Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction


Step 1:  Start off with Two Popsicle sticks.  Lay them in an “X” on a flat surface.


Step 2:  Weave the end of the third popsicle stick underneath the end of the popsicle stick on the bottom of the “X”.  The rest of the third stick should be on top of the top popsicle stick of the “x”.  Make sure to hold them down and don’t let them go.


Step 3: Repeat step 2 with the fourth popsicle stick. Start under the second popsicle stick and weave over the third. Continue adding sticks until your heart is content.


Then let them go……

It looks simple, but it really is not. This was one of the experiments adult Girl Scout leaders did during the Get Moving! Workshop. Some adults had a difficult time doing it. It uses your brain in a different way.

The first time I gave this to the girls, they had a difficult time making it work. Last night, I just gave them the instructions and popsicle sticks again and above is the results. They did an amazing job and I am super proud of them. Try this with your Girl Scout troop. It is a great way to explain different types of energy and how energy is exerted.

Resource: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/


Packing for Northland Encampment!

Northland Encampment is a HUGE campout every two yaers for the girls in Girl Scout Troops from the Kansas City North area.  I am fortunate enough to be on Staff.  I am in charge of Tent City.  What’s Tent City?  Oh, it’s just going to house about 400-500 Scouts and Adults per night.  I am super excited about it.  I have put together a checklist of supplies just for the camping part.  I didn’t include the food because I am going to post the recipes after camp.

Here is my ultimate packing list:

Camping Supply List – Northland Encampment


  • 2 changes of clothing
  • Jacket
  • Sweatshirt
  • Socks
  • Rainboots
  • Gloves
  • Pajamas
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain Jackets
  • Hats
  • Bandanas

Personal Items

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Toilet Paper
  • Lip Balm
  • Antibacterial Lotion

Camping Items

  • Tent
  • Tarps
  • Canopy
  • Mallet
  • Air Mattress
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Blankets/Sheets
  • Flash lights
  • Pillows

Other Items

  • Matches/Lighter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tape
  • Duct Tape
  • Paper
  • Water 2 Gallon Jugs
  • Case of Bottled Water
  • Paper Plates
  • Napkins
  • Cups
  • Eating Utensils
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
  • Trash Bags
  • Pot holders
  • Firestarters
  • Scissors

Mother/Daughter Tea



Alli and I had the pleasure of attending an awesomely put together Mother/Daughter Tea at Belvoir Winery

When I first got the invitation, I was most excited about the theme!  Kentucky Derby!  Who wouldn’t be excited about that?  And my first thought, WE HAVE TO MAKE HATS!   Alli’s was a purple themed hat.  There is a really good pic of it on my Instagram account.  You should check it out there. 

I went to the Thrift Store and picked up two straw hats for about $4 a piece. Then, I headed to the craft store and spent way more then that on ribbons, feathers and flowers. 

Alli and I took about an hour one night and made the hats glorious!

The Tea was very well put together.  The food was wonderful and we enjoyed every bit of it. We listened to two speakers:  Ms. Janice Kliethermes from Etiquette Kansas City and Ms. Missouri 2012, Jenny Temple.  I definatley learned a few new things about Etiquette.  I probably have a whole lot more to learn also!

I won one of the raffles.  Two free games of Putt Putt golf. 

After the tea, Alli and I went to explore the Winery.  You know, it is haunted after all….





Alli with Ms. Missouri 2012, Jenny Temple


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Jewelry Badge

Our second Girl Scout event of the weekend was a Jewelry class at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  They offer a few Girl Scout programs and this is the second one we have done.  (We did a drawing class back in November) 

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Purpose: When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to make different kinds of jewelry.

1. Get to know the tools of the trade:

           * Visit a jewelry store or jewelry artist.

            * Visit a museum with an exhibit on jewelry.

            * Invite a jewelry maker to talk to your group.


2. Make jewelry with metal:

            * Make a chain-loop necklace or bracelet.

            * Make a pendant with a photo or “caged” stone.

            * Make earrings by twisting wire into a shape.


3. Turn everyday objects into jewelry.

            * Make a bead bracelet.

            * Make two necklaces with different kinds of cord.

            * Make jewelry from nature.


4. Create jewelry inspired by another culture:

            * Friendship ring from Ireland.

            * American Indian animal jewelry.

            * Name pendant from England.


5. Make a sparkling gift:

            * Make jewelry for a friend.

            * Make jewelry for the girls in your troop.

            * Make jewelry for a relative.

World Thinking Day 2014


World Thinking Day occurs on February 22 of each year.  This is a day for celebrating Girl Scouts/Girl Guides all over the world.  This is a day to celebrate all the friendships and sisterhood with all Girl Scout/Guides!


My Troop decided to research and present England and our service units World Thinking Day event.  The girls went above and beyond what the other troops did.  

The girls created a display which included information on Girl Guiding in the UK, their uniforms, the Promise and Motto.  They also included requirements of some of the badges they can earn in the UK.  I think the Chocolate badge is my favorite!  They had a Circus Skills badge, which is pretty awesome too.


The display included a map with important cities and information on landmarks.

One of the girls researched games and found a fun one that EVERYONE enjoyed playing.  It is called “Red Letter” and the instructions have been included below.  Try playing it with your Girl Scout troop!  It requires quick thinking skills.  This also includes a pic of their SWAP!


For our Snack, we had English Breakfast Tea with Sugar Cubes!  We had to refill the teapot many of times.


The girls even created a craft!  They taught the other Girl Scouts how to make pipe cleaner crowns.  The girls got really created and all the bright colors went first.  The only colors we had left over were brown and black.  (So now to think of a craft including brown and black pipe cleaners)


The girls did all the work themselves.  They are taking pride in their troop.  We, as leaders, do give them guidance.  They take their leadership roles very seriously.

 Next up for Girl Scouts, the Get Moving! Journey!

Here are some other displays that were at the event:

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And here is Alli and I:

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