Saturday, August 19, 2017

Solar Eclipse workshop

The CTK Girl Scouts got to learn about the 2017 Solar Eclipse right before it occurred! They learned about sun clocks, magnets and compasses, how important it is to protect ourselves from UV light, and many other experiments.  We ended making a pin hole box with cereal boxes so they could safely view the eclipse.  Now to wait until the next one.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bronze Award: Buddy Bench

One of the highest awards that a Junior Girl Scout, grade 4th and 5th, can receive is the Bronze Award.  Girls are asked to explore their community to see if they can help improve an issue.   As the girls pursue their project, they put the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action. They also develop an understanding of sustainability and gain an understanding of the wider world by discussing how others may experience the same problem that their project helped resolve.

Our Christ the King 5th grade Junior Girl Scouts saw a need on the Kindergarten playground.  They thought that with so many kids coming from different Pre-schools and areas around town, that many of them might not have any friends when school starts.  They did some research and found that there is what is know as a Buddy Bench.  This bench is made and placed in an area that kids play.  When some one is feeling lonely and doesn't have a friend/classmate to play with, they would go sit on the bench.  Another classmate would see them and go over to invite them to play.  

The Girl Scouts worked on presenting their idea to Principal Reynoso at the end of the school year and got her approval!!  Over the summer the girls went to Menards to learn about what wood would be best to build the bench with and what paints would be best for being outside in the Kansas elements. Once they had plans, they set off on building and painting their Buddy Bench! Building took the girls a couple of days, making sure that every piece of wood was lined up just right. Girls learned that even painting took some time; they thought that because it was hot outside that the paint would dry much faster.  Instead, it took longer due to the humidity in the air!  They experienced the old expression, "watching paint dry"!  

Right before this school year started, the 5th grade Junior Girl Scouts presented their Buddy Bench to Fr. Matthew, Principal Reynoso and Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Kinney.  Fr. Matthew did a blessing on the bench for the girls.  The bench was in the Kindergarten hallway during registration night so new parents and Kindergartners could see it and then it will be moved to their playground!  

The girls leaders, Jennifer Augustine and Linda Wolf are so excited for all the hard work and dedication that their girls showed on their project.  They look forward to seeing more of what their girls do in the future!  Congratulations young ladies!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Cookie Construction

For nearly 6 months, Cadettes, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts got together with some Architecture mentor to come up with a concept and design for this years Cookie Construction competition.  This years theme is, “We are Girl Scouts, We are Innovators”.

What is Cookie Construction?  Glad you asked!  Girls meet with 3 mentors who help walk them through the steps of constructing a design that they come up with.  Each structure is made purely out of cookie boxes that come from the box manufacture.  Girls are allowed to use tape, but it can not be visible.  Each team is judged on how well they stick to the theme.

Girls from Topeka, Lawrence and Leavenworth Girl Scouts made up the TL²  team.  We have one Girl Scout, Samantha Augustine, from Christ the King helping out!
Our project represents a house where Girl Scouts can design and invent freely. We decided to build a house because a lot of space and millions of innovations are found in homes. We decided to include some notable inventions, such as the light-bulb, the spectacles and the microscope. We poured all of our creativity into our thinking caps and developed some inventions that could be made in the future – for instance, a cookie spitter and badge designer. Our building structure consists of three floors with a loft on the third floor. We wanted to section off part of the house and commit it to just making innovations, so that is where we came up with the idea for an innovation lab as the loft. We are using ladders to get from level to level in our house, which are supported by the exterior walls and structural columns. The roof will be a rooftop garden which will have solar panels to provide power for Innovation Manor. This build means a lot to us as Girl Scouts so we have created a mural in the back of the house representing Girl Scout History and Juliette Gordon Low, the founder.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cookie Season!

Girl Scouts from Christ the King were taking cookie orders starting back on January 1st and out delivering and having cookie booths during February.  

A huge Thank You goes out to President Schambari and Athletic Director, Bobby Taul at Hayden for letting all of the Christ the King Girl Scouts sale cookies at their last two home basketball games! The girls did a great job and all of the basketball spectators had yummy cookies while watching games being played.  

All of the CTK Girl Scouts also sold cookies at Kelly Express on 10th and Wanamaker over the February weekends.  The girls also did their final booth sale after Masses here at church Feb. 25th and 26th.  Thank you to all of the parishioners who bought cookies from our troops!

Cookie season officially ends March 10th, so if you still need cookies we have plenty of Girl Scouts who can help you!   

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mall Scavenger Hunt

This morning the Girl Scout Service Unit of Topeka put on a Scavenger Hunt at the Mall.  All girls earned one of their legacy money badges, which is different for each level, and a Mall Madness Scavenger Hunt fun patch.  There were approximately 135 girls registered, so early morning mall walkers saw a lot of different colored Girl Scout vests throughout.  The girls had to figure out clues to find the store that had their questions that needed to be answered.  The two troops that finished the fastest in time, won 1st and 2nd place.

We, the CTK Girl Scouts, had 2 winning troops!  The 3rd grade Brownies won 1st place and the 6th/7th grade Cadettes won 2nd place in their prospective troop levels.  Congratulations CTK Girl Scouts for you wins!