Saturday, February 15, 2014

Digital Movie Maker Badge

1. Learn digital video basics.

Teach yourself.
I spent at least two hours reading books or visiting websites about digital video and movie making.

2. Film. Then film some more...

Film a day in your life.
I captured a full day on film.

3. Pick the perfect subject.

Share a scene from a book in the public domain.
I searched favorite books for a scene that would make a great short movie.

4. Action!

Work solo.
I used a basic camera to capture my subject.

5. Edit and premiere your movie.

Add transitions.
I used a "wipe" which is a neat effect that smooths the cuts from one scene to the next.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Winter Camping!

Winter Camping 2014! Yes we have *at least* this much snow (probably more) and right now the camper is totally buried in it so we are indoors!

Here are some of the fun activities we did this weekend:

Played outside in the snow
Made a fire in the wood stove
Watched the Winter Olympics
Baked chocolate chip cookes
Ate warm chocolate chip cookies
Did 2014 World Thinking Day patch activities
Did UK Girl Guide badge activities
Went shopping
Read good books
Made a winter craft
Worked on GS calendar
Did activities for Digital Movie Maker badge
Went to the movies
Slept in

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 World Thinking Day

We celebrate World Thinking Day this year on Saturday, February 22, 2014!

Girls worldwide say "education opens doors for all girls and boys" is the theme for the 2014 World Thinking Day. Based on the United Nations Millennium Goal 2, this theme centers around achieving universal primary education, and especially focused on making sure girls have access to education. One of the most powerful ways to reduce global poverty is to educate girls, and this tenet is also supported in this year's Thinking Day activities.

We did Cadette activity #3, which had two videos from UN Web TV depicting the lives of girls in Pakistan and Egypt. We watched the videos and discussed some of the challenges that girls in other countries face when trying to get an education.

Some of the challenges that girls in other countries confront in trying to get an education are:

cultural bias
early marriage
working at an early age
limited resources for education

I would stay in school because I could help my family more than if I didn't stay in school. I could get a better job with the educational background.

We also highly recommend the Girl Effect (activity #1), which we completed previously!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Eating for Beauty Badge

1. Know how good nutrition helps your body stay healthy.

Make your own food pyramid.

We took a print out of the FDA food pyramid and drew in what was in our pantry and fridge, using FDA guidelines. It turns out that we had a lot of produce, dairy, and fish/chicken in the fridge and oatmeal, pasta, rice, quinoa, beans, canned roasted tomatoes, and baking ingredients in the pantry. Those ingredients can be combined to make many healthy recipes like chili, and homemade bread.

2. Find out how what you eat affects your skin.

Get enough water.
I drink water throughout the day and after being outside. I always take water bottles to my after school activities, and we take plenty of extra water for hikes. I also drink water when I am hanging out at home or in my room. To make sure I am getting enough water every day, I have a water bottle with me or a glass of water and take a drink before, during, and after activities.

3. Explore how your diet affects your stress level.

Chemical detective.

We researched food additives and chemicals believed to contribute to anxiety and stress. There are a lot of them! Sometimes we are unaware that they are contained in so many processed foods. The key is to stay away from processed foods and eat whole foods.

4. Investigate how what you eat affects your sleep.

REM it up.
I understand the importance of uninterrupted sleep. My parents make sleep a priority in our house! To make sure I stop drinking water early enough before bedtime, I have water at dinner and then not too much after that, except when I have dance. This helps me sleep better because I am not waking up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

5. Look at how your diet affects your energy.

Do an exercise/energy experiment.

Here is my list of 20 (21) healthy foods that can be made and eaten quickly:

organic nachos
peanut butter crackers
oyster crackers
Luna bars (energy bars)
peanut butter and banana
apple and peanut butter
peanut butter sandwich
tortilla and cheese
peanut butter (on a spoon)
fig bars
cheddar crackers
cheese quesadilla
glass of milk
orange juice
apple juice
lots of water
dark chocolate covered blueberries
other dried fruit

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Program Aide Training

Today we had the training for the Program Aide award pin. This was step 2 of the Program Aide, which involved a council-designed leadership training. It included topics such as learning to work with children, gaining a deeper understanding of special areas like science, art, and the outdoors.

We also discussed adapting activities for girls with disabilities, how to run a group, how to run activities, how to run a meeting, and different ways of dealing with problems as they occur and preventing them from happening in the first place.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Good Sportsmanship Badge

1. Create your own definition of sportsmanship.

Watch a sports series.
August, 2012 - We watched the Olympics!

2. Be a good competitor.

Make an illustrated quote book.

3. Be a good teammate.

4. Psych yourself up.

5. Put your definition of good sportsmanship into action.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice Hike!

In honor of the First Day of Winter, we hiked in a local county park. It was a nice day, with some sun and a high of 54F! Much milder weather than the past couple of weeks when the highs were in the 20s and 30s with three snowstorms!

The trails were snow and slush covered, and many parts were under inches of water due to thawing. There was no ice on the rocks, so climbing was easy.

We saw and heard birds and saw a squirrel on the ridge. There was a report of a rabid raccoon on one of the trails that we were going to hike, so we changed our route to avoid the animal.