Cookie season has officially come to an end, and I for one, find myself needing a little bit of a breather. Growing up, my mom was always the Service Unit Cookie Manager. And I mean always. So I know the triumphs, glory, and sometimes the struggles of cookie season.
With summer still a few months away, you may be looking for some fun, fairly easy to put together, and budget-friendly meeting options that the girls will still enjoy and learn from. Here are a couple ideas!
DIY Spa Day
Not only does this project leave skin soft and smooth, but it also makes a great gift! Fairly quick, easy, and inexpensive- here is what you will need (5-7 jars):
- Small mason jars with lids
- 5 cups of coarse sea salt
- 3 cups coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of rosemary
- Your favorite essential oil (lavender, mint, etc.)
- Twine or ribbon and construction paper to make a tag
- Get all your mason jars ready and make sure they all have lids!
- In a large bowl, combine sea salt, then coconut oil, rosemary, and 10-15 drops of the essential oil. Mix well, and then spoon into each mason jar.
- Once the girls have filled their jar, have them tie the ribbon around the top and cut out a piece of construction paper to make a tag with their names.
And Ta-Da! You have the beginnings of a great spa day (or afternoon).
Now that you’ve gotten a little messy, and made some awesome scrub, it would be the perfect time to talk to the girls about dealing with stress. Even better- have the girls lead the discussion!
Here are just a few ideas of managing stress:
- Reflection and quiet time
2. Stop and Smell the Flowers
While our weather may not agree lately, Spring is officially upon us! And that means that South Carolina is in full bouquet. Did you know that there are several FREE botanical gardens within our council?
Check out some of these awesome resources:
- Wells Japanese Garden in Newberry
- The garden features a Temple, Torri Gate, Moon Bridge and Tea House. The posts of the Tea House originally held up the balcony at the Newberry Opera House prior to renovation of that structure in 1930!
- South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson
- The South Carolina Botanical Garden (SCBG), located on the campus of Clemson University, is a diverse 295-acre garden of natural and manicured landscapes within the South Carolina Piedmont ecosystem.
- The Gardens at Furman University
- The Furman University Asian Garden is a Asian garden located on the campus of Furman University at 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, South Carolina. It is open daily without charge.
Taking these breathtaking trips may be the perfect opportunity for girls to learn about ecosystems and plant science. While visiting the gardens, I would encourage you to have the girls pick out several unfamiliar plants and look up the plants once they are home!
3. DIY Scrapbook Party
Spring means a couple of things for the school-going Girl Scout. While summer is always welcomed, the end of the school year can be a great time to look back on the year and record some of the best moments!
The best part about DIY scrapbooks are that you can make them as simple, or fancy as you want them to be. You are more than welcome to buy pre-made scrapbooks and fill them with memories, but for the sake of DIY, I will be listing the materials needed to make one from scratch.
What you need:
- Heavy construction paper
- A hole punch
- Glue sticks
- Stickers (optional)
- Twine or other sturdy string
- Markers or colored pencils
- Photos (provided by each girl)
- Talk with the girls and decide how many pages each scrapbook should have
- Punch holes in all pages of the scrapbook
- Let the girls decorate their pages
- Tie the pages together with your twine or string and- TaDa!
This is a great opportunity to have the girls present their scrapbook in front of the troop. Have each girl explain why she chose each photo and what the memories mean to her. This is a great confidence building exercise.
Whether you’ve finished your Badge series with a few meetings left, or you are just looking for something fun and different, these meeting ideas are sure to create fun and impactful memories for your girls.
What meeting ideas do you love or use? Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on our blog!