Saturday, November 23, 2019

Silver Lightening Soccer 2019

Gemma had a fantastic soccer season again this Fall. 
She was on a team named Silver lightening! Yes, last year she was on the Thunder team.
Lily is, as always, and enthusiastic cheer squad on the sidelines. There is a lot of book reading.

Her team had a lot of heart and even though they did not win a ton of games they had a lot of fun and made new friends.
Gemma did not manage to pull off a goal this season but she came so close so many times and we know she will get there again.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Harvest Moon Girl Scout Camp- Brownies 61085

Gemma's troop arrived early Saturday morning full of energy and excitement ready to make the most of camp. Several girls had never been before and had heard stories about how fun it was. Starting off with a sugar filled breakfast donut is a great idea. 
It was really cold at camp in the morning so we bundled up with hot cocoa and treats.
Then we dropped our stuff at the cabin and started decorating. Pretty sure goofing around in the cabin is everyones favorite part of camp.
We snuck Liv into girl scout camp this year by registering her as a Juliette without a troop. Our troop is full and has a huge waiting list to join but Liv was missing out on so much fun so we figured out a way to have her participate in camp.
Our cabin full of crazy girls.
It was finally time to get the show on the road with opening ceremony.
Our first rotation was making a craft with nature supplies. They gathered what they could find around camp and then used little wood slices to make a nature scene.

In between rotations there is plenty of time for playing and goofing off.

We also did a knot tying rotation where each girl got a lanyard with two colored strings and learned how to tie different knots.
Next up was the tee pee making rotation. They really enjoyed each station.
There was also a scavenger hunt with clues that lead you all over camp.

There was archery too which is always fun.

Dinner in the mess hall was taco bar. The food did leave something to be desired this year. Lesson learned pack a lot of snacks for your cabin. There is a LOT of waiting for meals that end up to be not so tasty.
The evening entertainment was the camp fire with songs and s'mores. The troops can get up and perform a song or skit and everyone laughs. 
The fearless leaders and chaperones. Good thing it was dark in the picture so you can't see the bags under our eyes!!
We didn't make it long enough at the camp fire to make s'mores. It just takes too long for them to rotate through all the skits and everyone is tired. We opted to return to our cabin to eat our s'mores ingredients without the toasting and then giggle for a while.
The girls all did pretty well going to sleep knowing we had to be up super early for the polar bear plunge in the AM.
Bright and early at 6:30 am we were up at the pool waiting to jump in the freezing water.

Last year they had heated the pool at the other camp so even though the air was cold the water was warm. This year was a true polar plunge. The water and the air were freezing!
Once they took a 10 second dip they got out to dry off and change into warm clothes before getting cocoa in the mess hall. I think most girls had fun but would NOT do the polar plunge again!

Troop shot with all the goofy energy even on day two!
That was a wrap for camp. After waiting in a huge line for not great breakfast and then doing one last rotation painting rocks we headed home. With a stop for an early lunch at in'n'out at 10:30 am!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Harvest Moon Girl Scout Camp Cadettes 60123

The highlight of the Fall is the girl scout camping weekend at Harvest Moon!
Lily's troop is now Cadette's so instead of coming to enjoy camp and go through all the rotations now they come to help and run one of the stations for the younger girls. This meant going to camp on Friday night to help set up and get organized. We fueled up at Jimmy Johns before heading to camp.
Once we arrived the first task was to decorate the mess hall in Fall themed decor. This year camp was held the weekend after Halloween.
The girls also helped to prep some of the food. A lucky few got to bake cookies.

The lucky moms who came to chaperone! Julie was the master of the schedule. This was our way of knowing which troops were to rotate through our station.
We prepared the patches for the arriving girl scouts in the morning. As we all know, if you don't receive a patch did it ever really happen?
At the end of the evening the girls participated in some team building games. Lily's favorite.....NOT!
Best of all we were given our room assignment. We had hear rumors that we would not get a cabin but sleep on a floor in one of the big main buildings. Which would really mean no sleep at all. Luckily we did get one small room and scraped together enough matts for the floor too. We all just barely squeezed in.
Somehow we had GIANT pickles left  over from our subs earlier and decided they would make a great bedtime snack. Salty and vinegar crunchy treats before bed.

See how snug and cozy it was all packed in a room together.
I'm not sure how much sleep we all got. We were woken at about 6:30 am by the camp director telling us our room had been reassigned and we needed to vacate ASAP. Come on! We managed to rally and pack up so we could head to the mess hall for breakfast.

Games and goofing off while we wait for all the other troops to arrive. Gemma was coming soon with her troop to participate in camp while Lily's troop would go run the catapult building station.
Opening ceremonies out under the flag.
We found our two troops!

Lily's troop headed off to get ready to lead the Think like a Scientist station where they build a small catapult to launch cotton balls.

They really did a great job as leaders and managed to trouble shoot some difficulties with confusion and sharing tasks amongst the girls. 
As the day warmed up outside they were able to move their station to the stands so they had more room and the younger girls could hear the instructions better.

In the afternoon we had a break after lunch for them to relax and play around. We also celebrated Sierra's birthday with a little cake we brought. 
At the end of all the days rotations the troop gathered up for one last group shot before they left camp. Their work was done and it was a success. Lily and I got to stay another night with Gemma's troop since the younger girls had just arrived that morning!