Mountain View Mirror - Online
December 1998

Welcome to the December 1998 Online Edition of the Mountain View Mirror...the monthly newsletter of the Mountain View Girl Scout Neighborhood 2-4. Here are the topics you can find more information about in this document:
Santa's Secret Wish Neighborhood News Program Ideas
Council Quotes Troop Talk JLWFF Calendar
Dates to Remember Service Team Mirror Contributors
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On Christmas Eve, a young boy with light in his eyes,
Looked deep into Santa's, to Santa's surprise,
And said as he nestled on Santa's broad knee,
"I want your secret, Tell it to me."
He leaned up & whispered in Santa's good ear,
"How do you do it, year after year?"

"I want to know how, as you travel about,
Giving gifts here & there, you never run out.
How is it, dear Santa, that in your pack of toys,
You have plenty for all of the world's girls & boys?
Stays so full, never empties as you make your way
From rooftop to rooftop, to homes large & small,
From nation to nation, reaching them all?

And Santa smiled kindly & said to the boy,
"Don't ask me hard questions. Don't you want a toy?"
But the child shook his head, and Santa could see
That he needed the answer. "Now listen to me,"
He told the small boy with the light in his eyes,
"My secret will make you sadder, & wise.

"The truth is that my sack is magic. Inside
It hold millions of toys for my Christmas Eve ride.
But although I do visit each girl & each boy
I don't always leave them a gaily wrapped toy.
Some homes are hungry, some homes are sad.
Some homes are desperate, some homes are bad.
Some homes are broken, & children there grieve.
Those homes I visit, but what should I leave?

"My sleigh is filled with the happiest stuff,
But for homes where despair lives, toys aren't enough.
So I tiptoe in, kiss each girl & boy,
And pray with them that they'll be given the joy
Of the spirit of Christmas, the spirit that lives
In the heart of the dear child who gets not, but gives.

If only God hears me & answers my prayer,
When I visit next year, what I will find there
Are homes filled with peace, and with giving, and love
And boys and girls gifted with light from above.
It's a very hard task, my smart little brother,
To give toys to some, and to give prayers to others.
But the prayers are the best gifts, the best gifts indeed,
For God has a way of meeting each need.

"That's part of the answer. The rest, my dear youth,
Is that my sack is magic, And that is the truth.
In my sack I carry on Christmas Eve day
More love than a Santa could e'er give away.
The sack never empties of love, or of joys
'Cause inside it are prayers, and hopes. Not just toys.
The more that I give, the fuller it seems,
Because giving is my way of fulfilling dreams.

"And do you know something? You've got a sack, too.
It's as magic as mine, and it's inside of you.
It never gets empty, it's full from the start.
It's the center of lights, and of love. It's your heart.
And if on this Christmas you want to help me,
Don't be so concerned with your gifts 'neath your tree.
Open that sack called your heart, & share
Your joy, your friendship, your wealth, your care."

The light in the small boy's eyes was glowing.
"Thanks for the secret. I've got to be going."
"Wait, little boy," said Santa "don't go.
Will you share? Will you help? Will you use what you know?"
And just for a moment the small boy stood still,
Touched his heart with his small hand & whispered, "I will."

Neighborhood News

Adult Nametags Still Available

The Neighborhood is placing an order for official adult nametags. The cost will be $2.00 per nametag. This not only pays for the cost but the shipping and handling. These are official on your adult Girl Scout uniform, and are nice to wear when you need to be identified as a Girl Scout but are not in uniform. Nametags must be paid for in advance before the order is placed. We still need 2 more names in order to place the order.

Cookie Training

The training for Cookie Managers will be held at Hearthwood Elementary on Monday, January 4th. It will take place just prior to the regular Neighborhood Meeting and will start sharply at 7:00 p.m. Each troop needs to have at least their Cookie Manager present for this vital meeting! Sign-ups for open sales will occur during the regular Neighborhood Meeting.

January Neighborhood Meeting Date

The January Neighborhood Meeting will be held on Monday, January 4th at 7:30 p.m. Regular meeting place at Hearthwood Elementary in the Media Center….just after the Cookie training!

Golden Chain

A Service Unit (Neighborhood) in Texas has a project trying to make a chain 40 miles long for Thinking Day. They propose to try to break the Guinness Book of Records record for a paper chain. It takes 5 chains to make 2 feet!! PLEASE help them out by joining in!! It is real easy to do and YOU can help break a World Record!!!!

All you need to do is have EVERY Girl, Leader or registered adult GS/GG (YES even the men who are registered can do this!!!)make a yellow or gold 1 1/2" wide x 14" long piece of paper and write the following information on it and mail it to us. They will do all the work in connecting them together!!


OR the equivalent information for your area. ( I know some places don’t call them service units, they are called by many different names and other countries might not call them Councils!!)

They will take the pieces of paper and make them into ONE huge chain of scouts!!!!

Where to send these links!!! Mail to: :

AND PLEASE tell everyone in your area about this event!!! We want to show everyone how great the Girl Scout movement is all over the World!!!!! We would like to ask anyone who would like to participate to send strips of paper, (flat, preferably gold or yellow) one for each member of your troop. Measurements: 1 1/2" wide by 14" long. All you need to do is have EVERY Girl, Leader or registered adult GS/GG (YES even the men who are registered can do this!!!)make a yellow or gold 1 1/2" wide x 14" long piece of paper and write the following information on it and mail it to us. They will do all the work in connecting them together!!

Older Girl Retreat

The 5th annual Older Girl Retreat is almost here. Plans are shaping up, menus being made, and kapers being assigned. The cost is $11.00 for the weekend. This includes food. If you missed the last meeting contact Roxanne Goulston or Judy Clark to find out what you missed.

Neighborhood Campout Update

Camp Critters is the theme for this year’s Neighborhood Campout to be held at Arrowhead. Things are already starting to take shape, but we still want your input. We have some wonderful ideas for activities and food, and you will surely not want to miss this great event! In your plans for your cookie profits, don’t forget to include the cost of the campout!

Program Ideas

Snowmen from Tube Socks

Materials needed:

  1. One tube sock per snowman (we couldn't find the ones with the colored bands at the top so ours were all white)
  2. pom pom for top of hat
  3. wiggle eyes
  4. buttons
  5. markers
  6. sequins
  7. material
  8. ribbon (we used curling, but you could use any type ribbon)
  9. glue (tacky or hot glue)
  10. stuffing
  11. beans or wooden circle for bottom of snowman
  12. rubber bands

Take a tube sock and turn it inside out (we did it both ways and the girls like them wrong side out best). Place beans or wooden circle in bottom of sock - this help the snowman stand upright. One of the girls dads is a carpenter so he cut out a bunch of circles from about an inch or so thick wood that we placed in our snowman. The size of the circle was about that from a juice container or maybe a little larger. Stuff the sock with fiberfill or similar product up to the banding at the top. With the rubber band close the top of the sock - wind it around several times so that it is tight. Fold the top of the sock down over the sock to form the hat. You will cover the opening part with a pom pom. Tie the ribbon a little above the middle to form the head. Decorate with wiggle eyes, buttons down the front, sequins, pom pom for the top of the hat, the girls used markers to add a mouth and rosy cheeks. We had used pinking shears and cut some small patches of material that some of the girls put on their snowman for a country type look.

This was easy, fun and cheap and the girls enjoyed it. :)

--Cheryl Thienes

"Best" Silly Putty recipe

Mix 1 part Liquid Starch (be sure to use one that has Borax listed in the ingredients!) to 2 parts regular glue (school glue makes a putty that is slimier, more like Flubber); add a drop of liquid food coloring, if desired.

Give the girls medicine cups - having them measure out 2 t. glue and add 1 t. starch, food coloring, and then have them take a craft stick and stir...towards the end, they will have to knead the mix to get it right, but it is fun. Then the girls can decorate film canisters with this little saying:

Liz Fox
Brownie Troop 227
South Beach, Oregon


Have trouble getting the girls to remember Scout meetings, let alone everything they need for the meetings?

Scout Bucks Incentive

Scout Bucks are a troop's special currency (in the form of dollar bills that can be earned or taken away. At the end of the year girls will be able to use the Scout Bucks they have accumulated to buy items from a special Scout Bucks Bag. Scout Bucks can be designed on the computer - I have not included that with this file because it is a great creative troop activity to design their own personal Scout Bucks.

How To Earn Scout Bucks

Items that gain you $1 each

  1. Attendance at meeting
  2. Wearing uniform/pins at events or meetings
  3. Bringing Badge book to meetings
  4. Bringing all materials/badge work required at the meeting (per instructions previous meeting)

Items that gain you $2 each

  1. Giving a badge report on a badge you are doing on your own
  2. Completing a badge at home
  3. Earning a Council patch
  4. Other bonus items as agreed upon by the troop in advance
Ways To Lose Scout Bucks

Items that cost $1 each

  1. Missing a meeting without calling one of the leaders first. Only acceptable reasons must be illness or another commitment approved by parents.
  2. Forgetting uniform/pins at a meeting or event
  3. Forgetting Badge Book at a meeting
  4. Not bringing materials asked for at last meeting Items that cost $2 each
  5. Forgetting to attend an event the troop has registered for without calling one of the leaders first
  6. Not returning a permission slip as requested
  7. Failing to turn in money from product sales on time
  8. Other circumstances as agreed upon by the troop in advance

Each girl will have an envelope with her name on it in which Scout Bucks are kept. To start the program out each envelope will have 2 free Scout Bucks in it. At the beginning of each meeting pass out the envelopes and award the Scout Bucks as they are earned, or take them away as they are forfeited. The envelope will remain with the troop leader between meetings.

The Scout Bucks Bag is filled with small trinkets, gift certificates, miscellaneous that pre-teen girls like. What you would choose to put in would be dictated by troop finances; sometimes McDonalds and Burger King in the area are very forthcoming with donations of certificates for things like free French fries, a soft drink, etc. A craft store has lots of novelty items such as pens shaped like lipsticks, colorful pencils, erasers in weird shapes, small notebooks.

To make it cost effective you can attach a fairly high price tag to things - for example a lipstick shaped pen with an actual cost of 89 cents would cost 5 Scout Bucks. You can purchase a few things with dues money so they can have something to shoot for and then purchase the rest as cookie money comes in. Troops that have used this idea have discovered an unintended consequence has - to wake a few parents up as well.

Juliette Low World Friendship Fund Calendar - January 1999

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 Count the light bulbs in your home. Give 1› for each. 2 How many pop cans have you used today? Donate 5› for each one.
3 Make a money bank house out of a small milk carton. No donation today. 4 Put 5› in your money bank for every member in your family. 5 10› for every bird in your home. 6 Did you have a night time snack last night? Donate 5› if you did. 7 Did you play an organized sport today? Donate 25›. 8 Did you wear your uniform to your meeting this week? If you didn’t donate 25›. 9 Do you have a clothes washer in your home? Donate 25›.
10 Donate 10› for each pair of running shoes you own. 11 Did you eat three meals today? Donate 5› for each meal you ate. 12 $1 for automatic lawn sprinklers. 13 Did you drive or were you driven to school today? If you did, donate 5›. 14 Donate 5› if you have a dishwasher in your home. 15 Did you eat a chocolate bar or some candy today? Donate the cost. 16 Donate 25› for each dog or cat in your home.
17 Donate 5› if you share a bedroom, 10› if you have your own bedroom. 18 Did you have dessert today? Donate 10›. 19 5› for every tap in your home. 20 Donate 25› for each television in your home. 21 Did you watch television today? Donate 5› for each hour you watched. 22 Donate 1› for each CD or tape in your home. 23 Did you have a shower or bath today? Donate 5›.
24 10› for each garden hose. 25 Do you have a clothes dryer in your home? Donate 25›. 26 Do you own a wheeled vehicle (i.e. bike, car, motorbike)? Donate 5› for each wheel. 27 How many pop bottles have you used today? Donate 10› for each one. 28 Have you watched a video this month? Donate 5› for each video you watched. 29 Did you go to a movie theater this month? Donate 10› for each time you went. 30 Donate 5› for each pair of black shoes that you own.
31 If you haven’t donated this month, contribute $2 to JLWFF.

Juliette Low, our founder, was a great traveler and knew the far parts of the earth almost as well as her beloved Georgia and the England that she had adopted at her marriage. Her hope had always been to unite the children of many countries in common ideals and interests. The concept of "international friendship" had taken shape in her lively mind long before the phrase became familiar to everyone. At her death, it was felt that no more fitting memorial to her could be established than one that fostered friendship among the young people of many countries. And so the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund was started. Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. of all ages and living in all parts of the world contribute to the fund.

-- Girl Scout Handbook 1958

"Each Spring, we publish a full report on the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, which is distributed widely--first to the National Board and all councils. As stated in the brochure about the fund, from its inception in 1927, the primary purpose has been to provide opportunities for exchange visits between Girl Scouts in the U.S. and those in other countries. The national board established the rule that at least 50% of the fund be devoted to such "Wider Opportunities"—and in 1997, the actual percentage was closer to 60%. Other allocations that directly support bringing together Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are:
  1. Scholarship grants of $3,000 each year to each of the four WAGGGS World Centres (a total of $12,000); and
  2. GSUSA's Thinking Day contribution of $100,000 annually, much of which helps WAGGGS to provide scholarships to events and to support development work and training to build and strengthen Girl Scouting around the world. "

-- Ellen B. Jeronimo, Director, National/International Relations

Council Quotes


The shop will be closed December 24 - January 2 for inventory.

Troop Talk

Daisy Doings
Brownie Bits
Junior Journal
Cadette Capers
Senior Sentinel

This area can be filled with things that your troop is doing. Please submit your news no later than one week before the next Neighborhood Meeting

Due to the shortened submission period, no troops have reported any current news. Be sure to submit your news for the January newsletter no later than December 28! I’m sure you will all have something to report! Starting in January submissions will be accepted from girls and adults alike at all levels (except Senior… this remains a girl submission ONLY).


Every Girl Brings with her a Precious Gift

One girl brings intelligence- the challenge of her sparkling mind keeps me continually learning.

One girl brings laughter- the challenge of her ready wit keeps me from taking myself too seriously.

One girl brings simplicity- the challenge of her unquestioning acceptance keeps me honest.

One girl brings skepticism- the challenge of her "show me" attitude keeps me from ever trying to bluff my way through something.

One girl brings curiosity- the challenge of her continuing questions keeps me on my toes.

One girl brings kindness- the challenge of her radiating warmth keeps me from forgetting the importance of hugs.

One girl brings super activity- the challenge of her boundless energy keeps me moving and free from laziness.

Every girl brings with her a precious gift. Grant that I may always look for, and nurture, that precious gift in every girls.

Written by Helen Keech, Division Commissioner for Opeongo Division, Ontario

Top 10 Reasons Why I'm In Scouting

An Entertaining Quiz

How much do you know about some of the most popular Christmas carols? If you can answer all of these without having read the historical notes first, you can give yourself the ranking CarolMaster!

  1. Neither composer nor lyricist would have approved of which famous carol, assembled after their deaths?
  2. Which carol may have been written by cowboy singer Montana Slim?
  3. Which carol (melody) was composed by an editor and critic for the New York Tribune?
  4. Which beautiful carol was frowned upon by church authorities who denounced it for lack of musical taste and "total absence of the spirit of religion"? [Hint: It's composer is most famous for his ballet Giselle.]
  5. Which carol was in fact originally composed for guitar, along with two voices, and choir, because the church organ was broken? [It was composed on Christmas Eve and ready in time for Midnight Mass! ]
  6. When Scrooge hears this song in Dicken's "A Christmas Carol," he grabs a ruler and the singer flees in terror. Which carol is it?
  7. Which carol gets its melody from a song that is mentioned in Shakespeare's "Merry Wives of Windsor"?
  8. Which song was originally written for a Thanksgiving program?

ANSWERS: Look elsewhere in Issue for answers.

Happy Hanukkah!
Merry Christmas!
Joyous Kwanzaa!
From Troop 72

Thank you to all of the troops and people that sent me get well cards and gifts. (Apparently something worked, because I’m in Remission!)


Dates to Remember

December 24-January 2 ………..…..….……….Council Closed
December 25 ………………….…#Breakfast for the Homeless
December 26-January 2 …………………….#Whale Watching
December 29 ……..Deadline for January Neighborhood Newsletter
January 1 ………………………………………..New Year’s Day
……………..#Registration Opens for events March-May
January 4 ………………………………………Cookie Training
………………………..…………Neighborhood Meeting
January 8-10 …………………………..……Older Girl Retreat
January 9 ………………..#Various Brownie and Junior Events
January 18 ……………….…..Council Office and Shop Closed
January 13 ……………Neighborhood Campout Planning Mtg.
January 16 ………………………#Cookie Order Taking Begins
January 26 …………………….…..#Cookie Order Taking Ends
February 12 ………………….…….#Deadline for Adult Awards
February 21 …………………..…#Council Thinking Day Event
May 21-23 …………..………….….…..Neighborhood Campout

# = Council Event - not all events listed. Please check your G.R.E.A.T. Guide for more information.

Service Team

1998-1999 Service Team

Neighborhood Chair…………….Deb W
Registrar…………………………Carol J
Brownie Program Consultant….Natalie L
Junior Program Consultant…….Helen S
Treasurer…………………………Jan A
Family Giving ……………………Katherine R-D
Cookie Team…………………….Linda S, LeAnn C
Neighborhood Camp Chair……..Judy C

Mirror Contributors

Editor………………………..…………….….Gail B
Content …………………………………..……..…Service Team
JLWFF Calendar …… Ellen Jeronimo, Girl Guides of Canada
Council Quotes ………………..….…Service Team Newsletter
Program Ideas……………………………Internet, Gail B
Troop Talk ………………..……………………………Our troops

Entertaining Quiz Answers:

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! The music is from a 2nd chorus of a cantata by Felix Mendelssohn written in 1840 to commemorate John Gutenburg and the invention of printing. The words are from a 100 years earlier (1739) by Charles Wesley.
Jolly Old St. NicholasThis traditional American carol is generally considered anonymous, although it may have been written by Wilf Carter (cowboy singer "Montana Slim")
It Came Upon A Midnight ClearThe words for this American carol are based on a poem written by Unitarian minister Dr. Edmund Sears in 1849. The following year, inspired by the poem, Richard Storrs Willis, a composer as well as editor and critic for the New York Tribune, wrote a melody called "Carol" to which the words were adapted.
O Holy NightWritten by Adolph Charles Adam, the French composer best known for his ballet "Giselle". At the time it was frowned upon by church authorities who denounced it for a lack of musical taste and "total absence of the spirit of religion".
Silent NightWritten on Christmas Eve in 1818 in Obendorf, Bavaria. The organ at St. Nicholas Church was broken; the village was snowbound; and the repairman could not get there in time to fix it for the evening service. Joseph Mohr, the vicar, was determined they would not be without music. He quickly wrote the words and gave them to his friend, the church organist, Franz Gruber. Gruber immediately wrote the melody and arranged it for 2 voices, choir and guitar in time to be performed that night at Midnight Mass. By 1955 it had become the most recorded song of all time.
God Rest You Merry GentlemenWhen Scrooge, in Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", heard this cheerful carol, he grabbed a ruler and the singer fled in terror. It is traditional English going back to the 16th or 17th century.
What Child Is ThisThis melody is the beautiful "Greensleeves". It dates from Elizabethan times, possibly even earlier. The song was played while traitors were hanged in the Shakespeare play.
Jingle BellsThe words and music were written in 1857 by James Pierpont for a Thanksgiving program at his church in Boston. It was so well received that the children were asked to repeat it at Christmas. It's been a Christmas song ever since.

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