Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Scout year!

GIRL SCOUTS!!!  We are getting ready to kick off the new Scout year.  Girl Scouts will have an information table set up at Christ the King registration night, August 10th, and also at Scout Night, August 25th. Stop by and see what exciting activities you and your daughter can participate in!  

Are you looking for school volunteer options?!?  As a volunteer with any of our troops, you are able to count the time you spend towards your school volunteer hours.  Have fun with your daughter and her friends while taking care of a school commitment, too.  There's lot of options that you can help with, from being a Troop Leader, to taking care of the paperwork, to being in charge of the calling tree for your troop.  Please let me (Jennifer) or any Troop Leader know and we will help you find the right volunteer position you feel comfortable with!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Back to Basics 2016

Girl Scout troops 3099 and 3715 attended Back to Basics camp at Camp Daisy Hindman just outside of Dover with other area troops. 

Local Brownie and Junior troops attended camp hosted by our Service Unit. Here girls go to activities lead by older Cadette Girl Scouts. They go on hikes to learn some basic survival skills, learn how to read a compass, First Aid, build fires, knife skills and cooking on fires. 

In the evening, Girl Scouts have the opportunity to explore camp a little more. Our troops adventured through the muddy trails and tried to get lost. Along the way, we found others troops and fresh deer tracks. After all the walking through camp, the reward for the girls was of course roasting marshmallows and having S'mores!  These girls are ready for their next campout. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby is usually a Cub Scout event, but not for some of our CTK Girl Scouts!  They participated in a Pinewood Derby for Girl Scouts on April 16th and had a blast!

The Girl Scouts had to purchase a blank pinewood derby car and create their own unique car of their own. From design, to cutting, to painting and making sure that it was the legal weight, these girls made each one their own. 

The event was held a Grace Episcopal Cathedral, here in Topeka and had troops from all across town participate. All troops from Daisy up to Ambassador(12tj graders) were invited and about 55 cars turned up!  

Each level Girl Scouts raced among their peers. We had Girl Scouts from Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette registered. This was the first time our girls participated in a Pinewood Derby race. We had some winners and some who learned the valuable lesson of not everyone will win. They all had a great time and are already looking forward to next years Pinewood Derby!  

Daisy Fun Day

On Saturday, April 9th, a handful of our 1st grade Daisy Girl Scouts attended Daisy Fun Day hosted by our area Service Unit. This event was open to all Daisy Girl Scouts in the Topeka and surrounding area.

During the event there are activities that teach different badges that the girls earn. These activities are done by Program Aides who are 6th grade Cadettes and up. One Program Aide is one of our 6th grade Cadette Girl Scouts. 

The Daisy's earned their Girl Scout Way badge, which teaches the girls the history of Girl Scouts and the founder, Juliette Lowe. Another badge they earned was Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout. Here they learned about working as a team with others and about the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The third badge earned was one that taught STEM, Science Technology Engineering and Math, where they got to see how a few experiments worked. Finally, the forth badge was Games. Here they played a variety of games focused on some of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. 

Daisy Fun day is held once a year and badges earned are different each year. What will Daisy's earn next year??? They will have to come back next year and see!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Brownies Bridging

On Monday, the 5th grade Junior girls helped the 3rd grade Brownies meet their Bridging requirements. The Brownie girls needed to meet with an older Girl Scout troop meeting, preferably a Junior Girl Scout troop, and learn what it's like to be a Junior level Girl Scout. The Juniors talked about the Get Moving journey they  completed. The girls talked about how they get to go camping for a couple days instead of just one overnight. One Junior shared how she was excited to help plan one of the activities. Usually as the Girl Scouts get older they take on more responsibilities and help plan activities for younger troops and when all the troops get together; such as the Bonfire and lock-in.

Another part of the meeting was playing Mystery Path. Girls took turns leading the others through a mystery path. The challenge is that the girl leading is the only one who knows the correct path. The other girls have to guess which direction to go. If they are wrong the leaders rings a bell. Each girl has to get through the path correctly. As one girl makes it through they can help guide the others non-verbally. This teaches the girls team work and leadership. 

The final activity was teaching the younger girls some new songs. They all had fun picking songs that were their favorite and singing as loud as they could!
Thank you to Miss Hatch and her 5th grade Junior Girl Scouts for helping the 3rd grade Brownie girls with their bridging!  They can't wait to cross the bridge next month and their green vests :)