Friday, January 17, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Welcome back to Girl Scouts after what I hope was a great holiday break!

Here is a recap of our activities in the fall.  We started off the year with Fall Product Sales, with most of the girls attending the Rally, and having a great time.  Pictures were posted on the last blog, so check them out.  Our troop made about $78 through fall product sales, and that was with only two girls selling!  Thanks to Ellie and Isabella for helping the troop out with their sales.  Imagine what we could do next year with the whole troop selling!

During our September meeting, we reviewed the badge work we began last year on our It's Your Story, Tell It! journey.  Last year we began talking about stereotypes, and this fall, as part of their "Speak Out" badge, they began developing skits that address stereotypes, particularly against girls, and show how the stereotypes can be busted.  They have done most of this work completely on their own and have come up with some great ideas.  We'll have a performance for some of the younger girl scout troops after a little more practice, completing the badge requirements.  

Along those lines, during our October meeting, we took a look at the way advertising uses stereotypes of women to sell their products, and how it distorts the images of women so that no girl could ever measure up to the images they see advertised.  After that meeting, two of our girls used that topic for their persuasive speech in Mrs. Guerra's class!  I was a proud leader.  

November was a very busy month!  First, in a joint girl scout meeting with all the SPX troops, we decorated our Christmas ornaments for the SPX Girl Scout Christmas tree at Celebration in the Oaks. Thanks to Jennifer Fields for helping us put together the most adorable ornaments!

For our November meeting, we started with an activity new to most of the girls--Geocaching!  We are only two requirements away from earning our badge.  Geocaching is like a treasure hunt.  Thousands of geocaches are hidden all over the world in all kinds of hidden containers.  To find one, we went to the website geocaching.com which gives clues and GPS coordinates.  With a GPS enabled device, like an iPhone with a maps app, or even a simple compass if you know how to use it, you can usually find the treasure.  The idea is to take the prize inside and leave something of equal or greater value.  We went on a hunt and found one right outside the SPX grounds during our November meeting!  This one was a micro cache (so tiny! about the size of the end of my pinky finger!) and only had a rolled up sign-in log inside.  It was rolled so tightly we didn't dare take it out fearing we might not get it back in, but the girls were excited about finding one.  Our next project is to make a prize to leave behind in a larger cache next time.  

For the rest of that night, we had our backyard campout at the Chachere's house!  The girls had fun pitching the giant tent and making their own meals:  lemon chicken in foil packets (delicious!), caesar salad, fruit salad, and Hawaiian rolls, all hot food made either on the grill or over the fire.  And of course there were s'mores for dessert.  A great time was had by all--thanks again to the Chacheres for hosting!  

One more November event for some of our girls was the Camp Marydale Horsepick Hoof Camp.  Isabella, Sofia Butler, Tori, and Kerri braved three very cold days in St. Francisville just before Thanksgiving and learned all about taking care of and riding horses.  They have some great stories to tell!

In December the girls worked some more on their skits, and then we had a Christmas party!  The girls divided into two groups and decorated a "tree" with whatever scraps I provided.  The pictures can describe it better than I can.  I'll let you decide who won that contest, because I thought they were both perfect!  Jaylin and Sofia were great sports to volunteer to be the trees!

Last Friday was our annual cookie rally, and today is the first day of cookie sales.  At the meeting I will be handing out the cookie packets to whoever has a permission slip signed.  If you have not already signed your permission slip, please make arrangements to do so as soon as possible!  Girls cannot sell without having it signed.  Remember to bring your drivers license!  

Your girls are awesome and I love being their leader!  Looking forward to a great spring!

Girls Brave the Cold at Camp Marydale Horsepick Hoof Camp!


Working diligently on busting a stereotype!
And having fun while doing it!
Girl Scout Trees!







It's Cookie Time!




Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Product Rally pics!

Our Fall Product Rally was great fun on a beautiful day!  Here are some shots!

Make new friends, but keep the old...

Thanks to Julie Lloyd, our new Service Unit Leader, for putting on this rally!

Signing the graffiti wall!

What a bunch of beauties!

Crafts!


Prizes!  Kerri won the Bee!


Serious face...

Crazy face!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Welcome to a New Girl Scout Year!

Greetings Girl Scout Juniors and parents!  A new year of scouting has begun.

We had our first meeting on Friday, Sept. 6, which was basically an ice-breaker/planning meeting.  We had 8 girls at the meeting, plus one who plans to join us in the future.  Our 2013-14 Juniors are:

Sofia Butler, Grace Chachere, Tori Daniels, Isabella Farrugia, Savannah Fields, 
Ellie Karcher, Kerri Rose, Jaylin St. Martin, Sofi Venezia

The girls caught me up on all they had been doing, earned the Bee Your Best You "patch of the month" for September, and helped me plan some upcoming events.

The first big decision we made was to sell Fall Product for the first time this year.  It's just like selling cookies, only the products are nuts and candies and magazine subscriptions.  The sales period is between Oct. 4--27.  It's a great way to make some start up money for the troop, plus when we sell cookies we get more money per box just by participating.

Here are the remaining meeting dates for this year.  Please note that when we are in the Multi-purpose room, we are allowed to stay until 5:30, but when we are in Mrs. Karcher's classroom we must be out by 4:30.  I'm going to try to do some outdoor activities on those days, so the meetings may last longer.  I will let you know in plenty of time.  Also, I have assigned snack:


Sept. 27:  MPR 3:20-5:30         Sofi Venezia
Oct. 18:  Karcher 3:20-4:30     Jaylin St. Martin
Nov. 15:  Karcher 3:20-4:30     Kerri Rose
Dec. 13:  MPR  3:20-5:30         Ellie Karcher  
Jan. 17:  MPR 3:20-5:30          Isabella Farrugia
Feb. 14:  MPR 3:20-5:30          Savannah Fields
Mar. 14:  Karcher 3:20-4:30     Tori Daniels
Apr. 11:  MPR 3:20-5:30          Grace Chachere
May 16:  Karcher 3:20-4:30      Sofia Butler


  
Please have the girls wear uniforms and bring their small aMuse workbooks to all meetings.  Let me know if they don't have one and I can make a copy of the material we will be using.  They will not need their binders.  At our next meeting, please bring chapter dues of $35 plus $15 for each adult registration if you would like me to register for you. Adults need to register to go camping or to be in charge of any outings.  I encourage moms AND dads to register!  

I got a good response from people being willing to help.  Here is where I need you:  

First and most important, I need at least one co-leader.  Bronwyn and Debby were my co-leaders last year, and neither of their girls have returned.  It's mandatory that I have another adult listed, but I promise it will not be a lot of work.  

Second, I could really use help with fall product and/or cookie sales.  Training is Sept. 17 or Sept. 24 from 6-8 at the New Orleans office.  I plan to go on the 24th.  Would love some company!

Third, I need to know who is first aid trained, and really need to have another adult in the troop who is outdoor/camping trained.  You have to have both to do troop camping, and in the past we have had problems coordinating trips because of this.  Visit http://www.gsle.org/learning/camping_skills.asp to see what is involved in the training and let me know if this is something you think you could do.

Lastly, I need help at the meetings.  Please pick a meeting and commit to it.  It does not have to be your snack meeting.  If you don't have any particular badge you want to work on, I have plenty of ideas!  Brian Karcher has expressed interest in working on the First Aid badge.  I would like to do the Geocaching badge, plus the rest of the aMuse badgework we have already started.  Dana may do the Simple Meals badge.  We plan to attend events where we can work on the Playing the Past, Savvy Shopper, and Product Design badges.  Look through the binder and see if there is anything you and your daughter are interested in.  

Upcoming events:
September 27:  meeting, fall product discussion, work on aMuse Speak Out badge

September 29:  Wonder of Water Family Fun Day at Camp Whispering Pines
Grab your swim suits and come find out why we call Camp Whispering Pines our water camp! You and your family will spend the day swimming, canoeing, and playing on our big new water toys. We will also have a fishing competition to see who can reel in the biggest catch from Timber Lake.

October 4-27:  Fall Product Sales

October 11: Service Unit Fish Fry--more info soon

October 12:  Renaissance Fest Theater workshop
A very popular event for all! The Louisiana Renaissance Festival will host their Theater Workshop for girls in grades 4 & 5 on October 12, 2013. Your day begins with a welcome and brief meeting with a few of the village nobility. You and your troop will then be escorted to each of the stations set up around the village. Each station will fulfill a requirement toward the Playing the Past Badge. The day will end with a short performance of our “peasant court” and finally the presentation of workshop certificates to each of the girls. The event is designed based on the Playing the Past Junior Badge requirements.

Save the Dates:  Camping!
The girls have expressed interest in winter camping.  There is a Thanksgiving week 3 day horse camp at Marydale
Nov. 24-26 (Sunday-Tuesday):  Marydale Hoof Pick Horse Camp
Get ready for some fun, friendship, and horses! You will learn the basics of Western riding from members of the Wranglers/Spurs group as well as tons of hands-on activities related to horse care, barn maintenance and, if weather permits, a trail ride. You will also have time for some horse-themed games and “bling” a bandana to wear home! 

WInter camping could also happen in December or January as part of a service unit campout.  Otherwise, here are some fun possibilities:

March 21-23:  CWP Camporee
Come and enjoy a fun-filled weekend at camp! Compete with your team (teams assigned at the event) in outdoor activities and survival games to include canoeing, building a fire, building a shelter, ropes course, and much more! Bake your own special birthday cake or other goodies beforehand to bring and share with your Girl Scout sisters at Saturday night dinner as we celebrate our 102nd Anniversary! 

April 12-13:  USS Kidd plus Product Design Badge
The U.S.S. KIDD invites Girl Scouts to come take over the ship! Experience firsthand the close quarters living that a World War II sailor would have endured as you and over 140 other Girl Scouts from across the council camp overnight aboard the U.S.S. KIDD! Special activities and presentations will be scheduled for the evening. This is always a popular event! 
    **I would be piggybacking this event on a product design badge workshop on that Saturday also in 
       Baton Rouge--two birds with one stone!

So, it looks like we have a fun year in store.  Looking forward to it!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Update, Spring 2013 and Photos!

Hello all!  We had a great meeting today!  The girls pitched tents in the park behind school AND broke them down, mostly by themselves, in under 30 minutes!  I wish I had taken pictures.  They worked together in teams, and learned the basics: finding level ground and NO ANTHILLS, putting the ground cover down, how to unfold and fold the poles, staking, the rain fly.  They did it all!

We did it today because May 10 will be our next camping outing, and they will be sleeping in tents on Zephyr Field!  I will need to collect $25 per person as soon as possible.  If anyone wants to go to the game and not sleep out, it is $7.  I will put together a list of supplies, but it will be lighter than usual because the meals are covered.

Uniforms were abundant today!  Almost everyone had one, but a couple are still missing.  I finally had to bite the bullet and get a new one.  I was reminded recently that they are required to be in uniform for any cookie sales, and I did not enforce that well this year.  Next year will be better!  Plus, the vests really reflect all the great things the girls have been doing.  I'll show you Isabella's so you can see what it should look like.  Have them wear it with pride!

Bridging patches
Cookie Rally and Tea Party patches
Social Butterfly and Camping Patches at the bottom
aMuse Reach Out! Badge

See the little orange dot on the right?  In the last few meetings, the girls have been earning their aMuse "It's Your Story, Tell It!" badges, starting with the first one, "Reach Out."  I gave it out at the meeting today, so be looking for it, please!  Every girl put it away somewhere safe, so they told me.  When you put it on, leave some room for the other two patches which circle around that one.  It will look like this:



Part of that badge is understanding stereotypes, especially those for women, and how girls can break out of them and be whoever they want to be.  We've been talking a lot about that in the last few meetings, and the girls have a lot to say!  It is amazing how far they have come in terms of what they believe they can do and should do, but some old ideas still persist.  I encourage parents to talk to your daughters about the things we discussed.

YOU ARE INVITED!

The next part of the badge, "Speak Out," is an interview with a woman they admire.  We have decided to interview a panel of women as a group.  That means you, moms!  On May 17, we are having our last meeting, and we would love to have as many moms as possible come to the meeting be a part of the panel.  You are a powerful group and each of you has a great story to tell.  We have teachers, scientists, business women, moms, and lots more!  They have questions for you.  The panel will be at our regular meeting time, but may last a bit longer than usual.  Please let me know if you can make it!  The girls are all so proud of their moms and really want each of you to be there.

Only 2 meetings left!  We are meeting next week, and then not until May 17 (hopefully with all of you).  Looking ahead, mark your calendars for a service unit camping trip the weekend of Sept. 27.  We've had a great year!  Here are some pics!

Cookie Rally 2013

Cookies Rule!  Making Gift of Caring Bags

Showing the little ones how it's done!


Even Jack got into the act!



McFadden Cabin Hike

Serious...

...and crazy!

Where are the ghosts?

Tree climbing--a great girl scout skill!

At the peristyle

Morning Call!!!!!!!!


Getting Ready for the Fasion Show



It's Your Story, Tell It!  Nicholls State

So cheerful!

Safety First!
Having fun and making friends!

With Hugo the Hornet!
snackin' and chillin' 

Friday, March 8, 2013


Meeting 3/8/2013

Roll Call:  Mae-Mae
Promise:  Kaylor
Law:  Jaylin
Pledge:  Grace
Hostesses:  Tori  Sofia B., Savannah
Jumping:  Kerri, Sofi. V, 
Circle Starter:  Isabella

Roll Call, Promise, Law and Pledge, please 
come forward!

Agenda:

Snack & Reports on Latest events
    Tea Party
    It's Your Story, Tell It!
    Booth Sales


Camping March 15-17

Who's going?

St. Martins (4)
Fields (0) please confirm
Karcher (0) confirmed
Grimms (2)
Venezias (4)
Daniels (0) please confirm
Corcorans (0) confirmed
Rose (0) please confirm
Farrugias (4)
Chacheres (0) confirmed
Butlers (3)


What are we eating?

MEALS
Friday night, brown bag dinner (or stop on the way), each family responsible for selves.  

Saturday/Sunday morning, do we want to do just cold breakfasts?  Definitely on Sunday because we will want to get on the road.  Maybe something hot for Saturday morning like pancakes/bacon?  (Pre-cooked, just heat and eat).  Does anyone have a decent camping stove?  Mine did not perform too well last time.  I'd like to have a back up!

Lunch Saturday, sandwiches, chips, cookies, fruit.

Dinner Saturday, big meal.  Thinking maybe something like kabobs or fajitas or quesadillas.  Also found a great looking recipe for dutch oven bacon cheese "pull aparts."  Looks easy and tasty.  Dinner rolls, cheese, bacon and butter.  (We can do something healthier for the adults)  I'd like to use our Dutch oven, since we bought it.  http://www.rhodesbread.com/recipes/view/2016

For dessert, Steph suggested banana boats, or I found a recipe for smores cones which looks great too.  


Cookies
Booth Sale today 5-7 at Roberts
Booth Sale after 12:30 mass at SPX church

Friendship Circle

See you at the Booth Sale!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Meeting Feb. 1 2013

Happy February Juniors!  

KAPERS:
Roll Call:  Kaylor
Promise:  Jaylin
Law:  Grace
Pledge:  Tori
Hostesses:  Sofi. V, Sofia B.
Jumping:  Kerri, Isabella
Circle Starter:  Mae-Mae

Roll Call, Promise, Law and Pledge, please come forward!

BUSINESS:
Money for Tea Party--Jumping Scouts help collect
Give Sofi Venezia Info on Simple Meals
Cookie sales--does anyone have any numbers to give me?  

Patches:  McFadden Cabin Patch
Social Butterfly Patch.
My Mom's a Cookie Mom:  Kaylor


Snack--Thanks to Savannah and family!


Report on Lakeview Scout Parade and McFadden Cabin Hike.


Calendar
February:  
NOW:  Last few days to sell cookies.  Have numbers in by tomorrow!
NEXT WEEK:  No meeting.  Happy Mardi Gras!
Feb. 22:  Next meeting
Feb. 23:  It's Your Story, Write It! Day
On Saturday, Feb. 23, GSLE is sponsoring "It's Your Story, Tell It! Day" at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.  They are going to have all kinds of activities there, really something for everyone.  This is part of our aMuse journey badge work, too.  Here are GSLE's top 10 reasons to attend:
  1. NFL Saints Experience- challenging inflatable fun
  2. New Orleans Hornets - basketball clinic just for us
  3. Speaking of the Saints and the Hornets- Mrs. Gayle Benson,  First Lady of the Saints and the Hornets,will kick-off the day with a warm keynote speech.
  4. Hands-on fun - Nicholls State students will lead activities that encourage self-confidence while having a blast. 
  5. Food!  The  John Folse Culinary Institute will be hosting cooking demonstrations.
  6. Shape your story with things you enjoy-  science, theater, music, business
  7. Tell your story- Tips on public speaking and performance
  8. Engaging conversations with successful women in athletics, government, advertising and science    
  9. Pick up tips on how to be a better friend to others and yourself.
  10. NCAA Athletics-  balancing sports and college life. Did you know the Women's Final Four will be played in New Orleans?

If anyone else is interested, please let me know.  I will be taking Isabella for sure!  $10/per girl, free for adults!  Lunch is not included, buffet for $8.  I would love to see our troop participate. 


Feb. 25:  Deliver Cookies
Mar. 1:  No Meeting
Mar. 1-17  Booth Sales TBA
Mar. 2:  Model for a Day, Longue Vue Tea Party!
Mar. 8:  Next meeting:  plan for camping!
Mar. 15-17:  Family Camping at Camp Whispering Pines!
Mar. 22:  Meeting
Mar. 29:  No meeting.  Happy Easter!
Apr. 5:  Meeting
Apr. 12:  Meeting
Apr. 19:  2:30 dismissal early meeting
Apr. 26:  No meeting
May 3:  No meeting
TUES May 7:  Meeting
May 10-12:  Possible camping

Badge work:  Casting Call Log

Circle:  Let's Be Friends!

Have a great weekend!




Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cookie Sales Begin THIS FRIDAY, Jan. 18!


Hello Juniors and parents!  Did everyone see the article in the Advocate this week about our Cookie Rally?  Ellie, Kerri and Savannah represented our troop beautifully in both the picture and the article.  Thanks to all of you girls who are proud to be Girl Scouts!
http://theadvocate.com/news/neworleans/communitynews/4900748-123/are-you-ready-for-some (I've included the article below)

We had a great time Friday night and are fired up about selling cookies.  If you haven't gotten your yellow form into Debby yet, please do!  Cookie sales begin THIS FRIDAY.  Once we have your yellow form, we can give you the order form. 

Since we don't have a meeting this week, please remember that the final payment to the troop should be in CASH.  We are not allowed to accept checks, and unfortunately things happen, and I have had problems with bending this rule before.  You should not be accepting payment now anyway (payment on delivery is the norm) but if you are, keep this rule in mind.

I have canceled the meeting this Friday in order to allow the girls to primp and prep for the Father-Daughter dance at SPX.  Our next meeting will be next week, Jan. 25.  

Lakeview Scout Parade is Saturday at 1.  For any information, call Debby Grimm at 650-1200.

I got a GREAT response to the modeling for a day/tea party event on Mar. 2. (Grace's birthday, don't forget to celebrate!)  Everyone is going except me!  :(  But that's okay, I know y'all will take great pictures, and someone will video my daughter on the catwalk, right?  Here's who's going:

All 11 girls, 10 moms, 1 more guest for Tori and Sofia B., and 3 more guests for Kerri.  That's 26 total.  At $22 per person, that adds up to $572.  I can assure you we don't have that much in the troop account!  :)  The payment is due to Longue Vue on Feb. 4, so to be safe, please send me your check or cash as soon as possible, by the next meeting at the latest (Jan. 25).  Feel free to send it through Isabella if you want to get it out of the way.

I've had several requests for going family camping, so I am working on that.  I'm requesting Camp Whispering Pines for March 15.  If I can't get it for some reason, I'm going to look at some other campgrounds for that date.  If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.  Please feel free to comment below!  Also, I'd like to do troop camping on May 10-12, although that Saturday is city park night.  If we wait till the next weekend, we can't go to Covington, but Marydale would be ok with me.  There's a pool there, and we can canoe and/or ride horses too.

One more event coming up that I'd like to attend and I'll take as many girls that want to go.  (May need another driver, though).  On Saturday, Feb. 23, GSLE is sponsoring "It's Your Story, Tell It! Day" at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.  They are going to have all kinds of activities there, really something for everyone.  This is part of our aMuse journey badge work, too.  Here are GSLE's top 10 reasons to attend:

  1. NFL Saints Experience- challenging inflatable fun
  2. New Orleans Hornets - basketball clinic just for us
  3. Speaking of the Saints and the Hornets- Mrs. Gayle Benson,  First Lady of the Saints and the Hornets,will kick-off the day with a warm keynote speech.
  4. Hands-on fun - Nicholls State students will lead activities that encourage self-confidence while having a blast. 
  5. Food!  The  John Folse Culinary Institute will be hosting cooking demonstrations.
  6. Shape your story with things you enjoy-  science, theater, music, business
  7. Tell your story- Tips on public speaking and performance
  8. Engaging conversations with successful women in athletics, government, advertising and science    
  9. Pick up tips on how to be a better friend to others and yourself.
  10. NCAA Athletics-  balancing sports and college life. Did you know the Women's Final Four will be played in New Orleans?

If anyone else is interested, please let me know.  I will be taking Isabella for sure!  $10/per girl, free for adults!  Lunch is not included, buffet for $8.  I would love to see our troop participate.

That's all for now!


ARE YOU READY FOR SOME COOKIES?

Advocate staff photo by SUSAN POAG-- From left, Brownie Scout Georgia Jacobson, 7, and Girl Scouts Ellie Karcher, Kerri Rose and Savannah Fields, all 9, attend a 'cookie rally' with girls from troops from Lakeview and Gentilly at St. Pius X School gymnasium in New Orleans on Friday.Hide caption
Advocate staff photo by SUSAN POAG-- From left, Brownie Scout Georgia Jacobson, 7, and Girl Scouts Ellie Karcher, Kerri Rose and Savannah Fields, all 9, attend a 'cookie rally' with girls from troops from Lakeview and Gentilly at St. Pius X School gymnasium in New Orleans on Friday.
Lake Vista Girl Scouts share secrets to fundraising success
Girl Scout cookies go on sale Friday, and Scouts all over the New Orleans metro area gathered for cookie rallies last week to collect supplies, hear sales tips and safety rules, play games and, of course, taste-test this year’s cookies. From left, Brownie Scout Georgia Jacobson, 7, and Ellie Karcher, Kerri Rose and Savannah Fields, all 9, of Troop 40766, attended a rally at St. Pius X Elementary School in Lake Vista on Friday. The troop will use this year’s cookie money to go on a camping trip, and will donate some cookies to Covenant House. The girls, seasoned cookie salespeople, answered a few questions at the rally.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING IN GIRL SCOUTS, AND HAVE YOU EARNED ANY BADGES? Ellie : I like going camping, and I like Scouting events that help others and animals. ... I earned a badge for helping the environment. I decided to help the sea turtles when I saw them covered in oil from the BP oil leak. I had a lemonade sale in front of my house and raised almost $300 for the sea turtles. Kerri We just earned the Social Butterfly badge. I earned it by learning about manners. We learned how to make nice thank you notes, ... how to include everyone and not to be disappointed about any gift.
THERE ARE EIGHT KINDS OF COOKIES FOR SALE THIS YEAR. WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE? Kerri Thin Mints. I love the chocolatey taste. Savannah My favorite cookie is the Savannah Smiles. They’re my favorite because that’s my name!
WHAT IS THE SECRET TO SELLING LOTS OF COOKIES?Savannah Have good salesmanship. Be polite and know how to answer questions about what you’re selling. Ellie I do puppy-dog eyes at my grandmother. Kerri I recommend always smiling. Georgia I ask people a million times.
To order cookies from Troop 40766, call (504) 914-4939. To find a troop selling cookies near you, go to http://www.girlscoutcookies.org.