GIRL SCOUTS: Weekly Summer Camp Day 3 & 4!
Oh, boy! What can I say to describe days 3 and 4!
On day 3, Gabby and I were without the help of Lynette because she had to work. And then on day 4, Lynette and I were without Gabby because she had to work! And both days it was quite crazy! The girls have now gotten used to us coming and are comfortable with us. Comfortable might not always be a good thing! Nonetheless we love the girls very much and always have a blast (in more ways than one)!
Day 3 (Tuesday, June 15th) Gabby and I had the girls learn about creativity. We taught them what it meant and we told them that it is a good trait to be unique and creative. We let them know that it is okay to be different. Then we had them each decorate a silhouette of a girl using only markers, crayons, glitter, and stickers. They were very creative in decorating the background, making landscapes, drawing words, designing outfits, and coloring hair! We had a contest in which they voted on the design that was the most creative. Gabby and I learned that the girls worked most effectively if we implement a contest! They are very competitive at this age, so they made sure they focused on the task at hand and were extremely motivated! Here is the winner:
However, toward the end of the hour and a half, they began to get a little rowdy. So we calmed them down finally by saying we’d bring them cookies on day 4 if they behaved (and trust me, this was the only thing that worked lol)(at this point, we were desperate so I blurted out “cookies for whoever’s good!”). We had them all sit back down quietly and each of them tell the group what their favorite cookie flavors were. They went crazy throwing out ideas, like peanut butter cookies with sprinkles, icing, and chocolate chunks! However, most of them said chocolate chip, M&M’s, and pink. Now, Gabby and I have never heard of these “pink” cookies that seemed popular with them, but we just smiled and nodded lol.
Day 4 (Tuesday, June 22nd), Lynette and I were reminded all day long about when they were going to be able to eat their cookies! So we let them know that if everyone was on good behavior that we’d pass out cookies at the end of camp.
Something that the Girl Scouts tradition has always held is friendship, so we incorporated the “friendship circle” by having the girls color their own individual “friendship animals.” The animal cut-outs were designed with their arms extended, so after they were done, we connected all of the animal hands together to create a “friendship circle,” like so:
We had to, again, make the task into a competition for the girls to stay focused. At this age, their attention spans are very, very short! So they took the contest to heart once again. When everyone was done, Lynette and I gathered each of the animals to the front of the room and had the girls do a “secret vote.” (Tip: Kids love the word “secret,” it seems to really get them excited lol). We had everyone put their head down on the desk – no peeking – and come up one by one to look at each of the animals and vote on the one they thought was the most creative, like we talked about last week. They whispered their vote and sat back down. At the end, the winner received a purple iCarly badge that said, “You go, girl!” (it was too cute, I found it at Wal-Mart for $3)! And all the girls got to sit down and enjoy their cookies – finally! I only bought them chocolate chip and M&M’s cookies instead of everything else they had asked for lol; especially since I had never heard of “pink” cookies. Even better for them, they were excited that their cookies were bagged in iCarly goodie bags (I snabbed those at Wal-Mart too)!