Girl Scout Camp

Girl Scout Day Camp wrapped up this past Friday. Now, I have blogged in the past about Cub Scout Day Camp , which is a special place if you haven’t been. I actually did a blog for each day one year, with a total of 5.  It documents the whole unravelling : )

Today I decided that it was finally time to give Girl Scout Day Camp some attention here on RebeccaVanMeterBlog.

The girl’s camp is pretty special too.  Not completely different from the boys except all the nature is a little bit more glittery (whether you’re out on the trail or just washing your hands).  Also, it’s not uncommon to close it down with a conga line of people dancing to Call Me Maybe, which would be a rarity out at Bartle.camp prairie schooner
From the year my daughter finished kindergarten to her 5th grade year, I’ve been a unit leader every summer.  We started out at Tongawood and switched to Prairie Schooner, but I feel like I kind of have the unit leader gig down.

There’s not much to it.  I find out the theme and get my unit list (girls in my daughters grade from all over our neighborhood high school’s attendance area).  Next, I e-mail their parents and invite them all over for a party.

Not party, I’m sorry The Pre-Camp Meeting, the girls share a snack and work on a banner that usually involves a retired curtain and a lot of puffy paint.  They get to reconnect with, or meet camp friends that they may, or may not see during the year.  At the same time, I (or a responsible grown up) get to give parents the lowdown on camp week and show them my excellent visual aids!

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A lot of leaders have the girls make shirts at this wing ding, but I do it ahead to assure quality control.  It’s a sickness, I know.  Then, they go home with all the info on a handout and their new camp t-shirt, plus maybe a head start on their swaps

The Sunday before camp week, I load up the van with all the stuff on my ever growing pack list and Hub gets to drive out with me and help set up an awesome camp home.  After that, I’m all ready for the big week : )

The rest is just getting them on the bus and loving ’em all the livelong day while you herd them, like cats, through the schedule that’s set up for you and then making sure they get back to the right grownup at the end of the day.  That, and winning the spirit stick at least one day through a creative plan that avoids the dreaded We’ve Got Spirit Song that you may remember from here.  You all know how I feel about that one.  I generally ban it from my unit.

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Yep, just because you start out singing doesn’t mean it won’t end in a rumble… or at best a headache.

Play it cooooool, that’s my camp motto… and don’t let their blood sugar drop either.  It really helps to have a sweet, sweet fanny pack with some twizzlers stashed inside.Image result for mountain smith fanny packRandom Camp Photos from yesteryear to this year Slideshow…

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This summer was a little bit different.  I didn’t have a unit, my kid is Teen Staff! Eeek! I think she loved it! IMG_4553 There were around 80 of them in a little army of service and cutie-patootie-ness, taking care of all kinds of jobs and campers and tired parent volunteers.  It was pretty awesome.

Me, not sure that I adjusted quite as well : )

Camp was Star Wars Themed this year, which was fun.

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I got to sub for unit leaders part of the week and just sort of helped where needed.  I made my own swaps.  My favorite:  Faux Camp Personal Ads …img_4669.jpg

I never quite settled on a camp name, just made up funny ones and kept calling the units that I was with different names too.

What?!  You’re The Jar Jar Pinks!  I could have sworn you were The Nauseous Bus Riders!  Remote Control Chipmunk Frenzy! The Sticky Spirit Fingers!  The Forgotten Water Bottles!  Hangry Jazzercise Monkeys!  Paw Patrol S.W.A.T. Team!  The Ting Tings!     … and so on and so forth.

Ah well, Day is Done my friends and this has been your camp counselor, Mandisa Hammer-Pants, Aunt Flo, Chalupa Regret, Loquacious Totes, Oprah Oakmite, M.C. Boom Chicka Boom, Twinkles Lemonade, Extra Number Seven, Fire Hazard, Grandma Yawni, Lostima Campers, and so forth  : )        Signing off!

Safely Rest Everybody!

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Schools Out For Summer

Last Day finally came.

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Many adorable wee children from the neighborhood are suddenly growing up and headed off to Middle School next year.  What has happened here?!  It seems like only yesterday they were cracking me up in the half day kindergarten carpool.  Wow!

So, now that summer is here…

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The Van Meter Summer Reading Challenge that is.  Here is the new poster:

 

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2017 Summer Family Reading Challenge

Yay!

I’ll try to report back, maybe their will be an upset this year and my daughter won’t mop the floor with the rest of us like last year🙂

img_0091 Daughter was the rainbow, poptart cat (yep, that’s totally a thing).

Hub was that nice inconspicuous A-Team van… you know,  say you’re a crack commando unit, framed for a crime you didn’t commit and you need lay low after escaping from a maximum security stockade… This van is ideal, especially if you’re averse to flying.  Who needs to fly when you’ve got this sweet ride?!

Alright, I digress, anyway, my son was the DeLorean and my mom (Pa Jane) was a little Harry Potter man, on his little broom.

Mine was the Little House on the Prairie, Schooner.  Quick sidetrack; This spring I dressed up in a Laura Ingalls era dress, (that I’d grabbed out of my mom’s closet) for my chat and chew group – 2nd graders, we were discussing Big Woods… Anyhoo, Ma Ingalls may never have experienced the joy and countless wonders of our modern activewear, but after a couple of hours in her dress, I was definitely ready for some yoga pants.

-and we’re back-

I love the summer reading challenge!  Hub isn’t a big fan, but definitely a good sport… that’s why he gets the short trail:)     Happy Reading Everybody!Image result for posters library books

 

 

 

Nobody Here but us Chickens

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Honestly, the highlight of my Halloween probably falls around 8:30 or 9:00 pm.  You know, that special time when you wave the kids back from the door, frantically shushing as you crawl in stealth mode towards your curtains and pull them closed from your position laying on the floor underneath the windowsill as your husband runs through the house making sure that every light is turned off and there are no visible signs of life.

That’s what we call closing time:)

Then we roll right into today… November 1st, the day when breakfast is coffee and Kit Kats and it’s time for some good…ish housekeeping;)