Camp Mary Elizabeth’s Cabin

CME Cabin Outside

Did you know there’s a historical cabin located at Camp Mary Elizabeth?  Not many people do!

Little is known about it since it was first discovered back in 1992.  According to articles from the Spartanburg Herald Journal, it was uncovered when the building that housed it was condemned.  Thankfully, the owners of the property contacted the Spartanburg County Historical Society who then got in touch with what was known as the Piedmont Area Council at the time to see if they would be interested in hosting the cabin.  Read more »

City Slickers 2016

Our Feelin' Good patch from this year

Our Feelin’ Good patch from this year

City Slickers 2016 is in the books as of a few weeks ago!  If you don’t know what City Slickers is, it’s an almost week long summer camp that our service unit puts on.  It’s hosted by our local United Methodist Church of which I also attend.  This year was the 10th anniversary of the camp and my second as one of the Junior leaders. Our theme this year was “Feelin’ Good” which centered around Healthy Living so that girls could use Cookie Dough toward payment for the camp.  There are three areas that service units can center programming around in order to be reimbursed by our council for the use of Cookie Dough – a cookie rally, STEM, and Healthy Living.  Read more »

If I Were CEO of GSUSA!

gsusa overlordOriginally I saw this question posed in a GS Facebook group and wasn’t planning on writing up anything, but then Sylvia Acevedo, the GSUSA Interim CEO, asked for input via the GSUSA blog.  So here we go!  I wrote this very quickly because I am still trying to catch up from being gone all last week due to our City Slickers camp plus we are finally going on vacation so I’m trying to get a lot done in a small amount of time.  But procrastination calls!

Before getting underway with my list, I would first rename my title from GSUSA CEO to GSUSA Overlord and make a cape with this spelled out on the back.  In sparkly lettering.

Now that I’ve gotten that silliness out of my system, I’ll be serious.  Read more »


It will be a few days until I completely recover from our service unit’s City Slickers camp.  I plan on reviewing it at some point in the near future and sharing the various projects, field trips, and patches/badges we earned.  In the meantime, here’s something that happened right before the camp:

official online storeThe other day I visited the GSUSA OFFICIAL Online Store to purchase a copy of Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting (excellent book BTW – I highly recommend it).  As always, I look around to see if there’s anything else I can add to the cart since shipping can be steep.  Plus you can never have enough Girl Scout items – contrary to what my husband thinks.  Read more »

Mind Numbing Boredom

Whew, I’ve gotten pretty serious here lately.  It took me a while to write the Generation Gap post (including a couple of rewrites), so I’m going to go with something easy.  I haven’t shared a Troop 20 story in a while, so allow me to reminisce before I hit City Slickers (our service unit’s summer camp) next week.

Like I said in a post from last year, kids today have no idea how good they have it.  They have compact entertainment centers right at their fingertips.  We had nothing but our own imaginations.  Warped by mind numbing boredom. Read more »

Generation Gaps & Leadership Outcomes



As I mentioned in my Tradition post, I recently finished reading Tough Cookies by Kathy Cloninger, the CEO of Girl Scouts from 2003 to 2011.  I won’t rehash my first impression or caveats since I already did that in the first blog post about this book.  Also, if you’re curious as to what my background is as a Girl Scout and volunteer, you can read about it here (4th paragraph down) to see where my perspective lies.  With all of that out of the way, I’ll move on to another commentary about what I see affecting us today based on the philosophies shared in Tough CookiesRead more »