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3/31/08 12:09 P

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Thank you for all the wonderful backgrounds on your groups! It is so nice to see how diverse the world of scouting is!

Kanga - the postcard exchange for us was fun no matter what. We sent out 40+ cards (we were originally only sending out 22) and we received back 35. We did England for our country for Thinking Day and all groups who agreed to trade with us from there we got cards from so the girls were ecstatic! And they showed them all of at the regional Thinking Day event. It was our first time in and a lot of fun! Thanks for asking!

I am excited to meet all these leaders too! Seeing all that you gals do for your areas makes me realize how much I do too! I used to also be the Asst SU Leader, have done school recruiter, etc. . The dedicated from you all the wonderful!

Go Team Golden Phoenix!

~ Wendy from gorgeous Seattle!


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3/31/08 2:10 A

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Hey Girlscoutpower
I am from Queensburgh which is about 20min drive from Durban on the East coast of South Africa. So we have lovely weather most of the year. I have a group of 10 girls aged 10 - 13. After this I send them up to Rangers. We meet at the same time as the Brownies (10girls) and the Teddies(5girls). Lots of fun and means very loud hectic meetings some times. We love doing crafts and outdoor activities and ofcourse cooking. Currently we are on 3 weeks holiday. Next term I am planning to do Reverse tiedyed shirts with bleach on bark shirts and conservation stoves from tuna tins and Coffee tins. The girls want to do some knotting so I am thinking of getting them to make some knotting boards which can be used over and over again. A scout hall whcih we used once for camping has a set all around the hall on the wall and the girls loved going around trying all the different knots.
How did your Postcard Exchange go. We posted out about 100 and are still a few short but I am sure that will always be a problem. The girls love it. Emily my daughter gets very excited to see how many postcards arrive everyday.

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3/29/08 8:58 A

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Hi everyone!
I have a small Studio 2B group but we have not been active this year much because the girls lives are just too busy with sports and drama and family events. We're lucky if they even run into each other at school.
I'm also Service Unit Manager (a job I tried to give up but nobody else would step in so here I still am), Council Trainer and Day Camp Director for two weeks of summer camp. My daughter will be 17 in a few weeks and she volunteers as an assistant unit leader at camp. I'm lucky that my husband doesn't mind all the Scouting stuff we do - except when the back of the car is full of stuff for GS!

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3/28/08 1:15 P

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Welcome to the group!
I have 12 girls in 6th and 7th grade . . . and we might be the "foo foo" troop - sort of like Beverly Hills troop in that my girls prefer camping in the Marriott (only with heated pool please) instead of a tent!! I guess a better way to say it is they love to travel. They also love to do service projects and sponsor service unit events, especially the Daddy Daughter Dance.
I have been our Service Unit Manager for 3 years, and will be stepping down in May. Hubby is very glad about that. I guess I am a little sad. Good to have new people with new ideas though.
Look forward to hearing all about your troop.


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3/28/08 11:48 A

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So Kanga - where is your troop out of? We did the Postcard exchange this year and met lots of groups from around Canada and England. It is so fun to learn the differences!

I used to do more to. I used to be my Service Unit's representative at all the big regional meetigns (now I am a back up), my girls ran at least 2 service unit events a year, and I always do our summer day camp. I do go to the leader's meetings unless I am out of town (I travel about 6 times a year for work) and this year it feels like I have been especially busy and really slacking with the troop! But they don't seem to think so! That is all that matters!

Day camp is a big strain on me as ours is a twilight camp, running from 1:30 - 7:30pm. You have to be there by 12:45 as an adult. I have ran girl units for 4 years and last year I decided to get away from my girls and do the cooking. Boy did they complain! (And they are all moaning for this summer already! But I am sticking to my guns and doing cooking again to stay away from them - I have about 6 regular campers from my 10 girls). But the hardest part is working. That week I will work from 5am - 12pm and then rush off to camp.

Go Team Golden Phoenix!

~ Wendy from gorgeous Seattle!


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3/28/08 1:58 A

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Wow you ladies sure are busy.
Welcome Girlscoutpower. Sounds like we have the same husband, mine hates me doing Guiding but has realised that it is something I am not giving up. It does mean that I do not get as involved as I like, I am the District Commissioner for my district but miss meetings if my DH does not have something on. I feel that I am not giving Guiding my all but also realise that there are many others who do nothing and the little I do make a big difference in the lives of the girls. I love seeing girls arrive all quiet and shy and within a few weks they are all smiling and chatty It is great.
My eldest 2 girls (18 and 15) are no longer involved in Guiding at all although the 15 year old has offered to help this term as part of a school service project. My youngest has just linked to Brownies, she was a Teddy from about 2 weeks old and still love Brownies. As long as I can keep her dads ideas away from her. I actually run a Guide unit but our Teddies and Brownies meet with us. I am the only warrented Guider though. I have to work on Brown Owl and Mother Ted getting their warrents done this year.

Ok so this is turning into an essay, sorry everyone

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3/27/08 1:36 P

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Thank you ladies! CPT.MOM - sounds like your girls do a lot too!

Last night my girls voted to do the Arbor Day activity through our city Parks program. And they decided to try to get camping on council property (we have always rough camped it!)

We have done all the steps to get ready for our bronze and will earn it next year. We have done lots of service unit events that helped us earn our Junior Aide - worked with younger sister troops, hosted a browie try it workshop, etc. The girls just bring the ideas, do most of the planning and then I just put together the final touches!

Go Team Golden Phoenix!

~ Wendy from gorgeous Seattle!


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It's so great to see folks on SP that are as excited about GS as I am!! I'm so glad that we can change our own lives together here, while helping to change the lives of our girls too! What wonderful and healthy role models we are!
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3/26/08 10:59 P

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Sounds like your troop is really cool. I like to do active things, too. In fact, I bring a lot of ideas from my BSA Venture Crew to my GS troop, though my girls are younger, so I have to tailor it to them. Last year we went white water rafting and tent camping for two nights in West Virginia. We geocached while we were there, too. This year we're primitive camping for the first time...no flush toilets or showers. I'm hoping for nice weather so we can sleep under the stars one night. I have two co-leaders, a really helpful mom, and a group of moms who participate well. We're a mixed group of juniors and cadettes. Our girls are in 4th-8th grade, and come from 4 schools...elementary and junior high, public and Catholic. We also have sister Brownie and Daisy troops that meet at the same time in the same building, so the girls get to do a lot together. We always have a flag ceremony and opening circle together, and then break up into our groups. It's made it easy for my juniors to earn things like Junior Aide and Junior Leadership, since we have built in younger girls on site. All the juniors will earn their Bronze this year, and all the cadettes will earn their silver. They earned their bronze two years ago. Next year we're taking a break from "working," and just having fun. Later! Anne

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Welcome to the team. You'll love it here. Lots of ideas and support.

Keep up with your GS troop and what it gives your daughter and the other girls. He's a guy and he probably will never understand GSs. As long as it doesn't ruin your marriage keep it up. Possibly cut back if need be. Learn to say no, but keep it up.

If you got a traffic ticket would you break every traffic law the rest of the day? Then why toss the whole day over a slice of pizza? ~Indygirl

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3/26/08 4:54 P

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Hi all! I am so happy to have found a Girl Scout team. I have been on SP for 2 years now and never even thought to look to see if there were other dedicated Girl Scouters out there looking to get fit and be healthy. How funny!

I was a Girl Scout as a child from 2nd grade through 9th. I was in 3 different troops those first three years but in 4th those were the girls that got stuck with me through til the troop disbanded after 9th grade. I always felt like an outsider and often thought I stuck in it all those years to spite those girls.

My daughter decided she wanted to be in scouts in Kindergarten. I don't remember how I wound up being the leader but 6 years later they are 5th graders now. This year (at the start of cookie season) I finally lost one of my original 6 girls we started this troop with. In third grade I picked up 2 newbies to scouting and a transfer from another troop. 4th grade another transfer and this year another transfer. I have 10 kids now from 5 different elementary schools. But most of them have all known each other since first grade as they have always all been active in scouting and the Council ran events or summer day camps. I work really hard on making sure none of them ever feel like an outcast. I don't want them to remember their childhood scouting like I do.

I have an asst who comes to all meetings, a grandma who tracks patches and takes pictures when she can, a cookie mom who works retail (so I do a lot of that too) and another mom who is like our cupboard for site sale cookies - we do troop cookies for site sales and divide them out to the girls evenly for their participation. Usually works out to a credit of 25 boxes per site sold at. And I have a mom who registers just cause she used to have a troop but it was too foo fooing and her daughter wanted to be in a rough and tumble troop like mine instead.

We are very active - meet twice a month for regular meetings and usually do one field trip or extra get together monthly. In the summers we get together at least once each month then too. They've done lots of science events, horseback riding, camping (but never on council property), summer camps, camping in Canada, many events like square dancing, the national postcard exchange, Thinking Day booth, etc. And we do lots of community service too. Last year we earned the 95th patch by building a split rail fence at a local park, collecting $300 worth of donations for a local baby charity (which takes care of babies born addicted to drugs and gets them adopted so they can have a normal life), did ocean clean up along the Olympic coastline, donated 250 books to Katrina libraries, etc.

They are busy girls and I am an even busier mom. This year I am struggling with keeping as on top of all the things they want to do and have had a couple of meetings where I have just not been prepared for what they had planned. And it drives my hubby crazy. He admires that I do it but hates it. He has never contributed anything to scouting and keeps telling the girl she should broaden her horizon by doing other things now. .

OK - so I just wrote a novel! Yike. . All right - I confess I am a talker too. Anyway - looking forward to the support from other ladies in scouting!



Edited by: GIRLSCOUTPOWER at: 3/26/2008 (16:53)
Go Team Golden Phoenix!

~ Wendy from gorgeous Seattle!


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