Wednesday, August 20, 2014

As Promised! Finally a Brownie Badge Tracker!

I've finally created a Brownie Tracker....and it's free! As a bonus, I've created three versions of the top graphic.  So you can choose which one you like best and replace it in the document.  Simple "right click" the image and save to your computer.  In the tracker document, double click the top graphic on the first page and replace it with the one you saved.  It's that easy!

It's my hope to get the following projects up in the next two weeks, just in time for Back to Troop:

  • Leader Binder Packet
  • Kaper Sheets
  • Cadette Badge Tracker
Download the tracker here.  I hope all of you Brownie Leaders find this tracker useful!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cookie Recap!

Compared to last year, this year's cookie sales were a breeze.  Why?  We set realistic goals!  The Girl Scout cookie market becomes saturated after two weeks of booth sales in our area.  Sales are still great but they tend to slow as the cookies become more "visible" after pre-sales.  So we ordered less cookies for booth sales than we had the previous year.  For the new Cranberry Citrus Crisps we had samples out at each booth sale.  One of the big selling points was that they are great with tea!  We were a pilot council for the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookie as well.  Although we had quite a few leftover from booth sales, we did sell almost all of our stock at our retail store display.

This was our second year of doing a standing sale in a retail store.  A local florist in our area allows us to have a display in store for the entire duration of sales.  They sell and collect money for the cookies on our behalf.  Here is our booth from this year:

I created and laminated cute signs for the display.  If you are curious about selling at a retail location, don't be afraid to ask!  I've spoken with a few retailers who said they would be willing, but have never been asked.  This is not to be confused with an official booth sale.  We do not have girls outside soliciting customers.  Check with your council to see what the policy is on retail store sales.  Our florist friend likes to have them as a service to their customers.  They also make a great add-on to bouquets, as Mother's Day gifts or in a gift basket.  So it's a win-win for both our troop and the florist.  Thank you Strelitzia Flowers!

As our thank you this year, the girls wrapped artificial flowers on pens with floral tape.  We painted tin buckets with chalkboard paint.  Using a a chalk pen, I wrote "Pens in Bloom" on each bucket as well as "Thank you from Troop 1949" on the bottom of the buckets. To keep the pens upright, I put a wedge of styrofoam in the bottom of the bucket.  The florist loved them and when I was in visiting last week they were already out on the counter :)  All supplies (except the chalk pen) came from the Dollar Tree!

I was happy with the wrapup of cookie sales this year and especially fortunate that I had two awesome cookie moms on board.   They were uber organized, had great communication and followed through on all the details of their positions.  As a thank you, I gave each of their daughter's this patch:

and made both moms one of these:

But instead of sunscreen I added a colorful drink stake to the center of the towel (purchased a pack of two from Target's seasonal section), similar to these:

The verdict?  Both mom's were super grateful.  One even said:  "Best gift ever! Just in time for summer!"  So don't forget to thank your cookie moms for all their hard work!

Happy Summer~

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Oh My Wordle!

Happy Summer Leaders!  Does your troop meet during the summer?  If not, why?  For my troop the girls travel a lot throughout the summer and it would not be feasible to continue meeting when school is out.  But I know troops that not only continue to meet, but also do service projects and activities all summer long.

Please take a moment to take the poll located to the right of this post!

What's in a word?  Words are powerful, words can elicit emotion, describe people, places and things and create a visual picture.  So I was super excited to stumble across Wordle when I saw a printed "word cloud" a co-worker had created for her new education program.  I believe I might have squealed.  She was in the midst of creating a Kan Ban board to assist her with developing a linear plan for a program that wasn't created yet.  Think storyboards in filmmaking.

I'm a very visual learner so making and using Kan Ban boards is right up my alley.  But I digress.

Wordle is a tool that allows you to input keywords and output a word graphic like this:

Colors, fonts and word direction can all be personalized.  The resulting graphic is printable and saveable, but be cautioned, sometimes it's a bit tricky and you can't "find" the graphic so be sure to do screen shots of pertinent information before moving on.  You will not be able to go back and according to the current Wordle FAQ's, you cannot search for a wordle.

The more words you use, the more detailed the word cloud:

Wordle has a lot of applications to troop life.  It is a great way for girls to do a visual brainstorming session, use it as a tool in the "It's Your Story, Tell It" journeys and would make a great gift if you entered each girl's name and her qualities, or troop goals, etc. along with a few Girl Scout words.  Here is one I found on the web:

So visit Wordle and play away!