Thursday, November 19, 2009

Overflowing Generosity

This week's troop meeting was kicked off with snack, opening ceremony, then our service project of "Operation Christmas Child". The girls brought a variety of gifts (from suggested list) to fill individual shoe boxes. Our objective was to fill one box per Girl Scout level:

Daisies filled a box for a girl, age 2-4
Brownies filled a box for a girl, age 5-9
Juniors filled a box for a girl, age 10-14

The generosity of our girl scout troop and their families surpassed expectations. Donations brought by the girls filled a total of 10 shoe boxes !!! These 10 boxes will bless 10 different girls around the world at Christmas. We are proud of each of our girls and their giving hearts to make a difference in another child's life through this act of care and kindness.

Daisy Girls!




We filled 5 boxes at our troop meeting and with the overflow, 5 more were filled at troop leader, Teri's house.

...getting the boxes wrapped to make each gift special for the special girl who will receive it.
(lids have to be wrapped separate, able to lift open easily).
Ella's mom, Amy, will do the "drop off" of these boxes for our troop at her church. Once we get the tracking numbers for each box, we will add them to this post so you may follow the gift if you choose. Check back soon for tracking numbers.

Tracking Numbers: (We were unable to be obtain individual tracking numbers because the 7 boxes were paid for in one bank card transaction)
Daisies filled a box together for a girl, age 2-4
Extra box filled for a girl, age 2-4

Brownies filled a box together for a girl, age 5-9
Abby's extra box filled for a girl, age 5-9
Extra box filled for a girl, age 5-9
Extra box filled for a girl, age 5-9

Juniors filled a box together for a girl, age 10-14
Juniors filled a second box together for a girl, age 10-14
Extra box filled for a girl, age 10-14
Extra box filled for a girl, age 10-14

Thanksgiving Fun with Food

After "Operation Christmas Child", we worked on a "Make It and Eat It" project to earn a patch in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We made two yummy recipes~ Pilgrim Hats and Thanksgiving Cookie Turkeys. They are easy to make, & fun to "gobble, gobble" up!


Pilgrim Hats
1 cup vanilla frosting
7 drops yellow food coloring
32 miniature peanut butter cups
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) fudge-striped cookies
32 pieces orange mini Chiclets gum (We didn't have chicklet gum; we used the center of cany corn cut into small squares)

In a small shallow bowl, combine frosting and food coloring. Remove paper liners from peanut butter cups.
Holding the bottom of a peanut butter cup, dip top of cup in yellow frosting. Position over center hole on the bottom of cookie, forming the hatband and crown. Add a buckle of Chiclets gum. Repeat with remaining cups and cookies. Yield: 32 cookies.

Thanksgiving Cookie Turkeys
2 Double Stuff Oreos (Halloween ones or regular white)
Candy corn

Open one Oreo. The half that has the filling will be the base for your turkey to stand on. Eat the other piece, if desired. Place the other Oreo on the filling standing upright. This is your turkey body. Carefully place five candy corns into the filling on the upright Oreo. These are the feathers. Place a Raisinette in front of the turkey body. This is the head. Place on your table as a decoration, or gobble it right up!

We closed our troop meeting with a recap of our activities. and discussed what we'll be doing at our next troop meeting. The girls gathered in their "friendship circle" by level to end the day...


Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Operation Christmas Child"

During our next troop meeting, we will be working on a service project. Each of our Girl Scout levels will be filling a separate shoebox (provided by the troop) to send to children less fortunate through Samaritans Purse International Relief.

The Daisy Girls will be filling a box for a GIRL,
age category 2-4 years old.

The Brownie Girls will be filling a box for a GIRL,
age category 5-9 years old.

The Junior Girls will be filling a box for a GIRL,
age category 10-14 years old.

If you are able, please consider donating an item or two from the list below that your Girl Scout can bring to the next troop meeting for “Operation Christmas Child”.

Please send the item/s to school with your girrl scout on the day of our troop meeting. We will discussing with the girls the joy of giving and how simple acts of kindness can make a difference in someone’s life and an impact on the world for the good.

TOYS small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.

OTHER Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)

DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans

After we pack our boxes and send them on their way, information will be posted on this site so you and your child can follow the box if you choose.

For more information about
“Operation Christmas Child”,
click here.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Mr. McMath~ We Love You!


As Girl Scouts, we focus on these areas to make a difference in our world. Having role models in our lives that demonstrate these qualities help us see first hand a living example of courage, confidence and character. In our time together this week, we wanted to honor a special person in all our lives who overflows these qualities and has been a blessing to us over the years~ Mr. McMath, our Superintendent! In this week's troop meeting, the girls made Mr. McMath a card to show him we love him, miss him and can't wait for him to come back to school. (photos below are a small sampling of the girls' card they made)

After our card making, the troop went outside to earn a patch for "Sports and Games". It was such a beautiful day; perfect for running some energy.

The Junior girls lead the Daisy and Brownie group in a relay race, giving them instruction and showing them what to do.

After the relay race, we played "Octopus Tag". Crazy fun, for sure! Our ocean was quite big, so the girls were all over the place! As we finished our meeting, the troop gathered back together indoors and shared all their favorite sports they like to play...

basketball... volleyball... soccer... baseball... gymnastics... softball... football... The girls love their sports!

Next troop meeting we will work on earning several patches:

Operation Christmas Child Project
(Thank you Ella's mom, Amy, for suggesting this wonderful service project)
MORE INFO will be sent email prior to troop meeting.

Make it and Eat it