Are you Outdoorsy? Well why not?

As most of you know I love being involved with Girl Scouts and recently I had the chance to be involved in TREC, which is a camping competition for older scouts in middle and high school.  Teens Reaching Extraordinary Challenges!

Our team incorporated 4 scouts between 2 cities in grades 8 -12 who met during the summer to learn fire building skills, using a hand saw, packing a backpack, setting up a camp site and team building skills.  We had a lot to learn and teach but we had lots of fun.  Most of the girls had never used a hand saw before, a few had started a fire before, but this was a competition.

So the competition was in October and we were ready!  Well who would have thought it would be the worst cold rainy weekend in October! YUP!  Here’s some pictures

2016-clothes-around-dining   This is what our dining are looked like after the first night of torrential downpour – everyone had multiple items soaking wet.  We strung clothes line around the dining area in hopes it would dry.





2016-tents-in-the-floodHere’s what our tents looked like the next morning.  When we put our tents up that night there wasn’t a dry spot to be found so we knew in the AM we’d be in trouble.  Thankfully we were properly trained (thank you Ms. Marianne) on how to put a footprint – which is the tarp under your tent – down before we put up our tents so no one’s clothes were wet inside!

Being cold now that’s another topic.  We were fortunate enough to borrow these tents which were all exactly the same, however they were summer tents.  So when the temperatures that night went down to 38 degrees the silky nylon did not hold back it’s piercing coldness.  Unfortunately we did not prepare enough for this cold weather!  We definitely learned we should have had fleece pants, wool socks and gloves.








Here’s MD and a scout during the saw competition!








Here’s MD’s lashing which should have won first place!







Here’s the Chicken Veggie Stew which won us 2nd place in the cooking competition for your division.  It was delish!  Chicken thighs, veggies, potatoes slow cooked over coals in a dutch oven!







Here’s the team showing off their Pokémon Patrol team flag which our Second place red ribbon!  They had such a great time!







The biggest thing I heard after this event was how much fun they had, friendships they build and confidence they gained by this experience.  Such a great experience for all of us. The team can’t wait to start prepping for next years competition!

So why did I show you all this – to encourage you to try something different this year! We knew about camping, but this event was something different and new for us!

Have a Magical Day!




Paper Doll Fun

Have you ever bought something or received something and thought I’ll never use this? Of course, we all say that!  Well in a large scrap booking sale my friend and I won, I received the Everyday Paper doll Cricut Cartridge.  I took it thinking here might be something the girls would be interested in so I kept it.  I’ve used maybe here or there but still hadn’t found its value until the Memership coordinator for Girl Scouts organized a registration event.  She asked me to do a camping table, since I’m the camp coordinator and I said sure – of course!  I searched Pinterest looking for a camp table display and found this registration board.


When I really took a look at this poster I realized those scouts were from the Paper Doll cartridge!  So I got to work. I love how this poster shows each age level and the diversity of the scouts so I wanted our poster to be the same.  I used different hair styles and had to cut a shirt down for the vest, but here are my scouts.



Here’s where we are right now.


I know we don’t have bright colors yet, but I think the age levels are still bold and people can see the words well.  Ok now I need to make my camp poster!

Have a Magical day!


Do you know your camp skills?

As you know I’m very involved in my local Girl Scout community, I run a troop, I’m a trainer for council and I’m the camp coordinator for my city.  This weekend I organized a GS community campout for our city GS to teach outdoor skills.

For months I’ve been organizing and planning to teach 57 Girl Scouts from ages 5-17 how to start a fire, how to cook over a fire, knot tying, out door preparedness and team building.  Well it was a long weekend with some rain, but lots of fun!  Here’s some pictures!
Here are the two tents we stayed in.image

Flag ceremony








team building


the whole group


Such a great time!  Now I have time to craft!! So do you know your outdoor skills?!

Have a magical day!


Awards Awards

For those of you who look for something unique to do with kids try this!

I’m running a camping event for my Girl Scout service unit (the city) next weekend and in the afternoon we are playing the Amazing Race.  At the end of the race I had to think about an award – what to do with limited money?!?  So I checked Pinterest and saw this


So I ran to Micheals and picked up Air Dry Clay with a coupon


Then I challenged my scouts to make 60 medals!  They made some amazing designs.  We let them dry and the following week we painted them using acrylics paint


and here’s how they look!


I think they came out wonderfully! I think the scouts are going to love winning these medals at the end of the race!  I can’t wait to see their faces!

I hope this encourages you to try something new!  Have a Magical day!


MD is an Ambassador!

It’s finally here!  MD is at the end of her Girl Scout journey, she is an Ambassador!  SO proud of her!  Here she is speaking in front of a room of adults with such confidence!  She is amazing!



I had had to make a card for her to show her how amazing and proud we are of her.  I saw this card done by Dawns Stamping Thoughts blog here –  Dawn did an amazing card using the Wonderland stamp. I don’t have this stamp set, but I do have the Lovely as a Tree.

I stamped the large tree using Night of Navy. Then covering the paper with Versamark, I used Heat & Stamp powder in order to sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds all over the paper.  I wanted the second layer to be Night of Navy, but sadly I didn’t have any of the card stock, so I inked a piece of white card stock along the edge – Tada!  The base is Smoky Grey card stock and really ties the colors together.  The sentiment was stamped on velum  and heat embossed with Pewter powder.



This card is so beautiful. I can see it as a Christmas card easy!  So many possibilities!  Can’t wait to see what MD does these final two years in Girl Scouts!

Have a Magical Day!


Disney with my Girl Scouts

WE MADE IT!  That’s right my Girl Scout troop made it to Disney. After two years of planning and fundraising we raised over $5,000 and made it to Walt Disney World!

What an amazing trip is all I have to say. Four days, four parks, 8 scouts awesome adventure.

Here are some highlight pictures

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The Troop participated in a Youth Education Series program that Disney sponsors specifically to learn how Walt Disney took his drawings and made them into movies.  They showed us the progression of movie making, the movie making process from storyboard music to production and even taught us how to draw Mickey by an imagineer.

Overall it was an amazing experience, some girls tried rides or foods they never would have.  I challenged all of them to try a new Japanese candy from the Department store in Epcot.  We saw the Mickeys Not So Scary Haloween parade and wore costumes and stayed up until midnight on the clock at Cinderellas Castle.

To say they were excited is an understatement. Of course we met a bunch of other Girl Scouts, none had heard of the YES program before.

So where are we off to next?  Niagara Falls!

Im specifically showing you all of this because for 8 years they asked to go to Disney and every year I said no.  When we found the YES program the girls set their goal, they worked REALLY hard and achieved it.  It wasn’t a perfect trip, but it was a huge accomplishment for these young ladies!  Set goals for yourself! Know that it won’t be perfect and it will be a struggle, but believe in yourself and make it happen!

I believe you can do it!  Have a Magical Day!


Nothing says Halloween like a Haunted House!

As many of you know I’m very active in my local Girl Scout community.  Halloween is our founder, Juliette Gordon Lowes birthday.  So as Girl Scouts we usually have a costume party to celebrate.  Last year we renewed a tradition of having a haunted house at the Girl Scout House.

This year Mr. Dons station was the evil doctor, so I had to come up with a body for him to ‘operate’ on.  First I found an old dress form that I had made using a t-shirt and duct tape.  Then with a balloon, paper mâché and yarn, I made this head.


Of course all good heads need a brain!  One of the scouts recommended Glam&Gore on YouTube who had an amazing video on how to make a heart using gelatin, glycerine and water.  So I mixed strawberry gelatin, Knox gelatin, glycerine and water, poured it into a brain mold I got at the Dollar store and after 45 mins in the freezer here’s my brain!


Using my resources VERY wisely, I found some yarn and other things and put them all together so that the Evil Doctor looked like this.


Perfect and it didn’t cost too much either.  The biggest expense was the glycerine.  The house was a great success and he was very scary!

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to use resources you have around your house to make some amazing things this Halloween!

Have a Magical Day!


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