Need a Bridging Activity with a Senior GS Troop?

From Troop Leader Margie Hodas-Walsh:

Senior GS Troop 3610 is inviting Cadette GS troops to attend part of their meetings if they need a Bridging Activity.  We meet Monday nights 6:45-8:30pm.  We meet at individual homes so I will need to coordinate w/ the host Senior GS parent.  We have 3 more meetings left, 3/31, 4/28, & 5/19.

Click here to contact Margie Hodas-Walsh.  

Thank you to all who made the SHARE American Girl Event a success!

The March 1 American Girl event benefiting SHARE was a HUGE success,thanks to coordinator and SU SHARE Manager Tina Anderson!

The girls all had a fabulous time with pre-event activities led by Tamara Siegfried, followed by an awesome session making a bed for their dolls with Devon O’Neal of Cupcakes and Lace! They capped the evening with an American Girl movie before sleeping overnight at Firefly Lodge.

Great work, Tina!!!

Tina Anderson
Jessica Peristere
Amy Larrick
Tamara Siegfried
Therese Howe
Elizabeth James
Vanessa Roselle

Devon O’Neal from Cupcakes and Lace

American Girl Doll Store – Tysons Corner
Michael’s Craft Store – Reston, VA
Anne Parrish
Christine Hancher
Jessica Peristere
Devon O’Neal
Tina Anderson
Therese Howe

Carrabba’s – Centreville VA – for the spaghetti, salad and bread
Papa John’s – Fox Mill Shopping Center – for the generously discounted pizzas

Calling on Cadette Troops..

Need a “Bridging to Senior GS” activity?

Senior GS Troop 3610 is inviting Cadette GS Troops to go “Cosmic Bowling” SAT, FEB 8, 9:30pm-Midnite.  Cost is $15.00 and includes 2 games, shoes, & pizza & soda snack.  Troops or parts of Troops w/ an adult are preferred, but individual girls & a parent are welcome.  We have limited space and I need to know your #s & commitment by THURS, FEB 6. Please click here to email Margie Hodas-Walsh!

Juniors Use Girl Scout First Aid Lessons to Aid Choking Classmate

SU 51-7 was proud to recently commend four members of Junior Troop 4102 for their quick-thinking actions that helped save a Fox Mill Elementary classmate from choking, thanks to a November 2013 First Aid badge program during  which they learned various lifesaving techniques (pictures of the program immediately below).

From left: Taylor Anderson, Melissa Herr, Samantha Ponce, Gracie Larrick and Ruhi Jame

From left: Taylor Anderson, Melissa Herr, Samantha Ponce, Gracie Larrick and Ruhi Jame

Troop 4102 leader Tina Anderson shares their story:

On Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, during their lunch hour at Fox Mill Elementary School in Herndon, Virginia, four 4th grade Junior Girl Scouts jumped to the aid of their classmate as she found herself choking on a piece of food. Using the skills that they recently learned in a First Aid class they attended with other Junior troops from [SU 51-7], the four girl scouts (ages 9 & 10) immediately jumped in to action. The young girl who was choking was sitting at the same table as fourthth graders Taylor Anderson, Ruhi Jame, Melissa Herr and Gracie Larrick, all from Junior Troop 4102. Ruhi recognized the signs immediately that her friend was choking. She saw that her friend was turning red, not breathing, and holding her throat with her hands indicating that she was choking.

Ruhi immediately jumped up and began patting her friend on the back. Then Melissa yelled aloud that their friend was choking. Taylor then jumped to assist Ruhi in helping their friend, told their friend to try and drink, but the liquid would not go down.

Immediately, Taylor called to Melissa and Gracie to get an adult for help. Both Gracie and Melissa jumped in to action and ran to get the adults in the cafeteria to come to their friends’ aid. Ruhi and Taylor did not leave their friends’ side. All four girls remained completely calm, did not panic, and took immediate action until an adult could arrive to help.

Taylor was about to perform the Heimlich Maneuver which she learned to do in a situation such as this one, but an adult was there in no time to help the young girl get the food dislodged from her throat. After the young girl was taken to the clinic, the adults came to talk with the girls in the cafeteria to find out exactly what happened. All four girls were well-versed in explaining exactly what they witnessed and the action they took to help their friend. Without their help, their friend could have been in serious danger.

As other young children in the cafeteria looked on in complete shock, silence and some panicking desperately, these four brave young girls knew exactly what do to, how to do it, and did it well. The concern they had for their friend, following all of this, was touching. All four girls asked another adult to go in to the Health Clinic (where they were not allowed to go) to find out how she was doing.

This is the story of four very brave young Girl Scouts who jumped to the aid of a friend in distress and used what they learned as Girl Scouts to apply themselves in a situation that is very scary for anyone, adult or child.

SU 51-7 is incredibly proud of these 4 girls and issued Certificates of Commendation in recognition of their bravery and presence of mind in the face of a first aid emergency! Lifesavers

Online Resources for Girl Scout Leaders

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The best online resources, like the best things in life, are free. Here are my top picks….

Communicating with your troop
Yahoo groups: While a distribution list on the email platform you currently use is most convenient, larger troops with multiple levels can consider creating a dedicated Yahoo group. Some email programs automatically place emails that have been sent to many people into junk folder; the Yahoo group may help sidestep that. Our SU has used our Yahoo group quite successfully for many years; features include file storage and a calendar.

Making a website for your troop
Shutterfly: My preference for a troop website because:

1. Its default setting is private ― you must add members
2. It handily incorporates photo galleries so that families can share their daughter’s Girl Scout activities with relatives around the world ― and you can use the photos to make gifts such as books for girls who are graduating or leaving
3. It has a lot of neat features, like a message board, maps, etc.

 WordPress: The most popular blogging platform has been used very successfully as a website builder. Its interface (what they call a dashboard) is a little more complicated but very rich in features, particularly for social media sharing. Our SU 51-7 and Association 51 website is built on WordPress.
Wix: For super sophisticated websites using features such as Flash, Wix is the easiest and most flexible platform I’ve found. Awesome for sites that use a lot of visuals such as photos and video. It also has a commerce section where you can incorporate a shopping cart, but you will have to pay to have that.

Storing documents
Google Docs: This program not only lets you store documents, you can create almost any type of document in the Microsoft Suite (documents, spreadsheets, etc.) It is also a terrific program for creating online surveys (what they call “Forms”) because it automatically downloads the answers into a spreadsheet.

DropBox: I find this program particularly useful for storing and sharing large files such as photos and video.
Note: both of these programs are available as apps for your mobile devices.

Editing a photo
PicMonkey: Best for basic editing needs, such as resizing a photo. It also has some fun features like putting “stickers” and frames on the photo.

Pixlr: When you want to do something more elaborate, such as combining two pictures, but don’t have Photoshop, Pixlr is a great free, online choice.

~ Therese Howe


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