It's 2015: Guest blogging, Creating and Still Spinning from Convention!

Happy New Year, lovelies!

I'm excited for 2015, are you?  It may seem like I've been a bit scarce, but behind the scenes there is so much going on! Current happenings:

  • Working on a leader planner!
  • Doing lots of custom work on logos for troops
  • Starting my troop up again after a six month hiatus due to my National Delegate duties
  • Performing my National Delegate and Service Unit Representative duties!
  • Guest blogging for Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
I'm looking forward to creating more and more resources this year.  In fact, it's one of my resolutions.  Check out this sneak peek of the iamgirlscouts leader planner coming out this month!

After returning from National Convention in October, I was full of Girl Scout spirit.  I highly recommend attending one of the triennial conferences if you can.  I didn't think it was possible to love Girl Scouts more than I already did, but I came home with fulfilled purpose and a greater appreciation for the movement.

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California asked me to write a guest blog for them about my experience.  I was more than happy to!  My post, Five Things I'm Still Thinking about from Convention, can be found here.

Here are just a few of the custom logos I created in 2014: 

To order a customized troop logo, visit my store at Teachers Pay Teachers.

This is the first year in four that my girls are not selling cookies. We are reconvening our troop this month (instead of starting in September) to allow time for me to fulfill my delegate duties.  It was a nice break going through fall and the holidays without meetings, outings and the holiday boutique. I committed the time to other worthy ventures, but I'm looking forward to getting back in the swing of things.

Feel free to email me if you have any suggestions for resources! Bye for now.

I'm in Utah!!

Yesterday, after a hop skip and a jump in the clouds from Sacramento, I stepped off the plane to a warm, sunny day in Salt Lake City.  A friend of mine from high school lives in Tooele, Utah, about 40 miles from SLC.  She treated me to the culinary delights of The Red Iguana, a restaurant famously featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.  I had a delicious dish, called Puntas De Filete a la Nortena, which is top sirloin tips sautéed with bacon, jalapeño strips, onions and fresh tomatoes, served with almond mole,   served with corn tortillas and a side of refried beans. It was over-the-moon delish.

After dinner I had the privilege of attending her son's high school football game and see her son get honored as a graduating senior.  A quick pit stop to get ice cream to energize us so that we could stay up and finish my SWAPS.  Weeks prior to attending convention I began to plan my SWAPs design.  At first I was going to go with the strawberry theme, since my online self is straw/jen/berry.  But I thought about why I'm attending convention and felt it would be a disservice to the state of California if I didn't represent the importance of agriculture in our state and region.  As a part of the Girl Scout Heart of Central California Council, I wanted to honor exactly what makes us the "heart" of Central California.

So I came up with an agricultural-themed SWAP in a bag.  After false starts and stops, supply issues, lots of online surfing to get just the right thing and tricky shipping to get it on is my #GSC14 SWAP:

The Diving Girl Apples fruit crate label represents the bounty of California's agricultural heritage and the historic significance of California's abundance of crops that feed many states.

The mini California's are self-explanatory and cute!

The buckwheat groats is the soil and the grass represents the fields.

Lastly, the tomato represents one of Yolo County's (where I live) #1 crop!

I'm happy with the finished product.  Opening ceremonies are tonight and I look forward to lots of SWAPing.

What's New? Senior & Ambassador Trackers, Poll Results

Monday funday! Well, we try right?  I am pleased to announce that I've completed both the Senior and Ambassador trackers.  Each are available in either Word (editable) or PDF (not editable) formats.  I was thinking it would be really cool to give these to the girls and have them keep track.  Perfectly Girl-led!  Here are the links:

Senior [Word version]
Senior [PDF]
Ambassador [Word Version]
Ambassador [PDF]

Does Your Girl Scout Troop Meet During the Summer Months?

Yes ~ 49 (21%)

No ~ 78 (34%)

We do camps and meetings
  21 (9%)

We do camps but no meetings
  17 (7%)

We do special trips and meetings
  36 (15%)

We do only special trips but no meetings
  84 (36%)

Number of Total Votes: 228

The majority of troops don't meet during the summer, which didn't surprise me.  I love the fact that 36% of troops do special trips during the summer and others do camps or meetings or both!  There are some super dedicated troop leaders out there.  You are Girl Scouts!

Last but not least, I've added a donation button on the blog.  Many of my resources are free and I want to keep it that way! If you like what you see and want the freebies to keep flowing and stay free, feel free to donate to iamgirlscouts. All proceeds go to supporting the creation and maintenance of iamgirlscouts troop resources and tools.

I hope you are all having a great September so far!

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