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:


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


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!

Walking Tacos Recipe

The air is getting warmer and the sun is shining brighter and you know what that makes us want to do, right? Go camping! But, if you can’t make it out to camp, how about at least bring the taste of camp right to your own home? We made walking tacos live today on Facebook, but if you want the recipe to print, or just reference quickly, here you go!


  • Single serve bag of Doritos, Fridos, or your favorite chip! One bag of chips per serving.
  • Whatever protein is your favorite for tacos- chicken, beef, etc.
  • Favorite taco toppings (chopped lettuce, tomatoes, homemade guacamole, shredded cheese, or sour cream)
  • Rice- you can make this in a pot the traditional way, but feel free to use microwave rice as well!


  1. Prepare your taco meat and season well.
  2. Prepare the taco toppings.
  3. You will need at least one bag of single serve chips for every person.
  4. Each person will crush their bag of chips to crunch up the chips- this step is crucial!
  5. Open the chip bag.
  6. Spoon the protein of choice inside and then top with your favorite taco toppings.
  7. Stir with a spoon and eat straight from a bag!

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A Bridging Tradition: A Guest Post by Kelly Stover

One of my favorite traditions that we have in my troop is our Bridging/Rededication Ceremony that we have at our first meeting in the Fall.  On our first trip to Savannah when most of our troop were Brownies, they had a beautiful driftwood candle holder with one space for each of the ten parts of the Girl Scout law.  I loved the ceremony so much that one of our parents who is a cabinet maker made one for our troop.

We have used it for every one of our Bridging/Rededication Ceremony since that trip which has been for the last 10 years.  The ceremony is what connects us to Girl Scouts all across the country.  It bridges our future to our past.  The basic ceremony is the same where each part of the law is read as the corresponding candle is lit until all ten are glowing.  We have changed the beginning and end of the ceremony to add for each level as the bridge up. Silver keys are given to our Cadettes for the Silver Award.  Gold Keys are given to our Seniors as they bridge up for their Gold Award.  The Bridging section is for all girls Bridging to the next level, while Rededication is for the girls who are at the same level as they were last year.  All of the girls receive their year pin and if they Bridge up a certificate, bridge patch and key necklace for their new level. 

We made a wooden bridge that has 10 sections, one for each part of the law.  Each girl walks across the bridge to receive her bridging packet or year pin.

As we are starting our 12th year, I am so happy that we share this connection with the girls and families in our troop as well as Girl Scouts from the past and the future.

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How to Make a Quick, Easy Sit Upon: Step-by-step

What’s a sit upon? Great question. Sit upons are to Girl Scouts what popcorn is to the movies. A sit upon is a mobile cushion you can take anywhere, and use to “sit upon” the floor, at the park, or outside camping! They are a staple craft for your first troop meetings, low cost, and useful to have for years to come.

What you will need:

  • Reusable sturdy, plastic bags, like the kind you buy at the grocery store, or get from a shoe store (it will even have a built-in handle!)
  • Shredded newspaper for the filling (you can have the girls shred it themselves!)
  • Duct tape for sealing them up
  • Sharpies for decoration

Step 1: Stuffing the Bags

Take your shredded newspapers and stuff the plastic bags until they resemble chair cushions.

Step 2: Sealing the Sit Upon

Take your duct tape, any color you like, and seal up any openings to keep the stuffing in and any moisture out.

Step 3: Decorate to Your Heart’s Content!

Take out your sharpies and let the girls go crazy decorating their new sit upons, and of course add their name at the end.

We told you it was an easy craft! Now that you have sit upons, pop a squat in the floor for a fun game, story time, or to enjoy the outdoors and let us know how they turned out!

WaBak Friends Will Always Last: A Guest Post from McKenna Luzynski

At this time last year, the world was my oyster. I was getting ready to graduate magna cum laude from Furman University with degrees in public health and Spanish. I had been accepted to the #3 school of public health in the world to pursue my MSc in public health starting in September. I had a great paid summer internship lined up. The end of my senior year of college was everything that it was supposed to be.

Fast forward to April 19, 2018. I was rear-ended while sitting at a stoplight by someone who using a cell-phone while driving. My car was totaled, I was left with a pretty nasty concussion, and suddenly, I was on complete brain rest. With graduation just two and a half weeks away, I needed to pass my exams to graduate, and I needed to graduate to be able to get my student visa to go to graduate school in London in the fall. To top it off, two days before the accident, I received a text message from my summer internship boss saying that due to some restructuring, the internship program had been cut. So there I was, at risk of not graduating on time and not being able to go to graduate school in the fall, with no summer job, no car, and a concussion—plus all of the psychological effects from the car accident.


McKenna and her fellow counselors at Camp WaBak

At that point, there wasn’t much I could control, but I knew I needed to find a new job for the summer. I was terrified of driving so my options were pretty limited. I put out a few applications to places that were within walking distance of my house or were near where my mom worked so that she could drop me off on her way to work, but none of them were jobs that really excited me. I started to dig a little bit deeper and get a little bit creative. I Googled things like “best summer jobs,” “meaningful summer jobs,” and “jobs for graduate students,” and camp counselor was on almost every list. I thought about it for a bit, and I knew I had hit the jackpot. At a residential camp, I wouldn’t need to drive, I wouldn’t be working in retail or the food industry (been there, done that), and I would have the chance to make a difference in the lives of young people. Plus, it sounded like fun! There was only one problem. With it being the end of April, the employment application periods for nearly all of the residential camps, both in my hometown of Roanoke, VA as well as in the area surrounding Furman, where I was currently living, had closed.

Finally, I found one: Camp WaBak, a residential Girl Scout camp in Marietta, SC. It was perfect. I was a Girl Scout from kindergarten until my high school graduation, before becoming a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council. I had grown up going to Camp Dark Hollow in Catawba, Virginia, and even today, I remember not just the camp names of my counselors, but also the huge impact they had on my life. Flag ceremonies, creek hikes, and arts and crafts were the highlight of my summers. To be honest, with my concussion, I don’t remember much of my interview, but I do remember how relieved I was to have at least that aspect of my life sorted. By the grace of my university, the kindness of my professors, the patience of my mother, and my own perseverance, I passed my exams and graduated from Furman.

camp-wabak-girl-scout-camp-couselorsAt the end of May, I began my job as a Unit Leader at Camp WaBak. We faced a lot of hardships last summer, from weather to staffing to sickness. But through those challenges, our staff became a family. We came from different states, different universities, and different backgrounds and circumstances, but we all had the same goal: to make sure the campers had a fun, safe, and enriching experience at Camp WaBak. Being a residential camp, we were together all the time, so we developed a deep commitment to each other as well. We knew about each other’s goals, dreams, and fears. We celebrated each other’s successes and commiserated each other’s disappointments. We laughed and cried together. We made each other food and kept each other company when sick. There is nothing I wouldn’t have done for my fellow staff members, and there’s nothing they wouldn’t have done for me.

In fact, one weekend during June, one of our WaBak staff even drove me to my best friend’s wedding. She was getting married in my hometown, and I had no way to get there. I was devastated at the thought of missing her wedding, but my WaBak family made it possible. We left Friday night after the campers went home, went to the wedding on Saturday morning, and drove back Saturday night to be back in time for WaBak on Wheels Sunday morning. That’s what being part of the WaBak family means.

At the end of the summer, when one of our staff members had to leave to go back to school, we celebrated by going out to dinner over the weekend. I was still afraid of driving, but I knew I couldn’t miss her going away dinner. The strength of our bond helped me to overcome my fear of driving and make it to that dinner. When I got to the restaurant, I was shaking like a leaf. We were all in tears that night—both tears of sadness because one of our WaBak family was leaving to go back to college and tears of joy for my being able to drive there. Since the accident, I have still only driven maybe a dozen times, but being able to get behind the wheel again that time was a huge step in the process of my healing.

The deep bonds that we formed last summer did not break when we left Big Boy and Baby Boats. We have group chats on nearly every form of social media, and we talk to each other almost daily. Living in London now, I’ve even had the opportunity to host two of my WaBak family while they were studying abroad. But what I think speaks most strongly to the longevity of WaBak friendships, is that when I came home for Christmas, I didn’t see any of my friends from college, but I did see five of my WaBak family, including our fearless Camp Director, who guided us and loved us throughout all of last summer.

I guess the “Song of WaBak” was right, “Friends are made along life’s path; some will stay and some will pass, but WaBak friends will always last.”

written by McKenna

Does working with girls in the outdoors all summer sound like your dream job? We are hiring for a number of different camp positions right NOW for the 2019 summer camp season for both our residential and day camp. By joining our staff for the summer, you can positively influence the lives of girls across South Carolina and create bonds that last a lifetime.

Click here to view all open positions and apply today!

The Leadership Center from a Girl’s Perspective: Guest Blog from Layla Beattie

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is unique in nature in that it is girl-led. Everything we do as an organization is specifically designed to give girls the opportunities to step up and take the lead. Our G.I.R.L. Media Team is in its first term, and the members are eager to have their voices heard on why Girl Scouts is important for girls. The following article was written by a member of the team, Layla Beattie, a Girl Scout from right here in our council:

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Layla and President and CEO Kim Hutzell at the Leadership Center Press Conference 

On October tenth I went to a press conference to see and hear about the new Cathy Novinger Leadership Center in Columbia, South Carolina. It will be opening in the summer of 2019. They are building the Leadership Center as a place for girls to grow, learn, and become amazing women.

It is for girls like myself to learn to have confidence and courage to be anything they could ever dream of. During my time there I met, for the third time in my life, the president and CEO of our council,Kim Hutzell. We talked and she introduced me to some other Girl Scouts, one of which gave the opening speech and presented the friendship knot tying ceremony. I took several pictures with these girls and I hope that I can be in their position in my future.

During the conference they had the three Honorary Chairs, Charlotte Berry, Susu Johnson, and Minor Shaw, along with Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. They talked about how much the Leadership Center would improve girls’ knowledge and how much of an impact it will have on the lives of anyone who goes to this amazing place. They discussed how much they have fundraised and how much more they still need to reach their goal. I think that Girl Scouts is an amazing opportunity for so many girls and I can already tell you that I will be talking to my troop, and my Girl Scout friends, about going to this Leadership Center. I know it will make a huge impact on their lives and mine.

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Written by Layla Beattie


Want to learn more about the Leadership Center? Visit our website and find out how YOU can get involved!


Designed by and for Girl Scouts: About BOUDREAUX

If you read our last article on the project management group for the Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center, you already know how important each aspect of this project is to us and the leadership development of the girls of South Carolina. We wanted every space, element, and partner to not only benefit girls, but align with our Girl Scout values.

GSSC Updated Rendering _ 09.24.18That’s where BOUDREAUX comes in. When in the architect selection process we saw proposals from several highly qualified, highly skilled architecture groups, but the one that clearly stood out from the rest was BOUDREAUX. They became an obvious front runner due to their caliber of work, extensive experience, but also because the women who would be designing the Leadership Center were, in fact, once Girl Scouts themselves. In their proposal, they spoke of their passion and firm belief in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and even included photos of them in uniform.

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Vision session with our membership and BOUDREAUX

Once we made our decision to go with BOUDREAUX, this group of talented women immediately got to work. However, they didn’t just draft a design behind the walls of their office. They were true Go-getters and came TO US for ideas, inspiration, and “must haves”. They attended our staff meetings, town halls, and met with real girls in our council to have vision sessions so that this facility would be a reflection of who we are as Girl Scouts right here in South Carolina. Each detail, from the colors and themes, to the layouts and programmatic spaces were designed by and for Girl Scouts.


The architects of BOUDREAUX

When we sat down with the women taking point on designing the Leadership Center, this is what they had to say:

“Girl Scouts means so much to all of us. We each have different backgrounds and stories, but Girl Scouts brings us all together. We each have different skills and abilities, but we are all leaders. We are thrilled to work on this project and deliver something incredible for girls everywhere.”

Visit our website to learn more about the Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center, or donate here.

written by michelle

Strong Female Leadership Supporting the Leadership Center: About LCK Project Management

When our council purchased the building formerly known as the Department of Agriculture in Columbia’s Vista, we knew that effective project management would be key to making our vision a reality. The Leadership Center is a big project. Not only is the building itself 32,000 square feet, but the entire building would have to be completely transformed, inside and out, to fit the needs of our girls for years to come. That’s why we chose LCK as our project management group.

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Pictured left to right: Mickey Layden, Lou Kennedy, Mary Winter Teaster at a Women of Distinction event

Not only does LCK have an outstanding history of effectively managing large-scale projects, but as a woman-owned business, they also believe in the power of strong female leadership. Mickey Layden is the President and majority owner of LCK and firm believer in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Since the very founding of the company in 1994, Mickey has been instrumental to the development and growth of LCK, and the organization has steadily grown under her leadership. Mickey’s background in commercial construction, facilities management and real estate development is extensive, and serves as the foundation for the professional design and construction staff that she has assembled to create a comprehensive project management service offering for LCK’s clients.


Mickey has also been very outspoken about her support of Girl Scouts. From attending events and mentoring, to advocating for female leadership, Mickey is the perfect example of why the Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center is so needed for our girls. For every girl, from any circumstance, the Leadership Center will give her a place to take risks in a safe, all-girl environment, and build her leadership skills through hands-on activities and learning. This center will be an incubator for leadership here in South Carolina, and will prepare girls to empower themselves for generations to come.
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We are thrilled to have been able to, and to continue to work with Mickey Layden and Joe Roddey of LCK to bring this incredible project to completion.  Watch our social media for more progress updates on the Leadership Center, and how you can get involved.

Donate here.



Meet Camp WaBak

What do you remember about your own childhood? Kayaking on a lake for the first time with your best friends? Maybe it was gathering the courage to climb up in the saddle and take a ride on that tall horse? What about hiking out to a waterfall in the mountains and feeling wonderstruck by nature? Maybe those aren’t your memories, but they could be your daughter’s.

maritza1Today, I would like to introduce you to our residential camp property, Camp WaBak. This camp is located in Marietta, South Carolina and is set in the lush green country side, with its’ own mountains, lakes, streams, and waterfalls. Driving down the small road that leads into the camp, you’ll pass the Administration Office, where you’ll check your daughter in and pick her up. That’s where our trained camp staff will greet you, and make sure your daughter is set for the best week of her life. Follow that small, camp-only road and you’ll see the stables to your left. In that large barn is where your girl will learn to care for the horses, and out in the riding ring is where she’ll have the opportunity to saddle up and ride.

IMG_4182 (3)As we keep driving (slowly of course because there are future leaders at play!) down this small path, we will pass the Arts and Crafts Hut where girls will create and explore. And just a little further past that, we will see the hub of camp- the Dining Hall. This is where girls gather to sit together as they eat a hot, fresh meal and talk about the incredible day they’ve just had.

Just a little ways past the Dining Hall, we have the large, in-ground pool where girls will cool off together on those hot summer days. Our camp counselors, who stay with the girls throughout the week are also trained life guards. They instruct the girls on safety, and are posted on-duty while girls are in the water.

tatiana-outreachAs we wind around the big corner that leads closer to the cabins, you’ll see a large lake with kayaks and canoes floating out on it’s glassy surface. This is where girls are taught how to use these water crafts, and take the lead as they go out on the lake with their friends (in life jackets of course!).



And as we continue around that big corner, we’ll be led to the lodging areas. This is where your girl will bond with her new camp friends, tell stories of the day, and rest up for another adventure.

Camp WaBakWhile we are certainly proud of all the amenities Camp WaBak has to offer, we know that the natural glory of the camp is one of its’ best features. With hiking trails that lead to breathtaking views, and river walks that bring girls to a waterfall, Camp WaBak’s natural splendor is unrivaled in the Upstate area.

Our new Camp Director, Michelle Pugh, is excited to greet each and every girl this summer! As a lifetime Girl Scout, and Gold Award Girl Scout, Michelle is passionate about connecting girls with powerful leadership experiences and the outdoors!

“This summer I’m looking forward to learning the traditions that make WaBak it’s own special place, while joining in universal camp traditions and celebrations that are comfortable and close-at-heart to anyone with a camping background.” – Michelle Pugh, Director of Camp WaBak

We hope you will join us at our ACA accredited Camp WaBak this summer! It’s not too late to register, and our camps are open to Girl Scouts AND non- Girl Scouts! See you there!

Click here for our full Camp Book.

written by michelle

My Week at the State House: A Guest Post by Elizabeth Stevenson


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Elizabeth on the Senate Floor during Page Week

Hello fellow Girl Scouts! My name is Elizabeth Stevenson and I was a participant at this year’s Girl Scout Honorary Legislative Page Program. During my time at the South Carolina State House, I learned and experienced so many new things. From making copies for a senator, to meeting Governor McMaster, to going out for a late night ice cream treat, this past week will be an experience I will never forget.

In my government class at school, I learned about the legislative and the election processes. Being a Page allowed me to apply what I learned at school in a real world setting. I was able to see bills being passed in both the House of Representatives and in the Senate about issues that affect all South Carolinians. Before coming to Columbia to work as a Page, I did some research about my representative and senator. Once I finally arrived at the State House, I was amazed that my state legislatures, along with the other representatives and senators, actually care about my community. Additionally, I was able to meet and interact with the representative from York County. Some of the errands I had to run included handing out papers from lobbyists, passing along messages from legislative aides, and picking up coffee and a bag of chips so representatives could work through lunch.

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Elizabeth with her Representatives

As a senior in high school, I know that the foundation for a fun time is great people. The girls that were first strangers to me, left being really good friends; I met wonderful girls from all across the state. At the end of our work day, we would talk, attend a painting class, go shopping, and watch movies. These supportive and lively girls made this adventure a top highlight in my high school career.


I encourage any high schooler to apply for this program in the future. The South Carolina Girl Scout Page Program allows girls to have real-world experience in government, network, and learn while having a good time with lifelong friends.