One of the fondest memories (this writer) has of being a Girl Scout was when troop leaders picked us up from our home, unexpectedly, and took us for an overnight. Our parents all knew it was happening so, the leader showed up to the door, parents handed you and your bags to her and off you went!! So, we thought, since our Cadette troop is only 8 girls….for now…we could easily do this, too!!
To make it especially fun, we picked the girls up in a limo. They were all surprised and giddy, most having never been in a limo.
We meet on Thursday afternoons, immediately after school. Some of the badges in the Cadette level aren’t conducive to this time and our meeting location so we opted to work on two such badges during our overnight. We worked on a cooking badge, New Cuisine, and a nighttime activity badge, Night Owl.
For our New Cuisine badge, we had every family share a family recipe (easy enough for a 6th grader to cook) and we planned our meals around these recipes. Everyone got to try something everyone else’s family loves! For our regional US favorite we made frozen custard from scratch and it was SOOOO delicious!
Additionally, to fulfill some of the other requirements, we made tortillas from scratch for our breakfast burritos and discussed the difference between homemade – 5 ingredients, and store bought – 43 ingredients (many of which we had no clue what they were!)
We printed copies of all recipes shared and made and gave each girl their own cookbook to take home.
For our Night Owl badge, we had to participate in several evening activities. We were very fortunate to have a few members of the Western Colorado Astronomy Club meet us on our school athletic field. They brought some amazingly cool telescopes and showed us a plethora of awesome things in the night sky. We got to see Saturn and its rings, a nebula, several star clusters, blue and red stars and even the Andromeda galaxy, which is outside the Milky Way.
While still on our campus, in the dark, co-leader H set up a flashlight scavenger hunt around the school. After answering a riddle-clue, the girls found their way to a location where they each earned a bead. Several clues and several beads – When the scavenger hunt was completed their beads were strung together into a troop necklace! VERY COOL!
A fun time was had by all!