Tuesday, July 27, 2010

For everything there is a season...

This summer has been a season of Girl Scout green thumbs. Girls from Wasilla to Juneau have been involved in planting and caring for communal gardens as community service projects.

Camp Togowoods - Wasilla
At Camp Togowoods this summer, rhubarb, peas, beans, pumpkin, green peppers, carrots, chives, strawberries, tomatoes, raspberries, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and a host of herbs are growing. Garden harvests are used in the Togowoods kitchen and served to campers. The Togowoods gardens are planted each summer by devoted Girl Scouts and their families who attend Helping Hands weekend. Helping Hands volunteers get the camp season off to a great start by lending a hand in a service project like planting the garden or staining tent platforms. Your family can also help us put camp away after a successful season by packing up program supplies, taking down platform tents and helping to get camp ready for winter. Fall Helping Hands weekend still has openings; it's scheduled over Labor Day weekend. During both Helping Hands' Saturday is a day to complete work projects while Sunday is a day to hike, canoe and enjoy camp. Families arrive Friday starting at 7pm and depart by 4pm on Sunday. To save a spot for your family, complete your free registration and return to GSAK headquarters http://www.girlscoutsalaska.org/

Juneau
Juneau troop 4035 partnered with the Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve with Project First Bloom. They built a botanical exhibit of indigenous plants at the Alaska State Museum & visited Glacier Bay for community service & natural exploration.

Kodiak
Junior Girl Scouts of Kodiak partnered with the Garden Club to plant and maintain the flower beds outside the Baranov Museum as part of their Bronze project.

Anchorage
At the Anchorage headquarters, anonymous "brownie" volunteers planted flowers in the beds in front of the office building. They even planted some Spenard pink flamingos. Do you know what a "brownie" is?

The Brownie Story:
Once upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in England with their granny and their father. The girls played all day while the granny and father had to work very hard. One day granny told the girls about the Brownies, who used to do lots of things to help around the house. They are gone now, she said, but we were always so much happier when they helped. The girls wanted to know where the Brownies had gone and how to get them to come back. Granny said, "only the wise old owl knows!"
That night, when everyone else was asleep, one of the girls ran out of the house into the magic forest. There she found the wise old owl. "Please", said the girl, "where can I find the Brownies to come and live with us? The owl said, "I know where two live – right in your house!" She was very surprised! Tell me how to find them, she begged. He told her to go to the pond in the magic forest, turn around three times and say, "twist me and turn me and show me the elf… I looked in the water and saw…….!" The wise old owl said, "When you finish the rhyme, you will see the Brownie in the magic pond."

The girl went to the pond in the magic forest and did as she had been told. She went back to the forest and found the wise old owl and said, " something must be wrong, I did all you told me to do and I only saw myself! And I am not a Brownie!" " Are you sure?" said the owl. To be a Brownie, you must be ready to help those around you, make friends wherever you can, and every day try to discover something new. "I'd like to be a Brownie", said the girl. Then go home and try, the wise old owl said kindly. He touched her hand with his feathers, and suddenly she was back in her house, in her own bed.

Quietly, she woke up her sister, told her all that had happened. Together the girls tip-toed into the kitchen and began to clean the house. In the morning, when granny and father saw the house, they wanted to know what had happened. "Who did this?" said granny and father! The girls danced around and shouted, "it's the Brownies!" And from that day on, theirs was a very happy house near the forest, all because of the Brownies!

Thank you to all our busy Brownies and green thumbed Girl Scouts!

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