Thursday, February 25, 2010

Making the Most of Snowy Camp

Twenty inches of snow only made the camping trip for Troops 62424 and 62404 from Williamstown more exciting. Instead of canceling their reservation at Camp Sacajawea South, the leaders adapted the activities. Girl Scout Tatianna said "We went on a hike and looked at the animal tracks. The leaders taught us to find the ones the deer made." Several of the girls said they might have played outside in the snow at home but this was really fun. "Have you ever painted a picture in the snow?" Carleigh asked. "We did!" 

The leaders came prepared with food coloring and spray bottles for the girls to create their masterpieces. Cassie, Alexis, and Courtney shared the same thoughts that most girls enjoy about camping weekends - spending time with friends. "Our other friends thought we were crazy to go to camp with the forecasted storm but we were prepared." "Well, we did forget one thing," a leader reported. "We forgot the pancake syrup so we made it from scratch. Sometimes you can't easily go to the store so we tried something new. However, as soon as the camp road was plowed, we made a quick trip out for our beloved coffee." So, while the news stations covered every angle of the snowstorm, these girls created their own memories. Yes, they went to camp the weekend of the big February nor'easter.

Friday, February 19, 2010

World Thinking Day

Each year on February 22nd, Girl Scouts participate in activities and projects to honor our sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. World Thinking Day was created in 1926 at the 4th Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference held at the Camp Edith Macy (now called the Edith Macy Conference Center). On that day, it was decided that there should be a special day when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all around the world think of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Today, 30,000 children die every day from poverty and neglect, and two billion people live without adequate food and basic needs. The theme for World Thinking Day 2010 is “girls worldwide say that together we can end extreme poverty and hunger”. This theme is taken from the first Millennium Development Goal and is part of out WAGGGS Global Action Theme. The aim of this theme is to raise awareness among everyone about the situation and improve the lives of the poorest people in the world.

Below is a link that can help you plan activities around this theme and can offer you resources for ending hunger and poverty.

Whatever your level, you can make a difference and take the lead – discover, connect and take action against extreme poverty and hunger!!!


Mary Connell