Mountain View Mirror - Online
February 2000

Welcome to the February 2000 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 Archived 1998-99 Editions September 1999 edition
October 1999 edition November 1999 edition December 1999 edition
January 2000 edition "Kewl" Internet Site Thinking Day Crossword Solution

Neighborhood News

Mountain View Ice Skating Event

Don’t forget that this Thursday, February 17, is the Neighborhood Ice Skating Event at Mountain View Ice Arena. The time for this is 6:40 - 8:40 p.m. and the cost is a mere $5 per girl (includes patch). This needs to be paid for TONIGHT, February 14, at the Neighborhood meeting. This IS NOT A FAMILY EVENT. Therefore it is open to registered Girl Scouts ONLY. Please remember to follow Safety-Wise girl/adult ratios. We will see you on Thursday!


Saturday, February 19 is the day to pickup your cookies at Fircrest School, 12 Noon- 3PM. Please be sure to make arrangements for your troops cookies to be picked up during this time frame. And don’t forget to let the girls know that cookies are NOT TO BE SOLD OR DELIVERED until February 25th.

“Tea For Two”

Tuesday, February 22 is the day set aside for the Neighborhood Thinking Day "Tea for Two" at Pacific Middle School Student Center. The event runs from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. and is $2 per person (Girl Scout plus someone special). For more information, contact Diana A. (e-mail at or if your troop is interested in providing entertainment at the event.

Bridging Meeting Slated

If you have girls in the following grades: Kindergarten, 3rd grade Brownies, 6th Grade Juniors, 9th grade Cadettes, or 12th grade Seniors, then you need to pay special attention to this announcement! Monday, Feb. 28 is the first girl’s Troop bridging representative meeting at Fire Station #83 (213 NE 120th Street) from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Each troop that has any of those aforementioned levels needs to choose one representative to attend this meeting. Bring your troop's theme and/or decorating ideas. Call Gail B. or Suzanne B. with any questions.

Calling all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts everywhere!

We invite you to seize an exciting opportunity you won't want to miss! International Youth Week 2000 will take place from May 6-12, 2000. During the Week, young people all over the world will implement concrete action to improve their communities. The goal? In a sentence, to celebrate and inspire proactive youth involvement in our communities year-round.

Youth Week 2000 is about cooperation, not competition; activity, not passivity; and solutions, not problems. It is a project of ideas, creativity, and visions for a brighter future. We'll connect education and expertise to ACTION! It's a decentralized, grassroots project in which youth "think global, act local" about our social and environmental challenges.

We're partnering with hundreds of local and global youth movements in this unique, youth-for-youth, collaborative project. We are young people from all walks of life: diverse cultures, individuals, priorities, needs and issues.

Participants like yourselves are invited to showcase your ideas, solutions, project and events in the Youth Week 2000 newsletter, video, website, book and media coverage. We're here to provide support for youth and Guiding initiatives: connections to like-minded groups, publicity, tools, resources and contacts.

Youth will not only learn and talk about change, but initiate and live that change as well. Youth will begin new initiatives with the support of each other and of more experienced organizations. It is about working in solidarity for just, compassionate and sustainable communities.

So: are you up to the challenge? Some Girl Guide Areas are challenging all their groups to think of something for Youth Week. There are countless possibilities and we can help you along the way. Check out for suggestions and resources! You can also sign up online to register your interest. Please contact us today for any further information. We're sure you'll find something in this project you like!

She is Tomorrow

She will move beyond
Our realities and limitations
To create possibilities
That exceed all
Our dreams.

She will step forward
Into the future, taking with her a
World transformed and renewed by
The keeping of
Her Promise.

She is Tomorrow;
She is a Girl Scout.

She is your daughter.

GSUSA Announces Internet Guidelines for Cookie Sales

"Girl Scouts of the USA has a new position to help us ensure the safety of every girl we serve, to protect the tax-exempt status of Girl Scout Cookie sales (and our other council-sponsored product sales), and to ensure that all Girl Scout cookie orders from customers are in our councils' jurisdiction. Beginning with January 2000 product sales, both girl and adult members cannot engage in any type of sale of Girl Scout Cookies, nuts, calendars, magazines, candy, etc., on the internet. Girls may use the e-mail to alert their friends and relatives about our local Girl Scout cookie sale.

Thank you for your cooperation."

PRESIDENT'S Student Service Challenge
"Service to the community is one of our deepest national traditions, and people of all ages can make a difference by serving others."
- President Bill Clinton

A new national award for community service is available to youth from kindergarten through college. Gold awards are given to youth through college age who volunteer at least 100 hours to the community within a 12-month time frame. Silver awards are given to young people 5-14 who volunteer at least 50 hours to the community within a 12-month period. Students may be nominated by a youth group leader or by a school and can receive an award more than once if they give additional service (although not within the same 12-month period).

Award consists of a pin, a certificate, and a letter from the president. There is a small charge for the pin. Goal of this project is to honor two million young people for community service. Total so far is a little over 20,000. Another way to get our girls in the news, and another honor to list on those college applications.

More information and application forms can be found at the web site: (Watch those dots and hyphens. You'll get an error message if you type them wrong.)


Audubon and Cornell Lab Ask Everyone to Put Their Bird Sightings on the Map Ford Motor Company and Wild Birds Unlimited to Sponsor Event.

At the turn of the last century, the Passenger Pigeon had become extinct in the wild, and very few people even knew. It's too late for the Passenger Pigeon, but it may not be too late for North American birds that are currently showing population declines. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society have made it easy to help these birds and to help ensure common birds stay common. They are asking everyone, continent-wide, to take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 18-21, 2000.

By participating in Great Backyard Bird Count 2000, families, classrooms, community groups, and individuals of all ages and skill levels can help scientists document the abundance and distribution of North America's winter bird populations at the start of the first spring migration of the new millennium.

Participants count the numbers and kinds (species) of birds seen in their backyards, local parks, schoolyards, or other areas during any or all of the four count days. All sightings are entered via the Internet at BirdSource , an interactive, state-of-the-art web site developed by the Cornell Lab and National Audubon. Results, in the form of colorful maps and charts, are available at the web site for all to view as quickly as reports arrive over the Internet.

The online nature of the count, combined with widespread citizen participation, assists scientists in both the short- and long-term. "By participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, people from subtropical Florida and Hawaii to Arctic Canada and Alaska will help us understand better the effects of changing weather and landscape on our birds' abundance and distribution patterns," says Dr. Frank Gill, senior vice president for science at National Audubon.

Last year, some 42,000 reports showed large numbers of American Robins wintering farther north than usual. Further research suggested a correlation between robin distribution and absence of snow. Further research suggested a correlation between robin distribution and absence of snow. Cornell Lab and Audubon researchers emphasize that every observation of every bird seen is important, no matter how common the species. In fact, the most common birds often demonstrate the most important patterns.

"Many birds that are now rare or showing population declines were once common. The Passenger Pigeon, for example, used to occur in flocks of thousand and now they're extinct. Red-headed Woodpeckers have already disappeared from much of the northeastern U.S. and are declining throughout their range," says Dr. John Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Great Backyard Bird Count may yield more data about the current strongholds of the Red-headed Woodpecker, data that may be used to help implement conservation measures before it's too late."

Participants also can help follow up on an emerging conservation success story. "In light of the proposed removal of the Bald Eagle from the list of Endangered and Threatened species, we encourage birders this year to pay special attention to this national symbol," said Gill. "American and Canadian citizens alike can help scientists monitor the health and abundance of this once-endangered bird with an immediacy and breadth never before possible." the web site is featuring special pages that provide information about Bald Eagles, including how to distinguish them from similar-looking species.

In addition to the eagle feature, the GBBC web site provides educational materials ideal for families, youth groups, and classrooms.

To participate, tally the highest number of each species seen at one time (so as not to count the same birds more than once). Then log on to BirdSource and click on the "Great Backyard Bird Count" button. Directions are provided at the site. Participation in the count is free, and no registration is necessary. Those without Internet access should try their local library, nature center, or other community group. Or call Wild Birds Unlimited toll-free at (800) 326-4928 to find out if the franchise nearest you is entering reports for their offline customers. For more information, including how to coordinate efforts to enter reports for those who aren't online, call the Cornell Lab toll-free (800) 843-BIRD (2473) or write them at Cornell Lab of Ornithology/GBBC, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Photographs available upon request.

Cheryl Frank, Manager
Cornell Cooperative Extension
News and Information Service

Unusual Tips

Protect a cast-iron skillet.

  • Place a Mr. Coffee Filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

    Make a ground cloth for camping trips.

  • Place your sleeping bag on top of several Glad Trash Bags to keep out moisture.

    Soothe insect bites.

  • Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water, dip a cloth into the solution, and place the cloth on the bite for twenty minutes.

    Repel mosquitoes.

  • Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

    Program Ideas
    ALL ACTIVITIES IN THIS SECTION FROM: library/projects/bldogbsccr.htm

    Biscuit Dog Craft

    Materials Needed:

    Cut 2 ear shapes out of felt. Glue them onto the dog biscuit (figure 1 - see link above). Glue on wiggle eyes. Place 2 - 1/4 to 1/2 inch pom-poms side by side just below the eyes. Glue on a red seed bead for the nose (figure 2 - see link above).

    Glue 4 small pom-poms on to be the feet of the dog (figure 3 - see link above). Some optional finishing touches: add a collar and tag using scrap felt and glue a magnet strip to the back.

    Furry Shamrocks

  • Green Sponges
  • grass seeds
  • water

    Cut sponges into shamrock shapes. Wet sponges with water and add grass seeds. In a few days the grass seeds will sprout giving each shamrock "hair"!

    World Thinking Day Crossword Puzzle



    Capillary Cake
    Testing water’s capillary action is a piece of cake!

    You will need:

    1. Ask your adult partner to help you make the strawberry or cherry gelatin, following directions on the package.
    2. Cut a cube of the angel food cake and a cube of the pound cake.
    3. Pour Ό cup of gelatin into each of the two 8-oz clear plastic cups.
    4. At the same time, while the gelatin is still liquid, gently put the angel food cake cube in one cup and the pound cake cube in the other.
    5. Watch as the gelatin moves up into the cake.
    6. In which cake does it move up the fastest? Why do you think this is so?
    7. Put your cups in the refrigerator.
    8. When the gelatin becomes solid, add some whipped cream. Then eat your delicious capillary dessert!

    Density Dessert
    If you enjoyed the delicious capillary cake, you might want to experiment with another mouth-watering dessert.

    You will need

    1. Put the dry lemon gelatin into the mixing bowl. Carefully measure 1 cup of boiling water ( have your adult partner help with this part) and add it to the gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
    2. Add half of the container of cream cheese to the gelatin mixture and stir. (The cream cheese won’t blend in with the gelatin, but it will break into little bits.)
    3. Add 1 cup of cold water to the gelatin mixture and stir.
    4. Now add the fruit to the gelatin mixture. Stir.
    5. Pour the gelatin mixture into the 4 cups and refrigerate them until the gelatin is set (This process will take several hours).

    Be a Water Scientist

    What did you notice as you were making the dessert? Did any of the ingredients separate? If they did, how many layers do you have?
    Did the cream cheese sink or float in the gelatin?
    Did the fruit sink or float in the mixture?
    As the dessert begins to chill, where does the cream cheese end up in the cup? Where does the fruit end up?
    Why do these ingredients behave differently in the mixture?
    When the dessert is completely chilled, eat it!

    Think About It

    Some liquids, like water and vinegar, will mix together. But other liquids do not mix with water unless they are forced to . Oils and syrups do not mix well with water. The liquids do not act the same way because they and other substances have different densities. Some liquids float on top of water because they are less dense (lighter) than water. Others are more dense (heavier) so water floats on top of them.

    Try some other types of Density Desserts, using different flavored gelatins, chopped nuts, fresh fruits, marshmallows, and non-dairy whipped topping. Which ingredients will float and which will sink? Can you tell just by looking at, and feeling, an ingredient whether it will sink or float?

    Council Quotes

    As many of you know by now, Wende Wilson our Executive Director has accepted a position as the new Executive Director for Girl Scouts of DuPage County Council near Chicago. Girl Scouts – Columbia River Council has grown and strengthened under her leadership and she will be missed. The council is in great shape and will continue to serve the thousands of girls with the same high quality service and programs they have come to expect. Join us in wishing Wende and her new council the success we’ve enjoyed.

    Get ready for a great summer! Girl Scout Leaders, keep in mind that registration opens for Resident Camps on March 15 and for Day Camps on April 17. Also remember that many other events are now open for registration, so consult your G.R.E.A.T. Guides and register as soon as possible, since some activities fill quickly.

    The Girl Scout Wills Clinic will be held on Thursday, June 8 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by US Bank at the US Bank Tower downtown on the 30th Floor at Atwater’s Restaurant. The purpose of this workshop is to educate Girl Scout donors and members about wills and charitable giving instruments.

    Annual Meeting and Awards Recognition Luncheon will be held Saturday, May 6 at the Doubletree Inn, Lloyd Center. All Girl Scout adults, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts are invited. The Annual meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at noon. The Annual Awards Luncheon follows immediately and ends about 3:00 p.m. Registration form is printed in Lead The Way.

    If Girl Scout leaders have a few extra minutes in their Girl Scout troop meeting, have the girls make some artwork to be used as Thank-You’s. See the G.R.E.A.T. Guide, p. 17 for details on size, ideas, and how to get it to the Girl Scout office. Or bust out the crayons and gather up the paints. Let the artist in the girls express their artistic skills. This Artwork is used for award presentations.

    Do you know an outstanding young woman in grades 5-11? The International Leadership Network (ILN) is looking for nominations for the Young Achievers Program. The program’s priority is “to applaud outstanding young people and to encourage their continued achievement.” Criteria include: Positive role models for their peers, successful achievers in a variety of areas, Good citizens in their schools and communities, and Competent scholars with satisfactory records of school attendance. There are ten categories. A national awards recipient in each of the categories receives a $1000 savings bond scholarship and a trip, with one parent to the ILN’s “Dare To Lead” Awards Program. For more information or a nomination form, contact Melissa at the Girl Scout Office.

    Make a plan and set a budget. By now you should have already set a goal for your Girl Scout troop’s Cookie Program. Make sure the goal is realistic and attainable. All monies earned belong to the Girl Scout troop as a whole. Do not keep a tally of amounts sold and how much each girl should be “awarded” based on their sales. Plan an activity that the entire Girl Scout troop can participate in and have everyone share the costs equally.

    The “Overnight Activity/Girl Scout Troop Travel Form” must be submitted and approved for any length overnight activity. Refer to the chart on the front of the form to ensure timely submission. For longer or international trips you need to complete the form 12-18 months prior to travel. For one night local trips one week’s advance notice in required. Without the proper approval a trip is not considered a Girl Scout trip, and therefore is not covered by insurance.

    Girl Scout office approval is also required for all overnight Neighborhood events. An “Overnight/Activity Troop Travel Form” must be completed by the Neighborhood four weeks prior to the event. Each Girl Scout troop participating will need to also complete an “Overnight Activity/Troop Travel Form” and submit it for Neighborhood chair approval based on the timeline given on the front of the form.

    Proper progression is the key to successful Girl Scout troop camping/overnight trips. Make sure all participants have had opportunities to build the skills they will need for the type of trip planned. For a trip where girls will be taking public transportation in an unknown city, have them practice ahead of time riding the bus in their hometown. If they will be cooking all of their meals over an open fire, then they should prepare ahead of time by practicing fire building, cooking, and safety skills.

    Do you need a lifeguard for your spring Neighborhood events? A Lifeguard Challenge course is offered on April 1 for Senior and Adult Girl Scouts. Participants will have pre-class assignments and must have been a lifeguard in the past or be a very strong swimmer. Participants also need to have taken first aid and SPR in the past. The class will be held at the Mountain Park Community Center. Check the G.R.E.A.T. Guide for more details and a registration form.

    All troops with $100.00 or more are required to open a troop checking account. The bank accounts and checks shall bear the name of Girl Scouts – Columbia River Council and the Girl Scout troop number. All checking accounts shall require dual signatures for withdrawals and check writing. Be sure to ask your Membership Director for the name of the bank nearest you that will open a free checking account for your troop.

    Keep everyone safe at open sales. Make sure that Girl Scout troops have a minimum of two adults with them at all times. Open sales are designed as a Girl Scout troop activity. Girls should have the opportunity to do the actual selling. While it’s often a temptation for adults to want to jump in and help, always remember that the cookie program is designed for girls to learn different skills including being comfortable talking to customers. Girls at any age level must never be left alone at an open sale location. Make sure a change box with a variety of change is secured before attending an open sale. The store should not be expected to supply troops with change.

    Important information to share with all leaders!

    Imagine exploring a trail that you’ve never been on. Sharing a secret with your best friend in the bunk bed next to you. Learning a new song and humming it all the way back to your cabin. Uniting with hundreds of other Girl Scouts on a service project that makes you feel as warm as the glow from the fire you’re gathered around in a huge open air cathedral.

    “Footprints In Time”, Girl Scouts – Columbia River Council’s Encampment (previously listed as Apples From the Same Tree in the G.R.E.A.T. Guide) will take place at Camp Namanu September 8, 9, 10, 2000. This will be a great opportunity for girls of all levels and abilities to participate in the fun, outdoor program in a camp environment. You may pitch your own tent (limited sites available) or sleep in a bunk inside a cabin. The Encampment Committee will assign sleeping arrangements based on camping experience and age level. This will be our opportunity for girls from all over the council to have the opportunity to work, play, share and grow together in a weekend just for us! Watch council publications for more information and register now to leave your footprints at Camp Namanu this fall.


    Work is under way for the 2000-2001 G.R.E.A.T. Guide. Now is the time to send your girls’ ideas to the Girl Scout Office. Girl Scout programs are designed around what girls want. Share those exciting resources in your community or offer to host an event in your Neighborhood. Tell us what the girls want. Send their ideas to Membership Support.

    The following G.R.E.A.T. Guide events have been cancelled:

    Troop Talk

    Daisy Doings

    This section is for you, the Daisy Troop Leader, to report what your troop has been doing the past month. Please let us know what you have been up to!

    Brownie Bits

    This section is for you, the Brownie Troop Leader, to report what your troop has been doing the past month. Please let us know what you have been up to!

    Troop #854 (Sandi H) - This month we worked on our Manners Try-It. We learned how to make introductions and how the answer the telephone and take a message. We saw a video about selling Girl Scout cookies and began our sales. We're all eager for our group effort. We really enjoyed the video from camp last summer. Our new girls are looking forward to camp this summer. We made Valentine refrigerator magnets and s'mores. That's all I can think of for now.

    Junior Journal

    This section is for you, the Junior Troop Leader, to report what your troop has been doing the past month. Please let us know what you have been up to!

    TROOP #664 (Chris S) - This year we are getting a lot of mother involvement! Each badge we work on will be handled by 2-3 moms. They are planning the activities that go with the badge. The girls also asked if the meetings could also be at their house once or twice throughout the year. They have really enjoyed hosting our troop! Our troop has now grown to 14, which has worked out great with the amount of parent involvement I am fortunate to have!!

    In October we had our annual Mother/Daughter weekend at Camp Homestead and had a wonderful time. We worked on parts of several badges while we were there. We have "adopted" the Valley Homestead Family Shelter as our year-long service project. In November, we made ornaments and decorations for a tree. Then in December we took a tree to the shelter, taught the children how to make ornaments, brought Christmas cookies and sang songs as we decorated the tree. The girls really enjoyed helping people who had so little.

    TROOP #791 (Virginia S & Jeannie S.) - For our service project for December we sang Christmas carols at SW WA Medical Center.This was our third year singing there and we had lots of fun. The volunteer that led us from floor to floor rewarded our efforts with giant brownies. We have nine girls selling cookies and so far we are meeting our goals and we still have open sales to go. For January service we collected clothing from each of our scout families and donated them to a couple of different churches to be distributed to needy people. For February service we are collecting and boxing the canned food donations at Hearthwood's Sock Hop. After the work all the girls get to enjoy the festivities. The girls continue to work on badges at home. We are planning our Mother/Daughter overnighter for the first part of March.

    Troop #797 (LeAnn C) - Our girls have been busy with the Sign of the Rainbow. We have earned the following badges: Collecting Hobbie, Doing Hobbies, Computer Fun, Girl Scouting in the U.S.A., and Toymaker. We're working with Brownie Troop #944 to meet the requirements for Junior Aide Patch. Each girl is taking turns being a leader for the Leadership Pin. Bridging to Cadettes is another activity the girls are involving themselves.

    Troop #7311 (Kathy G) - It has been a very productive beginning for our newly bridged Juniors! We harvested our community garden plot to bring our total charity food donation to over 150# for the year (this project was done with our sister Brownie Troop 209). In mid-October we helped at the new Bella Vista park by spreading bark dust on the garden section. We celebrated Juliette Low’s birthday with a costume party as we organized and planned for the upcoming year.

    We started November with the investiture of two new girls and rededication of the remaining girls. We have re-combined with Troop 3711 to bring our girl total up to 16. So far, so good! Our Service projects for November and December were to adopt a local family and give them complete holiday meals. We also were involved in creating a bookcase full of children and parenting books for a young family with 3 small children.

    Our caroling excursion to the Waterford retirement center was a nice touch for the Holidays, but it was also Dusty and Heather Kunin’s last time with our troop, so it had a sad ring. Now we’re ready for 2000 with a bang and hope to have a successful cookie selling season to be able to do all the things we set our goals on.

    Cadette & Senior Sentinel

    This section is for you, the Cadette or Senior Troop Leader or Cadette or Senior Girl, to report what your troop has been doing the past month. Please let us know what you have been up to!

    Dates to Remember

    February 14 ………………………..…Neighborhood Meeting
    …………………………………..….Valentine’s Day
    February 16 ……………………………..……#Delegate Forum
    February 17 …………………………....…Nbhd. Skating Party
    February 18 …………………….…………….Cookies Delivered
    February 19 …………….…..Pickup Cookies at Fircrest
    February 21 ……………………………...Council Office Closed
    February 22 ……………………………………….Thinking Day
    ……………………………..”Tea For Two” Event
    February 23 ……..*International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
    February 25 ……………………...……….#Cookie Sales Begin
    February 28 ………………………………….Bridging Meeting
    March 11 ……………………………………..Girl Scout Sabbath
    March 12 ……………………………………..Girl Scout Birthday
    ……………………………………...Girl Scout Sunday
    March 17 …………………………….………….St. Patrick’s Day

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

    Service Team

    1999-2000 Service Team

    Neighborhood Co-Chairs……Deb W / Roxanne G / Judy C
    Membership Team …………..Lynn K / Virginia S / Suzanne B
    Leader Support Team …(Brownie) Natalie L / (Daisy) Nichole J / (Brownie) Sue F / (Cadette) Roxanne G
    Communications Team ……...Carol H
    Finance/Cookie Team………...Linda S / Jan A / Deb W
    Awards & Recognition Team…..LeAnn C / Helen S / Diane K
    Events Team …………………..Zina Y / Diana A
    Community Resource Team…......Lisa P / Mary Beth J / Carol H

    Mirror Contributors

    Editor………………………..…………….….Gail B
    Council Quotes…………………..…….Delivery Team Dispatch
    Program Ideas……………………………………....Gail B
    Troop News……………………………………………Our Troops

    “KEWL” Internet Site of the Month
    A new or fun place each month with ideas that can be used with troops…especially for those leaders connected online!
    Margo’s Beadie Critter Collection
    (by a Columbia River Council Leader!)

    Thinking Day Crossword Puzzle Solution


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