebration event on April 13, 2013.