Friday, July 24, 2015

Twilight Camp Songbook

We have an amazing camp director for our day camp. It's in it's 15th or more year. I have done songs the past few years and started getting song books printed for the girls and unit leaders.

Before anyone emails me and tells me I have  a phrase wrong or word wrong or whatever, please understand that Girl Scout songs vary by region. I have searched all over the net and local groups for the songs and these are the ones we sing.

I have included a link to a YouTube video for the ones I can find. They are not my videos, so if you love it, please make sure you leave a little love on their video.

You'll find the following songs in our booklet for Twiligt Camp 2015: ARTrageous:

A Ram Sam Sam
Baby Shark (not the same words, but you get the tune and they are hilarious)
Boom Chicka Boom (again, I have different styles, but you get the tune)
Bug Juice
Cannon  (this is actually our service unit day camp)
Evening Star
I Met a Bear 
I’m Peanut Butter - I can't find the one with the tune the campers taught us... I'll try to record it this year... 
Make New Friends
Mama’s Soup Surprise  - I can't find the one with the tune the campers taught us... I'll try to record it this year... 
Princess Pat (Rig A Bamboo)
Purple Lights
Purple Stew (this is actually our service unit day camp)
Say Why
Stay on the Sunny Side
Superman Grace
The Littlest Worm
There Was a Great Big Moose
We’re Great (this is actually our service unit day camp)
Weave Song

and in case your missed the link above... booklet can be found here:

It's set up to be printed as a boklet... front and back side of the paper, folded, and stapled in the middle.

And YES... we have a cover.. it's adorable. You can find it here:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Daisy: Sunny - Friendly & Helpful Petal

Since the Cadettes are mentoring the Daisy troop, they help plan the meetings. I have the bare bones ready for them, because the Daisy petals are pretty simple compared to the Cadette badges I'm used to. Don't get me wrong, they still take planning... but I welcome the simplicity!

So, I thought with this petal I'd let you see in to my world of planning and how I get it done. This is ready to go for our September meeting. It has the activities, the supplies list, and the pictures for samples. 

Daisy Troop Meeting Outline
Sunny - Friendly & Helpful Petal
September 2, 2015

Early Girls Activity
Game - What’s Different
All in circle, one person leaves/turns around and changes something then comes back. Whoever notices what is different first goes next. Cadettes will go with Daisy’s to help them change something.

Beginning Craft (10 minutes)
See photo to the right. We will be making sunflowers with forks and fingers. 

  • heavy paper for paint 
  • yellow, orange, brown, green paint
  • plastic forks
  • tablecloth for underneath paintings to protect table
  • brushes

Opening Circle (15 minutes)
  1. Friendship Circle
  2. Talk about the meeting “plan” - Earning Sunny Sunflower: Friendly and Helpful
  3. Practicing the GS Sign & Promise: Repeat After Me then Together

Activities (30 minutes)
  1. Enjoy Sunny’s Story, then talk about it 
    • Read the story and answer questions/discuss
  2. Make a mural based on Sunny’s story
    • Drawing - each girl gets a petal shaped piece of paper and draws/colors their favorite part of the story. put all together to form one big sunflower
  3. Practice being Friendly and Helpful
    • Make cards for Marine Parents - 
      • Supplies: 
        • Coloring pages from their website
        • Card bases
        • basic card supplies
        • Return address labels with Leader's address
Closing Circle (5 minutes)
  1. Next meeting date
  2. Sing Make New Friends
  3. Friendship squeeze and turn out for dismissal

Monday, July 20, 2015

Cadette: Budgeting Badge

Our Cadettes worked on the Budgeting badge last year at the beginning of cookie season and it was a real eye opener to say the least. Now, I will say this was not a "fun" badge to earn, but it's one that made them think and it's a life skill everyone needs to have... the sooner, the better!

Practice Budgeting for Values: Create a team values list OR make your own
For this requirement, I had the girls write down a list of 5 things they felt were "needs" and 5 "wants". Then, we discussed them. This was a great discussion, because one of the girls felt a "need" was a car. We talked about how living where we do, a car is a need. At least, it's a convenience and comes in handy... a lot! But, if you were living in a big city with great public transportation, then a car may not be a need. 

After each list, I asked the girls to really evaluate their needs and wants. We discussed how a "need" for one person, may not be for another. We also discussed "need" are different at different times in your life. Right now, it's a need that they have a backpack or something to carry their books in, but later in life that will no longer be something they require. 

Then, we discussed our troop "needs" and "wants". We determined that we have a lot of wants and not so many needs. The girls also realized that they have different needs now than when they were younger Girl Scouts. 

It was a thought provoking discussion and I let them talk and discuss for a while on this. They are becoming wise young ladies and hearing them debate and reach resolutions was fulfilling as a Girl Scout Leader.
Different Ways to Give: Team up with others 
Since this was during cookie season, we discussed how we could use the cookie money and give back. We thought of different charities and groups we could help. At the end, we decided that we wanted to thank the teacher that allowed us to use her room for our meetings with a gift card to a store where she could get supplies she needed. 

Along with this discussion, we talked about different ways to give. We discussed money, services, material items, and time. I had the girls think of specific things for each type and evaluate what they were willing to do. We then discussed why all of the different ways to give are important and why it's important to give back to your community.

Tracking Spending: Track your spending for a week
I gave the girls a sheet to take home with them and told them it was up to them if they wanted to track their spending or their families spending for a week. Part of the activity was to set down with an adult at the end of the week (parent, old sibling, grandparent, someone) and evaluate the spending and think of ways that money could have been saved. 

If you want to use my sheet, you can download it here: Track Your Spending for  Week

Different Ways to Save: Research budgeting online
For my full-time, paid gig, I work for a non-profit that specializes in student loan counseling and financial literacy. We have some great tools and resources on our website, so I utilized those for this portion of the badge. Please, feel free to use them, too. :)

Budget Calculator - online tool
Show Me The Future - online game; requires Flash

Create Budget: Troop Budget
I brought in the troop financial summary reports for the past 3 years and showed how much income the troop had from cookie sales, how much was paid for events, registration, supplies, snacks, etc. I answered any and all questions they had, after all this is THEIR money. They are old enough now to see the financial statements and have a good understanding of how much stuff costs. Yeah, they want to go on these big trips, but are they willing to work for it? 

We then discussed how much a box of cookies sold means for our troop and then related that information to different things we purchase. 
1 special IP badge they want to do is $1.50... that's 3 boxes of cookies each. For 7 girls, that's 21 boxes of cookies. 
1 event is typically about $5/girl x 7 girls... that's 64 boxes of cookies 
1 meeting snack averages $8 x 2 meetings a month x 9 months of meetings... 262 boxes of cookies... (and this is when they decided they would start bringing their own snacks)
So, then we discussed how much was in the account... how money was spent... what they wanted to do with this year's cookie money. 

We came up with a very rough draft form of a budget  and talked about each item they agreed to do or not do. We discussed when to use troop money, when not to use troop money, and what they felt a good long term goal would be for the group. 

Like I said, this was a discussion heavy badge. But, it's a life skill that they need to learn. I was shocked how little they knew about budgeting, though it doesn't surprise me too much when you think of the way our society spends. There are some that are trying to be good stewards, but do they discuss it with their children? How else will they learn and hopefully not fall victim to the same pitfalls.