Sunday, April 17, 2016

What I know about Mammography

A couple of years ago, my beloved co-leader was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, she is a survivor. Thank God.

We wanted to help her and her family, but we didn't quite know how. We had to respect her privacy and avoid revealing too much information to her young daughters and the other girls in our troop.

In the end, we were thrilled to help at a 5K fundraiser. Our girls happily passed water cups to the participants. And the event managed to raise a little for her mounting medical bills.

Fast forward to last week. I received a letter from the clinic where I had a mammogram in August. The letter said there was a problem and I needed another mammogram. Apparently something about my left breast changed from my last mammogram.

After a brief panic and what my husband refers to as disaster fantasies, I did a little research. About half of the mammograms for women in my age group show problematic results that are not actually cancer. Less than one percent of the problematic images are actually cancer.


Strange Places Girl Scout Leaders Sleep

In addition to sleeping in tents, cabins, and scout houses, girl scout leaders get to sleep in some unusual places.

Here's where I've slept as a leader:

  • at the zoo
  • on a minor league baseball field
  • on the covered ice at a hockey rink
  • at a children's museum
I plan to spend the night at:
  • NASA
  • a drive inn movie

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Checklist-Planning a Service Unit Campout

Form committee.
Set date and location.
Set budget and cost/camper.
Choose theme/patch/badge.
Set campout agenda.
Write packing list.
Plan meals or plan to have troops feed themselves.
Recruit volunteers and vendors to run workshops, prepare meals, etc.
Create registration form and distribute.
Set registration deadline.
Organize campers into workshops/activities.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

5 Things to Do with the Old Scout Uniform

Your daughter has bridged and you're wondering what you're going to do with her uniform. Here are some ideas:

1. Give it away. My daughter received a tunic and a sash from Girl Scouts who never got around to attaching badges. Many councils and service units have programs so you can donate to other girls. This doesn't work if you're patch obsessed like me.

2. Turn it into a pillow like this badge crazy family. Here are some more cute ones with directions (basically, add fabric, stitch, and stuff).

3. Frame it. You can rip the shoulder seams to display it all of it or place it between two pieces of glass.

4. Put it in a memory box with other precious bits.

5. Save it for a future quilt when she bridges to adult.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Planning for International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace is September 21. (Check out the website for activity ideas.) This year, I hope to do the Pinwheels for Peace activities. (Yes, there's a patch for that. And here.:)) Here are some other activity ideas:

Two of the old Brownie Try-Its are great for peace-making activites: People are Talking and Working It Out.

And some activities cut and pasted from for the Global Action Badge:
. Find out about the lives of children in another country. Get books on the subject at the library. (One good book is Children Just Like Me, by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley published in association with UNICEF/The United Nations Children Fund. This book profiles children living in places as diverse as New York, Mongolia, and the Amazon Basin.) Draw a picture or make up a song about a girl in another country. Share with your friends or family. (Millennium Development Goal: Promoting peace through partnership).
. Imagine what it would be like to live someplace without television, a computer, or electronic toys. Spend an entire day without using them. Tell your Brownie friends what you did instead. How can taking a break from these activities create peace? For example, perhaps you helped your mother around the house, or took a walk in the neighborhood. Talk about how these "old-fashioned" activities can put people in touch with others. How can face-to-face contact increase awareness and understanding? (Millennium Development Goal: Promoting peace through partnerships)
. Celebrate another culture by learning the words of a Girl Scout song in a language other than English. Sing it with other Girl Scouts at a special performance for family members. (Millennium Development Goal: Promoting peace through partnership)

This 2011 packet from WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) has some good ideas: