This meeting went really well. It has been a good year so far for Girl Scouts, which is wonderful given how stressful it has been for the past few years.
*”Brownie Smile Song”
*Girl Scout Way
*We skipped the closing circle because our painting ran past our ending time.
GIRL SCOUT WAY
We started making our JGL pumpkins at our last meeting, but were not able to finish them as time was tight once the cooking and making of snacks got past the initial start up phase.
We celebrated Juliet Gordon Low’s birthday by finishing the birthday pumpkins we started last week. We read Here Come the Girl Scouts last year, so I didn’t want to repeat reading it. One bit of (obvious) advice is to make sure you have at least one hole puncher. I forgot to bring one, and while an exacto knife gets the job done, it’s kind of a pain. Also, when assembling the pumpkins, you put brads in both ends of the strips. Arching them into a rainbow makes it easier to start spreading the strips out. The pumpkin/ball shape will naturally appear as the strips are pulled apart from one another.
We tackled two more steps of this badge, and it was interesting how the girls interpreted the music played during the “paint a mood” step. They also got a bit crazy with the “paint without brushes”, with of the paintings ultimately look like camouflage.
For “paint a mood”, the girls painted calm/relaxed and angry/upset. For calm/relaxed, we gave them a palette with three shades of blue. On my phone, I played “Thanksgiving” and “Jesu, Jesu, Rest Your Head” from George Winston’s December album. For angry/upset, we gave them a palette with red and two shades of orange. On my phone, I played “Mars, Bringer of War” from Holst’s The Planets, and the first couple of minutes of “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana.
For “paint without brushes”, the girls were given a full palette of colors, and various objects with which to paint – q-tips, bark, leaves, and pieces of sponge. They could paint a picture of whatever they wanted, however most of the paintings ended up looking like a green-blue-brown something. They were happy with it, so I didn’t really care.