Friday, November 9, 2012

National Cookie Sleepover

The National Cookie Sleepover is a unique opportunity to get Girl Scouts ready for the upcoming Cookie Program at the same time as thousands of Girl Scouts around the country. On January 12, 2013 we will have a sleepover (location to be determined) and learn all about cookies through games, roleplaying, and a 3-D video presentation. The council is selling "cookie party in a bag" kits for the sleepovers that include a special tickets for a concert on Saturday May 4, 2013 at the MN State Fair Grandstand. I have already purchased the kits, so all of your girls will be eligible to go to the concert if they choose. Unfortunately, they only give us 2 adult tickets to the concert, and as of now, additional tickets will not be sold. They haven't announced the artist (I'm not holding my breath that it will be anything other than something like the Teddy Bear Band or Splatter Sisters! ha ha) but plan on announcing the artist in January

So please mark your calendars for your daughter to attend:

January 12, 2013 for a sleepover

May 4, 2013 for a concert

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Badges you can work on at home

Does your scout want to earn more badges? Here are some to work on at home because we won't have time to work on them in meetings this year: 

"Make your own" badge (see directions in the girl guide. ask if you have questions)

You can also work on these pins: 
My promise my faith pin  (pg 37)
Safety Award (pg 38)
Other awards on pg 36-38

11.8.12 Meeting Recap

Tonite's meeting started off with a special candle-lit ceremony for our re-dedication into our second year of Brownies. 

Then during the meeting, we were busy learning about our bodies and healthy meals and earned the My Best Self Badge. 

Special thanks to Ava and Sarah LaPlant for leading the badge! Great job!

We had fun:
• Talking with our guest speaker, my friend Rose Link, SACS school nurse, and learning about her job
• Learning about MyPlate and healthy meals
• Starting a "Happy" bag (have your daughter explain it and add to it)
• Eating LOTS of very healthy snacks and healthy carbonated water! (thanks Sarah!!!)

Continue the fun at home:
• Ask your Girl Scout about the new MyPlate food guide.
• Plan and cook a healthy meal together.
• Look through the Girl’s Guide with your Brownie to find other activities you can try at home.

REMINDER: Please fill out the 2 forms (permission, medication) for the overnight trip. You can either mail them to me, drop them off in my porch (no need to knock), or simply have your daughter give them to Elaine at school. Please have these back to either of us by November 15th so we aren't rushing the day of the trip with lost or incomplete paperwork!

BADGES: The circle badge that says 100 year of girl scouting 2012 has 2 "rockers" that are to be sewed on top and bottom of it. the leaf rocker is from raking leaves, and the pink one with a candle is from going to the mall of america event last spring. Let me know if you have questions. As always, the triangle badges (i.e. "my best self" with the giraffe and ruler on it) can be ironed on the front, and all others are sewn on the back. The girls also have tshirts coming from the centennial day of service, and will receive them on our overnight trip.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

10.11.12 Meeting Recap

Tonight we explored many ways we experience the world through our senses and earned our Senses Badge. 

Special thanks to Montana and her dad for leading this badge! They did a great job! Another special thanks for the nummy treats they brought since it was Montana's last girl scout meeting. We will miss her!

We had fun:
  • Learning about how our eyes work and how they can be fooled (optical illusions)
  • Comparing how our senses of sight and hearing affect how we experience the world (listening outside)
  • Learning interesting tidbits about animals' senses (did you know dolphins sleep with one eye open?)
  • Writing our names in Braille
  • Looking at each other's tongues through a magnifying glass
  • Meeting our newest member Emma
Someone forgot their patch in the art room. Please take a look in your daughter's bag to see if she brought one home. It is a pink octopus patch.

I have received permission slips for: Elizabeth, Penny, Emma, Autumn & Ava for the Oct 28 field trip. I will be registering them this weekend. If anyone would still like to sign up, mail me a permission slip in the mail. 


The girls voted and decided to continue collecting dues this year. All girls must bring $1 each meeting at Sweeney from money they earned over the month by doing extra chores for parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc. Please remember to not just give this money to your daughter. She must earn it. All girls that pay all their dues on time get a special patch at the end of the year.

All girls must do 3 "good turns" (good deeds) before the next meeting in order to have their Brownie pin turned around during our re-dedication ceremony next month. This could be as small as catching her opening a door for someone, to using her manners, to doing a chore around the house when not asked to (although you might want to use the chores for her $1 dues money!). But basically catching her doing a good turn and letting her know "thats your first good turn, 2 more to go!" etc.  

The girls will also be making a card and spending some of their dues money towards a cash gift to a former girl scout named Abby Olson who has leukemia. Abby was in the kindergarten Daisy troop with a few of our girls, and we want to show her our support by giving her a card, a small token of money, and some of the girls suggested bringing a toy or book that they don't want anymore to the next meeting for Abby. The cash gift she can use if they have any sort of vending machines or something in the hospital that she wants to spend it on, or she can choose to use it towards the fund they have for her.


I need everyone to sign up for a badge. Have the girls choose a badge we haven't done, and email me the badge and month you would like to do it. I need this information by our November meeting so that I can plan the rest of the badges (i.e. whether or not the remainder of the badges will be worked on as a troop, or if certain ones the girls can work on at home by themselves and earn). If I don't hear from you, I will choose a badge and month for your daughter to lead with your help. 

Elaine, have Penny do step 1 of the senses at home

Miranda, if Abbie would like to earn the badge, she can do the activities at home, share with us, and earn her badge.

Bingo Night

Shakopee Girl Scout Friends & Family Bingo Night
Shakopee Jr. High East
November 9th, 2012
$5.00 per person

Please return registration form sent via email on 10/11/12 and money by November 1st, 2012 to:

Lisa Brown
1114 Prairie Ct S

water safety

2012 YMCA Water Safety Program

Announcing YMCA Water Safety Program!
Throughout 2012, the Minneapolis and St. Paul YMCA’s will be offering FREE water safety lessons for kids ages 3 - 12 thanks to the very generous donation from Hawkins Inc., which provides water treatment supplies for YMCA pools and Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation, a child safety advocacy organization that works to safeguard kids against preventable water-based injuries and to educate parents about water safety programs. ( 

How Much Does the Program Cost?
This program is provided FREE of charge thanks to the generosity of the program sponsors.   

What Will Be Offered?
The River Valley YMCA will be offering a girl scout water safety night. There will be options to attend a session from 7:00 – 8:00pm on Thursday, November 8, or from 11:45 -12:45 on Saturday, November 10. The main focus of the lessons is simple: we want to educate youth on how to stay safe around water. These are not traditional or comprehensive “swim lessons.” Rather, during these classes your child will learn how to be safe around lakes, pools, rivers and streams. They will learn personal water safety techniques, as well as what to do if they see someone else needing help around water.

Who Will Teach?
The sessions will be led by YMCA-certified aquatics instructors in our safe, lifeguarded YMCA pools.

When and Where will the Lessons be Offered?
At the River Valley YMCA in Prior Lake.

Who Do I Call for More Information?
Please contact Amy Overturf at 952-230-6685 for more information

If anyone is interested in going, please let me know. I cannot attend, so a parent would need to volunteer to supervise the girls. 

Centennial Day of Service

Saturday October 13, 2012

Supplies & Dress:  Please bring:
  • rake
  • Water bottle (please be “green” and use refillable, not “one time use/recyclable” bottles)
  • uniform
  • warm clothes (pants, long sleeves, close-toed shoes, hats, mittens if necessary

Location & Time: Please drop your daughter off at the Log Cabin near the Pool & Lions Park between 9:50am-10am. Look for Elaine or Tammy. (if you have a daughter in another troop, your meeting place may be different for their troop. Look for their drop off/pick up information this week). If you are not staying to help, you can pick up your daughter at Lions Park near the playground or shelters around 1:30pm. Traffic will be tight around that time as many parents will be picking up. You might have to park somewhere and walk to come and get her.

Potluck: The following people have offered to bring food on behalf of our troop: 
Abbie: side dish
Autumn: main dish & dessert
Ava: dessert 
Elizabeth: side dish (fruit)
Penny: Elaine is bringing food on behalf of her other troop
Emily: main dish

I'm looking forward to the girls working hard on Saturday to earn their final 100 year celebration patches, especially the wonderful patch that Ava designed!

Monday, July 16, 2012

We won a contest!

Well, luck must be with our troop this year! First, Ava & Autumn get into the patch contest, then Ava wins, then we are chosen to be a troop at the MOA Girl Scout store during the Great Girl Gathering, and now, we won $100 voucher in the Early Bird Registration drawing! All I had to do for this one was to register at least one adult and 50% of our troop (I registered 7 out of 9 girls) for both girl scouts and the centennial day of service on October 13th!

We were selected as one of 12 in our region. River Valley's awarded 48 throughout the 4 regions (12 in each) and we were one of the lucky winners!

Our $100 voucher is good towards council sponsored girl program activities or council property rental. It's valid from Oct 1, 2012 - Sept 30, 2013. We need to use it all in one transaction, as no remaining balance will be given back to us.

I would personally LOVE to use it towards a one-night overnight somewhere either this fall or winter.

This was our lucky year for contests I guess! I'm glad I entered them!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Run, Read & Right Marathon

Celebrate the Year of the Girl and the 2012 Olympic Games by participating in

Run 26 miles
Read 26 books or 26 hours
Right the community in 26 ways

Document your progress throughout the summer and complete a Run, Read and Right Marathon. Start day June 1st end date August 31st. Receive a patch for successfully completing each challenge!

Please let me know ASAP if you would like your daughter to participate!

Thanks for a great school year!

Elaine and I had a great time with the girls at our end of the year party at CCC! We played in the gym for the first hour, playing different games of tag and other games of that nature. Then we ate pizza, chips, juice boxes, and ice cream in a reserved party room overlooking the pool area. The girls all received their end of the year awards, and cookie incentives/prizes. After, we all went swimming. The girls had a great time watching Elaine and I pretend we were Tarzan on the rope swing! (in case you were wondering, I was horrible at it, and Elaine rocked!) Towards the end of the day, the girls enjoyed having a conga line in the shallow water! 

I'll get some pictures from Elaine and post them here soon.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

End of the year events

Our next couple of gatherings will be as follows:

Friday - Campout (Montana & Autumn only)
Sunday, May 20, 3pm - 5pm Scout Clean up at Lions ParkThursday, May 31st, 6:15pm @ Sweeney - last meeting of the year
Thursday, Jun 7th, 11am - party at CCC (details forthcoming)

Thanks everyone

Friday, April 20, 2012

Upcoming Meetings

Please mark your calendars for changes to the next meeting. 

April 26th - He & Me Project Night @ Tammy's House
  • A few of the girls will not have a "he" that is available to come, so it is not imperative that everyone has a "he". This is merely an opportunity for the dads to get involved if they want to. There will be plenty of hands around to help the girls with their project if they come alone. Have the girls wear clothes that can get unwashable paint on them. (no uniforms)

May 10th - meeting at Sweeney Art Room
May 24th - meeting at Sweeney Art Room

June 7th - 11:00 am ~ End of the Year Party at Chaska Community Center
  • The girls voted on using some of our cookie money to have our end of the year party at the Chaska Community Center for a day of swimming, gym activity, and lunch. No cost to you (except all that hard work you did selling cookies for them)

MN Lynx Girl Scout Day

Minnesota Lynx Girl Scout Day – May 20, 2012

Member Advantage: Program Partner discount for River Valleys Girl Scout families

Watch Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore and the rest of the Minnesota Lynx take on the Phoenix Mercury! Enjoy pregame activities, receive a participation patch and get a goodie bag. 
For More information:
This is not a troop event. If you are interested in going, please purchase tickets directly. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

He & Me

I will be hosting a "He & Me" event at my house on either April 26th or May 10th.

Please let me know ASAP via email which nights will work for your daughter and her "he".

Once I have the date set, I will provide more information.

Friday, April 6, 2012

New Meeting Place

Our new meeting space will be at Sweeney in the art room. Same time 6:15 - 7pm.

The remaining meetings for the school year are:

April 12
April 26*
May 10*
May 24

*one of these days will be at my house for the "he & me" meeting. date TBD

We will work out when summer meetings will be.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Shakopee Girl Scouts Campout

Here is info on the annual Shakopee Campout. As you will read, there is also a Saturday night option for the whole family! Autumn and I will be staying the whole weekend! Fun!

I do not know the specifics yet about what to bring, equipment needed, etc. What you read below is all I have received thus far. But if you have any questions, I can ask the organizer. 

I have several tents and all the camping equipment anyone would ever need, so I have a feeling all your daughter will have to bring is her sleeping bag, pillow in terms of equipment. More info to come as I receive it.

Please turn in money to Tammy or Elaine by March 31st (either by mail or give to us at next meeting.)

Back to Basics Camping

Overnight Camp
When: Friday May 18th
Where: Carver Park Reserve – Parley Lake Camp Ground in Victoria.
Time: Check in 5:00 – 6:00pm Friday till 3:00 Saturday
Girls $18 Adults $15
We will be having dinner on Friday. You will learn how to put up a tent, Start a fire, learn basic survival skills; we will also be doing the Centennial Day of Service Patch Requirements and have treats we make with the campfire! Girls and Adults will get a bag and water bottle.

Day camp
When: Saturday May 19th
Where: Carver Park Reserve – Parley Lake Camp Ground in Victoria.
Time:  9:00 till 3:00
Girls $14 Adults $11
 You will learn how to put up a tent, Start a fire, learn basic survival skills; we will also be doing the Centennial Day of Service Patch Requirements and have treats we make with the campfire! Lunch will also be served. The girls and Adults will get a bag and water bottle.

This year there is also a Family / troop campout on Saturday the 19th   from 3:30 till 11:00 on Sunday. We will be doing some family fun events. Food and drinks are included in the price. There will be some planned actives and also fun game the troops or family can play!

Cost: $6.00 per person if you have stayed the first night or your Daughter stayed the first night.

No cancellations or refunds. 
Camp will be held rain or shine.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Update: MOA Great Girl Gathering

Here is some updated info on the:

March 10-11, 2012 Mall of America.

We will be attending as a troop on Sunday March 11th.
*There will be an area for the girls to trade SWAPS with other girl scouts. (Optional) 
Here are some links regarding the schedules for the events: 

We will be working on the Legacy Badge on Sunday when we are there.
Reminder of the flash mob if you are interested. Times have been posted on the website.
We were picked in the MOA Great Girl Gathering cookie booth lottery!
The girls that were randomly chosen from our troop to work the booth on Friday, March 9th from 4:30 - 7pm are: 



Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Build a Bear & other offers

The Great Girl Gathering at the MOA and Build a Bear will be offering a special 100th anniversary bear.

For other deals offered during the gathering visit this link:

Monday, February 27, 2012

UPDATE: China McClain concert sweepstakes

We did not win the sweepstakes for wristbands. However, you are still able to go to the concert, you just might not be able to see the stage and you will not be close to the stage.

For those of you who have daughters that want to attend the China McClain concert, please Read this link

I have entered our troop in the sweepstakes for wristbands. Let's not worry about the logistics (in terms of Nickelodeon morning, etc) of it all since the odds are not in our favor of winning due to the amount of troops that will want to enter the sweepstakes. 

If we don't win, you can still see her concert, you just won't be close. 

If we win, we will know by feb 24. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

New Meeting Start Time

Beginning Thursday, February 23rd, meetings will begin at 6:15pm. We will still end at 7:30 (and hopefully actually END at that time). This will allow us to have time to take care of our business portion of the meeting, dues, etc and still have an hour to work on badges, journey books, etc.

Few reminders for this week:
- New start time for Thursday's meeting
- Read Elaine's email World Thinking Day display & what is needed by Thursday (Rachel, Ellie's is completed!)
- Dues
- Brownie Bags/Books
- COOKIE MONEY - Please have your daughter bring in any cookie money that you have collected thus far.
- If you are choosing to do so, work on SWAPS for World Thinking Day
- FRIDAY - World Thinking Day event

Thanks everyone!

Friday, February 17, 2012

5-try it's in 5 hours

Just a reminder of the 5 try-its in 5 hours event in a few days: 

Monday, February 20th
9:30 - 2:30 pm
American Legion

This is a drop off event. You will need to check your daughter in and check her out, because I will be at school. Leaders and parents are not allowed to stay. 

Please remember to have her bring the following items: 

  • Lunch
  • Drink
  • A White T-shirt to Decorate for one of the badges

They will be earning these 5 badges:

Minnesota Nice, Drama Queen, Fashion, Spa-Tacular Me, & Our Pets - Our Friends

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cookie Rally Feb 5 2012

Cookie Rally
Sunday, Feb. 5
Shakopee VFW
1-3 pm
Who is Invited; Shakopee Girl Scouts, Leaders, Cookie Parents

I will not be in attendance as I had a previous commitment. We haven't had one in the time that I have been involved in GS, so I don't know what it all involves. Basically I think it is just a fun day for the girls to get pumped about cookies and they can play games and possibly earn prizes (at least that is what happens at other service unit cookie rally's. Like I said, I have no idea about this one).

Please let me know if your daughter will be attending.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

World Thinking Day

Please join us in celebrating the 100thyear of Girl Scouting in USA by attending a very special World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day is a day when we think about our "sisters” in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Scouting, and its global impact. The theme this year is “We Can Save Our Planet!”.

World Thinking Day 2011
Feb 24, 2012
6-7:30 pm
Jr. High


VOLUNTEER: I am looking for 1-2 parent volunteers to head this event. This would involve working with the girls during a meeting to plan and implement our booth. It does not have to be anything elaborate. Ideas: 3-sided poster display, food, clothing, anything to do with girl scouts (girl guides) in Eqypt and their girl scout traditions, and possibly tying something to do with saving the planet into the theme as well (may be too hard?), activities for visitors to participate in (game from that country, coloring, craft, etc) or any other idea you may have!

SWAPS: Feel free to make SWAPS based on Eqypt, girl scouts in general, or anything you want, even if it doesn't have to do with Eqypt or world thinking day. They suggest making 10-20 SWAPS. (see links for ideas at bottom of post)

COST: Elaine and I have decided that the troop will cover the cost of the event. HOWEVER, if you confirm that you daughter is attending, but does not actually attend, we will need you to reimburse the troop $4 for the cost of the event.

NEEDED: If anyone has a stamp that has a pyramid or sphinx or anything "Eqypt"-like on it, we would love to use it for the event. Otherwise, I will just do what I did last year and make our stamp look like a "passport" type stamp for their passports.

RSVP: please rsvp via email to Tammy by Sunday Jan 22

**World Thinking Day is a requirement for what is called our Program Essentials (things we are requested to do during the year). If your daughter cannot attend, I will research other activities she can do to make up for this night.

SWAP resources: