Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Camp Names - Your Guide to Girl Scout Summer Camp

Looking for a camp name? Or maybe some information on why we have camp names? 

One fun part about camp for the counselors is

Ever wonder why the counselors have such fun names? The relationship between counselors and campers is a special one. Calling the counselors 'Mrs.' is too formal for the camp setting, and counselors are advisers/teachers/helpers/guardians and so  calling counselors by their first names is too familiar. Having something different and fun fits right in with the camp spirit!

Many camps I've been to have had a few counselors that have a hard time picking names, so here is a list of ideas you can pick or to help get you started thinking.

(Did you know, campers and Girl Scout leaders can have camp names too? Just pick one and enjoy!)

Ashes, Smoke, Poplar, Pine, Plant, Cedar, Leaf, Mud, Kindling, Tinder, Waves, Matches, Green, Spring, Winter, Fall, Evergreen, Cypress, Grass, Tulip, Pansy
Splash, Fin, Fish, Sand, Coral, Submarine, Atlantis, Reef, Manta, Ray, Manatee, Seal, Starfish, Salmon, Shrimp
Skye, Rain, Sleet, Sun, Sunshine, Rainbow, Thunder, Clouds, Cloudy, Shower, Rocket, Mist, Ray, Bird, Aurora, Satellite, Cirrus, Blizzard, Starlight, Stargazer, Apollo, Dipper, Sunset, Sunrise, Snowflake, Drizzle, Breezy, Fog, Cyclone, Windy, Snow, Storm, Shine, Moon, Twilight, Eclipse, Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars
Cricket, Meow, Wolf, Giraffe, Pony, Philly, Moo, Oink, Blackbird, Eagle, Frog, Goat, Fly, Hawk, Flamingo, Newt, Zebra, Paws, Turtle, Possum, Bearcat, Wildcat, Kiwi, Donkey, Lobo, Roo, Piglet, Mouse, Dino, Shark, Parrot, Hedgehog, Squirrel, Groundhog, Whale, Butterfly, Fox, Chicken, Chipmunk, Elk, Sloth, Skunk, Rabbit, Neigh, Snail, Slug, Coin, Flutter, Maverick, Stallion, Mustang, T-Rex, Triceratops, Pterodactyl, Unicorn
Atlantic, Pacific, Fiji, Dakota, Berlin, Loch, Hollywood, Vista, Frisco, Yosemite, Diego, Orleans, Tex, Mex, Dixie, Rio, Nessie, Irish, Sari, Cactus, China, Roadie, Paris, Orlando
First Aid:
Band-Aid, Splinter, Needles, BooBoo, Ace, Healer, Ice, Sniffle, Twist, Sprain, Bruise, Pinch, Madame Pomfry
Alto, Soprano, Treble, Bass, Chorus, Fiddler, Rock, Pop, Tap, Beat, Glee, Band, DJ, Scratch, Keys, Crescendo, Strings, Harmony
Giggles, Change, Marbles, Firework, Whistle, Kazoo, Alert, Clock, Timer, Crisps, Hail, Puppy, Trumpet, 
Pickle, Strawberry, Cheese, Shortcake, Cantaloupe, Marshmallow, Peanut, Pecan, Nacho, Cornflake, Kix, Chocolate, Watermelon, Gummi Bear, Fruit Loops, Dessert, Apple Jacks, Cookie, Coffee, Peaches, Peachy, Pudding, Soy, Pie, Tea, Noodle, Oreo, Honey, Apple, Mars, Starburst, Egg, Thin Mint, Blue Cheese, Bacon, Chips, PBJ, Jelly, Sugar, Cereal, Bean, Dorito, Frito, Ruffles, Chopstick, Chicken, Salsa, Squash, Melon, Sweet, Sour, Truffle, Burger, Pepperoni, Fries, Berry, Ranch, Tootsie Roll, Skittles, Hersheys Kiss, Muffin, Potato, Almond, Kernel, Taffy, Dunkin', Red Hot, Popcorn, Twix, Mango, Pancakes, Waffles, Butter, Ice Cube, Blueberry, Nugget, Chipotle, Sauce, Noodles, Soy
Batman, Spiderman, Pink, Rocky, Bugs, CareBear, Roadrunner, Doug, Skeeter, Daffy, Elmer, Taz, Dora, Homer, Alvin, Goofy, Scooby, Meeko, Pocahontas, Archie, Yogi, BooBoo, Simba, Nemo, Abu Aladdin, Dalmation, Belle, Mufasa, Nala, Gandalf, Frodo, Hedwig, Quaffle, Hollywood, Ka-Chow, Tigger, Dory, Hercules, Draco, Sleepy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Happy, Bashful, Dopey, Dobby, Flash, Hobbit, Mickey, Minnie, Doc, Koda, Flash, Batman, Groot
Crayon, Eraser, Magnet, Pin, Stencil, Chalk, Rexlace, Foamy, Bead, Pearler, Sticker, Screen, Frame, Popsicle, Fimo, Clay, Weaver, Paint, Chisel, Copper, Stamp, Silver, Kiln, Button, Loopy, Mini, Wire, Create, Mold, Ink, Sculpy
Barley, Whisperer, Seed, Straw, Whinny, Cards, Sticky, Slimy, Coin, Money, Cash, Staple, Chapstick, Camera, Dice, Lego, Watch, Boing, Astric, Spork, Spark, Bobble, Wham, Pow, Splat, Kerplunk, Bellow, Bounce, Google, Glam, Film, Bicycle, Stick, Oar, Goggles, Archer, Tackle, Swish, Tether, Sail, Rookie, Birdie, Nintendo, Mario, Sonic, Yoshi, Bubba, Dynamite, Kodak

Some camp names sound too much like real names. Although these aren't necessarily off limits, they can cause some confusions, and hey, lets admit it, they aren't nearly as fun! Some examples would be Melody, Amber, Summer, Jasmine, Candy, and Sandy.

Do you have awesome camp names that you love? Feel free to tell us about them below!


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Next: Coming Soon

Originally published 6/5/13; Republished 7/24/2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The What and Why of Packing - Your Guide to Girl Scout Summer Camp

I see a lot of posts online with campers and parents looking for general packing lists and some more specific information on what to bring.

Here is a basic Girl Scout camp 1 week packing list. Going for more than 1 week? Just add a bit more clothes and consumables (shampoo, toothpaste, detergent, etc.).  I've even included a printable packing list to help you out!

  • Sheets (twin) - Most camp cots are just a bit smaller than a normal twin bed, but the sheets will fit just fine.
  • Blankets - 1 or 2 light blankets. At night it may get cold, especially if your cabin is air conditioned.
  • Pillows - 1 is good, 2 if you really need it.
  • Pillow cases - 1 per pillow. You can bring a blank one or Girl Scout one that people can sign or that you can draw on!
  • Teddy bear - Don't bring your absolute favorite, you never know what might happen at camp.
  • (Sleeping bag) -  Not usually needed unless you are hiking for a sleep out. You can still use the bedding you brought if you are not going a long distance. You can also sleep in a sleeping bag in your bed if you prefer.
  • (Sleeping mat) - Only needed if you are sleeping outside. Yoga mats are a very inexpensive option for this, others may prefer a blow up mattress or a small cot.
  • (Tarp) - Useful for sleep-outs to keep dirt, mud, some bugs, and dew off your sleeping bag.

  • 7 Short sleeved shirts - Most camps do not allow tank tops. This is because you will be very busy and out in the sun a LOT, having skin exposed can drain your energy, make you tired, and (even with several applications of sunscreen) you can burn and ruin your week.
  • 7 Shorts - Nothing too short, tight, or see through. Remember it's hard to play and have fun when you are uncomfortable.
  • 1 Pair of jeans (more if horse unit) - Definitely something comfortable that you can move around in. You will be walking and getting on and off horses.
  • Sweater or light jacket - Sometimes it can be cold in the mornings when you wake up or when it rains. Something light is good.
  • Undies / bras - Extra pairs are suggested.
  • Socks - Several extra pairs are suggested. Socks that cover the ankle (this helps prevent blisters).
  • Pj's / sleepwear - Something light and comfy, no more than 1-2 are needed.
  • 1-2 pairs tennis shoes - Something that's been worn for at least 2 weeks before camp. Most camps require close toed and close heeled shoes. One pair is usually enough unless you expect them to get wet.
  • Shower shoes / water shoes - Crocks, strap on sandals, and mesh water shoes are good options.
  • Boots (horse units) - Need to have a smooth sole and a 1" heel. (No hiking boots, fashion boots with heels, or rain boots). Most camps have some available to borrow.
  • 1-2 Swimsuits - One swimsuit is enough, but if your group swims more, then 2 so you can swap out. Some camps have rules about two piece swimsuits so check with your camp.
  • Rain jacket / poncho - Rain jackets work great, but can get your legs a bet wet. Ponchos roll up smaller for your bag but can be very hot inside.
  • Hat - Wide brimmed or a baseball hat. Visors aren't ideal because the top of your head isn't covered in the heat.
  • (White t-shirt) - A lot of camps require on for tie-dye. Check with your camp. Pillowcases, towels, socks, and other white fabric can usually be substituted.
  • Caddy to carry - Something waterproof, sturdy, and with a handle
  • Brush and/or comb
  • Hair ties - Usually required when swimming.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap - If a bar, bring it in a case.
  • Shampoo / conditioner - Small bottles just for the week are easiest.
  • Deodorant - This is a great thing to bring. If you aren't sure about wearing it yet, talk to your mom to see if you might need it when super sweaty at camp.
  • Razor
  • Wash clothes or loufa
  • (Lotion) - Nothing too smelly, you don't want to attract bugs.
  • Sanitary napkins / tampons - If you need.
  • (Baby powder with starch) - This is helpful to prevent and sooth any heat rashes.
  • Towels (1 shower, 1 swim) - Remember which is which, you don't want to dry off from a shower with a chlorine smelling towel.
  • Trunk or suitcase - First see what your camp asks that you pack in. Trunks are great because they keep most everything you take, are waterproof, and cheap, but can be heavy to carry alone. Suitcases are easy to carry and are usually already owned, but can be difficult to constantly open and close and aren't always waterproof.  Rolling duffel bags are great at fitting under beds and hold a lot of items, things can easily get lost inside them though.
  • Day bag - This is what you will have to carry your things all around camp. Make sure you mark it with your name or some other identifying feature so that it's not picked up by another camper on accident. Cinch bags are used a lot as well as backpacks. Cinch bags can hurt your shoulders or break easy if you have too many things inside, but are cheap. Backpacks are comfortable and carry a lot but are pricier and may be too big for the smallest of campers. Choose something you would be comfortable with for a week.
  • Sunscreen - Get one with the SPF that you need. Remember sunscreen expires after a year!
  • Bugspray - Bring a full bottle, and use it! No aerosols at it destroys the waterproofing of tents and other fabric items.
  • Chapstick - With SPF is the best option
  • Flashlight (and batteries) - Cheap flashlights usually break the first time they are dropped so get a couple or something more durable.
  • Fan - One with batteries unless your camp allows bigger plugged in fans.
  • Bandannas - Useful for many things including headbands, head coverings, and tying or carrying things. Bring some pretty ones that you love.
  • Mess kit with dunk bag, plate, bowl, cup, silverware - Delicate wash bags are $1 and plastic dishes are about the same at your local dollar stores.
  • Water bottle - Something that can be easily carried (a strap, a handle, a bag), is not easily broken, is easily refillable, and you can tell apart from everyone else's.
  • (Laundry soap, dryer sheets) - Only needed if you are staying for more than 1 week. Just bring a bit more than you will need.
  • Dirty clothes bag / laundry bag - Popup style that can slide under the bed are a good option for easy access and hide-ability, or drawstring bags are good too.
  • (Pocket knife) - Check with your camp to see if these are allowed, usually only Cadettes and up can have them. Having done a pocket knife training is helpful as well.
  • (Bug netting) - Camps will let you know if you need this.
  • (Hammock) - Campers doing survival type camps may be allowed to bring one. Check with your camp.
  • (Compass) - Useful if you are doing an outdoor or survival type camp.
  • Sunglasses - Keep up with them and put your name on them.
  • Trash bags - A couple of these. They take up very little room and are good to keep things dry, cover something, use as a poncho, or help pack up at the end.
  • Ziploc bags - Another small but sometimes useful item. If you are carrying many things, throw them in for easier (waterproof) carry. Great for wet swimsuits in a bag, but don't forget to take it out to dry back at the cabin.
Extra Things:
  • Camera and charger - Take lots of pictures! Make sure you have a memory card as well.
  • Something to do during rest hour - Cards, lettery writing, a book to read, or quiet games to play.
  • (Camping chair) - Optional for campers.
  • Any items for dress up days - Such as tutu's, tie-dye, western, 50s, crazy, etc.
  • Pens - Always useful
  • Journal - Remember all of your awesome camp memories.
  • Meds - Any meds you need or might need, drop off at the nurse during check in. Make sure they are in the prescribed bottle with your name.
  • Swaps - If you like to swap and you know others bring some too, otherwise you can bring some to give but don't be surprised if you don't get any back.
  • Paperwork - Any paperwork that you haven't yet turned in, be sure to bring during check in!
  • Spending money for trading post - Items can range from $.50 to $40.

If you have more questions about what to take to your camp (since they are all different!) don't hesitate to contact your local council or camp to help ease your mind.

There aren't many things you shouldn't bring, but here are a few:
  • Snacks and other food - Not allowed. Bugs, critters, animals, and other campers will get into these and make a mess of your belongings and your tent/cabin. Powdered drink mixes and gum is included in this.
  • Electronics (except cameras) - Phones don't count as cameras. You won't have the time to mess with electronic things and trying to find a place to charge them and to keep them safe from harm isn't worth the hassle. Curling irons, blow dryers, and hair straighteners too.
  • A bad attitude - You come here for the fun, and even if your group is doing something you don't care for, try to find something in it that you do like!
  • Valuables - You never know what can happen at camp.

A few packing tips:
  • Label everything!
  • Pack it yourself. This way you know where things are located in your trunk and how to pack it back up at the end of the week.
  • Bring your packing list so you can remember everything when repacking.
  • If you prefer you can pack daily clothing sets in ziplock bags to get ready easily in the mornings.
Staff specific stuff to pack:
  • Snacks - You can usually have some kept in a designated area for your breaks.
  • Pens - Always useful, staff may need even more.
  • Electronics - Lets be real, you live here all summer and will bring your electronics along. Don't forget any cases, cables, and accessories that you need.
  • Watch - Campers don't need one, staff does!
  • Alarm clock - Something dependable, even a phone works.
  • Hammock - Another great for staff.
  • Camping Chair - Wonderful and comfortable.
  • Khaki shorts - Check with your camp if a pair is required. Usually worn with staff shirts during check-in.

Remember to follow the first post to keep up with all the information posted.

Next: Camp Names

Monday, July 9, 2018

Your Guide to Girl Scout Summer Camp - Series Home

It's finally that time! Summer camp is in full swing and I've been wanting to write a series to help you prepare and have fun at your local Girl Scout summer camp. Whether you are a first time camper or an experienced staff, I hope you can find some good ideas and tips in the following pages.

Make it the best year yet.

Want more details on what to pack? Looking for new ideas for fun meals? Or do you want to put on the best campfire your camp has ever seen? This series will help you with these questions and many more!

Keep up!

Bookmark this page to keep up with the entire series and anything you may have missed.

Let's go!

  1. The What and Why of packing
  2. Camp Names
  3. Coming soon..


Friday, November 10, 2017

Girl Scouts Float at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Second Year

Here we are again, having a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! 
This will be the same float as last year, but it's exciting we get to do it again.

There are also patches and souvenirs to buy. This time it's two patches and a cute ornament.

Every year Macy's makes a snow globe featuring a few floats from the current years parade.
This year has the Girl Scout float! You can purchase it here, and see them below:

GSUSA has posted several blog posts pertaining to the parade:

Looking for more fun things to do? Check these out:

Enjoy the parade!


Edited to add this neat video from the parade (11/23):

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Adult Position Pins

Adult Position Pins showed up in 1968 to replace older types of adult position insignia. Only 1 pin was to be worn between the WAGGGS pin and the membership pin. The exception to the rule was for adults that were also troop leaders, and then the two bars were worn side by side with the yellow (Troop Leader) bar towards the inside.

(Yes, this is my tab!)

Insignia tabs were introduced in 1977 and allowed no more than 2 pins (regardless of which 2) to be worn one above the other in the same location. This has continued to today.

(The history of the pins and their various colors can be seen at the bottom of this post.)

Are you wearing the right Adult Position Pins? In 2011, with the change in the badge program for girls, also came a change in what the colors mean for adults.

Here are the current colors and positions:

Maroon - National Operational Volunteers, National Board Committee Members
Dark Green - National Board of Directors
Deep Blue - National Board of Officers
Dark Gray - Council Presidents
Light Gray - Council Board Members, Board Committee Members
Beige - Staff
Light Blue - Service Team Volunteers, Administrative Volunteers, USAGSO Committee Chairs, Overseas Committee Members, Council Volunteers
Lime Green - Learning Facilitators (Trainers)
Red - Program Volunteers, Event and Camp Pathway Volunteers
Orange - Series and Travel Pathway Volunteers

Yellow - Troop Pathway Volunteers (Troop Leaders and Troop Volunteers)

Here's a quick history of the pins:

Gold - Honorary National President
Blue - Past Honorary President, National President, Past President, National Vice President, Chair of National Executive Committee
Green - National Board of Directors, Regional Chairman
Maroon - Regional Committee Members
Dark Gray - Council President
Light Gray - Council Vice President
Yellow - Leader and Assistant Leader

        Added in 1973:
Red - Council Volunteer Serving Troops
        Added in 1978:
Chartreuse - Trainers
        Added in 1983:
Light Blue - Other Volunteers
Beige - Staff
        Added in 1985:
Maroon - National Volunteers in Regions and on National Committees
        Added in 1993:
Navy, Green, Blue (Striped) - Board Alumni

Now with the changes, I do not know if they still have position pins for the Honorary National President or the striped one for Board Alumni.

I currently wear Lime Green as a Learning Facilitator (Trainer) and Red since I work so much with Camps.
Which colors do you get to wear?


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Council's Own Patches

UPDATED! (12/17/2016)
It seems that most all of the links were broken thanks to councils moving their pages around so I have gone back through them all to double check and fix.

(Originally posted: 11/04/2013)
In my searches on the web I've come across a few not so well maintained lists of council owned patches.  This sparked my interest and started a council-by-council search for these special patches. Although it's taken me a few weeks, I believe this list was well worth the trouble and I am now able to put it up on here for you all to enjoy!  If you know of any patches I have missed or if you find any broken links, feel free to email me or leave a comment below.

Remember, you are not limited to earning only the patches from your home council.

I am listing all councils, and those that have patches are linked.


(Last Update 4/5/2018)