May 26 2017

Camping, the Outdoors, and Defending Leaders Again

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Our weekend at Chimney Rock

A few months ago, a link to the article The Girl Scouts Is Raising Our Next Generation of Rippers was posted in some GS groups, and this paragraph was noted in particular:

In my neighborhood in Washington, D.C., the local Boy Scout troop goes camping once a month and the Girl Scouts go three times a year. Chalk one up for the boys. Only 40 percent of Girl Scouts, in fact, do any kind of outdoor activity on a monthly basis. Although half of all Girl Scouts rate ­camping as a favorite activity, only 3 percent go out and pitch a tent ­every month. Four percent go hiking monthly, and 19 percent go walking, an activity that sets a ­pretty low bar.

And right on cue, it brought out some of the people who love to compare BSA to Girl Scouts (which is another rant for another time) and also the ones who like to bash Girl Scouts for not going on enough camping trips.  Or just blame GSUSA for everything under the sun.  Then throw in a parent who whines that Girl Scouts “failed” their daughter – whatever that means (yet another rant for another time).  But they are being extremely unfair to GS leaders, and I have to say I take their comments personally because the volunteer base is a big portion of what encompasses “Girl Scouts.”  Continue reading

May 14 2017

Make Your Own Troop Crest

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I’ll be honest – the past few weeks have been bummers Girl Scout-wise on many levels, but I’m looking forward to our Cadette camping trip to the GS Weekend at Chimney Rock next week.  The sun’ll come out… tomorrow!

Here’s a flashback Troop 20 post.  I haven’t done one of these in a while.

When we became Juniors, it was time for us to pick our own troop crest.  I was so excited to finally get one!  Being the Girl Scout nerd that I was at the time (because you know, I’m not one now), I remember looking over the available troop crests and wondering – would we have a bluebird?  Or a pine cone?  Maybe even a clover!  Continue reading

April 23 2017

Burgers R Us

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Customer:  I am so excited about going to Burgers R Us!  I grew up going there and I love the cheeseburgers!
Burgers R Us:  Hi, welcome to Burgers R Us!  What can I help you with today?
Customer: Thanks!  I’d like a cheeseburger.
Burgers R Us:  Here you go.  That’ll be $5.
Customer:  Aren’t you going to put it together for me instead of just handing me the pieces?
Burgers R Us:  No.
Customer:  How will I know how to put it together?
Burgers R Us:  Just go over to that table and figure it out.
Customer:  I don’t understand.
Burgers R Us:  You’ll figure it out.  Continue reading

April 15 2017

Surveys, Rogues, and Signs

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Here are just a few random thoughts about some subjects that wouldn’t necessarily take up a whole blog post, but they do deserve some mention before I go into my upcoming EPIC RANT!  Rawr!

First, it’s time again for the annual Voices Count GSUSA Survey!  ::throws confetti everywhere::  Our council supposedly requested 100% adult and girl participation, but apparently this request was ignored and they were just randomly sent out instead.  My oldest daughter received one, but neither my youngest nor I did.  But that didn’t stop me!  Nope!  I requested a survey by sending an email to [email protected], and after a few days, I got one.  But before I filled mine out, I cajoled my oldest daughter into taking hers.  I won’t go into the drama.  Gotta love the tween years.  I figured it’d be the same confusing survey written at an adult level like what’s been sent out year after year.  In fact, I wrote (aka complained) about it last year and suggested creating different surveys for leaders, parents, and girls.
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April 8 2017

WaBak Falls

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There’s a small but beautiful waterfall located on the Camp WaBak property appropriately named WaBak Falls.   There are two ways you can view it.  One is via an observation deck that you can reach by heading down a short trail next to the Amphitheater, and the other by walking down a very, very steep wooden staircase down to the creek and then wade up from there.  The Creek Hike is a traditional activity during camp and a very welcome one when it’s during the hot South Carolina summers.  But be careful on the hike – it never fails that I slip on the rocks and come down hard on my tush.  But I have a lot of padding, so no worries!  Continue reading

March 12 2017

Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges!

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I’m sure you’ve heard the title’s quote many times in your volunteer career when you mention Girl Scout badges to someone.  It’s even the name of one of the tags used for this blog.  (Actually, the correct quote is “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”)  But recently, it seems that GSUSA is saying it too.  The word is getting out that the Make Your Own Badge website will be shutting down in June, and therefore, this option will no longer be offered.  Continue reading