Games link

So one of the blogs I love to visit:ย has this GAMES link in her sidebar. I clicked it, and whooosh there was 30 pages of games with recommendation age levels.


Have fun!



What to make with a generic wooden Cd rack

So I see this blog:ย and wonder hmmm… How can I tie this in with Scouts. $5 per kit, and then odds and ends we have in the troop closet would make this a little pricer than I usually spend, but perhaps we could think up a badge to complete by making this project. Now we could make anything.

Let’s see…contact/shelf paper can usually be found at the dollar store and scrapbooking paper sometimes. That would take care of the walls and floors. Magazines can supply the ‘artwork’ for your walls if you want, and a frame could be made from cut popsicle sticks or toothpicks.

The sky is the limit, let the kids be creative.

ย Happy Crafting,


Golden Link Ceremony

The Golden Link Investiture is a really fun ceremony our troop has done a few times over the years.

I didn’t get it from this site, but it’s the first one that popped up when I googled. (I keep hard copies of my ceremonies for easy reference, but that doesn’t help me when I want to show you it ๐Ÿ˜‰ )


11 “links” cut out of gold paper – (print out the below 11 reading parts and glue them onto the back of the strips. These will serve as scripts as well as links) Stapler The words of the GS Promise for new girls to read from (cut section off new GS registration form) Optional ending – replace one of the gold links with a candle and matches

What we do is have the color guard bring in the flags, we do the Pledge, the promise and the Law. My Co-leader and I take turns reading the narrator part.

At the end my co-leader and I say a little something fancier, and we light our candle as we make our pledge.

I’d actually never seen the investiture part with the crown, so I’m glad I discussed this today and looked for the link! This is a fun, simple ceremony that the girls love.


OYA – Turkish Lace

Okay while at the blog where I discovered that Yoyo advent calendar, I fell in love with Oya.

So I summoned my friend Cassandra Morris and asked her to tell me more about this. Now she had actually done some in the past, but she crocheted it instead of used needles, so she did the form called orgu. With needle it is called oya or oyasi.

Now, some more information:

Needlework Through History

Pictures of Turkish Lace

Close up picture of some Oya

Allie’s in Stiches has some fabulous pictures and mentions how important it is to support the women making these in Turkish villages.

List of videos gathered by Sunshines Creations

Videos a friend gave me:

A beautiful article mentioning a name I read on Allie’s blog ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m off to make more yoyo’s and contemplate a crocheted purse made with CD’s.


Yoyo’s- not the toy!

Okay, I admit, these would be best for adults or older girls, but my daughter’s have had a blast helping me pick out fabric and cutting out the circles. Even tracing them, too. I didn’t make mine as big as suggested for this project, but this is what I’m working on:

And here’s an easy way to learn to make the yoyo’s:

you can make flowers, or sew them together to make things, such as this advent calendar. But there are also other things you can make if you just let yourself be creative!


Toilet Paper Origami

Thanks to Cas for this wonderful link. My Juniors have decided they want a toilet paper fashion show at our cabin sleepover, and when Cas showed me this Toilet Paper Origami, I knew it would be a winner! I just wish I could find out pictures from last year.

Between the rose, and the flapping bird, the wedding dress ๐Ÿ™‚

Fun Toilet paper crafts:

games and fun from Marcal Toilet Paper

I used to have one of these on my desktop

in fact, I have one again ๐Ÿ™‚

A video of how to make aย  toilet paper rose

My first attempt:

TP Rose 1ย  TP Rose 2ย 

Happy crafting ๐Ÿ™‚



Usually I take my Scouts caroling. In the past we visited the same nursing home, (we even paraded in our halloween costumes in October) but the woman who use to set up things with me left, and the new person in charged ignored my phone calls last year. And they weren’t voice mail, I left messages with the main desk. So I am now on the lookout for a new nursing home to visit.

You must pick carefully. One year we went to one that had people that tried to eat the decorative ornaments we gave them. It disturbed the kids a lot. So we try to make sure to explain ahead of time that not always will they see a friendly face. Some people might not even know we are there. And we ask ahead of time who we may share our gifts with. One year we handed out bookmarks. Another year we’d made decorated snowflakes, another year we’d handed out candy, and there was decorative scented disaster year ๐Ÿ™‚

The trick is to find a nursing home or rehabilitaion center in the area that would welcome Girl Scouts and will work with you.

We have a list of songs that we were allowed to sing, and then for a select group, they let us sing Christmas songs. This year not all my girls celebrate Christmas, so it will be interested to see what crafts I can cook up. I can’t wait, I love when the girls learn about things that are not the norm for them but are for others ๐Ÿ™‚


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