Exploring New Skills at Ehawee Expedition

MediaGIRL Avery Lentz and mom LaShell Lentz recap their experience at Ehawee Expedition

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Daisy Girl Scout and MediaGIRL Avery Lentz attended last weekend’s Ehawee Expedition with five members of her troop. This was their first time visiting Camp Ehawee and were eager to try all the new and exciting activities being offered at the event. They immediately ran down the trail to the archery range, excited to give it a try. They loved shooting arrows at the targets (and would’ve done so longer) but there was so much more to explore.

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In less than six hours, the girls tried archery, learned how to build a fire, played giant Jenga and tic tac toe, conquered a partner-guided obstacle course, played giant Hungry Hippo, learned how to tie knots, played Gaga ball, made bird feeders, and even had an impromptu dance party! Avery’s favorite parts? “Archery and playing Hungry Hippo.”

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Despite all the scheduled activities, there was no shortage of creativity that afternoon. Avery and her troop mates made each game their own, even turning the game of Jenga into a chance to build their own creations and make the game their own.

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Overall it was an action packed afternoon with plenty of opportunities to learn something new, and become close as a troop. Avery’s mom, LaShell, said after her afternoon with the girls, “I want to go back and stay!  The property is beautiful and has so much to offer the curious girl!”

Couldn’t make it to this month’s Ehawee Expedition? Attend our winter session January 25-26! See all the details at gsbadgerland.org

Troop Leader Showcase: Rikki Klassy

From the Fall 2019 issue of Focus

I started as a Daisy leader 3 years ago as many leaders do: the troop didn’t have a leader.

Our troop of 15 girls is still together moving into our fourth year as 3rd-grade Brownies. It has a been a fun adventure and I love exploring different activities through the eyes of the girls, seeing their take on life.

Girl Scouts is so important for girls because it gives them a chance to explore activities they’ve never seen before and build confidence. When I doubt myself or the girls to pull off an activity and we end up smashing it out of the park, I’m reminded that we can do anything.

A key to our success as a troop has been letting the girls have ownership, from picking the badges we work on to how we spend our money to what activities and field trips we take. Our activities have ranged from horseback riding to circuit building, from winter camping to an Overture play, from hiking to organizing a Family Game Night, from a Strong Girls boot camp to a Humane Society service project.

Rikki Klassy is a leader for Stoughton Troop 2044 as well as an Area Troop Leader Mentor. Thank you Rikki, for all your hard work and dedication!

Do you know a Girl Scout volunteer who deserves a spotlight on our blog? Give them a shout-out at gsbadgerland.org

It’s the Great Girl Scout Pumpkin (Contest)

Badgerland is having a pumpkin painting contest! Starting Saturday, decorate a pumpkin with your troop (limit 1 pumpkin per troop or Juliette) to win a fun patch or memory book. Simply post a picture of your pumpkin on social media with the hashtag #TheGreatGSPumpkin and tag @gsbadgerland to earn your fun patch. BONUS: bring the (uncarved) pumpkin into your nearest Badgerland shop to be eligable for the grand prize… a memory book for each girl in your troop! Entries will be accepted this Saturday through Friday, October 25th. See below for the complete contest rules and details. Good luck, and may the best pumpkin win!

Great GS Pumpkin Painting Contest Flyer

Argyle Girl Scouts Take Action

During a camping trip two summers ago, Argyle Girl Scouts were first asked the question, “how could they use money earned during the cookie sale to make a difference in their community?” What could they do to make a difference for kids in their community, that would also make them proud to say they were a part of the project when they’re older? Argyle Bathrooms 4

After discussing this, the girl scouts agreed that the bathrooms, specifically the bathroom doors, were a big problem at Argyle Legion Park. The doors were so heavy, many kids were unable to open them and even became trapped in the bathroom at times! The girl scouts decided to take action, and make the bathroom more accessible for the kids who visit the park. They didn’t stop at the doors though, and decided to improve the building overall. The girl scouts added a fresh coat of paint, plants around the building, a new water fountain, and a diaper changing station in the men’s bathroom (“because men change diapers too!”).

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To make this all possible, the girl scouts applied for a grant from the Argyle Community Fund and were awarded $1150 in addition to the $300 they had already raised. In total, girls from 6 different troops participated in the project, planting and painting over the course of last summer. Now, the Argyle Legion Park has a new bathroom, and the Argyle Girl Scouts have made an impact that will be recognized for generations to come. Way to go, Argyle Girl Scouts!

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How can your troop make a lasting impact in your community? Leave your ideas in the comments below!