Category Archives: Girl Scouts

Recycled Sit-Upon

Now that the big race is over (and aside from going back to full-time work in a couple of days), the next big thing is Girl Scouts! We have a big camping trip this weekend, and one of the things on the packing list is a sit-upon.

A sit-upon is just what the name says: something you sit on. It’s usually water-resistant and often cushioned. It can be as simple as a cut square of plastic or vinyl. My troop has never made sit-upons! So we will be doing it tonight at our pre-trip meeting. We don’t have much troop money right now, so I decided to look for a recycled-craft idea, and found this one.

Yep, it’s just plastic grocery bags. I folded the handles to the inside, then folded them in thirds and flattened them into strips. I wove six strips together. Then I folded the ends in and stapled them. That’s it! The Girl Guide leader who posted the idea suggested that you could also finish the edges with duct tape.

That should take care of all these plastic bags we’ve been holding on to. :-)

Buying Popcorn From Boy Scouts

I stopped at Fred Meyer earlier, and noticed on my way to the WAMU ATM that a Boy Scout was selling popcorn.  I thought maybe I’d buy some.  Then I had a tussle with myself about whether I really wanted my money to go to the Boy Scouts.  Their official policies are anti-gay, and there are other things I don’t like about them too.  But I decided, based on personal experience, that they do more good than harm, and as a lifelong member of the Girl Scouts (who, by the way, are NOT anti-gay) I know how important the sales can be for the kids.

I  bounced up to the table with my cash in hand.  “What have you got?” I inquired, smiling.  Then I looked at the pictorial price sheet on the table.

$15 for a package of microwave popcorn, with 15 individual packets inside.  $30-40 for large tins of popcorn.  I wanted to just back away at that point, but after voluntarily approaching the table and speaking up, felt I couldn’t.  I ended up buying the cheapest item, which was a very small tin of caramel corn with peanuts for $8.

Aside from the prices, I was shocked that the young man in the Boy Scout uniform did not say one word during the whole transaction.  His parents did everything.  And he was a teenager — taller than I am.  If you are involved in Girl Scouts, you know that we are told this should NEVER HAPPEN.  The cookie sale isn’t just about making money; it’s also about the girls learning skills, like dealing with the public, making change, etc.  Adults are NEVER supposed to do the selling.  We get in trouble if we get caught doing it.

So, I’m sorry, Boy Scouts, but I won’t be buying any more popcorn.  I’ll be waiting for the Girl Scout cookie sale.  The price is going up in Oregon and Southwest Washington; next year they’ll be $4 per box, but I don’t think that’s too outrageous, given the quality, and it’s comparable to the price of many store-bought cookies.  I also know for sure that it’s an organization I can believe in.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will begin taking orders for cookies in January 2009.  For other areas of the U.S., you can check here for availability.  Outside the U.S.?  You may be out of luck.  Sorry!

Surfing for Girl Scouts

My Tag Surfer is working again. For some reason, it was giving me a blank screen for a few days, but now it’s back.

Tag Surfer? Well, I know some of you use the Blog Surfer to keep track of your favorite blogs. Tag Surfer is similar, but instead of adding your favorite blogfriends, you add your favorite tags to a list, and then the Tag Surfer will show you the latest posts with those tags. It’s pretty cool. You can access it from the Dashboard — on my Dashboard, it’s two tabs over from the Blog Surfer.

If you know me at all, you won’t be surprised that one of the tags in my Tag Surfer is “girl scouts.” It’s been a pretty quiet tag until recently, but today I see several posts about Girl Scouts. The interesting thing is that three of them are about the same thing: Muslim girls in Girl Scouts. Apparently the New York Times did an article about this.

I think it’s pretty cool that Girl Scouting embraces girls of all religions and backgrounds — and always has. Rather than rehash the whole thing for you, if you’re interested, here are the links:

New York Times article