Ok, so I didn’t actually keep blogging. Sorry about that. The thing, I wouldn’t have really known what to blog about even if I had tried.
To begin with, my nieces have both quit. The younger one never adjusted and only attended a couple more meetings before giving up, and the older one lost interest over the summer. What can you do?
As far as meetings go, before the end of last year we had a camp rep come out once to lead our girls in a wild about camp activity for a fun patch, and we did a make your own badge. The girls chose Pinterest, which turned out to be a lot of fun. They worked together to write the criteria and then fulfill it. First, they had to learn internet safety and how to use Pinterest. Second, they selected one each: a life hack, a craft, a no bake dessert, and a drink. As I recall, the dessert was an Oreo parfait, the drink was a unicorn float, the life hack was turning a glass soda bottle into a soap dispenser, and the craft I completely forget.
There was pumpkin carving.
There was a Christmas fair.
A camp-out got cancelled.
They went bowling for their end of year party.
My daughter went to summer camp for the first time. She loved it. My husband hated it. Lice were involved (picked up at a church camp, got her sent home at check-in at girl scout camp, luckily there was another week later in the summer with the same program).
We earned badges at home and finished her brownie journeys so she could get her second summit award. I think we only failed to finish 3 or 4 badges. She didn’t notice.
There was a service unit bridging ceremony and my girl went from brownie to junior, now the only one in her troop.
We lost our third week meeting time at the school we use, so starting back in the fall we were reduced to meeting once a month on the first week. Fall product took up most of the fall, then there was a Christmas party. I honestly can’t remember if they earned anything at all other than sales rewards before the new year. I think there was social butterfly for the juniors, making friends for the brownies, for the start of a new school year?
There was an overnight council event cut short by lice, not my daughter this time, but in the troop.
There were cookie sales. Yay cookie sales. She didn’t meet her sales goal, but that’s a lesson in itself, right?
Oh! We did a world thinking day booth, then I completely blanked on the day of the event and my daughter missed it. Oops.
Seriously, I cannot figure out what else has occupied our time. I think there has been one more badge in the spring, and we just finished one of the financial awards (after cookie season, not in conjunction with…though we did use cookie earnings to work on the budgeting idea; the girls decided what to do with their new troop funds. It was like pulling teeth to get usually really opinionated girls to contribute to the discussion, though, go figure.)
And there was one overnight event that I was underwhelmed with. We watched a movie and had a single nature hike. Ok.
I think I may be forgetting a single badge or activity. It’s all been somewhere between a hot mess and perfectly adequate. My daughter is still really enjoying it, but there seems to be little to no motivation and very little learning/progress being made. I can’t complain too much, though, because I’ve been exhausted this year from stress and a boy, about to be two, who still keeps me from sleeping well. It’s only been a month and a half that it’s kinda gotten tolerable.
We’ll do badges, a journey, maybe two, this summer to keep her busy and make me feel like it’s worth the investment of time and money.
So, adequate is ok. It doesn’t all have to be spectacular. We’re still moving forward.
So why am I back today? Well, it’s been a year since I disappeared. Look at my last post for a clue about what prompted my return and what I’ll be writing about tomorrow.