Creekside Girl Scouts

Several of our girls and a couple adult went to learn Survival Skills at camp last weekend. Whenever you go out in the wilderness, go letterboxing or geocaching, or go hiking or camping you should really have your survival kit with you. You might even choose to store this kit or a similar one in your car, just in case.
These are the bare minimum items for your survival kit:
knife at your hip and pocket knife emergency blanket and/or black plastic bag whistle and signal mirror steel mug 6-100 foot length of paracord, consider paracord bracelet water proof wooden matches (keep dry in old prescription bottle) cotton dipped in petroleum jelly (keep dry in old prescription bottle) old candle, like a broken taper large umbrella may be even more practical than rain gear hat and or extra bandana first aid at a minimum antibiotic ointment or melaleuca oil food – hard candy/mint, not peanuts dental floss (can make cordage) duct tape 6-10foot wrapped on itself for smaller size caribeener with tiny flashlight name card with your emergency contact info
STOP means Stop Think Observe Plan
You can always have your Positive Mental Attitude with you even if you forget your survival kit. You can live 3 minutes without air 3 hours without shelter 3 days without water 3 weeks without food
so the SACRED ORDER is 1. Shelter 2. Water 3. Fire 4. Food
We learned how to make a shelter from a garbage bag and from debris. We learned how to be found. We learned how to filter and purify water, but primarily we learned that if you need to drink unpurified water, you’ll have two weeks to get to the hospital to get antibiotics you’ll need from drinking unpurified water. Just focus on living long enough to be found. You can use your hip knife to make a bow drill, spindle, hand hold, and base plate to start a fire. The key here is PRACTICE. Practice with your knife; practice with your bow drill until you can actually make fire. Lastly, is food. We’ll have to go back to Survival Camp 2 to learn to fish and to learn about berries and plants, but all six legged insects are edible.
If you make your Survival Kit and bring it to a meeting to show us, we’ll get you a Survival Kit patch! Moderate this entry


Nick Jr celebrates Juliette Gordon Low

Sarah thought these were super cute and thought of a neat way to turn this into a Bronze Award project.

Her idea was to see if our church’s clothing give away ministry would like to give the Creekside Girl Scouts some old t-shirts that we could use to make tote bags. Then we could give the tote bags to the food pantry for people to use when they visit the food pantry to take home their food. Whaddya think??

To my Scouting friends:

My friend Christina Clarke bought an AC for her tent since she has to go to BSA Summer Camp and camp every month with the boy scouts. I looked it up and it seems to consist of a large battery – like from a UPS, or small car battery, a horizontal fan and a cooler of ice. Block ice would likely work better but bagged ice worked for us.

I recently had to sleep out in a tent at Camp Kinship and Brian performed an experiment. Here are the methods and the results. We used a large shallow cooler – like 25 quart – full of bagged ice. We put the lunch tray on top of the cooler with the lid open – any mesh shelf, like a window screen or plastic craft grid would work. On the grid we placed a small battery opperated fan blowing up. On
the edge of the top of the cooler we set an 8-inch battery opperated fan facing forward. The two fans blew the air from the ice up and out of the cooler with the lid open. Brian used duct tape and cardboard to try to keep the air only coming out of the cooler where the fan was blowing – like an AC vent. I think it would still feel good without this.

We set this cooler in the “closet” area at the back of my 6 man tent and put the rain fly on the tent. It worked!! Within 30 minutes the tent felt significantly cooler than the air outside. There was at least a 15 to 25 degree difference. It even felt like chilled air coming out of the fridge.

What didn’t work is at 1230am a 35+mph wind blew up in the 80+ degree heat and added too much outside air to our tent for the AC contraption to continue to work. Also we need something more sturdy to support the fans as the duct tape got cold and let go of the fan, knocking both fans into the ice water. We saved the fans by pulling them out and just letting them blow all night next to the cooler of ice on the ground. The ice in the cooler didn’t continue to cool the tent without the fans though. Try this and make your own improvements and add your comments!

For girls who stay in Girl Scouts for five or more years:
-90% do not feel pressured to drink alcohol
– 96% avoid drugs
– 98% will not experience a teen pregnancy
– Only 1% of Girl Scouts will ever go before a juvenile court


We don’t separate all the neighbors, friends, and relatives cookies into small piles. We keep all 200+ boxes of cookies in cases the way we picked them up.

We take our cookies to deliver and knock on more doors of the neighbors next to the ones who ordered from us.

We also take a rolling cart or a couple mixed cases w us everyday when we go out and about. We offer them to people everywhere we go by asking, “Have you had a chance to buy Girl Scout cookies yet?” We take them to church, dance, soccer, the doctor’s office, even restaurants!

The third thing we did is purchase window paint markers and wrote on the windows of my truck. We wrote, “Get your GS COOKIES now!” “Honk 4 GS Cookies” “Girl Scouts Rock!” “Got Cookies?” “$3.50/box” Hobby Lobby and Oriental Trading sell these markers and they wash right off when you are done with Cookie Season.

Last year Lizzie and Sarah were Cookie Stars with 200+ boxes of preorders. These things helped us sell and additional 100+ boxes (that’s only 9 cases) of cookies each between delivery time and booths. We found we could sell 25 boxes and hour knocking on doors when folks are home from work. The key was having cookies in our hands and more in the truck or wagon at the curb.

Near March 1st, at the end of delivery season, we take inventory of how many more cookies we need to complete delivery of our initial orders and we get those done no later than the beginning of Spring Break.

I just want to quickly say how proud I am of our Creekside Girl Scouts. Ten of the 23 girls selling sold over 200 boxes of cookies each. All 23 girls sold OVER 4,000 boxes of cookies in just three weeks and were plagued by snow and flu the first weekend.

Our friends and neighbors of Service Unit 403 sold 103,000 boxes of cookies in our area. So if you thought there seemed to be more Girl Scouts in our area, you were right!

Our council is also excited to announce that council wide sales are UP over this time last year an amazing 206,000 boxes!

Way to go!! Cookies arrive Saturday to start deliveries. Our troop goal of 5,000 boxes to attend Gattitown bake your own pizza backstag tour is in the bag. If we keep ging strong and finish booth sales with over 7,000 boxes sold, we will ALSO buy tickets for a day trip to Fossil Rim in early September to welcome you back after summer vacation.


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