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)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Girl Scouts Float at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

How exciting for our organization to be a part of the 90th anniversary of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! I remember watching it a lot growing up when I wasn't helping to cook, and it was a great watch before all the football, naps, and cleanup the rest of the day.

Girl Scouts has created an awesome float, and along with it, some awesome stuff you can buy to remember this great occasion. This includes a patch, magnet, and a mug.
The patch itself is quite large. It's 3" x 3" and can take up some valuable area on a vest or sash. Are you wanting your girls to actually do something to 'earn' or at least help them remember the patch? Here is a printable sheet of UNOFFICIAL requirements. It's great for all ages and can be done at home with the family, and brought back to the next troop meeting. (PDF version here)

Want to see an early look at the float? Here is a behind-the-scenes look:

The Girl Scout float was also featured on the Today Show!

A lot of Girl Scouts and their leaders had questions about the float which
GSUSA answered on their blog.

Want some more fun? Here are many things you can do to
celebrate this occasion:

  • Visit the Macy's website to check out who's going to be in the parade and watch some fun videos.
  • Fill out the activity sheet (shown above).
  • Watch the Macy's Parade from 1935. Check out those differences!
  • Watch this video to find out how they make those giant balloons.
  • When you see the float in the parade, share on Instagram or Twitter with #GirlScoutsGiveBack
  • GSUSA has a few more things you can do over on their blog.
  • How about doing this coloring page of the float? Here's mine:

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ode to the Childless Leader

I always get odd looks whenever someone in Girl Scouting asks me 'How old is your daughter?' and I tell them, I don't have any children of my own.

Girl Scouting is what I've always been, and what I am, and will always be! Children or no children, I will always be a part of Girl Scouting!

Ode to the Childless Leader:

Tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic

I've always been a Girl Scout
From the time that I was young.
I remember very fondly
All the camping, crafts, & fun.
I thought the work was over
When my Gold Award was done,
But I'd only just begun!

Glory, glory I'm a leader!
A crazy, project planning leader.
I don't even have a daughter,
But now I have ten girls!

I went away to college
And I thought it awfully smart
Just taking on a small troop,
Meeting once a week to start.
Soon my major classwork
Took the form of Girl Scout crafts!
At least my teachers laughed!


The parents think I'm wonderful
Because I spend my days
Helping their girls learn & grow
In Girl Scout laws & ways.
They take for granted that I've time
Since I've no child at home,
But I wouldn't have time for my own!

Glory, Glory I'm a leader!
A proud, exhausted, childless leader!
I don't even have a daughter,
But I've raised some darn fine girls!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Embers: Camp Chain

Lesson: Self discovery.
Need: Strips of paper (colored is best), markers
Prep: None.
Directions: At the end of each day, have each camper take a strip of paper and write their name and something that they gained at camp that day (patience, a friend, knowledge, etc.). Use the strips to create a chain in the cabin (or local unit area). The campers also get to leave a bit of themselves behind after each week (and can see what other campers gained that came before them).


Want a printable version of all embers ideas I've featured on my blog? Click here to see and print!

Monday, January 11, 2016

24 Fun Duct Tape Crafts For Camp

Ever looking for some fun and cheap crafts to make for or at camp? (And they are functional!)
Well grab your cutest roll of duct tape and get your creativeness flowing with these 24 ideas.

Accessories to wear:

1. Hair bows. With the different patterns, everyone can be different and match at the same time.
These are super easy to make with strips of duct tape that is taped to itself. Use a small portion to tape it together in the middle and you have a bow.

2. Bracelets. The girls can really get creative here and make them in different ways. Braided ones are fun to make with different colors (and the girls can share). You can also make a plain strip with duct tape doubled over on itself and decorate with other small duct tape creations or small trinkets.

3. Beads. These are made in the same way as paper beads. Cut a long strip in a long triangle, fold over the first cm so it doesn't stick when threaded, and then roll up.

4. Masks. Need a quick accessory for a dress up day? A themed mask is easy and quick to put together.

5. Headbands. I LOVE fun hair accessories at camp. There are never any that are too crazy! Another easy craft by folding over a long strip of duct tape.

6. Lanyards. Making one out of your favorite duct tape can set you apart from the crowd when you need something fun to hang your name tag on. Another craft with a very long strip of duct tape folded over on itself. I added a keyring and taped around above it so it doesn't move.


You can make some (7.) flowers, (8.) bows, or other small accessories to put on keychains to hang from your bag or lanyard.

10. Key fobs. These are just a much smaller version of the lanyard but will hold things on your wrist.

11. Chapstick holder. This is a huge 'must have' for me. I can't be without my chapstick. This one is made by taking another strip of duct tape folded over on itself, and taping the sides together. Use a tube of chapstick to help you know where you need to tape and fold. The extra tape at the top tucks into the pouch to keep the chapstick from falling out. Tape on a keychain to add it onto your lanyard or bag.

Other useful stuff:

12. Travel craft kits. Now this one is a big undertaking and I'd suggest doing it before camp. Once made, it would be a great addition to things you just have to take. The idea behind this one is that you have an organizer to keep all of your favorite craft items together and organized using duct tape.

13. Waterproof bags. These are great to keep something wet, such as your swimsuit, from getting on your other items or for keeping things, like your camera or favorite teddy bear, from getting wet. For this one, you take a long and wide sheet* of duct tape and fold it over, then tape the sides. You can then make whatever kind of handle you want, long or short or no handle at all.

14. Sit-upons. Ahhh, a definite Girl Scout craft here. Making this one completely out of duct tape requires two duct tape sheets* of the same size. Tape 3 sides and then stuff with whatever you choose that may be comfy. Dry grass, newspaper, plastic grocery bags, or stuffing are popular options. Tape up the fourth side and you are done.

15. Hammock. Are you looking for something a bit more extreme? Or maybe a nice place to sleep? A hammock is what you must be looking for.  This is a bigger project, needing more tape than the usual, and some dowel rods. The tape is woven between other tape strips creating a flat yet durable sheet.

16. Travel Games. These are great for the trip to camp, or down time in your bunk. You can make tic-tac-toe, checkers, or small versions of your favorite games.

17. Swaps. Duct tape is the way to go if you need something at the last minute. You can easily create mini sit-upons, a mini bag/purse, walking sticks with a handle, or mini duct tape rolls. Just add a safety pin and a paper with the swaps information and you are good to go.

18. Decorations. Is your bunk kind of blah? Dress it up with some large duct tape flowers, streamers, feathers, or some crazy creations.

19. Mark your stuff. I marked my trunk with kitty cat tape, and then later added my name in green duct tape by cutting it out with my cricut.

20. Camp Buckets. We've all seen those neat camp buckets that double as storage and as a chair. Most of them have ugly words or pictures on the side, but this can easily be fixed with your favorite duct tape. Do it all in one design, alternate stripes, or just go crazy. Make it yours and make it unique.

21. Sunglasses holder. This is a great way to protect your sunglasses from scratches. Making this one is like the chapstick holder, only bigger. Use a small, but long, sheet of duct tape, fold over and tape the sides. You can even use sticky Velcro to keep the top closed.

22. Camp Memory Book. This can be achieved in two ways. The first would be to take a journal or composition book and cover it in your favorite duct tape. The second would be to cover two pieces of cardboard of the same size. Add paper between them, and bind them the way you would a handmade book. (With ribbon or string).

23. Name Tags. Need to know who people are? Slap a small piece of duct tape on them and write their name with a sharpie!  If you want a nicer one that you can keep, wrapping duct tape around a piece of cardboard or chipboard, adding holes, and then decorating it with fun stickers. I'd recommend to not use any tape that is very 'busy' because then it would be hard to see the name.

24. Teddy Bear/Doll Accessories. This one is my favorite of all. If you haven't met my teddy bear, Zeph, he travels the world and I love making/getting things for him.  I first thought about making a vest for him, but I think a tie was just perfect!

* Duct Tape Sheet: Lay down a piece of tape, sticky side up. Cut another piece the same length and put it, sticky side down, halfway down the first piece. Turn it over and continue. When it is the size you want it, fold the two sticky sides up.

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