April 13, 2010

I have reached Expert Status

Or so I tell myself! This past weekend was busy with all kinds of Girl Scout activities!

Saturday: CHB and I headed about 30 miles north of Mtown to our last leader training. Outdoor 3 was the very LAST thing we needed to complete in order to take our troop camping without any other adults or in a local event. This is what we have been most excited about!

So we get there and the training class is only 4 people. We look at each other and both think, "Great. This is gonna suck". Much to our surprise, it didn't! We learned how to tie some more knots, CHB's favorite thing to do! We also learned how to make and bake with a box oven, learned charcoal cooking and some other helpful hints when taking the girls camping.

Now CHB and I and our families have been camping together for years. We know what to do, when to do it and how long to do it for. HOWEVER, when it comes to camping the Girl Scout way, we want to be able to teach our girls the old traditions, and the new ones, and make sure they have a solid foundation in their scouting experiences.

I have to say, I was so excited to cook in the box oven. We got to make one AND take it home! Can't wait to try it out on our camping trip in June!

Sunday: CHB and I loaded the girls up and headed out to the local camp for Skilletes training. This was to be a skill workshop for the girls to get them ready to camp outside and participate in outdoor challenge weekends. They learned how to: tie the square knot, clove hitch, taut line and bowline knot. They learned beginning lashing and knife safety. They learned about Leave No Trace as well as basic First Aid and fire building/tending.

The girls had a great experience and so did I. Looking forward to seeing what these girls can do!

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