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Troop 62019 welcomes you to follow along on our GIRLtopia journey.  The girls have identified 16 themes that are important to them as women and are researching the themes with respect to the past, present, and future.  Our plan is to make a 16-block quilt that will be on display in the Killingworth library and then ultimately at the Parmelee Farm House once the Killingworth Historical Society makes that their permanent location.  Each girl is assigned two themes and each adult leader has one theme.  Each of us is designing our blocks with a personal interpretation of the theme.  We plan to use the colors of beige, green, and a bit of red in each block along with whatever other color(s) each girl chooses.  We hope that the beige background and green sashing will bring all of our blocks together.  Some of the blocks will be pieced while others will be assembled via applique.  Each girl will embellish with embroidery as desired.  Doesn’t this sound exciting?

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Middle School Presentation

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Court of Awards Slides

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My Journey to Gold: Keep Your Head Up

The Reflection Questions:

  The journey of the gold.

  1. Which values from the Promise and Law did you employ?

            I believe that the Girl Scout Promise and Law are all important. They shape the world and people, not just Girl Scouts, but society itself. The two pieces that stand out to be the most is, “help people” and “make the world a better place” for my project. Even though this project was directed towards children, it can help parents as well as children. Parents and children will be able to help anyone in any situation, this will tie back to my second piece, because it will make the world a better place when they help others.

The Girl Scout Promise:

On my honor, I will try:

    To serve God and my country,

    To help people at all times, 

    And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law:

I will do my best to be   

    honest and fair,

    friendly and helpful,

    considerate and caring, 

    courageous and strong, and

    responsible for what I say and do, 

and to 

    respect myself and others, 

    respect authority,

    use resources wisely,

    make the world a better place, and 

    be a sister to every Girl Scout.

  1. Which new leadership skills have you developed?

            This project gave me a better understanding on the concerns about swimming. This project has brought a voice that I never knew what I had. I knew I was very opinioned but I never knew how to express myself in a positive way. This project taught me the only person standing in the way in myself. For the project, I had to really get out of my element, by advocating for my project, and talking to people that I do not really know. This key skill will help me further my education to help people and advocate for me and the people I help. I also learned that people are willing to help, even if you are not close to that person. I invited many different people to help me with this project, like my volunteers, Girl Scout troop, and of course the event attendees. I was surprised how many people were willing to come and help out. This really gave me a better understanding it that the people who came shared on interest as me, they wanted to help people as much as I did.

  1. How are you better able to advocate for yourself and others?

            I am better able to advocate for myself and others by aiming my interest to one goal. I was able to find my inner voice and make decisions to help finish this project. I was able to talk to people, and ask them to help me complete this day. I was able to design a day to help spread awareness about water safety.

  1. How had your access to community resources and relationships with adults changed as a result of this experience?

           The most important thing to note is that parents will do anything for their loved ones. This project showed me that people of all ages can contribute to and improve a community. My community mentor was able to assist in the process of planning an event. My volunteers specifically, Marty, I could not do it without him help. He was very helpful when he was help teaching the group about water safety.

  1. How important has cooperation and team building been in developing your leadership skills?

            The most important skill I learned, was to make sure I listen to what others have to say. This is important because I realized when trying to ask people to help there were some other issues. For example, trying to explain my project idea was hard, so I had to make an outline to send to the volunteers. This told them what was expected of them and what they had to go over. Also, I need to listen to them about personal things, like timing. For example, when I asked the lifeguards to send in their questions, I gave them as much time as possible.

  1. What changes would you make if you were to do this project again?

            I think I would probably be changing is the timing and the amount of advertising I did. The way I would try to change the advertising is by reaching out to more children in and near the Shoreline area. This will probably help expand this day and have a larger outcome. In addition, I would try to pin point the right amount of time to each activity. I realized, that even though I had everything planned out, the timing of each event was off. The parts that were supposed to take the longest took the shortest, and vise versa. The time seemed to be inconsistent and it did not seem to flow. I think all I needed to do was to fix minor parts and try to extend some pieces. The land base and water parts were being thought out, but the time seemed to be cut short.

  1. Has this helped you get an idea of what your future career might be?

            This project has really taught me on what I want to be as a future career. I realized that I want to help people when I get older. Although, I am only a senior in high school, I know I want to work to get a PhD in whatever I do. For my undergraduate, I am majoring in Chemistry. From there, I do not really know where my life is going to take me. I know when I get older, that I want to donate my time in some less developed nations. I learned in AP Human Geography, that people are still struggling to survive. I know where ever I end up, I want to help address that issue.

  1. Now that you have planned, developed, and taken action on your project, how are you better equipped to pursue future/life goals?

          My take action project has really helped decide how and why I am going to into my future major. I personally, have strict goals for myself. I know what I want achieve before I get too old to do them. The Gold Award, gave me a better understanding about how to plan each goal out. For example, I want to help some less developed nations grow and try to be healthy again. If I go into medicine, I want to go and try to the country get better medicine. I want to help them with medical technology, because then they will be able to get a sustainable health care. From there, this can help their economy by having less people dying from diseases. I can honestly, say that I will be able to face my goals more head on rather than trying to walk around them, because of this take action project. 

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Megan close to Gold

Megan held her Gold kick-off event on February 3rd with a project that brings two groups together:  Emergency Medical Services and the Deaf Community.  Megan, along with an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, led the monthly first responder’s training meeting at the Killingworth fire station.  Participants learned simple signs to help them communicate with someone who is deaf should it become necessary in an emergency situation.  EMTs from Killingworth, Salem, and Mystic now have Megan’s presentation materials and handouts to share in an effort to continue educating additional EMTs.  Her project was so well received she has been asked to present to the New London County first responders in the near future.  Finally, Megan filmed her presentation which will be uploaded to YouTube so that first responders can refresh their ASL signs at any time.

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Sydney on the Road to Gold

Sydney held a successful kick-off event teaching water safety to children ages 5-10. Her project, “Keep Your Head Up” was intended for young children to be more proactive in real-life situations.  At her event, participants learned about water safety and experienced water rescue techniques.  The session was divided between pool-time and classroom time, both with trained instructors.  Sydney’s event was held at the Valley Shore YMCA who is incorporating her program into their Splash Week and summer camp programs.  In addition, Sydney created a brochure which will be available at the YMCA and eventually on their website. Here are photos from her event, the majority of which focus on one participant in both sessions in deference to the YMCA’s strict photography policies.

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Update

Hi! This is fscsoccergirl. I know that I am very famous on this website and people have been demanding for my posts. Here is one:

I am working very hard on my Gold Award project. My idea is to teach EMS and firemen/women the basics of American Sign Language. This will be very valuable information for them if they arrive to a scene of an accident and their patients are are deaf or hard of hearing. The meeting will be on February 3rd, 2016, and I hope that there will be many people there. Afterwards, I will get my Gold Award, something I have been working on since I was in kindergarten! Thank you for reading!

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Baking Cookies for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen

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The young ladies from Troop 62019 got together Sunday afternoon and baked hundred of cookies for donation to the Shoreline Soup kitchen.  Slice provided the holiday tunes while the girls got busy producing cookies.

 

 

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Gold!

Congratulations to Annelise for officially earning Girl Scout Gold this evening.  The interview was held at the Coast Guard Academy library with Gold Committee members Virginia and Nicole.  She will receive the pin at an official ceremony in the spring.

 

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Gold Project Reflection

Reflecting on the Road to Gold

Which values from the Girl Scout Promise and Law did you employ?

I try to be a good person employing the ideals of the GS Promise and GS Law on almost any given day; however, the values most highlighted by my project overall are to help people and to make the world a better place.  Children need to connect with the outdoors and through this will learn to care for their community.

Girl Scout Promise 

On my honor, I will try:
    To serve God and my country,
    To help people at all times, 
    And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
 

Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be
    honest and fair,

    friendly and helpful,
    considerate and caring, 
    courageous and strong, and
    responsible for what I say and do, 
and to 
    respect myself and others, 
    respect authority,
    use resources wisely,
    make the world a better place, and 
    be a sister to every Girl Scout. 

 

Which new leadership skills have you developed?

This project furthered and enabled me to act on my love for the outdoors.  I grew up camping with my family starting at 4 months old.  However, this project showed me that I have a voice and leadership skills and can use them to inspire others to appreciate nature.  This year in school, I decided not to take Physics and instead I am taking the UCONN Environmental Science class and learning even more about the global issues facing our planet.  I learned that I can manage many different demands on my time and learned to prioritize and focus on one at a time.  I also learned that people are willing to help a good cause; all you have to do is ask.  Although I had invited my troop and other friends to my kick-off event, I was surprised at how many of them not only came to help out but stayed for the duration and to help clean up.

How are you better able to advocate for yourself and others?

I learned that I have a voice and that I am capable of researching something I believe in, preparing materials in support of a cause, expressing my views to committees and other individuals, and recruiting a team of volunteers to help.  Through this project, it became clear that one individual can have an effect (positive or negative) on a community, be that community large or small.

How has your access to community resources and relationships with adults changed as a result of this experience?

This project showed me that people of all ages can contribute to and improve a community.  I learned that the Parmelee Farm steering committee was willing to take the time to listen to my proposal and once it was accepted, they provided encouragement.  For the most part, the committee treated me as an adult allowing me free reign to take the project in any direction.  They provided guidance and all necessary approvals along the way.

At my kick-off event, I met many interesting adults who share my love of outdoors.

How important has cooperation and team building been in developing your leadership skills?

I am an independent person by nature.  I am organized, have a strong work ethic, and am extremely stubborn when I set my mind to accomplishing something.  My independence on this project was an obstacle as I am somewhat shy and reserved.  This project showed me that delegating tasks and communicating with team members is a skill I need to continue to develop and strengthen.

The girls in my troop, my friends and family, and my other team members were fantastic resources especially when it came to brainstorming ideas.  I had some basic ideas I wanted to include in the booklet, but including a team showed me how to take each idea to a new level.

I also learned that just because I work well under pressure does not mean that others do.  Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and a good leader knows how to work around them.

What changes would you make if you were to do this project again?

If I had been able to schedule my kick-off event to be concurrent with the Parmelee Farm Pumpkin Carving event, I think I would have had a bigger turnout.  However, I had a commitment to my high school Cross Country team that day for which I am a captain and sometimes it is necessary to prioritize.  I also wish I had done more advertising in the elementary schools of adjoining towns.

Has this helped you get an idea of what your future career might be?

I have always been torn between writing and science and have considered a dual major of Neuroscience and English.  However, my renewed love of the outdoors has me considering Environmental Science as an option.  One thing is for sure, I plan on attending a college in the New England area and am looking at colleges set in mountain towns and with an active Outdoors Club.

Now that you have planned, developed, and taken action on your project, how are you better equipped to pursue future/life goals?

Since my academic strengths are in English and Science, I plan to pursue a career in which I conduct research and present that information in a format that is useful to others.  This project helped me believe in myself and my abilities and that I can contribute to a community.  I plan to attend a college where I can pursue undergraduate research perhaps as early as freshman year.

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Girl Scout Gold Project Kick-Off Event

I held a kick-off event on 11-01 to introduce my Girl Scout Gold Project to the community.  Although it was a chilly and windy afternoon, about 30 people attended my event with 20 earning the title Killingworth Explorer.  Participants completed at least six of the following ten activities:

  • Safety questions
  • Tree drawing
  • Finding/naming trees and shrubs
  • Nature bingo
  • Nature word search
  • Trail markers
  • Animal tracks matching
  • Colors in nature
  • Crossword puzzle
  • Coloring pages

If you missed the event, you can still participate on your own time at your convenience:  Become a Killingworth Explorer

Annelise with Mazie, the very first Killingworth Explorer!

Annelise with Mazie, the very first Killingworth Explorer!

Some of the participants were Daisy Girl Scouts from Haddam and Killingworth

Some of the participants were Daisy Girl Scouts from Haddam and Killingworth

Participants working on the coloring pages following a hike

Participants working on the coloring pages following a hike

A good crowd

A good crowd

Explaining the activities

Explaining the activities

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Become a Killingworth Explorer

Print a booklet here or pick one up at the Killingworth Library. Head down the road to Parmelee Farm and complete at least 6 of the 10 activities inside the booklet.  Travel back to the library where you can have your certificate stamped and earn the official Killingworth Explorer patch! Materials will be on display at the library as long as the weather is nice enough to explore Parmelee Farm.  (Please see Tammy Eustis at the library if you need assistance.)

How to print the booklet:

Click on the link below to open the booklet in a new window.  Feel free to print just the pages of activities you like.  If you want to print the entire booklet, you will need 8 sheets of paper and a printer that can print double sided.  Use your printer properties settings to print two pages per sheet and to select double-sided printing.  Print the pages in the following order:

24, 1, 2, 23, 22, 3, 4, 21, 20, 5, 6, 19, 18, 7, 8, 17, 16, 9, 10, 15, 14, 11, 12, 13

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NEW!  Additional Nature Bingo sheets:

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Garden Pics from 08-27

Katie was our posy maker this week and Lindsay West was the caretaker. Katie shared these beautiful pics:

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Garden Pics 08-20

Slice was the garden caretaker and bouquet maker this week.

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Garden Pics from 08-13

Adrienne and Colette were this week’s posy makers. Check it out:

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GS Garden Pics from 7-30

Venom must be showering love upon the garden because it looked beautiful today.  This week we were able to include Bachelor Buttons and Cosmos in our bouquets in addition to our Zinnias . . . along with all the other wildflowers we harvested from the surrounding meadows.  Venom was the Creative Director today while Killa was in charge of Packaging:  what a team!  As usual, Mary Solera contributed some of her flowers from the lower gardens.  Enjoy the show!

Our flowers on display.

Our flowers on display.

Venom thinks the grouping of posies together looks pretty enough to be a wedding bouquet!

Venom thinks the grouping of posies together looks pretty enough to be a wedding bouquet!

And our special today is . . . beans!

And our special today is . . . beans!

Our Creative Director Venom working her magic.

Our Creative Director Venom working her magic.

One of Venom's creations.

One of Venom’s creations.

Mostly wildflowers.

Mostly wildflowers.

The greenery makes this one doesn't it?

The greenery makes this one doesn’t it?

We have two different pink Cosmos colors.  Surprise!

We have two different pink Cosmos colors. Surprise!

We should have more and more of these blooming in the next few weeks.

We should have more and more of these blooming in the next few weeks.

We are starting to see blooming Bachelor Buttons!

We are starting to see blooming Bachelor Buttons!

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GS Flower Garden Pics from 7-23 and 7-25

Annelise and I found the garden very peaceful each day as we watered and weeded.  We planted two new pink flower bushes and one new daisy bush.  Beware!  The honeybees as well as bumblebees just adore the pink cone flowers (not sure what their official name is.)

On Thursday, we picked our zinnias, some of the new daisies and pink cone flowers, and whatever the purple flowers are in the corner.  We also walked around the wild areas of the meadow and along the trails and picked additional flowers.  Annelise chose 4-5 items and wrapped them with a twisty tie.  Then I wrapped them in a wet paper towel and placed them in a baggie with 2-3 ice cubes I had brought from home.  Finally, we tied them with twine and placed them gently in a container for customer selection.  Something so simple can be amazingly beautiful!

The Shared Harvest volunteers are all very helpful and showed us the ropes, especially Mary Solera and Trin Walton.

The garden before picking  . . . multi-colored zinnias; did you know we have white zinnias?

The garden before picking . . . multi-colored zinnias; did you know we have white zinnias?

Vivid colors!

Vivid colors!

No respect from the birds . . . but easily hosed off!

No respect from the birds . . . but easily hosed off!

The posies!

The posies!

More posies.

More posies.

The new daisies.

The new daisies.

The new pink flowers and my honeybee friend.  I wonder if it is one of Ben Chasse's from his hive?

The new pink flowers and my honeybee friend. I wonder if it is one of Ben Chasse’s from his hive?

The Shared Harvest table.

The Shared Harvest table.

Very pretty . . . wish I knew what their name was.  They look like they will be prickly but the are not!

Very pretty . . . wish I knew what their name was. They look like they will be prickly but they are not!

Our very first of the Cosmos to bloom.  We may have some to pick next harvest.

Our very first of the Cosmos to bloom. We may have some to pick next harvest.

It is blurry but that's because I was very excited that the first Bachelor Button has bloomed.  We have had trouble weeding this section!

It is blurry but that’s because I was very excited that the first Bachelor Button has bloomed. We have had trouble weeding this section!

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Community Garden

Troop 62019 will participate in the Shared Harvest initiative at Parmelee Farm’s Community Gardens.  Today we took a first look at Plot #11 after which we edged, weeded, and turned the soil.  Finally we covered the plot with black plastic as our weed barrier.

Labor Day Gardening . . . you gotta have the proper style!

Memorial Day Gardening . . . you gotta have the proper style!

Avoid the Stinging Nettle!

Avoid the Stinging Nettle!

Plot #11:  See you in two weeks!

Plot #11: See you in two weeks!

Killa, Squid, Anapiece, AS1898, Kat, and Slice

Killa, Squid, Anapiece, AS1898, Kat, and Slice

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2014 Fall Campout

It was a cold night but that didn’t stop members of GS Troop from attending the fall campout.  This year we had a beautiful site right on Lake Pattaconk.

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Bear Mountain Backpacking Trip-NOT A GIRL SCOUT TRIP

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Girl Scout Troop 62019 Present GIRLtopia Quilt to Killingworth Historical Society

Girl Scout Troop 62019 will present their GIRLtopia quilt to the Killinworth Historical Society on Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30 pm at the Killingworth Town Hall.  The quilt will be permanently on display at the Parmelee Farm House along with a poster describing their journey and the meaning of each block.  At Wednesday’s ceremony the girls will summarize their year-long journey and describe the inspiration and research behind each quilt block.  Everyone is welcome to join us on Wednesday and hear the girls share their story.

Quilting Bee #2

Quilting Bee #2

Independence and Individuality Block by Katherine Simoniello

Independence and Individuality Block by Katherine Simoniello

Education Block by Lindsay Nord

Education Block by Lindsay Nord

Unity and Togetherness Block by Adrienne Schultz

Unity and Togetherness Block by Adrienne Schultz

Safety and Nonviolence Block by Katherine Simoniello

Safety and Nonviolence Block by Katherine Simoniello

Kindness, Forgiveness, and Honesty Block by Sydney Hyde

Kindness, Forgiveness, and Honesty Block by Sydney Hyde

Respect for all Humans Block by Sydney Hyde and Lindsay West

Respect for all Humans Block by Sydney Hyde and Lindsay West

Love Block by Megan Toman

Love Block by Megan Toman

Peace Block by Megan Toman

Peace Block by Megan Toman

Shelter and Home Life Block by Annelise Walsh

Shelter and Home Life Block by Annelise Walsh

 

Happiness Block by Alice Simoniello

Happiness Block by Alice Simoniello

Friendship Block by Cherie Toman

Friendship Block by Cherie Toman

Freedom Block by Lindsay Nord

Freedom Block by Lindsay Nord

Courage Block by Adrienne Schultz

Courage Block by Adrienne Schultz

Equal Career/Hobby Opportunity Block by Diane Walsh

Equal Career/Hobby Opportunity Block by Diane Walsh

Justice and Equality Block by Lindsay West

Justice and Equality Block by Lindsay West

Global Conservation Block by Annelise Walsh

Global Conservation Block by Annelise Walsh

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