Mountain View Mirror - Online
May 1999

Welcome to the May 1999 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:
Dates to Remember Neighborhood News Program Ideas
Council Quotes Troop Talk Mirror Contributors
Service Team September 1998 Edition October 1998 Edition
November 1998 Edition December 1998 Edition January 1999 Edition
February 1999 Edition March 1999 Edition April 1999 Edition

Neighborhood News

Bridging News

You are invited to attend Mt. View Neighborhood's 1999 Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony on Wednesday, June 2nd. This year's theme is "Swimming to a New Century" with each level of Girl Scouting represented by a different sea creature. A historical look at Girl Scouting is also planned during the ceremony, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at Wy'east Junior High Auditorium. All participants should arrive by 6:30 p.m. and wear their uniform or a nice dress. Permission slips are required.

All participants should also plan to attend the bridging rehearsal on Wednesday May 26 at Wy'east Junior High School Auditorium from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Permission slips are also required at the rehearsal.

If some of your troop members are planning to attend the ceremony and are interested in helping out (pass out programs, monitor the historical displays, etc.), please contact either Gail B, or Maggie M.

Help Wanted…...A Service Project!

On Saturday, June 5, Head Start of Clark County will be holding an End-Of-The-Year Celebration. They are in desperate need of help to put this event on, and have asked the Girl Scouts for assistance. If you have girls that are 3rd grade or above, and would like to help out at this event, then please call Carol Taft at 896-9912 ext. 334. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. (ONLY 2 HOURS!) at Leverich Park. What a neat way to earn service hours while helping your community!

Neighborhood Campout

Last Minute Reminders…. Don’t forget:

  • A hat for each camper to decorate.
  • Troop First Aid Kit
  • Water Bottles for hiking
  • Permission Slips for each camper
  • Cooking utensils and supplies for your meal you are preparing
  • Extra blanket (it’s COLD!)

    Standard Of The Month

    Girl Scouts of the USA has 35 program standards that each Girl Scout adult who is involved with girls, either directly or indirectly, should be familiar with. In an effort to make each and every one of us more aware of the standards we should always be following we will profile one standard each month.

    STANDARD #7 - OUTDOOR EDUCATION Activities carried out in outdoor settings are an important part of Girl Scout program for each age level. The leader should receive the appropriate training from her council to help her guide preparation for and implementation of the outdoor activities.


    10. You ask coworkers in your company bathroom where their buddies are.
    9. You instinctively make the quiet sign when in any noisy, crowded place - like on a subway at night.
    8. Dressing in all green or brown seems attractive.
    7. You try making a kaper chart for subordinates at the office - in bright, primary colors.
    6. You no longer notice the boxes of literature from Council and fallen-over bags of craft supplies that you trip over on your way to the bathroom in the morning.
    5. Your husband is no longer permitted to work on any household repair projects without a first-aider present.
    4. You give your childrens' grandparents a signed permission slip when you drop the kids off for an afternoon.
    3. Doing yard work, with a situpon tied to your bottom, seems normal.
    2. You instinctively chide coworkers in your corporate cafeteria to clean up after themselves.
    and, the number one way we know you are a burned-out Girl Scout Leader:
    1. Attending Neighborhood Meetings seems like a great way to spend an evening!

    Leader Tips

    Having trouble finishing up those last few requirements for each of your badges? Try these:

    ***Have a lockin where you just do a hodgepodge of things. Stay up all night with the girls and mix fun activities with badge work and slumber party type stuff.

    ***Assign different patrols to plan and carry out activities. Give them a specific time limit and encourage them to plan some of it on their own time.

    ***Send home a checklist of Homework type items that the girls can do on their own to accomplish an award.

    ***Bring in guest speakers or attend a talk that teaches information covered in several requirements.

    ***Set up a wide game at a troop meeting - get several parents to help and rotate through the stations covering multiple badge requirements.

    Leader/Daughter Tea

    Date: Thursday June 3rd

    Time: 6:30 to 8:00pm

    Place: Mill Plain United Methodist Church

    15804 SE Mill Plain Blvd. (next to Cactus Ya Ya)

    Hosted by Troop 791, fun, prizes and sweet treats included. Any questions call Jeannie S. or Virginia S.

    Troop Activities Evaluation
    Now is the time to evaluate what kind of job you have done as a leader this year. Answer the following questions on your own and then use your answers to make next year’s troop even better!

    How do you like working with other troops?

    What was the activity that your troop did that you liked the best? Why?

    What activity did your troop do, that you liked the least? Why?

    A goal is something you set and try to reach. Example: I am going to the Olympics to win a gold medal.

    What are the top 5 goals that you and your whole troop set at the beginning of the year?

    Did you achieve your goals? Then check the yes or no blanks to let us know whether or not your troop achieved their goals.
    1. ___ yes __no
    2. ___yes __no
    3. ___yes __no
    4. ___yes __no
    5. ___yes __no

    Circle the following you do in your troop meetings: Flag Ceremony, Girl Scout Promise, Friendship Squeeze, Girl Scout Handshake, Quiet Sign

    Do you know what the items listed above mean?

    Do you feel that your troop works together as a team?

    What changes would you like to see in your troop meetings?

    What would you like to always stay the same in your troop meetings? Example: What is working, and what you like. This is the one thing you wouldn't want to change.

    How do you feel when you are asked to do a Community Service Project? Why do you do them?

    Camp Segonku Day Camp

    Just a reminder that Camp Segonku is filling FAST! Get your registrations in immediately if you want to assure a place for your daughter(s)/troop member(s) at day camp. We are also still on the lookout for more adult help! There is a discount for your daughter if you come out and help. The program is pre-planned and you will be trained!

    Spring Re-Registration

    Be sure to turn in your troop re-registration materials no later than the June Neighborhood meeting! You won’t regret it! More info to come!

    Program Ideas

    World of Well-Being

    This story could spark a discussion about differences and remembering to be YOURSELF and not like anyone else.

    Be Yourself

    Ever since I was a little kid, I didn't want to be me. I wanted to be like Billy Widdledon, and Billy Widdledon I didn't even like me. I walked like he walked; I talked like he talked; and I signed up for the high school he signed up for.

    Which was why Billy Widdledon changed. He began to hang around Herby Vandeman; he walked like Herby Vandeman; he talked like Herby Vandeman. He mixed me up! I began to walk and talk like Billy Widdledon, who was walking and talking like Herby Vandeman. And then it dawned on me that Herby Vandeman walked and talked like Joey Haverlin. And Joey Haverlin walked and talked like Corky Sabinson.

    So here I am walking and talking like Billy Widdledon's imitation of Herby Vandeman's version of Joey Haverlin, trying to walk and talk like Corky Sabinson. And who do you think Corky Sabinson is always walking and talking like? Of all people, Dopey Wellington - that little pest who walks and talks like me!

    · From Chicken Soup for the Soul

    World of Today and Tomorrow

    Watersheds and Pollution


    ***large plastic tarp, shower curtain, tablecloth, etc.

    ***spray bottles filled with water

    ***packages unsweetened Kool-Aid

    ***books, boxes, backpacks, etc. I would recommend boxes, wood, and things undamaged by water and/or Kool-Aid

    ***large beaker or clear cup partially filled with a saturated salt water solution

    Set up: Girls will design their own landform by placing books, boxes, etc. on the top of a table, or two tables pushed together. The plastic sheet is placed over top of this and the landform adjusted till it is the way the girls want it. The landform should have a definite watershed point - a low point where the water runs off. If you use two tables pushed together, they can be pulled apart slightly so the water can run from in between them. The Kool-Aid represents non-point-source pollution, such as insecticides, oil running off a highway, etc. Have the girls sprinkle the Kool-Aid around liberally.

    Next, girls get to take turns making rain storms. They spray around the landform in any pattern they choose. They can even narrate if they'd like - "A westerly wind comes up and blows the storm cloud across the valley." At first, the water will come together in small puddles. You may even get ponds or lakes forming. Eventually, the water will form a stream - or river - running towards the low-point, below which the beaker is sitting on a chair (did I forget to mention that?). As the "rain" continues, the beaker will fill up. At this point you can 1) stop the exercise and clean up or 2) have another beaker with salt water in it and replace the old beaker with the new one. By replacing the beaker you can demonstrate that the initial runoff is full of pollution but that continued rain cleanses the land. Good news for the land - bad news for the ocean (a.k.a. the beaker).

    Some colors of Kool-Aid layer better than others. Our team had the manomango berry one (or something like hat) and it worked just great. That could be another interesting thing to test - the difference in layering between different types of Kool-Aid. Don't forget to point out that for the most part those layers that are created stick around unless something comes along to mix the ocean. Another thing that girls may notice is that if your run-off is turbulent, the ocean water is much more likely to mix with the run-off.

    · Courtesy Sue Moore
    Also talk about what the girls can do to stop pollution from advocacy letters to encouraging their parents to dispose of things like oil and batteries safely. Make it personal after they have had fun playing in the water.

    World of Arts

    Here are some arts and crafts ideas to use up those last craft supplies without having to make any new major investments or to talk about recycling.

    Juice Lid Magnets

    At a recent craft fair, I saw refrigerator magnets made from juice can lids. They had glued a magnet on the back of the juice can. The front were either painted or had some fabric glued on. They had a lot of them painted yellow with the smiley face. But the fabric and lace ones were pretty too. For earth day, you could paint it to look like a globe.

    Dirt Necklaces

    There was a really neat craft I remember seeing in a book and don't have the instructions right in front of me, but it was an Earth necklace. You actually take real dirt, mix with glue and form a ball, put in a half a paper clip in the dirt ball (for the ball to attach to a chain). When the ball is dry it is painted with tempera paint to look like the Earth, then a shellac coating is put on to protect it and make it shiny. Add a chain and you have an Earth necklace. You could even use this idea to make your own dirt/glue beads to make other necklaces.

    Egg Carton Flowers

    You could make little flowers out of egg cartons. We made something really cute this year. Using yogurt containers, put homemade playdough filled the cup about 1/3 way full, made an egg carton flower, stuck it in the container, made a plant stick with a large tough depressor and clip clothes pin glued together and included a recipe card for "A Happy Day". Using fabric we cut (pinking) out circles big enough to cover the "yogurt" flower pot, glued it to the rim and tied a ribbon around the rim.

    Puzzle Pin Swaps

    We made puzzle pins recently. Take the puzzle pieces. You can group them or do them in smaller individual pieces. The decoupage acts as an adhesive. Brush on some of the decoupage. Sprinkle the glitter on them. You can use varying colors or just one color. Attach the jewelry pins to the back of the puzzle art, using the hot glue guns.

    - These ideas came from Dianne Hegarty’s Recycled Crafts Compilation from the WAGGGS-L Listserv

    World of People

    Here are some service project ideas from a very service oriented troop:

    1. Doing a sing-a-long with a senior resident facility, where we sing songs the residents know. Usually songs from the 1940's. The seniors usually have a time when they sing these songs on a regular basis. We just borrow the word sheets and a tape of the music and teach the girls the songs in advance. ( Songs like "A Bicycle Built for Two")
    2. As a Neighborhood you can divide the names of the residents in a certain facility, so that each troop has 8-10 names. The troop is then responsible for sending these residents birthday cards, holiday card, thinking of you card, etc. throughout the year. It has been found by trial and error that this is a lot easier when a troop is responsible for residents whose birthdays are during the same general time.
    3. As Brownie GS we have sung either at seniors quarters or in children's hospitals
    4. Make survival boxes with toiletries for men, women, and children for the needy in various shelters.
    5. Sleeping Bags for the Homeless.

    World of Out-Of-Doors

    Girls in Troop 197 wrote the following poem about Ashley:

    Ashley's newest in our troop.
    She's so funny and real cute.
    But Ashley had an awful day.
    She doesn't know our Girl Scout ways.
    She tumbled into Norris Lake.
    We pulled her out of a big boat's wake.
    While we were walking through the leaves.
    We came upon a honey tree.
    "I love honey," and she reached inside.
    The bees, they covered Ashley's hide.
    On our way to the big treehouse,
    Ashley freaked when she saw a mouse.
    She got excited. Then she ran
    Into the camp's big, heavy van.
    While camping out at Echo Cove,
    Poor Ashley decided she would rove.
    She came upon a three-leafed sprout.
    Within the hour, she was broken out.
    We told her to stay with a friend.
    But she did not. That was her end.
    In fun she chose to hide away.
    We found her like this, just today.
    Be careful when you're in the woods.
    Learning about animals would be good.
    Three-leafed plants can make you itch.
    Please don't touch them or you'll twitch.
    Be careful when you're near the lake,
    Or you may suffer Ashley's fate.
    Don't run, especially from your group.
    You're safer when you're with your troop.

    this is for those girls who always seem to be in trouble... try making an Ashley doll and seeing if they can re-enact what happened to her. Enjoy this silly tale!

    Girl Scout Council—Mile Hi in Denver has indicated that it will forward expressions of sympathy to Girl Scout troops in the Littleton area. Send cards, in care of:

      Judy Sylvester, Mgr. of Program Resources and Training
      GS Council—Mile Hi
      P.O. Box 9407
      Denver, CO 80209

    Council Quotes

    There is still available space at Camp Collins for Girl Scout Troop Camping this summer. Dates are June 27 through July 3. This is a great way to end the program year for grades 2-12. Mountain Medley is a variety of activities; something for everyone. Camp Collins is less rustic than Camp Arrowhead, and every bit as much fun. The cost is $171.

    Megan Bassett has joined the Girl Scouts - Columbia River Council staff and is looking forward to serving our Girl Scouts as a Membership and Program Director. Megan is bilingual and has been working since 1993 with Spanish speaking students in Oregon schools and as an event coordinator and supervisor in the private sector. She plans to continue the work the council has done to make Girl Scouting available to all girls.

    Girl Scouts - Columbia River Council will pay for Marilyn’s Place with restricted funds from the endowment. The endowment reached $8.8 million as of December 31, 1998. That amount includes a bequest, made years ago, for council property improvements. The value of that bequest today is almost $900,000. We plan to use $1.5 million from the bequest and endowment for the Marilyn’s Place at Camp Mountaindale. We will accept contributions for this project, but are not conducting a capital campaign.

    A lot of Girl Scout leaders have experienced first hand substandard service with their US Bank accounts. This includes fees, opening accounts and many other customer service issues. We wanted to acknowledge that we were aware of what has been going on. We have discussed the details with our representative and feel we are now back on track with US Bank. If you are experiencing problems with your US Bank account, contact your Membership Director.

    Extra Girl Scout Insurance must be purchased for any event or activity outside of regular Girl Scout troop meetings where non-registered girls and adults are attending. Additionally, extra Girl Scout Insurance needs to be purchased when a Girl Scout troop is traveling for more than two nights. The cost is $0.12 per person, per day with a $5.00 minimum purchase. Give the council Registrar a call at 1-800-338-5248 ext. 6537 to purchase or for more information.

    Girl Scout leaders can be part of their girls’ summer plans by encouraging them to register for day camp and resident camp. Spend time talking with your Girl Scout troop about the kinds of things they can do at camp and ask them to bring back something to share. Mew friends, arts and crafts, trying new things, are just a few of the ways that girls will grow strong in Girl Scout summer camps.

    If you’ve ever wanted to be on TV, now’s your chance. The Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade, a nationally televised event, needs Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts to carry banners and walk the three mile parade route. Last year, there were more Campfire Boys and Girls and Boy Scouts carrying banners than Girl Scouts. Let’s show the community and the nation that Girl Scouts are growing strong in the Northwest - join the Grand Floral Parade.

    The Girl Scout Shop is well stocked for the spring rush on end of year and bridging recognitions. Try to mail or come in early to miss the delays this time of year. The Girl Scout Shop will be closed Monday, May 31 and all Saturdays in July and August.

    G.R.E.A.T. Guide Update

    The G.R.E.A.T. Guide Preview will be delivered to all registered adults in May. Use those last few Girl Scout troop meetings to review, with the girls, what is coming up this fall. They can decide which activities they want to do. It gives them another reason to come back in the fall.

    Let the girls know that the G.R.E.A.T. Guide will be delivered this August and to hang on to them. If a girl is not continuing on, ask her to pass the G.R.E.A.T. Guide on to someone who is or give it to the Girl Scout leader to give to a new girl in the troop.

    Learn-In: September 1999

    You are invited to participate in a weekend of discovery at Learn-In: September 24-26, 1999 at Camp Arrowhead. Learn skills and explore activity ideas beyond the ordinary. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of courses to enrich their program.

    I would like to have workshop on…………………. If you or someone you know may be interested in facilitating a workshop, submit your idea to the Adult Development Director. Include the following information: topic, learning objective, training method, and for which program age level(s). Workshops should not exceed ninety minutes.

    Troop Talk

    Daisy Doings

    Troop 209 (Rita L))

    -- We've had a wonderful year. The girls and their parents have been very cooperative. The girls have done lots of different service projects this year, including putting together a food basket for a family in need at Thanksgiving time. This summer the girls plan to help their sister troop (# 7311) with the garden plot near Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The girls take turns helping to maintain the garden and donating the harvest to local food banks. The girls are getting excited about bridging -- making their "cool" starfish for the bridging ceremony and learning the different songs that will be sung at the bridging ceremony.

    Troop 554 (Lee Ann E))

    -- At our last meeting we explored music with one of the Wee Sing music tapes. The girls are also preparing for their first bridging ceremony with Kailee Esser serving as the troop's bridging representative. The girls will be making their starfish decorations at their next troop meeting.

    Troop 1108 (Nichole J / Linda M))

    - At the end of last month and the beginning of this month we worked hard on Mother's Day gifts. The girls made their own back scrubbers and bath salts. They also decorated a container for the bath salts. The gifts turned out wonderful and the Moms really enjoyed them. We are getting ready for bridging by working on our star fish. The girls also enjoyed the Evergreen parade. It was a great time riding the bus and waving to all of our families.

    Brownie Bits

    Troop 224 (Sue F / Gail B / Laurie H) --

    The girls went to the School for the Blind in Vancouver. A 10-year-old student (Lark) and an instructor (Miss Tina) took us on a tour of the facilities. Lark jogged a lap on the track with the Brownies and guided them to some of her classrooms (where she learns cooking and sewing in addition to reading and writing). Lark also told us about the quilts they have made to donate to children in need. In the school's library, she read a book written in Braille to the girls and talked to the girls about her life at the school. (She flies home to her family in Spokane every weekend.) Miss Tina introduced the girls to a talking computer and the Braille writer machine. Each girl was given a card with her name written in Braille and had fun reading a Weekly Reader written in Braille. The girls recorded a taped message to thank Lark and Miss Tina for their time. At another meeting the girls worked on the My Body Try-It. They went to different stations to learn about their pulse, their brain, their reflexes, and their fingerprints. The girls also had a discussion about outdoor safety (i.e. bicycle helmets, life jackets, seat belts, etc.) and made pinwheels for their Movers Try-It.

    Troop 429 (Diana A / Julie H)

    - We have had a very busy and productive year. In November we got together and made yarn dolls and paper bag puppets and had a puppet show and learned a little about safety in order to earn the Puppets, Dolls and Play Try-It. We also went to the neighborhood Ice Skating party and attended the Veterans Day Parade. In December we practiced carols and made Christmas ornaments to take with us to The Hampton and The Bedford when we went caroling. We made lollipop and glass ball ornaments. We also attended the Neighborhood Fitness Fair hosted by the Junior troops. We had a lot of fun and hope to do one similar when we reach 5th grade. In January we worked on parts of several Junior badges for bridging. We talked about the Promise and The Law for the Girl Scouting in the USA badge, and did some activities from the Junior handbook. We attended Animals, Animals, Animals and sold cookies. We are proud to say that one of the top three sellers is in our troop. We learned how to play Dara and Nim from the Puzzlers badge and made drink bottle holders. For February we learned about poetry for the Books badge and prepared for Thinking Day. For Thinking Day we spent the time playing games from around the world. March saw us working on the Caring and Sharing Try-It and having a successful booth sale at Albertson’s. April’s first meeting was on March 31 and we hosted Rita Lara-Moore’s Daisy troop where we worked on color weaving for Easter placemats and bridging. We had a great time. We watched the Golden Eaglet movie and it was very entertaining. We took a field trip to the Lower River Transfer Station and earned the Earth Is Our Home Try-It. this month we will be attending the Neighborhood campout and Bridging to Juniors. Thank you Mountain View Neighborhood for such a great year.

    Troop 664 (Jenne P / Chris S)

    -- Junior Troop # 680 has helped these girls work on the Art Dabbler Badge, and they've had a lot of fun with it. The girls also enjoyed a council-sponsored gymnastics almost overnight activity. Brownie Troop # 429 taught the girls a game, and they did a get acquainted activity. One of the troop members has a grandmother that is a trainer in the Seattle area. She joined the troop at an overnighter at LaCamas Conference Center and taught the girls some outdoor cooking skills. The girls made pizzas, ants on a log, and brownies. They also learned about match lighting, cooking with charcoal, and using a box oven. While working on the People Near and Far Try-It, the girls hosted an international potluck for their moms. They are in the process of compiling all the different recipes in a cookbook. The girls are now finishing up their bridging requirements and getting ready for neighborhood campout at Camp Arrowhead.

    Troop 1292 (Lesli V / Laurie S / Laurie D / Karla M)

    - First addition to Brownie Bits. Our troop consists of all new members to Girl Scouts and boy, have we been busy learning about scouting. We started the year with the "Girl Scout Ways" Try-it, moved on to "Cookies Count", then "Listening to the Past" and are now completing "Outdoor Adventurer" (participating at Neighborhood Campout will complete that). We also are working on "My Shadow and Me", and have accomplished other activities in "Building Art", "Safety", and "Manners". We got a late start last fall, November it was, and were not able to get into many of the activities or great guide events, however, we have had a lot of fun coming up with ideas for activities to do and places to go on our own. We had a wonderful time making and decorating cookies while touring a bakery, we visited a cemetery and found some very interesting things and challenged our minds to imagine what life was like for some of the people "way back then". We were able to attend the "Storytelling and the Pioneers" at the End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City and found out life wasn't too bad without T.V., learned some old games, and had a picnic lunch. We made Flower Pots for our Mom's - with cake, frosting, graham crackers, gummy worms, and made our own flowers from tissue paper - for Mother's Day. If anyone is interested in the details, please feel free to call Lesli at #896-5341. We have been preparing for the campout and had a great time at our overnighter and took a mini-hike, ate our trail mix (we made at the previous meeting) and practiced outdoor safety and the buddy system. There is so much to share, so we will have to wait for next time. Also, just want you all to know how much your "Bits" are appreciated and thanks for letting us share ours.

    Troop 1521 (Tammy L / Angie B)

    -- These girls attended a council-sponsored overnighter at Camp Arrowhead, where they had an absolute ball. They also earned the Good Food, Outdoor Adventurer, and Outdoor Fun Try-Its during their stay at Arrowhead. The girls also participated in the Evergreen Parade, riding the C-Tran bus with other troops in the neighborhood. The girls plan on attending the Neighborhood Campout, and one girl is working on bridging requirements.

    Troop 2123 (Kim L / Deana P)

    -- These girls have been working on their bridging requirements and making starfish, angel fish, and octopi. They are also getting ready for the Neighborhood Campout at Camp Arrowhead -- the first camping experience for many of the girls and their moms. The troop has also been corresponding with a troop in Arkansas and learning about life in the South.

    Troop 3711 (Susan B)

    -- The girls patrolled the neighborhood, picking up litter for a service project. The girls also made some glass bead art and had a friendship exchange with their creations. A guest speaker came to a meeting with her 10-month-old child to talk to the girls about safety issues with young children. During several meetings the girls decorated clay pots with decoupage, planted pansies in the pots, made "Happy Spring" from "Guess Who" cards, and played "Ring and Run" (placing their potted pansies on doorsteps of older neighbors, ringing the doorbell, and then running to escape detection). The girls are working on their bridging requirements and registered for the neighborhood campout at Camp Arrowhead, using the money they earned from cookie sales.

    Troop 7311 (Kathy G / Dusty K / Glorian T / Rita L)

    - It’s been months since we’ve submitted news. That’s because we have been very busy being good little Brownies. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

    It s been a great year and we re looking forward to bridging.

    Junior Journal

    Troop 117 (Gail B / Colleen B)

    -- These girls are busy wrapping up badge work and preparing for bridging. Emma Jensen and Julie Lund from Cadette/Senior Troop # 72 visited the girls at one meeting, sharing about their trip to England last summer and other opportunities in Cadettes. As a service project, the girls helped to setup, serve, and cleanup at a luncheon honoring the senior members at Columbia Presbyterian Church. For Mother's Day, the girls experimented with different colors and scents to make milk bath and bath salts for their moms. The girls are looking forward to a scrap booking workshop next month.

    Troop 791 (Virginia S / Jeannie S)

    - We have been working on the Pet Care badge and finding out that badges are a lot more time consuming than try-its. We will finish our badge with a field trip to the Clark County Humane Society where we will also do our May service by making litter boxes for the animals. Our service for February was collecting canned food at the Hearthwood Disco night. This was so much fun for the girls because after collecting the cans and filling boxes they were able to participate in all the activities like limbo, hula hooping, costume contest and of course dancing. There was a dance teacher there that taught them all the right moves for disco dancing. We celebrated Thinking Day within our own troop by learning about Russia. We divided into three groups, food, dance and games. We learned two dances and discovered Chess as a big favorite for Russians, also nesting dolls are popular, we didn't prepare any food but talked about a few native dishes. We did open cookie sales at Walmart and sold all of our cookies. Some girls trying to reach certain goals sold at Albertsons and did quite well. For our March service some of the girls attended Girl Scout Sunday at the church we meet at and had a display of some of the things our troop has done together with pictures. Two girls were candle lighters and the rest were greeters. We have started on the Horse Lover badge and hope to finish it before the end of the year. For our service for April we will be having another clothing drive to clean out those shorts and swimsuits that have magically gotten too small. The Orchards Inn was very grateful for our last donation.

    Troop 797 (LeAnn C)

    -- Per the parents' request, the girls have been learning how to sew on their badges, insignia, numbers, and patches on their Junior vests. The girls also made friendship pillows with the Girl Scout insignia on one side and their names signed on the other side. The Community Badge has been keeping them busy along with the Toymaker Badge. The girls had fun going to the toy store to pick out a toy to donate to Doernbecher Children's Hospital for an Eagle Scout project. The girls also made bunnies in a hole to be used for tray favors for the Vancouver Nursing Home. Now they are looking forward to Camp Arrowhead and the neighborhood campout.

    Troop 1046 (Diana A / Mary Beth J)

    - We have a very busy and productive year. In November we started working on the Celebrating People badge in order to earn the Sign of the Satellite. We also painted on paper mache’ boxes to make jewelry boxes. We attended the neighborhood skating party and the Veteran’s Day Parade. We made clothespin reindeer ornaments and did parts of the Science Discoveries badge. In December we co-hosted the Neighborhood Fitness Fair and taught about lung power. We made a human family collage and made felt Christmas tree and macaroni angels to give to the residents at The Bedford when we went caroling. We also caroled at The Hampton. January found us finishing off the Math Whiz badge and doing more on the Celebrating People badge. We picked Jamaica for Thinking Day and decided to have a pot luck dinner Jamaican style. Cookie sales were good. We also made felt teddy bears for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and some day we will deliver them. For February we made lotto game boards that we will be donating to the YMCA day care. We did two activities from the Cadette handbook for bridging and had our Thinking Day feast. For March we made more lotto boards and watched The Golden Eaglet movie. We had our Investiture/Rededication and attended Basic Outdoor Skills at Arrowhead. In April we worked on The Jeweler badge and the Ready for Tomorrow badge. We attended the Business-Wise badge activity and made a bracelet. We also shadowed a government employee for the Sing of the Satellite. We had fun with our dads when we stenciled storm drains around our meeting place. For May we will be attending the Neighborhood campout and bridging, and finishing the Troop Camper badge. Thank you Mountain View Neighborhood for such a great year.

    Troop 1635 - (Diana S / Cindy M) -

    The girls are finishing the Outdoor Fun in the City, Plants and Animals, Wildlife, and Outdoor cook badges. We had an excellent guided nature walk at the Tryon Wildlife Park in Portland. Emily Bowen and Kim Terrell have been helping my girls with buddy burners and box ovens. They did a great job working with the girls. We had a Mother/Daughter Tea on a Saturday. The girls spent all day cooking and making decorations and finished just in time to greet their Mom's for tea in the afternoon. We are getting ready for our Tent Camping weekend at Yale Reservoir the end of May.

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    Dates to Remember

    May 21-23 …………..………….…....Neighborhood Campout
    May 26 ……………………….Bridging Rehearsal @ Wy’East
    May 31 ………………Service Center Closed for Memorial Day
    June 2 ………………………………..Neighborhood Bridging
    June 3 ……….……..…Neighborhood Leader-Daughter Tea
    June 9 ……………………….…………Service Team Meeting
    June 18 …………..Cadette/Senior Council Recognition Event
    June 14 …………………………………………………..Flag Day
    June 18 ……………#Cadette/Senior Recognition Celebration
    June 20 ………………………………..…………….Father’s Day
    July 12-17 …………………….…..Camp Segonku Day Camp
    July 15 ……………………#Site reservations open for Troops

    # = 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
    Bridging News …………………………………….…….Gail B
    Content ……………………………………….……Service Team
    Council Quotes ………………..………Delivery Team Dispatch
    Troop Talk ……………………………………………Our Troops
    Program Ideas………………………………………Gail B

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