Make Your Own Paper Beads

We’ve all been at home for quite a while now, and there is a good chance you’re looking for something to fill the time with your girls that is productive and uses supplies you likely have at home. If that’s true- paper beads are the perfect activity for you! We recently made them during one of our Girl Scouts Connected all-ages sessions, and they not only allow you to make beautiful art with your girls, but will also allow you to reuse some paper products that may normally be thrown away!

Instructions

1. Place your paper face down on your work surface so that the side facing you is not the side that will form the outside of the bead.

2. With a sharp pencil mark the reverse side of your paper in the design you’d like to follow to make the bead. (Straight strip, triangle, etc.)

3.  Continue marking up the paper until you have the desired number of designs to cut out. To simplify this step, you could make a paper bead template to draw around.

4.  Carefully cut out the shapes using scissors or for a more accurate cut use a straight edge and a craft knife or rotary cutter.

5.      Take your skewer or dowel and starting at the wide end of your paper sample roll the paper around the skewer slightly so that it starts to form a cylinder. Once you are happy with the alignment roll this back and apply a little glue across the width of the paper.

6.  Now carefully roll the paper past the glue and continue as straight as you need for your design.

7.  Add glue as you roll, making sure the roll is tight.

8.   At the very end, make sure the last inch or two has glue and is firmly down as you finish.

9.  Transfer the bead from the skewer or dowel to a toothpick and stick on to a foam block.

10. When you have a good number of beads prepared you should then brush each bead with a few coats of varnish to make them water resistant. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but ensure that when touch dry you rotate them on the cocktail stick so they don’t stick when fully dry. Several thin coats over time give a much more polished result than one thick coat. Be patient for the best results!

DIY Edible Slime

Are your girls slime obsessed? If they’re between the ages of 5 and 13, there is a good chance the answer is yes. Not only can traditional slime be expensive to make, but it can take up tons of space since kids seem to want to keep it forever. Edible slime is not only cost effective, but since it’s delicious and edible, you don’t have to make space for it because your girls will eat it up! Let’s dive right in and make some edible slime!

Ingredients

  1. 1 bag of marshmallows (mini marshmallows melt quickest, but any size will work)
  2. Oil of any kind EXCEPT olive oil
  3. 1 pack of powder drink mix
  4. Powdered sugar (1-4 cups depending on marshmallow quantity)
  5. Measuring spoons and stirring utensils

Instructions

  1. Pour marshmallows into a microwave safe mixing bowl, and add in oil and mix until marshmallows are coated and moist.
  2. Microwave in small increments (we did 10 seconds at a time and stirred each time) until the marshmallows are melty.
  3. Mix marshmallow mixture well and add in powdered sugar and powdered drink mix.
  4. Make sure the mixture is isn’t too hot and then use your hands to keep mixing until the desired consistency and you’re ready to play/eat your slime!

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Do Your Own Ice Tie-Dye!

Have you been following along with our virtual programming series, Girl Scouts Connected? Every weekday, we host multiple virtual programs designed to teach girls important skills, while keeping them engaged and connected in this time of social distancing. If you want to know more about virtual programming, which is free to all girls, head over to our website to register for the next live webinar, or view our archive of past sessions!

During one of our Facebook Live sessions, Outdoor Programs Manager, Lauren Pace led us in a new twist on tie-dye! If you have some extra time on your hands these days, or are just looking for something to get your girls outside or keep them engaged, try ice tie-dye!

Instructions

Prewash and dry cotton article you will be tie dying.

Soak article in a solution of soda ash or simple table salt for 5 minutes to 1 hour before you plan to tie dye. Make up a solution of ½ cup per gallon of water. You may soak the item rubber banded, ready for tie dye, or un-banded.

After pulling your article from the solution, when you are ready to dye, squeeze the excess solution out so that the article is damp but not dripping.

Rubber band your item in any way you want to create designs. (Look up tie dye designs for more intricate patterns!)

Next take your aluminum foil and cut a piece long enough to wrap around the edge of your item.

Fold your foil down the middle long ways (hotdog) and then again down the middle (hot dog style).

Wrap your foil around the article making a small tower to hold your ice.

Place your item, wrapped in foil, on your rack above your tub (without a tub the dye will drip everywhere and will stain your picnic table or sink!)

Add ice to the top of your item. If you want a stronger color or less movement of dye, add less ice. With more ice, your color will dilute and move through your cotton more.

Using gloves or a plastic bag, open and shake powder dye onto the ice. More dye will result in stronger colors in that area. Be careful when adding colors that will compete and may absorb one another! For example, yellow, orange, and red will compete for space and the red may over power!

Leave ice to melt. You may want to put into the sun, just remember the faster the ice melts, the less time your dye will move around the cotton.

After you have let the dye process for 5-24 hours, using gloves, un- band your article and rinse gently in cool water.

Once the water runs clear with cool water, switch to warm water and finish rinsing the cotton out.

Squeeze the water from the article, dry it with an old towel. Left over dye may bleed on to the towel while it dries.

After it is dry, wash in cold water with a mild detergent. Be sure to wash with other items that you are ok with getting dyed, like old towels.

Dry and wear!

Lauren Pace proudly sporting her finished shirt and bandana! Did you try it yourself? Make sure to email us your photos at mtaylor@gssc-mm.org!

DIY Edible Bird Nests

Spring is in the air! While we’re all itching to get out and celebrate spring and all it means, we have a great way to get in the spirit of warmer weather, nature, and new spring life with your girls right at home. Edible bird nests are as cute as they are delicious and we have the quick and easy recipe for you here:

Ingredients

-15 oz box of shredded wheat, crushed (not frosted) – can substitute a whole 20 oz can of chow mein noodles -One stick of butter -A whole 10 oz bag of marshmallows -Egg shaped Easter candies of your choice

Instructions

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. 
2. Add the marshmallows and heat until bubbly and the butter is incorporated into the marshmallows. Stir occasionally. 
3. Mix in the shredded wheat until all marshmallow mixture is fully blended in. 
4. Using a round-shaped scoop, scoop about 1.5 Tbsp of the mixture into a lightly greased muffin pan. Then press the rounded back of the scoop into the dollop of the mixture to form the cup inside the nest. 
5. By the time you finish filling the muffin pans, you can remove the nests and place on a tray for display. Fill them with the candy eggs of your choice.

A HUGE thank you to volunteer, Emily Houghton, for leading us in this recipe on Facebook Live and providing the recipe! Have a great recipe or activity for girls to do while practicing safe social distancing guidelines? Send it to Michelle Taylor at mtaylor@gssc-mm.org!

DIY Armpit Fudge

Hey there Girl Scouts! Did you catch our all-ages activity on Facebook Live today? If you didn’t, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in on the fun and make your own armpit fudge. This quick and silly treat only requires 5 ingredients, a sandwich bag, and an armpit! Here is the recipe in-case you missed it, or just want to refer back to make it again:

Ingredients

  • 50g icing sugar (half a cup)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons cream cheese
  • A dash of vanilla essence
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa

Instructions

Place all ingredients in your sandwich bag and squeeze out all of the air once you’re sure it’s tightly sealed.

Place the bag in your armpit and squish and jiggle it until all the ingredients are well mixed and it has a creamy consistency.

To make it extra tasty, you can add in some extra flavours like raisins, peanut butter, nuts or some M&Ms. The mixture should be ready to eat now, so grab a spoon and enjoy!

We hope this recipe makes a quick, fun, and tasty treat for you and your girls. Make sure to share your photos with us by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram!

Meet the Board: Latrice Johnson

The next member of our Meet the Board blog series is an engineer who is passionate about getting girls into STEM! Latrice Johnson is a proud Girl Scout Alum, engineer, and a long-time friend of Girl Scouting!

Latrice’s Childhood and Values

“One of the values instilled in me when I was young was to be grateful for what I had because there is always someone out in the world with less. No matter what, I had, I was always taught to share. Today I live this in my day to day life. No matter if it is my time, talent or finances. I live by the verse from Luke 12:48 ‘For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.'(KJV)”

Most Memorable Girl Scout Experience

“My most memorable Girl Scout experience is going back to the Girl Scout troop that I grew up in (in the Carolina Low Country Girl Scout council) and being the speaker for their Investiture and Rededication Ceremony. I was so honored to be asked and excited to have the opportunity to share some of my Girl Scout experience with the troop. Seeing some of the ladies that I was in Girl Scouts with who now had their children in Girls Scouts was so uplifting and really speaks to the impact that Girl Scouts can have on someone’s life. An impact that is experienced for generations.”

Career

“I work as an engineer and I am passionate about spreading STEM opportunities and education to Black and brown girls in underserved communities. It is extremely important that STEM is integrated into everyday life from childhood and seen as fun. Understanding how things work together to create something else is what got me interested in STEM. It started with taking apart the mechanical pencil in class, then it moved to designing launchers to play games with my friends. For the last 15 years, I have had the opportunity to design multi-million dollar packaging systems all over the world. I want a young girl to look at me and believe they could do so much more.”

Advice to Girls

“Being a good leader requires a listening ear, an open heart, and a curious mind. Listen for understanding, not just to respond. Be open to new and innovative ideas. They will come in different forms and sometimes when you least expect it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions until to you have a clear understanding.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about board member, Latrice Johnson today! Make sure to join us next week as we highlight two more members of the board as we get to know them better! Want to learn more about our council and ways to get involved? Check out our upcoming events here.

Meet the Board: Gloria Webb Close

The next member of our Meet the Board blog series is an educator who turned her passion and experience in education and professional development into her own business! Gloria Webb Close is a 2016 Women of Distinction honoree, entrepreneur, and a valuable asset to our board of directors.

Gloria’s Childhood

“I am from a family of five children, with salt-of-the-earth parents who believed that an education was our ticket to a better life. They made it possible for us all the graduate from college; an opportunity they did not have. I learned to do many things for myself as did my siblings. At the age of 10, my family moved to Asheville where we laid down roots.”

Career

“I own a small consulting firm- Webb-Close Consulting. I provide support for school districts and nonprofits in the areas of college and career readiness, strategic planning, leadership development, curriculum writing, etc. Prior to that, I was Vice Chancellor at USC Spartanburg, Director of Guidance at a large high school, school counselor, grant writer, and librarian.”

Advice to Girls

“Listen, identify wise people, and establish relationships with them. Seek guidance, and be humble.”

Mentorship

“I have always had mentors at various stages of my life…and as a result of the different lessons and wisdom they give me, I will continue to seek help from others. In them I look for their peace of mind, ability to exercise sound judgment, and willingness to listen and love unconditionally. Some of my mentors are women, some are men and they know I look to them.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about board member, Gloria Webb Close today! Make sure to join us next week as we highlight two more members of the board as we get to know them better! Want to learn more about our council and ways to get involved? Check out our upcoming events here.

Meet the Board: Lillian Brock Flemming

The next member of our Meet the Board blog series is a retired teacher who turned her passion for her community into a career in public service as a City Council Woman! Lillian Brock Flemming is a lifetime member, and an amazing asset to our Board of Directors.

Lillian’s Childhood

“My childhood began on the West side of Greenville, South Carolina nicknamed “the Southernside” because it was anchored by the Southern Railroad. As many other African Americans, I lived across or near the railroad tracks. My parents were originally from Georgia and South Carolina farms.”

Most Memorable Girl Scout Experience

“My most memorable Girl Scout activity was as a Brownie Scout, our troop was able to do a field trip to the Donaldson Air Force Base now called SC-TAC. On that day the site of the large planes which carried bombs and troops gave me a real view of how our military has to prepare to keep our country safe. I will never forget that day and how really small I felt but how safe I also felt to know that our troops were there. My oldest brother had just returned to America after fighting in the Korean Conflict. I got a better look at some of the steps he had to go through as a soldier.”

Career, Education, and Community Service

Lillian is a Greenville native who has served on City Council since 1981. She graduated with honors from Sterling High School and has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mathematics education from Furman University. She also received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Furman in September 2014.  

In 2017, Lillian retired from Greenville County Schools with 46 years of service, first as a high school mathematics teacher and later, as a professional employment recruiter. She has an equally longstanding record of community service and has served on the boards of a wide array of organizations. She is a past president of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, past president of Greenville Blue Star Mothers-Chapter 3, past board chair of Southernside Block Partnership, Inc. and a charter member of the West End Lions Club. 

She currently serves on the boards of Brockwood Senior Housing (named for her mother, Lila Mae Brock), the Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Council, AdvanceSC and Upstate Warrior Solutions. Lillian is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of SC – Mountains to Midlands and serves on both the board and the personnel committee. She is also a lifetime member of the Greenville branch of the NAACP. 

Lillian has received numerous awards and honors throughout her career and tenure on City Council, including Furman University’s Outstanding Alumni Service Award and the United Negro College Fund’s Outstanding Service Award, has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Upstate and has been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Greenville three times. 

Each year, Furman University presents the Lillian Brock Flemming Leadership Award to an outstanding minority student. 

(From Lillian’s bio on the City of Greenville’s website)

Values

“The values that were instilled in me from my childhood that I continue to keep in my life now are: work hard, treat others as you want to be treated, care about others, be kind, train up your children in the ways of the Lord, and let your faith be your guide.”

Mentorship

“My greatest mentor was my mother, Lila Mae Brock. She worked two jobs like my Dad and still came home to play with me at night and check my homework. My present-day mentor is Peggy Baxter. A retired health administrator whose heart is for the health of all people especially the poor, the elderly and people of color who are often not given the best of health care. She helps me to do all I can to help those who need help. I cannot stop!”

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about board member, Lillian Brock Flemming today! Make sure to join us next week as we highlight two more members of the board as we get to know them better! Want to learn more about our council and ways to get involved? Check out our upcoming events here.

Meet the Board: Ruth Cate

The next member of our Meet the Board blog series is not only an entrepreneur and philanthropist, but a proud Girl Scout Alum! Ruth Cate is a long-standing member of our Board of Directors and is passionate about girls reaching their full leadership potential.

Ruth’s Childhood

“I grew up the oldest child and only daughter of a Baptist minister and a stay at home mom, back when Baptists were more mainstream than now. My parents always told me I could be anything and do anything. Even with their limited resources, they still had my College and law school money saved and ready for me.”

Most Memorable Girl Scout Experience

“Riding in the parade in our small town on the back of a big truck, sitting on bales of hay and wearing our uniforms.”

Career

“I have my own law firm, devoted to Family Law and I love every minute of it, even when it makes me sad.”

Attorney Ruth Cate is the founder of The Cate Law Firm, a Spartanburg law practice focused exclusively in the area of family law, including divorce, adoption, paternity, custody and related matters in Spartanburg, Cherokee, Greenville and Union counties.Ruth obtained both her B.A. and law degrees in just four and a half years from the University of South Carolina. As an undergraduate at USC’s Honor College, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduating magna cum laude. While attending law school at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Ruth became the second female page hired by the South Carolina House of Representatives and the House’s first female research assistant.

Ruth began the practice of law after moving to Spartanburg in 1977. She amassed a wide variety of legal experience before founding The Cate Law Firm in 1995 and devoting her practice exclusively to family law. Ruth has developed deep ties to the community of Spartanburg. She has taken on several major leadership roles in the community, including over ten years on the Board of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce; two terms on the Board of Governors for the USC Alumni Association; eight and a half years on the Board of Trustees for the Mary Black Foundation, including two years as chair; and over ten years on the Board of Directors of the Girls Scouts – Mountains to Midlands.

Values

“Be dependable, do what you say you are going to do, be on time, pay your bills fast, try not to borrow money. Money in savings is more enjoyable than money spent on unnecessary expenses.”

Advice to Young Women

“Push yourselves, volunteer for anything requested. Think about what needs doing and how can you get it done.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about board member, Ruth Cate today! Make sure to join us next week as we highlight two more members of the board as we get to know them better! Want to learn more about our council and ways to get involved? Check out our upcoming events here.

Meet the Board: Serita Acker

Our Board of Directors not only helps guide the big-picture direction of our council, but they also use their visibility in the community and leadership to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in our communities. Our next feature story in the Meet the Board blog series profiles board member, Serita Acker.

Serita’s Childhood

“I came from humble beginnings. I grew up on the West-side of Anderson, SC. My parents both finished high school but I was the first in my family to attend College. I am the only girl. I have two brothers. So, I had developed a strong personality dealing with all boys.”

Career

“I serve as Clemson University’s principal investigator for the Louis Stokes-South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-SCAMP), an NSF-funded effort to increase the nation’s number of minority PhDs. I also direct the LS-SCAMP’s alliance-wide Research Abroad effort, which sends students to Singapore each summer to conduct research at Nanyang Technical University. I have served as an advisor to numerous campus groups, including the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Black Graduate Student Association…I am very passionate about education. It certainly made a difference in my life.”

Values

“God first was the core of my foundation. I could do anything I set my mind too. Also education makes the difference. Finally being a giver. Always give back.”

Advice to Young Women

“Find great women and read about them and their leadership styles. If they are local ask to shadow them. But also, be unique you and bring the wisdom of others into your style.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about board member, Serita Acker today! Make sure to join us next week as we highlight two more members of the board as we get to know them better! Want to learn more about our council and ways to get involved? Check out our upcoming events here.

Meet the Board: Rhonda Hunt

Our council, Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands, is governed by a regional board of directors who each invests his or her time, talent, and treasure into making sure that every girl has the opportunity to experience Girl Scouts. As we’ve spoken to volunteers over the course of this year, we’ve heard time and time again that they want to know more than just the board members’ names. They want to know who their stories, and what drew them to Girl Scouting. We listened and we’re excited to kick-off our Meet the Board blog series. Today, we’re starting with board member, Rhonda Hunt.

Rhonda’s Childhood

“I am an only child that born of parents with a strong value for academic excellence and diversity of experiences…My parents believed strongly that an individual should serve in the communities in which he or she lives.”

Girl Scout Experience

“My most memorable Girl Scout experience was accompanying my Girl Scout Troop and their parents on a four day trip to Savannah, Georgia. We were blessed with the opportunity to visit the birthplace of Juliette G. Low and the home of Andrew Low. This trip was rich in experience and culture. Those scouts, who are adults now, still remember of Andrew Low. This trip was rich in experience and culture. Those scouts, who are adults now, still remember and talk about that trip!”

Career

“I serve as a Health, Safety, and Environmental Manger for North America. I am passionate about my role because it is important that our employees remain safe and healthy. When our employees are injured/ill, they suffer as well as the company and their families. All accidents/injuries can be prevented.”

Advice to Young Women

“You know your individual strengths and weaknesses. Continue to use your strengths to sharpen your weaknesses. Be authentic. Network. Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know” but be open to gain knowledge and learning new skills. Set smaller milestones to reach your larger goals. Be early… which is really on time. As you grow, be willing to share your experiences with others so that you may help them to grow.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about board member, Rhonda Hunt today! Make sure to join us next week as we highlight two more members of the board as we get to know them better! Want to learn more about our council and ways to get involved? Check out our upcoming events here.

DIY Bird Seed Feeders

Since the founding of Girl Scouts in 1912, our organization has always had a focus on outdoor experiences and appreciation of nature. As time has marched on, our love for all things planet Earth has only grown and the correlation between outdoor adventure and leadership development is not only something we suspect, but a proven fact. In celebration of Earth Day, we walked girls and adults through making their very own bird feeders using just a few simple ingredients.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of cold water
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 packets of gelatin
  • 2 Tablespoons of corn syrup
  • 2 ½ cups of bird seed, “Country Mix” shown here
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Straws cut in 2” pieces
  • Parchment paper
  • Twine or another kind of string (biodegradable if possible!)

Instructions

STEP 1: First, you want to mix the gelatin with a half cup of cold water until it’s all dissolved!

Now add a half cup of boiling water (adult help required) to the bowl, and stir it slowly until its completely dissolved.

STEP 2: Next, add 2 tablespoons of corn syrup and again, stir until dissolved.

Quick Tip: Spray the tablespoon with a little non-stick spray and the corn syrup will slide right off!

STEP 3: Finally, it’s time for you to mix in the bird seed.

Keep mixing until the gelatin/ corn syrup mixture evenly coats each seed. Let this rest for a couple of minutes if the mixture seems watery.

STEP 4: Now for the messy part, time to spoon the seed mixture into the cookie cutters. Fill the cookie cutters about half way and use a small piece of parchment paper to press the seeds firmly into the mold. Fill the cookie cutter to the top & press again.

STEP 5: To make a hole for your twine, push the straw into the birdseed. Leave plenty of room between the straw and the edge. Press around the straw to ensure the seeds will hold shape around the hole.

STEP 6: Place the cookie cutters in the fridge to set overnight. Once set, remove the cookie cutters by gently pushing at the edges until it falls out, taking extra care with detailed cookie cutters.

Pop the straws out & thread the twine.

Want to know where you can watch the full video tutorial of this activity? Every weekday, at 3 p.m., we go live from our Facebook page with a fun all-ages activity, and host grade-level specific activities through video conference at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Zoom. Find out more about our virtual programming, Girl Scouts Connected, here on our website.