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 :)