Category Archives: Girl Scouts

Travel plans unseen

Planning a trip is difficult. You have to get the timing right, the places to stay perfect, the transportation coordinated. Add to that some health concerns, some dietary restrictions, and age limitations.

Now, try to do that while keeping it a secret from two VERY precocious children.

We pulled it off! We managed a surprise trip.20150610_222150

20150610_222136 20150610_222154 We drove to Reno, Nevada, on June 5th to see my parents and family. The girls knew about that. They knew we would be driving out there, spending a few days, then driving back on June 10th. Yesterday we surprised them with the second half of their trip. We did drive back to SLC… then we got on a plane and flew to Orlando, Florida, to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for 5 days in the Disney Parks.

Not only did we stay at the Parks, but as part of the Youth Education System, both girls are attending Girl Scout events. It is also the last weekend of Star Wars Weekends for 2015 (very cool).

What follow is our adventures for this trip.

FanX 2015 Girl Scout Adventure

Cookie season is going on right now for Utah. And our troop decided to go to FanX. The reason that we went to FanX was to look at the booths and decide on how to make our booth better.

  1. Many of the booths had an overhead piece. One of the artist had it in the form of a castle arch
  2. Several of them had side parts that they could hold their stuff.
  3. Occasionally they had a banner behind them.

And after that we went to a panel that talked about female nerds and how they felt that they could not be geeks. All of the panelists thought that the men were feeling territorial. One of the pieces of advice was to stop caring about what they said.

And all of this happened on Thursday and with Girl Scout Troop 811.

5 Girl Scouts Adventure to Salt Lake Comic Con’s Fan Xperience 2015

What happens when you take 5 girls (age 10 to 17) to Utah’s biggest convention and let them geek out over princesses, Animal Jam, fantasy art, and superheroes? You teach girls to lead with courage out of their comfort zone! Continue reading 5 Girl Scouts Adventure to Salt Lake Comic Con’s Fan Xperience 2015

Girl Scout National Convention part 2

Of all the things to find at Girl Scouts of America National Convention, Animal Jam was not on my list.  Created by National Geographic, it is an online game that has various levels of participation.  There is free to play and various subscription levels. The amusing thing is that the call center for Smart Bomb Interactive, the creators of the game, is here in Salt Lake City on North Temple. Their building has a view of the Salt Palace Convention Center where the Girl Scout National Convention was held!

So, what is Animal Jam?  Well, if I just looked at the computers in my house I’d say it was a load of cuteness that really had my daughters hooked.  Doing what, I’m not sure.

On their website, “Animal Jam is a safe and exiting online playground for kids who love animals and the outdoors.”  Yep, that sounds like my kids!  I know Snuggles has a grand house for her animals and Bookwyrm has a lot of the currency.  They have friends around the neighborhood that they can chat with.

Parent Alert!  Do make a parent account.  Do be in the know about who your kids are interacting with.  There is a lovely audio commercial on the radio about underage drinking.  It has lovely sound bites of a quiet serene landscape… that is what your kids hear if you don’t tell them underage drinking is against your rules.  Same with the internet.  Be in their faces, know what they are doing and who they are interacting with!  It’s your job as a parent.

Okay, soap box done – but do take what I say seriously!

Now, why would Animal Jam be educational? Activities are related to real world facts about animals.  The Animal Jam Academy is totally free.  Kids have a report on animals?  Here is your resource.

Play nice!  Many games in Animal Jam are collaborative – that means the kids have to cooperate. They get bigger rewards if they work together to complete some activities.

So, why would such a game be at the Girl Scout National Convention? Um, why not?!? Girls ages 5 to 18 are half of their biggest players.  The other half are their brothers, cousins, and friends.  So what was interactive at the Animal Jam in the Hall of Experience?  Everything!

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What should you name your critter?  Choose one from each dial to complete your name.animal-jam2Animal Jam is releasing a 3D version of their game for iPad and had stations for the girls to play.  Also in the background were films about neat facts of strange animals.