Category: Girl Scouts

Book Fair!

Troop #3152 & Ethan

Did you know there are NO Hospitals in California with libraries for Children? Children can play video games, get toys to play with, visits from therapy dogs but there are no books! This is where you can help make a difference!

As part of my Junior Girl Scouts Bronze project they have teamed up with my favorite Children’s Book store, Once Upon A Storybook to host a Book Fair to benefit Ethan & Choco’s Book Club.

Book Fair at Once Upon a Storybook

Please help us as we give back to the children in our community. Buy a book for yourself or donate a book. OR – even better, Buy One, Gift One!!!

Once Upon a Storybook has generously offered to donate a portion of each purchase to help fulfill Ethan’s vision of building a lending library and gifting library. Just be sure to mention“TROOP #3152” at checkout!!!

Any donated books must be new.  Please come by to support my troop, ECBC, and this wonderful local bookstore!!

  • When: Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 12:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Once Upon A Storybook, located at 17300 17th St. #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Be sure to mention “TROOP #3152” at checkout!!!

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Insect Fair 2016

Insect Fair at the Bronco Student Center

Put this on your calender now! Come see over 500,000 live and preserved exotic insects from around the world at the Cal Poly Insect Fair Insect Fair at the AGRIscapes Visitor Center (next to the Farm Store).

Have you ever touched a millipede or a Madagascar Hissing cockroach with your bare hand? Well you can at the Insect Fair. Learn how insects impact our lives and how you can make a career as an insect expert.

Some of the insects on display include:

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  • Vibrant moths and butterflies from around the world.

  • Beautiful cicadas from Asia . . . many having unique wing patterns and colors. These insects are the loudest on the planet!

  • A colorful array of exotic grasshoppers and katydids. Many displayed to show patterned underwings.

  • Beetles! These are the largest, most diverse group of insects. Make sure to look closely because many displayed are small but full of color, texture, and unique patterns.

***This event is a perfect for opportunity for Girl Scout Brownies to complete several steps of their Bug Badge*** 

  • When: October 8, 2016 and October 9, 2016 from 9am to 5 pm
  • Where: Cal Poly Pomona, The AGRIscapes Visitor Center  – next to the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch , 4102 S. University Drive., Pomona, CA 91768 (Located just south of Temple Ave.) 
  • Cost: Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for students and children 2-12, FREE for kids under 2.

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Turning Lemons into Lemonades

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We are a Girl Scout Family! I am the proud leader of a Girl Scout Troop made up of 1 Cadette, 8 Juniors, 2 Daisy Girl Scouts and some of the most dedicated Moms & Dads. On Sunday, we started selling Girl Scout cookies, It always amazes me at just how much people look forward to this once a year treat and at how supportive people are of this fundraiser.

Recently I got into an online discussion with some supporters of a certain “Food” girl who is in “attack” mode against Girl Scout Cookies (conveniently just as cookie season has started). She is going on about how unhealthy the “cookies” are. This whole conversation is just mind-blowing to me. We are talking about “cookies” right? How healthy is a “cookie” to begin with. Personally, I don’t know anyone that thinks “I’m going to make a change in my lifestyle, let’s start with cookies”. Girl Scout cookies or any other treat is not intended to be your main staple in your diet. I am very careful with what my family consumes, we eat mostly vegetarian meals and I don’t buy too many sweets but I do buy some. I know how precious life is and how extremely short it can be. Yes, you could make it even shorter by making bad food choices BUT don’t go through life denying yourself some of the simple pleasures in life and certainly don’t go through life tearing down an entire group of girls or boys main “fundraiser”.

Photo courtesy of ABCBakers
Photo courtesy of ABCBakers

This whole conversation made me even more committed to my daughters success in reaching their goals for this cookie season. You see, these girls desire more, they see a much bigger picture than this “Food” girl. I have followed her blog and facebook page for some time now and admire some of the changes she’s made within the food industry but it upsets me that “SHE” a women, has failed to see what she is doing. If “SHE” would like to inspire some healthy changes to our cookies that’s great – I’m in! She knows darn well that you always start at the top. Talk to the powers that be at GSUSA, request a change! I responded to this “Food” girl by sending her GSUSA’s email and mailing address but I’ve heard nothing back from her. I’m curious, did she ever even try to contact them and let them know her concerns?

Lemonades

Well “Food” girl, you have inspired me to turn these lemons your throwing at us Girl Scouts into lots and lots of Lemonades. Yes, “Food” girl – it just happens to be the 10th anniversary of Lemonades, which also happen to be Vegan and my favorite Girl Scout cookie!

For those of you who would like to purchase Girl Scout cookies, contact me – my daughters would be so grateful to you for helping them reach their goals. If you don’t like Girl Scout Cookies or don’t like where you “think” the proceeds might be going – we gladly take donations! We would love it if you could encourage others to donate as well!! Donations can go directly to the girl or the troop selling these cookies. Each troop has a different goal and different organizations they plan on helping. So be sure to ask them what they plan on doing with the proceeds.

Ohhh and “Food” girl, excuse us from your site at this time. All of us Girl Scout Leaders and Moms will be rather busy as we support our girls and help build Girls of Cougar, Confidence and Character.

Woman to Woman – I’m kind of disappointed that you don’t get it, on the other hand -“Thank you” for reminding everyone it’s Girl Scout Cookie Season and for helping promote our product.

Can someone please pass the Lemonades?

GSCookies

 

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Scout Day

ScoutDay

Scout Day is a special day of events at the Aquarium of the Pacific for Scouts and their families. Scouts, family, and friends, can join in on this self-guided event with optional activity sheets for Scouts, to work toward stewardship-related Scout badges.

Troop-leaders or parents are expected to facilitate the Scout’s learning experience and guide them through the steps for badge requirements.Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are invited to complete steps toward badges, utilizing self-led activity sheets that are specifically designed for Scouts.

Some steps cannot be completed at this event and need to be completed at home. Troop-leaders and parents, it is advised to review the Scout council approved activities for each badge your child wishes to complete prior to this event.

scoutDay1In addition a special “Scout Discovery Experience” is also available for Scouts to have a 20-minute exclusive educational opportunity in one of our classrooms with an Aquarium educator. Scouts will have a private animal interaction where they will learn about tide-pool animals and explore animal artifacts.

Availability is extremely limited for this program, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. (These usually sell out!) Admission is required to participate in this special program.

  • When: Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Ticketing is timed every hour from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: Child: $7, must be purchased in advance online, Adult: $14, must be purchased in advance online. Members are Free with reservation. (Members, to book a reservation, call 562-437-FISH (3474))

Upon making your reservation, you will be asked to select one of the following entrance times: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., or 4:00 p.m.

There is a limited capacity, and they are unable to accept purchases by phone for this event. Tickets must be purchased for this event,Click here to make your Scout Day reservations. For more information call (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

Download and print the following Badge guides prior to your trip:

CUB SCOUTS

GIRL SCOUTS

 

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It’s National S’mores Day!

Image from Girl Scouts facebook page
Image from Girl Scouts facebook page

Today is National S’Mores Day and as a Girl Scout leader and I am so excited that I’ll be able to spend this day at Girl Scout Day Camp making S’mores and celebrating all things Girl Scout!

These heart-warming gooey treats are the true definition of everyone’s campfire favorite. Loretta Scott Crew is credited with the first recorded recipe in a 1927 Girl Scout publication. She reportedly made the S’mores for a group of Girl Scouts while by the campfire.

in addition to making the world a better place, let’s make the world a more delicious place by trying out some great inventive S’mores recipes.

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 You can stick with the classic recipe or step it up using some of your leftover cookies in your freezers (come on, I know you have some in there. If you don’t – be sure to stock up next cookie season). Try using Your Caramel deLites®, Thanks-a-Lot® or Lemonades® instead of the traditional graham crackers & chocolate OR try some of these recipes from a Taste of Home. The following recipes were orginally posted on Girlscouts.org blog.


 

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S’mores Frosted Crispy Bars
Delightful Caramel Bars
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
1-1/2 cups Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®, crushed
1 cup milk chocolate chips
FROSTING:

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
TOPPING:

1/4 cup crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®
2 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)
In a 6-qt. stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows; cook and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®. Fold in chocolate chips. Press into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Cool to room temperature.

For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme on low speed just until blended. Spread over bars. Sprinkle crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot® over frosting. Cut into bars. Break each candy bar into 12 pieces; place a piece on each bar. Yield: 2 dozen.


 

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S’mores Ice Cream
Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + freezing

1-1/2 cups whole milk
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup marshmallow ice cream topping
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
10 Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot cookies, coarsely chopped, divided
Preheat broiler. In a large bowl, whisk milk, cream, marshmallow topping and salt until blended. Arrange marshmallows in a single layer in a nonstick foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Broil 5-6 in. from heat 20-40 seconds or until golden brown. Cool slightly; freeze while processing ice cream.

Meanwhile, fill cylinder of ice cream maker no more than two-thirds full. Freeze milk mixture according to manufacturer’s directions, adding half of each of the chopped Thanks-A-Lot cookies and toasted marshmallows during the last 5 minutes of processing. (Ice cream maker may be very full.)

Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze 2-4 hours or until firm. Serve with remaining Thanks-A-Lot cookies and toasted marshmallows. Yield: 2 quarts. Makes: 16 servings.


 

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S’mores Peanut Butter Pudgy Pie
Nutty Caramel Turtles
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

2 slices cinnamon bread
2 tablespoons Nutella
1 Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties® / Tagalongs®, crumbled
1 tablespoon miniature marshmallows
Place one slice of bread in a greased sandwich iron. Spread with Nutella; sprinkle with crumbled Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties® / Tagalongs® and marshmallows. Top with remaining bread slice. Close iron.

Cook over a hot campfire for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally. Yield: 1 serving.


 

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S’mores Summertime Cheesecake
Shortbread Fudge Tiramisu
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling

1 cup Girl Scout Shortbread / Trefoils®, crushed
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk, divided
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, mix Girl Scout Shortbread / Trefoils® crumbs, cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in melted butter. Press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over barely simmering water, melt chocolate chips with 3/4 cup milk; stir until smooth. Pour into crust; freeze just until chocolate is set, about 20 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme, cornstarch, vanilla and remaining milk. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over chocolate. Return pan to baking sheet.

Bake 65-75 minutes or until center is almost set. Sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake 6-8 minutes longer or until marshmallows are light brown. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer.

Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled. Remove rim from pan. Yield: 16 servings.


 If you have a favorite S’mores recipe, please share it using the#NationalSmoresDay hashtag.

all images and recipes courtesy of Girlscouts.org & Girl Scouts Facebook page.

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Camp Songs

Image from blog.girlscouts.org
Image from blog.girlscouts.org

Camp Season is here and last weekend I woke up at our council’s Girl Scout Camp. It was a fantastic weekend. My Girl Scouts all had a great time hiking, feeding horses, canoeing, trying their hand at archery and signing.

Every interaction as a group contained songs, lots and lots of songs. I love singing (with and without my troop ) and although I have taken the Songs and Games training class, I couldn’t remember half of the of songs I learned at that training.

My Girl Scouts do know some basis songs and they all have songs books but it became apparent that I need to add their knowledge of Girl Scout songs and get them prepared for our next camping experience.

Just so happens I came across this blog post of the Top 5 Camp Songs from girlscouts.org, This list includes favorites such as Princess Pat, Brownie Smile Song, Linger, Kookaburra and Make New Friends.

I decided to share a few more songs with you, just in case you have a little one going to camp soon. Here are some of the songs my girls sang this weekend as well as a few other favorites. Happy Camping!

The Moose Song

Barges

On My Honor

 Boom Chicka Boom

Scherman Song (This is Girl Scouts Orange County own special song, an ode to our lovely camp)

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Girls Scout Ranger Program

Yesterday, as approximately 5, 000 Girl Scouts and 1,000 volunteers were ready to to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge for the annual “bridging” ceremony. Girl Scouts USA announced a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the “Girl Scout Ranger Program”.

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This joint venture connects Girl Scouts with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites  Girls will learn about their national parks; the mission of the National Park Service; help protect the nation’s natural, cultural, and historical resources while earning badges, patches, take action projects and completing a Journey.

Troop leaders and parents will be able create their own unique park experience while taking part is such activities as: hiking, biking, wildlife watching and guided interpretive tours.

National Park Service website has a list of participating parks that offer trails, programs or patch programs for Girl Scouts. If you don’t see a park near you, don’t get discouraged. National Park Service states that it is a working list and that not all parks offering opportunities for Girl Scouts may be included in the list. If you have a particular park in mind, contact the park directly.

For more information visit  Girl Scout Blog: Girls Scouts Partner With National Park Service to Give Girl Scouts Everywhere Access to the Outdoors

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Leader Appreciation Week

VolunteerhaveHeartLast week was leader (volunteer) appreciation week. I am the leader of a Brownie Girl Scout Troop – that I often refer to as my Brilliant Brownies. I love my troop, they are a great group of girls but I must be honest in saying that many times this year I have contemplated quitting. So, leader appreciation week weighed heavy on my heart.

In addition to some added responsiblities in my life this year. I have the thoughts that probably run through most leaders minds: “I can’t keep up this pace”, “I have no idea what to plan”, “Didn’t we just have a meeting?”, “Am I giving them what they need to benefit from this badge?” or “Will the girls be inspired by this?”. But, for every time I think any of those doubting thoughts or get to feeling exhausted, I am rewarded ten fold by these amazing girls. I am often awestruck by their understanding of what is important in life and their social awareness. Each and every one of them is inspiring and holds something special something that I can learn from.

If I had to explain each of my 10 Brilliant Brownies the words would be: outspoken and energetic, humble and sweet, shy and curious, talkative and kind, outgoing with a sunny disposition, determined and headstrong, a giving heart and a team player, playful and sensitive, talented and ambitious, consistent smile and an easy-going personality.

During the week, I was treated to some very kind words and gifts from the Mom’s of my troop but what stood out was a card given to me by one of my Brownies. Her beautiful words made me tear up. At a time when I was feeling defeated, her words brought me joy and strength.

The truth of the matter is – as much as the girls might think I am leading or inspiring them, it is actually I that am being led and inspired by them. Outside of my faith, family and wonderful friends –  volunteering for Girl Scouts has made one of the biggest impacts on my life. I am blessed to be in the presence of these incredible girls and look forward to the challenge for years to come.

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World Water Day Concert

Image from crystalcovealliance.org
Image from crystalcovealliance.org

On World Water Day, come join composer Pamela Madsen and Crystal Cove Alliance for a musical celebration of water in Crystal Cove State Park!

You’ll enjoy performances from local Girl Scouts, music students at California State University, Fullerton and other special guests as you relax in the amphitheater of the Michael & Tricia Berns Environmental Study Loop in Moro Canyon, as well as getting a sneak peek of Pam’s newest compositions: “As I Ebb’d,” “Sea Longing,” and “There Will Come Soft Rains.”

  • When: Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Where:  Berns Environmental Study Loop Amphitheater in the El Moro Day Use Parking Area at Crystal Cove State Park.  Click here for directions
  • Cost: Event is FREE, parking is $15.00 per vechile

Visit the Crystal Cove Alliance website for more information.

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Free day at Nixon Library

Come to the Nixon Library for FREE admission to celeberate the 103rd Birthday of Girl Scouts and Pat Nixon.

Image from nixonfoundation.org
Image from nixonfoundation.org

Girl Scouts lead the fun event celebrating the 103rd birthdays of Girl Scouts and Pat Nixon. Admission to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum is free for all.

Enjoy fun activities, birthday cake and enjoy the latest displays at the Richard Nixon Library.

  • When: Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, California   92886
  • Cost: FREE

Girl Scouts will be present earning badges however preregistration for badge activities was required.

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