When I was a kid, girl scouts (or at least the troop I was in) was kind of a drag. We had a few fun trips and sleepovers, but mostly we sat around inside doing crafts and homemaking skills. So I was pretty skeptical when a friend invited us to help start a troop when Sedona was in Kindergarten. We're now on our fourth year with that troop and Girl Scouts can be so much more than what I experienced! The girls have been learning valuable skills all along--everything from outdoor skills to financial literacy to coding and online collaboration to the importance of service. They are excited about everything Girl Scouts offers them as they get older and Sierra already has her sights set on earning her Gold Award when she's in high school.
They've had some particularly fun opportunities this semester. A little while ago, the CEO of Girl Scouts USA, Anna Maria Chávez, came to visit our council and the girls were able to meet her. They might as well have been meeting the president, they were so excited.
After a brief reception where they got to check out some new programs in the area, the guests of honor arrived. They talked with the CEO of our council, Lynelle McKay first. They had met her a couple of years ago and I'm not sure if she really remembered them or faked it well, but they chatted for a bit about that other event they first met at and what the girls have been up to since then:
Afterwards, there was time for short meet and greets. She (and each council CEO) has a patch any girls who meet her get, so the girls were very excited to talk to her personally and get her patch.
In other activities, the older girls in our troop had a chance to go work at a local Dairy Queen one night. Sierra absolutely loved this activity. Dairy Queen had planned it well and each girl was paired up with a different employee, then they rotated around the restaurant periodically. Sierra got to work the drive thru:
In regular meetings, the older girls have been working on their first Cadette Journey, exploring media and learning about ways media is helpful and harmful and brainstorming ways to improve media. For this particular activity, they had a minute to rip out all the misleading beauty ads in a maganize, then they ripped them up and made art of out them
I usually work with the older girls, so I don't spend a whole lot of time with Sedona at meetings, but she spent a recent Sunday afternoon working with the local DAR to clean up a local park
There are plenty more fun activities coming up before the end of the year. An overnight at an aquarium, and Sierra is starting to think about what she wants to do for her Silver Award project. She seems to be showing the most interest in something to help people with special needs, but she hasn't zeroed in on a specific idea yet.