Exploring the Boundary Waters

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For Girl Scout Senior, Agnes “Kate” Nash, going on a Girl Scout destination trip was something she’s wanted to do ever since her older sister returned from a destination trip to Wyoming two years ago.

After looking over all the locations and options, Kate selected the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe trip. This adventure would take her up to Minnesota where she would canoe and camp for seven days into Canada.IMG_1440

Having never flown before, Kate’s Dad suggested a family road trip to Minneapolis that would include a baseball game! Wanting to have the complete travel experience like her sister and fly for the first time and by herself, Kate shot that idea down!

Kate met up with 20 other Girl Scouts from around the country in the Duluth airport for a full 12 days of adventure. The group spent a couple days in Duluth, exploring, learning and getting to know each other before being split into three groups for the expedition.

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“I was scared about the other girls liking me. Then I realized that all of them were just as worried about that as I was,” she said.

Due to the rules of the Boundary Waters, no more than 9 individuals can be in a group. It’s an effort to preserve the natural beauty of the land by limiting waste build up.

There was something special in store for Kate, whose real name is Agnes. She was pre-assigned to be in the group that would travel through her namesake, Lake Agnes!

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After receiving a full day’s training, Kate’s group was ready to take to the water. They were led by two guides, both of whom had been on this destination before and were Girl Scout alumnae! The first morning on the water the guides asked the girls to take off their watches. “It’s a better experience if you don’t have a watch,” Kate explained. “Go by the sky.”

Over the course of seven days, they traveled nearly 75 miles by canoe.

“It surprised me how big the lakes were and how quickly we could move,” she said.

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Each day they would port. Take the canoes out of the water, walk them across land and enter another lake. The distance would be anywhere from 7 rods to 80 (a rod is the length of one canoe). One day, they had eight portages!

“The port trips were hard and it [the canoe] was very heavy, Kate said. “It was tedious – take everything out and put it all back in.”

They traveled with everything they would need for seven beautiful days in the wilderness. This included food, shelter and three sets of clothes – a wet set that was worn during the day, a dry set they changed into when they set up camp and pajamas. Then cycle through the same clothes the next day.

“This is probably the best [Girl Scout experience] because I haven’t done anything like it. I got to do something different and all the girls actually wanted to be there. They were serious about it.”

Her group made it back to the base site and began to clean up their gear and themselves. In the spirit of preserving the land, the use of soap is prohibited outside the base because it kills the natural organisms.

“I learned that I am stronger than I thought and that I can make friends,” Kate said

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Kate has plans of making the trip again, only next time she wants to take her sister! The base will provide the guides, canoes, food and supplies for those who are interested in exploring without a group.

“This trip made me more aware of the environment and how we’re changing it,” Kate said.

Kate’s mom has now seen what Girl Scout destination trips do for girls, twice. “They come home and their so incredibly excited about their experience. One more step in that process of getting bigger and better and doing more exciting things,” Sarah said.

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Kate traveled with Silvias, a little cow that also accompanied her sister Eleanor on her destination!

Girl Scout destinations’ makes it possible for girls to safely travel the world and try new things. They can’t scuba dive with sea turtles, make a movie in California, get a taste of outer space or canoe in the wilderness, among many other things! Find a destination that will help build your girl of courage, confidence and character!

Tips & Tricks for New Troop Leaders

By Guest Blogger Linda Grooms, Troop 8064 in Princeton, Missouri

Linda Grooms is beginning her third year as troop leader for her daughter, Elizabeth’s troop. As a seasoned leader, Linda has some tips and tricks for all our new troop leaders!

Now Junior Girl Scouts, Linda stepped in as leader when the girls were beginning their second year of Brownies. Prior, she was a den leader for Cub Scouts.

“I did not have the opportunity to be in Girl Scouts when I was a child so Scouting was new to me, but I’ve loved working with the kids and also attending Scout events and camps!”

Her philosophy of leading Troop 8064 in Princeton, Missouri is to help the girls discover new adventures and skills, participate in activities that may not otherwise be available and provide a fun and safe environment.

Their troop structure has been very flexible, working around girls and their schedules as well as their interest levels. The have regular meetings twice a month on Monday nights that a majority of the girls attend and then offer multiple “optional” activities and outings that are inspired by interest of one of the girls or something that she has seen on the GSKSMO website.

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Tips & Tricks for New Leaders:

1. Flexibility

Girl Scouts is very flexible so every troop and its activities are different.  Plan based on what works for you and your troop, not what an outsider thinks it should be.

2. Resources

Training is a good place to start, but keep asking questions all year long. Our Membership Manager is great about responding to my questions.  I also communicate frequently with the other leaders in my county.  The Internet is a great place to find answers and ideas using Google and Pinterest and of course Troop Leader Central on the GSKSMO website. Learn how others would handle a situation, find out what works well and what doesn’t, expand beyond your own ideas, and share resources with others.

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3. Community Partners 

Take advantage of the Community Partners, especially if are close to your location.  If they aren’t, plan a road trip!  Last year we drove the 1 1/2 hours to St. Joseph to attend a wonderful workshop for Juniors at the Robidoux Theatre on a Saturday morning.  We prearranged with Bode Ice Arena to use a conference room to eat our sack lunches, then spent the afternoon ice skating! This was the first time many of our girls had ice skated!

4. Resources in Your Community

There are so many resources in your own community; all you have to do is ask! Our Missouri Department of Conservation Agent will help coordinate fishing, archery, and other educational programs as well as supply the equipment, and assist in the activity. Also, my neighbor recruited friends to host an evening of quilting where the girls have tried different quilting projects.  The director of the ambulance service taught the girls first aid, showed them the inside of the ambulance, and let them test how many Girl Scouts could be raised on a powered ambulance cot.  I could go on and on…P1020054-SMILE

5. Personal Skills

If you have a special skill that you would like to teach, then by all means, do so!  Ask your parents if they have something they could present.  Contact leaders of older Girl Scouts to see if they will work on a badge with you.

6. Know your girls

The girls in my troop do not want to come to meetings to read, write, and listen.  They’ve already spent a good part of their day doing that.  They are eager to learn new things, you just need to shake things up!

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7. Keep your eyes and ears open!

Lots of fun, educational opportunities come up that can be tied into badge work.  Last Spring we were able to attend a small opera company’s performance of Cinderella.  It was Gioacchino Rossini’s Opera “Cinderella”, a comic opera written in the 19th century, not the version of Cinderella we normally see.  When asked, they offered discounted tickets to any Girl Scout troop interested in attending even though their rates were already very low.

8. Work with other troops in your area

What’s more fun than a cookout, games and crafts?  Doing it with lots of other Girl Scouts!  This could be another troop that is the same grade level or it could be troops of various grade levels.

9. Utilize Council Properties

Take your troop to a council camp for a day event (even if you have to drive 2-3 hours!)  This introduces them to what a Girl Scout camp is like and lets them meet staff.  Invite parents to come along if possible.  Then they will be more comfortable going to a summer camp program.

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10. Always be prepared!

I jokingly refer to myself as a “bag lady” when I arrive for meetings and outings.  I’ve got items for different parts of the meeting tucked into different bags so I can quickly get to what I need at each point.  I’ve usually got some kind of backup activity in case something doesn’t go as planned or we need something to the girls busy in the car.  It’s also a good idea to have backups–an extra driver in case one cancels, an extra first aid certified person, an extra pair of socks or jacket for a girl who forgot hers, etc. Being prepared is an extra time investment, but it helps ensure that you leave the meeting/outing laughing and smiling with the girls instead of pulling your hair out!

Linda’s troop just finished their registration and new year kick-off event. “We had a great morning fishing and doing a stamping craft with the other troops in our county.  Spending time with all of these girls and seeing their excitement makes me enthusiastic for another year of Girl Scouting!”

Thanks for sharing with us, Linda! Do you have words of advice or other tips and tricks that you would like to share with new leaders? Leave them in the comments below!

 

STEMTastic Community Partners

Did you know that over the past 10 years opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields have grown three times more than any other career path? Oh, and over the next decade STEM job opportunities are expected to grow even more!

We are committed to filling the STEM pipeline with our Girl Scouts. The STEM conversation is everywhere through our schools, in the media, and it has certainly taken our online communities by storm.

You may have seen the powerful Verizon Wireless video, Inspire Her Mind which encourages more girls to follow a STEM path. The latest campaign #Ilooklikeanengineer is fighting against gender stereotypes.

There has also been much research about girls and women in STEM, including a study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute called Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Research tells us that studying the subjects in school is a start, but girls need more opportunities to see and connect with female STEM role models. They need to get hands on and see and try out what they would be doing day to day in a STEM career.

The research also shows that giving girls STEM opportunities as early as possible are critical in building their confidence to keep pursuing more skills.

We want our Girl Scouts from Kindergarten through 12th grade to have progressive, hands-on experiences and interact with role models who are the STEM leaders across our 47 counties. A key component to our STEM Program is the incredible partners we have who lend their expertise to our Girl Scouts.

As you kick off the year with your Girl Scouts, we hope you will check out our community partner page and see the many STEM opportunities across all four regions of our council.

There you will find something for every girl’s interest and age like…

The Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas – Daisy Girl Scouts will work on their Between Earth and Sky Journey by exploring soil, seed and plants. Brownie Girl Scouts will work on their Wonders of Water Journey by exploring the waterways of the Flint Hills.

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Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas – Junior through Senior Girl Scouts will learn about regional plants and animals through a special Biology Day or explore the biology behind different blood types through an interactive “Who Dun It” mystery.Benedictine_College_seal

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri – Brownie through Cadette Girl Scouts will learn about design, color, shape and texture at one of Kansas City’s premiere landmarks through this special architecture tour.

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Cookie Construction – This experience for Cadette through Ambassador Girl Scouts provides multiple opportunities for teambuilding and role modeling as girls plan, design and build structures out of Girl Scout Cookie boxes.cc

And so many more… Please check out one or more of these incredible community partner programs this year. We know your girls will walk away excited and some new skills!

We love it when you share your photos and stories with us. What did you think? Share with us by emailing prdept@gsksmo.org.

Houston, We Have Dream Liftoff!

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Girl Scout destination to Space Camp – Amanda M.

Ever since Cadette Girl Scout Amanda M. visited the Cosmosphere with her Girl Scout troop in 3rd grade, she has dreamed of being an astronaut.

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By attending The Barstow School, Amanda has also taken classes with Mr. Beier, who happens to also work for NASA studying black holes.

You might see a natural progression and growth of her desire to be an astronaut here.

This summer, Amanda’s dream came true in a big way. Through Girl Scout destinations, Amanda got to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama with 11 other Girl Scouts from around the county.

When the opportunity to go to Space Camp with Girl Scout destinations arose, it was a no-brainer for her mom, Terri Munsell. In fact, when Terri was a Girl Scout in the 70’s and 80’s she traveled with Girl Scouts through a similar program!

For six days, Amanda got to eat, sleep and breathe space!  Included in those days were two special simulated missions, one involving the International Space Station (ISS) and another a lunar mission to Mars. Both experiences gave girls the chance to play different roles such as commander, mission specialists, pilot, capsule communicator and more!

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On their first mission the girls got to work in the movie prop and simulator from “A Smile as Big as the Moon.”

Their first mission also happened to have a movie-type ending.

With five minutes to spare, Amanda and her team ran into a little snafu trying landing their spacecraft. The instructions said to ‘please see landing booklet,’ a very important book that they couldn’t locate. On approach, they realized that they were going to have to forget the landing booklet and land the aircraft manually! Now following verbal commands, they were to engage the landing gears. Once again they were unable to locate the switch!

“With one second left to go, we got the landing gear engaged!” Amanda said.

Not knowing if the gear had engaged in time, they asked if they had indeed survived this simulated mission. As baffled as they were, Houston informed them that they had in fact survived!

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Each morning at Space Camp started with a briefing – just like real NASA training. Then they would go to a training that involved hands-on science experiments with outer space and then eat lunch. For lunch, they were served space food from countries that have sent people to the International Space Station. Dishes were from Japan, Russia, the United States and several other countries.

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One afternoon during Space Camp, Amanda got to hear a special guest speaker, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger. Dottie is a former Girl Scout and the first Space Camp alumni to actually travel into space! Originally a teacher, she was recruited by NASA in 2010 for a 15 day mission in order to bring supplies to the ISS and repair the air conditioner.

“She actually had to stay an extra day in space,” Amanda explained. “Oh you know, the heartbreak!”

Clearly she sees no problem with extending one’s time in space!

Dottie explained to the group how every space mission gets to design their own patch that they wear on their space suite. Keeping the similarities between Space Camp and actual NASA missions, each of the teams designed their own patch and Amanda’s team won for best design!

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Before she headed to Huntsville, Amanda watched the movie “Space Camp” to try and get an idea of what to expect.

“After [Space Camp] I wanted to be able to tell myself ‘ok Amanda you can do this.’ I wanted to be inspired; I wanted to learn how it all works. I didn’t want to just learn that [space missions] were a thing; I wanted to learn what issues it could have and how to fix those issues. And I did,” Amanda said.  I got all of my wishes fulfilled.”

To say that Amanda learned a lot at Space Camp is a bit of an understatement. Her and her team successfully completed two missions, which is impressive in itself.

“There are so many girls and people around the country who are interested in space. I’ve never met anyone, other than Mr. Beier, who is into space like I am,” she said. “When I went to Space Camp I got to meet people who will probably be my lifelong friends. Hopefully I’ll be able to go on missions with them one day if I’m an astronaut, no WHEN I’m an astronaut.”

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Ironically enough, virtually every female that’s gone into space is a Girl Scout alumna.

Although she’s only in eighth grade, Amanda knows that big dreams take big plans. Her sights are currently set on MIT or Stanford and after college she plans to gain experience being a fighter pilot before she becomes an astronaut.

We have no doubt that Amanda will achieve her dreams and continue the Girl Scouts in space legacy.

Destination locations for 2016 have just been announced on GSUSA’s website. Head over there and see how you could help your Girl Scout achieve her own lifelong dream!

Man Enough to be a Girl Scout – Matt Ralston

Have you experienced a favorite childhood activity with your child? How did it make you feel? For Matt Ralston, experiencing the outdoors with his daughter Elizabeth is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen their bond.

Matt fondly remembers the camping experiences he had as a child, and now he gets to share those memories and make brand new ones with his daughter. Matt firmly believes that experiences in the outdoors build courage, confidence, and character.

“In today’s world, kids don’t have as many opportunities just to get outdoors and experience the natural beauty, the wildlife or the adventure,” Matt said. “The outdoor experience with Girl Scouts is unique and should be showcased.”

matt - 1Matt has taken his passion for the outdoors and love for his daughter and has become an incredible advocate for all girls across our council. He joined the Board of Directors’ for our council in 2013 and is chairing the Board’s Property Committee. With his leadership, this committee will be looking at the Outdoor Taskforce’s work and then setting a strategic direction for the future of our outdoor program and properties.

“Girls deserve progressive and premium opportunities.” They should be excited to experience new activities and challenges at each grade level,” Matt said.

Of course, girls are always first in mind, but Matt also believes that our volunteers can’t feel extra burden or constraints in getting girls outdoors. This strategic vision must also include enhanced training opportunities and connection with more community partnerships for added expertise.

“We are so grateful for the work of the Outdoor Taskforce,” Matt said. “Our next steps of designing and implementing the plan will take a great deal of work, time and resources, but it is all worth it for our girls and the future of our council.”

Matt leads by example. Not only is he heading up  the property committee, but he is also a philanthropic champion. As a leader at Burns & McDonnell, Matt has advocated for financial contributions from their foundation. He also gives personally and encourages his friends to give. The completion of the climbing wall at Camp Prairie Schooner was made possible by Matt and others he brought to Girl Scouts. Matt continues his support with another project beginning soon for the Trail Center at Camp Prairie Schooner.

matt - 2As a Girl Scout dad, Matt sees first-hand the impact the Girl Scout experience has on his daughter. He loves seeing how his daughter grows her skills and overcomes challenges she faces. Elizabeth put some of those outdoor skills she learned in Girl Scouts into action this summer with her dad as they did a little tent camping and exploring throughout Yellowstone National Park.

Matt is an awesome Girl Scout dad, board member and advocate for girls! Others have also recognized Matt’s leadership ability. The Kansas City Business Journal recently named him one of the 25 Next Gen Leaders.

We are so appreciative of everything Matt does for our council. He is certainly “Man Enough to be a Girl Scout”!

Do you know a great man who is lifting girls up as our future leaders? We want to feature him in a future “Man Enough to be a Girl Scout” blog. Tell us his story.

Hollywood Dreamin’

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When you have a love of Girl Scouts, a desire to travel and a deep passion for the arts, choosing to go to Los Angeles, California with Girl Scout destinations is a no-brainer. At least it was for Ambassador Girl Scout Amanda Johnson!

Amanda will be a senior at Raytown South High School and has been in Girl Scouts since she was a Daisy. When she found out about the destination opportunity through Girl Scouts of the USA, she started looking into where she wanted to go! As an aspiring YouTube personality, a film camp-type of experience in Hollywood was the perfect fit!

In July, Amanda packed her bags and jetted of to California for a week of experiences that would end up changing her life.

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Flying into LAX was an experience in itself.  Worried about celebrity encounters, a lot of thought and planning went into her outfit! “I actually wore sunglasses so I could scope things out. You know, you have to play it cool!”

As she was celebrity-spotting, Amanda was also looking for her fellow Girl Scout sisters and quickly learned that the easiest way to identify them is to look for a friendship circle.

“Once I saw a couple girls sitting in a circle together, I was like ‘those are the Girl Scouts!’”

As each Girl Scout landed at LAX, that friendship circle grew bigger and bigger until all 12 had arrived.

Duffle bags, pillows and cell phones in hand, the girls headed to California State University with their leaders to get settled into the campus apartments that they would call home for the next seven days.

The girls spent the evening getting to know each other and their group leaders as well as learning more about what they could expect out of the trip. For many of them, this was the first time they had ever experienced a college campus!

The objective of the “Hollywood Dreamin’” destination in Los Angeles was to give Girl Scouts a real life experience of producing a short film.

amanda 5Filled to the brim with French Vanilla Cappuccino from the cafeteria, the girls got right to work learning about the film industry from the three professionals that they would work with throughout the week. They were instructed that they would divide into two groups to create a 3-2-1 film: 3 page script, with 2 actors in 1 setting. After discussing the prompts given, both groups elected to do a comedy.

Amanda’s group talked through a story line of a young adult male throwing himself a birthday party but the only person to show up is the pizza delivery girl. One they got their idea firmed up, they got to work on their script!

The next morning Amanda and the other girls got to tour Warner Bros. Studios and learn about “film magic”. They toured some popular TV sets including that of Pretty Little Liars. Amanda  loved touring the different pieces of the set and seeing how the show works. She made sure to share her experience with fellow show fans through snapchat!

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After the tour each group took their script into pre-production with a team of cinematographers. This is where Amanda learned the most about the industry. Professionals walked through the script with her group, blocking the actor’s movements and talking about the types of shots they wanted. They became familiar with industry terms and learned how various shot types impact what the audience feels!

“You have to take your time, there are details that will make or break it,” Amanda said.

While filming, Amanda got to do a little bit of everything. She directed, ran sound, operated the boom mic and various other tasks!

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“It was neat to see how the actors interpreted our work,” she said.

While their film was only 4 minutes, it took a full day of filming to get everything captured. Amanda learned about little details that you have to pay attention to, such as clocks that are on the set!

Their last full day was spent editing the video, touring LA and concluding with a screening party that night.

“Everyone was very impressed with each other’s work,” Amanda said

Amanda and her team’s work was so impressive that the professionals recommended they submit it with their college applications if they apply to film school.

“Basically I have a new passion. I now understand film more,” she said.

In just six short days these Girl Scouts did it all. They created 2 short films, toured Warner Brothers Studios, explored LA and built friendships with other Girl Scouts that will last a lifetime.

The whole destination experience was memorable for Amanda.

“Film is the production, the writing, thinking, creating, communicating, and advertising. It’s everything. I I’ll definitely use all the skills I learned in whatever career I choose.”

The group has plans to visit each other in the future, but for now they’ll keep their group chat active!

Be on the lookout for an Amanda Johnson YouTube Channel in the future!

We have no doubt that Amanda will be a sensation in whatever she chooses to pursue!

Check out Amanda’s video “Cry if You Want to” here!

There are domestic and international destinations for Girl Scouts who are 11 years old and up. Maybe your girl will fuel her passion on a trip of a lifetime, like Amanda. Destination locations for 2016 will be posted on the GSUSA webpage on August 15!

Happy National S’more Day!

It seems like there is a National (FILL IN THE BLANK ) Day for everything, so why shouldn’t there be a National S’mores Day?! We’re not arguing, are you?

This holiday is very special to Girl Scouts! Did you know that the first known S’mores recipe appeared in a Girl Scout handbook in 1927? The recipe is credited to Loretta Scott Crew, who reportedly made S’mores by the campfire for a group of Girl Scouts. Originally called “some mores,” it is unknown when the name was shortened to “s’mores,” but recipes using the longer name can be found in various Girl Scout publications through 1971.

That’s right, now you have to take time today to enjoy a S’more, so filled with ooey gooey goodness you will want some more!

We have scoured the internet, polled our members and got creative ourselves to provide a S’more concoction for every palette!

  1. Girl Scout Cookie S’More

The Girl Scout favorite – a classic S’more but swap the graham for your favorite Girl Scout cookie! Fan favorites are Thanks-A-Lot, Peanut Butter Patties and Carmel Delites. There are also some who favor the unlikely Lemonade…GS Cookie Smore

  1. S’more Magic Bars

Think blondie bar…but dare we say better?! If you like ooey gooey type of treats, this is the recipe that you definitely want to try!smores_magic_bars

  1. Campfire S’mores Dip

This one is a great take on the traditional campfire S’more! Use your campfire (or grill) to heat up 4 simple ingredients in a foil pack then have a variety of dipping foods available like strawberries, graham cracker cookies, Shortbreads…Campfire-Smores-Dip22

  1. S’more Waffles

Breakfast does a body good, right? Why not use today as an excuse to START your day with a S’more?!smore waffles

  1. S’more Cupcakes

These little treats have a graham cracker base, moist chocolate cake center and Marshmallow frosting. Need we say more?! Why not make them in your mini-muffin pan and share the love?Smores_Cupcakes

  1. Paleo/Gluten Free S’more

For those of you who are following a paleo or gluten free food regime shouldn’t have to pass this holiday up! The grahams in this recipe are grain free AND gluten free and the mallow recipe are pretty simple! (Warning: you have to make the grahams and marshmallows first before you construct your S’more.)paleo-smores1

  1. S’more Truffles

With just 4 ingredients, this recipe is a breeze but will make you feel like a pastry chef!smore truffle

  1. No-Bake S’more Cake

No fire necessary for this deliciousness! This cake features multiple chocolate and graham cracker layers with a refreshing cool whip topping!smore cake

  1. S’More Popcorn

Surprise the kids with this unique take on the good old-fashioned popcorn! You can pop your own, or grab a bag of pre-popped at the store to save some time.smore popcorn

  1. S’more Ice Cream

If you’ve been looking for a reason to buy that ice cream maker, this is it. You’ll make a marshmallow flavored ice cream, then when it’s almost completely frozen, add in the chocolate pieces and graham crackers. Whoah.Smores-Ice-Cream-Landscape

If you can go the entire day without consuming some type-of S’more treat after reading this post, we commend you – you have some MAJOR will power. After just one of these treats, we’re sure you’ll be left wanting S’more…

Did we miss your favorite S’more creation?! Share them with us in the comments below!

 

Summer Memories to Last a School Year

How can it be that camp season is over?! It seems like just yesterday that we were “dusting off Daisy” to get ready for camper arrival!

Junior Girl Scout Brooke Holliday just returned home from her first resident camp experience on July 31. Brooke was part of the last session at Camp Daisy Hindman this summer, but left camp with more than enough memories to last her until next time.

2015-07-26 13.54.09Brooke is well versed in outdoor activities. She has participated in day camp each summer and has been overnight camping and involved in cookouts with her troop. However, she had yet to attend a week-long resident camp. Like many Girl Scouts, Brooke was VERY anxious and eager to take the next step in her outdoor experience!

It was equally as exciting for Brooke to go away from home without her mom and brother.

“Camp was really fun! You don’t have to worry about adults looking over your shoulder!” Brooke said.

For the record, there are plenty of adults looking out for our campers! They just happen to not be their moms, troop leaders, service unit leaders, teachers, etc.!

Amy, Brooke’s mom and troop leader, was excited for her daughter to have the resident camp experience just has she had attending Girl Scout camps in Colorado.

“She’s a very independent girl,” Amy said. “We want to get her more involved on her own things, like the STEM and Adventure Programs. I think will ensure that she stays with it throughout high school, hopefully. There is so much that Girl Scouts has to offer.”

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Brooke (front ) learned all about lake and canoeing safety!

When Brooke’s mom and brother dropped her off, there was no looking back for Brooke. She was ready to dive into all that Camp Daisy had to offer!

Brooke participated in the Paddles & Puddles program doing everything related to the water! Her group learned how to canoe, went “creeking” (walking the natural creek and exploring its attributes and creatures) and fishing. As with every camp program, they also went horseback riding, learned archery and played at the spray park.

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Girls in the Paddles & Puddles program called the Iepsi unit home for the week. Brooke made friends with the other girls in her cabin as well as her unit. As an outgoing, personable girl, she kept her cabin-mates entertained! She is a great example of what it means to live the Girl Scout Law, being a sister to every Girl Scout. She didn’t just survive in the resident camp environment, she thrived, and helped her fellow Girl Scouts sisters do the same.

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Paddles & Puddles girls out on Lake Odonata for their first adventure!

The nights in Brooke’s cabin included young lady chit-chat, disco parties – shining flashlights on the ceiling and hair braiding parties. One evening the girls cooked dinner at their campsite and learned how to make walking tacos!

Although eager to leave her mom behind for a week, Brooke enjoyed receiving daily notes from Amy through the Bunk Notes system. She even received a unique care package that included nail polish, a stuffed animal, pick up sticks and horse necklace (which she is still wearing every day).

On the last day of camp, Brooke proudly escorted her mom and brother around the camp grounds, proudly sharing stories of her activities taking place at each stop!

Everything that she saw, experienced and felt at camp is her “favorite” memory of the week in some way. This girl knows no stranger and is destined for a lifetime of adventure and good times in Girl Scouts. We can’t wait to see where Girl Scouts takes her next!

While the camp season is over, there are many ways that you can get outdoors with your Girl Scouts. Our camps have a lot to offer for a fun fall ahead!

 

End Your Summer and Kick Off Fall with Some Great Community Partner Programs

The heat is still here, but the summer days are ticking away! There are some great Community Partners that have events coming up for Girl Scouts and we want to make sure that you get them on the calendar!

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Our women’s soccer team just won the World Cup – let’s celebrate and give a big welcome home to four of the members who play on our very own team, FCKC! Girl Scout day is set for August 8 at 7 p.m. and start at just $11. But don’t wait, tickets are by pre-sale only. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

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Celebrate the end of summer with Girl Scout days at Schlitterbahn!  Girl Scouts, family and friends can purchase deeply discounted tickets for August 22 & 23. All Girl Scouts will receive a FREE patch! Stick around the park after close on August 22 to test your boat building skills and race them down the lazy river in the annual Schlitteregatta competition! Register and buy your discounted tickets today!

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The final Girl Scout day at Starlight is on September 9, and it’s sure to be a breathtaking show! Cirque Eloize’s ‘iD’ has all the thrill of the circus and all the pizazz of modern dance rolled into one incredible show. Come early for a backstage tour! Find out how to book your discounted tickets here.

As the summer comes to a close and fall takes over, our community partners continue to put on great events! Check them out as we look ahead to the fall!

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Cookie Construction is back with partners American Institute of Architects Kansas City and Women in Design Kansas City! Girl Scouts are invited to work with female architects and designers to design and plan a structure made of cookie boxes, culminating with the final build in March! The kickoff event is September 19 from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. at Camp Prairie Schooner. Find out more and register, this program will fill up!

UMKC Volleyball Day

Whose house? Roo’s house! Come cheer on the UMKC Roos at Girl Scout day with UMKC volleyball on September 26 at 2 p.m.! Each girl who attends will get a UMKC athletics patch and an opportunity for autographs following the game. Sign up here.

Robidoux Resident Theatre

The Robidoux Resident Theatre in St. Joseph, Missouri is hosting workshops in the month of October for Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts! Each workshops is $15 per girl and completes steps in various badges. Check out their Community Partner page for more information!

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KU Football Day – Save the date: October 17!

Join hundreds of Girl Scouts and say ‘Rock Chalk’ as we participate in another Girl Scouts KU Football day! Join us first for pregame activities with Kappa Delta Sorority including games, poster making, face painting and more!

Kansas State University Nuclear Reactor Facility

Calling all Cadettes!  You’re invited to a free morning workshop to learn about radioactive isotopes, see demonstrations of atomic-scale science experiments and tour the nuclear reactor facilityat K-State!

We have 100+ Community Partners that offer activities for all age levels and many that let you do the scheduling. Check all the great programs!