Pretend City – So Many Ways to Play

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Recently, my family and I were invited to Pretend City for an special “Educators Night” event. I must say it’s been some time since our last visit and my 8 year was delighted to go back.

 The purpose of of the event was to introduce educators to the different field trips options Pretend City can provide.

Pretend City Children’s Museum is a mini city (community) made up of 17 exhibits that encourages interactive role playing. Each exhibit within the community; the police station, fire station, doctors office, market, restaurant, farm, beach, etc. encourages critical thinking, teamwork, science skills, math concepts, environmental awareness and importance belonging to a community.

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As far as Field Trips, I must say I never even thought of Pretend City as a field trip option before this event but in fact they have some great ones. Field Trip Flyer 2014-2015-page-002

There are several tailored specifically for Daisy Girl Scouts but many of them would work for Brownies as well, as an example, the “Explore with Us” field trip could prove very useful while completing  the Brownie Quest

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Next year my little one will be a Daisy Girl Scout and I’ll be sure to include Pretend City in my planning for earning many of the petals. In the meantime, I will be sure to pass this information along to my service unit and other Daisy Leaders.

They also have some fun upcoming halloween events (posts are coming soon) in addition to their Read for the Record event on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Also, if  you visit during their Way to Play days (the second Friday of each month) with the coupon below, you can get 2 for 1 admission.

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Although, the Educators Night event was a sponsored event I  was not paid in any way, shape or form for this post. I am simply trying to pass along valuable information.

Scout Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Discover an ocean of fun with your fellow scouts!

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Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts are invited to complete steps toward their badges with self-led activity sheets that are specifically designed for scouts. You can also purchase a special Scout Discovery Experience, which provides an exclusive educational opportunity and animal interaction.

Scouts, family, and friends, please join us for this self-guided event with optional activity sheets for scouts, along with parent guides, to work toward stewardship-related scout badges. Please check out our free downloadable activity sheet below. Participants are not required to stay for the entire event in order to join in on the fun.

A limited-edition 2014 Aquarium of the Pacific fun-badge will be available for sale in our gift shops. Scouting families will also receive 10% off gift shop purchases the day of the event. Please note: the Aquarium does not provide official scout patches.

Troop-leaders or parents are expected to facilitate the scouts learning experience and guide them through the steps for badge requirements. Some steps cannot be completed at this event and need to be completed at home. Troop leaders and parents, it is advised to review the scout council approved activities for each badge your child wishes to complete prior to this event.

EVENT INFORMATION
WHERE/WHEN Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 SATURDAY, NOV 1, 2014 | 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Timed ticketing every hour from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Aquarium is open until 6:00 p.m.
COST Child: $7, must be purchased in advance online
Adult: $14, must be purchased in advance onlineMembers: Free with reservation. Members, to book a reservation, call (562) 437-FISH (3474).Upon making a reservation, you will be asked to select one of the following entrance times: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., or 4:00 p.m.
As there is limited capacity, reservations MUST be made online.  
TICKETS Click here to make your Scout Day reservations.
INFO (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

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Girl Scout Brownie Meeting – Painting Badge

paintingBadgeOne of the badges I’ve wanted to tackle for my troop is the Painting Badge but I’ve been putting it off for a while. My Brownies voted on this badge last year. I’ve had my ideas/plan all written out for this badge but I  knew that the supplies needed to earn this badge take a toll on the budget pretty quickly. also the meeting place we had really wasn’t an ideal place to paint at (not to mention the clean up involved).

Well thank goodness for a new art studio that just rolled into town, the Palette Station. They have absolutely saved me when its comes to this badge.

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This art studio is very different from other art studios in town. This is a drop -in art studio, with no commitments to scheduled art classes, you use their art supplies, get assistance from an artist, draw, paint, or color whatever is inspiring to you and they clean it all up, for just $10.00 an hour, per person.

I was pretty excited to hear about this studio, not only for my girls but for my Troop. I quickly setup an appointment with the Owner, Ray, he was so accommodating.  I called him told what I needed to accomplish and set up an appointment to talk with him and visit the studio.

When I walked in the following day, I found an inviting and bright location filled with inspiration. He was so prepared when I arrived for our appointment, he already had all the requirements and a game plan for my troop.

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When my troop arrived, the Palette Station staff had prepared a beautiful welcome sign for my Brownie Troop (that I will proudly display and use through the year for other troop events). My Brownies where obviously as excited as I was. The Pallette Station staff had arranged three separate areas set up and ready to go.

Girl Scouts – Legacy Painting badge requirements: 

1. GET INSPIRED: Learn more about the paintings you like and the artists who painted them.

2. PAINT THE REAL WORLD: Painting what’s around you is the first step to becoming an artist. Pick one choice and try to painting something from the real world.

3. PAINT A MOOD: Some painters create “abstract” art. They don’t paint objects or people. They use shapes, lines, and colors to paint a feeling or mood.  Pretend you are an artist who is trying to paint an emotion. Paint what you think one of these moods would look like.  Remember, it’s your idea, so it’s OK if other people don’t see it like you do!

4. PAINT WITHOUT BRUSHES: Who says you have to use brushes? Try painting with one of the things below.

5. PAINT A MURAL: A mural is a really big painting that tells a story.  Murals are something painted on buildings (some take up whole city blocks!) Do you have any murals in your town? If not, team up with an adult to look at some online.  Then create a mural on butcher paper (or many pieces of paper taped together).

They started with one of the artist giving them an explanation of art and quick tour, they than moved onto a still life display and painted on canvas, they discussed how to paint a mood using colors and painted and did some finger painting station, lastly they all worked together to create a Troop mural.

Throughout the night, my Brownies were at times very focused , very passionate, very excited and very liberated while working on their art projects.  I loved watching them work on their troop project. All of them were huddled around it, all participating, all them felt free to express themselves without any expectations or preconceived ideas of what their art should look like.

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I apologize if this post sounds like an advertisement for this art studio but I have to thank the Palette Station for not only making this badge painless and worry free for me but for making this badge so much fun for my Brownies. They put together an awesome program for us and my Brownies loved it. If you are in or around Tustin/Orange County, this is the place to get this badge completed. They are reasonable and they take care of everything for you.

Congratulations Troop, consider this badge earned!

Girl Scout Brownie Potter Badge

potterbadgeFor our second meeting of the Girl Scout Year, my Brownies earned their Potter Badge. This is one of the things the girls elected to do with the money they earned from cookie sales.

We visited Muddy’s Studio to complete this badge. This was a great introduction to the art of clay and creating pottery.

The steps of the badges are as follows:

1. Find some Pottery

2. Get to know Clay

3. Make a simple Pot

4. Make an Art Piece

5. Paint and Glaze

Muddy’s Studio is true professional ceramic studio. Muddy’s Studio a 5,400 square foot, fully equipped studio. We saw some beautiful creations, gorgeous pottery, sculptures and children’s art work.

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 To earn their badge my Brownies where each given a ball of clay, they where able to play with clay, get familiar with the feel and the smell of the clay and make some basic shapes. The teacher then proceeded with directing the girls on how to make a pinch pot. Each girl was to complete the process on their own and they all did great!

Next, they turned their inch pots into decorative animals. they each created legs, and faces and attached them to their pinch pots. It is amazing how creative all my Brownies are. Next, they painted their creations. Some with very muted colors are others where filled with colors. The entire process took about two and half hours. Their projects will be ready to pick up in about two weeks, I can’t wait to the finished products.

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Clay has been around for thousands of years. People who study history have found ancient clay art and everyday objects. Work your way through these steps to become a clay artist yourself.

From Brownie  – WOW

The purpose of this badge is that once earned, they will be able to make their own projects out of clay. Consider this badge successfully completed!

 

Hey Tustin…Come and find out about Girl Scouts!

Calling all girls in Tustin, CA. Would you like to find out what Girl Scouts do? If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Girl Scout come and find out all there is to discover in Girl Scouts and help with a service project.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at REI in the Marketplace.

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Girl Scout Brownie Meeting – Snacks Badge

Friday night was our back to scouting meeting. I talked about being nervous in my previous post but everything went great!

One of the big differences for my troop this years is that we will be bouncing around for our meeting space.

Last year we meet at a local church which was great but it’s not looking like an option for us this year. The good thing about meeting at one of the parents homes is that we will have the freedom of covering some badges like “Snacks” which really needs a kitchen to complete.

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I wanted to stress healthy eating habits through this badge, so I sliced, diced and roasted some veggies for them to work with. Well….my Brownies didn’t really like the “healthy”stuff I brought for them. Thank goodness our meeting was hosted by one of the parents because she saved the healthy face pizzas with cheese. Here’s the agenda:

Pre-meeting: 15 minutes/6:15-6:30

Healthy/Unhealthy food Crossword puzzles

Opening: 5 minutes/6:30-6:35

Flag, Promise and Law

Business: 20 minutes/6:35-6:55

Welcome back    
Share one special things they did during summer
Discuss what to work on this year

Exploration: 15 minutes/6:55- 7:10

Snacks -Step #1 -Good vs. Bad food poster

Create: 25 minutes/7:15 -7:35

Snacks – Step #2 make a veggie face (pizza) & Step #5 make your own fruit smoothie

        Snack time: 5 minutes/7:35-7:40

Closing/Friendship Circle 5 minutes/7:40-7:45

The meeting went along smoothly until I brought out the hummus and veggies for our healthy face pizzas. Only one girl liked the hummus (which happened to be my daughter). As I said earlier, the parent host brought out some cheese and put the pizzas in the oven. The girls all had a good time building their pizzas.

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As far as the smoothies went – overall that went well. I included the girls in on how much of what ingredient to put in. The first batch came out a little tart. The parent host again, saved the snack by bringing out some honey  to make the second batch of smoothies a little sweeter (but I liked the tart batch).

Overall the meeting went very well and I was actually glad that not everyone liked everything. It teaches them to deal with adversity and how they how to make the best of situations. They all handled themselves very well. I’m proud of my Brownies! As for myself, I learned to provide alternatives, not everyone likes hummus (although I’m not sure why, I love hummus). wpid-2014-09-15_11.41.54.jpg

It felt good to be back leading my Brownies and to see them again. Next meeting we will be covering our Potter Badge at an art studio, I’ll update you next time, until then…Happy Scouting!

Back to Scouting and my Girl Scout Leader Jitters.

I have the most adorable Girl Scout Troop! 11 bouncing Brownies, full of energy, opinions and spunk.

Tonight, is our first meeting after taking a summer break. At our end of year celebration in June, I fully intended on getting together for at least one meeting during the summer…but we didn’t. Summer was busy and I took my Girl Scout Leader hat off, I’m glad I did. I really needed the rest, leading a troop meeting can be exhausting.

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10 of my brillant Brownies at Carol Fallon Riding Center

As I am preparing for tonight’s meeting I find myself feeling nervous. Why I am feeling so jittery about leading 11 girls through an 1.5 hour meeting? Quality. I really believe in the Girl Scout program. I love what it does for the girls and the opportunities it presents. I want to give them the best experience, the best quality I can possibly provide.

I want them engaged, learning and having fun. I want them to want to be involved in Girl Scouts, even if I’m not their leader. So, I feel the pressure of providing good content. I’m usually exhausted at the end of meeting because I give it everything I’ve got for those 1.5 hour meetings, which is good but exhausting. These girls  have no idea how much they motivate me to do better.

Tonight’s meeting agenda is set. Today, I will be shopping for everything needed to complete our badge work and I will (as I always do) continue thinking of ways to make it better….all day.

As with all things in my life, I am my biggest competition. My jitters come from a desire to have these girls look back at these times as some of the most refining times in their lives. So, with this in mind – please pray for me and I’ll update you on our meeting next week.

Until then, Happy Scouting!