On November 2, 2013 it was all about service. The Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors volunteered to host Brownie Magic. Brownie Magic is an opportunity for Brownie Girl Scouts to experience Girl Scouts. The program provides 35 minute sessions on crafts, science, hiking, songs and games and a look at the girl scout drill team the Green Starlettes. There were over four hundred girls registered to attend the event. Our young ladies, served as camp host. Their service required them to learn the camp ground rules, terrain, events/activities and schedule, prior to the arrival of the other campers. Elianah said, “It took a lot of work and patience to serve the other troops. We learned how to serve with a smile.” Their efforts helped Brownie Magic participants access the fun elements of the camp ground, and to return without injury, maintaining order and keeping the camp on schedule. The Junior girls lead the flag ceremony. Sister Burnett was proud of the leadership skills the girls were exhibiting during this event. She said, “It’s what we talked about at every meeting when we say to live by the Girl Scout Law. They were living it.” Other volunteers included Selena Montgomery, Monica Martin, Alex Poole, Quinita Ogletree, Michelle Muhammad and Yolanda Tisdom, Fred and Gerard Burnett came out and helped direct parking which was no easy task. Sister Burnett continued, “I thank all the volunteers for supporting this effort. It was a great experience for the girls and the leaders.”
After Brownie Magic, the troop enjoyed the camp amenities. Layla recalled, “I saw a deer at the camp, and one morning, we saw an armadillo outside of our cabin.” The girls had an opportunity sleep in cabins and tell stories at night. Sister Burnett recounted, “They were not allowed to tell ghost stories”. As always the Senior Girl Scouts (9th – 10th grade) took pride in modeling camp etiquette and wilderness survival, while teaching Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes how to enjoy nature. Adaiah said, “I got to play around and enjoy nature! I was excited because I finally got to go camping!”
On October 12 2013, the Junior Scouts of Troop 15513 opened the year with a day camping trip to Nelda’s Farm in Trinity Texas. The girls enjoyed playing with farm animals and learning about farm life. A memorable moment for the campers was handling a new born puppy as well as feeding a chicken and watching a rooster function on the farm.
The girls got to play on a tire swing which was new to everyone. They also painted their walking sticks to prepare for their hike. With every camp opportunity it’s important to know how to start a fire, which the girls learned how to make fire starters with paper egg cartons, dryer lint and crayons.
The girls then got to explore the farm during their hike. For the next trip we will look for arrowheads by the creek where Native Americans used to reside.
The young ladies were treated to a Spaghetti dinner. The dinner was the efforts of the Leader Selena Montgomery. For breakfast, the campers had a meal called “Calamity”, which is a combination of eggs, bacon, cheese and hash browns.
Troop Leader Linda Burnett, makes sure each year, the Girl Scouts make a concerted effort to enjoy and serve nature during these camping trips. Our goal is to offer experiences the girls would normally not have the opportunity to participate. Our programs build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. To unite with Troop 15510 ( K-1st), 15512 (6th – 12th) or 15513 (2nd – 5th) , contact Sister Burnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 28, 2013, Girl Scout Troop 15513, took a trip to Galveston Texas for their Adopt a Beach Clean up. Troop Leader Linda Burnett & Group Leader, Monica Martin took 4 troop members across the Gulf of Mexico on the Bolivar Peninsula Ferry to a private shore line to assist a community in removing trash and debris from the shore line.
The troop experienced both the beauty of Gods creation, and the un-appreciation shown from His creation. On the ferry, the young ladies enjoyed the gentle cool breeze provided by the ferry, along with a wonderful view of dolphins breaking the water of the gulf. After the ride, the young ladies walked the shore line, armed with trash bags, gloves and good old fashion woman power. They combed the area, helping the habitat remain clean, and gathering materials to be recycled. Working as a team, they formed a strategy to work the coast.
As the girls broke for lunch, they received encouragement from each other as well as their leaders. Troop member Layla expressed, “we needed the encouragement, because the work was challenging. It was also discouraging because a person on the shore line, threw a piece of trash on the ground despite seeing their efforts to clean. Sister Burnett & Sister Martin both expressed their pride in the girls effort, reminding them that their efforts were both beneficial and not in vain.
The girls scouts continue to look for new ways to impact the environment. Their determination and hard work are sure to extend the life of the local habitation. To unite with Troop 15510 ( K-1st), 15512 (6th – 12th) or 15513 (2nd – 5th) , contact Sister Burnett at email@example.com.