Monthly Archives: August 2017

Girl Scout Volunteer Conference


20170826_104247I’ve been a Girl Scout since I was 8. I loved it as a girl and when I had girls of my own, I became a leader and loved it just as much through two troops and at least 40 girls. My youngest daughter’s troop just graduated in June and we had a great 13 year run.


I LOVED this S.W.A.P. though I wish it said, “S.T.E.A.M.” instead of STEM 

I was asked if  I would do a workshop at the volunteer conference and I, of course, said yes. How could I not? Girl Scouts means a lot to me and for me it was a way to give back to a great organization. I packed up my rolling cart and was on my way!


For this workshop, I made a couple of gelatin plates and I brought some that were older.

I brought the supplies for the attendees to make paper bag books and do print making and collage. I also brought samples of all kinds of projects like letterboxes, carved stamps, weaving disks and plaster sculptures. I tried to think of things that that they could adapt for use in their troops when working on badges and service projects.


The conference was really informative with lots of excellent speakers and tables of information. Here are a few images. Of course, it would not be a Girl Scout function without the cookies! My favorites were the mandala with flower petals and found objects from nature and the painted rocks. The flubber station was good also.


Super Hero Day Camp


20170814_092310 (1)Last Spring, our librarian asked if I wanted to help her with Super Hero Camp. She has done the camp with different helpers for a couple of years. I of course agreed. What a treat to spend a week with some of my smARTest artists!


I primarily did crafts and she did reading and language arts activities. With her, they made accordion alphabet books, did crossword puzzles, described the inside characteristics and outside characteristics of superheroes and much more.

With me, they made parts for their costumes: cape, shield, gauntlets & masks.

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They drew themselves and split it in half to add their super hero side.


They made marshmallow launchers with plastic cups and balloons which we launched in a variety of ways. We talked about the science of launching the object and what happens when we pulled hard or gently. What happens when there is more than one marshmallow, which team could launch the most into a target, etc.


We blew bubbles on the playground so they could practice their superhero breath. Bubble and kids-whats not to love? They even got rid of kryptonite-using ping pong balls and spoons, with relay races to move the balls from one end of the team to the other.

I taught them camp songs which I changed the words to so they were superhero themed. They were split into two group for rotations so each team created a cheer with motions. They made superheroes and side kicks out of clothespins and vehicles from recyclables.

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My favorite was their creations out of recyclables. They made super hero vehicles. SO creative!

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This team made space for their clothespin character.

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Loved the flames and the ball turret underneath this one.


Our Friday finale was a parade to the preschool classroom. They put on all their gear and we walked over to the preschool and through the preschool class. So much fun.

I was so busy that I forgot to take my usual pile of photos. What a fun week. I hope to do it again next year.

Technology Goddesses


As you know if you have been reading my blog, I volunteer at Technology Goddesses Day Camp. It is held at a Girl Scout location here in my area. I started as Unit Leader working with a group of girls but found my niche working with Crafts.

This year we did some great mosaics


Painted with marbles-no tech


Painted with Sphero Robots-tech


Did some Tie Dye


Made things with circuits and LEDs  (this is last year’s bag but I LOVE that it says “maker camp”)


And even did some kumihimo weaving


I did not take as many pictures as I usually do. It was super hot and muggy all week at camp which always makes crafts a little more interesting. We’ve learned over the years that when the weather is really hot, elaborate crafts are not as appealing. Sometimes, it is just nice to be sitting in the shade of the porch with the fans on. Even with the heat, it was another great year of camp and crafts!