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?
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.
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.
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,
respect myself and others,
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.
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
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
NEW! Additional Nature Bingo sheets:
Katie was our posy maker this week and Lindsay West was the caretaker. Katie shared these beautiful pics:
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!
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.
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.
Killa, Squid, Anapiece, AS1898, Kat, and Slice
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.
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.
The leaders struggling to walk on the rocks.
The Squid by the fire.
Is that a Mrs. Walsh I see? If it is, she must be exhausted from a full day and night with us girls.
In all seriousness.